(RRN) Two U.P. Secretary Of State Offices Closed This Week
Two Upper Peninsula Secretary of State branch offices are closed this week because of remodeling. The offices in Iron River and Newberry won't re-open until April 28th. Both offices will see new carpeting and a new "customer-friendly" counter design…and better lighting in the parking lots. People in those...


(RRN) Wolf Management Council Meets Tuesday In St. Ignace
If you're interested in Michigan's wolf population, you may want to travel to Saint Ignace Tuesday for a meeting of the state's Wolf Management Advisory Council. This panel includes people from conservation, agriculture and hunting groups…tribal governments and groups the advocate for animal rights. They will...


(RRN) NMU To Honor Former President Bill Vandament On Monday
Northern Michigan University will remember the life of one of its most popular presidents today. William Vandament was Northern's president from 1991 to 1997, and he died last April at the age of 81. He was popular for his interaction with students, and was also noted for his support of the N-M-U volleyball...


(RRN) Superior Watershed Partnership Gets $200,000 Grant
The Superior Watershed Partnership has received a 200-thousand dollar grant to expand educational programs about Lakes Superior, Michigan, and Huron. The money comes from the Great Lakes Stewardship Initiative, and is aimed at teaching Upper Peninsula K-through-12th graders about the lakes...


(RRN) Michigan Lottery Jackpots Unclaimed; Powerball $150M
All three of Michigan's main lottery games had their jackpots roll over this weekend. Powerball will be worth 150-million dollars on Wednesday after no tickets matched all of the numbers. Three tickets sold in Michigan for this weekend's drawing are worth 10-thousand dollars each. The Mega Millions jackpot also...


(RRN) Snyder Declares State of Emergency In Marquette County
Governor Rick Snyder on Thursday declared a "State of Emergency" for Marquette County. This after communities in the county reported huge losses from the severe winter that has seen numerous water main breaks, roads buckle, and underground pipes freeze. The governor turned down a previous request back in February...


(RRN) U.P. Lawmaker Seeks $10M For Repairs To Infrastructure
Western U-P state representative Scott Dianda introduced legislation Thursday that would help communities dealing with frozen pipes and other infrastructure problems. House Bill 5469 includes ten million dollars to go to communities that have declared local states of emergencies. The money would go the...


(RRN) EGE Says Purchase of Escanaba Power Plant Is Imminent
The long process of selling the Escanaba Power Plant appears to be coming to an end. Charles Detiege with Escanaba Green Energy told the city council Thursday night that the money will be coming soon, and the deal should close by May 5th. He says that the legal process is coming to an end, with the...


(RRN) Newberry's Water Tower Leaks; Pressure Not Affected
Newberry's water tower is leaking, thanks to the cold temperatures and ice. Lori Stokes is with Newberry Water & Light. She says they believe ice may have worn through some brackets installed when the tower was refurbished a couple of years ago. Stokes says they’ve lowered the water level...


(RRN) Grandstand Entertainment Announced For U.P. State Fair
We now know who will be playing at the Upper Peninsula State Fair this fall. It includes a little bit of country, and a little bit of rock. Sebastian Bach and Firehouse will perform on Tuesday night of Fair Week, and country singer Easton Corbin will take to the stage on Wednesday night. The rock group Blood, Sweat and...


(RRN) New AHEC Regional Health Education Center Opens At NMU
The Michigan Area Health Education Center is opening an Upper Peninsula Regional Center at Northern Michigan University. The Michigan "A-hec" was set up by Wayne State University in 20-10 to enhance access to quality health care across the state. It has three other "centers" in Lower Michigan. As a host partner...


(RRN) Marquette General Hospital To Get 'Shining Star' Award
Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson is in Marquette Thursday to praise the work Marquette General Hospital doctors and nurses did for a domestic violence victim last December. Michigan Tech University student Sanaz Nezami was severely beaten by her husband, and was left brain dead. Nezami was from Iran, and...


(RRN) Town Hall Meeting Thursday On Escanaba Power Plant
A Town Hall meeting will be held in Escanaba Thursday evening to discuss a proposal that would allow the city to close its power plant. Escanaba Electrical Superintendent Mike Furmanski says that a referendum election will be held on May 6th. He says they are still working with Escanaba Green Energy, which has been...


