Fresh Coast Film Festival – October 18-21

October 13, 2018

Marquette, MI – The Fresh Coast Film Festival is the first of its kind: a documentary film festival celebrating the outdoor lifestyle, water-rich environment and resilient spirit of the Great Lakes and Upper Midwest. The festival will gather the best in environmental and cultural filmmaking from around the world while creating a venue for, and building a culture of, Great Lakes storytelling.


October 13, 2018

Marquette, MIOctober 13, 2018 – Teaching Family Homes of Upper Michigan is hosting Hallo-palooza! on Saturday, October 13th from 1-4 pm! Come one and all for an afternoon of fun! Hallo-palooza is free, with a suggested donation of $5. We will have bounce houses, face painting, pumpkin painting, and games for all ages to play for candy! Not to mention, there is a 300 ft. zip line for only $5 per person! Costumes are encouraged, however not required. Hallo-palooza will be located on the Teaching Family Homes Campus at 1000 Silver Creek Road, Marquette. We hope to see you there!!

City of Negaunee Proposed Property Maintenance Code Public Hearing October 15

October 13, 2018

Negaunee, MIOctober 13, 2018 – The Special Advisory Committee on Blight Resolution is announcing to the general public of the City of Negaunee and interested parties, that a public hearing on the proposed property maintenance code for the City of Negaunee will be held on Monday, October 15, 2018 at 6:00PM. The meeting will take place at the Negaunee Senior Center located at 410 Jackson St., Negaunee, MI.

The committee will interview scheduled guest speakers on the issue of blight. The public is encouraged to attend and will be afforded time to speak on both the proposed property maintenance code and bight. A copy of the proposed property maintenance code can be viewed online or at the Negaunee Public Library.

Notice: This proposed code is subject to change by the Special Advisory Committee on Blight Resolution and/or City Council before final adoption.

Questions concerning this release may be directed to the attention of the City Manger, Nate Heffron at (906) 475-7700 ext. 11.

City of Negaunee Capital Improvements Plan 2018

October 13, 2018

Negaunee, MIOctober 13, 2018 – Negaunee City Manager Nate Heffron is pleased to announce that the City Council, at a special meeting held on October 4, 2018, accepted its first ever Capital Improvements Plan (CIP). A CIP is a planning document that helps to guide local communities undertaking capital investments. These investments range from major equipment purchases, such as a snowplow, to the construction of a new building. A CIP is authorized and required under the Michigan Planning and Enabling Act. A CIP is community-based, meaning not every CIP is equal, but lends itself directly to what a community needs are. A copy of this document can be viewed online or at the Negaunee Public Library.

According to Heffron “This document helps us plan for our future. As new council members are elected, we can lose touch on what is really needed. We also haven’t looked to the community for their input on these matters, now we will.”

The CIP is a flexible living document; intended to be updated during summer of each year ahead of the budget process; incorporating new improvements and more details on costs and funding as that information becomes available. As the community adapts to changing circumstances and new policy directions, the CIP is intended to adapt along with it. “Saving for future projects and prioritizing these projects is extremely important, we must reinvest our infrastructure in an intelligent way,” Heffron said.

The three major areas that this CIP will focus on include, economic development, following through on existing plans, and infrastructure investment. “For almost every capital improvement, job growth, retention, and attraction should be on our minds to improve our economy.” Heffron said. Heffron also noted that there have been many plans throughout the years that have been put together by the city and different groups, in some cases many have gone nowhere. According to Heffron, “this is due to lack of follow-through, no funding, and competing agendas; a CIP will add focus for everyone now and the future.” The CIP also noted that repairs to aging infrastructure such as streets and sidewalks where a major priority of residents. “We know that some of our streets are bad, we’ve known for a while. My intentions are to use the street millage, grants, and other creative ways to maintain and repave our streets. We must be smart in doing this, coupling with sewer and water projects,” Heffron stated.

In addition to helping add direction to the city’s future capital investments, another major hurdle will be out of the way as it pertains to becoming a Redevelopment Ready Community (RRC). According to the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) website ( the Redevelopment Ready Community program “measures and then certifies communities that integrate transparency, predictability and efficiency into their daily development practices. The RRC certification is a formal recognition that your community has a vision for the future—and the fundamental practices in place to get there.”According to Heffron, becoming RRC certified, Negaunee will be eligible for technical assistance through MEDC and possible receive more priority on grants.

Negaunee’s CIP was put together with help from Central Upper Peninsula Planning and Development (CUPPAD). “This was our first CIP that we put together using a new program. We felt that the process worked out well and that we will be looking to use Negaunee’s CIP as a model for other communities that we are currently working with.” Ryan Soucy, Community Planner of CUPPAD said.

The city expresses its thanks to the CUPPAD for their help in this major development. In addition, the city thanks the residents of Negaunee for their input and looks forward to engage them next year during the 2019 CIP process.

Questions concerning this release may be directed to the attention of the City Manger, Nate Heffron at (906) 475-7700 ext. 11, or Ryan Soucy at 906-786-9234.

Ishpeming City Council Special Meeting October 16

October 13, 2018

Ishpeming, MIOctober 13, 2018 – Ishpeming City Council will hold a special Meeting. Details below.

Ishpeming City Council Special Meeting
Tuesday, October 16, 2018 at 10:00am
Ishpeming City Hall

Agenda Items
Proposed 2019 Budget Workshop
SAW Grant – Tunnel Vision Invoice

Ethnic Folk Dance October 16

October 13, 2018

Marquette, MIOctober 13, 2018 – The Beaumier U.P. Heritage Center and NMU International Dancers will hold a free Ethnic Folk Dance at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16, at DanceZone. The event will feature ethnic dances from various groups represented in the Upper Peninsula, including French, Italian, Slovenian, Finnish, Swedish, Irish and more. Music will be performed by the Copper Country’s Thimbleberry Band. The dance is being held in conjunction with the current Beaumier Center exhibition, “The Immigration Experience.”

Marge Sklar, DanceZone instructor and coach of the NMU International Dancers, will lead the lessons. The NMU International Dancers is a group of NMU students, alumni, faculty and Marquette area residents who enjoy learning about different cultures through music and dance. The group is open to dancers of all ages.

The Gourdian Society Meditation Classes

October 13, 2018

Marquette, MIOctober 13, 2018 – The Gourdian Society, a Northern Michigan University student organization, is hosting meditation classes at 5 p.m. Tuesdays at the Whitman Hall Commons. Sessions are free and open to the public. The group plans to meet every Tuesday, except over NMU breaks.

The Gourdian Society’s purpose is to teach the benefits and practice of meditation through the use of outside resources and materials. It also establishes discussion-based learning, examples and practice during meetings.

Email for more information.

Fresh Coast Film Festival Literacy Night

October 13, 2018

Marquette, MIOctober 13, 2018 – A night of fun activities with books, crafts and every child leaves with a new book. FREE ADMISSION FOR ALL. Great for families with toddlers and early elementary aged children.

Thursday, October 18, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m

Upper Peninsula Children’s Museum

123 W Baraga St


Sponsored by Literacy Legacy Fund of Michigan


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