Better Business Bureau Warns Of Tax Scam In Michigan

The Better Business Bureau that serves the Upper Peninsula says the top scam it’s hearing about these days involves taxes. But the B-B-B says reports are way down since police raided a call center in India earlier this month.

The number of reports has fallen from about 200 a week to just eleven this past week.

The scam involves callers posing as I-R-S agents. They claim their potential victims owe back taxes,


Sierra Club Continues Protest Of Mackinac Pipeline

Enbridge’s controversial Line 5 oil pipeline and the upcoming Nov. 8 election, will be explored during presentations by top Sierra Club leaders during a Monday event in Marquette and on Tuesday in Sault Ste. Marie.

Presentations will focus on the 2016 election landscape just days ahead of an historic presidential election and a competitive congressional race in the Upper Peninsula, and also explore problems with Enbridge’s 64-year-old Line 5 pipeline that sparked a campaign to end the threat of an oil spill in the Great Lakes.


Homeless Shelter Training Set For Nov. 7 In Escanaba

The season’s first training for homeless shelter volunteers is scheduled for Monday, November 7 – Immanuel Lutheran Church, 600 S. Lincoln Rd, Escanaba.  The training is geared for new volunteers, but those wanting a refresher or to learn more about the shelter are welcome.

The training begins at 7 pm and lasts about 75 minutes – no pre-registration needed.  Attendees will learn about the shelter concept and specific duties for each shift. 

Volunteers are needed to provide an evening meal,


Lake Superior St. President Appointed To Commission

Governon Rick Snyder has appointed Lake Superior State University President Tom Pleger to the Building the 21st Century Economy Commission. Pleger will be part of the 23-member commission that serves as an advisory body within the Executive Office of the Governor.

Members are charged with identifying priorities over the next 20 years along with short-term and long-term action items to achieve the vision of Michigan’s economic future.

“Our state has made great strides over the past six years,


Governor Declares Marquette County A Disaster Area After Floods

Governor Rick Snyder on Friday declared a state of disaster for Marquette County after severe weather struck the area from Oct. 16 to Oct. 18, bringing intense rain and flooding that has caused significant destruction to roadways in areas of Chocolay, Skandia and West Branch townships.

“Thanks to our emergency responders immediately addressing life and safety concerns, there were no injuries or deaths, which is the most important thing,” Snyder said. “The state will now use its resources to ensure communities recover and residents can return to a sense of normalcy.”

By declaring a state of disaster,


Man Found Guilty Of Drunk Driving In Death Of St. Ignace Teenager

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette today announced that Darrel Lovegrove, of St. Ignace, was found guilty by a jury of Operating Under The Influence of Intoxicating Liquor (OUIL) Causing Death and Involuntary Manslaughter as a result of his causing the 2015 death of 17-year-old Mitchell Snyder of St. Ignace.

“My hope is that this verdict provides some justice and sense of closure for Mitchell’s family,” said Schuette. “This case should serve as a sobering reminder of how serious of an offense drunk driving is and how permanent the outcome of one bad choice can be.


Marquette Police Arrest Two Teens For Car Larcenies

Two juveniles were apprehended by the Marquette City Police Department in connection with numerous larcenies from motor vehicles in the city.  The teenagers are also accused of spray painting vehicles in the City of Marquette. Backpacks with laptops and other items were among the items stolen. Their names have not been made public.

Police are reminding residents to lock their doors to prevent some of these crimes. It’s also a good idea to remove valuables from your vehicle if you leave it alone.


Menominee County Man Dead After Colliding With Semi Truck

The Michigan State Police at the Gladstone Post are investigating a fatal traffic crash that occurred on 10-20-16 at 2030 on US2/41 west of the 557 intersection in Menominee County, Harris Township.

Witnesses reported that a vehicle traveling west bound on US2/41 Highway crashed into the rear of a tractor trailer that was making a left turn into a private drive west of 557.  Wayne Miller, 84, of Spaulding, was pronounced dead at the scene. 


Superior Health Foundation Doles Out $359K In Grants

The Superior Health Foundation in Marquette awarded nearly $360,000o in health-centered large grant funding at its Fall Grants Awards Celebration on Thursday evening at the Holiday Inn in Marquette.
The event was presented by 44 North.
The Superior Health Foundation gave out $22,246.01 in mini-grants, $37,267 in large grants and $299,975 in funding to address pediatric obesity in the Upper Peninsula.
All told, $359,488.01 was dispersed to organizations across the U.P.
The pediatric obesity initiative is the Foundation’s third proactive grant project selected and voted on by its U.P.-wide Board of Directors.

Sault Tribe Health Educator Earns National Fellowship


Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians health educator, Colin Welker, has received national recognition for his efforts to prevent commercial tobacco use among youth in the Upper Peninsula.

Welker was one of just 30 young adults from a pool of more than 750 applicants nationwide to receive a fellowship with Truth Initiative, the largest and most effective non-profit organization in America dedicated to eliminating tobacco use among the nation’s youth.

As a Truth Initiative fellow,