Cliffs Announces New 3-Year Contract With Marquette, Minnesota Miners

Cliffs Natural Resources Inc. announced Friday a tentative agreement with the United Steelworkers (USW), on a new 3-year labor contract that is effective as of October 1, 2015. The new contract will cover approximately 2,000 USW-represented workers at Cliffs’ Tilden and Empire mines in Michigan, and its United Taconite and Hibbing Taconite mines in Minnesota.

Lourenco Goncalves, Chairman, President and CEO, stated, “We are pleased to reach a new labor contract that is fair and equitable to both parties,

 

Brimley State Park Beach Closed Due To E.coli Bacteria

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources announced on Friday that the beach at Brimley State Park in the eastern Upper Peninsula has been temporarily closed following a test that revealed elevated E. coli bacteria levels. The swimming beach is located on Lake Superior’s Whitefish Bay.

The closure, issued by the Chippewa County Health Department, is a result of water sample tests taken on Thursday. The results showed the amount of bacteria exceeded the state’s standard.

 

Michigan Firefighters Charity Wasted Most Of $4 Million

A charity based in the Detroit suburb of Wyandotte that was the target of an investigation by the Michigan Attorney General’s Office will be shut down.  The Firefighters Support Services will stop operations in the next 60 days and repay $144,000 as part of an agreement.  Attorney General Bill Schuette said the group deceived people by telling them Firefighters Support Services helped firefighters and those who lost their homes due to a fire.  The group raised over $4,000,000, 

 

People In Sturegon Bay Submerged Car Incident From Michigan

Police in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, say the man and woman involved in a submerged car incident were both from Kalamazoo, Michigan.  A woman who was able to escape the sinking car and save her dog says it appears the driver slumped over the wheel of the car before it drove off the pier at the Center Pointe Marina.  The cause of death of the driver, 65-year-old William Little has not yet been determined and the Sturgeon Bay Police Department the investigation is ongoing.

 

Two Dozen Immigrants Become U.S. Citizens At Munising Ceremony

Thursday was a day of patriotism and honor as 25 new U.S. citizens were sworn in at Bayshore Park in Munising. Local Three News reports that they came from 18 countries, all taking the oath of allegiance to the United States.

“It’s heartwarming to just witness the mechanics of the process, to see what it takes to become a citizen,” Munising Mayor Rod DesJardins told Local Three News. “It underscores the diversity of this nation and it’s that diversity that makes this nation so strong.”

Maurits Vermeylen is an immigrant from Belgium,

 

Garden Township Recount Scheduled For Tuesday Morning

A woman who lost in this month’s three-way race for the Democratic nomination for two seats on the Garden Township Board has filed for a recount.

And that recount will be conducted in Escanaba next Tuesday morning.

Janet Daasc had 151 votes when the ballots were counted on election night while Tyler Lucas had the most with 168 votes and Cori Beaudre was second with 161. Delta County Clerk Nancy Kolich says those ballots were sent to Lansing so the statewide elections could be certified,

 

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.”

From June to July,

 

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.