(RRN) Michigan Jobless Rate Falls For Seventh Straight Month
Michigan's unemployment rate has fallen for a seventh straight month. State officials say that in March, the jobless rate fell to 7-point-5 percent. That's the lowest it's been since April of 2008. Governor Rick Snyder issued a statement saying that Michigan's comeback is well underway, but...


(RRN) State Transportation Department Does Video On Potholes
The Michigan Department of Transportation is out with a new video that talks about potholes. If you have ever seen a road crew throw asphalt into a pothole, and then move on to fill in the next one, you might have thought that crews were cutting corners in doing the repairs. But M-DOT Maintenance Coordinator...


(RRN) Presentation On Isle Royale Set Thursday Night At Bay
Meanwhile, a program on Isle Royale National Park will be offered tonight in the Besse Center Theatre as part of the college's film series. It's called "Science Royale", and it looks at the moose and wolf populations on that Lake Superior island. Biologist Rolf Peterson and filmmaker George Desort will...


(RRN) Green Bay Packers Hold Tailgate Tour Event In Escanaba
The Green Bay Packers Tailgate Tour rolled into Escanaba Tuesday night as the team kicked off its community outreach program for the year. The Packers appeared at the Upper Peninsula State Fairgrounds in an event to raise money for Escanaba's Lakestate Industries, which provides job opportunities for people...


(RRN) Marquette's Bothwell Middle School Given Defibrillator
Marquette's Bothwell Middle School has received a new automated external defibrillator…or A-E-D. The donation came from the non-profit Kimberly Ann Gillary Foundation. The device is used to help someone who's having a heart attack or cardiac arrest. The foundation has been working to make sure that...


(RRN) Seniors Can Get Discounted Hunting, Fishing Licenses
Senior citizens can get a discount on their hunting and fishing licenses under a new "combo" plan announced by the Michigan D-N-R. The cost is now 43-dollars for the fishing license, hunting license, and two deer licenses. The cost for non-seniors is 76-dollars, and that what some seniors ended up paying...


(RRN) Record-Cold Temperatures Across U.P. Tuesday Morning
It got mighty cold in parts of the Upper Peninsula Tuesday morning. While temperatures were mostly in the teens across the U-P, thew thermometer fell to five degrees at 7 a.m. in Iron Mountain. And at the Weather office in Negaunee Township, the temperature dropped to three degrees. That shattered the old...


(RRN) Standoff Between Police, Suspect Ends In Ishpeming
A long standoff between police and a domestic violence suspect has ended in Ishpeming. State Police say the suspect surrendered peacefully at about 2:20 Tuesday morning. Police were called out at about 11:15 Monday morning to the home on Hewitt Street. A woman there told police the suspect...


(RRN) Ice Jams Causing Problems On Three Delta County Rivers
There's concern about flooding in Delta County as rivers rise thanks to melting snow and new precipitation. Delta County Emergency Management Coordinator Bob Berbohm says there's already been problems at the Tacoosh River, where the water went over the banks on Sunday because of ice jams. The Delta County...


(RRN) Marquette Public Schools Add Day To June Calendar
Add the Marquette Public Schools to the list of Upper Peninsula districts that will be extending their calendars this summer. Thanks to Monday's snowstorm that forced the district to close its doors, the district has added an extra day of instruction…June 13th. School officials say that they will...


(RRN) Secretary Of State Johnson To Visit Upper Peninsula
Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson will hold several Town Hall Meetings Wednesday here in the Upper Peninsula. Her visit is to highlight the department's efforts to better serve veterans and military personnel….and their efforts to improve customer service and reduce wait times in branch offices....


(RRN) Rapid River Man Charged With Indecent Exposure Crimes
Authorities have made an arrest in the indecent exposure incidents that have been occurring in Delta County. 29-year-old Thomas Lavigne of Rapid River was arrested by Delta County Sheriffs Deputies last Friday, and was arraigned in district court on Monday. He is charged with indecent exposure after...


