Storytime for Non-Movers (Babies) – April 3

March 31, 2018

Marquette, Mich. – Storytime for Non-Movers will be held on Tuesday, April 3 from 11 a.m. to 11:20 a.m. in the Community Room of the Peter White Public Library.

There will be songs, rhymes, stories and fingerplays for babies not yet mobile and able to move away from their loving adult. Older siblings are asked NOT to attend. Adult social time and play time will be held after story time.

The event is free. For more information call 226-4320, visit or find Peter White Public Library Youth Services on Facebook.… Read the rest

Marquette Senior High School AP Biology and AP Spanish Students and Teachers to Travel to San Juan, Puerto Rico for Service Learning Experience, March 31

March 30, 2018

Marquette, Mich.– Marquette Senior High School AP Biology and AP Spanish students and teachers (Patrick Reilly, Katelyn Jensen, and Wendy Hill Manson) will be traveling to San Juan, Puerto Rico and the surrounding area for a service learning experience.

They leave March 31st and return April 7th. There will be 40 students traveling to help with hurricane relief at an orphanage and a middle school. The students will also be experiencing the culture and beauty of the island.

The AP Spanish students will be staying in homes for a full immersion into the language and culture. The days are filled with many new educational experiences such as visiting a tropical rain forest, beach clean up, snorkeling, visiting the world’s largest single-aperture telescope (Arecibo Observatory), and touring the Governor’s home (La Foraleza). The students have been collecting helpful items that they will donate to the orphanage (games, toys) and the middle school (school supplies).… Read the rest

Blood Drive in Hancock – April 2

March 30, 2018

Hancock, Mich. – The U.P. Regional Blood Center, a service of UP Health System-Marquette will hold a blood drive on Monday, April 2 from noon to 3 p.m. in Finlandia Hall at Finlandia University in Hancock.

For an appointment, call Patrice Lompre at 906-487-6763. Walk-ins are welcome.… Read the rest

World Autism Awareness Day Presentation at NMU – April 2

March 30, 2018

Marquette, Mi. – Northern Michigan University will host a World Autism Awareness Day guest presentation on Monday, April 2 at 4 p.m. in Jamrich Hall room 1100 on the NMU campus.

Chaturi Edrisinha, associate professor of Human Development and Child Studies at Oakland University, will be addressing the challenges faced by college students with Autism Spectrum Disorder and ways to help them succeed.

An informal reception with light refreshments will be held prior to the event at 3 p.m. in front of Jamrich Hall room 1100. The public is encouraged to attend.… Read the rest

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

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