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Ferry Tickets Dropped $1 at Urging of Island Council

The price of an adult round-trip boat ticket to Mackinac Island dropped one dollar Friday, May 1, to $24, after all three boat lines agreed to reduce their fare at the urging of Mackinac Island City Council. More...

St. Ignace Council Moves Closer to Charter Compliance

The St. Ignace City Council is not likely to amend the St. Ignace City Charter, but it doesn't know what to do about a provision to publish the city audit in a local newspaper, a requirement that it fears could cost too much money. More...

Probable Swine Flu Case Seen in Chippewa County Monday

A likely case of H1N1 (swine) flu was reported by the Chippewa County Health Department Monday, May 4, and another suspected case sample has been sent for testing. More...

News

Recycling Information Sessions Planned, With Eye To Forming Program Here

The Eastern Upper Peninsula Regional Planning and Development Commission is planning to educate students in Mackinac and Luce counties about the environmental benefits of recycling. More...

Man Hikes 3,326 Miles To Raise Diabetes Awareness

Three years ago while watching the television show, "Survi- vorman," Ty Hover, 36, of Plymouth, decided to make an ambitious hike to raise awareness of diabetes. More...

County Animal Shelter To Add Cat Exercise Room

A room for cats to play and bask in the sun will be added to the Mackinac County Animal Shelter this spring, with work expected to begin in May. More...

Sports

Brimley Girls First, St. Ignace Girls and Boys Second at Kiwanis Track Invite

Brimley and St. Ignace combined for 11 first place finishes, but in the end the Bays recorded six victories to the Saints' five to capture the girls championship of the St. Ignace Kiwanis Track and Field Invitational Friday, May 1. More...

High School Softball, Baseball Action Reported

Saints Post Two Shutouts In Softball Twinbill The St. Ignace Saints softball team posted shut-out wins over the Brimley Bays, 16-0 and 10-0, Monday, April 27, at St. Ignace. More...

Haillee Brown Sets High Hurdle Record in Saints Win

Haillee Brown won the 55 meter high hurdle with a school record time of 9.85 and finished first in the 100 dash in 14.53 to lead the St. Ignace Saints girls to a win during a quadrangular meet at the Kiwanis Track Complex Tuesday, April 28. More...

Columns

DNR To Stock More Brown Trout, Steelhead in Lake Huron

Outdoor Matters

By now, most anglers on Michigan's "sunrise side" are aware the chinook salmon fishery in Lake Huron is not what it was just a few years ago. More...

Michigan Politics

Newspapers: Shaken, Still Stir

The watchdogs are ailing, but still successful on guard. The newspaper industry is among many with declining financial health these economically troubled days. More...

Rexton-Garnet

Along with the beautiful weather and warm temperatures comes a long list of the many outside chores to be done, among them the re-roofing of Hudson Township Hall Saturday, May 16, and Sunday, May 17. More...

EDC Proposal Handed Off to Planning Commission

Whether now is a good time to create and invest in a county-wide economic development program will be determined by the Mackinac County Planning Commission, which will conduct a feasibility study. More...

Mackinac Tribe To Test Treaty Fishing Rights

BIA and DNR Both Take Notice of Plan

Members of the Mackinac Tribe of Odawa and Ojibwa Indians plan to confront a treaty rights issue by setting commercial fishing nets in Lake Michigan off Boulevard Drive near St. Ignace Thursday, May 7, and retrieve them the following day at noon. More...

Hessel Lots Are Rezoned for Parking

Despite an outcry from neighboring property owners, lots 22 and 23 in Hessel were rezoned from residential to commercial Thursday, April 30. More...

Foreclosure Counseling Now Offered

Programs Available for Local Homeowners

In a state that ranked sixth in the nation last year in home foreclosures, some local organizations are offering homeowners a helping hand. More...

Cedarville Limestone Quarry Completes $14 Million Rebuild

Regional Trends - Industry
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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. More...

Social

Paul and Babe Mark 50th Spring at Castle Rock

Now that its winter cover has been removed from the head of the mythical woodsman Paul Bunyan, some local residents say the temperatures will begin to warm in St. Ignace. More...

MSU Extension Offers Retailing Workshop May 14-15

A workshop called "Experiential Retailing - Destination Store" is planned Thursday, May 14, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., and Friday, May 15, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., at the Village Inn Restaurant in St. Ignace. More...

McLean, Stefanakos Are Wed

Kate McLean and Constantine Stefanakos of Tampa, Florida, were united in marriage Saturday, April 18, at Kewadin Casino in St. Ignace. The couple wrote their own vows. Dave Calder provided music for the ceremony. More...

Obituaries

Ellen Mae Gustafson

Ellen Mae Gustafson, 95, of Cedarville, died Tuesday, April 28, 2009, at Tendercare in Sault Ste. Marie. She was born July 28, 1913, in Hessel, the daughter of August John "Gust" and Mary Frances (nee Bumstead) Lindberg. More...

Mary 'Dode' Albert

Mary E. "Dode" Albert, 66, of Hessel, died Friday morning, May 1, 2009, at Northern Michigan Regional Hospital in Petoskey. She was born in Sault Ste. Marie April 25, 1943. Her parents were Fred and Frances (nee Causley) Smith. More...

Nicole Hedges

Nicole Hedges, 29, of Tomahawk, Wisconsin, formerly of Newberry, died unexpectedly in Merrill, Wisconsin, Saturday, May 2, 2009. Born June 4, 1979, in Newberry, she was a daughter of Herbert and Mary Salvatore. Ms. More...

Opinion

St. Ignace Resident Questions Water Bills

To the Editor: I'm writing today to make the people of St. Ignace aware that we are being taken advantage of by our own water department. I stopped in about six months ago to complain about my bill, like a lot of St. Ignace people. More...


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