Grants Available for Michigan’s Specialty Groups

March 10, 2017

Proposals due to MDARD by 3 p.m. on April 6, 2017

Program contact: Heather Throne, 517-712-0841

LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development today announced a request for proposals through the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program from the United States Department of Agriculture Agriculture Marketing Service. The grant funding is contingent on the availability of funds from USDA.

The program is designed to enhance the competitiveness of Michigan’s specialty crops. Grant proposals must be received by MDARD no later than 3 p.m. on Thursday, April 6, 2017, by submitting them to

The grants, with a maximum award of $100,000, enhance the competitiveness of the state’s specialty crops, including but not limited to the following: promotion; marketing; research; nutrition; trade enhancement; food safety; food security; plant health programs; education; increased knowledge and consumption; increased innovation; improved efficiency and reduced costs of distribution systems; environmental concerns and conservation; product development; good agricultural practices; good handling practices; and good manufacturing practices.… Read the rest

Marquette Area Public Schools 2017-2018 Kindergarten Registration

March 6, 2017

Northern Michigan University
Whitman Hall
Corner of Norway and Fair Avenue
March 7 – 11:00 a.m – 7:00 p.m.
March 8 – 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Please bring child’s certified birth certificate, immunization record and proof of residency.
Children do not need to be present to register.
A kindergarten screening appointment for each child will be scheduled at this time.
Kindergarten screenings will be held the first week of May 2017

For children age 5 before September 1, 2017
If your child is ready for kindergarten and is
5 years old by December 1, 2017 you can
still register for kindergarten provided you
complete a waiver.

Class held five (5) full days per week

For children age five (5) before December 1,
2017 (a waiver must be completed)
Class held five (5) days per week
District busing is provided



Laura Shawhan

Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent and Board of Education
Marquette Area Public Schools
1201 West Fair Avenue
Marquette, MI  49855
906-225-4200 (Voice)
906-225-5340 (Fax)
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Creating Confident Caregivers Workshop – 3/2/17

February 28, 2017

Escanaba, MIFebruary 28, 2017 – Creating Confident Caregivers is an exciting program in select regions of Michigan, for family caregivers of persons with dementia and/or memory loss. Creating Confident Caregivers is a six-session workshop led by trained dementia care specialists. This university tested program provides participants with information, skills and attitudes to manage stress and increase their effectiveness as a Caregiver.

Creating Confident Caregivers is once again available in the Escanaba area, brought to you in part by the U.P. Area Agency on Aging/UPCAP. There is no charge to participants for the weekly sessions or materials and care for your person with dementia may be available through participating area agencies while caregivers attend the workshop.

The next “Creating Confident Caregivers” workshop starts March 2, 2017 in Escanaba. This is a six week workshop which meets once each week on Thursday’s from 2:00 p.m.… Read the rest

Yooper Drag Show Extravaganza – 2/25/17

February 24, 2017

Marquette, MIFebruary 24, 2017 – Come out and support the Upeer Peninsula Rainbow Pride at the Yooper Drag Show Extravaganza.  The show takes place Saturday, February 25 at 8pm at the Recovery Room, 142 W. Washington, Marquette.  The show has a $5 cover charge with all proceeds going to support the U.P. Rainbow Pride and Pride Fest 2017.

For more information visit: Upper Peninsula Rainbow Pride website.… Read the rest

NMU Alumna Presents ‘Building a Career from Scratch’ – 2/21/17

February 20, 2017


Joan Kimball

Marquette, MIFebruary 20, 2017 – Joan Kimball, business development director at the Quebec Government Office in Chicago, will give a free public presentation titled “Building a Career from Scratch” at Northern Michigan University. The U.P. native and NMU graduate provides strategic business development and marketing expertise to more than 400 manufacturers and key industry association/government partners in Quebec.

Kimball will explain how to build a business from an idea, using the keys of communication and fearlessly navigating international business relations. She will share her own experience becoming an innovative marketer, high-energy entrepreneur and guerrilla business development leader for world markets and industries.

Kimball is returning to her alma mater as the NMU College of Business’ executive in residence. Her talk will begin at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21, in the Erie Room of the University Center. RSVPs are accepted at… Read the rest

Upper Peninsula Children’s Museum U.P. 200 Family “Warm Up” Party

February 16, 2017

Upper Peninsula Children’s Museum

U.P. 200 Family “Warm Up” Party

Friday, February 17th

5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Come in to get ready for the big start of the U.P. 200!

There will be a slice of pizza and a cookie for $1.00, plus hot beverages and plenty of sled dog-themed activities.

Free with admission or membership.

Please call the museum with any questions 906-226-3911

Marnie Foucault

Director of 8-18 Media

Upper Peninsula Children’s Museum… Read the rest

The Marquette Regional History Center presents: Saturday at the Center: Sports Heroes – 2/18/17

February 16, 2017

Marquette, MIFebruary 16, 2017 – A great family event and just in time for Sled Dog Weekend! Learn about and even encounter some of our local sports figures who made history. View sports equipment from our museum collection and other memorabilia and listen to some great sports stories. Enjoy games and activities.  Join us from 11:00am – 2:00pm.

Meet special guest and local hockey hero – Sully – Jerry Sullivan, of the Marquette Iron Rangers and MTU Huskies NCAA All American.

Short sports stories program at 12:00pm. Wear your favorite team jersey and get a dollar off admission. Join us for the fun and view the special exhibit and main gallery exhibits. Fun for all ages and included with admission. Visit or call 906.226.3571 for more info.… Read the rest

Black History Month Presentations at NMU

February 15, 2017

Marquette, Michigan – Carter Wilson, head of Northern Michigan University’s Political Science Department, will present two public lectures as part of Black History Month. One will compare the impact of progressive and reactionary intellectual traditions on social inequity and racial oppression. The other will focus on race and the U.S. justice system.

Both presentations are scheduled from 5-6:30 p.m in 1322 Jamrich Hall on their respective dates.

“The Myth of American Exceptionalism” will be held Thursday, Feb. 16. Wilson argues that the progressive intellectual tradition led to improvements related to social inequality and racial oppression, whereas the reactionary tradition enabled and promoted social inequality and racial oppression.

“Is the U.S. Criminal Justice System Racist?” will be held on Thursday, Feb. 23. Wilson will review the scholarly literature on race and the justice system and let the audience reach its own conclusion.… Read the rest

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