(RRN) Benishek To Visit Nine U.P. Hospitals About Obama Care
Congressman Dan Benishek says that he will travel around the Upper Peninsula to talk with folks about the Affordable Care Act…or ObamaCare. He will visit nine hospitals as part of what he's calling a "Health Care Listening Tour". The Iron River Republican also plans to talk with seniors, veterans, and...


(RRN) Escanaba Schools To Add Two Days To Calendar In June
Escanaba school kids will have to spend a little more time in the classroom before breaking for the summer. Superintendent Michelle LeMire announced Friday that the district will have classes for two extra days in June. That's because of all of the weather closures that the district has had...


(RRN) U.P. 'Beacon Awards' Given To Leaders In Child Care
An Escanaba woman and a group of Ontonagon child care providers have been given the Beacon Awards. The announcement came on Sunday from the U-P Association For the Education of Young Children. Bay College instructor Connie Martinson was given an award for her work to support early....


(RRN) Benishek To Visit Menominee County Farm On Monday
Upper Peninsula Congressman Dan Benishek will salute the American farmer this afternoon during an event in Menominee County. Benishek will be at the DeBaker Dairy Farm in Stephenson to talk about the recently-passed Farm Bill. Benishek says that the Farm Bill is giving northern Michigan...


(RRN) Marquette County Man Hurt In Weekend Rollover Accident
A 27-year-old Marquette man is in the hospital after rolling his vehicle several times Saturday night on County Road 550. The sheriff says it happened at about 7:30 and the as-yet unidentified driver was alone in his vehicle. The sheriff also says speed and alcohol are believed to be factors in the accident....


(RRN) Michigan To Appeal Judge's Ruling On Exotic Swine Ban
The D-N-R said Friday it will appeal a Marquette County judge's ruling that overturned a ban on certain breeds of swine. The state attorney general's office is asking the Michigan Court of Appeals to take the case, arguing that Circuit Judge Thomas Solka made errors in his March 24th decision. The D-N-R designated exotic...


(RRN) Former ASNMU President Accused Of Stealing Money
A former president of the Northern Michigan University student union is facing embezzlement charges. Amber Lopota of Port Huron allegedly embezzled from the Associated Students of Northern Michigan University while she was president. The 34-year-old Lopota waived her preliminary examination...


(RRN) Nature Conservancy To Restore Island Near Delta County
The Nature Conservancy announced Friday that it will spend half of a million-dollar grant to protect and restore an island off Delta County's Garden Peninsula. The Conservancy owns 94 percent of Saint Martin's Island, which they call a crucial stopover point for migrating birds. The rest of the money will...


(RRN) Two Men Plead To Breaking Into Keweenaw Mine Shaft
Two 21-year old men charged with breaking into an abandoned mine shaft in the Copper Country were sentenced in district court Thursday. Dylan Stubenrauch of Calumet and Frederick Bryce of Allouez pled no contest in Keweenaw County District Court to one charge of trespassing. They were...


(RRN) UPSET Detectives Bust Three Marquette County Meth Labs
The Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team has busted up several Marquette County meth labs in the past few days. UPSET says it arrested two people in a raid on a Negaunee home on April 8th. Officers say they found another lab in a room at the Marquette Motor Lodge on Thursday...


(RRN) Three People Seriously Hurt In Menominee County Crash
Three people were seriously hurt in a two-car collision late Wednesday in Menominee County. The Menominee County sheriff says it happened about 11:30 Wednesday night on U-S 41 near Wallace. A car containing a43-year-old man and a 41-year-old woman from Tennessee crossed the center line, crashing...


(RRN) Bird Causes Major Power Outage In Eastern U.P.
A bird is being blamed for an outage that left about 850 Cloverland Electric Co-op customers without power for a time on Thursday. Co-op spokeswoman Wendy Malaska says the bird flew into their Brevort substation at about six Thursday night, causing a fuse to blow. The power was back on in the Moran and Epoufette areas by about 8:00.


