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Calendar – Health – NAMI Educational Meeting – Mar. 27

Marquette – The National Alliance on Mental Illness-Alger/Marquette will offer an educational meeting on Monday, March 27 at 7 p.m. in the Baraga Place Conference Room, 129 West Baraga Avenue, Marquette.

Janelle Peters of Pathways Community Mental Health, and local Clubhouse director, will explain the Clubhouse concept. Clubhouses are programs for people with mental illnesses – who are called “members” in the voluntary program – and are active participants in their own recovery.

NAMI offers confidential support groups and educational meetings for individuals living with mental illness, and friends or families living with an individual with mental illness. For more information call 360-7107, or visit www.namiam.org.

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Calendar – Education – Computer Coaching at Peter White Public Library – Mar. 27

Marquette – Computer Coaching “Zinio e-Magazines” will be held on Monday, March 27 from 3 to 4 p.m. in the Computer Lab at Peter White Public Library.

Learn how to download the Zinio app to your electronic devices and read your favorite magazines digitally. Please bring personal electronic devices with you.

For more information, call the PWPL Reference Desk at 226-4312.

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Calendar – Health – Exercise Science Seminar Series Presentations – Mar. 27

Marquette – Northern Michigan University’s 2017 Exercise Science Seminar Series will feature “Effects of Exercise on Atherosclerosis” presented by Mansi Trivedi, on Monday, March 27 at 6:15 p.m. in room 109 of the Learning Resources Center at NMU.

The presentation titled “Fermented Foods and Athletic Performance” with Nara Paulsen will begin at 7:15 p.m. For more information, contact NMU Health and Human Science Professor Randall Jensen at 227-1184 or rajensen@nmu.edu.

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Calendar – Education – Menominee Speaking Tour to Discuss Back 40 Mine at NMU – Mar. 27

Marquette – Professor Al Gedicks and Guy Reiter will deliver a presentation to discuss the impacts the proposed Back Forty Mine will have on the Menominee Nation on Monday, March 27 from 5 to 8 p.m. in the Marquette and Nicolet rooms in the University Center at Northern Michigan University.

The Speaking Tour focuses on the environmental and cultural impacts of Aquila’s proposed Back 40 Mine. The mine presents a threat both to Menominee burial grounds and historical sites, as well as to the Menominee River and surrounding environment. There has been widespread opposition to the mine from the Menominee Nation, sportsmen’s groups, and residents of the area.

The event is free and open to the public.

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Calendar – Youth – Book Babies – Mar. 27, 29

Marquette – Book Babies, for ages 0 to 24 months, will be offered on Monday, March 27 and Wednesday, March 29 from 10:30 to 10:50 a.m. each day in the Community Room of the Peter White Public Library.

Enjoy songs, rhymes, stories and finger plays, then stay for a playtime afterwards. The events are free. For more information call 226-4320, visit www.pwpl.info or find Peter White Public Library Youth Services on Facebook.

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Calendar – Benefits/Fundraiser – Hancock American Legion Spaghetti Dinner – Mar. 26

Hancock – A spaghetti dinner will be held on Sunday, March 26 from noon to 4 p.m. at the American Legion, 1308 Quincy Street in Hancock.

The the spaghetti dinner with homemade sauce will be all you can eat and available to dine in or carry out. Proceeds fund legion projects like legion baseball, boys state and veterans funerals.

For more information, contact public affairs officer Jim Peterson at 370-8144 or petersonchiro@sbcglobal.net.

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Calendar – Benefits/Fundraisers – A Night of Fighting Astrocytoma Spaghetti Fundraiser – Mar. 25

Marquette – A Night of Fighting Astrocytoma, a spaghetti dinner fundraiser for Taylor Havican, will be held on Saturday, March 25 from 4 to 9 p.m. at the Marquette Armory.

There will be 50/50 and basket raffles. All proceeds from the event will go to Taylor and her family for medical and travel expenses, as Taylor fights astrocytoma, a cancerous brain tumor. Taylor will receive treatment in Milwaukee every month for the next two years.

For more information, call Courtney Swartz at 251-8061 or Melissa Picotte at 869-6630. Donations for the raffles can be dropped off at Trophy Central, 5087 US41 South. Monetary donations can be sent directly to U.P. Catholic Credit Union, 1001 W. Baraga in Marquette.

