Schuette Statement on Leaking Cables in Straits of Mackinac

April 5, 2018

Marquette, Mich.04/05/2018 – Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette today released the following statement regarding the discovery of leaking cables in the Straits of Mackinac:

“Stewardship of the Great Lakes is packed in the DNA of every single person in Michigan. The DEQ has made a good decision in requiring the company to address all issues with the remaining fluid in the cables under the Straits. The remaining American Transmission Co. cables should not be re-activated until there is a thorough and complete DEQ review of what caused the leakage of coolant into the Straits of Mackinac.”

MTU Jazz Band Special! April 6

April 5, 2018

Calumet, Mich.– On Friday, April 6th at 7 pm the historic Calumet Theatre welcomes the outstanding musicians of the MTU Jazz Lab Band! Director, Mike Irish has put together a spectacular evening of music with great selections for the band and has added several well-known local jazz musicians to perform, as well.

The evening begins with the Jazz Band performing. Then after intermission, the guest artists will each perform one song with the Band. The concert closes with EVERYONE on “Route 66”.

An unforgettable evening featuring the MTU Jazz Lab Band with Steve Jones, Gail English, Mike Christianson, Dan Fuhrmann and Patrick Booth.

This is a FREE concert for all. A free will donation is appreciated with all donations going to the Calumet Theatre to help with expenses.

25th Annual U.P. Boat, Sport, and RV Show! April 6-8th

April 5, 2018

Marquette, Mich.– The U.P.’s 25th Annual Boat, Sport, and RV Show is taking place this April 6-8th at the Superior Dome (1401 Presque Isle Avenue, Marquette, MI 49855). The largest array of recreational merchandise with the latest in boats, RVs, Campers, ATVs, and more will be laid out for the public to see!

  • Friday, April 6th         4 – 9 PM
  • Saturday April 7th    10 AM – 7 PM
  • Sunday April 8th       11 AM – 4 PM

The parking is free! Please follow the directions of the parking attendants and Public Safety officers.

  • General Admission        $4.50
  • Seniors (65+)                 $3.50
  • Children (6-12)              $3.50
  • Children under 6            Free

Exhibitor Information: Please call Dave if you have any questions concerning pricing, questions about the contract, or about the exhibit scheduling at (906) 202- 0899.

Contact Info:
Mailing Address
P.O. Box 39
AuTrain, MI  49806
(906) 202- 0899

NMU Center Promotes Financial Literacy

April 5, 2018

Marquette, Mich.4/5/2018– April is National Financial Literacy Month, designed to raise awareness about personal finance and the need to educate young people on related topics. Northern Michigan University’s Center for Economic Education and Entrepreneurship (CEEE) will coordinate on-campus events and is available to assist K-12 schools in coordinating educational activities. National statistics ranging from student debt load and loan default rates to lack of budgeting, saving or investing for retirement demonstrate the need for increased financial literacy. Most young adults receive little or no such education before they enter the workforce.

Here are some sobering statistics from various sources posted on the National Financial Educators Council website (

  • 57 percent of college graduates plan to move back in with their parents
  • 62 percent of college graduates expect to leave school with an average $27,236 in student debt
  • 76 percent of college students wish they had more help to prepare for their financial futures
  • 39 percent of American adults have zero non-retirement savings
  • Nearly half of workers had saved less than $50,000 for retirement, and 15 percent had not saved a single cent
  • More than half of adults (56 percent) do not have a budget

Money Smart Week, April 21-28, falls within Financial Literacy Month. Originally created by the Federal Reserve Bank in Chicago, it is now a nationwide public awareness campaign. Northern’s CEEE will participate by offering in-class presentations to college students addressing four personal finance topics: : budgeting, saving and investing, getting out of financial trouble and credit/credit cards. It will also present a Skill Builders workshop and workshops in some residence halls.

The final campus event will be a “Geocaching for College Cash” competition. Students can participate by scanning a QR code on posters, answering a couple of personal finance questions and providing demographic information to be entered into a national drawing for scholarships. There will also be NMU prizes for first through third place.

Northern’s CEEE is also encouraging area high school teachers to register their classes for a similar competition, a video game titled “Money Smart Cache!” The CEEE can help promote the activity and arrange complementary personal finance presentations from banks and credit unions.

A poster competition that addresses a particular economic concept is planned for elementary and middle school students. Students can submit their drawings with their contact information. Winning images will be featured on an online academic-year calendar that will be available to download and print.

