(RRN) Fatal Accident Involving Semi, SUV In Marquette County
There's been a fatal traffic crash involving a semi truck and an SUV in Marquette County. Sheriffs Deputies say it happened at about 8:00 Wednesday morning at the US-41/Kreiger Drive intersection in Skandia when the SUV crossed the center line and collided with the Niagara...

(RRN) Munising Post Office To Be Dedicated In Thursday Event
The post office in Munising will have a new name on Thursday. The building is being named after the late Elizabeth Kinnunen, who ran a boarding house in Marquette during the early part of the 1900's and later worked as a cook in Munising. She was a two-gold star mother, losing one son in World War Two and another in the Korean...

(RRN) More Money Budgeted For Pure Michigan Media Campaign
More money will be funneled into the Pure Michigan campaign to the tune of four-million dollars. The Michigan Lodging and Tourism Association says state lawmakers have approved spending 35-million dollars on the program as part of the 2015/16 fiscal year budget that begins on October 1st. The MLTA credits Senator Jim Stamas...

(RRN) Petition Effort To Repeal Michigan's 'Prevailing Wage'
A group seeking to repeal Michigan's prevailing wage law through a petition initiative is now gathering signatures to put the proposal before the Legislature. The Board of State Canvassers has approved the petition language submitted by Protecting Michigan Taxpayers. If approved by lawmakers, the law mandating government construction...

(RRN) Proposal To Lower Federal Tax On Booze Introduced
The price of liquor may go down a little, if a new bill gets passed. A bipartisan bill was introduced in Congress Tuesday that would lower taxes on distilled spirits. The bill, called the Distillery Innovation and Excise Tax Reform Act, would drop the federal tax on booze from 13-dollars and 50-cents for each gallon of alcohol, down to...

(RRN) Upper Hand Brewery Expanding Its Escanaba Facilities
The Upper Hand Brewery opened six months ago in Escanaba, and it is already expanding. The company announced Tuesday that the expansion will add 54-hundred square feet to the facility, along with almost 28-hundred square feet of extra outdoor storage areas. When the project is done, the brewery's capacity will triple…from the current five...

(RRN) Symetra LPGA Golf Tour Events Expand This Summer
The Symetra Tour ladies' golf tournament is growing. The tour announced Tuesday that the 2015 Potawatomi Cup now includes five events, including the Island Resort Championships set for next month at the Sweetgrass Course in Harris. There is now 50-thousand dollars in total bonus money available for the women, along with...

(RRN) Seatbelt Enforcement Continues After May Holiday Ends
The Memorial Day weekend may be over, but the Click It or Ticket seat belt campaign isn't. Michigan State Police, sheriffs offices, and local police will continue with their "safety belt enforcement zones" through May 31st. These are the zones where one officer sees you without a seatbelt on and calls ahead to another officer, who..

(RRN) Marquette Middle Schooler Is National Semifinalist
A congratulations goes to Hali Koepp. She is an eighth grader at Marquette's Bothwell Middle School. She is a semifinalist in the national Letters About Literature contest. This is a contest that is sponsored by the National Center for the Book at the Library of Commerce. In the program, kids write letters to an author…either living or...

(RRN) 'Uppertunities' Business Tourism Conference Wednesday
Upper Peninsula businesses rely heavily on tourists from outside of the area to make a profit, especially during the summer. A conference will be held on Wednesday at the Island Resort and Casino that will offer advice on how businesses can better market themselves and to maximize their profits. The Delta County Chamber of Commerce...

(RRN) Bay College To Begin $3.6 Million In Lab Renovations
 It will be busy summer on the Bay College campus in Escanaba as major renovations are made in several areas. College President Laura Coleman says the renovations will help the college to better educate students, especially in those high-tech, vocational fields that yield good-paying jobs to graduates. Coleman says there will be a new water tech....

(RRN) Man Dies In ATV Accident In Alger County's Burt Twp.
There's been a fatal A-T-V crash in Alger County. Michigan State Police say the accident happened at around 6:00 Sunday night near Grand Sable Lake in Burt Township. The scene of the crash was an un-named logging road near Snowmobile Trail 8-A. Troopers say that 28-year-old Christopher Purple of Madison Heights hit a hole...

