Mackinac Bridge Re-opens After Being Closed For Hours

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The Mackinac Bridge re-opened late Friday afternoon after being closed to all trafficbecause of ice falling from the towers and cables and onto the deck below. The Mackinac Bridge Authority closed the five-mile span at about 1:00 Friday afternoon, and in re-opened at just after 5:00. This photo is as of 5:45 Friday afternoon, with traffic slow-going. If you are driving into the Straits area, tune in on AM-530 and AM-1610 to hear updates.

 

Ishpeming Girl Signs To Play Basketball At Bay College

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Marissa Maino, a senior from Ishpeming High School has signed a NJCAA Letter of Intent to play for the inaugural women’s basketball team at Bay College. Maino, the daughter of Rebecca and Geno Maino, signed her Letter of Intent at a ceremony this afternoon at Ishpeming High School.

Maino has had a successful basketball career for the Hematites, earning Mid Pen Conference 2nd Team accolades in 2016 & 2017, as well as All UP 2nd team in 2016. 

 

Great Lakes Shipping Season Opening On Saturday

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Detroit District, announces the Soo Locks in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., will open Saturday, March 25, marking the beginning of the 2017 Great Lakes shipping season.

“The up-bound Motor Vessel Stewart J. Cort, a U.S. Flagged 1,000 foot freighter, is expected to be the first ship to enter the Poe Lock,” said Kevin Sprague, area engineer, Soo Area Office. “It will be followed by the down-bound Motor Vessel Phillip R.

 

Lake Superior State Signs Deal To Help Small Companies

Lake Superior State University has signed with the Michigan Corporate Relations Network (MRCN) as an affiliate, enabling it to offer assistance to small companies through the SCIP/TCA and SCIA programs.

The Small Company Internship Award (SCIA) program provides funding to help small businesses hire university students to work as interns on projects that are both beneficial to the company and academically relevant to the student.

Especially targeted toward Michigan businesses in the science,

 

Peters Supports H.S. Students Earning College Credits

U.S. Senators Gary Peters Friday announced that he is reintroducing bipartisan, bicameral legislation to help make college more affordable and accessible by expanding opportunities for high school students to earn college credit.

The Making Education Affordable and Accessible Act (MEAA) would improve access to higher education by providing grants to eligible institutions of higher learning to create dual and concurrent enrollment and early/middle college programs that allow high school students to earn college credits before their high school graduation.

 

U.S. Coast Guard Urges People To Stay Off Ice

The United States Coast Guard is urging the use of extreme caution on and near the waterways after the rescue of more than a dozen people in the last seven days.

Above-freezing air temperatures are weakening and melting ice at a fast rate and pose a safety concern for anyone venturing onto the ice.

Recently, crews rescued 11 boaters in Saginaw Bay, Michigan, after the boaters’ vessels became trapped by ice floes,

 

Rep. Kivela Tries Again On Deer Carcass Legislation

State Rep. John Kivela (D-Marquette) introduced House Bill 4424 this week to increase the penalties for illegally bringing a deer carcass into Michigan from another state that is known to have deer that test positive for chronic wasting disease (CWD). Kivela introduced the same bill in the previous session.

That bill, House Bill 5146, won approval in the House but died in the Senate.

“Last year, my House colleagues understood the importance of a healthy deer herd to the U.P.

 

Boat, Sport, RV Show Set This Weekend In Marquette

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The Michigan Department of Natural Resources will staff a booth at the annual Boat, Sport and RV Show at the Superior Dome March 24-26 on the campus of Northern Michigan University.

Michigan Department of Natural Resources staff enjoy a Saturday afternoon talking with the public at the Boat, Sport and RV Show at the Superior Dome.“This show is one of the first spring show events people in the Upper Peninsula look forward to each year,” said John Pepin,

 

North Central Advances To State Championship Game

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The chants of “U.P. Power” were loud and clear inside Michigan State University’s Breslin Center Thursday night as the North Central Jets beat Southfield Christian, 84-83, in double overtime, in a Class D state semifinal game.

NCA senior Seth Polfus scored a layup as time expired in a second overtime period.

“I didn’t really know how much time was left on the clock,” Polfus told the Radio Results Network after the game.

 

Governor Orders Michigan Flags Lowered On Friday

Gov. Rick Snyder has ordered U.S. and Michigan flags to be lowered to half-staff Friday, March 24, on all state buildings and within the state Capitol complex in honor of Andrew Becker, an Air Force captain who died Tuesday, March 14.

“Capt. Becker was a dedicated Air Force pilot who will be remembered for his brave service to his country. I send my heartfelt condolences to his family, friends and community as we all mourn his loss with them,” Snyder said.