City Notes

Dear Reader,

As the month of May brings the smell of freshly fallen rain and the beautiful sight of blooming flowers, we at Marquette Monthly enjoy the change of season with heavy hearts.

We were sad to learn of the passing of Mary Kinnunen, founding publisher of Marquette Monthly. Mary’s hard work and dedication early on enabled Pat Ryan O’Day to continue to build the magazine into the amazing publication we know and love today. We hope both women are smiling down on us and are proud of each and every issue we create for you, Dear Reader.

We also lost renowned author Jim Harrison in April, a man whose love of the rugged outdoors permeated his vast collection of work. You will find a heartfelt tribute to him written by two authors who called him friend.

Also in the pages of this May edition, you’ll find articles on how a grant is helping the Marquette City Arts and Culture Center offer art classes to the public, profiles on an iconic local DJ and a man breaking new ground in neuro-technology, along with a plethora of other great content.

We hope you find the pages of  this edition of Marquette Monthly informative, interesting and uplifting. As always, it was a privilege putting them together for you.

— Jackie Stark

managing editor

Dear Editor,

Some popular Public Radio 90 programs may be at risk of disappearing unless more listeners contribute toward the cost of airing them.

There’s a reason why only 10 percent of public radio stations the size of WNMU are able to air the NPR flagship programs Morning Edition and All Things Considered as well as A Prairie Home Companion…they’re expensive! And without the financial support to pay for them, stations simply aren’t able to provide all these programs to their listeners. WNMU-FM, Public Radio 90 is facing a very similar circumstance.

Up until 2003 state and federal funding paid more than 80 percent of the annual cost to operate WNMU-FM. However, in the midst of the last recession, Michigan was impelled to dramatically reduce funding to all state colleges and universities. This also impacted Public Radio 90’s funding by nearly $400,000 a year. Morning Edition, All Things Considered and A Prairie Home Companion were added to our on-air schedule during a time when funding was $390,000 more per year. When that was eliminated we were optimistic that with a combination of cost-cutting measures and increased listener contributions we could sustain our schedule of award-winning national programs as well as our locally produced shows. We kept those programs on-the-air and instead reduced other costs such as staff, outreach activities and special events, and printing and mailing of our monthly Preview program guide. Even though both membership and contributions did increase, they have not been able to keep up with rising operational and program costs.

We need to better align our program schedule according to the local support we currently receive instead of what “used to be.” As costs continue to outpace listener contributions, we’re now faced with the possibility of losing our American Public Media programs which include A Prairie Home Companion, Splendid Table, Marketplace Money and Writer’s Almanac, which cost WNMU-FM $30,000 a year to broadcast. It’s going to take more than increasing donations from our current contributors. Without more listeners pitching in every year we simply cannot afford to continue airing these programs.

If you are already a supporting member of WNMU, Public Radio 90, thank you for doing your part to keep these terrific programs on the air. If you aren’t pitching in, and you want to continue listening to these and all the other programs you enjoy on WNMU, Public Radio 90, it’s up to you to step in and help us pay for them. Your check today sent to Public Radio 90, Northern Michigan University, Marquette, Michigan 49855 or your gift online at WNMUFM.ORG will make a big difference in our ability to continue bringing you the programs you enjoy and value.

With much thanks.

— Evelyn Massaro

station manager

Dear Editor,

Marquette is often recognized as a great place to call home. For people choosing to move to the greater Marquette area, the educational opportunities are frequently a key consideration. The Marquette Area Public Schools has had its challenges, but today, with community support, astute management, an outstanding faculty and staff, it continues to be a major cornerstone of our community.

The upcoming bond proposal, while extending our current school tax, is not an increase over what we currently pay. The majority of the funds will be used to increase capacity for incoming elementary grade students, as well as supporting athletics, special need students, the arts and technology.

As members of the L.G. Kaufman Foundation, which is dedicated to the welfare and betterment of the children of the Marquette area we feel that a “yes” vote on May 3 will have a positive effect on our students, teachers and community.

Thank you for your consideration.

— Peter and Audrey Kaufman

Marquette City Band to host concert

The Marquette City Band, under the direction of Dr. Stephen Grugin, will present  “Something New – Something Blue” at 7:30 p.m. April 28, at Kaufman Auditorium in Marquette.

Although the band has given concerts for over a century in a variety of Marquette area locations, this will be the first time the band has ever played at Kaufman Auditorium, Marquette’s largest music performance venue. Admission is free, as is the tradition of the Marquette City Band, but donations are encouraged. Further information is available online at along with the group’s Facebook page, which can be found at

Vista announces 2016 opener

The Historic Vista Theater and the Peninsula Arts Appreciation Council will open their 2016 season with the Marquette County premiere of the Clear & Cold Cinema production The Michigan Ice Film at the Historic Vista Theater in Negaunee, May 6, 7 and 8.

Shot and produced in 2015, The Michigan Ice Film explores ice climbing near Munising from it’s infancy to today. Along with spectacular shots of ice formations throughout the area and stunning views and perspectives not oft seen by everyone, the film also captures the aspects of U.P. culture that help make it shine amongst other rural locales.

