(RRN) Man Charged With Arson, Murder In Marquette County
Nearly six months after a Marquette County house fire led to the death of a woman, an arrest has been made in the case. Local Three News reports that 45 year-old Steven Zintman has been charged with felony murder and first degree arson in connection to the fire that happened May 4th at 609 Valkyrie Street at...

(RRN) Peters Would Oppose UP Electric Rate Hikes If Elected
The Democrat who's running for the U.S. Senate campaigned in the Upper Peninsula on Monday, and said that if he's elected, he will work to avoid the large utility rate increases that are scheduled to take place this winter in the region. Suburban Detroit Congressman Gary Peters campaigned in Escanaba and Marquette, and...

(RRN) U.P. Health Officials Offer Reassurance On Ebola Virus
More reassurance is being offered for Peninsula residents concerned about a possible Ebola outbreak here. The deadly disease has killed about four thousand people this fall, with nearly all of them occurring in West Africa nations. Doctor Terry Frankovich is the medical director for public health departments in ten...

(RRN) Fish/Wildlife Service Fighting Lamphrey In Ford River
The U-S Fish and Wildlife Service plans to take its battle against sea lamphrey to the Ford River over the next ten days. Technicians will be dumping chemicals in the river…as well as to offshore areas near the river in Delta, Marquette, Menominee and Dickinson Counties…in an effort to kill the lamphrey larvae...

(RRN) Fire Forces Evacuation Of Engineered Machine Products
Fire disrupted the morning routine for employees at Escanaba's Engineered Machine Products on Monday. The facility was evacuated shortly after 9 a.m. when a heating unit caught fire on the second level of the building. "When we got here, there was heavy smoke coming out of....

(RRN) K-Mart Store In Iron Mountain Closing January 18th
The K-Mart store in Iron Mountain will be closing its doors. According to a post on the "my Kmart" corporate message board, a community relations specialist confirmed that the Iron Mountain store will be closing on January 18th. It is one of a number of stores being closed across the country as K-Mart tries to...

(RRN) Casperson Wants Changes In Michigan Jail Food Systems
Upper Peninsula State Senator Tom Casperson says that he regrets his vote for a Michigan corrections budget that included the privitization of the state's prison food system. And he says that the Snyder Administration should consider cancelling its contract with the private vendor Aramark, Inc., which has been riddled with charges of...

(RRN) M-DOT Trying New Energy-Efficent Bulbs In St. Ignace
We've all been told that it's time to switch from the old electric bulbs to the new LED lights, which cost more, but save energy long-term. The Michigan Department of Transportation is taking that advice, and is switching to LED lights on some freeways. M-DOT spokesman Dan Weingarten says they are making the switch...

(RRN) Harvest Gathering Food Drive Continues For U.P. Needy
The Michigan Harvest Gathering food drive is continuing across the state, with an effort to stock food pantry shelves across the state as the holiday season approaches. The donations go to the Food Bank of Michigan, which has warehouses across the state to help local food pantries...one warehouse is here in the U-P in Ishpeming...

(RRN) CN Railroad Repairs Cause Road Closure In Bark River
It won't be long before the snow flies in Delta County, but the Canadian National Railway is trying to get one more repair project done this week in Bark River. The Delta County Road Commission says that County Road 535...also known as "D" Road...will be closed north of US-2-and-41 in Bark River starting...

(RRN) Dems' Senate Candidate Peters Visits Upper Peninsula
The Democrat running for Michigan's U-S Senate seat is in the Upper Peninsula as a part of his "Listening Tour". Suburban Detroit Congressman Gary Peters plans to do a "grassroots meet and greet" Sunday night in Houghton, and has two public events scheduled for Monday. The first in Marquette is a meeting with small business owners...

(RRN) Ishpeming Police Release Details Of 'Toxic' Meth Labs
Ishpeming Police Friday night released more information about the two drug busts that happened in the city on Thursday, including the names of the people who were arrested. In the first incident, police raided a home at 213 Oak Street. Police Chief John Willey says the raid was especially dangerous because there were...

