Escanaba Celebrates Community Thanksgiving Dinner


It was an afternoon of turkey, vegetables, dessert, and fellowship at the Escanaba High School Thursday as the Community Thanksgiving Dinner was held for a 38th straight year.

Several hundred people turned out for the sit-down style dinner, and there were plenty of meals delivered to folks who are homebound as well.

“We do this every year,  because every year, there are people who need a place to go,” event co-organizer Kathy Tall told RRN News.

Woman Found Dead In Western Upper Peninsula

Police in the western Upper Peninsula are investigating the discovery of a woman’s body near Rainbow Falls north of Bessemer.

According to WJFW-TV in Rhinelander, the Gogebic County Sheriff’s Department received a tip that a 65-year-old woman may have been in the area, and found her body near the waterfalls on the Black River a few hours later on Wednesday.  The woman’s vehicle was found in a parking lot about two hours before her body was discovered,


Woman Arrested After Traffic Crash In Alger County

Two people were hurt and another was jailed after a two vehicle crash on M-28 Wednesday night in Alger County.

Michigan State Police say the accident happened at around 6:00 in the town of Christmas, when an S-U-V, driven by a 29-year-old Munising woman, pulled out of the White Pine Lodge parking lot and onto M-28.

She went into the path of a vehicle driven by a 39-year-old Munising woman.

Both drivers and one passenger were treated for minor injuries,


Jacobetti Home For Veterans Taking Holiday Donations

 The D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans (DJJHV) is open to accept donations from the public at its donation center, said Michigan Veterans Affairs Director James Robert Redford.

The DJJHV donation center is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. to collect items from the public.

“In this season of giving, many residents contact our agency asking how they can donate items to veterans living at our homes in Grand Rapids and Marquette,” said Redford.


Fire Marshal Offers Thanksgiving Safety Advice

State Fire Marshal Kevin Sehlmeyer urges fire safety on Thanksgiving Day, which is the leading day for home cooking fires. Consumers who use portable deep fryers to cook turkeys should know the dangers and consider using the safer, oil-less fryers.

“Unattended cooking is the main cause of residential fires, especially on Thanksgiving when busy cooks can be distracted,” said Sehlmeyer. “Never leave cooking unattended, not even for a second. Cooking fires can easily be prevented by following a few simple precautions.”


Marquette High School Turkey Trot Set Thursday

The Annual Marquette Turkey Trot is a 5k and 10k run and a fundraising event for the MSHS Orchestra and Key Club.

Students from computer classes design the t-shirt and Key Club members handle the online registration. The Turkey Trot is a family-friendly and dog-friendly event and great way to start your Thanksgiving holiday.

The course starts at the MSHS Canopy Entrance and heads down the paved bike path towards Tourist Park which is the 5k turn-around.


Thanksgiving Workout Planned At Escanaba’s YMCA

You can get your heart pumping and work off your holiday meal before you eat it, as you start your Thanksgiving Day in Escanaba.

It’s the annual Thanksgiving workout, sponsored by the Northern Lights YMCA.

The Y’s Amy Fudala says admission is two containers of non-perishable food for local food pantries.

“We will have all kinds of fun circuit drills for you to come participate in,” Fudala tells RRN News.


Gladstone Turkey Trot Celebrating 20th Anniversary

In Gladstone Thursday morning, a Turkey Trot 5-K walk and run will be held for a 20th straight year.

Organizer Dan Paul says that it starts at the Gladstone Senior Center, with the walk starting at 8:45. The run begins at 9:00.

The cost is a minimum of four canned goods, or a cash donation, or buy a T-Shirt, which costs 18 dollars.

Any money raised today goes to the local Salvation Army and Saint Vincent DePaul.


Free Thanksgiving Dinners Set In Escanaba, Engadine

On this Thanksgiving holiday, a tradition continues in Escanaba as the annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner is held…as it has been for the past three decades.

The meal is a sit-down style meal, and several hundred people show up every year. It will be at noon Thursday at the Escanaba High School Commons.

There is no charge at all to come for food and fellowship. Volunteers will also be delivering meals throughout Delta County Thursday morning.


Michigan, Iowa Senators Meet Troops Deployed In Middle East


U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, joined a bipartisan congressional delegation led by U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) to Afghanistan, Kuwait, and Iraq to thank U.S. servicemembers for their service and sacrifice ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday. The congressional delegation also met with senior military and diplomatic leaders in the region to receive updates on continued anti-terrorism efforts, including the fight against ISIS and the Taliban.

“Michigan servicemembers and their families sacrifice so much in defense of our nation and our way of life –