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Calendar – Groups – Cub Scout Pack 333 of Gwinn Pinewood Derby Race – Mar. 25

Gwinn – A Pinewood Derby Race, hosted by Cub Scout Pack 333 of Gwinn, will be held on Saturday, March 25 from 9 a.m. to noon at St. Anthony’s Church in Gwinn.

Come watch the Boys from Cub Scout Pack 333 race their hand made cars viaing for a spot to go to the District races in Maquette! Also invited are the local Daisy, Brownie and Girl scout troop. Boy Scouts from Troop 333 will be hosting a hot dog luncheon with all proceeds to help the kids get to camp.

For more information, call Marlene Deatrick at 202-3270.

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All-Star Game Completes Fantasy Draft of Players

MARQUETTE, MIMarch 19, 2017 – The U.P. Football All-Star Game created quite a buzz this year by changing the most basic premise of the game, how the teams are divided.  2017 marks the 10th anniversary of the U.P. summer football classic.  The biggest change for this year’s game is that the teams will not be aligned East vs West, or North vs South, which has been the case each of the first nine years of the game. Instead, all players selected as all-stars were “drafted” by the coaches, just like fantasy football leagues.  The players are on either the Red Team or the Black Team.

The draft took place on Saturday, March 18th, at Buffalo Wild Wings in Marquette, and the picks were reported live on social media for all who wanted to follow the progress.  The coaches from both teams were in attendance and had lots of notes, lists and spreadsheets on all the players, and who they wanted to pick at each position.

As the draft unfolded, it was obvious that the coaches had taken their job seriously and did their research, because they were drafting players from throughout the U.P., and not just their own specific areas.  The coaching staffs are very diverse, so they had much input from other coaches who saw the players compete in person throughout the year.  The teams also are a mixture of players never seen before, so not only will players be competing against traditional rivals this year, they might also be competing against players on their own school’s team.

Fathers and Sons Get One Last Game Together

In past All-Star Games, there have been a handful of fathers who are coaches and have had their sons play in the game.  It makes for a fun atmosphere to have the fathers coaching them one last time in high school.  In most instances, it is the last game the sons ever play football, because most do not go on to play in college, but it is definitely the last time the fathers are able to coach them.

This year, there are seven (7) players who have fathers coaching in the game (the most ever in one All-Star Game, by far), so they were automatically placed on their father’s respective teams prior to the draft.  Those players and fathers are as follows: RED Team: John Paramski-Newberry (Coach Pete Paramski), Jordan Belec-Carney Nadeau (Coach Jim Belec), Jason Sutherland-Lake Linden Hubbell (Coach Leon Sutherland), Lincoln Klein-Lake Lincoln Hubbell (Coach Ken Klein); BLACK Team: Isaac Olson-Ishpeming (Coach Jeff Olson), Drew Marshall (Coach Iffer Marshall), Iver Stenberg (Coach Al Stenberg).

After the sons were placed on the teams, and the basic rules of the draft were reviewed, the draft got underway.  The BLACK Team got the first pick, because the RED Team had 4 sons on the their team vs 3 sons on the BLACK Team.  After the first pick, the teams alternated picks until all players were chosen.  Specific rules were in place to ensure that each team selected the proper number of players at each position.

When it was all done, the coaches were very happy with their teams and excited to continue strategizing what they will do with the personnel they chose.  Now that they have their players, the coaches need to decide where to play them, on offense or defense, which position they will play, and how they will fit into their plans.

Overall, the draft was a huge success and provided a great amount of excitement and energy at this point in the 10th year of the game.  There are a couple new things in store for the underclassmen to get them more involved, which will be released soon, now that the draft has been completed.  Stay tuned.

The completed rosters are listed below.

