South Front Street Project Begins Final Phase

September 26, 2016

Marquette, MI – The Front Street streetscape reconstruction project is nearing its final phase, with construction on the east side of the 100 block of South Front Street scheduled to begin on Monday, September 26. The project includes curb replacement, the addition of street trees and the removal of existing brick pavers, which will be replaced with a combination of regular and stamped colored concrete. Those who purchased personalized brick pavers in the mid-1980s, which are located within the existing brickwork on the east side of the 100 block of South Front Street, are welcome to contact the Marquette Downtown Development Authority office at 906-228-9475 or email to obtain their bricks. Bricks must be claimed by Friday, October 14, 2016.

Traffic pattern changes will be necessary to accommodate the reconstruction project. Beginning Monday, September 26, there will be no left turn allowed for northbound traffic on Front Street at the intersection of Front and Washington Streets. This restriction will be in place throughout the duration of the project, which is expected to be completed in mid-October. No detour will be provided. The traveling public is asked to slow down, be cautious and obey all traffic signs while traveling through this area. For more information on this project, contact the City of Marquette Engineering Department at 906-228-0440 or Wayne Premeau at 906-458-0628.


Reminder to Protect Against Mosquito Bites

September 26, 2016

LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan Departments of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) and Health and Human Services (MDHHS) are reminding residents to protect themselves from mosquito bites, even with autumn officially beginning this week.

West Nile Virus activity in Michigan has increased since late August. Health officials have identified 22 confirmed and probable West Nile virus (WNV) human cases and five blood donors to date. Further, 17 corvids, 25 other avian species, and two deer have tested positive for WNV from 25 Michigan counties in both the Upper and Lower Peninsula. Positive mosquito pools have been detected from seven Michigan counties (Bay, Kent, Macomb, Oakland, Saginaw, Tuscola, Wayne).

MDHHS has also confirmed a human case of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) in an out of state resident who was likely exposed in southwest Michigan. The individual was hospitalized, has since been released and is recovering. Eastern Equine Encephalitis is a serious zoonotic viral disease transmitted by mosquitoes. The virus mainly causes disease in horses but can also cause serious illness in people, poultry, and other animals such as deer and even dogs.

As of September 20, MDARD has identified two cases of EEE in horses. One was a four-month-old Standardbred filly in Clare County. The second case was a 12-year-old Quarter horse from Menominee County. Neither horse, nor the filly’s mother, was vaccinated against EEE. Both affected horses have died.

“After a hot, dry summer, mosquitos can continue to thrive until the weather consistently drops into the lower temperatures,” said Dr. Eden Wells, chief medical executive with the MDHHS. “Even in the early Fall, residents should use repellent according to label instructions and take extra care during peak mosquito-biting hours between dusk and dawn.”

Mosquito management is vital in the prevention of mosquito-borne illnesses that cause illness in both humans and in horses. Residents can stay healthy by using simple, effective strategies to protect themselves and their families by reading and following all repellant label directions. The following steps are recommended to avoid mosquito bites:

  • Apply insect repellents that contain the active ingredient DEET, or other U.S.Environmental Protection Agency approved product to exposed skin or clothing, and always following the manufacturer’s directions for use.
  • Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants when outdoors. Apply insect repellent to clothing to help prevent bites.
  • Maintain window and door screening to help keep mosquitoes outside.
  • Empty water from mosquito breeding sites around the home, such as buckets, unused kiddie pools, old tires or similar sites where mosquitoes lay eggs.
  • Use nets and/or fans over outdoor eating areas.
    Bringing horses and pets indoors from early evening until after sunrise when mosquitoes are out in full force.

Most people who become infected with WNV will not develop any symptoms of illness. However, some become sick three to 15 days after exposure. About one-in-five infected persons will have mild illness with fever, and about one in 150 infected people will become severely ill.

Mild illness may include headache, fever, body aches, joint pain, vomiting diarrhea, or rash. Severe symptoms of WNV are associated with encephalitis or meningitis, and may include: include stiff neck, stupor, disorientation, coma, tremors, muscle weakness, convulsions and paralysis. People 50 and older are more susceptible to severe WNV disease symptoms.

People can be infected with EEE from the bite of a mosquito carrying the virus. The disease is not spread by horse-to-horse or horse-to-human contact. In humans, signs of EEE include the sudden onset of fever, chills, body and joint aches. EEE infection can develop into severe encephalitis, resulting in headache, disorientation, tremors, seizures and paralysis. Permanent brain damage, coma and death may also occur in some cases.

Signs of EEE in horses can include stumbling and the inability to stand. Vaccines for horses to protect them from EEE and other mosquito-borne diseases are available and are effective for preventing disease. Horse owners should work with their veterinarian to make sure their animals are up-to-date on all vaccinations. It’s not too late to vaccinate this year for diseases like EEE.

