(RRN) Two Arrested For Heroin, Crack In Dickinson County
Detectives from the Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team conducted an investigation involving the sale of heroin and crack cocaine in Dickinson County. On Wednesday, detectives arrested a 32 year old Iron Mountain man for multiple felony drug charges. Later, officers also arrested a 38-year-old Iron Mountain man on drugs charges..

(RRN) Wildfire Burning In Marquette County's Humboldt Twp.
A 60 to 70 acre wildfire near Humboldt Township was reported at about 1:00 Thursday afternoon, when someone at the K.I. Sawyer Airport tower saw smoke. Local Three News says that firefighters were still battling the blaze Thursday night, about four miles northeast of Republic, in an area where a logging operation had been underway. The...

(RRN) UPSET Detectives Bust Another Meth Lab In Marquette
Detectives from the Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team responded to a meth lab at a residence in the 1400 block of Wright Street in the City of Marquette Thursday. Detectives located several components used to manufacture meth along hazardous waste from the meth making process. The meth components and hazardous...

(RRN) Traffic Crashes Reported Thursday In Marquette County
A 33-year-old Marquette man was hurt when his motorcycle hit a deer Thursday morning near the Marquette County Fairgrounds. The sheriff says Daniel Hendrickson was taken to U-P Health System Marquette with non life-threatening injuries. Two people were hurt when two cars collided Thursday morning at the...

(RRN) Walleye Fishing Tournament This Weekend In Gladstone
The Cabella's Masters Walleye Tournament returns to the waters of Little Bay de Noc Friday and Saturday. This year, the tournament is being run out of the Gladstone Harbor. The weigh-ins both days are scheduled for three o'clock and the public is invited. The anglers launch from the harbor at seven each morning...

(RRN) Benishek Wants Purple Hearts For Murdered Tenn. Troops
Upper Peninsyla Congressman Dan Benishek says the victims of the shootings at those two military recruiting offices in Chattanooga ought to get purple hearts. Benishek is the parent of a sailor who served in the Afghanistan conflict. The Obama administration has been under fire for refusing to award the medals...

(RRN) Man Crashes Car Into Iron Mountain Health Clinic
A Crystal Falls man was arrested after he crashed his car into the Bellin Health clinic in Iron Mountain. Local Three News says it happened on just before nine Wednesday night. Police got a 9-1-1 call about the incident. And after an investigation, a 58-year-old Crystal Falls man was arrested for drunk driving and was lodged...

(RRN) Man Drowns In Copper Country; Paddler Rescued In Mqt
A downstate man has drowned in the Copper Country. The Houghton County Sheriff says a 49-year-old Grand Blanc man was heard yelling for help in the waters off McClain State Park on Wednesday. A nearby surfer got him to shore and started C-P-R, but he later died at Aspirus Hospital in Laurium. Meanwhile, a paddle...

(RRN) Environmentalists Rally To Shut Down Mackinac Pipeline
A demonstration is planned for Thursday afternoon on the lawn of the state Capitol to urge a shutdown of the pipeline that runs under the Straits of Mackinac. Protestors will march to Governor Snyder's office to deliver a letter demanding the state order the 60-plus-year-old pipeline closed. The pipeline is owned by Enbridge Energy...

(RRN) Dry Conditions Mean Continued Wildfire Threat In U.P.
The danger of wildfire is on the rIse in Michigan. The D-N-R says many parts of the state have high to very high danger--and these conditions are expected to last into the weekend. While there is some rain in the forecast, the D-N-R says it will be scattered and limited. Among the areas with the greatest wildfire potential, they say, is...

(RRN) Bike Ride This Weekend; Money For UP-to-Detroit Trail
The 25th annual Tour Dah U-P bike ride is set to begin this Sunday. The trek will travel from Munising, to Manistique and to Germfask, with a two-day layover in Grand Marais before heading back to Munising. The event is a fundraiser for Teaching Family Homes, which helps victims of violence and trauma. To register....

(RRN) Supreme Court Says Right-to-Work Law Applies To Public
Michigan's right to work law does apply to state employees. The ruling by Michigan's Supreme Court was announced Wednesday. The court decided four to three that the Michigan constitution prohibits charging state workers a so-called agency fee. Several unions filed suit over the law, saying only the Michigan Civil...