RED TEAM PLAYERS    
First Last School
Brock Aho Negaunee
Rory Anderson Calumet
Jake Arnold Manistique
Justin Bal Norway
Kody Beauchaine Superior Central
Jordan Belec Carney-Nadeau
Russ Bjorn Calumet
Wyatt Boik Pickford
Blake Borski Menominee
Trevor Brawley Engadine
Bryce Broden Norway
Brad Casanova Norway
Travis Christensen Marquette
Sam Collins Negaunee
Corey Cotey Munising
Austin Curtis North Dickinson
Stephen Dudenas Lake Linden-Hubbell
Derrick Edington Pickford
Chuck Goeschel Pickford (Maplewood)
Wyatt Goodwin Marquette
Adam Hildebrant Newberry
Mack Hull Kingsford
Eric Hurst Negaunee
Tristan Johnston Sault Ste Marie
Robert Kleiman North Central
Lincoln Klein Lake Linden-Hubbell
Chris LeMire Escanaba
Ryan Lohrey West Iron County
Nick Maki Stephenson
Mike McParlan Hancock
Seth Miatech West Iron County
Garrett O’Neil North Dickinson
Jacob Paquet Negaunee
John Paramski Newberry
Jordan Reynolds Houghton
Trevor Roberts Kingsford
Jared Sawyers Sault Ste Marie
Jalen Skinner Gwinn
Steven Suhonen Lake Linden-Hubbell
Jason Sutherland Lake Linden-Hubbell
Dante Thurston West Iron County
AJ Triplett Superior Central
Nicholas Weingarten Houghton
Austin Wicklund Rapid River
Brayden Wickstrom Menominee
RED TEAM COACHES    
First Last School
Todd Kangas Manistique
Garde Kangas Pickford
Cody Kangas Ogemaw Heights
Jim Belec Carney-Nadeau
Ken Klein Lake Linden-Hubbell
Leon Sutherland Lake Linden-Hubbell
Pete Paramski Newberry
Sam Eggleston Superior Central
BLACK TEAM PLAYERS    
First Last School
Matthew Beck Baraga
Taylor Belongia North Central
Tyler Bentley North Central
Mason Berglund Rapid River
Aaron Bolo Iron Mountain
Jace Briggs Bark River-Harris
Chandler Brown Negaunee
Derek Burger Cedarville
Shane Cole Gogebic (Wakefield)
Tanner Dellangelo Ishpeming
Dalton Deneau Escanaba
Carter Ghiringhelli Gwinn
Jesse Helminen Calumet
Jared Helms St. Ignace
Austyn Hollingshed Gwinn
Grant Johnson Calumet
Jeremy Johnson Forest Park
Ryan Johnson Gwinn
Hayden Kesti Calumet
Sam Larson Menominee
Jack Lynch Escanaba
Marcus Maraccini Kingsford
Drew Marshall St. Ignace
Marcus McKenney Menominee
Brendan Middleton Lake Linden-Hubbell
Dan Nocerini Forest Park
Isaac Olson Ishpeming
Zeke Oswald Bark River-Harris
Mitchell Peterson St. Ignace
Riley Pillion Newberry
Michael Pizziola Negaunee
Ryan Plunger North Central
Tanner Poupore North Central
Ashok Ravindran Ishpeming
Kody Rickley St. Ignace
Shane Ring Negaunee
Noah Rule Ontonagon
Caleb Scroggs L’Anse
Steve Seccia St. Ignace
Iver Stenberg Bark River-Harris
Jack Sturos Calumet
Carter Tallaire St. Ignace
Neal Violetta Negaunee
Brandon Waldrop Gladstone
A.J. Weisnicht West Iron County
BLACK TEAM COACHES    
First Last School
Marty Spencer St. Ignace
Les Therrian St. Ignace
Chris Marshall St. Ignace
Chuck McCall St. Ignace
Mike Shepard St. Ignace
Al Stenberg Bark River-Harris
Jeff Olson Ishpeming
George Niemi Ishpeming
Tom Tereshinski Manistique

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State Infrastructure Project a Key to Michigan Agriculture’s Future

Lansing, MI – Increasingly more difficult to achieve in today’s political climate are long-term strategies designed for the greater good—both for citizens and for multiple, diverse industries. However, when Governor Snyder released the 21st Century Infrastructure Commission report last month, it was quite clear that Michigan’s ambitions were exceptional. And when the coordinated, comprehensive plan to rebuild Michigan’s infrastructure comes to fruition, the state will secure its position as one of the nation’s best states in which to live and do business, particularly for those in the food and agriculture industry.

