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Songs of the Season

People from throughout the Straits area came to the Gros Cap Church Sunday night, December 11, to be part of its Christmas singa long. St. More...

News

Mackinac Economic Alliance Will No Longer Administer Graymont Fund

The Mackinac Economic Alliance (MEA) will no longer administer the Graymont Community and Economic Development Fund, its Board of Directors decided Thursday, November 10.  More...

Could Trump’s Pledge for Infrastructure Spending Mean a New Lock?

The decades-long effort to build a new lock connecting Lakes Superior and Huron at Sault Ste. Marie is getting renewed state attention. More...

Payment Reelected Chippewa Ottawa Resource Authority Chairperson

Aaron Payment, chairperson of the Sault Ste. More...

Obituaries

Burton Kanine

Burton D. Kanine, 84, of Gould City, died Saturday, December 10, 2016, at his home in Newton Township, surrounded by his family.  He was born April 15, 1932, to Grover and Hazel (nee Seinhoff) Kanine in Saginaw.  Mr. More...

Brett Miller

Brett R. Miller, 40, a resident of Newberry since 2011, died Tuesday evening, December 6, 2016, at his home.  He was born March 6, 1976, to Richard and Chyleen (nee Hollington) Miller in Alpena.  Mr. More...

Thomas Alexander

Thomas Alexander, 95, of Mackinaw City, passed away Sunday, December 11, 2016, at Otsego Memorial Hospital in Gaylord.  Visitation will be held Thursday, December 15, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., with a prayer service beginning at 6 p.m. at St. More...

Columns

Michigan Folks in Trump Administration

Michigan Politics

Two Michiganians have been named to be in President-elect Donald Trump’s cabinet, and as of this writing, there’s speculation about others being in his government-political team.  More...

Local Residents Share Their Special Memories of ‘Christmas Past’

All About The Town

Local residents have shared their favorite Christmas memories from years gone by.  Cheryl Rountree  St. Ignace  It was Christmas 2011 and our grandson, Tanner, was born four months early. He weighed only 1 pound, 10 ounces.  More...

St. Ignace

Snowmobile the Mighty Mac is Saturday, December 17. Vintage snowmobiles will be crossing the Mackinac Bridge under their own power in this first-time event. More...

Responders Honored for Rescue Effort

When a Family’s Canoe Sank in Lake Huron, Coast Guard, Sheriff ’s Office, Marine Rescue Raced To Help

United States Coast Guard personnel from Station St. More...

Snowmobiles To Cross Bridge Sat.

History will be made this Saturday, December 17, at 11 a.m. when the first Snowmobile the Mighty Mac vintage snowmobile crossing of the Mackinac Bridge makes its way between Michigan’s two peninsulas. More...

Marina, Ice on Bay Are Topics in City

The possibility of the city regulating boat operations near its shore, the height of the seawalls surrounding the harbor, and the status of the Chief Wawatam dock area were the main topics of discussion at the St. More...

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Sweeney Earns NMU Degree

Patrick Sweeney of St. Ignace was graduated summa cum laude from Northern Michigan University August 9. More...

Sports

Saints Football Team Honored

Members of the St. Ignace Saints football team were honored during an annual banquet Sunday, December 4. More...

Teamwork Propels St. Ignace Saints Girls To Win Over Cedarville Trojans

The Saints girls basketball team bested the Cedarville Trojans in Cedarville 60-36 Wednesday, December 7. Both teams were able to both show some good points and places that needed improvement.  More...

Mackinaw City Boys Basketball Tops Alanson

The Mackinaw City boys basketball team scored its first victory of the 2016-17 season Thursday, December 8, when it toppled Alanson 68-59 in its Northern Lakes Conference opener. More...

Opinion

Great Memories of Working on Arnold Line Ferries

To the Editor:  Arnold Line? What a great time.  After reading Julia Law’s letter, I have to admit it brought tears to my eyes. More...

Who Will Take Over for Aging Skilled Trades Workers?

To the Editor:  A college degree cannot be the only option that we, as a nation, value. The 70% of Americans who lack a college degree have been forsaken, but with your vote in November, Donald J. More...

Public Meetings - Free Access

Public Meeting Calendar

Following is a schedule of open public meetings. The listing is for governmental and similar entities. More...

Meeting Minutes - Free Access

St. Ignace City Council Minutes

City of St. Ignace  Summary of Council Proceedings  December 5, 2016  The Regular Council Meeting convened at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, December 5, 2016, in the Council Chambers at City Hall with Mayor Litzner presiding.   More...


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