St. Ignace Annual Native American Festival May 24th & 25th

St. Ignace, MI – The St. Ignace Annual Native American Festival will take place this Memorial Day weekend, beginning Friday, May 24th and going through Saturday, May 25th. Enjoy this thrilling festival, held on the grounds of the Museum of Ojibwa Culture! To learn more, please visit the website.


Wayup Music Festival May 24th & 25th

Marquette, MI – The Wayup Music Festival will help kick off Memorial Day weekend, beginning Friday, May 24th at 5:00 pm and concluding on Saturday, May 25th at midnight. The festival takes place at the Lakeview Arena in Marquette and boasts an impressive lineup. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the website.

Redettes Softball Game On Fox Sports Marquette May 24th
Marquette, MI – The Marquette Redettes Softball Team will take on the Menominee Rockets in Marquette on Friday, May 24th at 4:00 pm. Can’t go to the game in person? Tune in to Fox Sports Marquette 105.1-99.9 as Luke Ghiardi and Tyler Young bring you all the action.
Superiorland Kiwanis Club Athlete of the Year Awards May 23rd

Marquette, MI – The Superiorland Kiwanis Club of Marquette will be holding their annual Athlete of the Year awards breakfast this Thursday, 23rd of May, 2019. The banquet will take place at the new University Center banquet rooms at 7:00 am on the campus of Northern Michigan University, with Keynote Speaker, Head NMU Hockey Coach Grant Potulny.

The Athlete of the Year is held in conjunction with the Marquette Athletic Department and recognizes the best all around Male and Female Athletes at Marquette Senior High School. The banquet will begin with the final athlete of the month awards for the month of April, followed by the presentation of the athlete of the year awards. The Athletes selected for recognition as part of the Athlete of the Year program are the best all around athletes at Marquette Senior High School. Athletes selected are the top student-athletes in their respective programs, with emphasis on academic achievement, and the student’s representation of the best sportsmanship outside the field of play.

Members of the media are invited to join Superiorland Kiwanis, the Athletes from the entire school year, and their families for breakfast served just after 7am.

For news outlets that wish to reserve a plate and an interview slot with the Athlete of the Year recipients should respond to this release with the name and contact number of the representative to attend the event. Due to time restraints of the athletes on a school day, individual interviews are limited, but a group interview will be offered after the completion of the awards ceremony for all parties in attendance.

Superiorland Kiwanis looks forward to having your organisation join us to celebrate the grate achievements of the student athletes of Marquette this year.

Parking is available via the Kay Ave. Parking lot between NMU and UPHS Marquette, with the main conference entrance directly opposite the parking lot.

Alger Great Start Intergenerational Playgroup May 23rd

Munising, MI – An Intergenerational Playgroup will be held at MediLodge in Munising on Thursday, May 23rd from 9:30-10:30 am. This event is held on the fourth Thursday of each month. Free snack provided. Baby Bucks available for use at the Alger
Baby Closet. This playgroup will continue to meet into the summer months.

Redmen Baseball Game On Fox Sports Marquette May 23rd
Marquette, MI – The Marquette Redmen Baseball Team will take on the Gladstone Braves in Marquette on Thursday, May 23rd at 4:00 pm. Can’t go to the game in person? Tune in to Fox Sports Marquette 105.1-99.9 as Luke Ghiardi and Tyler Young bring you all the action.
The Archeology of POW Camp AuTrain at Marquette Regional History Center May 22nd

Marquette, MI – The Archeology of POW Camp AuTrain event will take place on May 22nd at 6:30 pm at the Marquette Regional History Center Gathering Hall.

In the summer of 2018 Dr. LouAnn Wurst led a team from Michigan Tech on site work at the former CCC Camp AuTrain, to research the use of the camp as a prisoner of war camp during WWII. In conjunction with the Hiawatha National Forest, this work will continue in 2019. Learn first-hand what is being found and conclusions Dr. Wurst has drawn at this presentation.

Dr. Wurst wrote an article for us in October 2018, published in the Mining Journal for the week of Archaeology Fair and it was very well received. Dr. Wurst is a Professor of Archaeology. She teaches at Michigan Tech University, and specializes in Historical and Industrial Archaeology, Archaeology of Capitalism, Class and Inequality, Marxist Theory, and Historic Preservation and Cultural Resource management.
$5 suggested donation. For more info visit or call 906.226.3571.

Air Force Public Information Session May 22nd

Marquette, MI – The Air Force cordially invites you to a Public Information Session at the former KI Sawyer AFB on Wednesday, May 22nd, 2018 at 7:00 pm. We will meet at the KI Sawyer Heritage Air Museum, located at 402 3rd St., KI Sawyer, MI 49841. The meeting will last about two hours and will include a presentation of the environmental activities completed since the last public meeting in October 2018, along with what’s planned for this year.

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VA to Host VA MISSION Act Presentation

Iron Mountain, MI – The VA will be implementing the new VA Community Care Program on Thursday, June 6th, 2019, which is part of the VA MISSION Act signed by President Trump in 2018.