(RRN) Disease That Kills Bats Is Detected In Upper Peninsula
A disease that has killed millions of bats in the U.S. and Canada has been detected in the Upper Peninsula. The Michigan DNR said Thursday that laboratory tests have confirmed the presence of the fungus that causes white-nose syndrome Dickinson and Mackinac counties. The fungus was found on five...


(RRN) House Explodes In Crystal Falls Township; No Injuries
Two people were able to get out safely when their Iron County home exploded Wednesday night. Firefighters say the explosion at a home in Crystal Falls Township was triggered when a hot water tank ignited a leak in a propane line from the furnace. The explosion blew out three...


(RRN) UPPCO Customers May See Service Cut Due To Non-Payment
Upper Peninsula Power Company says more than 26-hundred of its customers could face disconnection because they're four or more months delinquent on their bills. The company said Thursday that past-due customers should make payment arrangements right away. Those arrangements must...


(RRN) Police: Beware Of Scams When Preparing Income Tax Form
It's tax time, and accounts are busy…but so are the scammers, says the Marquette County sheriff. Area residents report getting calls purporting to be either from the IRS or local law enforcement requesting payment of back taxes. The caller requests that payment be made with a money order. The sheriff says...


(RRN) Despite Warmth, Residents Told To Keep Water Running
It has warmed up quite a bit in the past week, but if you've had frozen pipes this winter, do NOT shut off your water. That's the word today from both the cities of Escanaba and Gladstone. City officials say the frost is still deep in the ground and the pipes could quickly re-freeze. They say you should...


(RRN) June Trial Set For Norway Man In Deputy Stabbing Case
The trial of a 75-year old Norway man on charges of stabbing a Dickinson County Sheriff's deputy more than a year ago will be held this summer. Andrew Bray of Norway is accused of stabbing Deputy Derek Dixon at the Pine Mountain Ski Jumping Tournament on February 10, 2013. Police say Bray...


(RRN) Gladstone Commission Wants Comments On RV Ordinance
They're looking for public comment on a proposed new ordinance regulating RV storage in Gladstone. City Manager Darla Falcon says they have a survey at the city's Website and they'll hold a public forum on Monday afternoon April 14th at 5:00 at Gladstone City Hall. The city commission is set to vote on the ordinance on April 28th.


(RRN) Marquette Catholic Diocese Gets 'Home Missions' Grant
The Catholic Diocese of Marquette has been awarded a 45-thousand-dollar Catholic Home Missions grant. Most of the money--just under 34-thousand dollars--will support the U-P Catholic newspaper. The diocese's prison ministry will receive 68-hundred dollars and the Ecclesial Ministry Institute will...


(RRN) Trial For Windmill Salesman Accused of Fraud Delayed
The pre-trial hearing for a 57-year old windmill salesman accused of swindling customers across the Upper Peninsula has been delayed. Billy Lee Parish of Kincheloe is charged with larceny by conversion greater than $20,000. He is now scheduled for a pretrial conference hearing on April 24...


(RRN) Gov. Snyder Declares Severe Weather Awareness Week
This week is Severe Weather Awareness Week in Michigan. Matt Zika at the National Weather Service in Marquette says it's a chance to spread the word about the dangers of thunderstorms and tornadoes as we leave winter and head into spring. A statewide tornado drill is scheduled for Wednesday afternoon...


(RRN) Court Rejects Huron Club's Claim Against Eagle Mine
The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected an appeal by the Huron Mountain Club that claims construction of the Eagle Mine will spoil the environment in northern Marquette County. Published reports say the Court will not intervene in a dispute over construction of the mine launched by the club. The Huron...


(RRN) 3rd Suspect Pleads In Schoolcraft County Wolf Poaching
The third suspect involved in the illegal killing of a cougar in Schoolcraft County last December has pleaded no contest. Todd Richard of downstate Burt appeared in court in Manistique Monday. The 40-year-old Richard was sentenced to 625 dollars in fines and costs, along with 24 hours of community...


(RRN) Coast Guard Great Lakes Icebreaking Operation Continue
U-S and Canadian ice breakers had tough going Sunday as they attempted to keep shipping channels clear in the Saint Mary's River. Officials say the ice on the river was four feet thick in places with snow cover. The two freighters being escorted by the two breakers finally reached Lake Huron....


