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Caribbean Theme Is Set for Snowsfest This Week

Les Cheneaux Winter Celebration

In northern countries around the world, the custom of burning the figure of a snowman is a symbolic wish to bring an end to winter. In Switzerland, a giant snowman shoots fireworks from its head while it burns. More...

Cell Phone Users Will See 911 Surcharge Hike

Landline telephone customers will see a drop in their 9-1-1 surcharge in July, but cellular telephone users and those using computer telephone access will see sharp increases. More...

171-year-old Ojibwa Museum Building To Receive Natural Siding Material

Deteriorating wood siding at Marquette Mission Park and Museum of Ojibwa Culture in St. More...

New Signs To Explain Waterfront Landscape

St. Ignace

Four new signs designed to interpret the history of the St. Ignace waterfront landscape are finished and will be installed this spring. More...

Michigan's Roadside Program Seeks Artifacts, Stories, Photos

The Michigan Historical Museum in Lansing is planning an exhibit called Michigan's Roadside Attractions in 2009, and is looking for stories, pictures, and artifacts of the attractions, some of which no longer exist, that travelers have visited on t More...

News

Street Signs May Be Replaced Throughout Engadine, Naubinway, Garfield Twp.

Street signs may be replaced throughout Engadine, Naubinway, and Garfield Township, and commercial vinyl tile may be installed at the Naubinway Pavilion this spring. More...

The Clock Is Ticking...

Melting Ice Will Yield Prize at Mackinaw City

An "Ice Tower Classic" contest in Mackinaw City will award a prize to the person who most accurately gauges the spring ice melt in the village this year, and will raise funds for the Historic Village project. More...

Snowmobile Poker Run Takes on New Format

Run Begins Saturday Morning at St. Ignace

The Straits Area Snowmobile Club's poker run, which starts in St. Ignace Saturday, February 16, will have a new and more active format for participants. More...

Sports

Boys Basketball

Saints Win Over Rudyard Sets Stage for SAC Showdown

The St. Ignace boys basketball team's crucial 69-62 Straits Area Conference (SAC) win over the Rudyard Bulldogs Friday, February 8, sets the stage for the league showdown at Cheboygan Thursday, February 14. More...

Saints Second at SAC Meet; Cowell Earns 100th Win

The St. Ignace Saints finished second to the Rogers City Hurons at the Straits Area Conference team wrestling championships Saturday, February 9, at Rudyard High School. Seven Saints placed second during the individual tournament. More...

Girls Basketball

Saints Take Charge Early in Parents' Night Win Over Bulldogs

The St. Ignace Saints girls basketball team took charge early during a 60-37 Straits Area Conference win over the Rudyard Bulldogs in front a parents night crowd at LaSalle High School Thursday, February 7. More...

Columns

Michigan Politics

Mitt Calls Self 'Shadow of the Real Deal,' George

There are some similarities and stark contrasts among the factors in last week's demise of Mitt Romney's presidential campaign and that of his father's bid four decades ago. More...

Autos Across Mackinac: With the Bridge Open, the Ferries Sit in Storage

PART 57: Selling The Fleet

To commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Mackinac Bridge, the St. Ignace News has been publishing Les Bagley's manuscript on the history of Michigan State Ferries, More...

St. Ignace

Hello again, welcome to another good week with warmer temperatures and fluffy snow. A topic of conversation around town is all of the sports action planned to take place on the Moran Bay ice for the next two weekends. More...

Travelers Take Shelter at Little Bear as Storm Closes Bridge

An emergency shelter was set up at Little Bear East Arena in St. More...

Bayside Ice Festival Begins Saturday

Softball, Hockey Planned on Moran Bay at St. Ignace

Moran Bay at St. Ignace will be bustling with activity for the next two weekends for the second annual Pond Hockey Championships and the inaugural Bayside Ice Festival, which starts Saturday, February 16. More...

3 Cylinder Sleds To Be Highlight

Naubinway

Snowmobiles began as singlecylinder work sleds, powered-up to two-cylinder pleasure vehicles, and went full-speed into three-cylinder racing machines, said Charlie Vallier, organizer of the 16th Annual Top of the Lake Antique and Vintage Snowmobile More...

Curtis Winter Carnival Will Be Saturday

The 14th Annual Curtis Carnival will be on South Manistique Lake in Curtis Saturday, February 16, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. More...

Groups Now Need Permits To Serve Food

Health Dept. Steps Up Scrutiny of Small Events

Groups that want to host a fish fry fundraiser might now need a license to do so. Over the past seven years, Michigan has been stepping up food safety enforcement, and local health departments are being held to higher standards. More...

Youth, 'Billy Bob' Aim for Fairs

Lance Cryderman, 6, of Pickford, holds his chicken, Billy Bob, which he plans to show in fairs this coming summer. See more details in the Pickford social column on page 28. (Photograph by Audrey Hutchison) More...

'I Wanna Drive a Zamboni'

5-year-old Graham Shows Passion for Ice-cleaning Machines

Five-year-old Austin Graham looks forward to the hockey rinks, but not as much to cheer for his older brother as to watch the large ice resurfacing machines used to clean and smooth the rink's ice. More...

Social

Birth

Madison Rhome

Tony and Erica (nee St. Louis) Rhome of Cheboygan announce the birth of their daughter, Madison Marie, born Monday, January 10, 2008, at Cheboygan Memorial Hospital. She weighed 5 pounds, 12.5 ounces at birth and measured 18 inches in length. More...

Cline, Harter on MTU Dean's List

Kip Cline of Pickford and Derek Harter of Rudyard were named to Michigan Technological University's dean's list for the fall 2007 semester. Students must earn a grade point average of 3.5 or higher to qualify. More...

Trail Group Will Meet February 21

The Hiawatha Shore-to-Shore chapter of the North Country Trail Association will meet Thursday, February 21, at 6:30 p.m. at the Varsity Grill in Rudyard. Meetings are open to the public. More...

Obituaries

Ruby Ruona

Ruby Bonita (nee Steele) Ruona, 87, formerly of Sault Ste. Marie, passed away Tuesday, February 5, 2008, at Sanders Nursing Center at Masonic Pathways in Alma. She was born May 4, 1920, in Pickford to James S. More...

Helen Stevens

Helen Stevens, 85, was a university professor who spent summers near Epoufette throughout her lifetime. Ms. Stevens died Saturday, January 26, 2008, at the Ohio State University Medical Center. More...

Anna 'Ann'Wallace

Anna E. "Ann" Wallace of St. Ignace was a proofreader for the Sault Evening News in Sault Ste. Marie for many years, and was later a teacher's aide in the Sault Ste. Marie Area Public Schools system. More...

Opinion

City Department Heads Should Be Held To Using Vacation Time

To the Editor: I would go one step further than Councilman Willie LaLonde, who has suggested that certain salary and benefit policies for department heads "should be more scrutinized by Council" ( The St. Ignace News, February 7, page 1). More...

It Is Our Responsibility To Question Elected Officials

To the Editor: Last week, I wrote a letter to the editor with my concerns for the irresponsible spending of our tax dollars by City Hall. Another major concern I have with City Hall is the blatant disregard of the city charter. More...

Transportation Museum Idea Is Still in Fact-finding Stage

To the Editor: This letter is being written in response to the letter to the editor February 7 entitled "Transportation Museum Would Require Taxpayer Investment." Although that letter did bring up some valid points, there were also some confusing More...


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