The report includes more than 100 recommendations to address the state’s infrastructure challenges, under the main categories of energy, transportation, water, and communications. Among the numerous areas of focus—and of particular interest to the state’s food and agriculture industry—are roads; water and drains; and access to high speed internet.

In an official statement, Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Director Jamie Clover Adams said, “These recommendations are the first step in putting a better foundation in place to keep Michigan’s rural communities and food and agriculture growing. Through targeted infrastructure investment, we set the stage for new food and agriculture value-added opportunities and additional jobs in rural Michigan.”

Clover Adams was one of a select number of people chosen to represent the state’s agriculture community on the Infrastructure Commission since its inception in April 2016.

Michigan Farm Bureau Board of Directors member Ben LaCross, who also represented the agriculture community on the Infrastructure Commission said, “This report is the first of its kind in the nation—a blueprint to guide our state toward best-in-class infrastructure for the next 30 to 50 years. In it we addressed things farmers and rural communities really need, like improved road funding and expanded broadband capabilities. Those two issues are key to enhancing Michigan’s agriculture sector as it seeks to expand its markets for agricultural products, and as rural residents look for more opportunities to conduct business online.”

In a recent podcast, Clover Adams and MDARD Environmental Stewardship Division Director Jim Johnson discuss the report and what the endeavor could mean for Michigan’s booming food and agriculture industry.

Clover Adams discussed the heyday of American infrastructure by saying, “We were the envy of the world in the ‘50s and ‘60s and ‘70s because of our river transportation and our railroads and our roads, and now we’re not anymore. And why is that? It’s because we haven’t put the dollars into that infrastructure to keep it up. And other countries have leapfrogged ahead of us.”

To most Michiganders, the words “infrastructure” and “roads” are synonymous. This also holds true for those in the state who rely on the food and agriculture industry for their livelihoods. One particularly noteworthy reason for this, as Johnson explains, is because of Michigan’s geography. Being a peninsular state surrounded by clean, plentiful water is clearly an asset, particularly for food growers and producers, but it does present some logistical challenges. As Johnson explains, “As a peninsular state, we really have one way in and out of the state of Michigan. So, obviously, quality roads for the movement of farm-related materials are extremely important.”

To address roads and bridges, the commission is looking to invest an additional $1.6 billion in state highway and bridge infrastructure annually, which would be expected to create or sustain 18,000 jobs, increase the gross state product by $1.5 billion annually, increase real  personal  income  by  $1.1  billion  annually,  and  decrease  economic  loss  due  to fatalities. This would be paid for through new revenue from state gas taxes and vehicle registration fees.

There is little argument that Michigan is a major player in American agriculture; however, Michigan’s food and agriculture businesses—as well as the state’s political leaders—recognize that there are tremendous financial opportunities in food processing, also known as “value added.” To take advantage of these opportunities, however, Michigan must first address capacity and environmental issues through infrastructure improvement, particularly regarding water and drains.

“Drain maintenance…is extremely important within Michigan,” said Johnson. “Much of Michigan is very wet—wet in the spring, wet in the fall. That makes it difficult to get onto fields for planting and getting crops off fields at the other end of the season. And so, being able to handle storm water within the agricultural context is extremely important.”

“We need good water and good sewer for these processing activities,” added Clover Adams. “Processing food takes a lot of water and creates a lot of waste water. Many of our rural communities weren’t built for this kind of volume, and so we need those kinds of infrastructures in our rural places so we can process those products and add value in our rural places.”

To address wastewater and drains, the commission is proposing a number of recommendations, many of which focus on coordinating efforts between state and local agencies, as well as updating the Michigan Drain Code to (1) remove inconsistencies and implement performance-based mechanisms, (2) help jurisdictions collaborate to manage storm water on a watershed basis, and (3) allow for performance-based (rather than prescriptive) incentives to encourage property owners to achieve water quality outcomes.

In addition to roads, water, and drain systems, another critical piece of infrastructure—which is often underestimated by those in urban areas—is access to high speed internet throughout the state and the role it plays in modern agriculture and food businesses.

