Calendar – Community – Eagle Mine Humboldt Mill Public Tours – Oct. 9

Humboldt – Eagle Mine will offer public tours on Friday, October 9 from 9 to 11 a.m. and from 2 to 4 p.m. at Humboldt Mill in Humboldt.

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the nation’s only primary nickel mine operations. The tours are free. For more information, or to sign up for a tour, call 273-1550.

Calendar – Benefits/Fundraisers – Run For Shelter 5K Run Walk Early Registration Deadline – Oct. 9

Marquette – The Northern Michigan University Student Nurses Association (SNA) will hold a “Run For Shelter” 5K run/walk on Saturday, October 17 beginning with registration at 7:30 a.m. at the University Center at NMU.

The race starts at 9 a.m. The cost is $20 for individuals and $25 for families. The SNA is donating all proceeds to the Janzen House, a non-profit shelter for low-income, potentially homeless people in the Marquette area.

To order a t-shirt, pre-register before October 9 by emailing the SNA at with name and shirt size. Same day registrants may purchase a t-shirt for an additional $5 while supplies last. For more information, contact Wesley Hoppe at (608)-698-1293.

Calendar – Community – Family Weekend at NMU – Oct. 9-11

Marquette – Family Weekend will be held Friday, October 9 through Sunday, October 11 at Northern Michigan University.

The event is designed so that families can feel as if they are a part of their student’s college experience. Events start on Friday with an information table set up, with schedules, information on local attractions and tickets for Family Weekend activities, from 2 to 5 p.m. in the University Center atrium.

Friday events include an all-you-care-to-eat fish fry with music by Jim and Ray from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Marketplace on campus. Tickets can be purchased at the door or a student can use a guest pass. A women’s volleyball game against the Malone Pioneers is scheduled at 4 p.m. in Vandament Arena. Omid Singh, an international comedian with a fast-paced comedy routine, will perform at 8 p.m. in 1100 Jamrich Hall. Admission is free.

Saturday events include a tailgate party from 11 to 12:30 p.m. in Vandament Arena. It features picnic food, door prizes an an appearance by the Wildcat Marching Band. Tickets must be purchased in advance and are available through NMU EZ Ticket outlets. The party precedes the 1 p.m. football game between the Wildcats and Malone. Women’s volleyball will play the Walsh Cavaliers at 4 p.m. in Vandament Arena. At 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. in Jamrich 1100, Campus Cinema will host the movie, “Mission Impossible: Roque Nation.” Admission is free for NMU students and $1 for non-students.

The Marketplace will offer a Family Weekend brunch, prepared by Dining Services staff and NMU culinary students, on Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the door.

For more information, visit

Calendar – Films/Documentaries – CineArts Films to Screen “Un Reve Americain” – Oct. 9

Marquette – CineArts Films, a series devoted to foreign and independent films, in conjunction with NMU’s Beaumier U.P. Heritage Center, celebrates French Canadian Heritage Days with the movie “Un Reve Americain” (An American Dream) on Friday, October 9 at 7 p.m. in the Community Room of the Peter White Public Library.

Franco-Ontarian musician Damien Robitaille introduces us to the history of French Canadians in the United States. Driving from Montreal to Los Angeles, Robitaille uncovers an almost imaginary society dissolved into American life but still very much alive.

The film was released in 2013, is in French with English subtitles and runs for 96 minutes. Admission is free. BYO refreshments. Call 226-4309 or visit for more information.

Calendar – Education – Visiting Writer Kazim Ali at NMU – Oct. 8

MarquetteAward-winning poet Kazim Ali will give a reading, as part of the Visiting Writer Series, on Thursday, October 8 at 7:30 p.m. in the Charcoal Room of the University Center at NMU.

The event is free and open to the public.

Calendar – Groups – Transition Marquette County Reading Group to Discuss “After Oil 2” – Oct. 8

Marquette – The Transition Marquette County Reading Group will hold a conversation about the book “After Oil 2”, on Thursday, October 8 at 7 p.m. in the Conference Room at Peter White Public Library.

This book is a collection of short stories of future life in the post-industrial age submitted by readers of The Archdruid Report, a weekly blog written by John Michael Greer, who edited the collection. These particular stories cover the years of crisis and raise a variety of themes – evading conscription, preserving films and other art
media, libraries with no books, procuring scarce resources, and “going a mile a minute”! A third collection will cover the years of renewal.

Anyone is welcome to join the conversation. It would help to have at least started to read the book. For more information call 226-3314 or email

Calendar – Outdoors – Silver Creek Thrift Farmers Market – Oct. 8

Harvey – Silver Creek Thrift will host a Farmers Market on Thursday, October 8 from 4 to 7 p.m. at 219 Silver Creek Road in Harvey.

Local farmers and crafters will offer a variety of produce and hand-crafted items. The market will be held every Thursday through October 29.

To learn more about becoming a vendor or for further information, please call Silver Creek Thrift at 273-2473.