For more information and surveillance activity about WNV, visit

The Marquette Regional History Center Awarded an MCACA Operational Support Grant for 2017

September 24, 2016

Marquette, MI – The Marquette Regional History Center is pleased to announce that they have been awarded an MCACA operational support grant for 2017. The Center will receive $18,800 from the MCACA and $2,200 from the NEA. Thank you!
The Marquette Regional History Center is a 501c3, private non-profit organization that was established in 1918.  We rely on membership, fundraising events, donations, admission fees, and grants to continue to provide our community and visitors with high quality, educational programming and exhibits.  For more info call 906.226.0919 or visit
Marquette Regional History Center Awarded Grant

Marquette Regional History Center Awarded Grant


Construction Management and Engineering Technology Career Fair – September 22nd

September 21, 2016

Marquette, MI – Construction, Engineering Technology Career Fair Sept. 22 9/15/2016

Northern Michigan University will hold a Construction Management and Engineering Technology Career Fair from 1-4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, in the Jacobetti Complex.

The event is designed for NMU alumni and for student construction management, engineering technology, electrical and industrial maintenance and HVAC/climate control majors in one-, two- and four-year programs.

There is no cost to attend. More than 30 employers will participate. For the full list, click here.

Full story can be found at:

Free Seminars for Entrepreneurs – September 21st and 22nd

September 20, 2016

Marquette, MI – The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs’ Corporations, Securities & Commercial Licensing Bureau will be presenting free seminars September 21 and 22 for entrepreneurs who want to know more about starting their own business. These events in Marquette, Escanaba, Houghton and Sault Ste. Marie will provide information about options for raising capital and other issues important to the success of starting a new business.

The seminars are being offered in cooperation with Innovate Marquette SmartZone, Escanaba Michigan Works!, MTEC SmartZone, and the Sault Ste. Marie Economic Development Corporation.

The attached flyer provides links to directions for all locations. Seating is limited! The registration link is:

We are excited to provide entrepreneurship education in the Upper Peninsula, as we have in other areas of the state where participants gave rave reviews. We have found these events to be instrumental toward creating an environment that encourages entrepreneurial growth.

Please share this invitation to those who may be interested in attending!

Corporations, Securities & Commercial Licensing Bureau
Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs

Superior Arts Youth Theater Announces Fall Auditions for Disney’s The Lion King Jr. September 12-13th

September 10, 2016

Auditions for youth 8th grade and under!

The Superior Arts Youth Theater will be holding vocal auditions September 12th and 13th with a dance call on the 14th and callbacks on the 15th and 16th for our upcoming fall production of “Disney’s The Lion King JR.” All auditions will take place on the 3rd floor of Graveraet School, located at 611 N. Front Street, Marquette, MI.

Youth ages preschool to 8th grade are eligible to audition. Youth actors, singers, gymnasts and dancers are all needed for a variety of parts. Youth must complete a Vocal/Acting audition and a Dance Call.

Monday, September 12 – Sign up online
Vocal/Acting Auditions 6-8:30 p.m.

Tuesday, September 13 – Sign up online
Vocal/Acting Auditions 6-8:30 p.m.

Everyone must attend one of these sessions or make arrangements
Wednesday, September 14  
5:30-6 pm Ages 5 years old and under
6-6:30 pm 0-2 years of dance experience
6:45-7:15 pm 3-5 years of dance experience
7:30-8:00 pm 6+ years of dance experience

Thursday, September 15 and Friday, September 16 (time TBD)

Auditions, Dance Call, and Callbacks will be held on the third floor of Graveraet School.

There is no cost to audition but there is a registration fee to participate in the production. There are special family rates and scholarships available.

Tech Crew applications will be available after the show has been cast.
Performances will take place at the Forest Roberts Theatre on November 18th, 19th, & 20th.

Sign Up Now!
Online Audition Form


All auditions and calls take place at Graveraet school on the 3rd floor!

Vocal/Acting Auditions:
Sign up online or show up! Sign ups will receive priority for audition time. You do NOT need to sign up in order to audition, you can just show up (especially if the sign up gets filled). Sign up here!

Fill out an online audition form here!

Those ages 11 and up will be asked to perform a short song (or cutting from a song) and monologue.

Ages 10 and under are asked to perform a short song or cutting from a song.

A pianist will be provided as well as a speaker and auxiliary cable for those auditioning. We prefer you to sing with our pianist accompanying you.

Dance Call: 
We will assign you a time at your vocal/acting audition. Please let us know if you are unavailable for the dance call. You must attend a dance call or make arrangements. Please wear comfortable clothing and shoes that you can dance in!

Only those listed on the callback list will be required to attend callbacks. The callback list will be posted Wednesday night. Callbacks will be between 5pm-8:30pm on Thursday (9/15) and Friday (9/16). The final schedule for callbacks will be determined during auditions.