(RRN) New Toll Booths Opening Monday On International Bridge
Good news for people who use the International Bridge that connects Sault Ste. Marie Michigan with Sault, Canada. The Michigan Department of Transportation says that two of the six new toll booths are now in place, and will be open for collecting tolls from three new lanes starting at 11:00 Monday morning. Project Manager...

(RRN) Michigan Senators Oppose U.P. Electric Rate Increases
Michigan Senators Debbie Stabenow and Carl Levin are urging the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to delay electric rate increases for families and businesses in the Upper Peninsula, and act on the complaint filed by the Michigan Public Service Commission about these rate hikes. The Upper Peninsula would have to pay...


(RRN) Two U.P. Residents Recognized For Helping Blind People
The Michigan Bureau of Services for Blind Persons presented its Achievement Honor Roll Awards Friday in Lansing, recognizing a Menominee woman and a Delta County physician, as well as several downstate people. They were all awarded for their work on behalf of people with vision issues in the state. Sara...


(RRN) Ishpeming Police Bust Two Separate Meth Drug Labs
Ishpeming Police busted two meth labs on separate sides of town on Thursday. One lab was busted at 260 Marble Street, while the other was raided in the 200 block of West Oak Street. A 37-year-old woman was arrested in one of the busts, while a 40-year-old man was arrested in the other. The Marquette County Prosecutor will investigate...

(RRN) Bay College Pushes For 4-Year Nursing Degree Programs
Should Michigan's community colleges be allowed to offer four-year degrees in fields like nursing? Michigan's community colleges, like Escanaba's Bay deNoc Community College, all say "yes". And State Representative Mike Shirkey (R-Clark Lake) held a committee hearing on the plan earlier this month, but no vote was...

(RRN) Benishek Speaks On Ebola; MGH/Bell Prepare For Disease
Upper Peninsula Congressman Dan Benishek says there should be a travel ban put in place on people who want to enter this country after spending time in west African countries where the Ebola virus is killing people. He has asked President Obama to consider such a travel bad. Benishek also wants increased...

(RRN) UPPCO Releases Report On Why Utility Rates May Rise
Utilities that serve the Upper Peninsula have been warning of higher electric rates due to a federal decision that exempts Wisconsin utilities from helping to pay to run Marquette's Presque Isle Power Plant. The Upper Peninsula Power Company came out with a report Wednesday that tries to answer customer questions about this...

(RRN) Details Released On Fatal Boating Incident In Big Bay
Marquette County Sheriffs Deputies have released the names of the people involved in Wednesday's fatal boating accident. Deputies say the man who was killed was 48-year-old Paul Albert-Charles Maki of Big Bay. He and two other Huron Mountain Club employees were working on Mountain Lake in a 16-foot..

(RRN) Saint Francis Hospital Making Precautions For Ebola
What if someone walked into an Upper Peninsula hospital, and said he just returned from a trip to West Africa and wasn't feeling good? What would our local hospitals do, just in case that person had the deadly Ebola virus? Lanna Scannell at OSF Saint Francis Hospital in Escanaba says that they do have protocols in place...


(RRN) Alger-Delta Exploring Merger With Great Lakes Energy
The Alger-Delta Electric Co-operative is looking at the possibility of merging with Great Lakes Energy, a co-op based in Boyne City. The announcement was made at Wednesday's Alger-Delta Board meeting. Officials say that a merger would lead to more stable electric rates in the future, with the rates of the two entities....

(RRN) Sheriff Ballweg Says Goodbye To Department, Community
There were a lot of badges in one place Wednesday as Delta County Sheriff Gary Ballweg said goodbye to the job and "hello" to retirement. Sheriffs from other U.P. counties and officers from other departments were at the event at the Escanaba Eagles Club, along with politicians like...


(RRN) Graymont Revises Plan To Build Mine In Mackinac County
Graymont has revised its state application to build a limestone mine in Mackinac County. The company, which already owns a facility in Gulliver in Schoolcraft County, wants to build a facility near the town of Rexton. Bill O'Neill is the Chief of the DNR's Forest Resources Division. He says that the company's first application...


(RRN) Marquette Gets $481K Grant To Remodel Delft Theatre
The City of Marquette has been approved for a 481-thousand dollar grant to renovate the old Delft Theater in the downtown area. The money comes from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation's block grant program. The project will see that historic theater turned in to a new restaurant and dinner theater. It will...