(RRN) DNR Hoping For Federal Action On Grey Wolf Status
Michigan's Wolf Management plan is in place, although it doesn't have much teeth. That's the word from D-N-R Wildlife Biologist Brian Roell, who runs the wolf program in Marquette. He says they got good news this month when a state judge dismissed a lawsuit that was filed by animal rights groups challenging Michigan's law....

(RRN) Hiawatha National Forest Accepts Children's Painting
The U.S. Forest Service has accepted the donation of a Children's Forest painting created by Maryland resident Louise Phillips. The painting, inspired by and dedicated to Hiawatha National Forest, includes images of a lighthouse, shorelines and bodies of water -- all features that highlight the Forest's unique niche as...

(RRN) Lane Closure Planned Thursday On Highway In Escanaba
The outside westbound lane of US-2-and 41 in Escanaba will be closed Thursday for pavement repairs. This is between Third Avenue North and Ludington Street. The state transportation department says that repairs will begin at 8 in the morning, and they should be completed by noon.

(RRN) Two Marquette County Women Arrested On Meth Charges
Detectives from the Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team conducted an investigation involving the manufacturing of meth in Marquette County. After developing investigative leads, detectives from UPSET were able to identify and locate two suspects conspiring to manufacture meth. The suspects, a 35 year old woman....

(RRN) Hot Weather Leads To Shortage Of Fans, Air Conditioner
The unusually warm U.P. weather has many people trying to cool off, and since many homes in the Upper Peninsula don't have air conditioning, stores are selling out of fans quickly. Local Three News reported Tuesday that many stores in Marquette County are running low on their supply of fans and air conditioners. Shopko, Walmart and Target...

(RRN) Drive To Legalize Marijuana In Michigan Brings In Cash
Two groups seeking to legalize recreational marijuana in Michigan have pulled in over 257-thousand dollars for their ballot drives. According to campaign finance reports filed this week, the largest donation came from Revsix Systems at 252-thousand dollars for the Michigan Cannabis Coalition. The MCC's leader, Matt Marsden, heads up...

(RRN) UPSET Detectives Clean Meth Lab In Marquette Township
A Marquette Township man has been arrested on meth-related charges. Local Three News reports that detectives from the Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team conducted an investigation involving the manufacturing of meth in the Marquette County. The suspect, a 45 year old Marquette Township resident, was arrested....

(RRN) Governor Appoints Member To Mackinac State Park Panel
Governor Rick Snyder on Tuesday announced the appointment of Daniel “Dan” Loepp, of downstate Birmingham, to the Mackinac Island State Park Commission. Formed in 1895, this commission oversees operations and maintenance of Mackinac State Historic Parks, which include Fort Mackinac, historic downtown Mackinac Island, Manoogian...

(RRN) Wildfire Contained, Doused In Western Marquette County
D-N-R firefighters and two area fire departments helped residents put out a small wildfire Monday near Helen Lake in Marquette County's Humboldt Township. The blaze charred about a quarter acre late Monday afternoon. D-N-R incident commander Pete Glover says the Helen Lake Association managed to contain the...

(RRN) Volunteers Needed For Upcoming Ore-to-Shore Bike Races
Marquette County's Ore to Shore mountain bike race is just around the corner, and organizers are looking for volunteers. The race is set for ths Saturday, August first. Organizers say they especially need help with Friday night registration, the Saturday finish line and the Saturday junior rock event. You can register at Volunteer Spot on the web....

(RRN) Major Construction Project on I-75 In Eastern UP Done
It's now smooth sailing on I-75 between Saint Ignace and the Soo. The Michigan Department of Transportation says a project to replace aging culverts under the freeway has been completed. A section of I-75 in Chippewa County has been closed since May to replace the culverts, which date back to the 1960s and had reached the end of their service life...

(RRN) NMU's On-Line Learning Disabililties Program Praised
Northern Michigan University's online learning disabilities program has been ranked among the most affordable in a nationwide survey. Top Education Degrees dot org ranks the Master's Degree program in its top fifty most affordable, according to the university. The course provides special training for teachers of learning disabled K-through-12 students.

(RRN) Teenager Charged With Break-In Of Marquette Business
An 18-year-old Skandia man is in jail on breaking and entering charges. Clay Overmyer is charged with breaking into Cruise and Coffee in Marquette back on May 18th. He could get up to ten years in prison if convicted, according to Marquette Police.