(RRN) Adopt-A Highway Program Returns; Is Delayed In U.P.
It's one sure sign of spring. Adopt-A-Highway litter pickups are beginning in Michigan. The Michigan Department of Transportation says the first cleanups begin this Saturday. That will be downstate, though. Due to the snow on the ground, pickups in the U-P and northern Lower Michigan won't begin until...


(RRN) Two People Hurt During Weekend Shooting in Marquette
Two people were hospitalized and another was jailed after a shooting incident in Marquette. Details are sketchy, but Marquette Police say they were called to a home in the 200 Block of West Bluff Street at about 2:30 Sunday morning. During an altercation, two people were shot...


(RRN) Bay College Theatre Director Crystal Dwyer Retiring
The longtime director of the theatre program at Bay College is retiring. Crystal Dwyer says that it's simply time to do some traveling and spend more time with her family. She says it's time for her to move on, and she feels that she is leaving the theatre department in a good place…especially with...


(RRN) Sweetgrass Golf Course Gets High Ranking For 4th Year
The Sweetgrass golf course in Hannahville continues to get high marks from the people who rate golf courses for a living. The publication "Golf Week" has named Sweetgrass to its "Best In State" rankings for a fourth year in a row. Sweetgrass holds down the Number 14 spot out of...


(RRN) Upper Peninsula Company Makes Floors For NCAA Final 4
Even though Michigan and Michigan State won't be there, the state of Michigan will be represented this weekend in Arlington, Texas at the NCAA men’s basketball Final Four. The 94-foot court was made by Connor Sports Flooring in the small community of Amasa in Iron County. It's the ninth...


(RRN) Benishek Asking For More Heating Aid For Poor Families
Congressman Dan Benishek is urging his House colleagues to increase funding for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program. The Iron River Republican said Friday that he wants no less that four-point-seven billion dollars for the program in the 2015 fiscal budget. Benishek cited the...


(RRN) Schuette Wants Decision On Michigan Gay Marriage Ban
Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette says he wants a quick federal appeals court ruling on Michigan's same sex marriage ban. The voter-approved amendment to the state's constitution was ruled unconstitutional by a federal judge in Detroit on March 21st. Schuette Friday asked that all 15 judges...


(RRN) Major Winter Storm To Smack U.P.; Bay College Closing
The calendar says "April", but all of the Upper Peninsula is under a Winter Storm Warning Friday. Meteorologist Keith Cooley at the National Weather Service in Marquette says they're concerned about the amount of ice that will fall in the counties that border Lake Michigan. In those areas, he says that the forecast raises...


(RRN) Upper Peninsula Cities, Counties Get Winter Road Money
There's 61 million dollars on the way to help Michigan cities and counties to pay for the high cost of maintaining their roads during this harsh winter. More than two million of those dollars are coming to Upper Peninsula communities. M-DOT Spokesman Dan Weingarten in Ishpeming says that municipalities can use the...


(RRN) LSSU Reaches Fundraising Goal To Re-Open 'South Hall'
After being closed for nearly a decade, it appears that Lake Superior State University's "South Hall" may be re-opening. That's because a campaign to raise the twelve million dollars needed to renovate the building is going well. L-S-S-U officials say that an anonymous donor pledged to match any...


(RRN) Justice Dept. Wants More Info On Verso/NewPage Deal
The federal government wants more information about Verso Paper's acquisition of NewPage. The U-S Justice Department has sent a request under "second requests" to both companies under the nation's anti-trust laws. This move extends the waiting period for the transaction to close until 30 days...


(RRN) DNR Warning: Bear, Other Wildlife Are 'On The Move'
Spring weather has bears and other wildlife on the move. The Michigan D-N-R's wildlife experts say that animals know it's spring by the increase in daylight hours. Food and mating are the two drivers behind the move, they say. D-N-R bear specialist Adam Bump says bears in particular are attracted...