(RRN) High Winds Cause Power Outages As Big Tent Hits Pole
High winds knocked out power for about two hours Tuesday night in downtown Escanaba. Wind gusts as high as 50 miles per hour lifted a large white tent that had been placed along First Avenue North for last Saturday's UPtoberfest beer/wine tasting event. The tent was...


(RRN) Ed Oswald Takes Oath As New Delta County Sheriff
It was the day that Ed Oswald had waited for ever since he started working at the Delta County Sheriff's Department 23 years ago. Oswald took the oath of office Wednesday evening as Clerk Nancy Kolich swore him in as the county's new sheriff. Oswald stood with his wife and daughter...


(RRN) Candidates Forum Wednesday; Not For Judge Candidates
A candidates forum will be held Wednesday night in Escanaba, but it will not include the men running for the district court judgeship. It will feature those running for the state house, state senate, Escanaba School Board, and a seat on the Delta County Board. One of the sponsors, the League of Women Voters...


(RRN) 'Rachel's Challenge' To Bring Message Of Inclusion
It's been 15 years since the shooting at Colorado's Columbine High School. The first victim of that tragedy was a girl by the name of Rachel Scott. Her father has started a national organization called Rachel's Challenge, and its message is coming to the Upper Peninsula Wednesday night. The program at the Island Resort and...


(RRN) Ishpeming's Bell Hospital Has New Chief Executive
Bell Hospital in Ishpeming has a new CEO. He's Mitch Lekelt, who has served as the interim CEO since July. The 52-year-old Lekelt was an assistant administrator at Marquette General Hospital before coming to Bell. While he will be in charge of the operation in Ishpeming, Lekelt will also be working with...


(RRN) DNR Plants Lake Sturegon In Cedar, Whitefish Rivers
Almost six thousand lake sturgeon have been released into lakes and rivers across the state this summer. The Michigan D-N-R teamed up with two Indian tribes to replenish the sturgeon population in these waters. Locally, about 345 fish were stocked in the Cedar River in Menominee County, and just over 600 fish...


(RRN) Restoration Work Wrapping Up At Fayette Townsite Park
There's lots of renovating being done at the Fayette Historic State Park on the Garden Peninsula. Fayette Historian Troy Henderson says the biggest project was re-plastering the old Shelton House hotel, which was a fancy place to lay your head back in the 1880's. It has been closed to visitors for the past two years...


(RRN) Hunters Can Donate Venison To Help Feed Hungry People
An effort to get unwanted venison into the stomachs of the state's unemployed and needy people is under way again this fall. Barb Nemecheck at Memorial United Methodist Church in Gladstone started this program back in 1991, where hunters shoot deer here in the Upper Peninsula and the meat is sent to soup kitchens in...


(RRN) Marquette City Police Add Four-Legged Officer To Force
The Marquette City Police Department has a new officer. And he has four legs. Nitro is a one-year-old black lab who will join the department's K-9 team to sniff for explosives. Marquette bought him from the Oakland County Sheriff's Department back in May, and the dog has been undergoing extensive...


(RRN) Orientation Sessions For Potential U.P. Foster Parents
If you've thought about being a foster parent, there's several orientation sessions being planned to give you the details on how it works. Catholic Social Services of the Upper Peninsula has coordinated adoptions and foster parent opportunities for years. The Foster Care sessions will be held on October 21st in Escanaba...


(RRN) Snyder, Schauer Square Off In Gubernatorial Debate
Governor Rick Snyder and his challenger, Democrat Mark Schauer, squared off in their only scheduled debate Sunday night in Detroit. Schauer attacked the governor on school funding, saying that Snyder cut a billion dollars from K-12 education. The governor fired back, accusing Schauer of lying. He said that...


(RRN) Gladstone Starts Robotics Program For Fourth Graders
The Gladstone and Escanaba High School Robotics teams advanced to the World competition last year in St. Louis, drawing praise from as people as high up as Governor Rick Snyder. Now, the Gladstone schools are starting up a robotics team for fourth graders. Dave Florenski is the coach of the new team, and he says...


