45,000 Walk Bridge

A beautiful sunrise over the Straits of Mackinac greeted 45,000 pedestrians Monday, September 5, during the 59th annual Mackinac Bridge Walk on Labor Day. “We’ve got a great day going,” Governor Rick Snyder told the crowd gathered at the event’s staging area in the pre-dawn light. Some groups of walkers arrived as early as 4:30 a.m. for the 7 a.m. […]

Big Tractor Show Is This Weekend

St. Ignace Event Features Bridge Crossing

More than 1,350 tractors are registered, and a nationally syndicated television show is set to record the proceedings, as the annual Owosso Tractor Parts Antique Show and Mackinac Bridge crossing will bring tractor lovers to St. Ignace from as far away as Alaska, Friday, September 9, through Saturday, September 10. Alongside the show of vintage tractors will be displays of […]

Vietnam Wall Will Be in St. Ignace

In Conjunction With Truck Show Next Week

A traveling half-scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial will be on the grounds of the Museum of Ojibwa Culture in St. Ignace from Thursday, September 15, to Sunday, September 18. With many people unable to travel to Washington, D.C. to see the Vietnam Memorial there, said Tim Tetz, director of program outreach, “Being able to bring a national memorial, […]

Swimmers Brave Straits of Mackinac

Feat of Strength, Endurance Earns World Recognition as Thompson, Stevens Finish 1st

Thirty swimmers successfully completed the more than four-mile swim across the Straits of Mackinac during the annual Mighty Mac Swim, Monday, September 5. The swim is now sanctioned as part of both the World Open Water Swimming Series and the Global Swim Series for 2016, which has put the event on the world stage with competitors accumulating points for world […]

School Upgraded

Changes Increase Efficiency at St. Ignace

Every light in the St. Ignace middle and elementary school building has been replaced, and the school’s boilers have been upgraded, as part of an energy efficiency project. New carpeting has been installed. “We [had] infrastructure in this building that’s at the end of its life,” St. Ignace Area Schools Superintendent Don Gustafson said, explaining the need for the project. […]

Stalwart Fair Set For Its 111th Year

Traditional horse pulling competitions will be the centerpiece of the annual Stalwart Agricultural Fair Thursday, September 8, Friday, September 9, and Saturday, September 10, at its fairgrounds on M-48. The fair is in its 111th year. Admission to the fair this year is $4 for adults, $3 for students, and free for children preschool age and younger. “It’s looking pretty […]

Kayakers Protest Line 5 While Paddling in Lake Huron Near Mackinaw City

Concern for the waters in the Straits of Mackinac led to a protest in Mackinaw City against the Enbridge Energy Line 5 oil and natural gas pipeline that runs beneath them Saturday, September 3. Kayakers from across Michigan paddled out into the Straits for the second year in a row shouting chants against the pipeline and holding up large banners […]

Tom Evashevski Is Appointed As City Attorney

Tom Evashevski has been appointed as the City of St. Ignace attorney after a special meeting of the St. Ignace City Council in which the council interviewed Mr. Evashevski and two other applicants Tuesday, August 30. Experience with municipal law was among considerations valued by the council. Councilman Luke Paquin pointed out Mr. Evashevski had more municipal experience than the […]

Sen. Wayne Schmidt Will Host Local Office Hours September 13

State Senator Wayne Schmidt will be available to meet with people during office hours Tuesday, September 13, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Audie’s Restaurant in Mackinaw City. He will also meet with people at the Mackinac Grille in St. Ignace from noon to 1 p.m. the same day. No appointment is needed to meet with Mr. Schmidt. He […]


Volunteer Experience Was Heartfelt and Eye Opening To the Editor: I would like to commend Ronda Engle and all of her helpers for the success of the Backpack and Feed America program, that was held August 31 at Little Bear East Arena. I have seen the success story in The St. Ignace News each year and was proud of the […]