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Spring Cleaning Work Helps Maintain Mackinac Bridge

‘It’s Amazing How Much Sand Comes Off This Bridge’

Spring cleaning is a ritual for many, but few face a task in their tidying efforts as large as Mackinac Bridge Authority employees. Throughout the winter, crews dropped sand on the bridge deck so drivers would have more traction. More...

News

How Much of Your Income and Assets Are at Risk From an Oil Spill at Straits?

We must avoid an oil spill in the Straits of Mackinac because, once the oil is in the water, there is not much we can do. At some point, the cleanup makes a bigger mess than the spill. More...

The Economy of the Great Lakes Region Could Have Powerful Clout

Adding up the economy of the eight U.S. states and two Canadian provinces that have waterfront property on the Great Lakes, the collective Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is approximately $5.1 trillion in U.S. dollars. More...

Promotions Underway at Mackinaw City Marina

Mackinaw City’s new harbor manager Chris West has launched a new Web site for the marina and is hiring seasonal staff for the summer, as well as planning to distribute 10,000 brochures to Welcome Centers across the state and other relevant orga More...

Obituaries

Marla ‘Boog’ Carr

Marla Sue “Boog” Carr, 59, of Cedarville, died unexpectedly Tuesday, April 21, 2015, in Sault Ste. Marie. She was born August 13, 1955, to Ernest “Bud” and MaryAnn (nee McLeod) Carr in Sault Ste. Marie. Ms. More...

Chester ‘Kent’ Hamel

Chester Kent Hamel, 88, of Cedarville and Sault Ste. Marie, passed away Monday morning, April 27, 2015, at his home in Sault Ste. Marie. He was born August 8, 1926, to Guy and Nellie (nee Erskine) Hamel in Cedarville. More...

Shannon Danley-Modglin

Shannon Lynn Danley-Modglin, 45, of Trout Lake, formerly of Sault Ste. Marie, passed away Sunday, April 26, 2015, at the home of her sister, Tara Belonga. She had been ill for many years. More...

Red Letter Days

Red Letter Days

Major Community Events in the Coming Year

May 2015 Second Annual Mackinaw City Magical Color Fun Run, May 2, Mackinaw City 26th Annual Zoo-De-Mackinac, May 15 – 17, Mackinaw City Islands Wildlife Pike Fishing Contest, May 15 – 25, Les Cheneaux Colonial Michilimackinac Pageant, M 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...

EMS Structure Nearly Finalized

Transition to CLSS Service Underway

Four candidates have applied to manage the ambulance station in St. Ignace for Cheboygan Life Support Systems (CLSS) and will be interviewed by the Straits Area Ambulance Board at an open meeting at St. Ignace City Hall Monday, May 4. More...

Ruder Art Added to Museum

Work of St. Ignace Painter and Sculptor Selected for Permanent Collection

Leon Ruder’s work is in the permanent collection of the Besser Museum for Northeast Michigan in Alpena, and, for him, this recognition is the pinnacle of his 45 years as an artist. More...

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Honor Roll Students Treated To Just Desserts Program

One hundred nineteen LaSalle High School students were honored for making the school honor roll three consecutive marking periods at the Just Desserts program Monday, April 20. More...

Sports

Pickford Boys Place First, Girls Take Second at Web Morrison Track Invitational

The Pickford Panthers boys claimed the championship of the 14th Annual Web Morrison Track Invitational and the Panthers girls finished second Saturday, April 25. More...

Margo Brown Signs Letter Of Intent to Ferris State

LaSalle High School senior Margo Brown signed a National Letter of Intent to study and play basketball at Ferris State University (FSU) Wednesday, April 22. Brown will study accounting and is looking forward to attending the university. More...

Saints Hoops Awards To Be Given May 13

St. Ignace Saints girls and boys basketball awards will be presented Wednesday, May 13, at 7 p.m. at LaSalle High School. More...

Columns

Three Neighboring Governors in 2016 GOP Mix

Michigan Politics

Governors of three states bordering Michigan are in the crowded field of 20 or so Republicans who have expressed varying degrees of interest in running for president in 2016. More...

Engadine - Gould City

There will be a blood drive Monday, May 4, from 2 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. in the conference room at Helen Newberry Joy Hospital in Newberry. More...

Engadine Consolidated Schools

Tuesday, May 5, the Board of Education will ask for voter approval of a bond proposal to provide funding to improve safety and security for our students, renovate the old welding garage for vocational programming, provide necessary building and site More...


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