(RRN) Kansas Man Dies In Pedestrian Accident In Marquette
A man was killed over the weekend when he was hit by a car in Marquette County. Sheriffs Deputies say the accident happened Saturday night when several people were walking across US-41 from the Cedar Motor Inn to Buffalo Wild Wings. A car driven by a 43-year-old Gwinn woman hit the 55-year-old man...


(RRN) Three Arrested For Assault After Road Rage In Harvey
Three people were arrested over the weekend on assault charges after a "road rage" incident in Chocolay Township. Police say the incident happened at around midnight Friday night, and it started in the Ace Hardware parking lot in Harvey. The two drivers involved in the incident on US-41 got into a confrontation. Three...


(RRN) Town Hall Meeting On Wolf Hunting Monday In Marquette
A town hall meeting will be held Monday night in Marquette to talk about the wolf hunting issue. The group "Keep Michigan Wolves Protected" has been holding these meetings around the state the past two weeks to urge "no" votes on two November ballot proposals. One would designate the gray wolf as a game species...


(RRN) Huge Traffic Back-Ups On International Bridge In Sault
If you will be in Sault Ste. Marie on Monday, chances are you will see a lot of traffic. Monday is Thanksgiving in Canada…and the Michigan Department of Transportation says there were huge traffic jams on the International Bridge throughout the weekend. At times, the back-up extended from the Canadian toll plaza and...


(RRN) Woman, Three Children Hurt In Iron County Accident
A woman and her three children escaped serious injury during a traffic accident Friday afternoon in Iron County. Michigan State Police say the accident happened on M-69 near Dawson Lake Road when 27-year-old Shannon Knipp swerved to miss a deer and her vehicle ran off the road and rolled over. The vehicle...


(RRN) Dairy Queen Latest Large Company With Security Breach
The news from Dairy Queen is not so sweet today. The company says that someone hacked into the computer systems of nearly 400 DQ stores including the location in Norway. The security breach compromised customers' names, payment card numbers and expiration dates. Dairy Queen says information such as...


(RRN) Governor Signs Bill To Help Veterans Become Dentists
Gov. Rick Snyder signed legislation Friday making it easier for veterans with military experience in the dental field to re-enter the civilian workforce. The legislation continues the state’s efforts to help veterans get back to work faster upon returning home. House Bill 5248, sponsored by state Rep. Gail Haines, waives the fee...


(RRN) Escanaba Seeks More State Aid For Winter Freeze Damage
The City of Escanaba was hit hard by the harsh winter, leading to tens of thousands of dollars in damages to water and sewer mains, and frozen underground pipes. But the Michigan Economic Development Corporation awarded the city only about $12,000 from its "urgent need" fund, while many other U.P. communities received much more...


(RRN) Governor Calm On Ebola; Newberry Center Has Pneumonia
Governor Rick Snyder says that Michigan is ready to deal with any possible cases of the Ebola virus in the state. But he said on Thursday that the risk of an outbreak is very low. Still, Snyder says the state is "working vigilantly" with the health and medical community to be prepared. The governor says the...


(RRN) Flu Shots Offered To Veterans Across Upper Peninsula
The Veterans Administration is scheduling flu shot clinics for veterans at several locations across the Upper Peninsula this month. They're being offered every day between now and the 17th at the VA Medical Center in Iron Mountain, and starting Thursday through the 17th at the Marquette VA clinic. Also, the shots will be...


(RRN) Manistique Police: Stop Passing Stopped School Buses
The Manistique Public Safety Department is getting a lot of complaints from Manistique Head Start school bus drivers that motorists are passing them, even when they're stopped with lights flashing. These buses are smaller than the standard school bus, but Public Safety Director Ken Golat says that the law is...


(RRN) DNR Predicts Fewer Deer For U.P. 2014 Hunting Seasons
The Michigan DNR is out with its new Deer Hunting Forecast for this fall's hunt. And as most hunters already know, two straight severe winters has taken its toll on the Upper Peninsula's deer herd. Biologists say that there's been a noticeable decrease in the number of fawns and yearlings. Also, the DNR says that the...


(RRN) Bay College Hopes Students Will Return, Finish Degrees
Bay College is making a concerted effort to get more former students back in the classroom to finish the degree that they started, but for whatever reason, left college. Becky Landenberger is the Degree Completion Specialist at the college. She says that many people have enough credits for their degree, and never applied...


