MAPS Board Meeting August 26th

Marquette, MI – The Marquette Area Public Schools Board Meeting will take place on Monday, August 26th at 5:00 pm in the Marquette Senior High School Library. The agenda is pictured below.

2019 HarborFest August 23 and 24

Marquette, MI – The Marquette West Rotary’s HarborFest will take over the Lower Harbor in Downtown Marquette August 23rd and 24th. Enjoy live music, food, and fun activities by beautiful Lake Superior. Take a look at the website for more information about this event.

Dungeons and Dragons Meeting at Negaunee Public Library August 23rd

Negaunee, MI – Are you a young person interested in playing Dungeons & Dragons (D&D)? There will be an interest meeting at 4 pm on Friday, August 23rd, at the Negaunee Public Library. The meeting is for children ages 10 years and older, teens, and young adults. Pizza and refreshments will be provided.

For more information, call the library at (906) 475-7700, ext. 18, find it on Facebook, or visit the website at

The MRHC Presents A South Marquette Walking Tour August 21st

Marquette, MI – The Marquette Regional History Center (MRHC) presents: South Marquette Walking Tour on Wednesday, August 21st at 6:30 pm.

Back by popular demand, join Jim Koski for a walking tour of one of Marquette’s first neighborhoods, and hear stories about the working class immigrants and colorful characters that helped build the Marquette we know today. Meet at the Mares-Z-Doats parking lot.

$5 suggested donation. Visit or call 906.226.3571 for more info.

MIPARACON: 2019 Michigan Paranormal Convention

Sault Ste. Marie, MI – The MIPARACON 2019 Michigan Paranormal Convention will take place August 22nd – 24th at the Kewadin Casino in Sault Ste. Marie, MI. The event is presented by Sault Events Inc. Celebrate the 10th anniversary of MIPARACON this year! Visit the website for more details.

Ishpeming City Council Special Meeting August 21st

Ishpeming, MI – The Ishpeming City Council will hold a special meeting on Wednesday, August 21st at 4 pm at Ishpeming City Hall. The agenda is pictured below.

President’s Fall Convocation August 21st

Marquette, MI – Northern Michigan University President Fritz Erickson will deliver his fall convocation to faculty, staff and students on Wednesday, August 21st, in Jamrich Hall 1100.

The program, hosted by Provost Kerri Schuiling, begins at 4 pm with a welcome from Academic Senate Chair Alec Lindsay and an introduction by ASNMU student government president Cody Mayer. Fritz and Jan Erickson will host a reception immediately following the program in the adjacent lounge area.

VA and UP SAIL Holding Adaptive Bike Clinic August 21

Iron Mountain, MI – The Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center is partnering with the UP Superior Alliance for Independent Living (SAIL) to hold an adaptive bike clinic on Wednesday, August 21st, from 10 am to 2 pm CST. The free event will be held at Redemption Hill Church located at 332 S. Carpenter Ave, Kingsford, Michigan.

Veteran Dennis Wilson and VA Recreation Therapist Boone Kerley take adaptive bikes on a spin on the grounds of the Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center. These bikes will be one of several different types of bikes available for participants to try at the Adaptive Bike Clinic on August 21.

Veterans and their families are welcome to come anytime during the clinic to test ride several different types of adaptive bikes and learn how they benefit riders with mobility challenges.

“We are going to have eight to ten bikes available for participants to try,” said Jesse “Boone” Kerley, VA Recreation Therapist and event coordinator.

“If a person does not think they can ride a bike, I promise we will get them on one of them,” he added.

Staff from the VA and other support organizations will also be on hand from noon to 2 pm with information on VA’s nutrition, wellness, and whole health programs as well as ideas for healthy activities. Light refreshments will also be served.

For more information, please contact Boone Kerley at (906) 774-3300, extension 32792, or UP SAIL at (906) 228-5744.

Cutline: Veteran Dennis Wilson and VA Recreation Therapist Boone Kerley take adaptive bikes on a spin on the grounds of the Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center. These bikes will be one of several different types of bikes available for participants to try at the Adaptive Bike Clinic on August 21.

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United Way of Marquette County’s New Executive Director Announced

Marquette, MI – On behalf of the United Way of Marquette County’s Board of Directors and staff, Board President Scott Erbisch is happy to announce Andrew Rickauer as Executive Director effective Monday, August 19th. “Andrew’s personal passion for the health and well-being for the community is natural and very strong. I and the Board of Directors are excited to introduce him to the community. He will be a great addition to the United Way”.

