2020-03-26

Deer Rescued From Moran Bay Ice


The icy surface of Moran Bay hosted an unusual rescue operation Monday, March 23, as local law enforcement was called in to rescue a whitetail deer that had become stranded atop the ice. The effort was successful, with the doe being retrieved and brought to shore using the Mackinac County Sheriff’s Office’s hovercraft. The injured animal was turned over to […]

2020-03-26 E-Edition

‘Stay Home And Stay Safe’

FREE Shelter-in-place Order Will Help Protect All Ages From COVID-19

Michigan residents must stay at home until Monday, April 13, the next step in Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s response to the growing novel coronavirus pandemic. Cases in Michigan have increased exponentially in the past week, and as of Monday, March 23, more than 1,300 people have tested positive for the virus and 15 people have died. The first confirmed case in […]

A Message to Our Readers

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The St. Ignace News is committed to continued publication, both in print and online, striving to provide information about the spread of the novel coronavirus in our area and stories about how the communities here are taking aggressive actions to curtail its spread. We also will continue to profile the communities we serve and the lives of our citizens and […]

Hospitals Seek Help Amid Shortages

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National shortages of personal protective equipment (PPE) have made it challenging for healthcare facilities across the country to keep employees and patients safe, and War Memorial Hospital in Sault Ste. Marie and McLaren Northern Michigan in Petoskey are seeking community help to ensure everyone continues to be properly protected. At War Memorial Hospital, there are two ways community members can […]

Businesses Adapt To Restrictions

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As the novel coronavirus pandemic continues in Michigan, executive orders and the necessities of social distancing to stop the spread of the virus have altered the nature of business across the state. Businesses are now making adjustments as they work to keep their staffs and customers safe with new protocols, regular cleaning, and even special hours where only those most […]

Governor Issues Stay-at-Home Order

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The statewide stay-at-home order went into effect just after midnight at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, March 24, and follows similar actions already taken in California, New York, and other states to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus. Employees deemed to be essential in sustaining and protecting life will be exempt from the order. Other citizens are ordered to stay at […]

Molly Krell Shares Self-quarantining Experience After International Volunteering Trip


After working as a server and restaurant manager on Mackinac Island for several seasons, Molly Krell of St. Ignace was excited to go on a volunteering trip to Europe this winter. She left for Rome February 22 and settled into working at a shelter through the International Volunteer Head Quarters, a New Zealand-based organization. But shortly into her stay, widespread […]

Victim Advocates Are Offering To Run Errands

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Mackinac County Victim Advocate Coordinator Donna LaLonde is offering to run errands for elderly people and others at high risk of contracting a severe case of COVID-19. While victim services units throughout the state have been paused during the state of emergency, Mrs. LaLonde and some other volunteers on the local unit are offering to help those in need. “We’re […]

Public Comment Period Is Open for Energy Task Force Report

The public is invited to comment on recommendations of the U.P. Energy Task Force, which released 14 draft recommendations on propane availability in the Upper Peninsula. They will be made to Governor Gretchen Whitmer. The task force was created by the governor in June 2019. The purpose of the task force is to assess the Upper Peninsula’s energy needs and […]