(RRN) Habitat Improvements For Butterflies On Stonington
The Superior Watershed Partnership and the Hiawatha National Forest are wrapping up a summer full of monarch butterfly habitat restoration on Delta County's Stonington Peninsula. Hundreds of volunteers have spent time planting milkweed that the butterflies need when they stop in the Stonington area on their long...


(RRN) Cloverland Electric Protests Feds' Presque Isle Ruling
The Cloverland Electric Co-operative is warning its customers of huge increases in their electric bills this winter if a federal commission's decision concerning Marquette's Presque Isle Power Plant is not changed. And Congressman Dan Benishek is weighing in on the decision by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to exempt...


(RRN) McBroom Responds To Criticism On Vote To Tax Pensions
Southern Upper Peninsula state representative Ed McBroom is responding to charges that his 2011 vote in favor of taxing some retirement income is hurting seniors in the 108th district. McBroom says that some retirees were not paying state tax on their pensions while others were, and that the change was an issue of fairness...


(RRN) DNR Says More People Interested In Fuelwood Permits
With temperatures falling into the 30's at night across the Upper Peninsula, some people are looking for cheaper ways to heat their homes. One way is to collect wood from our forests. Eric Thompson is the supervisor for the D-N-R's Escanaba Unit of the Michigan State Forest. He says that fuelwood permits cost $20, and you...


(RRN) Marquette Group Wins Contest With 'Graveyard App'
A team from Marquette won a prize in the "Code Michigan" event over the weekend. The event was held in three different locations…Detroit, Marquette, and Newaygo…and it creates unique computer software. The Marquette group of Jim Argeropoulos, Lynn Makela, Chris Marr, and Ed Vielmetti..


(RRN) Schools Celebrate 'Walk To School Day' On Wednesday
More than 200-schools in the state will join those across the country in observing the 17th annual Walk to School Day onWednesday. Meg-Thomas-Ackerman with the "Safe Routes to Schools" program says Walk-to-School day helps to encourage parents and students to consider walking to school regularly...


(RRN) Detour Being Removed From I-75 In Mackinac County
There's good news for drivers who use Interstate 75 in the eastern U-P. The southbound lanes that have been detoured for most of the summer in Mackinac and Chippewa Counties are scheduled to re-open on Wednesday. The detour on northbound lanes was lifted on September 19th. Two major projects were done there...


(RRN) Former Undersheriff Appointed New Delta County Sheriff
Ed Oswald is the new sheriff in Delta County, replacing the retiring Sheriff Gary Ballweg. Oswald was selected Monday morning by a committee that included Probate Judge Bob Goebel, Clerk Nancy Kolich, and Prosecutor Steve Parks. Oswald was the undersheriff for ten years until he retired from the force last December. "I had...


(RRN) Carlson Says Pension Tax Hurts Seniors, UP Businesses
The Democrat who is running for the southern Upper Peninsula's state house seat is pledging to help repeal the state tax on pensions if he's elected next month. Grant Carlson talked about the pension tax at a press conference Monday at an Escanaba restaurant. "The tax continues to be controversial," said Carlson...


(RRN) MHSAA Banning Drones At High School Tournament Sites
The Michigan High School Athletic Association is banning the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles…or drones…at all tournament sites. MHSAA Communications Director John Johnson explains that the devices could lose battery power, or the remote control could lose contact with the device. Besides possibly falling on and hurting...


(RRN) Man, Woman Arrested On Meth Charges In Iron Mountain
Two people have been arrested on meth charges in Iron Mountain. Iron Mountain Police say that 41-year-old Dennis Schuirmann of Kingsford, and 32-year-old Anita Lindlbauer were arrested on felony charges of running a meth lab, as well as possession of and manufacturing the drug. Police say they smelled chemicals...


(RRN) Last Week To Suggest Name For Ironwood-Detroit Trail
There's still time for you to suggest a name for the trail that will run from Ironwood all the way down to Detroit. The Michigan D-N-R says they've already received about five thousand submissions, including those that offered the same suggestion. The deadline to offer your suggestion is next Monday. You can go to...