(RRN) Peters Continues Effort To Keep UP Postal Center Open
Michigan Senator Gary Peters is continuing his effort to prevent the closure of the Kingsford Mail Processing Center, as well as two others in the state. The Postal Service says that it's broke, but Michiagn's junior US Senator told RRN News that these processing centers aren't the reason that money is short. Peters says the real reason is because...

(RRN) Escanaba Public Safety Identifies Accident Victim
A 55-year-old Delta County businessman has been identified as the victim of that fatal motorcycle accident in Escanaba late Friday night. Glenn White was killed when his cycle collided with a car at the intersection of Ludington and 30th Streets. He collided with an S-U-V driven by 51-year-old Amy Beth Deiter, who suffered minor injuries....

(RRN) Upgrades Being Done This Summer In Manistique Schools
When students return to class in the Manistique Area Schools in September, they will notice some improvements. Superintendent Mary Ann Boddy says that there's a lot of construction going on this summer. She says that they are removing the lentels…metal strips…that are holding the school's windows in place. She says they...

(RRN) Fatal House Fire In Michigamme; Accident In Gladstone
A 46-year-old Michigamme woman died in a house fire early Sunday in that Marquette County town. The second story of the home at 326 West Lake Street was fully engulfed in flames when firefighters got there, according to our partners at Local Three News. The victim was identified as Colette Heasley, who recently moved to the area...

(RRN) National Guard Gets Training; Korean War Vets Honored
Michigan's National Guard is responding to the recent shootings in Chattanooga by holding what it calls "active shooter training" around the state. Guard Director General Gregory Vadnais says he'll take whatever steps necessary so his soldiers can defend themselves. One of the training sessions will be held at the Ishpeming Armory...

(RRN) Dispute Continues Over Garden In City of Ishpeming
An update today on a flap in Ishpeming over use of city property for a private garden. City officials say they did -NOT- order Dan Perkins to remove or destroy vegetables he grew on city land. What the city council did do, says City Manager Mark Slown, was deny Perkins the use of city land for his Partridge Creek Farm. Slown says...

(RRN) Saturday Accident Near Blaney Park May Be Drug-Related
Michigan State Police say that a traffic accident in Schoolcraft County may have been caused by prescription drugs this weekend. Troopers from the Manistique Detachment were called to the scene on M-77 about three miles north of the US-2 intersection near Blaney Park at just after noon on Saturday. Authorities say that 71-year-old Pamela...

(RRN) UPPCO Warns Of Safety Dangers Near Hydroelctric Dams
The Upper Peninsula Power Company urges recreational and fishing enthusiasts to be cautious this summer while around hydroelectric renewable energy facilities. “No matter if you are out on the water fishing, swimming or boating or on land always treat hydroelectric facilities and dams that are part of them with respect,” said...

(RRN) Deadline Set For Qualified Commercial Forest Program
Recent legislation signed into law provides for the combination of agricultural use property with forest use property on a parcel, providing Michiganders more opportunity to enroll under the state’s Qualified Forest Program. The change allows mixed-use landowners the ability to enroll their property under the QFP and get...

(RRN) Delta County Man Dies In Escanaba Motorcycle Crash
There's been a fatal traffic crash in Escanaba. Escanaba Public Safety says it was called to the intersection of Ludington and North 30th Street at about 10:00 Friday night for an accident involving a motorcycle and a vehicle. The driver of the motorcycle was dead when police arrived on the scene. He has not yet been identified....

(RRN) Marquette Township Supervisior Announces Resignation
Marquette Township's Supervisor called a special meeting Friday to announce his resignation. Dennis Liimatta has been a member of the Marquette Township Board since 2009 and his term was set to end in 2016. He has accepted another job and is negotiating his contract with Grand Blanc Townshi. Liimatta told Local Three News...

(RRN) Two Arrested On Drug Charge In Luce, Chippewa Counties
Detectives from the Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team conducted an investigation involving the manufacturing of meth in Luce and Chippewa County. During the course of the investigation, detectives found that two people were buying the components that are used to manufacture meth from several different businesses...

(RRN) MSU Extension Offers Field Day, Free Lunch In Chatham
It's not often that someone offers you a free lunch. But that's what's happening Saturday at the Upper Peninsula Research and Extension Center in the Alger County town of Chatham. It's part of the M-S-U Research Center's annual Field Day program. Visitors will spend the morning touring the North Farm’s farm incubator and hoophouses. In...

