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Task Force To Meet at St. Ignace

Tourism To Be Focus of March 16 Meeting

The northern Michigan tourism industry and natural resources will be the focus of an Upper Peninsula and Northern Michigan Task Force meeting in St. Ignace Thursday, March 16, at 7 p.m. at the St. Ignace Public Library. More...

Newton Twp. Board Delays Setting Millage Hearings

The Newton Township board, meeting Wednesday, February 8, decided it will wait until April, when it receives its taxable value figures back from the Mackinac County Equalization Department, before it sets a public hearing on introducing two four-year More...

Millecoquins Lake Board Shares Plans for Lake Improvements To Boost Tourism

Jim Rutledge of the Millecoquins Lake board declared plans to improve the lake to make it more attractive as a tourist destination at the regular Garfield Township board meeting Monday, February 20. More...

Island Council Rescinds Condo Sale Decision

Sale of a condominium owned by the City of Mackinac Island has been put on hold, with council members rescinding their January decision to sell the unit. More...

News

Report: Investigation Finds No Foul Play in Death at County Jail

The Mackinac County Jail followed proper procedures and investigators found nothing to indicate foul play in the death of inmate David Hopper, 49, of Curtis, who hung himself in the shower area of his cell Monday, February 13, according to a report r More...

Garfield Twp. Adopts One-Year Terms for Fire, Ambulance Chiefs, Adds 10 New Radios

Terms for fire chiefs and ambulance corps captains were changed in favor of one-year appointments to help quell discontent within Garfield Township, said Linda Bennett, township clerk. More...

Island School in Good Shape With Saving Paradise Fund

The senior class trip was the only action item on the Mackinac Island school board agenda Thursday afternoon, February 23, but high school students in attendance also got to listen to a discussion of school finances. More...

Sports

Engadine Repeats as District VB Champs

Engadine swept the championship with a perfect 9-0 mark of the Class D district volleyball tournaments, with victories over Hannahville in the quarterfinals and Rapid River in the semifinals before defeating Mid Peninsula in the title match Saturday, More...

Cedarville Extends Lengthy String of Titles

The winning streak continues at Cedarville High School as the Trojans recorded their 17th consecutive first-round tournament title with the Class D district championships at DeTour Saturday, March 4. More...

Bulldogs Down Saints, 72-60, in SAC Finale

St. Ignace and Rudyard hooked up in a track meet and shooting contest before a packed house at LaSalle High School (LHS), with the Bulldogs coming away with a More...

Opinion

Physician 'Sad To Be Leaving'

To the Editor: To the people of the Straits area, I am sorry this letter is reaching you one week after the announcement in the newspaper. I had hoped to have it available at the same time. More...

How Can New Hospital Be Run With No Doctors?

To the Editor: "Mackinac Straits Says It Must Satisfy Government Quotas." More...

Son Able To Walk Today Because of Dr. Dyer

To the Editor, Six years ago, my son woke up and could not walk. My happy, active, three-year-old could not even stand on his own. More...

Lions Club Marks 70 Years of Service

The St. Ignace Lions Club, was one of the first service organizations for men in the town, and today is among the oldest service organizations in the state, marking its 70th year in 2006. More...

Residents View Early Plans for St. Ignace Gateway Center

Bridge Views To Highlight 3-Story Facility

An atrium, observation deck, and an enclosed balcony with expansive views of the Mackinac Bridge will highlight the proposed three-story, multi-purpose Upper Peninsula Gateway Discovery Center in St. More...

Aerial View of Moran Bay, March 1

Boat slips at the St. Ignace City Marina await summer visitors in this aerial view of Moran Bay taken Wednesday, March 1. State Street curves past the marina entrance.

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Kirk Steudle Named New MDOT Director

Kirk Steudle is the new director of the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT), replacing three-year director Gloria Jeff, who announced her resignation on Monday, February 27, to be effective Friday, March 3. Mr. More...

Social

Wedding

Sara Sherlund, Brad Schmitz

Sara Sherlund and Brad Schmitz, both of Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, were married October 29, 2005, at Bethany Lutheran Church in Escanaba. Pastor George Kaiser, retired minister of Bethel Lutheran Church in Cedarville, performed the ceremony. More...

Janessa Breda

Tee and Cassandra Breda of St. Ignace and Newark, New Jersey, announce the birth of a daughter, Janessa Marie Breda, born February 17, 2006, at Northern Michigan Hospital of Petoskey. She weighed 4 pounds, 12 ounces and measured 18 inches in length. More...

Dakota Horn

Katrina Platzke and Brett Horn of Mackinac Island announce the birth of their first child, a son, Dakota Frank Allen Horn, born December 29, 2005, at Northern Michigan Hospital of Petoskey. More...

Obituaries

Gertrude 'Gertie' Frechette

Gertrude Stearns Frechette of Rudyard, known as "Gertie" to her friends and family, will be remembered for her charitable knitting and sewing projects. Over the years, she made tiny knit caps for newborn babies at hospitals in Sault Ste. More...

Joan Dartt

Joan E. Dartt of Mount Pleasant died Tuesday, February 28, 2006, at the Tendercare Nursing Home in Mount Pleasant. More...

Robert Trofatter

Robert F. Trofatter, 76, of Mt. Pleasant, was a former St. Ignace resident and a U.S. Army veteran who worked as a welder on the Soo Locks. Mr. Trofatter died Sunday, February 26, 2006, at Gratiot Community Hospital. More...

Columns

Recalls Too Easy at Local Level

Michigan Politics

As they dealt with inherited deficits, both were targeted for recall: More...

Les Cheneaux

The Varsity Girls Volleyball team won the Districts in DeTour last Saturday and now will go on to play in the Regionals. I believe they play next Saturday. We wish them well. More...

Gould City

March has still maintained its "lamb" calmness. It has been so nice to see the sun as much as we%27ve had the past week. More...


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