(RRN) Gas Prices Drop 13 Cents Across Michigan; Now $3.27
Gas prices dropped about 13 cents from last week, according to Triple-A Michigan. The auto club says Michigan's statewide average is now about 3-27 per gallon, which is also about 7 cents less than at this same time last year. The cheapest gas is in southwestern Michigan at about 3-14 a gallon. The highest...


(RRN) Parts Of Upper Peninsula Get First Taste Of Winter
The cold weekend let us know that winter is not that far away. Meteorologist Todd Kluber at the National Weather Service in Negaunee says that there were some reports of snowflakes across the U-P through the weekend, from Ironwood to Iron Mountain...and in the Negaunee area. He says there was no accumulation...


(RRN) Delta County Sheriff Says New Jail Is 'Badly Needed'
Delta County Sheriff Gary Ballweg says a new county jail is badly needed. The sheriff says that some portions of the current jail are literally falling apart, and the county is spending a lot of money on repairs to very old infrastructure. He says that renovating the current jail just isn't possible anymore. In fact, Ballweg says the infrastructure...


(RRN) Arson At Chicago Tower Affecting Weather Service Here
The arson fire at the Air Traffic Control Center near Chicago is affecting the National Weather Service here in the Upper Peninsula. The Weather Service automated stations in Escanaba, Menominee, and Ironwood have not been transmitting data since the fire was set on September 26th. That's because those sites are...


(RRN) VA Setting Up Support Group For Female Veterans
A new peer support group for women veterans is being started at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Iron Mountain. The group will allow female veterans to come together and share their experiences, and share their challenges and successes. Organizers say the main thing is for these women to realize that they...


(RRN) Lake Superior State U. Class Trying To Develop Biofuel
A group of Lake Superior University professors and students are working on a process to turn wood, grass, weeds, and other biomass into fuel. Biology professor Greg Zimmerman and Engineering Prof Paul Weber runs an "energy systems and sustainability" class, and they have been prototyping the...


(RRN) Annual UP-EMS Conference Wraps Up Sunday In Marquette
Preparing for emergencies that may never happen is a year-round job for EMTs. EMTs from across the state and the U.P. are brushing up on skills and learning new techniques this weekend in Marquette, all to better serve the public. About 350 emergency personnel are attending the 33rd annual Upper Peninsula...


(RRN) Alger-Delta Customers Urged To 'Go Green' With Power
Alger Delta Cooperative Electric Association members can now purchase renewable energy to fulfill some or all of their electricity needs. Residents and business managers may purchase “blocks” of renewable energy, generated from wind, solar and biogas resources in the upper Midwest. Each block of renewable energy is..


(RRN) Health Surverys Being Mailed To Delta, Menominee Homes
The Public Health Department in Delta and Menominee Counties is sending out surveys to about four thousand households in the two counties. It's an effort to get an idea of the overall health of the community, and to see what the biggest health challenges are. If you got one of these surveys, your address was...


(RRN) Michigan State Police Call 'Drug Take-Back' A Success
Michigan State Police are calling last Saturday's National Prescription Drug Take-Back day a success. State police say that more than 515 pounds of expired and unwanted pills were collected at the 29 posts around the state. Locally, 30 pounds were collected at the Iron Mountain post, 12-and-a-half pounds at the Gladstone...


(RRN) Bay College Students Urged To Apply For Scholarships
If you're thinking about going to Bay College during the 2015 winter semester, time is running out to apply for scholarships to help pay the tab. Beth Ann Belcher at Bay's financial office says the deadline to apply is October 15th. She says that Bay College awards more than $300,000 in scholarships every year. Belcher says that...


(RRN) Aramark Makes Changes; Raises Wages In U.P. Prisons
Michigan's problem-plagued prison food contractor is being required to make some staffing and compensation changes. According to a new state contract, Aramark Correction Services will be increasing workers' pay by an average of two dollars an hour and increasing its staffing level to 120-percent of what is needed...


(RRN) Marine Corps Plans 'Great Pumpkin' Parade In Escanaba
Escanaba is gearing up for the annual Great Pumpkin Parade this Saturday in the downtown area. Jerry Hausman is with the Marine Corps League Detachment 444. He says that this parade kicks off the annual "Toys For Tots" program, which collects toys to be given to kids from low-income families across the...