(RRN) House Passes Budget To Fund U.S. Coast Guard Operation
Legislation to fund the U-S Coast Guard has been approved in the U-S House. The vote was unanimous. Upper Peninsula Congressman Dan Benishek says he voted in favor of the bill, which he says gives the Coast Guard the resources it needs to carry out its missions in the Great Lakes. The...


(RRN) Chippewa County Imposing Weight Restrictions Thursday
The last of the Upper Peninsula counties to impose seasonal weight restrictions is Chippewa County. The road commission will place restrictions on roads there as of 8:00 Thursday morning. That means that all 15 U.P. counties have restrictions in place, and we're being told that in some areas, the...


(RRN) Delta County Parks Getting Improvements This Spring
Delta County's parks are getting a facelift. County officials say that at the Pioneer Trail Park, a new year-round pavilion will be open by July, the R-V dumping station has been repaired, and the roads and boat launch ramp have been fixed. A new children's playground has been built, and the restrooms haven...


(RRN) Home Heating Cash Available Through St. Vincent dePaul
There's more money available for people who are dealing with high home heating costs thanks to the severe winter. The Superior Watershed Partnership is working with St. Vincent dePaul offices in all 15 Upper Peninsula counties to dole out the cash…which was provided by the Michigan Energy Assistance...


(RRN) Former Escanaba Football Coach Cvengros Dead At Age 80
Jerry Cvengros, who coached the Escanaba High School football team to its only state championship in 1981, died Monday night in East Lansing. He was 80 years old. Cvengros also served as EHS athletic director and as the high school principal during his 30 years in Escanaba. He also worked for the Michigan High School...


(RRN) Tickets Still Available For Packers Party In Escanaba
Tickets are still available for the Green Bay Packers Tour party, set for April 15th at the U-P State Fairgrounds. The event will include appearances by Packers President and CEO Mark Murphy, and players Jarrett Bush, Brad Jones, and Mason Crosby. Also scheduled to be there are former Packers Paul...


(RRN) Drunk Man Hurt After Breaking Into Ishpeming Trailer
An Ishpeming man could face charges after he allegedly broke into several trailers in Ishpeming Township late Monday night. Michigan State Police say the 26-year-old man was drunk and tried to break into numerous trailers in the Sunnyside Estates. He eventually forced his way into...


(RRN) Woman Dies As House Explodes, Burns In Eastern U.P.
One person was found dead after a house exploded Monday in the eastern U.P. Michigan State Police say that the incident happened at just before 9 in the morning on Drummond Island. Troopers say the explosion could be felt in several areas of the island, and when crews got to the home on...


(RRN) Escanaba City Councilman Evans Resigns After 18 Years
Escanaba City Councilman Leo Evans has resigned after 18 years on the council. Evans is a former mayor who was serving this term as the mayor pro-tem. Escanaba Mayor Marc Tall says that he has received the resignation letter, and that the matter will be discussed at the city council meeting this Thursday night. Tall says that...


(RRN) Gladstone State Trooper Trained For 'Drugged Driving'
A state trooper from the Gladstone post is now specially trained to detect drugged drivers when he makes a traffic stop. Trooper Mark Erickson was one of 22 troopers from across Michigan to take part in the course to become a Drug Recognition Expert. He took part in three weeks of training…


(RRN) Iowa Woman Charged With Drugged Driving After Accident
An Iowa woman was arraigned Monday on several felonies in connection with a roll-over accident that happened last week in Marquette County. Michigan State Police say that 33-year-old Jessica Jamison of Winterset, Iowa, lost control of her vehicle on US-41 in Michigamme Township last Wednesday...


(RRN) Gladstone Teenager Wins $50,000 Racing Sponsorship
It's been a great week for Gladstone High School sophomore Jordan Ives. First, he began enjoying Spring Break with his family. Next, he celebrated his 16th birthday and can now legally drive on the highways. And then, Ives won the biggest prize of his young life: a $50,000 sponsorship from the Champion spark plug company. It...


(RRN) Rates Increase To Cross International Bridge In Sault
It will cost more to cross the International Bridge in Sault Ste. Marie starting at midnight Monday night. The fare to cross between Michigan and Ontario will rise from three dollars to $3.50. If you're using Canadian cash, the cost will be $3.70 each way. The International Bridge Authority says...