(RRN) Environmentalists Want Pipeline Under Straits Closed
The Greater Detroit Regional Chamber is holding its annual leadership conference this week on Mackinac Island. It brings together politicians…and plenty of lobbyists…from across Michigan for several days of speeches, meetings, and workshops. Environmentalists also plan to be there. The Sierra Club has planned a rally for 2:00...

(RRN) Proposal To Build Hiking Trail Around All Great Lakes
An idea is being floated to create the world's longest marked trail of ten-thousand-900 miles around all five of the Great Lakes. It's the brainchild of Melissa Scanlan of the Vermont Law School, and the trail would go though eight states and two Canadian provinces. But the president of the North County Trail Hikers chapter here...

(RRN) ACLU Suing Michigan Secretary of State Over Gender ID
The Michigan Secretary of State is facing a federal lawsuit over a policy to not change the gender of a transgendered person on driver's licenses and state ID cards. The American Civil Liberties Union filed the class action lawsuit in federal court in Detroit last week, arguing the policy is unconstitutional and is a refusal to recognize...

(RRN) Veterans Health, Wellness Fair Set Tuesday In Newberry
A Health and Wellness Fair will be offered Tuesday in Newberry. And in the spirit of Memorial Day, the event is only for veterans. Helen Newberry Joy Hospital will have information available on a number of topics, including diabetes education, cardiac rehabilitation, chemotherapy services, and social services. There...

(RRN) Governor Orders Flags Lowered In Honor Of Memorial Day
Governor Rick Snyder has joined President Barack Obama’s call for all United States flags to be lowered to half-staff within the state Capitol complex in observance of Memorial Day on Monday. Michigan residents, businesses, schools, local governments, and other organizations also are encouraged to display the flag at half-staff....

(RRN) Rapid River, Manistique Hold Memorial Day Ceremonies
The local Memorial Day celebrations Monday include a mixture of fun events, and solemn ceremonies to remember the men and women who gave their lives fighting for our country. A number of events are planned at local cemeteries, run by local veterans groups. The eighth-annual "Run For Joe" is expected to draw 300 people to Rapid River...

(RRN) Alger Countys Grand Island Celebrates 25th Anniversary
In 1990, Congress designated Grand Island National Recreation Area in recognition of the outstanding features of this Lake Superior gem near Munising. The U.S. Forest Service is inviting the public to join in celebrating the 25th anniversary of that Congressional act this summer, and August 8th will be Grand Island Day with special events, free...

(RRN) Hiawatha National Forest Has Kids Fishing Day June 13
The Hiawatha National Forest will once again be sponsoring "Kids Fishing Day" on Saturday, June 13th at the Camp 7 Lake Campground, the 24th Anniversary of the event. It’s a great time to introduce youngsters to the outdoors and specifically to the sport of fishing. Designed for kids up to...

(RRN) Lake Superior State U. Board Sets Tuition, Room Rates
The Lake Superior State University Board of Trustees, meeting in special session Friday, set tuition and fees for the 2015-2016 academic year. The board set tuition at $5,261 per semester, a $137 or 2.67 percent increase over last year. The rate includes a $5 per semester increase to the Student Activity/Media fee, which must be approved...

(RRN) AAA Michigan Releases Memorial Weekend Travel Forecast
AAA Travel projects over 1.1 million Michiganders will journey 50 miles or more from home during the Memorial Day holiday weekend, a nearly five percent increase from the just over one million people who traveled last year. This is the highest Michigan travel volume for the holiday in 8 years. Kicking off the summer driving season, over...

(RRN) State Stopping Work On Many Road Projects For Holiday
The state transportation department is suspending work on 101 of its 140 active road projects across the state for the next few days. M-DOT says the move is to keep traffic flowing as freely as possible during this holiday weekend. But six projects in the Upper Peninsula will still have barriers in your way. There's one lane closed in each...

(RRN) Police Have Extra Patrols For Memorial Holiday Weekend
Memorial Day travel period officially gets underway at 6:00 Friday night, and police say they will be ready with extra patrols. They will be looking for drunk drivers, speeders, and people not wearing their seatbelts. In fact, special "seat belt enforcement zones" will be set up on U-P highways to catch people who are not buckled...

(RRN) Wisconsin Utility Regulator Approves New Power Line
The Wisconsin Public Service Commission has given final approval of the American Transmission Company's "North Appleton to Morgan" transmission line project. The approval spells out the specifications and other conditions that ATC will have to follow in this project. This will include a new 345-kilovolt line that will run for 48 miles...