(RRN) Bay Celebrates 25th Anniversary Of Disabilities Act
Saturday marks the 25th anniversary of the passage of the Americans With Disabilities Act. That was the law that assured equal opportunity for people with disabilities to access businesses, employment, transportation, state and local government programs and services. At Bay College, the library has bought new equipment that...

(RRN) Delta County $448,000 Lottery Winners Come Forward
We now know the names of the two Delta County folks who will be splitting that record Club Keno jackpot. Tonya Hanson of Rapid River and Dale Lehtikangas of Gladstone picked up their check in Lansing Friday. The two say they each ponied up five bucks for the ticket, which turned out to be worth just over 448-thousand dollars....

(RRN) Chocolay Township Phones Out For The Weekend; Call 911
Phones at the Chocolay Township Offices in Marquette County are down, and they're not expected to be back operating until Monday afternoon. There's no word on the cause of the outage, but township officials say it also affects the police department. If you live in the Township and need emergency services, call 9-1-1 or...

(RRN) Marquette's Forsberg Building Catches Fire; No Injury
No injuries in a fire on North Third Street in Marquette Thursday afternoon. It happened at the old Forsberg Building. The Marquette Fire Department arrived to find smoke coming from the eves. They located the fire in the attic and had it out in about ten minutes. No one was in the building at the time of the blaze, they say....

(RRN) Escanaba Schools Respond To Teacher Firing Controversy
The president of the Escanaba School Board is defending the school district's decision suspend a popular teacher, and remove him as head football coach. In a statement released on Thursday, Cathy Wilson says Jim Hansen's suspension and firing was not just about his jumping through a stack of books in an online video. Wilson says that...

(RRN) Rep Benishek Calls For Defunding Of Planned Parenthood
Upper Peninsula Congressman Dan Benishek is among those calling for the defunding of Planned Parenthood in the wake of those controversial videos. The videos show Planned Parenthood officials discussing the sale of organs from aborted babies. Benishek is joining 124 of his US House colleagues in calling for a halt to all federal funding....

(RRN) Missing Kayackers Found Safe On Escanaba River
An early-morning rescue of two missing kayakers has proved successful. At around 3:00 Thursday morning, a call came in reporting a 19 year-old man and 26 year-old woman had not reached their kayaking destination and had not been heard from in seven hours. According to family members, the pair was headed towards Rock on the Escanaba River...

(RRN) Robotic Industrial Art On Display Friday In Escanaba
The word "art" covers a lot of things. And you may usually think of paintings or ceramics. But how about robots? Escanaba's Bonifas Art Center has an exhibit up through the end of the month featuring the Industrial Arts studies programs Delta Schoolcraft Intermediate School District, Escanaba RoboMos and Gladstone...

(RRN) Schoolcraft County Fair Opens On Friday In Manistique
The Schoolcraft County Fair is being held this weekend in Manistique. The gates open at 4:00 Friday afternoon with a performance by Cirque Amongus, inflatables, games, animal and still exhibits and the VFW beverage garden. There will also be live music by the Bearwalkers as well. On Saturday, the gates open at 10 in the morning with...

(RRN) Large Lottery Jackpot Won At Rapid River's Swallow Inn
Two lucky U.P. residents are a lot richer after winning the Club Keno "The Jack" game. The winning lottery ticket was sold Wednesday at the Swallow Inn Bar on South Main Street in Rapid River. The amount won is a record-setting $448,055 dollars. Lottery representatives say the prize amount is unusually large compared...

(RRN) Manistique High School Students To Repair Fairgrounds
There's a group of Manistique High School students who do more than just their schoolwork. There's 32 class officers on a council that does things like keep school spirit high, and organize fun activities in the school. This Thursday, those kids will be giving back to the community. Manistique High School Principal John Shiner says...

(RRN) DNR Rears More Than 20 Million Fish; Many Here In U.P.
The Department of Natural Resources Wednesday announced the final totals from its spring fish-stocking efforts. DNR fisheries staff stocked a total of 20,099,988 fish that weighed more than 325 tons and consisted of nine different species and one hybrid. To complete this task, staff took more than 370 stocking trips to 732 stocking sites...

