Negaunee Little League Opening Ceremonies May 19th and June 23rd

May 18, 2019

Negaunee, MI – Negaunee Little League will be having an Opening Ceremony for both Baseball and Softball at the Negaunee Twp Ball Field Complex on M-35 in Negaunee Twp.

Minor, Major and Junior Divisions will be held on May 19th, 2019 from 2 – 4:30 pm.
T-Ball and Developmental Divisions will be held on June 23rd, 2019 from 4 – 6:30 pm.

Activities to include First Pitch Thrown, Announcement of Players and Coaches as well as recognition of 2018 Sanction Teams and Parents Meeting. Games and Activities include an inflatable slide and obstacle course, a skills competition, yard games, a Home Run Derby, and more.

Complimentary hot dogs will be available for players.
Concession for spectators includes hot dogs, snow cones, cotton candy, chips and popcorn.

Attendance is greatly encouraged. Siblings are welcome and may take part in all activities except for skills competitions and home run derby.

MDDA Announces Façade Grant Awards

May 18, 2019

Marquette, MI – The Marquette Downtown Development Authority (MDDA) is pleased to announce the award of $323,000 in Downtown Façade Improvement Grant funds to ten property owners throughout the downtown district. The purpose of the grant program is to assist property owners in making impactful improvements to their exterior building façade. The MDDA received one-time grant funding in the amount of $300,000 through the Michigan Economic Development Corporation’s Façade Restoration Initiative pilot program. Marquette was one of three Michigan communities, selected from a pool of 52 applicants, to receive this grant funding. The grant award has allowed the MDDA to expand its local Downtown Façade Improvement Grant Program to fund this collection of projects that will significantly impact the economic growth and revitalization of the downtown district.

A total of twenty-six applications were received, representing nearly $700,000 in grant requests. Grants were scored competitively based on seventeen different factors including the scope and impact of the project. Selected projects are distributed throughout Downtown and Third Street, promoting pockets of rehabilitation which will enhance and renew their respective neighborhoods. “We are thrilled with the amount of interest in this program, which clearly demonstrates a high level of commitment on behalf of downtown property owners to invest in their properties and Downtown Marquette. We are excited to help bring these projects to fruition, to witness the transformation of these ten buildings, and to continue revitalization efforts in partnership with the property owners and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation,” said Rebecca Salmon, MDDA Assistant Director.

The following properties have been awarded Downtown Façade Improvement Grants:

Be Kind LLC: 601/603 N. Third St.
Breakers Roadhouse: 149 W. Baraga Ave.
Great Northern Title & Abstract, Inc.: 155 W. Baraga Ave.
Pemble Properties LLC: 329 W. Washington St.
The Preserve: 351 W. Washington St.
Superior Hearing Aid Center, Inc.: 515 W. Washington St.
Symbios LLC: 1209 N. Third St.
Third Base Bar: 726 N. Third St.
Third Street Bagel: 429 N. Third St.
Veridea Group LLC: 153 W. Washington St.

For more information on this information, contact Rebecca Salmon at 906-228-9475, email, or visit

Collapsed Building in Downtown Negaunee

May 18, 2019

Negaunee, MI – The City of Negaunee would like to inform its residents of an unsafe situation in the downtown area. During the evening hours of Thursday, May 16th, 2019, the roof collapsed on the Kirkwood Building (324 Iron Street).

After the collapse, the Negaunee Public Works Department barricaded the area in front and back of the building.  The barricading was provided by the City to warn residents and visitors of the hazardous location by keeping people away from the most dangerous area which is directly adjacent to the building.

Please be mindful of the potential danger that a building of this size presents.  At this time, it is unknown if or when further collapses may occur.  Therefore, please stay as far away from the building as possible at this time.  The City is looking into all options to ensure that the building is rendered safe as quickly as possible.

Further information will be released as it becomes available.

Mcbroom Invites Public Input At Natural Resources Committee Hearing

May 18, 2019

Baraga, MI – State Sen. Ed McBroom on Friday invited Upper Peninsula residents to participate in an upcoming hearing of the Senate Natural Resources Committee via remote teleconference on Wednesday, May 22nd at 8:30 am EDT.

The committee will discuss Senate Resolution 49, which urges opposition to the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community’s application to regulate water quality and air quality on the L’Anse Reservation.

Committee meeting details:

Wednesday, May 22nd at 8:30 am EDT

1300 Binsfeld Office Building

201 Townsend St.


Remote teleconference location:

Baraga County District Courtroom

16 N. 3rd St.


For more information, residents should call McBroom’s office at 517-373-7840 or email

MAPS Board Meeting May 20th

May 18, 2019

Marquette, MI – The Marquette Area Public Schools Board of Education will hold their regular meeting Monday, May 20th at 5:30 pm. See below for the full agenda.


