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Village Won't Buy Properties

Mackinaw City

An idea that the village should buy two blighted properties was turned down by the Mackinaw City Village Council Thursday, February 19. The proposal was rejected first by the finance committee, then the council. More...

County Mulls Costs of EDC; Will Seek Advice

Faced with the decision to invest about $100,000 annually in an economic development program, Mackinac County commissioners say they need another month before taking any action. More...

Community Rallies Behind Cedarville School Campaign

Fund the Future at 20% of Goal; More Events Set

In the past three months, the campaign to raise funds to erase the Les Cheneaux Community Schools' projected $99,000 budget revenue deficit has raised more than $22,773. More...

New Fire Truck, Repairs to Roof, 3% Raises in Mackinaw City's New Budget

A new fire truck, repairs to the roof of Fire Station II on Pond Street, and heating system work at the Village Hall garage are among the projects included in the 2009/2010 Mackinaw City budget. More...

Governor Calls for Elimination of Arts Funding

Local Programs To Feel Pinch...

Grants for local community arts and culture programs are threatened in 2010, as Governor Jennifer Granholm, February 12, called for the elimination of arts funding in her budget. More...

News

Northern Michigan News Roundup

The news in brief from communities around the U.P. and northern Michigan

To Get Rid of Eyesore, City Buys Long-vacant Downtown Cheboygan Store A vacant store building long regarded as an eyesore in downtown Cheboygan will be purchased by the Cheboygan Downtown Development Authority (DDA) at a cost of $129,700, the C More...

Update Planned Monday on Dredging

The Les Cheneaux Islands Waterways Restoration group and Clark Township Board of Trustees will meet with representatives from the offices of Senators Carl Levin, Debbie Stabenow, and Congressman Bart Stupak, as well as from the U.S. More...

St. Ignace Stops Highlighted Among State's Favorite Roadside Attractions

Lehto's Pasties, Castle Rock, the Mystery Spot, the Deer Ranch, Totem Village, and the nowdefunct Silver Lake Express, all near St. More...

Sports

St. Ignace Saints Girls Bowlers, Wrestlers Qualify for State Finals

St. Ignace Girls Qualify For Finals; Allan, Krause Earn Trip to State's The St. Ignace Saints girls bowling team qualified for its third consecutive trip to the Division 3 state finals. More...

St. Ignace Bowling League Results

Bluewater League News Crew 42, Gerry's Beauty Shop 31, Mackinaw Trolley 29, Apollo Home Mortgage 27, Quality Inn 26.5, Northern Bells 26.5, U.P. State Credit Union 25, Gateway Lanes 17. HTG: U.P. More...

Wallis To Speak at Rudyard Meeting

The Thursday, March 12, meeting of the Rudyard Historical Society will be at 7 p.m. at the Rudyard Community Center. It will feature Eric Wallis, who will discuss his experiences in sheep farming and wool processing. More...

Columns

Michigan Politics

Obama Touts Great Lakes Funding

The Granholm administration and environmentalists are euphoric about the $475 million that President Obama's tight budget includes for Great Lakes funding, and what Lisa Jackson, his Environmental Protection Agency boss, said last week about the la More...

Weekly Fishing Report

Brevort Lake Walleye continue to be found near little Cut River Bay when using No. 8 and 10 treble hook tipped with walleye minnows, said Dan Fenlon of St. Ignace. More...

St. Ignace

As the old saying goes, "In like a lion, out like a lamb." March has certainly come in like a lion. Thursday, February 26, brought about a winter storm warning, with four to seven inches of snow predicted. The next day, Friday, February 27, St. More...

Community Growth Must Be Planned, Experts Say

Economic Development Won't Happen on Its Own

A story in The St. Ignace News' ongoing series bringing our readers fresh perspectives on the top issues facing the Straits area and the Eastern Upper Peninsula. Lay the groundwork now for future community growth. More...

City Deficit Plan Making Progress, Manager Says

Marina, Street Funding Remain Concerns

Progress is being made in the state-mandated five-year deficit elimination plan imposed on the City of St. Ignace last August, following the 2007 audit that revealed a deficit in several city funds. More...

City Recreation Dept. Takes Over Annual Home Show

The spring Home and Garden Show will continue this year with a change in sponsorship and a new name. Scheduled for Friday, April 17, and Saturday, April 18, the St. More...

Winterfest Is Saturday

DeTour Village

Contests, cook-offs, and a bonfire will highlight DeTour Village's annual winter festival Saturday, March 7, featuring activities for all ages. Many of the activities will be centered around the DeTour Village Hall on Superior Street. More...

City Ready for Stimulus Funds

St. Ignace needs help for repairing roads, upgrading sewer and water systems, renovating a museum, helping to construct a scenic pathway, and building a fire hall, and the city would like $85.6 million in stimulus money for the projects. More...

Youth Teams Gather on Bay for Pond Hockey

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Ore Dogs of Negaunee took the top spot in the first U.P. Youth Pond Hockey tournament on Moran Bay in St. Ignace. Six teams took part in the tournament that began Saturday, February 28, and concluded with playoff games Sunday, March 1. More...

Hot Dog Stand Designed To Pull Visitors Into Village

Families visiting Mackinaw City soon will have another choice when finding a place to grab a hot dog and an affordable meal, if the Lieghio family is allowed to build a new restaurant. More...

Social

Sled Ride To Be Sat. at Naubinway

A group of vintage snowmobile enthusiasts in the Naubinway area are hosting a snowmobile ride Saturday, March 7, at 11 a.m. from the Top of the Lake Snowmobile Museum in Naubinway to a nearby lodge on private property (approximately 15 miles). More...

Engaged

Feher, Guitar

Frank and Kathy Feher of Montrose announce the engagement of their daughter, Katie Marie Feher, to Joshua Lee Guitar. Miss Feher is the granddaughter of the late Robert and Catherine Cronan of St. Ignace, and the late Frank E. More...

Lions Club Gives Donation to Pool Renovation Committee

Rudyard Lions Club President Paul Healey (left) presents a check for $1,000 to Rudyard Pool Renovation Committee Co-chairs Alicia Lawlor (center) and Jamie Curtis. The donation has helped to put the fundraising efforts at more than $25,000. More...

Obituaries

Walter Droskie

Walter E. Droskie, 67, of St. Ignace, passed away early Sunday morning, March 1, 2009, at the Mackinac Straits Hospital Long Term Care Facility in St. Ignace. He was born in St. Ignace, June 1, 1941, to Frank J. More...

George Wellington Jr.

George W. Wellington Jr., 38, of Mackinac Island, died early Sunday morning, February 22, 2009, on Lake Huron near the U.S. Coast Guard station in St. Ignace. He was born in Petoskey to George W. Wellington Sr. More...

Alvin Ligienza

Alvin John Ligienza, 93, of Goetzville, was a longtime school bus and truck driver who could fix just about anything. Mr. Ligienza died Friday, February 27, 2009, at War Memorial Hospital in Sault Ste. Marie. More...


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