(RRN) Michigan Firefighters Helping Wildfire Effort Out West
Fourteen Michigan Department of Natural Resources employees, who are trained as firefighters, currently are helping to contain wildfires in Alaska and Manitoba. Three four-man crews have been dispatched to Manitoba to assist with its ongoing wildfire suppression efforts. Manitoba is a partner in the Great Lakes...

(RRN) Michigan DNR Says Deer Harvest Declined Dramatically
If you didn't bag that buck during the 2014 hunting seasons, you're not alone. The Michigan D-N-R is out with its Deer Harvest Survey Report, and it shows a big decline in the number of deer taken last fall and winter. The agency estimates that 329-thousand deer were taken statewide…a drop of 15-percent...

(RRN) Seney National Wildlife Refuge Plans Burn On Wednesday
The Seney National Wildlife Refuge plans to conduct its first prescribed burn of the year on Wednesday, depending on the weather. This is a large burn: 430 acres. It will be located a half-mile east of the Driggs River Road, and about a mile-and-a-half south of M-28. Refuge officials say that burn is needed to enhance the habitat for...

(RRN) Skandia Woman Dies In Traffic Accident Near Chatham
There's been a fatal accident in Alger County. Michigan State Police say the two-car crash happened at about 8:00 Tuesday night at the M-94/M-67 intersection near the town of Chatham. Troopers say that 50-year-old Peggy Sue Larson was turning off of M-67 onto M-94 when she was hit in the driver's door. The collision sent...

(RRN) Three Gladstone Teens Arrested For Stealing From Cars
Another warning from police: lock your doors! This after some cars with unlocked doors were entered by three teenagers in Gladstone late Tuesday night. Gladstone Public Safety was called to the 26-hundred block of South Hill Road because people realized that things had been stolen from their vehicles....

(RRN) Manistique Schools Decide Not To Privatize Custonians
The Manistique Area Schools considered contracting out for their custodial services this summer. Superintendent Mary Ann Boddy says that privatizing those services would save the district about 95-thousand dollars a year. But the Manistique School Board made a decision on that issue Monday night, deciding to keep school employees...

(RRN) Bay College To Start Running Altrusa's 'Career Closet'
The Career Closet…which has been run by volunteers from the local Altrusa International chapter for many years…will now be run by Bay College. The Career Closet is a place where people can go to borrow professional work clothes so they can look good for a job interview. It's...

(RRN) Escanaba's Upper Hand Brewery Unveils New Bottle Logo
The Upper Hand Brewery in Escanaba will soon unveil a new logo. This one, says company founder Larry Bell, will more accurately reflect on the fact that the beer is being produced here in the U.P. The logo has the words "Upper Hand Brewery" in capital letters, with the image of the Upper Peninsula...

(RRN) No Challengers File For Escanaba City Council Election
Tuesday's 4:00 deadline for becoming a candidate for the Escanaba City Council passed with three people filing to be on the November ballot. All three are incumbents: Ron Beauchamp and Mike Sattem for a four-year term, and Ralph Blasier for the final two years of the seat that was held by former mayor Leo Evans. State...

(RRN) Lake Superior State Offering Labor Course In Escanaba
A course in Labor Law will be offered by Lake Superior State University on the Bay College campus in Escanaba this fall. This course will analyze labor laws pertaining to union-management relations with an emphasis on the private sector, as well as on laws relating to heath care institutions. They will also go over the...

(RRN) Obama Speaks At VFW Convention; Benishek Not Impressed
President Barack Obama spoke Tuesday at the Veterans of Foreign Wars convention in Pittsburgh, and he addressed the state of Veterans Administration hospitals across the country. Obama said that the disability claims backlog at the VA has been reduced by about 80 percent. The President vowed to keep working to shorten wait...

(RRN) Oshkosh Postal Worker Caught Stealing People's Mail
A postal worker from Oshkosh is facing federal charges that he stole items from packages to and from people around the northern part of Wisconsin. Co-workers told investigators they'd seen Tyler Patrie take mail coming through the processing facility and put it in his locker on multiple occasions since May. Surveillance...

(RRN) Michigan Lawmakers Head Into Break With No Road Deal
There's still no deal to fix Michigan's roads. It looks like lawmakers will head into their latest break without getting a deal done. Earlier this month, the state Senate passed a bill that would increase the gas tax by 15 cents, increase diesel taxes and cut 700-million dollars from the budget. The House passed a different plan that included...