(RRN) Fundraiser Monday To Help UPSET Drug Enforcement Team
A fundraiser will be held in Marquette Monday night to help the Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team, which battles illegal drugs across the U.P.. Sarah Derwin is with the Marquette County Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition. She says the fundraiser will be held at the...


(RRN) State Fire Marshal Warns Of Dangers On Lakes, Streams
Now that lakes, rivers, and streams are starting to thaw as spring approaches, a warning from the Michigan State Fire Marshal: stay off of the ice. Richard Miller says that even though ut may appear that there is still enough thick ice to go do some late-winter recreational activities, conditions are unpredictable and...


(RRN) Upper Peninsula Digs Out From Late-Winter Snow Storm
It was a day of digging out across most of the Upper Peninsula Friday as the area dealt with another late-winter storm. The National Weather Service says that this one dumped eleven inches of wet, heavy snow on parts of Alger County, and between eight and nine inches of snow in the Escanaba-Gladstone...


(RRN) Gov Snyder Signs Law Phasing Out Personal Property Tax
Governor Rick Snyder signed legislation on Friday that guarantees that local units of government will be fully reimbursed for any money they lose when the Personal Property Tax is phased out. That's the tax that businesses pay when buying furniture, equipment, tools, and other items. The...


(RRN) Legislation Signed To Remove 'Retard' From State Books
Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley signed legislation Friday that eliminates the words "Mentally retarded" and "Mental retardation" from all state statutes. Instead, people will be referred to as having a "developmental disability". The change was made after members of the governor's Mental Health...


(RRN) Channel Three To Start Upper Peninsula News Operation
There will be a new player in local television news programming next month. Nexstar Broadcasting announced Friday that there will be local news produced on WJMN-TV Three, live from Marquette, starting in April. A new facility is being built in Marquette, and there will be live news, weather, and...


(RRN) Deadline to Apply For 'ObamaCare' Insurance Approaches
The deadline to apply for heath insurance under the federal Affordable Care Act is this Monday. Jeremy Peacock at Garceau Insurance in Escanaba says that it has been very busy at his office in recent days, with many people either scheduling appointments or just walking in off of the street, looking for what their options...


(RRN) Mich. Attorney General Schuette Visits Upper Peninsula
Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette continued his statewide re-election tour on Thursday with a stop in Marquette. And he was asked right away about the same-sex marriage issue, which is awaiting action in the federal court system. Schuette is opposing gay marriages because Michigan voters approved...


(RRN) Wisconsin Man Charged With Robbing Convenience Store
A Crivitz man has been charged with the armed robbery of a Marinette County party store. 27-year-old Matthew Spencer is accused of holding up the Country Convenience Store in the Town of Stephenson, Wisconsin last fall. He was arrested last week, and made his first court appearance on...


(RRN) Several U.P. Projects Approved By Michigan Lawmakers
The Michigan Senate on Thursday passed a supplemental appropriations bill for the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund. State representative John Kivela (D-Marquette) says it includes money for projects in Marquette, Alger, and Schoolcraft Counties. Some of the projects on the list will improve Presque Isle, Harlow...


(RRN) Year-Round School Calendar May Be Coming To Michigan
Legislation was approved in Lansing Wednesday that would lead to year-round school calendars in Michigan. The bill sponsored by Lansing Democrat Andy Schor provides $2.5 million for certain districts to buy air conditioners and other things for their buildings. Kids would still attend school for 180 days, but would have their vacations spread out...


(RRN) Upper Peninsula Counties Ranked On Their Healthiness
A new report is providing a ranking for all of the state's county health departments. The report was done by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute, and was funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. In "health factors", Marquette County was ranked fourth-best out of the state's 83...


(RRN) Marquette Man Gets Five Years For Beating Girlfriend
A Marquette man has been sentenced to five years in federal prison after pleading guilty to domestic assault. The U-S Attorney's office says that 43-year-old Bradley Hase was given the maximum penalty allowed under the law because it was his third conviction for domestic assault. In this incident, Hase...