(RRN) Gladstone Man Arrested On Multiple Child Porn Charges
A Gladstone man has been arrested on child pornography charges. Michigan State Police picked up 24-year-old Robert Lindstrom on Monday and he was arraigned in Delta County District Court on Tuesday. He is charged with 21 felony counts of possession of, distributing, and promoting material that depicts child sexually...


(RRN) Kivela's Anti-Meth Bill On Its Way To Governor's Desk
Anti-drug legislation written by Upper Peninsula State Representative John Kivela has passed the Michigan Senate. House Bill 5615 would amend the Criminal Enterprises Chapter of state law to include a provision for racketeering involving illegal meth production. Kivela’s bill is part of an effort to prevent the...


(RRN) Pit Bull Killed After Attacking Two People In Escanaba
There were some anxious moments Tuesday afternoon in a southside Escanaba neighborhood after a pit bull got loose. Escanaba Public Safety says that officers were called to the 300 block of South 15th Street at about 12:30 Tuesday afternoon when a pregnant woman reported the dog charged at her. A public safety...


(RRN) Two People Hurt In Three-Car Accident Near Bark River
Two people were hurt in a three-car crash west of Escanaba Tuesday morning. Delta County Sheriffs Deputies say the accident happened at about 8:00 Tuesday morning in the passing lane on US-2 near M-69. This passing lane is also a left-turn lane to go onto 12th Road at a blinking traffic light, and two cars were stopped...


(RRN) Schuette Investigating Murder-For-Hire In Eastern U.P.
Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette on Monday announced that his office will investigate an allegation of a possible murder-for-hire scheme involving an Aramark employee in Chippewa County. An inmate at the Kinross Correctional Facility told police that a prison worker offered to pay him to arrange to kill an inmate at...


(RRN) Forest Fuelwood Permits Available As Winter Approaches
With temperatures falling across the Upper Peninsula, it's time to start thinking about how you will heat your home this winter. One inexpensive way is to do it with wood. The Michigan DNR says that fuelwood permits are available for the 2014 season, where you can go into the state's forests and take up...


(RRN) Accused Murderer Has Court Appearance In Delta County
The Escanaba man accused of stabbing his wife to death was in court Monday. The murder case against 36-year-old Kalay Batchelor was bound over to Delta County Circuit Court. He's accused of killing his wife, Heather, in a home on Stephenson Avenue on September 3rd. Batchelor's next court date has not yet been scheduled.


(RRN) Northern Michigan University Holds 'UNITED' Conference
Northern Michigan University is holding its UNITED diversity conference this week. It's the ninth year for the event, which features speakers on a variety of topics like ethnic diversity, women in leadership, homelessness, and people with disabilities. Northern Michigan University President Fritz Erickson told Local Three News...


(RRN) Chippewa Police Search For Man In Attack Of Young Girl
Police in the Eastern U-P are searching for a man who allegedly abducted and assaulted a young girl over the weekend. The Chippewa County Prosecutor's Office says the pre-teen girl was walking on a street in Kinross Sunday morning when the incident happened. The girl was able to get away, but her attacker was...


(RRN) Public Comment Being Sought On Forest Management Plans
A couple of meetings this week will give you a chance to give your opinion on how the state forests are managed. One of the open houses will be held Wednesday in Crystal Falls to talk about forest management in Dickinson and Iron Counties. The other will be held Thursday in Newberry to discuss the forests in Luce...


(RRN) Sault Tribe Awarded Federal Health Improvement Grants
The Soo Tribe of Chippewa have received two big federal grants to help improve the health of people who live the central and eastern U-P. The first is 810-thousand dollars per year for the next four years from the U-S Department of Health and Human Services. That money will be used to support public health...


(RRN) Nominations Due Tuesday For 'Writing The U.P.' Contest
If you know someone who has a unique story to tell about the Upper Peninsula, time is running out for you to nominate them in a regional contest. Lake Superior State University is again putting on its "Writing the U.P." contest, and anyone can nominate a U-P author. The deadline for nominations is Tuesday, and the...


