St. Francis Hospital Adds Doctor In Radiology Department

Kevin Gostenik, MD, has recently joined the medical staff at OSF HealthCare St. Francis Hospital & Medical Group.

Dr. Gostenik will provide services in the hospital’s Radiology Department.

Dr. Gostenik earned his Doctor of Medicine at Wayne State University School of Medicine and completed his Radiology residency at Oakwood Hospital in Dearborn, MI and his Neuroradiology fellowship at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, MI. He has spent the last six years working at U.P.


Snyder Signs Drug Court, Beer Keg Legislation

Problem-solving courts will be more carefully regulated under legislation signed Monday by Gov. Rick Snyder.

“Problem-solving courts are a great way to ensure that our state’s residents are receiving the individualized help that they may need,” Snyder said. “These bills will help our state’s criminal justice system better serve all Michiganders.”

Senate Bills 435, 437, and 438, sponsored by state Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker, establish a certification of drug, sobriety, mental health and veteran’s treatment courts.


MHSAA Announces Football Playoff Sites, Times


The Michigan High School Athletic Association has announced its football pairings for next week’s state semifinal games.

The Escanaba Eskymos will face Grand Rapids Catholic Central on Saturday at 1:00 at Traverse City’s Thirlby Field, which is artificial turf. West Iron County will face Saginaw Nouvel CC Friday night at 7:00 at the Superior Dome. And in eight man ball, Forest Park plays Portland St. Patrick at 2:00 Saturday at the Superior Dome.


OSF Welcomes New Physician To Escanaba Hospital

Jennifer Bissell, MD, board certified Family Medicine Physician has joined the medical staff at OSF HealthCare St. Francis Hospital & Medical Group.

Before joining OSF HealthCare, Dr. Bissell had been practicing Family Medicine in Wisconsin for seven years. She received her Doctor of Medicine from Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit, Michigan and completed a Family Medicine residency at Oakwood Annapolis Hospital in Wayne, MI.

An Escanaba High School graduate,


Poet Visiting Lake Superior State University On Tuesday

Poet Lynn Domina visits Lake Superior State University on Tuesday, Nov. 14, for an afternoon master class and evening reception, reading, and book signing.

All events are free and open to the public.

The master class is at 3 p.m. in room 217 of the Arts Center and is titled “The Use and Abuse of the Line in Free Verse Poetry.” The evening reading, reception, and book signing is 7-9 p.m.


Wisconsin Governor Signs Four Hunting Bills

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker signed four bills relating to hunting into law Saturday at the Executive Residence.

Assembly Bill 528 – This bill restores a prohibition (from 2015 Act 100) revoked by 2017 Act 59, which eliminated deer carcass tags from being required under law and thereby re-legalized the harvest of antlerless deer by adults using a youth antlerless deer hunting license under group hunting circumstances. This bill re-establishes the 2015 Act 100 prohibition for adults from harvesting antlerless deer using a youth antlerless carcass tag under group hunting allowances.


Michigan Treasury Outlines Services For Veterans

On this Veterans Day holiday, the Michigan Department of Treasury (Treasury) reminds current and former military members about the special benefits they may be entitled to receive.

“Our service men and women make great sacrifices to keep us safe,” State Treasurer Nick Khouri said. “Treasury works closely with our military members and veterans to ensure they receive the tax relief and other special benefits provided under state law.”

Current and former military members may be eligible to receive:


Upper Peninsula Non-Profits Can Apply For SHF Grants

The Superior Health Foundation annual gala will be held on Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018, in Marquette. Proceeds from the gala will benefit SHF for grant funding.  In addition, the SHF Gala Planning Committee will select two, health-centered projects ($10,000 or less) and award those monies at the gala.  SHF will ask the non-profit agencies receiving funding to invite employees and guests to the gala.

  In 2017, SHF provided $10,000 in funding to HOPE Animal-Assisted Crisis Response and Camp New Day.


State Offering Multiple Veterans Employment Services

Military veterans are highly skilled and trained, possessing many valuable skills such as teamwork, leadership and technical skills.  Individuals with these talents are vital components of the talent pool needed to fill the many in-demand jobs here in Michigan.

The Talent Investment Agency (TIA) is working daily to connect our Michigan veterans with the training and other assistance needed to develop new careers as they return to our communities after active military service.


Kewadin Casinos Launch ‘Valor Card’ For Veterans

American and Canadian active, honorably discharged and retired military personnel, police officers and firefighters are being invited by Kewadin Casinos to sign up for the Valor Card starting November 11 at all five Kewadin Casinos locations.

The card is being launched at all five Kewadin Casinos as part of the Northern Rewards Club to recognize and thank these members for their service.  The launch of the Valor Card is timed with Kewadin’s Veterans Day promotion on November 11.