(RRN) Iowa Woman Hurt In Marquette County Roll-Over Accident
An Iowa woman was hurt in a rollover accident in Marquette County on Wednesday. Michigan State Police say the accident happened at about 5:30 in the morning on US-41 near Brown Road in Michigamme Township. The 33-year-old woman from Winterset, Iowa, apparently lost control of her...


(RRN) Senate Committee Holds Hearing On 'U.P. Winter Crisis'
The Michigan Senate Transportation Committee held a hearing Tuesday to highlight the struggles that Upper Peninsula communities are facing with the harsh winter and the upcoming spring thaw. State Sen. Tom Casperson (R-Escanaba) chaired the meeting with the goal of informing downstate lawmakers...


(RRN) Eighteen Vehicles Involved In Accident In Negaunee Twp
It was quite a mess on US-41 in Negaunee Township Tuesday as 18 vehicles were involved in a chain-reaction accident near the Carp River crossing. Michigan State Police say the accident happened at about 8:45 in the morning, and it forced the closure of the highway's eastbound lanes...


(RRN) Marquette County Man Charged In Hit-and-Run Fatality
A Marquette County man has been charged in connection with a fatal traffic accident. 46-year-old Michael Nels Nelson of Big Bay was arraigned Tuesday in 96th district court. He's charged with failing to stop at the scene of an accident…when at fault…causing death. Nelson is accused of hitting 54-year-old...


(RRN) Seasonal Weight Restrictions Friday In 4 U.P. Counties
Seasonal weight restrictions will go into effect later this week in four Upper Peninsula counties. The Road Commissions in Alger, Schoolcraft, Luce and Gogebic Counties will begin imposing restrictions this Friday morning at 8:00. Restrictions are already in effect in Delta, Menominee....


(RRN) Feds To Spend $35M On Wildlife Programs In Michigan
The U-S Fish and Wildlife Service will spend 35-million dollars on conservation projects in Michigan this year. Michigan Senator Carl Levin says that this includes money that was not available last year due to budget cuts under sequestration. Those cuts were lifted as part of a two-year budget deal...


(RRN) Iron Mountain State Police Post Wins Gov. Safety Award
The Iron Mountain state police post will be honored with a statewide award Wednesday at the 19th Annual Governor's Traffic Safety Summit in East Lansing. Post Commander Christine Grabowski says the award is to recognize the improvement seen in the seatbelt usage rate in Dickinson and Iron Counties over...


(RRN) Manistique Woman Wins Transportation Safety Award
A Manistique woman will be honored at the governor's Traffic Safety summit on Wednesday. Diane Curry has been part of the U-P Child Safety Coalition, and has spearheaded the "Kids Always Ride Safety Program" across the Upper Peninsula. That program has made child car safety seats available...


(RRN) Soo Locks Open Tuesday To Start 2014 Shipping Season
The Soo Locks will open for the season Tuesday, marking the start of the 2014 Great Lakes shipping season. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers tells the "Detroit News" that getting the locks open will be a little difficult this year due to the amount of ice, but they are confident the passage between...


(RRN) 'Yooper' Now An Official Word In Webster Dictionary
It's official. The Upper Peninsula is not only on the map, but also…in the dictionary. It was announced on Monday that the word "Yooper" will appear in the 2014 edition of the Merriam-Webster Dictionary. Escanaba resident Steve Parks…who is also the county's prosecuting attorney…has been working...


(RRN) Senate Hearing Scheduled Tuesday On 'UP Winter Crisis'
A Senate hearing will be held in Lansing Tuesday to talk about the effects of the harsh winter on the Upper Peninsula's infrastructure. The meeting was called by U.P. State Senator Tom Casperson and the rest of the U.P. delegation to Lansing, who have been calling on the governor to declare...


(RRN) Missing Marquette County Man Found Safe After 5 Hours
An elderly man who was missing for nearly six hours on Sunday was found safe in western Marquette County. Michigan State Police say that 79-year-old Benjamin Suomi went missing at about 9:00 Sunday morning and his wife called police, saying that he suffers from the on-set of dementia...


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