11th Annual Hooping for a Cure Raises $20,000+ for Cancer Patients


St. Ignace Saints girls basketball coach Dorene Ingalls and organizers of Hooping for a Cure honored the families of Armand “Smi” Horn and Mike “Wilkie” Wilkins during a special ceremony preceding the 11th annual “Pink Game” between the Saints and Cedarville Trojans Thursday, January 24, in St. Ignace. Both Mr. Horn and Mr. Wilkins passed away in recent months after […]

Courthouse Gets Added Security


Additional safety measures have been approved for the security project at the Mackinac County Courthouse and annex. The Mackinac County Board of Commissioners had previously approved $151,015 in security system improvements in December, and the project came up again at the commission’s meeting Thursday, January 24, where it approved Oak City Contracting to add in a $4,677 video surveillance system […]

I-500 Is This Week


In the world of snowmobile racing, there are few challenges that can match Sault Ste. Marie’s International 500 for difficulty. The I-500 is an endurance test that pushes both man and machine to their limits, a 500- mile battle around a high-speed banked one-mile oval of ice that’s more akin to a NASCAR superspeedway shootout than almost any other race […]

Icy Blast Hits Area


All of Michigan felt the full brunt of winter Monday, January 28, as a massive storm rolled through the state. While most of the snow stayed far south of the Mackinac Bridge, subzero temperatures, dangerous wind chills, and blowing snow made conditions rough through the Eastern Upper Peninsula, leading to school and office closures. The weather Monday was dangerously cold […]

Silver Mountain Tubing Hill Is Open

Doc Holle’s Silver Mountain Skiing and Tubing Hill in Moran Township opened for the season last weekend with plenty of local residents and visitors grabbing a tube for some fun in the snow. Several local boys pose for a photograph with their tubes as the flakes fall Saturday, January 26, including (from left) Colt Lane, 12, Ethan Shepard, 12, and […]

Crash Claims Lives Of 2 Marquette Men

A fatal two-vehicle accident occurred on North State Street in St. Ignace near South Airport Road Friday, January 25, causing the I-75 business loop to be temporarily closed. Just after noon, a car pulled out of the Java Joe’s parking lot, in front of a northbound pickup truck. The collision resulted in two fatalities, and one man remains hospitalized. The […]

Freight Boats Stop Winter Runs

Freight trips to Mackinac Island have ended for the winter, as Shepler’s Sacre Bleu and Arnold Freight’s Corsair made their last runs Friday, January 18. Since the beginning of 2019, the crew at Shepler’s has been monitoring the ice on Moran Bay at St. Ignace with St. Ignace’s U.P. Pond Hockey Championship in mind, said company president Chris Shepler. Throughout […]

Council Evaluates Manager

Stelmaszek Earns Good Marks for First Year, While Council Calls for Specific Improvements in Future

St. Ignace City Manager Michael Stelmaszek has completed his first year on the job and the St. Ignace City Council evaluated his performance last week, giving him good marks overall and highlighting areas in which they want to see improvement, including management of city employees, communication, and organization. Mr. Stelmaszek’s contract includes a yearly evaluation. The evaluation is typically done […]

City Stays With AT&T Contract To Help Resolve Fees


The St. Ignace City Council approved a new 12-month telecommunications contract with AT&T at its Tuesday, January 22, meeting. The deal could be the city’s last with AT&T as it looks to switch over to new provider Net Express at the end of this contract. The decision to stay with AT&T for now was made to help the city with […]

Glenn Retires From Courthouse

Mackinac County Probate Court Register and Court Administrator Geraldine Glenn retired Friday, January 25, after 11 years of service. The Mackinac County Board of Commissioners passed a resolution thanking her for her work Thursday, January 24. She is pictured holding a copy of the resolution while at a going-away party at the courthouse on her last day on the job. […]