(RRN) Bay College Looking For New Trustees Board Member
Bay College is looking for a new board member. Margaret Noreus is stepping down on June 30th after 14 years on the Bay College Board of Trustees. She is leaving the board to focus more on her job as a financial adviser at Edward Jones. Noreus has been involved in many changes at the college, including the building of the...

(RRN) State DNR Worried About Wildfires On Holiday Weekend
With mild, sunny weather in the holiday weekend forecast, there's concern about wildfires across the Upper Peninsula. The Michigan DNR says that many people will be camping and hosting bonfires this weekend, and the agency is urging us to keep fire safety in mind. Never leave a fire unattended, and have plenty of water...

(RRN) Michigan Senators Concerned About Oil, Gas Pipelines
Michigan's two U-S Senators want more oversight of the oil and gas pipelines that run through the Straits of Mackinac, and throughout both the U-P and Lower Michigan. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters are asking the White House to nominate a permanent administrator to lead the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials...

(RRN) Downtown Marquette Farmers Market Starts On Saturday
The Downtown Marquette Farmers Market officially opens for the season on Saturday. This is the 16th year for the Farmers Market, and it will include at least 49 vendors…including eight new ones. Besides fresh produce, you can shop for local artwork, baked goods, flowers, and live plants. The Farmer's Market will be held every...
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(RRN) Kallay Batchelor Found Guilty Of Murdering His Wife
An Escanaba man was found guilty of murder Wednesay in Delta County Circuit Court. Local Three News reports that the jury of eight men and five women deliberated for less than three hours before finding 37-year-old Kallay Batchelor guilty of first degree murder. He was accused of killing his wife at her home last September....

(RRN) Sea Lamphrey Control Effort Planned On Whitefish River
The U-S Fish and Wildlife Service is bringing its battle against sea lamphrey to the Whitefish River over the next week or so. Technicians will be dumping chemicals in the river…as well as to offshore areas near the river in Delta, and Alger Counties…in an effort to kill the lamphrey larvae that are burrowed into the lake...

(RRN) Governor, Legislative Leaders Agree On State Budget
Governor Rick Snyder and legislative leaders agreed Wednesday on spending targets for the fiscal year 2016 budget that includes an additional $400 million in General Fund money to help repair Michigan roads and bridges while work continues on a long-term solution to the state’s infrastructure needs. The agreement is an important...

(RRN) Seven Escanaba Residents Arrested On Drugs Charges
Seven more people have been arrested on prescription drug charges in Delta County. The Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team says this is in connection with the drug busts that saw more than a dozen people arrested in Escanaba back on March 25th. Lieutenant Tim Sholander says the investigation has continued for the...

(RRN) Three Arrested For Prostitution At Gould City Motel
Three people have been arrested in the Eastern U-P on prostitution charges. The Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team arrested 61-year-old Judy Anderson, 29-year-old Cody Anderson, and 38-year-old Tracy Selby in connection with a prostitution ring at the Gould City Motel on US-2. The two Andersons are charged...

(RRN) Felony Charges Filed Against Former U.P. Prison Worker
Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette has filed criminal charges against a former Upper Peninsula prison worker who allegedly tried to hurt an inmate. Schuette charged 27-year-old Michael Young of Kincheloe with one count of Solicitation to Commit Assault with Intent to Cause Great Bodily Harm, a felony punishable by up to five years...

(RRN) Testmony Ends In Batchelor Trial; Jurors Visit Home
Testimony has ended in the Kallay Batchelor murder trial in Escanaba. He's the 36-year-old man who's accused of stabbing and killing his wife, Heather, last September. The prosecution rested its case Tuesday, and then the defense presented two witnesses and then also closed its case. The defendant did not take the stand. Local...

(RRN) Kingsford Man Loses Weight As Part of State Contest
He won't be appearing on the television show "The Biggest Loser", but Kingsford resident Herb Hasse is being recognized for his efforts to lose weight and live a healthier lifestyle. Hasse took part in a program run by Tops…or "Take Off Pounds Sensibly". This non-profit group signed up seven thousand members across...

(RRN) Marquette City Police Looking For Suspect In Break-Ins
Marquette Police are investigating a breaking and entering that happened early Monday morning at the Cruise N Coffee shop on North Third Street. Someone broke through a window at two in the morning and got away with a bag full of change. Police believe this person also broke into the Third Street Bagel shop at about the...

