Menominee Maroons Fall In State Championship Game

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The Menominee High School football team turned the ball over seven times and lost to Grand Rapids West Catholic, 43-7, in the MHSAA Division Five state championship game Saturday afternoon at Ford Field in Detroit.

It was a stinging loss for the Maroons, who were hoping the seventh time would be the charm against West Catholic. Instead, Menominee’s season ended in the state playoffs at the hands of West Catholic for a seventh straight November.

 

Snowmobile Advisory Workgroup To Meet In Alger County

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has announced that the Snowmobile Advisory Workgroup will hold its next scheduled meeting Thursday, Dec. 8, at Foggy’s Steakhouse, E7876 W. State Highway M28 in Christmas. The public meeting will begin at 9 a.m.

Topics for the meeting include advice related to the creation, development, operation and maintenance of the designated snowmobile trail system, including a preseason report, equipment subcommittee report, marketing and other related topics.

The workgroup’s purpose is to assist the Michigan Trails Advisory Council in performing its duties and responsibilities and to provide the DNR advice related to the snowmobile program,

 

Michigan GOP Chair Comments On Potential Election Recount

Michigan Republican Party Chairman, Ronna Romney McDaniel, issued the following statement on Saturday regarding a potential recount in Michigan:

“On November 8th, Michigan voters went to the polls, cast their ballots, and Donald Trump won Michigan. Despite no evidence of election tampering or hacking, and being 2.2 million votes behind Donald Trump, Green Party candidate Jill Stein appears to be going forward with a challenge to the Michigan election results. The Michigan Republican Party has been in touch with the Republican National Committee and the Trump campaign,

 

Liquor Control Commission Offers Tips For Holiday Season

The holidays are a time for fun and celebration with family and friends. Many will choose to include the consumption of alcoholic beverages as part of their celebration, generating increased sales and bigger crowds in area restaurants, taverns, and other businesses. Michigan Liquor Control Commission Chairman Andy Deloney is offering tips for the state’s 17,000 liquor licensees to help ensure a safe and prosperous holiday season.

“Michigan’s liquor licensees contribute billions of dollars to the state’s economy and help create thousands of good-paying jobs,” said Deloney.

 

Five Highway Rest Areas Closing For Winter Dec. 5

As in most years, the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) will keep nearly all of the state’s 78 rest areas open this coming winter to maintain the convenience and safety they provide to motorists.

Only five rest areas will be closed for the 21-week period beginning Dec. 5 and ending April 27, 2017. These closures are due to reduced use during winter months and safety concerns, such as steep entrance and exit drives and potentially slippery conditions on stairways between the parking lots and the buildings.

 

Habitat Improvements For Three Northern Michigan Rivers

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has announced three recipients of grants awarded from the Habitat Improvement Account (HIA) for fiscal year 2017. The HIA funds projects to improve aquatic habitat, fishing access, water quality and the DNR’s understanding of the resources on the Au Sable, Manistee and Muskegon rivers and was established to mitigate resource impacts from hydropower dam operations.

The three recipients were selected by the DNR’s Fisheries Division, with a total of $180,616 to be distributed over the next two years.

 

Attorney General Offers Advice On Holiday Giving To Charities

The Michigan Nonprofit Association, Council of Michigan Foundations, Michigan Association of United Ways, and Attorney General Bill Schuette today released the annual Giving Wisely brochure, a resource to help Michigan donors make wise charitable gifts this holiday season.

“Michigan residents are generous with their time and money, especially during the holiday season,” said Schuette.  “We publish Giving Wisely each year to remind Michigan residents to think before they give. This gives donors peace of mind and ensures that their donations reach worthwhile organizations.”

Over the holidays,

 

Blood Drives Scheduled Across Upper Peninsula Throughout December

The holiday season is upon us, and many of us are busy going to holiday parties and looking for that special Christmas gift. This is also the time of year when the U-P Regional Blood Center needs our help the most. Blood supplies dwindle at the Marquette facility at this time of year, but there is still a need for blood donations, as surgeries, traffic accidents and other issues arise that require blood transfusions…just like during the rest of the year.

 

LSSU Celebrates Relationship With War Memorial Hospital

The relationship between War Memorial Hospital and Lake Superior State University’s nursing program could be described as a win-win-win, with the community acting as the fortunate third party in this mutually-beneficial connection.

A win for WMH because future nurses become acquainted with the facility during internships, giving the organization an advantage when seeking well-trained Registered Nurses (RNs) to employ.

A win for LSSU because students fine tune their skills and enjoy an additional learning opportunity at the local hospital.

 

Registrations Open For ‘Becoming An Outdoor Woman’ Event

Women interested in pursuing a new outdoor adventure are encouraged to sign up for this winter’s “Becoming an Outdoors-Woman” (BOW) program set for Feb. 24-26 in Marquette County.

This winter will mark the 17th annual winter BOW gathering for women ages 18 years and older who are seeking an opportunity to improve their outdoor skills in a relaxed, noncompetitive atmosphere.

“Registration for this popular program is already filling up fast,” said Sharon Pitz,