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 –


Calley Gives Report On Michigan Special Education

Michigan’s special education students need more resources to reach their full potential, according to a new report presented to Lt. Gov. Calley on Wednesday.

Calley charged a subcommittee of members on his Special Education Reform Task Force to review funding models in other states and to identify priority investment areas to ensure Michigan has a system that meets each child’s educational needs. The Special Education Funding Subcommittee presented its findings to Calley this week.


Marquette Man Appointed To Rural Development Board

Gov. Rick Snyder Wednesday announced the reappointment of Fred Taccolini of Marquette to the Rural Development Fund Board.

The five-member board is housed within the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, and is charged with establishing the project proposal criteria for the Rural Development Fund. Projects selected by the department, based on the criteria set by the Board, are intended to improve and strengthen rural communities. No more than two members may be from the same political party.


Governor Signs Casperson Truck Legislation; Other Bills

Heightened security measures are now required to better protect customer payment card information at fuel pumps under legislation signed today by Gov. Rick Snyder.

“Michiganders shouldn’t have to worry about their payment card information being compromised at fuel pumps,” Snyder said. “This bill helps better protect customers’ credit or debit cards by increasing security requirements for technology that collects and processes this sensitive information.”

Senate Bill 415, sponsored by state Sen.


Report Issued On Regulation Of Drones In Michigan

The Unmanned Aircraft Systems Task Force (UASTF) released a report of recommendations it presented to Gov. Rick Snyder and to the state Legislature regarding unmanned aerial systems (UAS), or drones. The report presents a desire to have a regulatory environment, which respects state and federal areas of authority, but also establishes Michigan as a welcoming location to test, develop, and deploy this technology.

The 27-member task force was established by Public Act 436 of 2016 when it was signed into law by the governor on Jan.