(RRN) Upper Peninsula Guardsmen Get Their Training Overseas
A group of Upper Peninsula troops are spending time overseas getting training alongside soldiers from ten NATO countries. The 1431st Combat Engineer Company of the Michigan Army National Guard from Calumet and Baraga are participating in an exercise known as "Combined Resolve Four". First Lieutenant Jason Wallner spoke with Local Three...

(RRN) State Looking For Perfect Christmas Tree For Capitol
The State of Michigan is already thinking about the Christmas holidays. The state is now taking nominations for the 2015 Michigan Christmas Tree, which will be put onto the lawn of the State Capitol this November. The Great Lakes Timber Professionals Association is working with the state Department of Management and Budget...

(RRN) House Approves 2015-16 Budget For U.S. Coast Guard
The U-S House has passed the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2015. This bill authorizes eight point seven billion dollars in funding for the Coast Guard in the Fiscal Year 2016. Upper Peninsula Congressman Dan Benishek says that there a number of key provisions in this legislation that will help our region. Specifically, there's...

(RRN) Forensic Evidence Discussed At Batchelor Murder Trial
Testimony centered around DNA during the fourth day of the Kallay Batchelor murder trial Monday in Escanaba. He's the 36-year-old man accused of stabbing and killing his wife, Heather, last September. Local Three News reports that the jury heard that evidence technicians did not find DNA that linked him to the scene, or to the...

(RRN) Fayette State Park Opens For Season With Renovations
The Fayette State Park on the Garden Peninsula has opened for the season. State historian Troy Henderson says that the biggest news is the re-opening of the historic hotel in the heart of that 1800's iron smelting village. He says that the "Shelton House" hotel now has a new roof and several other improvements. That building has been closed...

(RRN) 'Madison's Bags' Helping Cancer Patients With Supplies
A Delta County woman's diagnosis of cancer earlier this year has led to a big project that helps others who are dealing with cancer…and chemotherapy. Nicole Harris has dealt with her chemo, and as she did, her five-year-old daughter Madison came up with the idea of making "chemo bags" for others across the Upper Peninsula. Harris says...

(RRN) Stolen Lumber From Gwinn Found Dumped In Forsyth Woods
Remember all of that wood that was stolen from a Gwinn business earlier this month? Well, Forsyth Township Police have found it. Officers say the large pile of lumber that was stolen from Adler Lumber on May 3rd was found by a man along Martin Lake Road over the weekend. In all, there were almost two hundred 2-by-6's dumped...

(RRN) Un-reported Sex Offender Arrested In Menominee County
A Menominee County man has been arrested for not registering as a sex offender. Troopers from the Michigan State Police Gladstone post got an anonymous tip that the 44-year-old man had just come from Wisconsin and didn't notify law enforcement that he was a registered sex offender. So, troopers went to his Mellen Township...

(RRN) Weight Restrictions Still In Place For Some U.P. Roads
Seasonal weight and speed restrictions are gradually being lifted across the Upper Peninsula. There are no restrictions in place in Delta, Dickinson, Menominee, Chippewa or Mackinac Counties. Restrictions remain in Marquette, Alger, and Iron Counties, according to the County Road Association of Michigan. In...

(RRN) Batchelor Murder Trial Continues On Monday In Escanaba
Testimony is expected to resume Monday in the murder trial of Kallay Batchelor, the Escanaba man accused of stabbing and killing his wife, Heather, last September. This will be the fourth day of the trail, after it took the weekend off. Local Three News reports that on Friday, an Escanaba Public Safety detective and a Michigan State Police...

(RRN) Escanaba Sixth Graders, DDA, Cleaning Trash From City
The director of the Escanaba Downtown Development Authority says there will be a stepped-up effort to remove trash from the city's streets and alleys this summer. Ed Legault says the goal is to promote more community pride in how the town looks as the tourism season gets going. And a group of sixth graders are lending a hand to the project. The kids...

(RRN) M-DOT To Start Several Upper Peninsula Road Projects
The state transportation department begins a project Monday in Crystal Falls that will lead to a short detour on US-2 for eastbound traffic. The highway will be closed from Park Street to County Road 424 as concrete repairs are made in the area. Traffic will be detoured onto North Sixth Street and Superior Avenue. Westbound US-2 traffic will...

