UPDATED: Rampage At Elmer’s County Market


It has been a weekend of cleaning up for staff at Escanaba’s Elmer’s County Market, after a man went on a rampage late Friday night, causing thousands of dollars in damage and leading to a two-hour standoff with police.

Escanaba Public Safety says the incident happened at about 10:50 Friday night when the 33-year-old man became distraught and pulled a knife on a store employee. As police were called, the man ran through the store,


M-DOT Expanding Weight Restrictions Statewide Monday

 The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) and local agencies are enacting additional annual spring weight restrictions to protect roads.

Effective at 6 a.m. Monday, March 19, weight restrictions will be expanded to cover all state trunkline highways for the entire state of Michigan, both Upper and Lower peninsulas. State routes typically carry M, I, or US designations.

In the restricted areas, the following will apply:

            – On routes designated as “all-season”


AAA: Lots Of Americans Planning To Take Family Vacations

Led by millennials, some 88 million Americans plan to take family vacations this year. According to the latest research from AAA Travel, 44 percent of millennials are planning a family getaway, more than members of Generation X (39 percent) or baby boomers (32 percent).

“Just like generations before them, millennials see a family vacation as one of the best ways to create memories and reconnect with loved ones,” said Bill Sutherland, AAA senior vice president of Travel and Publishing.


Cambensy To Meet Residents In Manistique April 3

State Rep. Sara Cambensy (D-Marquette) invites residents to join her and her special guest Mayor Mike Perilloux, for her Manistique coffee hour on:

  • Tuesday, April 3, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Manistique City Hall 300 N. Maple St. in Manistique.

Residents can also contact Cambensy at (517) 373-0498 or toll-free at (888) 429-1377, or send an email to SaraCambensy@house.mi.gov with questions or concerns. Cambensy also encourages residents to sign up for her Capitol Update e-newsletter by visiting her website at cambensy.housedems.com.


FIRST Robotics District Event Wraps Up In Escanaba


The FIRST Robotics district championships were held this weekend in Escanaba.

The AdamBots Team 245 out of Rochester Hills won the championship match on Saturday, in an alliance with BravesBots Team 4391 of Gladstone, and Team 904 D-Cubed out of Grand Rapids.

They defeated an alliance of Team 1322 out of Fenton, Team 4970 from Bark River-Harris, and Team 7234 Rebel Robotics out of Wyoming Michigan.

The Final score in the finals was 417-to-236.


Blood Drives Scheduled Across Upper Peninsula

Upcoming Blood Drives throughout the Upper Peninsula (see cities in parenthesis)

Monday March 26, 2018, Our Savior Lutheran Church (Kingsford)

The U.P. Regional Blood Center, a service of UPHSM, will hold a blood drive on Monday March 26, 2018, at Our Savior Lutheran Church (Kingsford) from 2:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m. C.S.T. For an appointment call Sue LeDuc at 774-7261.

Tuesday March 27, 2018, Easy Ice (Marquette)

The U.P.


Artists Can Apply For Bonifas Art Center Scholarship

Area artists over 18 years old who are looking to further their education in arts or crafts are welcome to apply to the Bonifas Arts Center for funding via the Barb Symon Scholarship. Applications for the $200 award will be accepted from April 2 through May 22 and the recipient will be announced at the Opening Reception of the Bonifas Members Show on June 7, 2018.

The Symon Scholarship is awarded once a year and may be applied to workshop/class fees,


Michigan Recognizes Colrectal Cancer Month

Colorectal cancer is the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths, and National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month offers a perfect opportunity to talk to your doctor about screening for the disease.

The American Cancer Society estimates there will be 4,510 new cases of colorectal cancer and 1,670 deaths due to the disease in Michigan this year. Through colorectal cancer screening, doctors can find and remove hidden growths (called “polyps”) in the colon before they become cancerous.


New Lake Superior State U. President Takes Over


A changing of the guard at Lake Superior State University on Friday, as the university’s new president took over.

In this picture: Current LSSU President Peter Mitchell, left, hands the leadership torch off to incoming president Rodney Hanley during a March 16 Board of Trustees meeting in Sault Ste. Marie.

From left are trustees Tom Bailey, Richard Barch, Mitchell, Hanley, Ann Parker (presidential search chair), Randy Pingatore, and Board Chair Rodney Nelson.


Senate Approves Peters’ Credit Legislation

The Senate passed two consumer protection provisions introduced by U.S. Senator Gary Peters that will help private student loan borrowers rehabilitate their credit and protect children from identity theft. The provisions were approved as part of a broader banking bill.

“Student debt is one of the biggest hurdles to financial success for young people,” said Senator Peters. “My commonsense provision will help student loan borrowers in default fix their mistakes and get back on track,