“There’s a lot of high tech farming today that actually requires broadband,” said Johnson. “And this high tech farming, or site-specific farming, requires people to have a lot of very specific information where they’re at on that field, on the globe. Having access to broadband actually allows for a tremendous amount of efficiencies within the ag industry for planting, harvesting, and any other aspect of day-to-day operations…in terms of their decision-making abilities.”

Clover Adams added, “What I really appreciated about this report was that, for the first time that I’ve ever seen, there was an admission that 18-20 percent of the state’s population doesn’t have access to high speed internet. It affects even simple things, like if you want to watch a webinar…or do a video conference if you’re working remotely.

“I’m very much a free market advocate,” continued Clover Adams, “but there are times when the market does not do what needs to be done—and then it’s time for others to step in and make it happen. I think that this is one of them.”

The bottom line for Michigan’s rural communities is that not having access to high speed internet puts them at a disadvantage, both domestically and internationally. Having access gives them options. As Clover Adams explained, “If you’re a young person living in rural Michigan, and you’re not really sure whether or not you want to move to Chicago to start your career or start your business, you have an option if you have high speed broadband in rural places. If you like where you live and you can do it over the internet, you can stay. You don’t have to move to Chicago, and I think that’s really, really important to our rural places and keeping talent in the area as well.”

To help get broadband internet access to Michigan’s rural communities, the commission is proposing a number of solutions, including subsidies to entice investors to provide affordable mobile and fixed broadband access; creating a financing program to remove installation cost barriers for customers who want to pay for one-time costs to connect broadband to their homes or buildings; and establishing a grant or loan program to assist local governments and private broadband providers to support the sharing and joint use of existing assets.

To read the full report, visit www.miinfrastructurecommission.com.

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Department of Insurance and Financial Services (DIFS) Announces Online Complaint Form

LANSING –The Department of Insurance and Financial Services (DIFS) has created an online tool to assist Michigan consumers with the filing of electronic complaints. DIFS’ Office of Consumer Services (OCS) will use this tool to start the initial review of complaints against insurance entities, banks, credit unions, mortgage companies, payday lenders, vehicle loans, personal loans, money transfers, and debt management transactions.

The Department soft launched the new tool in August 2016 to help push out any technical issues and between August and December received 476 out of 1,961 complaints via the new portal.

“One of our goals this past year was to provide more online services to consumers so they can file their complaints, get a response back and be able to do it all online,” said DIFS Director Patrick McPharlin. 

Also in 2016, DIFS announced the creation of the Life Insurance and Annuity Search (LIAS). LIAS helps beneficiaries locate a deceased family member’s life insurance policy or annuity contract that was purchased in Michigan. Since the August announcement, DIFS has received over 2,500 hits on the search page and over 700 requests. As a result of LIAS, DIFS’ staff was able to help get over $29,000 in claims paid to consumers. 

OCS is also responsible for assisting and educating Michigan consumers and prides itself on “live people” answering the phone during normal business hours. OCS answered 87,734 phone calls, handled 1,659 written inquiries, and assisted with 5,080 formal complaints. Through the complaint process, OCS assisted Michigan consumers in recovering over $10 million.

“DIFS’ hard-working consumer services staff remains focused on helping Michigan consumers navigate through the state’s complex financial service industry,” added McPharlin.   

Consumers with complaints or questions about their insurance, bank, credit union, consumer lending, or mortgage services are encouraged to call DIFS at 877-999-6442.

For more information on DIFS complaint process, LIAS or for more information about DIFS or the services provided, please visit the website at www.michigan.gov/difs, follow them on Twitter or “Like” them on Facebook.

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Michigan’s Environmental Education Certification (EEC) Picking Up Steam

Salmon in the Classroom program.Last year, the Michigan Alliance for Environmental and Outdoor Education (MAEOE) established its pilot cohort of candidates for Michigan’s first EE certification process. As interest grows and more candidates are entered into the program, the EEC continues to align itself to be customer friendly. While much of the EEC process is done by an individual at their own pace, one mandatory component is offered several times a year in a workshop format. This component, known as Strand One, will be offered as a Pre-conference workshop at MSTA on March 23 from 9:00 am-3:00 pm.

To register for this workshop, go to Michigan Science Teachers Association and click on Pre-Conference Workshops. For more information about the EE certification Program, go to MAEOE

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