(RRN) Fatal Traffic Accident Reported In Gogebic County
The Gogebic County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a roll-over accident this weekend. Deputies say that the accident claimed the life of a 27-year-old Marenisco man at about 2:30 Saturday morning on M-64, just south of the Ojibway Road, which is located just outside of the Town of Marenisco. The initial investigation shows that...

(RRN) Michigan Has Millions Extra Revenue In 2015-16 Budget
Michigan Treasury officials say the state has seen an increase in revenue since their last report in January. The latest report presented to a conference in Lansing finds general fund revenue for 2014 to 2015 will increase by nearly 227 million dollars. The report was released at the "consensus revenue estimating conference" in...

(RRN) Legislation Moves To Help Federal Veterans Programs
Upper Peninsula Congressman Dan Benishek says that votes were held Friday on several pieces of legislation to help veterans, including three bills that he introduced into the U.S. House. The bills included draft legislation to collect important information on the Veterans Health Administration, to ensure that veterans fleeing domestic violence...

(RRN) Click-it Or Ticket Seatbelt Campaign Starts On Monday
The Escanaba Department of Public Safety is warning motorists that the "Click it or Ticket Campaign" seat belt enforcement zones will be in effect starting Monday, and running through May 31st. Escanaba Public Safety Director Ken Vanderlinden says for the first time, these zones will pop up in every single county across...

(RRN) Two Arrested For Having 'Bath Salts' In Western U.P.
Michigan State Police troopers in Wakefield have arrested a man and woman on  charges of conspiracy to distribute bath salts. The arrests on Friday came after police served search warrant at a residence in Wakefield. During the search, a large quantity of bath salts was found. The two were lodged at the Gogebic County Jail this weekend. Their names have not been made public.

(RRN) Escanaba Murder Trial Wraps Up Third Day; Weekend Off
Friday was the third day of the Kallay Batchelor murder trial in Delta County Circuit Court. And Local Three News reports that it was an emotional day for Batchelor as he watched a forensic video of the crime scene, seeing his wife, the victim, Heather Batchelor laying dead on the floor. The prosecution wanted to prove that Kallay was at the home...

(RRN) Governor Hires Washington To Run Michigan's Prisons
Governor Rick Sntder has hired Heidi Washington to become the new director of the Michigan Department of Corrections. Washington will replace Dan Heyns as the new head of the state's prisons. Outgoing Director Heyns will continue his work with the Council on Law Enforcement and Reinvention and help to coordinate a new criminal...

(RRN Three Men Charged In Marquette Attempted Armed Robbery
Three men were arraigned in Marquette Friday after an armed robbery attempt Wednesday night in the city. Marquette City Police say that 18-year-old Nasir Kaseeb Jones, 21-year-old Stephan Cortez Akins, and 22-year-old Aiseah Duane Achesah have been charged with one count each of armed robbery, conspiracy, and felony firearms violations...

(RRN) New 'Pure Michigan' Commercial Highlights Manistique
The latest Pure Michigan tourism advertisement urges people from around the Midwest to take a vacation in Manistique. The ads are voiced by actor Jeff Daniels, who is a Michigan native. The ad targets people who are busy with their everyday lives who are in need of a break. "It's rare that we go with the flow, and simply take life as it comes, to...

(RRN) Police Officers To Honor Lost Comrades Friday At MTU
Police officers from across the Upper Peninsula will be in the Copper Country Friday for the UP Peace Officers Memorial Ceremony. It's to remember all of the officers who were either killed or disabled in the line of duty, going back more than 100 years. Michigan State Police Sargent Jason Wickstrom says it is a very emotional event...

(RRN) National U.P. Holiday: Walleye Fishing Opener Friday
Friday is like a national holiday for Upper Peninsula fishermen: the opening of the walleye fishing season. This is also opening day for pike and musky fishing in the U-P. If you will be fishing in the Seney National Wildlife Refuge, or in waters that border Wisconsin, you should check the new fishing guide because there...

(RRN) Three Arrested In Marquette Attempted Armed Robbery
Three people are behind bars after an attempted armed robbery Wednesday night. Marquette Police officers were called at about 8:30 Wednesday night to the 900 block of West Fair Avcenue. Witnesses told police that a black man wearing a hoodie and ski mask and holding a handgun had tried to break into the home. He then ran from the...

