Seney National Wildlife Refuge Celebrates Fishing Day

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Over the weekend, Seney National Wildlife Refuge provided the perfect backdrop for the annual children’s fishing day in the wilds of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. For almost three decades, Seney Natural History Association has helped to host young anglers and their families for a day of fishing and a little healthy competition.

More than 90 kids came out to fish for northern pike, yellow perch and other fish, along the three and a half mile fishing loop.

 

M-DOT To Re-Open M-94 Bridge Near Skandia Wednesday

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Photos courtesy of Dan Weingarten, MDOT

The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) plans to reopen M-94 on Wednesday, as the $1.8 million bridge construction project at the Chocolay River wraps up.

M-94 was closed Oct. 18 after a four-culvert system carrying the east branch of the Chocolay River near Skandia failed catastrophically during a flood event, washing out a large section of roadway.

“We approached this emergency repair project this spring with the goal of getting it done as quickly as possible,”

 

Escanaba City Council Hires Jordan As New City Manager

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Patrick Jordan is the new city manager in Escanaba.

The Escanaba City Council voted 5-to-0 during a special meeting Tuesday afternoon to hire Jordan, who worked most recently as the Wexford County Administrator in downstate Cadillac. Jordan also worked in Muskegon Township and in Alaska.

Jordan replaces Jim O’Toole, who is retiring on Friday after 30 years of service to the City of Escanaba.

“There’s a lot of moving parts,” Jordan told RRN News.

 

NMU, Innovate Marquette Get Grant From Mich. Strategic Fund

A wide range of projects including business expansions and community revitalization projects in metro Detroit and mid-Michigan as well as support for entrepreneurship received Michigan Strategic Fund approval today, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation announced.

The projects are expected to generate a total capital investment of nearly $560 million and create 2,821 jobs.

Northern Michigan University received a $1.15 million grant from MSF to implement a collaborative operating agreement between Invent@NMU and Innovate Marquette SmartZone. 

 

Delta County Parks Filling Up For Upcoming Holiday Weekend

The heavy rains that have drenched the southern parts of the Upper Peninsula over the past two weeks have taken their toll on pretty much anything “outdoors”, from ball fields to parks.

With the holiday weekend coming up, how are the Delta County parks holding up? Conservation District Director Rory Mattson tells the Radio Results Network: so far, so good.

“Pioneer Trail Park is wet, but high and dry because we’re pretty high up there,” Mattson told RRN News.

 

Man Sentenced In Escanaba For Breaking Into Restaurant

The New Mexico man who tried to rob the El Patron Restaurant in Escanaba last December has been sentenced to a year in jail.

Twenty-one year-old Alejandro Castillo heard his sentence Monday afternoon in Delta County Circuit Court. He was found guilty of assault with a deadly weapon and malicious destruction of property.

Escanaba Public Safety says that Castillo broke into the back of the business on December 19th, wearing a mask and gloves and holding a club.

 

Feeding West Michigan Food Truck Coming To Manistique

The Feeding America West Michigan Mobile Food Truck will visit  Manistique Wednesday, June 28, from 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

The location for pick up is the Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital, 7870W US Highway 2, Manistique.

Anyone residing in Schoolcraft County may bring a large cardboard box to be filled with food – no questions asked. The distribution is set up drive-through style.

ALL CARS MUST ENTER ON SOUTHTOWN DRIVE – FOLLOW SIGNS.

 

Rep. LaFave Defends Vote On Teacher Pension Reforms

An Upper Peninsula state representative is defending his vote in favor of legislation that will put newly-hired teachers on a 401-k retirement system, rather than an actual pension.

Republican Beau LaFave of Iron Mountain tells the Radio Results Network that the Michigan Education Association is lying to the teachers of the Upper Peninsula about this package of bills, which are headed to the governor for his signature.

“If you were promised a pension,

 

Maintenance Work On Portage Lift Bridge Overnight

Maintenance work on the Portage Lake Lift Bridge is scheduled for early Wednesday morning, which will result in several brief (up to 20 minutes) closures of the northbound and southbound lanes, along with the sidewalks on both sides of the bridge.

The closures are expected to occur between midnight and 4 a.m. The closures will likely result in delays for motorists.

 

Minneapolis Fed President To Visit Houghton Tuesday

The president of the Federal Reserve’s Minneapolis bank is scheduled to come to the Upper Peninsula Tuesday.

Neel Kashkari will be in Houghton, and will give a town hall meeting this afternoon where he will answer questions from the public on Fed monetary policies…including the recent decision to raise interest rates.

He will also visit the Keweenaw Research Center and the Advanced Power System Laboratories while he’s in Houghton this afternoon.

Kashkari’s public meeting starts at 5:30 Friday afternoon at the Great Lakes Research Center Rooms 201 and 202.