City of Negaunee Closes Section of Iron St.

June 15, 2019

Negaunee, MI – At the June 13th 2019 City Council Meeting for the City of Negaunee, the City Council passed a motion that subsequently will close Iron St directly in front of the Kirkwood block due to structural instability that threatens the safety of the general public.

This closure will be effective immediately and will include the North sidewalk, North Parking area and the North Traffic Lane. The City and its staff are following all proper procedures to ensure the Kirkwood building will be no longer be a threat to the safety of the public in a timely manner.

NMU Among Top 50 for Education Majors

June 15, 2019

Marquette, MI – Northern Michigan University ranks 43rd among the nation’s “50 Best Colleges for Education Majors” identified by

“This ranking looks at accessibility and affordability relative to the U.S. Department of Education and Michigan Department of Education outcomes we report through trusted systems,” said Joe Lubig, associate dean of the NMU School of Education, Leadership and Public Service. “I am so proud of what we do and the integrity with which we do it. People can’t believe the level of engagement we have with our schools, community and alumni. Sustaining those relationships to maintain a high-level program takes so much work on the part of our faculty.”

NMU offers bachelor’s degrees in elementary and secondary education in several focus areas, as well as a master’s degree with a variety of concentrations.’s description praises NMU for giving students at least one “intense” semester of real-world teaching experience, either in Michigan or internationally. It also states that, through the Michigan Student Council for Exceptional Children and the Student Michigan Education Association, NMU helps connect students and teachers to foster a collaborative learning environment.

“I am proud of the high-quality candidates we develop in partnership with schools around the world,” Lubig said. “Dr. Kristen White just returned from meeting with our partners in New Zealand, who have had numerous NMU student teachers and have hired from that pool. They were raving about the quality of their hires from NMU. I have also done site reviews at 11 of the colleges and universities on this ranking and I know they are of quality. This gives me more confidence in the validity of this list.” states that it evaluated hundreds of schools for the list and selected NMU based on academic and career resources for education major students, the quality of education, faculty and other factors.


Bishop John Doerfler Supports Houle Sainthood Cause

June 13, 2019

Marquette, MI – Bishop John Doerfler’s statement on support of Houle sainthood cause:

It is an occasion of great joy in the Diocese of Marquette to receive the (unanimous) support of the U.S. bishops in the canonical consultation on the cause for canonization of Irving C. “Francis” Houle.

This is an early step in the cause for sainthood of a man who is an example of holiness for the ordinary guy.

Houle’s wife described him to me as “a wonderful husband and father.” He was “the guy next door” and a holy man in the words of his pastor.

An athlete, veteran, husband and father, 4th degree Knight of Columbus, and diligent worker in retail and manufacturing, Houle illustrates living a life of faith and holiness from family to the workplace.

In addition, Houle’s humility and self-sacrifice for his family, and the healing of others through his ministry of prayer are noteworthy. The extraordinary gifts of healing and the stigmata are further illustrations of how God chooses the lowly and humble as his instruments.

Marquette Music Scene Hall of Fame Nominations Open

June 13, 2019

Marquette, MI – Marquette Music Scene is pleased to announce open nominations for the 2019 Induction Class to the Marquette Music Scene Hall of Fame.

Anyone may submit a nomination. Nominees must be either born, raised or founded (in the case of entities) in Marquette County, resided in Marquette County for a significant portion of their career, or made a significant mark on Marquette County during their career. They may represent any music genre and be associated with any music related vocation from any era in Marquette County’s history. A nominee can be an individual, group, large ensemble, institution, event or venue.

Nominees will be considered and voted on by the Marquette Music Scene Hall of Fame Selection Committee which is apprised of local music professionals, historians, educators, and previous inductees. A total of 12 individuals/groups/institutions, one venue, one music store, and one current venue owner/operator (Music Mafia), will be inducted. The MMS “Rising Star” will also be awarded to a group formed in the last 5 years that is making their mark on the current Marquette Music Scene.

This year’s open nomination period will run through Labor Day/Marquette Area Bluesfest. The preferred nomination method is online at, physical nominations forms can be picked up and returned to the MMS Office/Cindy Engle on the lower level of the Masonic Square Mall.

“It’s been a couple years since the founding of the Hall and we’re really looking to get the community more involved in the process. We’re only a few, and though our knowledge of Marquette County music history is vast, it’s far from complete. We’re really hoping with this years nomination process we end up feeling a bit overwhelmed with the number of nominations.” says board member Andrew “Bear” Tyler.
The 2019 Marquette Music Scene Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place on Saturday, November 30th, at the Upper Peninsula Masonic Center’s Red Room in Marquette.

The Marquette Music Scene Hall of Fame was founded in 2017 to celebrate the unique and prolific music history of Marquette County. Past inductees include musicians, behind the scenes crew, promoters, managers and more including Chuch Magee (The Rolling Stones), Da Yoopers, Les Ross Sr, Bill Etten, Snuffy’s Saloon and more.

Marquette Music Scene is currently pursuing non-profit status with the dream of someday having a full museum to commemorate and celebrate Marquette’s amazing, historic and continuing music legacy.

