December Grouse Season Offers Chance To Expand Hunting Horizons

December 12, 2017

Michigan Department of Natural Resources

With Michigan’s most popular hunting season – firearm deer – now put to bed, some hunters might not be ready to call it a day just yet.

The December ruffed grouse season, Dec. 1 to Jan. 1, offers an entirely different hunting experience for deer hunters who just can’t stay still, are always second-guessing the blind they chose or just want to get a few more miles out of their base license.

dog sitting in snowy field next to pair of snowshoesThe base license – which all Michigan hunters already have, as it’s required to purchase other hunting licenses – is the only license needed to hunt ruffed grouse.

“I go because I’m crazy, I guess,” said Michigan Ruffed Grouse Society member Aaron VanderWall. “I would religiously go out on New Year’s Day, despite conditions, in hope of killing what would be both the last grouse of the season and the first grouse of the next year.”

Deer hunters who have never tried bird hunting might consider calling that friend or family member who’s always talking about his hunting dog, suggested Al Stewart, Michigan Department of Natural Resources upland game bird specialist.… Read the rest

Forest Roberts Theater Presents ‘Scrooge’ Musical December 14th, 16th, and 17th

December 12, 2017

Marquette, MI – Northern Michigan University’s Forest Roberts Theatre will ring in the holiday season with its long-standing traditional production of Scrooge, a musical retelling of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Performances will be held Thursday, Dec. 14-Saturday, Dec. 16, at 7:30 p.m. with 1 p.m. matinee performances Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 17.

Leslie Bricusse’s Scrooge follows the journey of a bitter old miser and his discovery of the true meaning of Christmas, with the help of strange ghosts and well-spirited people.

Director and alumna Denise Clark intermittently directed FRT productions of Scrooge over the past 22 years.

“Dickens was one of the first authors who wrote about people who were not kings or giants of industry; he wrote about the poor,” said Clark. “He shared stories about people who needed help, food, shelter, warmth and compassion. The cast and our production team are focusing on Dickens’ story.… Read the rest

New Year’s Day Open House-100 Years! Marquette Regional History Center Monday January 1

December 11, 2017

New Year’s Day Open House-100 Years!
Monday January 1, 2018

MARQUETTE – Join us for the kick off to a year of birthday celebrations! This free day to the museum is brought to you by UPHP and features special exhibits, interesting artifacts, historical role players, music by Who Dat Brass and refreshments. Between the Rose Parade and the football games, come discover the fascinating stories that make up our history. Free! Call 906.226.3571 for more info.… Read the rest

NAMI Support Meeting December 11

December 10, 2017

Marquette, MI – The National Alliance on Mental Illness-Alger/Marquette offers confidential support groups and educational meetings for individuals living with mental illness, and friends or families living with an individual with mental illness.

A support group will gather Monday, December 11 at 7:00pm in the Baraga Place Conference Room, 129 West Baraga Avenue, Marquette. For more information call 906-360-7107, or visit

In case of bad weather, if NMU cancels evening classes, the NAMI meeting will also be cancelled.… Read the rest

Blue Christmas Service December 10th

December 9, 2017

Marquette, Mich. – For many people, the approaching Christmas holiday does not bring with it joy and happiness.

For those struggling with loneliness and grief during the holiday season, Messiah Lutheran Church will hold a “Blue Christmas” service Sunday December 10 at 3 p.m.

A service of healing and hope, the scripture, music and meditations focus on the comfort God offers during dark times. Following the service there will be time for light refreshments and fellowship. Messiah is located at 305 W. Magnetic St. in Marquette. For more information call 225-1119.… Read the rest

Roast of Bill Digneit Raised $5,400.00 Last Thursday

December 8, 2017

Marquette, Michigan – Photo of the Roast of Bill Digneit last Thursday.

The organization successfully raised over $5,400. The highlight of the night was a surprise performance by NMU Theatre. Local thespians did a rendition of ‘Hamilton’ with alternative lyrics, making fun of Bill’s raise to Marquette stardom. “In Marquette you can be a new man.”

Bill was adequately grilled, and embarrassed the whole time by friends, and prominent local people supporting the Beacon House cause. It was perfect.

[From Left to Right: William Digneit, Shelley Russell, Paul Truckey, Brady Skewis, Hanna Numinen, and Devin Murphy]

[From Left to Right: William Digneit, Shelley Russell, Paul Truckey, Brady Skewis, Hanna Numinen, and Devin Murphy]

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West Nile Virus Found In Michigan Ruffed Grouse

December 5, 2017

No evidence of human infection from eating properly cooked game

For the first time, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources recently confirmed the presence of West Nile Virus in the state’s ruffed grouse population.

Two grouse submitted to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Disease Lab in Lansing for testing for West Nile Virus. Five birds collected from August through October, including two found dead and three that were shot by hunters, were submitted for testing to the DNR’s Wildlife Disease Laboratory in Lansing, where the confirmation of West Nile Virus was made.

West Nile Virus is primarily transmitted to humans through the bite of infected mosquitoes. Most people infected with the virus do not show symptoms.

There is no evidence of human infection from eating properly cooked game that has been infected with West Nile Virus. As a general precaution, wild game meat should be cooked thoroughly, to an internal temperature of 170-180 degrees. Hunters should wear gloves when handling or cleaning game.… Read the rest

Trout Unlimited Monthly Meeting 12/6

December 5, 2017

Marquette, Michigan – The Fred Waara Chapter of Trout Unlimited will hold its monthly board meeting Wednesday, December 6 at 6:30pm in the Board Room at The Landmark Inn, Marquette.

All who are interested in cold water fisheries and conservation are invited to attend.… Read the rest

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