Northern Michigan University Expands Internet Throughout Marquette

High-speed internet is critical for economic vitality and education, yet many rural communities nationwide lack access. Northern Michigan University is helping to bridge the digital divide in the Upper Peninsula and potentially beyond through its innovative Educational Access Network. The EAN is available to any students taking NMU courses—whether they are on campus seeking a degree, at a partner high school offering dual enrollment or at home taking a class for continuing education, professional development or personal fulfillment.


Downstate Man Rescued Off Island In Lake Superior

A boater was rescued off an island in Lake Superior near the Keweenaw Peninsula on Thursday. The Keweenaw County Sheriff’s Department says that 58-year-old Timothy Anderson of downstate Saint Clair was reported missing at about 5:00 Wednesday afternoon on High Rock Bay.

Anderson had gone out…alone…in a 16-foot sailboat, and was trying to cross the bay to Copper Harbor. His boat washed up on shore early Thursday morning, but there was no sign of Anderson.


Upper Peninsula Unemployment Rate Rises In July

Seasonally unadjusted unemployment rates in July rose in all of the state’s 17 major labor market areas, according to the Michigan Department of Technology, Management & Budget.  Total employment and labor force levels declined in the majority of regions over the month.

“Michigan’s regional labor markets displayed typical seasonal trends in July,” said Jason Palmer, director of the Bureau of Labor Market Information & Strategic Initiatives.  “Jobless rates increased throughout the state due to summer staffing adjustments in local government education and due to temporary layoffs in the state’s auto industry coinciding with the annual vacation shutdown/retooling period at some plants.”

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Marquette Area Public Schools Looking For New Board Member

Longtime Marquette Area Public Schools Board of Education member Scott Brogan formally resigned his seat at Monday night’s meeting. Brogan has work and family commitments that are preventing him from fulfilling the remainder of his term, which expires December of 2018.

MAPS is looking for people willing to serve the remaining two years of this Board seat. For those interested, please submit a statement of interest, work history and volunteer or community service experience to the Superintendent’s office no later than 4:00 p.m. 


Porcupine Mountains Music Festival Set This Weekend


Three days of great music and fun are headed for the Porcupine Mountains.

The 12th Annual Porcupine Mountains Music Festival is set for Aug. 26-28 at the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park’s winter recreation area (ski hill).

he festival is presented by the Friends of The Porkies, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization which represents all users of Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park. This activity is supported by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts.


Drunk Driving Awareness Campaign Continues


Law enforcement officers from police departments, sheriff’s offices and the Michigan State Police are hoping the designated driver gets your vote this election season as stepped up drunk driving patrols continue through Sept. 5 across the state as part of the annual Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign.

“When it comes to traffic safety there is no debate, the designated driver always wins, yet Michigan alcohol-and/or drug-involved fatalities were up 20 percent in 2015,” said Michael L.


Seniors Have Until Sept. 30 To Apply For Heating Tax Credit

The Michigan Agency for Energy on Wednesday noted that the September 30 deadline to apply for Michigan’s Home Heating Credit in 2016 (for tax year 2015) is quickly approaching. The credit assists low-income people and qualifying senior citizens with winter energy bills. Customers do not need to file a Michigan tax return to apply for the Home Heating Credit.

The average credit paid out in 2015 was $132.

“The Home Heating Credit is available to assist low-income utility customers with winter heating bills,” noted Valerie Brader,


Police Find 300 Marijuana Plants In Woods Near Big Bay

A big marijuana growing operation has been busted in northern Marquette County.

Detectives with the Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team went to the suspected illegal marijuana operation in a wooded area near Big Bay yesterday.

They found more than 3-hundred marijuana plants there.

Right now, the investigation continues to try to determine who’s pot plants they are, and if the area is private or public property.

They are flying over the area as part of that investigation.


Secretary Of State Warns Of ‘Pfishing/Spoofing” Scam


Secretary of State Ruth Johnson urges customers to take care when giving out information over the phone to anyone they do not know personally.

The Secretary of State’s Office is aware of instances in which a person claiming to be a state employee has called asking for credit card and Social Security information. Callers may use a technique known as “caller ID spoofing” so a phone’s caller ID displays a valid number of a Secretary of State office or another state agency.


Escanaba Hires Company To Listen To Fire Hydrants, Lines


Escanaba residents over the next week or two will likely see people in their front yards, or on the sidewalk, with their ears to the ground.

But don’t worry. They are not prowlers.

They are people with the M-E Simpson Company, and the City of Escanaba is paying them to do Leak Detection services.

They will be listening to the main lane valves and fire hydrants to make sure everything is working properly.