To help explain the new program, which includes a new urgent care benefit, the Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center will be hosting a presentation and question and answer session at 5 pm CT on Thursday, May 30th, 2019, at Bay College West in Iron Mountain. The event will be held in Fornetti Hall and is open to all Veterans and their families, community health care providers, and the general public. Bay College West is located at 2801 US-2.

For those that cannot attend in person, the presentation will be streamed live on the medical center’s Facebook page and will be available for later viewing.

VA medical center leadership will discuss the details of the new program, including eligibility requirements and new access standards. Officials will also introduce and provide details of the VA’s new community urgent care benefit, which allows Veterans to seek urgent care at non-VA facilities.

“Under the VA MISSION Act, Veterans can expect improvements in how we provide them community care,” said Jim Rice, Medical Center Director. “Eligibility criteria will be different, a new urgent care benefit will be provided, and customer service will be better.”

Any questions can be directed to Iron Mountain VA Public Affairs Office at (906) 774-3300, extensions 32593 or 32001.

MSHS Athletes of the Year

Marquette, MI – The Athlete of the Year breakfast banquet was held at Northern Michigan University by the Superiorland Kiwanis Club in Marquette.

Marquette Senior High School, along with Superiorland Kiwanis, are proud to announce the Athletes of the Month for May, the final monthly award for the 2018-19 academic year. May’s athletes are Rachael Hunt (girls track & field) and Julien Malherbe (boys track & field).

Rachael Hunt is a senior student at MSHS and is putting the finishing touches on another successful season on the Girls Track & Field Team. This season will mark the end of her highly accomplished athletics career at Marquette, where she also competed on the Girls Tennis and Girls Basketball teams.

Rachael is a member of a talented group of sprinters on this year’s track & field team. Much of the team’s success has stemmed from the top finishes of this group and Rachael has very much been a key component of that. Aside from her sprint events, Rachael is also the reigning U.P. Division 1 Champion in the long jump. At last week’s Regional Meet in Escanaba, Rachael garnered a 1st place finish in the 400 Meter Relay, 2nd place finish in the long jump and 4th place finish in the 200 Meter Dash. Her points earned in these events at the U.P. Track & Field Finals will be crucial to the team taking back their spot as Division 1 Champions.

Rachael’s career on the tennis court saw her previously win a U.P. Championship in doubles and named to the All-U.P. 1st Team. During the winter season, Rachael brought her athleticism to the Varsity Girls Basketball Team, where she contributed important minutes towards helping the team capture Great Northern Conference and District championships. Academically, she’s a member of the Honor Roll.

Outside of school, Rachael volunteers time in youth sports camps and at the Salvation Army’s Food Bank. In her leisure time, she enjoys spending time with her friends and family as well as being at camp. Her post-graduation plans are to attend Northern Michigan University to continue her education in the school’s nursing program.

Julien Malherbe is a senior three-sport student-athlete at MSHS and is finishing out his final spring season strong as a member of the Boys Track & Field Team. Aside from track & field, Julien’s additional sport participation comes within the Cross Country and Nordic Skiing programs.

On this year’s boys track & field team, Julien has provided a young team with the veteran leadership needed to help those students gain confidence as the season has progressed. With Julien and others leading the way, the team is positioned well to again have another strong finish at next weekend’s U.P. Track & Field Finals. At last Thursday’s Regional Meet in Escanaba, Julien qualified in three events with 1st place finishes on the 3200 Meter Relay and 1600 Meter Relay as well as a 2nd place finish in the 400 Meter Dash.

Overall, Julien is a three-time U.P. track champion and has garnered All-State accolades on six separate occasions. His leadership hasn’t been limited to the track as he also served as a team captain on this year’s Boys Nordic Ski Team and played an important role as the team captured 1st Place at the Michigan High School State Meet.

Julien’s academic performance is outstanding as well. His 4.33 GPA ranks him in the top-10 of his class and earned him one of the prestigious academic Kaufman Awards that were awarded yesterday evening (May 22). He is also a member of the National Honor Society.

Outside of school, Julien enjoys playing the drums, traveling and mountain biking. His post-graduation plans are to attend the University of Michigan next year, where he plans to pursue a degree in engineering.


The Keynote address for the year end banquet was given by NMU Hockey Head Coach Grant Potulny. In his speech, coach Potulny stressed the importance of building on your personal character, because when you leave the team, your jersey is given to the next person and all you have moving forward is your own brand that you have for the rest of your life. Be not just an athlete, but a good steward with our community.


The event wrapped up with the introduction of all of the Athletes of the Month for the 2018-19 acedemic year with the overall awards for Female Athlete of the Year going to Avery Ledy and the Male Athlete of the Year going to Raffy Millado.

Avery Ledy is a senior student at MSHS and is in the midst of an outstanding season as a member of the Varsity Girls Basketball Team. She and the team currently own a 13-3 record and recently clinched another Great Northern Conference (GNC) championship.