Calendar – Youth – Dog Night at the Library – Oct. 8

Marquette – Dog Night will be offered on Thursday, October 8 from 5 to 7:30 p.m. in the Children’s Room of the Peter White Public Library.

All children are invited to come and read to a dog. Increase your reading skills and confidence by reading aloud to a friendly, calm dog. The event is free and no registration is required.

For more information, call 226-4320, visit or find Peter White Public Library Youth Services on Facebook.


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DNR Sells Surplus Acreage to Marenisco Township in Upper Peninsula

DNR sells surplus acreage to Marenisco Township in Upper Peninsula

Sale will maintain habitat, recreational opportunities at the Presque Isle River Dam flooding area in Gogebic County

Michigan Department of Natural Resources Director Keith Creagh recently approved the sale of six acres at the Presque Isle River Dam flooding area to Marenisco Township in Gogebic County. The dam is located south of Marenisco, off the west side of M-64.

The Presque Isle River Dam in Marenisco Township, Gogebic County.“With the dam repairs, this impoundment enjoyed by anglers and hunters is expected to return to a popular waterfowl and warm-water fishing destination for Marenisco Township,” said Terry Minzey, DNR Upper Peninsula regional wildlife supervisor. “This is a good example of the DNR partnering with local communities for the benefit of citizens and natural resources.”

The DNR has completed a $126,000 project to replace corroded gates at the dam and repair a steel beam that broke in spring flooding in 2013. Funding for the work came from the DNR and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

When filled, the impoundment creates an 875-acre lake, which has been managed primarily under the jurisdiction of the U.S. Forest Service’s Ottawa National Forest.

The land parcels were acquired by the state in 1958 as a gift from Gogebic County or through purchases with state game funds. That same year, the Michigan Department of Conservation built the Presque Isle River Dam on the West Branch of the Presque Isle River to provide waterfowl and fish habitat. The Gogebic County Board managed the dam.

In April 2002, warm temperatures during spring snow-melt produced high water at the dam. The dam’s gates were not opened. Water overtopped the left embankment and the dam failed. Three years later, the DNR resumed responsibility for the dam and rebuilt the embankment.

“We’re pleased with the DNR that they’ve decided to be in favor of repairing the dam and then turning it over to us,” said Marenisco Township Supervisor Dick Bouvette. “We think that we have some pretty good uses for the dam. It will be an excellent place for waterfowl, fishing and probably any type of study anybody would want to do on birds and water mammals.”

Bouvette said the township plans to improve a public park at the flooding area by removing some stumps and brush, adding picnic tables and updating a restroom.

In previous years the flooding area had been home to panfish and bass, with a few northern pike and muskellunge. Wetland bird species including black terns, American bitterns and common yellowthroats also were found at the site.

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/Note to editors: Accompanying photos are available below for download. Suggested captions follow.

Upstream: The Presque Isle River Dam in Marenisco Township is shown, prior to recent repairs. The township will own and operate the dam after a land sale approved by Michigan Department of Natural Resources Director Keith Creagh.

Right Spillway: A view of the right spillway of the Presque Isle River Dam.

Rebuilt Embankment: The left embankment, rebuilt since spring flooding and dam failure in 2002, is shown here./

Fall Exhibits: Paul Nelson and Joann Shelby at the City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center


The City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center announces its October/November LSAA Gallery exhibition by photographer Paul Nelson. Nelson, now a retired Civil Engineer, has been studying photography for eight years, attending lectures in the Upper Peninsula and in California. He has taken photography classes taught by professional photographers online through where he was awarded their Advanced Photographer certification.


The November SmallWorks Gallery will feature artwork by artist JoAnn Shelby. Shelby, a Fine Arts graduate from Michigan State University, specializes in alcohol based inks with a focus on nature subjects. She was one of the founders of the Marquette County Quilters Association, and has been published in several magazines and books on quilting. Shelby is an avid teacher and has large works on display at the Department of Agriculture at Michigan State University and in private collections.


The LSAA Gallery installation will be running from Sept. 29 to Nov. 19 and the SmallWorks exhibit will be available for viewing on Nov. 3 through 27. There will be a combined artist reception on Thursday, Nov. 5 at 6 to 8 p.m. The public is invited to attend and refreshments will be provided.


The City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center is located in the lower level of the Peter White Public Library. For more information or questions, please contact (906) 228-0472 or email

Thank you,

City of Marquette
Community Services
Arts and Culture Center
217 N. Front St. Marquette, MI 49855
(906) 228-0472

Marquette Food Co-op Celebrates Tenth Year of Hosting Annual Farm Tours

Marquette Food Co-op Celebrates Tenth Year of Hosting Annual Farm Tours

Over 2,000 people have visited 26 farms in the central U.P. since 2006, with assistance from more than a dozen community volunteers and co-op employees.This year, all tours will be held on Sunday, September 13th from 12-5 at participating farms. Tours are designed so that visitors can stop by the farm within that time frame to take a tour, meet the farmers, and even purchase fresh produce, flowers, and other goods right there on the farm. As always, the tours are free and open to the public. Like farming, the tours go forward rain or shine. Please dress appropriately for the weather. Click here for more information about the tours, including the directions to participating farms.