(RRN) Upper Peninsula Smart Gardening Conference Coming Soon
The Upper Peninsula Smart Gardening Conference is set for next Saturday in Marquette. The MSU Extension Service is sponsoring the event to offer advice about creating sustainable "edible landscapes" right in your back yard. They'll talk about using "healthy smart soils", cover crops, compost, and companion planning...


(RRN) Biologists To Treat Delta County Stream For Lamphrey
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service plans to treat a Delta County stream for sea lamphrey next week. Biologists will apply lampricides to Bills Creek, which is a tributary to the Whitefish River. The goal is to kill sea lamprey larvae burrowed in the stream bottom. Applications could start as early as this Friday...


(RRN) Benishek, Cannon Draw Endorsements In Congress Race
Upper Peninsula Congressman Dan Benishek is being endorsed by the National Rifle Association in his re-election bid. The N-R-A announced the endorsement on Friday. The gun advocacy group gives Benishek an A-plus rating for his work on Second Amendment issues. Meanwhile, Benishek's Democratic opponent...


(RRN) Coast Guard Warns Of Falling Great Lakes Water Temps
The U.S. Coast Guard 9th District is warning Great Lakes boaters that falling water temperatures pose safety risks even as air temperatures stay warm. The National Weather Service says water temperatures in Lake Superior are already down to 50 degrees, with lakes Ontario, Huron, Erie and Michigan...


(RRN) Extra Police Patrolling Interstate 75 This Weekend
Motorists will likely see more police vehicles on I-75 this weekend. It is part of the "I-75 Challenge" program that has law enforcement in agencies from Sault Ste. Marie to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida participating. The effort is to reduce the number of accidents on the freeway. Police will be looking for those speeding...


(RRN) Two Cases Of Enterovirus D68 Confirmed In Delta County
Public health officials in Delta County are confirming two cases of Enterovirus D-68 in the community, and six more suspected cases have been sent to federal officials for testing. Doctor Terry Frankovich is the Medical Director at the local health department. She says that this finding is not a surprise, and it reflects kids who...


(RRN) Authorities Collecting Unwanted Prescription Drugs
If you have unused prescription drugs sitting around the house, you can get rid of them safely this weekend. Saturday is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. Police departments across the Upper Peninsula will accept unused prescription drugs. The idea is to cut back on prescription drug abuse, and to keep these drugs...


(RRN) Northern Michigan University Staff Agree To Contract
Northern Michigan University's public safety employees, kitchen staff, and maintenance workers have ratified a new three-year contract. The employees who are represented by AFSCME Local 1094 will get a 1-point-75 percent pay increase this year…plus a 90-dollar payment. They will get two-percent pay increases...


(RRN) Wolf Hunt Opponents Holding Statewide Ballot Meetings
The group "Keep Michigan Wolves Protected" is planning a series of Town Hall Meetings around the state to talk about the wolf hunting issue. Specifically, they will be talking about the two initiatives on the November ballot that would legalize wolf hunting in the state. The group is urging a "no" vote on both. The...


(RRN) Schoolcraft County Sheriff Warns Of New Telephone Scam
The Schoolcraft County Sheriffs Department is warning of a new telephone scam. People in the Manistique area are being called and are told that there is a warrant out for their arrest because they didn't show up for jury duty. The person is then told to show up for court on Saturday, or call 341-2101. Well...


(RRN) New State Grant Program Announced For County Fairs
There's state grant money available to help county fairs to make improvements to their facilities. The grant program under the Michigan Department of Agriculture is a new one, and it was announced on Thursday. The money can be used to make infrastructure repairs or other renovations to...


(RRN) Attorney General Offers Advice To U.P. Propane Users
Michigan Attorney General Schuette says that people who use propane to heat their homes should act now before the cold weather arrives. Schuette says that you can avoid a repeat of last winter's "sticker shock" by locking in prices now. But he has some advice for you if you do that. First, Schuette says that you need to...


(RRN) Marquette General Offers Prostate Cancer Presentation
One in seven men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer during his lifetime. And many won't know it until it's too late. Marquette General Hospital is hosting a presentation Thursday on that form of cancer, which effects men as they age. Doctor Paul Thieme is a radiation oncologist at MGH. He says that some of the symptoms...


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