Supreme Court Asked to Review Controversial Healthy Kids Dental Contract

March 29, 2018

Cliff Taylor, John Bursch join legal team to argue before state’s highest court

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, March 29, 2018

MQT., MICHIGAN – MCNA, a national provider of dental benefits, today filed an appeal with the Michigan Supreme Court seeking to reverse an appeals court decision dismissing a lawsuit against the state over the unlawful award of a $659 million Healthy Kids Dental contract to an unqualified bidder with political clout.

“We are taking this fight to the state’s highest court because the citizens of Michigan deserve a full accounting of how taxpayer dollars are being spent, and to shine a light on a deeply flawed and highly political bidding process that has undermined Michigan’s stated commitment to transparency and competitive bidding,” said Carlos Lacasa, Vice President and General Counsel of MCNA. “It is our hope that when Supreme Court Justices review the facts of this case, they’ll see the fatal flaws in the state’s procurement process, which favors political clout over experience and results.”

MCNA has added prominent lawyers Clifford Taylor and John Bursch to its legal team as it prepares to argue its case before the state Supreme Court.… Read the rest

April 8th Through April 14th is Severe Weather Awareness Week in Michigan

March 29, 2018


Marquette, Mich.03/29/2018– Despite winter’s grip lasting well into April this year, the warmth of spring and summer will eventually be making a return to Upper Michigan. With the arrival of the new seasons, come the threats from spring and summertime severe weather. As another severe weather season approaches, Governor Rick Snyder has declared April 8 – April 14, 2018, as Severe Weather Awareness Week in Michigan.

While the overall number of severe weather events were below average last year, severe thunderstorms, flash flooding, and tornadoes were still responsible for five deaths and over $220 million in damages across the state of Michigan. The biggest severe weather event for the U.P. occurred during the early morning hours of April 10th. A severe thunderstorm developed east of Iron River and raced northeastward towards Marquette producing large hail up to golf ball size and wind gusts approaching 90 mph.… Read the rest

National Register of Historic Places Historic District for the City of Negaunee

March 29, 2018

Marquette, Mich.March 29, 2018– The Department of Talent and Economic Development has approved funding for technical assistance to the City of Negaunee for the pursuit of a National Register of Historic Places Historic District Designation. Technical assistance will also include education for community members and city staff on historic preservation as a tool for economic development. In addition, the City of Negaunee will have the opportunity to work directly with a historic preservation professional who will assist the City with a strategic plan for its historic resources as a catalyst for future reinvestment within the downtown. Funds will derive through the Project Empire initiative with the total investment around $45 thousand dollars.

Jessica Flores of Preservation Forward, a historic preservation professional who specializes in the rehabilitation of the historic built environment, will facilitate this initiative on behalf of the City of Negaunee in order to achieve the City’s goal to have the downtown listed on the National Register of Historic Places.… Read the rest

NMU Among Top Furniture Design Schools

March 29, 2018

Marquette, MICH.03/29/2018–  Northern Michigan University ranks ninth among accredited U.S. colleges and universities with furniture design programs, according to The Art Career Project, a national online resource for art students and professionals.

The ranking methodology combines information from student data, published surveys and other data collected from government agencies, including the National Center for Education Statistics and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System.

To qualify for The Art Career Project’s rankings, a school program must be certified in good standing with its regional accrediting body. Schools are scored based on multiple metrics including tuition cost, graduation rate, transfer out rate and other factors. All eligible schools are scored and compared to create the “The Best Furniture Design Schools in the U.S. 2018” list. The complete Top 10 rankings can be found here.

The Art Career Project provides resources for career exploration, including profiles for hundreds of art careers, art jobs, scholarships, financial aid resources and professional development.… Read the rest

Model School Library Program 2018 nominations Due March 30th

March 29, 2018

Marquette, Mich.– The Model School Library program is now going into the 3rd year! Please consider nominating one of our great school libraries to be the 2018/2019 Model SL 21 School Library program!

This is an opportunity to promote quality K-12 school libraries and provide mentorship to other schools throughout the state. Libraries interested in serving as models for the school library community are welcome to nominate themselves. Each year, a school library program is highlighted as the Model SL 21 School Library Program of the Year by the Library of Michigan. The expectations for the selected school library is that the staff will meet with other school library staff and serve as a mentor during their term as the Model library to help promote and encourage quality K-12 school library programs across the state.

Nominations are accepted open now through the end of March at… Read the rest

Calendar – Holidays – Little Brothers, Friends of the Elderly Easter Dinners – Apr. 1

March 29, 2018

Houghton, Hancock, South Range, Tapiola, Mohawk, Calumet, Ontonagon, Baraga, Marquette – Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly will be hosting Easter Dinners for those 60 and older on April 1 at 9 locations in the U.P.

A delicious Ham dinner will be served for those elders that have no family and will be alone for the Holiday. They will also be preparing and delivery hot meals to seniors who will be alone and cannot attend the parties. If you would like to attend or have a hot meal delivered to your home, please call 482-6944.… Read the rest

Calendar – Films/Documentaries – Screening of Royal Ballet’s “The Rite of Spring/The Firebird” – Apr. 1

March 29, 2018

Marquette – The Northern Michigan University Music Department will host a screening of the Royal Ballet production of “The Rite of Spring/The Firebird” on Sunday, April 1 at 5 p.m. in Forest Roberts Theatre. The event is presented as part of the Siril Cinema Series.

The premiere of Stravinsky’s “The Rite of Spring” in 1913 was a defining moment in 20th century art. The piece challenged the era’s traditional music and prompted rioting in the audience. The original choreography was created by Vaslav Nijinsky. Over the last century, many versions of “The Rite of Spring” have been created. In 1962, Kenneth MacMillan created his own choreography for the Royal Ballet. His distinctive version explores elements of human concern: birth and death, sacrifice and renewal.

The event is free for NMU students, faculty and staff with an ID. Tickets are available to the general public for $10.… Read the rest