Media & Sponsorship inquiries please contact Bear at (906) 458-4323/ or Cindy Engle at (906) 869-1395/

VA to Host Presentation on New VA Community Care Program June 20th

June 12, 2019

Escanaba, MI – The VA launched its new VA Community Care Program on June 6, 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 ET on Thursday, June 20, 2019, at Bay College in Escanaba. The event will be held in Conference Room 952 and is open to all Veterans and their families, community health care providers, and the general public. Bay College is located at 2001 N. Lincoln Road.

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.

“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.”

VA medical center leadership will discuss the details of the new program, including eligibility requirements, new access standards, copays and more. 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.

“We are doing this presentation in Escanaba because almost all of the Veterans in Delta and surrounding counties are positively impacted by this new program,” said Rice.

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

NMU Offers ‘Summer College for Kids’

June 12, 2019

Marquette, MI – Northern Michigan University’s Glenn T. Seaborg Mathematics and Science Center is offering “Summer College for Kids”, a program for students in grades K-8 to take courses in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM education).

Classes available for kindergarten and first graders include “Buzz” Light Year, Movin’ and Groovin’ and Yuckology. Classes available for second and third graders include The Best of Bugs, Pocket-Bots and Inside Out. Classes available for fourth and fifth graders include Minecraft University, Stars Wars Maker Lab and Virtual Reality. Classes available for sixth-eighth graders include Outdoor Survival 101, 3D Design Challenge and Testing the Waters.

The 2019 Summer College for Kids classes will be held the following weeks: June 17-21, June 24-28, July 8-12, and July 15-19. There are both morning and afternoon classes available, with sessions running from 9 am to noon and from 1-4 pm. The enrollment cost is $75 per class. Optional lunch time supervision is available from noon-1 pm for an additional $10 per week.

For more information, please call 227-2002 or email For a view of the full schedule, click here.

Forest Roberts Theatre Presents ‘Mamma Mia!’ Beginning June 20th

June 12, 2019

Marquette, MI – Northern Michigan University’s Forest Roberts Theatre will present Mamma Mia! as part of FRT’s summer 2019 season. Performances are Thursday, June 20 – Saturday, June 22 and Wednesday, June 26 – Saturday, June 29 at 7:30 pm.

A “Theatre for All” performance of the musical is aimed at children and adults who are on the autism spectrum or have sensory issues will be presented. FRT has partnered with the Theatre Development Fund in New York City to produce this sensory-friendly performance, scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday, June 22. Free admission to the “Theatre for All” performance has been made possible through private donor support.

Based on the hit songs of 1970s dance-pop group ABBA and directed by NMU professor Shelley Russell, this jukebox musical focuses on Sophie Sheridan, who dreams of a perfect wedding with her father giving her away. However, Sophie does not know who her father is. When her mother Donna refuses to talk about the past, Sophie decides to take matters into her own hands. Sneaking a peek in her mother’s old diaries, she discovers three possible fathers: Sam, Bill, and Harry. She secretly invites all three to the wedding, convinced that she’ll know her father when she sees him. But when all three show up, it turns out to be not as clear as she thought.

NMU senior theater major Audree Stephens portrays Sophie Sheridan in the production, a role which she has found to be very relatable.

“I find myself a lot in Sophie,” said Stephens. “She is a very kind and loyal person, the close relationship she has with her mom is very similar to the one I have with my mom and we’re both 20-years-old.”

Mamma Mia! is part of the Forest Roberts Theatre’s inaugural summer season, a new addition to the NMU’s theatre program.

“The goal of our summer season is to create community engagement, as well as meaningful, educational opportunities for our students to work in a professional setting during the summer,” said NMU theatre director Bill Digneit. “This is a great way to help our theatre and dance programs grow and give prospective students more of a reason why they should chose to study theatre and dance here at NMU.”

An opening night party will follow the Thursday, June 20 performance in the FRT lobby. The party will feature food and beverages, a photo booth and a meet and greet with the cast, crew and artistic staff.

Tickets are $15 for the public, $10 for students and $5 for NMU students. Tickets are available for purchase at NMU EZ Ticket outlets. For more on the production, including the full cast list, click here.

NMU Named Military Spouse-Friendly School

June 12, 2019

Marquette, MI – Northern Michigan University has been named a Military Spouse-Friendly School by Viqtory, a company that connects veterans and spouses with civilian opportunities. NMU previously earned gold status from the company by ranking 6th among small public schools nationwide designated as 2019-20 Military Friendly Schools.

Viqtory’s description of why NMU is a great choice for military spouses states that the university “has instituted policies to address the concerns and needs of military spouses and their families.” NMU has also constructed admissions, retention, career counseling and mentoring programs to assist in alleviating the difficulties military spouses commonly face. NMU’s flexible learning options and its degree continuation programs are designed to accommodate deployments and relocation.

“We offer spouses in-state tuition, integrate them in to the Student Veterans group, and give them the same priority as veterans when using a transferred benefit,” said Mike Rutledge, veterans’ resource representative at NMU.

The Military Friendly Schools designation, for which NMU ranks 6th nationwide, honors the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that provide benefits for military and veteran students.

For more information on NMU’s veteran services and benefits, visit For background on the Military Friendly rankings, visit

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