Rickauer earned a Master’s Degree in Business Management and Finance from Northern Arizona University. He was previously at Bell Financial and wanted to be more involved in the Marquette community. With an analytical mind, he plans to examine the financial goal and ways to increase it. Upon accepting the position, Andrew noted, “As a proud and longtime resident of Marquette County, I am looking forward to building on the great foundation that has been established. Together, we are stronger, and United Way is all about coming together to improve the community.”

Andrew will be happy to meet with business managers that currently run a United Way campaign and help out workplaces that haven’t started one yet.

Eagle Mine to Conclude Regional Exploration Program

Champion, MI – Eagle Mine announced today that its regional exploration program in southern Houghton and Baraga counties will conclude over the coming days. The program commenced in the spring of 2018 with aerial magnetic surveys, and drilling commenced in the spring of 2019.

“Exploration programs and budgets across all our mines are continuously being evaluated for the potential likelihood of finding a deposit economic to mine,” said Matt Johnson, Eagle Mine External Relations Manager. “As a global company, allocation of capital across our operations is carefully considered. After significant investment over the last several years, the difficult decision was made to conclude this program at Eagle Mine.”

Eagle Mine continues to focus its efforts on the development of the Eagle East ore body that was discovered in 2016, which is on schedule to commence production this fall. Underground definition drilling of Eagle East is continuing with the aim of discovering additional mineralization to potentially extend Eagle Mine’s operational life beyond 2023.

We would like to thank host communities who allowed our regional exploration program to be part of their community and thank Eagle’s dedicated exploration team for their successful efforts over many years of work.

New Organizations For Fundraiser Jewelry Program

Marquette, MI – Beth Millner Jewelry has now released new pendants for our fundraiser jewelry program. Every year, we select worthy non-profit organizations located in the Upper Peninsula from a pool of applications. Once selected, Beth designs a custom piece for each organization to be sold in our studio in downtown Marquette and online. $50 of sales from each piece is donated to the organization. In 2018 we are proud to announce that we donated over $14,00 to local organizations. We’ve partnered in the past with many great organizations like UPAWS, the MooseWood Nature Center, Upper Peninsula Land Conservancy, Noquemanon Trail Network, and the Superior Arts Youth Theatre.

The non-profit organizations we will be working with this year are: Upper Peninsula Children’s Museum, Peter White Public Library, Bonifas Arts Center, and Iron Ore Heritage Trail. In the first month launched, we have donated $400 to the Upper Peninsula Children’s Museum, and $1,250 to Peter White Public Library. Our Bonifas Arts Center and Iron Ore Heritage Trail Pendants launch in October of this year.

Seney National Wildlife Refuge is Seeking Comments about Expanding Fishing Opportunities

Seney, MI – Seney National Wildlife Refuge is proposing to update the refuge’s fishing program and we are seeking public comment on the types of angling opportunities you would like to see. How can we improve access? Would you like to see additional pools opened to fishing? Would you like to see changes to current refuge season restrictions? The last update to the fishing program was in 2009. We will be accepting comments from the public until September 15th, 2019.

Potential changes could include but are not limited to:
· Increasing access to the existing pools by providing better access points.
· Expanding the dates fishing is allowed along the Marshland Wildlife Drive.
· Opening new pools to fishing – which pools would you like us to consider?

There will be an open house on September 4th from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Seney National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center. This is an opportunity to discuss potential changes with refuge staff and to provide your comments on the potential changes. You can also submit comments to the refuge in person at the visitor center, by mail at Seney National Wildlife Refuge, 1674 Refuge Entrance Road, Seney, MI 49883 or email We look forward to hearing your ideas.

Across the country, national wildlife refuges work closely with state agencies, tribes, and private partners to expand access to fishing where it is compatible with refuge purposes. Fishing provides opportunities for families to enjoy the outdoors, create memories and pass on family traditions.
The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. We are both a leader and trusted partner in fish and wildlife conservation, known for our scientific excellence, stewardship of lands and natural resources, dedicated professionals and commitment to public service. For more information on our work and the people who make it happen, visit http://www.fws/gov.

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