Blueberry Festival Poster Contest Voting Begins on May 20th

May 18, 2019

Marquette, MI – Voting will open for the eighteenth annual Blueberry Festival poster contest on Monday, May 20th at 9:00 am, and will remain open through 11:45 pm on Friday, May 31st. This year, there are fourteen entrants vying for the chance to have their image chosen as the official poster for the 2019 Blueberry Festival, taking place on Friday, July 26th from 10 am to 7 pm in Downtown Marquette.

There are two ways to vote for your favorite entry. One vote may be cast in person at the Marquette Arts and Culture center in the lower level of the Peter White Public Library at 217 N. Front St., and on the MDDA website at Voting in-person and online is open to the public, with only one vote per email address via each method.

The winning image will chosen from a combination of online votes, in-person votes, and a panel of judges. The image will be produced on festival posters and merchandise, and the winning artist will receive $150 in gift certificates from downtown businesses, as well as 10 high-quality prints.

For more information on the eighteen annual Blueberry Festival poster contest, please contact Tara Laase-McKinney, Promotions and Events Coordinator, Marquette Downtown Development Authority, at (906) 228-9475 or

Marquette Area Public Schools Education Foundation Announces Awards For MAPS Graduates

May 18, 2019

Marquette, MI – The Marquette Area Public Schools Education Foundation (MAPSEF) Board is pleased to announce 151 graduating seniors of Marquette Senior High School and Marquette Alternative High School will receive awards from the Foundation this year. A total of $166,093 will be presented to students at a May 21st, 2019 ceremony in the Barb Crill Memorial Gymnasium at Marquette Senior High School beginning at 6:30 pm.

Linda Winslow, MAPSEF Board President said of the announcement, “The Education Foundation Board has made it a priority to present qualifying seniors with an award to help them achieve their goals following graduation from our district. With the generous support of the Marquette community, sound investing, and hard work of our board, 151 students will receive a minimum award of $500 on Tuesday evening.” MAPSEF acquires and endows funds for distribution in grants to MAPS staff and student projects, and awards to graduating seniors.

In support of the award program, eight new funds have been established with the Education Foundation this year. “We would especially like to thank the businesses and community members who partnered with the Foundation in establishing funds this year that will be awarded for the first time on Tuesday,” said Winslow.

The eight new funds are: Barb Crill Memorial Fund, Mick and Judy Vonck Family Fund, Scott and Jill White Family Fund, TriMedia Environmental and Engineering Services Fund, UP Diabetes Outreach Network Fund, Class of 2018 Fund, Graveraet Class of 1964 and Phil Niemisto Fund.

For more information on starting a scholarship or donating to an existing one, please visit the MAPSEF website at, or contact Lori Frak at 906-225-5324 or

Short’s Brewing & Imperial Beverage Team Up Again for Annual Psychedelic Cat Grass Release

May 18, 2019

Kalamazoo, MI – On Friday, May 17th, Short’s Brewing Co. and statewide beer, wine and spirits distributor Imperial Beverage will again team up for the release of Short’s Psychedelic Cat Grass, triple dry hopped IPA that will be packaged and delivered to retailers throughout Michigan in less than 24 hours.

“This one-of-a-kind release has grown in popularity over the last three years, and 2019 is shaping up to be the biggest release yet,” said Larry Cekola, Vice President of Sales at Imperial Beverage. “I want to thank the crew at Short’s and the more than 60 members of the Imperial Beverage team for putting in countless hours of prep time to ensure this event goes off without a hitch.”

This year, the same-day-delivery Psychedelic Cat Grass event has a renewed focus on Michigan with almost all product slated to stay in-state. Short’s will release the beer in other markets in very limited quantities. Also new this year: The beer will be exclusively sold in cans and on draft. In total, more than 1,700 cases of 6-pack, 12 oz. cans and 150 kegs of varying sizes will be delivered to over 900 retailers throughout Michigan.

Short’s will begin canning and kegging Psychedelic Cat Grass at 12:01 a.m. on May 17. The beer will then be loaded onto Imperial Beverage trucks and distributed throughout the lower and upper peninsulas.

“Typically, beer lovers have to travel to Bellaire for beer this fresh, but thanks to the creativity of Short’s team and the ingenuity of our team at Imperial Beverage we’ve found a way to get brewpub-fresh beer to bars, restaurants and retailers all over the state,” Cekola said. “At Imperial Beverage, we’re proud to work hand-in-glove with brewers big and small to help them succeed today and in the future.”

Psychedelic Cat Grass (7.6% ABV and 72 IBU) is a triple dry hopped American India Pale Ale first brewed for HopCat. Aromas of pineapple, mango and grapefruit accompany the brew’s slightly hazy, pale orange color and lasting white head. A dry finish is preceded by balanced flavors of tropical fruit and bitter hops.

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