(RRN) Kallay Batchelor Murder Trial Begins In Delta County
The murder trial of Kallay Batchelor is under way in Escanaba. He's the 36-year-old Escanaba man accused of killing his wife, Heather, at their Stephenson Avenue home last September. A jury of eight men and five women was seated in about four hours, and then the prosecutor and defense attorney each made opening statements...

(RRN) Hiawatha Forest Plans Burns In Alger, Delta Counties
The Hiawatha National Forest says it might conduct to prescribed burns on Thursday. Depending on the weather, the Forest Service plans to intentionally burn 61 acres of what it calls the "Dutch Mill" burn. That's located nine miles north of Rapid River and a mile west of US-41. About 56 acres of land was burned in this area last year as...

(RRN) Some State Parks Banning Fireworks On Independence Day
Some of Michigan's state parks are planning to honor veterans during special events this summer over the Fourth of July weekend. How will they do it? By NOT allowing fireworks displays. The Michigan DNR says the idea came from a veteran who told park officials that hearing fireworks and loud noises brings back bad...

(RRN) House Republicans Float Road-Funding Plan; No Tax Hike
House Republicans unveiled their plans for finding more money to fix Michigan's roads. House Speaker Kevin Cotter outlined the proposal Wednersay, which will be included in a dozen different bills that will be introduced in the coming weeks. Cotter says that Michigan residents spoke clearly when they rejected Proposal One last week...

(RRN) U.P. Health System CEO Banos Resigns; Bogan Takes Over
The UP Health System in Marquette announced Wednesday that Chief Executive Officer Ed Banos has resigned. Banos has overseen the transition from Marquette General Hospital to the new UP Health System, which also includes Portage Hospital in Hancock and Bell Hospital in Ishpeming. Banos is leaving to take...

(RRN) Gladstone, Curtis Schools Praised For Health, Wellness
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services recognized 24 schools Wednesday for taking the initiative to build healthier school environments. Two of the schools are from the Upper Peninsula. The Three Lakes Academy in Curtis got a "silver award" and the Jones Elementary School in Gladstone received a "bronze award"...

(RRN) NMU Brings Downstate Sixth Graders To Marquette Campus
Almost 400 sixth graders from across Michigan are spending time on the Northern Michigan University campus this week. The "Young Wildcat Scholars Camp" brings kids to Marquette from Northern's nine charter schools to see what college life is all about. The sixth graders spend three nights in the dorms...

(RRN) Delta County Landowners Can Get Help With Phragmites
The Delta Conservation District is continuing its effort to rid the county of phragmites. Director Rory Mattson says this invasive grass can grow to be very tall, and can literally take over your property, which can hurt wildlife habitat on the property. And so the Conservation District has received $250,000 to help...

(RRN) Congressman Benishek Wants VA To Provide Annual Report
Upper Peninsula Congressman Dan Benishek introduced a bill Tuesday that he says would give Congress…and the public… access to key data fromVeterans Administratoion hospitals across the country. The "Veterans Information Modernization Act" would direct the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to submit an annual report on...

(RRN) Fire Ignites At Marquette's Presque Isle Power Plant
Fire broke out Tuesday morning at Marquette's Presque Isle Power Plant. Marquette Fire Lieutenant Jeff Greeen says they got the call at just before 4:30 in the morning that there was a coal, bunker fire. Two fire trucks and six firefighters answered that call, and then a second alarm was pulled, bringing five more firefighters...

(RRN) Upper Peninsula Man Gets 29 Years For Rape, Contempt
A Sault Ste. Marie man has been sentenced in connection to an incident last summer when he raped his girlfriend. 44-year-old Lynn LaVictor was given 29-and-a-half years in federal prison for the crimes he was convicted of back in December. He was convicted not only of aggravated sexual assault, but also beat her to the point...

(RRN) Nine Students Graduate From LSSU With Classes In Esky
Nine Delta, Schoolcraft, and Dickinson County residents attended commencement activities on Lake Superior State University’s campus in Sault Ste. Marie this past Saturday, even though they didn't take their classes in the Soo. These students were able to earn their baccalaureate degrees by taking....

(RRN) Teenagers Can Legally Have Paintball, BB, Pellet Guns
It is no longer illegal for teenagers to have paintball, BB, or pellet guns. Governor Rick Snyder signed legislation on Tuesday that changes the definition of these "airsoft" guns, and they no longer qualify as firearms under state law. The bills were sponsored by northern Michigan Republican state representative Pete Pettalia....