For more information on participating in these activities, obtaining personal finance resources or getting ideas for other games and activities, contact the NMU Center for Economic Education and Entrepreneurship at, 227-1218 or

The full story can be found at

Schuette: OK2SAY Tips Reach Record Number for the Second Month in a Row

April 5, 2018

OK2SAY Presenters gave over 100 presentations reaching over 14,000 residents in March

Marquette, Mich.04/05/2018 – Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette today announced that his department’s OK2SAY school safety initiative had another record-breaking month. In March alone, OK2SAY received 980 tips topping last month’s record by more than 300. This brings the total number of tips received through OK2SAY to 12,879. Suicide threats remained one of the top reported tip categories, with 195, surpassed only by tips on bullying at 198. Planned School Attacks had 131 tips in March, making it the third most reported tip category.

“OK2SAY works, it stops violence and suicides before they occur. Now more than ever students need a place to turn and OK2SAY is that place,” said Schuette. “I want to thank the dedicated presenters we have at the Department of Attorney General who work tirelessly every day to share this program with students across Michigan. Without their hard work this program could not be this successful.”

One hundred and twenty-six OK2SAY presentations were given to 14,000-plus Michigan students in March. This brings total OK2SAY presentations to over 4,000 in under 4 years, reaching just over half a million Michigan residents. Presentations will continue in April with 38 presentations currently scheduled and more being added every day.

Schuette also noted that it is important that students take the tip line seriously.

“OK2SAY is helping get students the support they need before a situation turns into a tragedy. However, OK2SAY is for serious reports only and anyone who intentionally pranks the system will face consequences,” said Schuette.

In fact, the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan, Matthew Schneider, announced a new initiative to help combat the prank threats and teach students the potential legal consequences of their pranks.


OK2SAY is a student safety program that acts as an early warning system in Michigan schools to prevent tragedies before they occur. Launched by Schuette in 2014, the program encourages students to submit confidential tips to trained technicians regarding potential harm or threats 24/7.


  • In-school Programming: Thirty-one specialized OK2SAY presenters visit schools around the state to encourage students to step up, speak out, and report anything that threatens their safety or the safety of others.
  • Confidential Reporting: State law protects the confidentiality of the reporter’s identity. The identity of the reporting party will not be disclosed to local law enforcement, school officials, or the person about whom a tip is offered, unless the reporter voluntarily chooses to disclose his or her identity. If the reporter is a minor, the parent or guardian must also consent.
  • Comprehensive Technology: Anyone can confidentially submit tips 24/7 using any of the five tip methods detailed below. Multi-media attachments like photos, videos, and links to additional information are encouraged.
  • Coordinated Intervention: Upon receipt of a tip, specially trained OK2SAY technicians at the Michigan State Police screen and forward tips to an appropriate responding agency including: local law enforcement, schools, local community mental health organizations, or the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.
  • Accountability: Each responding organization is asked to complete an Outcome Report detailing the nature of the tip, how the tip was handled, and whether the tip situation was resolved or requires ongoing attention. This provides local entities an opportunity to illustrate that student safety threats are tracked and taken seriously.
  • The 2016 Annual Report details the types and numbers of tips handled throughout the year. The 2017 Annual Report will be released this spring. HOW TO SUBMIT AN OK2SAY TIP

OK2SAY encourages confidential tips on criminal activities or potential harm directed at students, school employees, and schools. Tips can be submitted through the following ways:

Call: 8-555-OK2SAY, 855-565-2729

Text: 652729 (OK2SAY)



OK2SAY Mobile App: Available for download in app stores for iPhone and Android.

100 Years, 100 Questions Trivia Night, April 11

April 5, 2018

Marquette, Mich.– The Marquette Regional History Center Presents: 100 Years, 100 Questions Trivia Night Wednesday, April 11, 6:30- 8 pm.

Sure to be an entertaining and hilariously competitive night! This is your chance to show off your knowledge of local history in a trivia night competition celebrating National Library Week and the Marquette Regional History Center’s 100th birthday. Bring a team of 4 or 5 and your own libations; snacks will be provided.

Teams can start registering today, by calling the MRHC at 906.226.3571 or stopping by the Museum. $5 per person for registrants. Win individual prizes!


Jon Wayne & Friends at the Ore Dock Brewing Company – April 7

April 5, 2018

Marquette, Mi.– Come to the Ore Dock Brewery and listen to Jon Wayne & Friends this Saturday, April 7th, at 9:00 p.m.

Jon Wayne & Friends have a cosmic-blend of electronic beats, fused with upbeat roots-reggae music and a psychedelic funk style.

$10 (General) $8 (Students) // 21+

Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser for Alfred Erickson American Legion – April 8

April 5, 2018

Hancock, Mich. – Alfred Erickson American Legion Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser will be held on Sunday, April 8 from noon to 4 p.m. at the American Legion, 1308 Quincy Street in Hancock.

Proceeds will support post and community activities.

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