GLRC Joins National Alcohol Awareness Events

The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. (NCADD) and Great Lakes Recovery Centers will host Alcohol Awareness Month in April.

The purpose of Alcohol Awareness month is to break the stigma around alcoholism, show the community how to find help for themselves or a friend or family member, and to encourage youth to not drink alcohol. Alcohol-Free Weekend, traditionally observed during NCADD Alcohol Awareness Month in April, is scheduled for March 31-April 2,

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M-DOT Schedules Meetings Across Upper Peninsula


MDOT schedules annual public meetings  throughout Upper Peninsula

The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) has scheduled a series of annual public input sessions to discuss the department’s Five-Year Transportation Program and the State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP).

Three meetings to present and discuss the plans are scheduled in locations throughout MDOT’s Superior Region to accommodate residents of the region’s 15 counties:
– Sault Ste. Marie (Chippewa,

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Schuette Releases 2016 Human Trafficking Report

The 2016 Michigan Human Trafficking Commission Report landed on the desks of Michigan lawmakers Wednesday, just as legislation recommended by the Commission unanimously passed the Michigan House.

The report highlights the work completed and the ongoing work by the Commission, including:

• State-wide Human Trafficking Conference (September 2016)

•Working with medical societies to develop a comprehensive training video for health care professionals to use to identify human trafficking victims

• Reviewing state law and policies to make legislative recommendations

Schuette also thanked State Representative Bronna Kahle for her introduction of House Bill 4219,

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Escanaba Girls Raise Money For Special Olympians


The Escanaba High School took in $819 in donations at the Special Olympics Basketball game the school hosted on March 6th.

The girls basketball players faced off with local Special Olympians in a game that was organized after the Area One Tournament was canceled by poor weather.

Pictured above is the group of EHS varsity and junior varsity girl’s basketball players who played against our local Olympians presenting the donation to Special Olympic’s Area One Representative George Dunlap.

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Kivela Supports ‘Dark Store’ Legislation In State House

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State Representative John Kivela (D-Marquette) said that he is pleased to cosponsor state Rep. Dave Maturen’s (R-Vicksburg) House Bill closing a tax loophole created by court decisions dealing with dark stores.

The bill would require the Michigan Tax Tribunal to make its own independent determination when issuing a decision in a commercial property dispute case.

“This bill would create a level playing field for local governments when arguing cases at the Michigan Tax Tribunal,” said Kivela.

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Escanaba City Council Picks Thornton As City Manager

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The Escanaba City Council on Wednesday offered the city manager’s job to Jeff Thornton, who most-recently served as the city manager in Negaunee. The vote was unanimous, 5-0, one day after the council interviewed three finalists: Thornton, Darcy Long of Amery, Wis., and William Yost of L’Anse.

Thornton thanked the council for its support, and vowed to follow in the footsteps of retiring City Manager Jim O’Toole.

“I’m excited to be a part of the Escanaba team,”

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Michigan Senator Opposes Trump’s EPA Budget Cuts

U.S. Senator Gary Peters joined a group of 37 Senators in opposing President Trump’s proposal to inflict a more than 30 percent cut to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) budget that would have a direct effect on Michigan and the Great Lakes. Included in the budget proposal is a complete elimination of funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI), which addresses the most serious risks to the Great Lakes ecosystem and supports long-term cleanup goals.

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Delta County Prosecutor Addresses Child Neglect Case

Earlier this week, we told you about a three-year-old girl who was found naked lying in a ditch in Rapid River…and how she was rescued by a citizen and his dog.

In that investigation, Delta County Sheriffs Deputies found unsafe and unsanitary conditions in the girl’s home…so the girl and another were removed from the home by Child Protective Services.

Delta County Prosecutor Phil Strom addressed the case on Wednesday.

Strom says that state law prohibits him from talking much about the case,

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2017 Agriculture Day Celebrated At Michigan State Capitol

Wednesday was Agriculture Day at the Michigan State Capitol.

Governor Rick Snyder joined Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Director Jamie Clover Adams and Michigan Farm Bureau President Carl Bednarski in celebrating Michigan’s food and agricultural successes over the last 100 years while highlighting their vision for future growth of the industry.

This year’s Food and Ag Day event featured 33 commodity organizations representing everything from cherries to nursery plants to potatoes and more.

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UP Health System Donates $12,000 To Marquette YMCA

UP Health System- Marquette made a $12,000 donation to the YMCA of Marquette County this week.

UP Health System is a 2017 sponsor of the YMCA of Marquette County.  Victor Harrington, Regional Director of Marketing and Business Development for UP Health System, presented the check at the YMCA of Marquette County to Christina Bennett, Healthy Living Leader, and Jenna Zdunek, Chief Executive Officer, both of the YMCA.

“UP Health System – Marquette is proud to sponsor the YMCA of Marquette County.
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