VA Hosting Warrior to Soul Mate Retreat – 4/22/17

April 20, 2017

Iron Mountain, MIApril 20, 2017 – The Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center will be hosting a Warrior to Soul Mate Retreat for couples in Hancock on April 22-23, 2017. Warrior to Soul Mate is a new program that provides hope and renewal to relationships impacted by military service, deployments, and war. It is free of charge for both the Veteran and his or her significant other including hotel and meals.

“It provides a safe and healing environment for Veterans to renew and reconnect with their significant other through the teaching of productive communication skills,” said John Jamison, a VA Peer Support Specialist and one of the retreat facilitators.

According to Jamison, a retired Marine combat Veteran, there is clear evidence that healthy relationships decrease episodes of stress related illness, divorce, depression, suicide, abuse and neglect.

The retreat is specifically designed for couples who have been in a committed relationship for at least six months.… Read the rest

Qualified Forest Program: Application Deadline for 2018 Enrollment is September 1, 2017

April 18, 2017

Lansing, MIApril 18, 2017 – Since June 2013, the Qualified Forest Program (QFP) in the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) has enrolled more than 370,000 acres of privately-held forestland in the state of Michigan. Excitement about the program continues to grow with new options for enrollment available to landowners based on recent legislative changes.

In order to be eligible for enrollment in the QFP, landowners must have a current forest management plan, written by a forester registered with MDARD.  To qualify for the program, forested parcels have to be at least 20 acres, but not larger than 640 acres in size, per taxing unit (typically a township). Parcels 20-39.9 acres have to be at least 80 percent stocked with forest capable of producing forestry products, while parcels 40-640 acres in size must be at least 50 percent stocked with the same capabilities as previously mentioned.… Read the rest

Anderton’s Earth Day Events Scheduled – 4/17/17

April 17, 2017

Marquette, MIApril 17, 2017 – Northern Michigan University’s Earth, Environmental and Geographical Sciences Department will host its third annual “Anderton’s Earth Day” celebration in memory of the late professor John Anderton April 17-22. All events are free and open to the public.

Two Patagonia documentaries will be screened at 6 p.m. Monday, April 17, in 1322 Jamrich Hall. The films are titled Great Lakes, Bad Lines and Making Waves: The Battle for the Great Lakes. Popcorn will be provided.

The NMU chapter of Gamma Theta Upsilon, the geographical honor society, will put on a bake sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the first floor of Jamrich Hall.

An Outdoor Learning Area tour led by professors Matt Van Grinsven and Robert Regis, along with student Tabitha McAlpine, will be held from noon to 2 p.m. Friday, April 21.… Read the rest

Paddleboard Venture Wins College of Business Competition

April 17, 2017

Marquette, MIApril 17, 2017 – Ben Phillips won first place in the New Business Venture Competition sponsored by the NMU College of Business. His proposal, Ben’s Boards, is a paddleboard rental venture. Phillips also won Best Trade Fair Display.

Keefer Edwards earned second place and Best Elevator Pitch for Keef Company, which produces baseball caps made in the USA with organic or recycled fabric. Third place went to Gisele Duehring for Yooperade, a maple syrup-sweetened lemonade.

The top three overall finishers for best business plan received various cash prizes, consulting and technology support. Local businesses providing consultation services or technology support were: 906 Technologies, Inc.; Kendricks, Bordeau, Adamini, Greenlee & Keefe, PC; Grandchamp, McBride, Wallner, Wallner and Prophet, CPA; and QuickTrophy.

All three finalists participating in the finale received business consultation from the College of Business faculty and reimbursement funds up to $200 for business development and materials.… Read the rest

Beaumier Center Seeks U.P. Folklife Award Nominations

April 17, 2017

Marquette, MIApril 17, 2017 – The Beaumier U.P. Heritage Center at Northern Michigan University is seeking public nominations for the 2017 Upper Peninsula Folklife Award. The award recognizes those who make a difference in the creation and/or preservation of Upper Peninsula folk arts, including music, dance, storytelling, crafts and food. Persons or organizations can be nominated through Friday, April 28.

The U.P. Folklife Award(s) will be presented at a benefit dinner on May 10. Past recipients are: John Perona, bones player; Les Ross Les Ross Sr., harmonica player; Oren Tikkanen, storyteller and musician; Fred Rydholm, storyteller and historian; Bette and Dean Premo, musicians; Michael Loukinen, folklorist; Corrine Rockow, musician and educator; Kay Seppala, dance and music; and the Hiawatha Music Co-op.

For information on submitting a nomination, visit and click on the “Events” tab. Or access the online nomination form here.… Read the rest

World-Renowned Bear Expert to Speak at DNR ‘Wildlife Through Forestry’ Forum in Houghton County – 4/18/17

April 17, 2017

lynn_rogersHoughton, MIApril 17, 2017 – Lynn Rogers, principal biologist at the Wildlife Research Institute in Ely, Minnesota, is a Michigan native renowned worldwide for his studies of black bears.

Known to have formed trusting relationships with wild black bears, including mothers with cubs, Rogers is often likened to Jane Goodall for his depth of empirical knowledge gained from “walking” with black bears.

An educator whose materials are carried by media to more than 100 million people worldwide each year, Rogers will speak in Houghton this month as part of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources’ “Wildlife Through Forestry” forum series, which began in the Upper Peninsula last month.

The forum, which is open to the public, is set for 7 p.m. EDT, Tuesday, April 18 in 135 Fisher Hall on the campus of Michigan Technological University in Houghton. A campus parking map is linked here.… Read the rest

NMU Receives Funding for Project Empire Study on Economic Diversification

April 17, 2017

Marquette, MIApril 17, 2017 – Western Marquette County residents affected by the indefinite idling of the Empire Mine could benefit from a planned Northern Michigan University study of how other cities that faced mine closings successfully diversified their economies to retain and grow jobs.

NMU’s Center for Rural Community and Economic Development is receiving $55,000 in funding from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation to perform the study for Project Empire.

Gov. Rick Snyder created Project Empire as a response team of state agencies to assist western Marquette County in addressing the economic and social challenges brought on by the 2016 indefinite idling of the Empire Mine and the loss of about 300 jobs.

Michael Broadway, an NMU earth, environmental and geographical sciences professor, will serve as the center’s lead researcher on the study on rebuilding mining communities after a mine closure.… Read the rest

NMU Students Help U.P. Sheet Metal Worker Develop Product Idea

April 17, 2017

Marquette, MIApril 17, 2017 – Sheet metal worker Ron Aho walked into Invent@NMU on the Northern Michigan University campus with a product idea that would save time and effort on the job. He had spent years manually hammering in drive cleats for air ducts. The repetitive motion of pounding upward put a lot of strain on his shoulder, eventually leading to rotator cuff surgery. Aho invented the Tinknocker Tool to reduce muscle fatigue and increase efficiency. The device attaches to a drill and quickly installs drive cleats, outperforming the traditional hammer method.

The Tinknocker Tool was reviewed by Dr. Wallace Pearson, orthopedic surgeon at Advanced Center for Orthopedics and Plastic Surgery in Marquette.

“It’s almost universal for people who do overhead activities that they are going to end up with some wear and tear—if not a full tear—of the rotator cuff,” Pearson said.… Read the rest

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