(RRN) Governor Appoints Two U.P. Men To New MI Talent Board
Governor Rick Snyder has announced the first appointments to state's the new Talent Investment Board, and two of the men are from the Upper Peninsula. The 24-member board will bring together employers, organized labor, and community organizations, to make recommendations on how to best develop workforce talent...

(RRN) Escanaba Third Grader Wants Ladybug As State Insect
An Escanaba boy's bill to make the ladybug the official insect of Michigan has been introduced in the Michigan House. State Representative Ed McBroom is sponsoring the bill on behalf of Connor Royer, who's a third grader at Lemmer Elementary in Escanaba. Connor says he learned that Michigan doesn’t have...

(RRN) Local Airports On Alert After ISIS Issue Terror Threat
Airports, military bases, and other public places are being extra careful after reports that the terrorist group ISIS threatened to carry out attacks here in Michigan. Delta County Airport Manager Kelly Smith says that it's all about being extra vigilant in case something appears to be out of the ordinary. She adds that...

(RRN) Stabenow Introduces Bill To Expand Federal Pell Grants
Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow has introduced legislation that would dedicate two years of Pell Grants to middle school students. The money would be given to the kids when they graduate from high school to help pay for tuition at a college or university. This bill changes students' eligibility for Pell Grants by...

(RRN) Pictured Rocks Working On Plan For Sand Point Launch
The Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore is working on a plan to deal with shifting sands at the Sand Point Boat Access site on Lake Superior. Park Superintendent Mike Pflaum says that in the past, when the sand built up, the park just went there and removed it. But now, they're looking at other options. Pflaum says...

(RRN) Marquette County Undersheriff Retiring After 39 Years
One of the longest-serving members of the Marquette County Sheriff's Department is retiring this week. Undersheriff Jack Schneider has been with the department of 39 years, the last 15 as undersheriff. He officially retires this Friday. Schneider is a Northern Michigan University graduate and is a Vietnam Veteran. Marquette...

(RRN) Kingsford Man Accused Of Leaving Bomb Stays In Custody
The Kingsford man man charged with leaving a bomb outside a Detroit federal building in 2011 will remain in custody indefinitely for psychiatric care. The Detroit Free Press reports that 47-year-old Gary Mikulich is being held at a prison in North Carolina. A federal judge last week granted the U-S government's request that he...

(RRN) Houghton Woman Arrested After Crashing Car With Kids
A 34-year-old Copper Country woman crashed her car over the weekend, allegedly while driving under the influence with her two children inside. Michigan State Police say the accident happened on the Airport Road in Houghton County at just after 10:30 Friday night. Troopers say that a passing motorist saw the flipped-over...

(RRN) Menominee County Man Injured In Motorcycle Accident
A Menominee County man was seriously injured in a motorcycle accident over the weekend. Michigan State Police say that 43-year-old Mark Kleikamp of Powers was driving on County Road G-69 at about 7:30 Saturday night when he missed a curve, crossed the center line, went off the road, and crashed into a culvert. He...

(RRN) Delta County Parks Opening For Summer Season Monday
Delta County's parks open for the season on Monday. Parks Director Steve Wery says it's time for people to take advantage of recreation that's right in their back yards. He saus that there is no fee to come to the parks and have a picnic, or jist relax. The only thing that a fee is charged....

(RRN) Program Offered In Escanaba To Help People With Pain
If you are suffering from conditions that leave you in considerable pain, there's a program starting this week in Delta County that might help you deal with that pain. The Upper Peninsula Council on Area Progress is teaming up with the Northern Lights YMCA to offer these classes. It's a six-week program that begins this Thursday...

(RRN) M-DOT Begins Highway Project Monday Near Crystal Falls
A stretch of US-2 in Iron County will see some orange barrels starting Monday. The state transportation department will resurface one mile, and reconstruct more than two miles of US-2 from Park Street to County Road 424. That's just south of Crystal Falls. The project will include concrete repairs, and the sidewalk ramps will be...

(RRN) M-DOT To Begin Work On Major Road Project Western U.P.
An big road project begins Monday in the western Upper Peninsula. M-DOT will resurface nearly 24 miles of M-28 in Ontonagon County. The project covers areas of highway from Tula to Bergland, from Ewen to Bruce Crossing, and from Sidnaw to the Houghton County line. The work also includes gravel shoulders...

