Reuben Kangas Sr.

Reuben Martin Kangas Sr., 81, of Sault Ste. Marie, was a World War II veteran and later worked on engineering projects all over the country. Mr. Kangas passed away Tuesday, January 29, 2008, at War Memorial Hospital Long Term Care in Sault Ste. Marie, surrounded by his family. He was born July 16, 1926, in Rudyard, to Finnish immigrants Robert […]

Dan Fountain

Dan Henry Fountain, 48, of Fibre, was the owner of Dan’s Place in Rudyard. Mr. Fountain passed away February 1, 2008, at Northern Michigan Regional Hospital in Petoskey. He was born March 10, 1959, in Lincoln Park, to Thomas Fred and Mable Louise (nee Morton) Fountain. He grew up in Newport and was graduated from Jefferson High School in Monroe. […]

Evelyn Ratliff

Evelyn M. Ratliff of St. Ignace worked for 40 years at the Trail Bar on Ford Road and Outer Drive in Dearborn, where she was a bartender. Mrs. Ratliff passed away Friday evening, February 1, 2008, at Northern Michigan Regional Hospital in Petoskey. She was 93. She was born March 24, 1914, near Sault Ste. Marie, to Nathaniel and Florence […]

Raymond ‘Pete’ France

Raymond J. “Pete” France of Iron Mountain was mayor of St. Ignace from 1959 to 1961, owned France Grocery and Million Dollar View Motel here, and served on the Mackinac County Board of Supervisors. He died Sunday, February 3, 2008, following a short illness, at the home of his daughter in Sparta, New Jersey. Mr. France was born January 1, […]

Rita Williams

Rita Theresa Williams, 80, of DeTour Village, died Saturday, February 2, 2008, at War Memorial Hospital in Sault Ste. Marie. She was born August 13, 1927, in Hamtramck to John Albert and Margaret L. (nee Sims) Winneroski. When she was a young child, her family moved to DeTour Village, where she grew up and was graduated from high school. She […]

Steve Maki

Steve W. Maki of Sault Ste. Marie was a former Cedarville resident who worked for many years as a commercial carpenter. He served in the United States Navy, where he served on board the USS Juneau. Mr. Maki was 50 when he passed away late Friday evening, February 1, 2008, surrounded by his family at home. He was born April […]

Dick Hoolsema

Dick J. Hoolsema of Rudyard worked 35 years for Citgo Propane in Sault Ste. Marie, repairing propane appliances and furnaces. He served in the United States Army for four years. Mr. Hoolsema was 76 when he died Saturday, February 2, 2008, at his home. He was born August 31, 1931, in Sault Ste. Marie, to John and Lena (nee Mast) […]

St. Ignace City Council Meeting Minutes

Council Proceedings (Official) The regular meeting of the St. Ignace City Council was held on Monday, January 21, 2008 at the St. Ignace Public Library. The meeting was called to order at 8:00 p.m. by Mayor Grondin with the Pledge of Allegiance. Councilmember Gustafson gave the invocation. Present: Councilmember Della-Moretta, Fullerton, Gustafson, LaLonde, Tamlyn-Massaway, Mayor Grondin. Absent: Councilmember Wyse. (excused). […]

Apathy Continues Toward City Hall, and City Depends on It

To the Editor: I started this letter last Monday, January 28, before the January 31 newspaper came out, so it will be in two parts; one part angry, and the second part livid. Today I requested from City Hall information using the “Freedom of Information Act” (FOIA) regarding the 2007 income received by Paul Sved, St. Ignace part-time building inspector. […]

Transportation Museum Would Require Taxpayer Investment

To the Editor: The above-the-fold headlines have recently highlighted the latest work in progress masterminded by the select few at City Hall, and particularly at the Downtown Development Authority. The “transportation museum” which folks smarter than I want to locate in the former food pantry/former bus depot has enjoyed scant consideration by few outside the “inner circle.” To widen that […]