As a junior, Avery was named as the GNC Defensive Player of the Year and to the All-GNC First Team. In addition, she also earned All-U.P. Class A-B-C honors. Having achieved this level of success last year, it’s no surprise that she is motivated to repeat and further her achievements, team and individual, this season. On the court, Avery is a consistent leader for the team and averages a double-double at 16.5 points and 11.4 rebounds per game. Efficiency is also a key aspect of Avery’s game as she shoots 49% from the floor, 45% from the three point line and 76% from the free throw stripe.

Avery also performs at a high level in the classroom, where she owns a 3.11 GPA. Her academic achievement has made her a member of the honor roll as well as a recipient of the Academic Achievement Award. In addition to participating as a member of the Girls Basketball program, she is also a member of the Redettes Varsity Volleyball Team. As a team captain this year, she helped lead the team to a GNC Championship as well as being named to the All-GNC Second Team.

Avery is still in the midst of the college recruitment process and, while being undecided on where she will attend and play basketball next year, is doing her due diligence in finding the best fit for her academically and athletically.

Raffy Millado is a senior student at MSHS and a successful three-sport student-athlete participating as a member of the Varsity Boys Soccer Team, Varsity Boys Basketball team and Varsity Boys Track & Field Team.

The 2018 soccer season marked the second consecutive season where Raffy helped the team capture the U.P. Championship. His senior leadership, experience and talent as a forward played a significant role in the team’s success this year. In addition to his achievements on the soccer field, Raffy has also garnered awards in his other sports at MSHS. After the 2017-18 boys basketball season, Raffy was named to the All-Great Northern Conference 2nd Team. On the track, he was the 2018 U.P. Division I Champion in both the High Jump and Long Jump.

Academically, Raffy currently ranks at the top of this year’s senior class with a 4.23 GPA and has earned Honor Roll status and the Outstanding Academic Achievement Award each semester. Outside of school and athletics, Raffy also serves as President of the National Honor Society, Vice President of the Interact Club, Secretary of the Key Club and is a three-year member of the Student Council. He also finds time to volunteer with alter service and community meal at his church as well as other service projects through his extracurricular activities.

For fun, Raffy enjoys traveling, playing video games and hanging out with friends/family. His post-high school plans are to go to college at either the University of Michigan or Notre Dame and major pursue a degree in a science related program.

The even was well attended by both family and coaches of the MSHS Athletes being honored as well as members of the community, The Athlete of the Month program will resume in October with recognition of the September Athletes for Marquette Senior High School.

Athletes for the Acedemic year 2018-19:

September: Elysa Olivier (girls tennis) and Mathurin Gagnon (boys cross country)

October: Mikaila Graham (volleyball) and Alex Cannoot (football)

November: Sammy Borzick (girls cross country) and Raffy Millado (boys soccer)

December: Lauren Kurzawa (dance team) and Marius Grazulis (boys basketball)

January: Avery Ledy (girls basketball) and Tanner Phillips (hockey)

February: Jasmine Burke (figure skating) and Robert Bell (boys swimming & diving)

March: Sophie Bartlett (girls basketball) and Kennan Johnson (boys bowling)

April: Natalie Robinia (girls soccer) and Brendan Kaski (baseball)

May: Rachael Hunt (girls track & field) and Julien Malherbe (boys track & field)

Athletes of the Year: Avery Ledy (girls basketball) and Raffy Millado (boys soccer)

Negaunee City Band Concert Season Begins June 12th

Negaunee, MI – The Negaunee City Band plays its first concert of the 2019 season on Wednesday, June 12th, at 7:30 pm at the Outdoor Performing Arts Center at the east end of Iron Street. The band will again be under the enthusiastic direction of Brandon Nelson, who has degrees in music education and music composition.

The band will play weekly though August 7th, with all concerts scheduled for Wednesday evenings. Some seating is available, but attendees may wish to bring their own chairs.

The band will also participate in a number of parades, including the Memorial Day Parade on May 27th and the Firemen’s Memorial March on June 2nd, both in Negaunee. The band will march in Negaunee’s Pioneer Days Parade on July 13th and in Ishpeming’s Independence Day Parade.

MDDA Announces New Brand Implementation

Marquette, MI – Starting May 2019, the Marquette Downtown Development Authority (MDDA) will begin the process of implementing their new brand identity. The brand was created by Arnett, Muldrow and Associates after several trips to Downtown Marquette, numerous interviews with locals, business owners and other stakeholders, along with a community-wide survey. The branding takes into account the history of the area, the spirit of the community, and the variety of unique places within Downtown Marquette. The vibrant colors reflect the colors of the changing seasons, the local landscape, and the unique buildings within the district. It also creates a unifying theme to help bring together all of the locations and events that are managed under the umbrella of the Marquette Downtown Development Authority.

Logos for the MDDA organization, Downtown Marquette, Downtown Marquette Third Street, and MDDA sponsored events can be viewed and downloaded from the Marquette Downtown Development Authority Website.

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