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History To Be Focus Of Weekend Pageant

In its 53 years of bringing Mackinaw City history to life, the Fort Michilimackinac Pageant has become both a staple of the village’s Memorial Day weekend festivities. More...

News

If Signed Into Law, Loss of Prevailing Wage Act Could Impact State Building Projects

A quick Senate vote last Thursday to kill the prevailing wage act in Michigan was met with contractor and union protest Friday, May 15, at Bridge View Park in Moran Township. More...

House Republicans: Cut Economic Development to Fix Roads

House Republicans proposed a road repair plan Wednesday, May 13, that would reallocate $1 billion to fix the state’s roads by cutting economic development and state tax credits. More...

Rep. Chatfield to Host Office Hours

State Representative Lee Chatfield will be available to meet with residents during office hours Friday, May 29, from noon to 1 p.m. at the Mackinac Island City Hall courtyard on Mackinac Island, and the same day from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. More...

Obituaries

Joanne Walker

Joanne Mumford Walker died peacefully at home among her family on December 24, 2014, two months after celebrating her 70th wedding anniversary to John Compton Walker, who survives her. She was 93. More...

Bruce Johnson

Bruce Benhard Johnson, 59, of Rapid River, formerly of Rudyard, passed away Saturday, May 9, 2015, at his home, after a two-year illness with cancer. He was born September 9, 1955, to Gerald and Irene (nee Gemmel) Johnson in Sault Ste. Marie. More...

Frances Bernard

Frances Bernard, 88, of DeTour Village, died Thursday, May 14, 2015, in Sault Ste. Marie. She was born May 9, 1927, to Pelligrino and Mary (nee Costrini) Barcelli in Sault Ste. Marie. She married Raymond Bernard August 5, 1950, at St. More...

Public Meetings

Public Meeting Calendar

Open Public Meetings – Your Government at Work Following is a schedule of open public meetings. This listing is for governmental and similar entities. More...

Maple Industry Is Poised for Growth

EUP Producers See Strong Potential in Wider Market, as Organic Products Open the Door

Maple syrup producer RMG Family Sugarbush of Rudyard is on the verge of a major expansion. The company will become Michigan Maple Farms in about a month, with an emphasis on its organic line of maple products. More...

Native American Festival Is Saturday

Native American culture will be celebrated in St. Ignace Saturday, May 23, as the Native American Festival takes to the grounds of the Museum of Ojibwa Culture in downtown St. Ignace. The festival is free and open to the public. More...

138 Rock And Run

Musicians and disc jockeys played music along the route as racers made their way through town, participating in a 5K run, 5K walk, or half-marathon as part of Mackinac Straits Health Foundation’s first Rock ’n Run. More...

Social

Community Events This Week

Wednesday, May 20 • Islands Wildlife Pike Fishing Contest, Les Cheneaux Islands Thursday, May 21 • Islands Wildlife Pike Fishing Contest, Les Cheneaux Islands • St. More...

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Sports

Pickford Panthers Boys Claim Eighth Regional Track Championship

The Pickford Panthers boys track team won the regional Division 3 championship at the St. Ignace Kiwanis track complex Friday, May 15. More...

St. Ignace Saints Girls, Boys Basketball Teams Honored for Season

The St. Ignace Saints were presented individual basketball honors from the 2014-2015 season Wednesday, May 13, at LaSalle High School. More...

Engadine Qualifies 17 Athletes For Upper Peninsula Finals

The Engadine Eagles qualified 17 track and field athletes for the Upper Peninsula Finals during the Division 3 regionals in Rapid River Thursday, May 14. More...

Opinion

Decisions Made in Secret Benefit Only a Privileged Few

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

To the Editor: Kudos to Mackinac County Treasurer Nora Massey for taking certain public officials to task for intentionally flaunting the Michigan Open Meetings Act in a Letter to the Editor, “Under the Law, Elected Officials Make Decisions in More...

Columns

Figures Vary On What’s Available For Roads

Michigan Politics

There were mixed signals last week from Republican leaders in the House and Senate as the GOP-ruled Michigan legislature began discussing urgent road needs in the wake of voters’ decisive rejection of the overly complex Proposal 1. More...

Rexton-Garnet

Mother Nature seems to be showing her temperamental side these last few days, with warm, then warmer, then turning unseasonably cold, with a few downpours thrown in. More...

Engadine Consolidated Schools

The school year is drawing to an end. We celebrate the academic achievements of our students. More...


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