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Hospital Building on Track for March

Steven Keel, a worker for Bouma Construction of Grand Rapids, puts finishing touches on drywall near the Tribal Health Center's windowed waiting area on the second floor of the new hospital being buil More...

Bridge Fare Increases Jan. 1

Vehicles crossing the Mackinac Bridge will pay increased toll rates starting January 1, 2010, owing to a gradual rate increase adopted by the Mackinac Bridge Authority December 21, 2007.   More...

St. Ignace Community Action Center Hosts Annual Holiday Lunch

Enjoying a senior citizens holiday luncheon at the St. Ignace Community Action Center Wednesday, December 16, are (from left) Drew Foster, Carol Spidell, John Massaway, Jr., and Linda Massaway. More...

Mackinac Island Adds Back-up Patrol Car

One more vehicle is heading to Mackinac Island for the winter at the urging of Police Chief Jim Marks, although his request drew opposition from two council members during the Wednesday evening, December 16, city council meeting. More...

Girls/Boys Basketball

Youthful Trojans Turn   Defeat Into Victory   Cedarville, with the youngest varsity basketball team in the area, recorded a 54-50 non-conference road win over the Posen Vikings Monday, December 21.   More...

News

Mackinac Bridge Authority Finds No Greater Risk With Self-Insurance

Pools Risk With State Highway Department To Cover Incidents, Damage, Liability on Straits Superstructure

The Mackinac Bridge Authority (MBA) expects to save $200,000 a year after canceling its insurance for liability, excess liability, boiler and machinery, employee crime, marine, and business property, and administrators said all claims would be cover More...

Feldman, Allers Team Up in Rescue Effort

St. Ignace Coast Guard Sailor Earns Medal of Commendation

Rescuing a woman from a burning house last May has earned a commendation for a St. Ignace Coast Guard sailor. Petty Officer Third Class Matthew Feldman, boatswain's mate, and postal worker Preston Allers, both of St. More...

Volunteers Recognized for Work With Hope Hotline

St. Ignace

Billie Clark (center, front row) presents a certificate of appreciation from St. Ignace Area Hope to Troy Garlock of St. Ignace Ace Hardware Friday, December 11. More...

Sports

St. Ignace Bowling League Action

Bluewater League   Mackinaw Trolley 66, News Crew 63, Gateway Lanes 52, Gerry’s Beauty Shop 52, Apollo Home Mortgage 50-1/2, Northern Bells 49, Quality Inn 44-1/2, Bessie’s Pasties 43. More...

St. Ignace Hockey Teams Continue Battle at the Bridge Tournament Winning Streak

The St. Ignace Squirt hockey team defeated Cheboygan Sunday, December 13, at Little Bear East Arena, winning the Squirt tournament, part of the "Battle at the Bridge" series. More...

2009-2010 Saints Junior Varsity Boys Basketball Team

The St. More...

Opinion

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

It’s Worse Than We Thought, for the Maloneys

To the Editor: On November 5, a letter from me appeared in The St. Ignace News. It concerned a historic city family (the Maloneys) who somehow had lost title to what was once known as Maloney Hill. More...

Columns

Michigan Politics

U.S. Media Go To Michigan Quotables

In 2009, Senator Carl Levin and Governor Jennifer Granholm were prominent in national media coverage, including network TV. Levin was a Capitol Hill power player, as were northern Michigan’s three congressmen. More...

Brevort

Forty-four worshipers joined the Trinity Lutheran Church congregation for services Christmas Eve. It was good to see friends and acquaintances there.   Mary Lou Sayles called me a few days ago to ask about Billy Milford. More...

St. Ignace

It was great to receive a phone call from Phillip Therrian of Midland. He says hello to friends in St. Ignace. Phillip grew up on Pte. LaBarbe Road. More...

U.P. To Get Police Team

Federal Money Pays for Security Force

A special team of State Police Hometown Security troopers will hit the roads in the Upper Peninsula in 2010, providing added law enforcement in areas with a limited police presence, during special events, and in high-traffic and high-crime areas of More...

Trail Sign To Draw Riders Downtown

Snowmobile Season Underway in EUP

A directional sign aimed at drawing snowmobilers into downtown St. Ignace to park will be placed near access to the snowmobile trail at Lant and Castle Rock roads, following a decision by the St. More...

Lighthouse Group Sets State Precedent

DeTour Reef Lighthouse Preservation Society

The state has loosened its control over offshore lighthouses while striking a new agreement with the DeTour Reef Lighthouse Preservation Society, and preservationists are hailing the move as one that could make it easier for other nonprofit groups i More...

Surge of Mayflies Means Clean Water, May Also Be Great Lakes Threat

Capital News Service Michigan State University School of Journalism

Lake Eries pollution in the 1960s and 1970s killed off its mayflies, insects that spend most of their lives underwater before hatching into huge flying swarms that carpet coastal towns.   But the pesky bugs have returned in a big way.   More...

Good Service Brings Them Back, Promoters Say

‘Green’ Efforts, City Trolley Are Marketing Keys in Gatlinburg

Gatlinburg, Tennessee, with nearly 4,000 residents, relies on tourism for its economy, much like communities in the Eastern Upper Peninsula. More...

Cedar Post Receives $500 Donation

Cedar Post Thrift Shop and Food Pantry in Cedarville received toys, food, and a $500 cash donation from Kewadin Casinos in Hessel Wednesday, December 16. More...

Social

Wedding

Lasley, Lyons

Kayley Joy Lasley and Jason Thomas Lyons of Greenvale, New York, were united in marriage Saturday, September 5, 2009, at Deer Lake Beach in Boyne Falls, with the Reverend John Naile of the Methodist Church in Gaylord officiating. More...

Kaylee and Mackenzie Murdick

Birth

Jerry and Barb Murdick, Jr. of Arlington Heights, Illinois, announce the birth of twin daughters, Kaylee Marie and Mackenzie Claire Murdick, born November 27, 2009, at Northwest Community Hospital in Arlington Heights. More...

Johnson, Wender

Engaged

Mike and Neva Johnson of Moran announce the engagement of their daughter, Randi Johnson, to Ryan Wender of Escanaba.   Miss Johnson is a 2000 graduate of LaSalle High School and is employed by Escanaba Public Schools.   More...

Obituaries

Donald Snyder

Donald Lee Snyder, 78, of Pickford, died Saturday, December 19, 2009, at War Memorial Hos - pital in Sault Ste. Marie.   He was born July 26, 1931, in Grand Rapids to Carson Parks and Lillian (nee Miel) Snyder.   More...

Charlie ‘Bert’ Halonen

Charlie E. “Bert” Halonen, 84, formerly of Rudyard, and Tucson, Arizona, died Thursday, Decem - ber 10, 2009, at Otsego Memorial Hospital in Gaylord. More...

Ila Spencer

Ila Lou Spencer, 67, of Drum - mond Island, died Friday, Dec - ember 18, 2009, at her home.   She was born January 20, 1942, in Lake City to William and Esther Isabel (nee Walker) VanderVeen. More...


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