Hospital Shopping for Partnership

Mackinac Straits Health System in St. Ignace will eventually develop a partnership with a larger hospital to improve its financial stability, and is currently exploring its options. Such an arrangement will offer the local hospital access to information technology, working capital, and specialized services, says hospital CEO Rod Nelson. The move is in keeping with the trend that’s pushing other […]

Students Enjoy Day on the Slopes

Pres. Obama Will Visit U.P. Thursday

President Barack Obama will visit Marquette Thursday, February 10, to see firsthand how the community and its businesses have grown as a result of increased broadband access. He will tout the wireless infrastructure, particularly the WiMax network, in which Northern Michigan University partnered with the City of Marquette, area schools, and the police and fire departments, to extend the university’s […]

Litzner’s Roles for MBA, County Get Court Scrutiny

Judge Dennis Murphy of the 46th Circuit Court in Grayling will issue a decision within 28 days, by March 4, as to whether Mike Litzner’s dual positions as chief financial officer for the Mackinac Bridge Authority and commissioner for Mackinac County are in conflict with one another. Judge Murphy could rule on this matter directly or send it back to […]

Expertise in Cow Health Takes Ruegg Around the Globe

Some pin down their vocation early in life, while others stumble upon it when they least expect it. Veterinarian Pamela Ruegg, a St. Ignace native who’s now one of the country’s leading experts on bovine mastitis, a cow disease, never went near a dairy cow until she was 17 years old, while serving an internship at a farm in Pickford. […]

Mediators Help Solve Debt Disputes

In Recession, 75% of Local Cases Involve Debt Problems, EUP Center Says

Hampered by today’s economic recession, many have fallen behind on their credit card and house payments, piling up debt that seems impossible to repay. And when that debt spirals out of control, they eventually receive a letter in the mail summoning them to court. That’s when the E.U.P Community Dispute Resolution Center steps in to help, offering debt mediation services […]

Clark Township Will Have Dredge Agreement Reviewed

Concerns Over Dollar Amount, Obligations Cited

Before the Clark Township board signs a dredging agreement with the State Waterways Commission to take 1,900 yards of dirt out of Cedarville harbor, trustees have voted 5-0 to have the document reviewed by an attorney. Concerns over the dollar amount that must be set aside for the project, as well as premature mention of a docking and facilities component, […]

Michigan Politics

Local Benefits from Detroit-Windsor Bridge

Largely missing in media coverage of the politically charged controversy over building a second bridge between Detroit and Windsor is the span’s importance to outstate Michigan, including Up North. “It’s a big, big deal” beyond Detroit, Democratic 1983-90 Governor Jim Blanchard, President Bill Clinton’s ambassador to Canada and one of all four of the living ex-governors to support a new […]

Personal Injury Accidents Down in 2010 in St. Ignace Area

Car Seats Available at No Cost From Police Dept.

Personal injury accidents on area roadways have been reduced since 2008, according to St. Ignace Fire Chief John “Bucky” Robinson and Police Chief Mark Wilk. Added safety measures over the last few years are the likely explanation for the drop, including more aggressive police patrols. Diligent police speed patrols during the tourist season along US-2, part of an effort called […]

Internet Service Might Lure Campers To U.P. Parks, Officials Say

The state’s effort to improve rural development by boosting tourism could bring broadband services to more Upper Peninsula parks, said Keith Creagh, director of the Michigan Department of Agriculture (MDA). It would be a part of an effort by the Rick Snyder administration to promote the agriculture industry by improving rural areas in the state. “We plan to strategically enhance […]