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.

U.P. Congressman Wants Asian Carp Study Released

Upper Peninsula Congressman Jack Bergman is demanding that the Army Corps of Engineers release a report on the Asian Carp.

This after it was announced last week that the destructive fish has been confirmed to be present very close to Lake Michigan down in Illinois….and past a barrier that was meant to keep the fish out of the Great Lakes.

Bergman says we need to see the “Brandon Road Report” so that we can know the details of the problem,

Marquette Firefighters To Train On NMU Campus

The Marquette City Fire Department will be training on the Northern Michigan University campus for the next two weeks.

Officers will be working in the Summit Street apartment buildings that are scheduled for demolition this summer.
Several different types of training scenarios will be done, including the use of a straw smoke generator.

The department is asking that you give fire personnel enough room to do this work… and use exercise caution when going through that area.

M&M Women’s Giving Circle Taking Grant Applications

The Women’s Giving Circle, a committee of the M&M Area Community Foundation, is accepting grant applications.

The WGC funds projects and programs which address issues directly impacting women and girls throughout Marinette and Menominee counties.

Applications will be accepted online beginning July 1 at

The deadline for submitting applications is July 31 at noon.  Grants will be awarded in September at the Women’s Giving Circle Annual Meeting at St.


Bay College Chamber Music Series Starts Tuesday

Strings on the Bay, an annual summer chamber music series at Bay de Noc Community College, begins at 7:30 PM on June 27th at the Besse Center Theater.

This performance is the first of three concerts this summer, and it is entitled “Escanaba Connection.” Paul Lundin, the music director of the series and violinist, is joined by Escanaba born cellist Eli Bender and pianist Joey Arkfeld. The program will feature solo works for all three and the Piano Trio in G Minor by Frederic Chopin.

Rain Shortens Island Resort Championship At Sweetgrass

Emma Talley was sitting in the hallway at the Sweetgrass Golf Club chatting with friends, when all the sudden around the corner ran more friends screaming and dumping water on the unsuspecting Emma.

While waiting to tee off the third round of the Island Resort Championship on Sunday, Talley discovered the final round would never be played due to course conditions and bad weather in the area. Just like that she was officially a Symetra Tour champion.


AAA: Michigan Gasoline Prices Rise By Four Cents

AAA Michigan reports that the statewide average increased about 4 cents.

Michigan’s current daily statewide average is about $2.36 per gallon, about 4 cents more than last week’s average and about 12 cents less than this same time last year.

Metro Detroit’s average daily gas price is relatively unchanged from last week. Metro Detroit’s current average is about $2.36 per gallon, relatively unchanged from last week’s average and about 15 cents less than this same time last year.


Michigan Politicians Seek Flooding Disaster Declaration

Congressman John Moolenaar, Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette, Midland Mayor Maureen Donker, State Senator Jim Stamas, Representatives Gary Glenn and Roger Hauck, Midland County Sheriff Scott Stephenson and Midland County Board of Commissioners Chairman Mark Bone on Sunday asked Michigan Governor Rick Snyder to request an emergency declaration for Midland, Isabella and other effected counties from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

Following Midland and Isabella Counties declaring emergencies on Friday, June 23,


Art Camps Set This Summer At Bay College West

This summer, area students will once again have an opportunity to learn techniques in drawing, covering concepts of perspective, shading, composition, and properly translating size and shape.

Students will cover the use of a grid and also practice drawing from still life compositions at Bay College West.  Art and Design graduate, Jeff Gurchinoff, will instruct a 10-hour, four-day Art Camp I, highlighting how art influences many aspects of our lives.

“I firmly believe a solid understanding of art and the ability to comprehend facts within our environment are critical in any career path.