(RRN) Sault Ste. Marie Bridge To Do Traveler Survey Tuesday
Where are you going? Where are you coming from? People who cross the Sault Ste. Marie International will be asked to answer those kinds of travel questions during a traffic study tomorrow and Wednesday. M-DOT staff will be on both the north and southbound lanes and will ask people to pull over for a minute to answer...

(RRN) Michigan Near Bottom Of List of Business-Friendliness
Michigan is ranked near the bottom in an annual best and worst business survey. According to Chief Executive magazine, Michigan is 43rd in a survey of 511 CEO's nationwide. The state rankings are based on taxes and regulation, quality of workforce, and living environment. Texas is ranked as the best state for business and California is 50th on the list.

(RRN) Last Wisconsin Prison Escapee Arrested In Minnesota
The third of three escapees from a Wisconsin correctional facility was arrested over the weekend in Minneapolis. Twenty-six-year-old Jesse Fairley was arrested at around 11 a.m. on Saturday. The three inmates escaped from the minimum-security St. Croix Correctional Center on Wednesday. The first inmate was arrested...

(RRN) Upper Peninsula Deer Hunting Seasons Will Continue
The deer season is not going to be canceled in the Upper Peninsula this year. The Natural Resources Commission on Thursday agreed to limit hunting due to a sharp decline in the deer population in the U.P. Specifics won't be decided until June, but the commission had considered calling off the hunt altogether this year. A...

(RRN) Suspects Charged In Schoolcraft County Triple Murder
The man who was arrested in southern Illinois in connection with the three people found dead in a burnt car in Schoolcraft County has been officially charged with the crimes. 45-year-old Kennenth Brunke of Manistique was charged with three counts of homicide in district court on Friday. He was recently extradited from Illinois. Also Friday...

(RRN) State Police Arrest Man For Drugged Driving In Iron Mt
Michigan State Police troopers arrested a man early Friday morning after a traffic stop on US2 near Park Street in Iron Mountain. Troopers say the incident happened at just after 1:00 on Friday when they tried to stop him for operating under the influence of drugs. The suspect resisted arrest and ran away, but...

(RRN) Postal Workers Collecting Food For Needy On Saturday
The Letter Carriers Association is putting on the annual "Stamp Out Hunger" food drive Saturday, both here in the Upper Peninsula and across the country. All you do is leave nonperishable food items by your mailbox Saturday, and your postal worker will take them away. Julie Mallard is with the Delta County United Way, which is helping...

(RRN) Michigan Governor Snyder Not Running For President
Michigan Govenror Rick Snyder was in New York City on Friday to ring the bell at the New York Stock Exchange. He says his trip to the Big Apple is part of his effort to spread positive news about Michigan being the "comeback state". The governor also announced that he will not be a candidate for president, saying that he needs to finish
 

(RRN) Manistique High School Locked Down After Police Call
A major scare at Manistique High School Thursday afternoon as officials put the school into lockdown mode. Manistique Public Safety Director Ken Golat says it all started with an anonymous caller who told police he was in the high school with a handgun. That was at about noon. Several Public Safety officers were only a block away from the school when...

(RRN) All Upper Peninsula Roadside Parks Will Be Open Monday
The Michigan Department of Transportation says that all 32 of its roadside parks in the Upper Peninsula will be reopened for the season on Monday. U.P. roadside parks usually open in mid-to-late April each year, but some of the openings were delayed this year. Most parks reopened on April 27th, but a handful had remained closed...

(RRN) Event For Upper Michigan Brain Tumor Center Saturday
They'll be running for a good cause Saturday morning in Marquette. It's the annual "Hope Starts Here Challenge", which raises money for the Upper Michigan Brain Tumor Center. The center is celebrating is tenth anniversary this year…a joint effort between U-P Health System and Northern Michigan University. A formal signing event...

(RRN) Benishek Opposes Nuclear Waste Stored Near Lake Huron
A Canadian Parliamentary Panel is recommending the building of a permanent, underground, nuclear waste site in Ontario…less than a mile from the Lake Huron shoreline. And that has politicians here in Michigan crying foul. Northern Michigan Congressman Dan Benishek says that this plan is unacceptable. He says that having more than...

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