NRC members to field questions live on ‘Ask the DNR’ Thursday on WNMU-TV13 – 4/20/17

April 19, 2017

Marquette, MIApril 19, 2017 – The Upper Peninsula’s two representatives serving on the Michigan Natural Resources Commission will answer viewer questions live Thursday night on “Ask the DNR,” broadcast on WNMU-TV13.

NRC Chairman John Matonich of Bessemer and Commissioner J.R. Richardson of Ontonagon will be available for the full hour-long program, which will air live at 8 p.m. EDT, Thursday April 20.

The program will be repeated at noon April 21 and available later online.

The NRC is a 7-member panel appointed by the governor as the rule-making body for the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

“This is a fantastic opportunity,” said John Pepin, DNR deputy public information officer. “Viewers will be able to find out what they want to know directly from the region’s representatives making decisions on all types of important natural resource issues in Michigan.”

The NRC has the exclusive authority to regulate the taking of game and sportfish, and is authorized to designate game species and the establishment of the first open season for animals.

George Madison, DNR fisheries manager for the Western Lake Superior Management Unit, and Sgt. Marc Pomroy, who supervises conservation officers in Dickinson, Iron and Gogebic counties, will round out the panel participants.

The group will likely field questions about spring-related recreation activities, including the April 29 trout season opener and boating and off-road vehicle rules, though the discussion is typically wide-ranging, based on viewer questions.

Prior to the program, questions for “Ask the DNR” can be emailed to John Pepin at Emailed questions should be received by 2 p.m. April 20 to be included on the show.

To phone questions in during the live telecast, call 1-800-227-9668.

The telecast is being sponsored by the South Shore Fishing Association.

Find out more about the Michigan Natural Resources Commission at

“Ask the DNR” is produced five times each year in October, November, December, April and May. Previous episodes may be viewed online at:

Calendar – Music – Battle of the Bands at NMU – Apr. 22

April 19, 2017

Marquette – The first Battle of the Bands will be held on Saturday, April 22 at 7:30 p.m. at the Forest Roberts Theatre on the campus of Northern Michigan University.

Seven Upper Peninsula bands will compete for a cash prize. The bands competing are Now Society Fails, The Portraits, White Knuckle Slave, Heel Click, Unhushed Grace, Our Last Vision, and Lumi. In addition to watching the performances, attendees can purchase raffle tickets for items including gift certificates and a $500 scholarship. All items have been donated by local businesses.

Students enrolled in the entertainment technology class are using the event as an applied service project. Forest Roberts Theatre and Double Trouble Entertainment are producing the event as a way to promote and showcase regional music.

For more information, contact David Pierce at 227-2084 or

Calendar – Bazaars and Craft Sales – St. Peter Cathedral Annual Spring Bazaar and Luncheon – Apr. 22

April 19, 2017

Marquette – The St. Peter Cathedral Annual Spring Bazaar and Luncheon will be held on Saturday, April 22 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the church hall, 311 W. Baraga Avenue in Marquette.

There will be white elephant tables, baked goods, a silent auction, vintage and contemporary jewelry and local vendors. The soup, salad and dessert luncheon is $6 and begins at 10:30 a.m.

Calendar – Music – Munising Vanguard Singers Spring Sing Concert – Apr. 22

April 19, 2017

Munising – The Munising Vanguard Singers will be performing their Spring Sing concert on Saturday, April 22 at 7 p.m. at the American Legion in Munising.

The Gospel Guys will also be present sharing their special music. Please join the Vanguards in this fellowship of song.

Calendar – Theater – Superior Arts Youth Theater Intensive Technical Theater Workshops – Apr. 22-23

April 19, 2017

Marquette – Superior Arts Youth Theater will host intensive technical theater workshops for youth ages 11 to 18 interested in designing lighting, sound, or properties for their upcoming production of Kids
Sing Broadway. The workshops will take place on Saturday, April 22 and Sunday, April 23 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day in the Black Box Theater at Northern Michigan University. There will be a supervised lunch break from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. both days.

Registrants are able to choose one of the following intensive workshops: Sound Lab, Lighting Lab, and Scenic Art Lab. Youth registered in a workshop will be given the opportunity to design for Superior Arts Youth Theater’s production of Kids Sing Broadway, which will run May 11 though 13.

The registration cost for the intensive workshop is $50. Register online at

Calendar – Benefits/Fundraisers – Spring Bake Sale and Luncheon at Laestadian Lutheran Church – Apr. 22

April 19, 2017

Ishpeming – “A Taste of Scandinavia” Spring Bake Sale and Luncheon will be held on Saturday, April 22 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Laestadian Lutheran Church, 567 Washington Street in the Industrial Park in Ishpeming.

There will be cardamom and homemade breads, prune tarts, baked goods and crafts. Luncheon includes homemade wild rice soup and fresh baked pies.

Calendar – Community – Earth Day “March for Science” – Apr. 22

April 19, 2017

Marquette – The NMU American Indian Science and Engineering Society, along with Gamma Theta Upsilon and the Geographical Honor Society, will hold an Earth Day March for Science on Saturday, April 22 in Marquette.

The march will begin at 10 a.m. from the Berry Events Center and proceed down 3rd Street, ending with a rally in front of the Post Office on the corner of 3rd and Washington Streets. The event will be a celebration of science, and a call to recognize the important role that science plays in all of our lives.

This is a community, family-friendly event. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend, and to share the reasons that science is important to them. For more information, find “March for Science-Marquette” on Facebook or contact Nathan Frischkorn by email at or by phone at 906-251-0113.

Calendar – Groups – Fred Waara Chapter of Trout Unlimited 30th Annual Banquet – Apr. 22

April 19, 2017

Marquette – The Fred Waara Chapter of Trout Unlimited will host their 30th annual Trout Unlimited Banquet on Saturday, April 22 beginning at 6 p.m. in the Great Lakes Room of the University Center at Northern Michigan University.

The evening will be jam-packed with both silent and live auctions, a 50/50 raffle and a card raffle, and the ever-popular Bucket Draws. Prizes this year include guided fishing trips, select vintage wines, original artwork from local and nationally-recognized artists, a wide range of premium fishing gear, kitchen wares and jewelry.

All proceeds from the Trout Unlimited Banquet go towards the Upper Peninsula’s “Salmon in the Classroom” program, the Escanaba River Association Watershed Partnership, youth and adult fly tying lessons, kids’ trout fishing camp, as well as cold water conservation projects

Individual tickets are $45 and student admission is $25. Gold tables for 6 or 8 are a great value at $75 per person, which includes premium raffle and bucket raffle tickets. To reserve your place at the banquet, or to request further information about FWCTU, Doug Miller at 906-360-4343, or

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