(RRN) Downstate Woman Arrested On Drugs Charges In Newberry
A woman has been arrested for allegedly planning to smuggle drugs into the Newberry Prison. The Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team launched an investigation into Megan Leann Cruz earlier this month, and detectives tipped off Michigan State Police troopers that she was driving on Borgstrom Road in Newberry....

(RRN) Escanaba Teacher, Coach Appeals For His Job At Meeting
It was a packed school board meeting Monday night in Escanaba as Jim Hansen fought for his job as a high school science teacher, and as the head coach of the Eskymo varsity football team. Hansen was fired from the coaching job and suspended, with pay, from the teaching position...

(RRN) Green Bay Packers Financial Situation In Good Shape
The Green Bay Packers are setting a new franchise record for revenue. The league's only publicly-owned team says revenue for the last fiscal year surpassed 375-million-dollars, up 16-percent from the previous year. The NFL gave Green Bay more than 226-million-dollars in national revenue sharing, an increase of 21-percent. Most of that...

(RRN) U-of-M Frat Member Pleads To Damaging Gaylord Resort
A member of a former fraternity at the University of Michigan is pleading guilty to vandalism charges. Jesse Krumholz has agreed to plead to a misdemeanor charge of malicious destruction of a building. He is the fourth member of the Sigma Alpha Mu fraternity to plead to charges stemming from the destruction done at the Treetops Resort...

(RRN) Two Hurt In Small Plane Crash Near UP/Wisconsin Border
Two people are recovering from minor injuries suffered when their single-engine plane crash-landed near the Wisconsin-Upper Peninsula border. Vilas County sheriff's deputies said a home-built aircraft landed on a grassy runway, struck asphalt, and went airborne for a second time. It then landed on its nose and flipped upside...

(RRN) Rental Home Destroyed By Fire In Manistique; Dog Dies
A rental unit was destroyed by fire Monday in Manistique. Manistique Public Safety says the blaze broke out at about 7:30 in the 4-hundred block of Arbutus Street. The home is owned by a couple out of Gaylord, and the renter, Tammy Holdridge was in the process of moving out of the home when this fire occurred...

(RRN) Escanaba Teenager Arrested For Allegedly Stealing Car
A teenager was arrested in Escanaba late Sunday night for stealing a car. Escanaba Public Safety says they tried to stop the 16-year-old boy at about 11:30 Sunday night, but he wouldn't stop. Eventually, the boy tried to run away, but officers caught him after just a few minutes. The suspect was taken to the Bay Pines Center...

(RRN) DNR: Bones Found By Marquette Boy Are Horse Remains
Michigan Department of Natural Resources wildlife biologists at the DNR’s Customer Service Center in Marquette have determined bones found by a boy near Picnic Rocks in Marquette Thursday were those of a horse. The DNR was called to Shiras Park to pick up what remained of a skeleton...

(RRN) Marquette Apartment Building Damaged By Weekend Fire
Damage is estimated at 25-thousand dollars in a fire at 201 East Magnetic Street in Marquette Saturday night. Crews arrived on the scene to find heavy smoke in the basement, but all of the residents outside thanks to a smoke detector. The fire was under control in about ten minutes, but not before the basement suffered heavy...

(RRN) Another Effort To Kill Sea Lamphrey To Begin Soon
The battle against the sea lamprey is coming to Delta County. Crews from the U-S Fish and Wildlife Service will be working off the Sturgeon River starting July 28th to estimate the parasite's population in the area. That will lead to measures to kill lamprey larvae. A single lamprey can destroy up to 40 pounds of fish during its...

(RRN) Lighting Changes Coming For Sault International Bridge
It'll be lights out on the International Bridge at the Soo starting this week. The white lights on top of the bridge's three steel arches will be shut off so they can be replaced with more energy-saving lighting. The new lighting will save about 75-thousand dollars in energy and maintenance costs over its life span, according to Bridge General...

(RRN) ShopKo Stores Already Thinking Of Back-to-School Event
Retailer Shopko has kicked off its annual Tools for Schools campaign. Customers are being asked to drop off school supplies in bins located at Shopko and Shopko Hometown stores now through August 7th. Starting August 7th, the supplies will be packaged and delivered to needy kids by the Salvation Army. Shopko will also include...