To further celebrate the decade-long tradition, the Marquette Food Co-op is ending the day of tours with a farm to table dinner. Enjoy a healthy, fresh approach to Middle Eastern cuisine with a menu by Sarah Monte, Education Coordinator and host of Co-op cooking classes. Click here to view the full menu. The dinner will be at Belsolda Farm in Chocolay Township the same day as the tours: Sunday, September 13th at 6:30. Tickets are $35. Proceeds from this meal, which will feature food purchased from farms that supply the co-op, will support the MFC Tool Library. Buy your tickets in advance at

MI Apple Crunch Is Back!

MI Apple Crunch is Michigan’s way of participating in Food Day, a nationwide celebration and a movement for healthy, affordable, and sustainable food, occurring this year on October 24th. In 2014, thousands of schools across the country participated in Food Day with a variety of activities. This coming year you and your place of work or school can join in Michigan’s Apple Crunch fun by taking a bite out of a Michigan apple

Give your input on Specialty Crop Food Safety

Food safety standards and the future roll-out of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) are critical issues for many of us! The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) wants to be proactive and find the best ways to get food safety information to you and to help you with these requirements.

Are you a Michigan-based specialty crop grower or service provider? We want your input! Michigan Food & Farming Systems (MIFFS) is working to gather information for MDARD on specialty crop food safety issues and needs. Tell us what you think by filling out a short online survey:

Complete the survey and MIFFS will enter you into a drawing to win two free tickets to the Michigan Family Farms Conference on January 16, 2016 at Marshall High School.

Thank you for your help! Please take this short survey today:

Organic Certification Cost Share Grants Available

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development today announced that certification cost share assistance will be available to eligible Michigan organic producers and handlers. All organic certification related expenses, including inspection fees, user fees, and certifier-required testing, paid from October 1, 2014 – September 30, 2015 can be reimbursed through this application.

To qualify, an organic operation must have been inspected and certified by a National Organic Program accredited certifying agent during the time period specified above. The program provides for a 75 percent cost share of certification costs with a maximum payment of $750 per certification category. The four certification categories are crops, wild crops, livestock and handler/processor. If an operation is certified in more than one certification category, they are eligible for reimbursement up to $750 for each category.

An application and instructions can be downloaded at
For questions or additional information, contact Josh Grant at (517) 284-5789 or via email at This program is offered on behalf of the USDA National Organic Cost Share Program authorized in the 2014 Farm Bill.

Local Foods, Local Places Technical Assistance

Supporting local food production can improve economic opportunities for local farmers and businesses and give residents better access to healthy, fresh food. It can also spur revitalization of a main street, downtown, or neighborhood by bringing new activity. Communities interested in these benefits are invited to apply for technical assistance from the Local Foods, Local Places Program. The application deadline is September 15, 2015, at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time.

Local Foods, Local Places will provide direct technical support to selected communities. A team of experts will help community members develop action plans that use local foods to support healthy families and communities and to drive downtown and neighborhood revitalization. The assistance process features a community workshop that brings people together to develop shared goals and steps to achieve them.

Representatives of communities (including neighborhoods or main street districts) anywhere in the United States are eligible to apply. We encourage applications from communities that are economically challenged and in the early phases of their efforts to promote local foods and community revitalization. Special consideration will be given to communities in federally designated Promise Zones or USDA StrikeForce counties.

Local Foods, Local Places is supported by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Department of Transportation, the Appalachian Regional Commission, the Delta Regional Authority, and the White House Rural Council.

For more information and a link to the application, visit

Free Diabetes Workshop to be offered in Calumet

SAVE THE DATE!  Free Diabetes Workshop to be offered Calumet

Do you struggle with the daily challenges of living with Diabetes?  Do you know what you need to do, but need motivation to better manage your Diabetes?

If so, you need to register for this upcoming workshop. The Diabetes –PATH (Personal Action Towards Health) workshop is a six week workshop designed to provide the skills and tools needed by people living with Type 2 diabetes to improve their health and manage their symptoms. As a result, participants are better equipped to face the daily challenge of living with diabetes.  Topics discussed are symptoms of diabetes, stress, managing fatigue and emotional problems, exercise, healthy eating, medications, and working with health care providers.

The six week class will meet on Tuesday evenings, at the Calumet & Laurium Holistic Senior Center, from 5:30 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. beginning on September 22nd and ending on October 27th.  Class sizes are limited and pre registration is required- family and caregivers are welcome.  There is no cost to attend, and workshop materials will be provided.  Please pre-register by calling UPCAP at 1-800-338-7227 or dial 2-1-1.  Program administered by UPCAP, with support from UP Health System Portage, and the Calumet & Laurium Holistic Senior Center.


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