Sonderegger Symposium at NMU, Friday July 9th

September 8, 2016

Presentations on a variety of topics related to the history, life and culture of the Upper Peninsula are being offered at the Sonderegger Symposium XVI at Northern Michigan University on Friday, Sept. 9. The event is free and open to the public. The NMU Center for U.P. Studies is hosting the event, which will take place in the University Center Great Lakes Rooms.

A continental breakfast begins at 8 a.m., followed by opening remarks from Michael Broadway, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. The remaining schedule of presenters and topics follows:

8:45-9:15 a.m. Phillip Johnson, president of Finlandia University, “Finlandia University: Rooted and Relevant”

9:15-9:45 a.m. Russ Magnaghi, NMU professor emeritus, “Booze and Bootleggers on the Border: Prohibition in the Upper Peninsula”

9:45-10:15 a.m. Bob Archibald, NMU alumnus, “The Upper Peninsula in 1640”

10:15-10:30 a.m. Coffee Break

10:30-11:00 a.m. Brian Cabell, independent scholar, “A Stranger Comes to Town”

11:00-11:30 a.m. Fred Stonehouse, president of the Marquette Maritime Museum, “The Iron Beacon, Marquette Harbor Lighthouse at 150”

11:30 a.m.-Noon Mark Ruge, J.D., Washington, D.C., “The Frostbitten Convention: A Birthday for the Upper Peninsula”

Noon-1 p.m. Lunch break

1:00-1:30 p.m. Ron Jones, U.S. Park Service, “2016: 100 Years of the National Park Service and 50 Years of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore”

1:30-2:00 p.m. Hilary Virtanen, Findlandia University, “The Emerging Legend of John Wesley Saatio, Copper Country Outlaw”

2:00-2:30 p.m. Howard Nicholson, NMU, “The Studebaker Avanti: A Personal Journey in Unraveling History”

2:30-2:45 p.m. Coffee Break

2:45-3:15 p.m. Michel Graydon, Algoma University, “Word Games: Opposing the 1990 Sault Ste Marie, Ontario, Municipal English-Only Resolution”

3:15-3:45 p.m. Laura Walikainen Rouleau, Michigan Technological University, “Saunas, Bathhouses, Locker Rooms and Tubs: Copper Country Bathing Experiences, 1900-1930”

3:45-4:15 p.m. Allie Penn, Wayne State University, “No News is Good News: The Slanted Reporting that Followed the Italian Hall Disaster”

4:15-4:20 p.m. Closing Remarks

The symposium is supported by an endowment from Marion Sonderegger of Marquette in honor of her husband, Richard Sonderegger, former head of the NMU history department.

WFSP Foods, LLC Recalls Pork and Chicken Sausage Products Due To Misbranding and Undeclared Allergens

August 26, 2016

MDARD food inspectors should conduct recall audit checks during routine inspections or as directed.

Class I Recall075-2016
Health Risk: HighAug 26, 2016

Congressional and Public Affairs
Maria Machuca
(202) 720-9113

The ready-to-eat sausage items were produced on June 7, 2016. The following product is subject to recall: [View Labels (PDF Only)]

  • 13.5-oz. packages containing “Land O’ Frost Simply Savory Bacon & Cheddar Smoked Sausage” with a “BEST BY: DEC. 04 2016” and packaging date of 06/07/16.

The product subject to recall bears establishment number “EST. 45411” printed on the packaging. This item was shipped to retail locations nationwide.

The problem was discovered in a retail store by a company representative and immediately reported to FSIS. The product has the correct label on the front of the package, which identifies that the product contains cheese. However, the label in the back fails to include cheddar cheese as an ingredient – the source of milk. As a result, milk is not included in the ingredients statement or in the “Contains” allergen declaration.

There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a healthcare provider.

Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.

FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their customers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers. When available, the retail distribution list will be posted on the FSIS website at

Consumers with questions about the recall can contact the Land O’ Frost Consumer Hotline, at 1(800) 762-9865. Media with questions about the recall can contact Jack Yeo with Fleishman Hillard, at (312) 560-1465.

Consumers with questions about the recall can contact the Land O’ Frost Consumer Hotline, at 1(800) 762-9865. Media with questions about the recall can contact Jack Yeo with Fleishman Hillard, at (312) 560-1465.

Consumers with food safety questions can “Ask Karen,” the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at or via smartphone at The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day. The online Electronic Consumer Complaint Monitoring System can be accessed 24 hours a day at:

USDA Recall Classifications
Class I This is a health hazard situation where there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death.
Class II This is a health hazard situation where there is a remote probability of adverse health consequences from the use of the product.
Class III This is a situation where the use of the product will not cause adverse health consequences.

Next Page »