(RRN) Upper Peninsula Woman Selected To State Language Board
Governor Rick Snyder on Friday announced the appointment of Sarah Clement of Negaunee to the Michigan Board of Speech Language Pathology. This 11-member board, housed in the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, oversees the licensure and practice of speech-language pathologists. "I am confident Sarah...

(RRN) VA Offering Information Session For Women Vets In Esky
The Veterans Administration is planning an Information Fair and Listening Session for women veterans in Escanaba. It will be held Saturday at the Escanaba Vet Center, located across the street from Saint Francis Hospital. The event will help women transition back to civilian life after being in the military, and also help them to deal with health...

(RRN) Benishek Says Army Corps Will Study New Sault Lock
In response to efforts by Upper Peninsula Congressman Dan Benishek and a bi-partisan group of members of the House and Senate, the Army Corps of Engineers has agreed to perform an Economic Impact study on the Soo Locks. This study is critical to the effort to increase the priority of the construction of a replacement Lock in the Army...

(RRN) Off-Road Racing Returns To Bark River This Weekend
It's Off Road Weekend in Bark River. These races are the "Sportsmen Races", with the 40th annual Pro Races set for August 15th and 16th. Still, big crowds are expected this weekend at the Bark River International Raceway. Racing begins at 11:00 Saturday morning and Sunday morning, with events in seven different classes. A weekend...

(RRN) Volunteers Picking Up Trash Along Roads Through Sunday
The Adopt-A-Highway program is back for its 25th straight year, and the second of three trash pick-ups runs through this weekend. As many as 32-thousand people volunteer in the program every year, and their work saves the state 5-point-5 million dollars in clean-up costs. Over the past 25 years, M-DOT says that 70-thousand bags of litter...

(RRN) New Tourist Welcome Center Opens In Garden Peninsula
There's a new welcome center in the Delta County community of Garden. The center is a combined effort of a volunteer group known as the Garden Economic Peninsula Task Force and Heritage Sustainable Energy, which operates a wind farm on the Garden Peninsula. It will be open daily from nine to three and is for residents, tourists and businesses...

(RRN) Upper Peninsula Rodeo Begins On Friday In Iron River
The 45th annual U.P. Championship Rodeo starts Friday in Iron River. Three rodeo performances, each with six events, will put the professional cowboys and professional barrel racing women to the test both Friday and Saturday. They events are scheduled for 7:00 Friday night, 2:00 Saturday, and 7:00 Saturday night, Central time...

(RRN) Big Weekend Of Racing Set At U.P. State Fairgrounds
The most popular event of the race season is on tap for Saturday at Upper Peninsula International Raceway at the fairgrounds in Escanaba. The 5th Annual “Blast from the Past” will begin with a Meet and Greet at 4:00 at the grandstand. The Milwaukee Vintage Modifieds clubs will make their annual trek to the U.P. Modifieds...

(RRN) Lieutenant Governor Plans Drug Summit Next Week
Michigan Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley announced Thursday that the Michigan Prescription Drug and Opioid Abuse Task Force is seeking public input on how the state can address challenges associated with prescription drug and opioid abuse. “We are eager to hear the ideas and thoughts of our state’s concerned residents in...

(RRN) State Office Suggests Eliminating Two U.P. Judgeships
The State Court Administrative Office is out with its recommendations for restructuring the state's judicial system. Thursday's report calls for the reduction of six judgeships across Michigan. The state would lose four district and four probate judges, but gain two circuit court judges. Delta County would lose a district court judge...

(RRN) Old US-2 Bridge Being Demolished Over Escanaba River
The old US-2 bridge over the Escanaba River is coming down this week in Delta County. It has been there for more than seven decades, but hasn't been used for many years. Recently, the bridge has become a safety concern, as large chunks of concrete have fallen into the river as people...

(RRN) Gladstone Officials Outline City's Financial Problems
A town hall meeting was held in Gladstone Tuesday night, focused on the city's financial problems. One of the biggest issues is the amount of money that the city has to pay into the Municipal Employees' Retirement System, or "Mers". Gladstone City Commission member Matt Gay spoke with Local Three News. He says that this...

(RRN) Blue Cross Praises Delta, Schoolcraft Health Providers
The insurance company Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan has designated Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital's Rural Health Clinic in Manistique as a "patient-centered medical home" for the next year. The insurer gave the same designation Wednesday to eight practices in Delta County: Cedar Hill Medical and Cedar Hill Bayside, FMC of...
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(RRN) City of Menominee Gets $870K To Renovate Old Building
The City of Menominee has been approved for 870-thousand dollars in Community Development Block Grant funds by the Michigan Economic Development Authority. The money will be used to renovate the old Oddfellows Hall building for the as part of the "Lloyd House II" redevelopment project in downtown Menominee. When the work...

(RRN) DNR Opens New Bodi Lake Boat Launch In Luce County
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources announced Wednesday that construction begun last month on a new boat launch at Bodi Lake in northeastern Luce County has been completed. The boating access site has reopened. Work began June 29 on the $6,000 project, which was funded by the DNR’s boating program. "This new...

(RRN) MI Veterans Affairs Agency Announces U.P. Coordinator
Veterans in the Upper Peninsula will have easier access to emergency assistance, federal benefits claims and other state and local services, thanks to a new program designed to assist those who have served in the armed forces. The Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency says that through the Regional Coordinator Program, more than 660,000 Michigan...

(RRN) Woman Dies In Fiery Car Crash Near Sault Ste. Marie
A woman has died in a fiery car crash in the eastern Upper Peninsula. Chippewa County Sheriff's Deputies say that the accident happened at about 8:30 Tuesday night on Lakeshore Drive in Bay Mills Township. That's when 69 year old Rita Sayles, of McNearny Lake missed a turn in the road and crashed into several trees....

(RRN) Group Suggests Expanding MI Natural Resource Economy
Business Leaders for Michigan, the state’s business roundtable, today released The Michigan Natural Resources Business Plan: Leveraging Our Assets to Make Michigan a Top Ten State, showing how Michigan could better leverage its strengths in natural resources, from tourism to agriculture and beyond. Currently, Michigan’s...

(RRN) Two Men Rescued In Marquette After Kayak Capsizes
Two men were rescued after their kayaks flipped over and they swam to a rock in Marquette's Presque Isle Park late Tuesday night. The Marquette Fire Department says it happened just before midnight. The two were stranded in the Black Rocks area of the park. Firefighters rappelled fifty feet down to the men...

(RRN) Task Force Makes Recommendations For Pipeline Safety
The transportation of crude oil and tar sands materials through the pipeline under the Straits of Mackinac would be banned if the state government follows the recommendations of the Michigan Petroleum Pipeline Task Force. It was co-chaired by Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette and Michigan D-E-Q Director Dan Wyant....

(RRN) Sen. Peters Wants To Stop Closure Of UP Mail Facility
Michigan Senator Gary Peters says he's opposed to the closure f the Kingsford Mail Processing Center, as well as two others in the state. The junior U-S Senator has introduced legislation that would put a two-year moratorium on closing these U-S Postal Service facilities. The bill would also guarantee that mail continues to be delivered...

(RRN) Marquette County Woman Rescued After Kayak Flips Over
A woman was rescued Tuesday after her kayak flipped over on a Marquette County lake. It was a very windy day on Bass Lake in Gwinn, but Marquette County Sheriff's personnel were able use a boat and pull 57-year-old Susan Lafreniere, of Gwinn, out of the water. Lafreniere was kayaking with one other person when her kayak...

(RRN) Wisconsin Governor Walker To Speak At Mackinac Event
Another Republican presidential candidate has announced that he will attend the Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference in September. Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker confirmed on Tuesday that he will attend and speak at the Mackinac Island event, which will be held at the Grand Hotel September 18th through the...

(RRN) Benishek Votes For Veteran Entreprenuership Resolution
The U-S House has passed legislation called the Veterans Entrepreneurship Act. Upper Peninsula Congressman Dan Benishek says he voted in favor of House Resolution 2499, which would would make it easier for veterans to get the capital they need to start their own business. Specifically, the bill waives the up-front...

(RRN) Michigan DNR To Offer Bear Hunting Clinic In Escanaba
The Michigan D-N-R will offer a bear hunting clinic on August First in Escanaba. Students will learn the ins and outs of bear hunting with experienced hunters and DNR educators. The class will cover habitat, gear, stand placement, baiting, rules and regulations, carcass care, and hide care. Participants will spend three to four hours...

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