The film will screen at 6 p.m. May 6 followed by a Question & Answer session with Director Aaron Peterson, and it will cap off with a set from Marquette’s Nauticore (Heavy Folk) masters The Chanteymen. This opening, one-time event, will have a special price of $8. For a full list of screening times, call 475-7188 or email Visit for movie information.

Pollinator plantings to begin

The Superior Watershed Partnership and the Hiawatha National Forest are beginning preparations for summer 2016 native pollinator plantings in the Hiawatha National Forest. Volunteer events will be held in April and May at the Borealis Seed Company nursery in Big Bay (address: 140 CR 550) and will include soil preparation and seeding. Event dates are April 27, May 2, May 4 and May 11. All events will take place from 10 a.m. to 2:30 pm and will include a potluck lunch. Carpooling from Marquette may be an option. For more information, contact HNF’s Deb LeBlanc at 387-2512 or SWP’s Abbie Debiak at 228-6095.

Forum on repurposing of Marquette hospital set

A public forum is slated for May 2 which will focus on repurposing the current UP Health System-Marquette campus facilities. The forum will begin at 7 p.m. in the UPHS-Marquette Conference Center, located on the third floor of the hospital’s College Avenue East Entrance. Currently, there are no plans in place to repurpose the existing campus, which consists of several buildings with construction dates ranging from 1915 to 2006. Groundbreaking on the new $300 million hospital and medical office building facilities, to be located along Baraga Avenue, is expected to occur in late May with completion slated to take place in the third quarter of 2018.

SHF focusing grant on

pediatric obesity

The Superior Health Foundation’s 2016 proactive grant focus will be on childhood obesity. The foundation is seeking information on organizations with the capacity and vision to make an impact on improving childhood obesity awareness and/or services throughout the U.P., with plans to award roughly $250,000 to an organization or a collaborative group of organizations for innovative approaches to addressing pediatric obesity. After the requests for information are received, the foundation will hold a roundtable to target the request for proposal for the grant award. In order to be eligible to respond to the RFP for the grant award, an organization must first respond to the RFI by 4 p.m. May 13. Applications can be found online at or by stopping at the SHF office located at 121 N. Front Street in Marquette.

Diabetes workshop set

A six-week diabetes self-management workshop will be offered in Humboldt Township Hall in Champion from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Thursdays from May 5 to June 9. The Diabetes–PATH (Personal Action Towards Health) workshop is designed to provide the skills and tools needed by people living with Type 2 diabetes to improve their health and manage their symptoms. Two trained leaders conduct the UPCAP-administered workshop, one or both of whom also live with diabetes. Subjects covered include symptoms of diabetes, stress, managing fatigue and emotional problems, exercise, healthy eating, medications and working with health care providers. Class sizes are limited and pre registration is required. Family and caregivers may attend. Call 1-800-338-7227 or dial 2-1-1 to register.  Visit for more information.

UPAWS’ booth open at Westwood Mall

The Upper Peninsula Animal Welfare Shelter opened its booth in April and will continue through May, Thursdays through Saturdays, from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Volunteers will be on hand and visitors can shop new pet-themed T-shirts and jewelry. Many other items for sale feature the UPAWS logo (shirts, totes, blankets). The popular catnip pillows are available again for deserving feline family members. The booth also has entry forms for the shelter’s annual pet photo calendar contest. UPAWS’ booth is located near Jandron’s II & the Hallmark store. For more information, call the shelter at 475-6661 or visit the pets at the shelter, located at 84 Snowfield Road, Negaunee Township, every day from noon to 4 p.m., Thursdays until 6:30 p.m.

Rotary to distribute funds

The Marquette West Rotary Foundation is once again preparing to distribute funds to Marquette area agencies and organizations whose activities will directly benefit children and youth, the elderly, the disabled, the poor and those in extreme need. Those agencies wishing to submit an application to the foundation may do so by visiting the rotary’s website online at

Applications must be submitted by April 30. Emails are preferred at, but applications can be mailed to P.O. Box 383, Marquette, MI 49855.

Marquette seeking Art Week street performers

Set for June 19 through 25, Art Week is a celebration of the visual and performing arts. The City of Marquette will have featured spots for street performances available to artists of all disciplines: visual artists, musicians, poets, actors, dancers, comedians, fortune-tellers, hula-hoopers, clowns and more. To register as an Art Week performer or for more information, email or call the City of Marquette Arts and Culture Center at 228-0472.

Nominations sought for

outstanding volunteers

The Great Lakes Center for Youth Development is accepting nominations through June 1 for the 2016 U.P. Service Awards. Community members can nominate youth, adults or seniors to win individual volunteer awards, for-profit business owners who have gone “above and beyond” to help their communities and a program that drives volunteer activity. Visit for more information or to make a nomination.

Visitor restrictions lifted at area hospitals

Visitor restrictions that had been in place since early March have been lifted at UP Health System-Marquette and UP Health System-Bell. The visitor restrictions were due to the high numbers of respiratory illness and influenza in the area. According to UPHS, the worst of the influenza season has passed, so regular visiting hours and visitor criteria are now back in place.

Calumet Art Center seeks donations

Intending to construct a barrier-free side entrance to the Calumet Art Center, the center is seeking donations to get work finished on the project. Currently the front entrance has two levels of stairs, making it difficult for those with limited ability to gain easy access. Entrances to the second floor performance hall also have very steep stairs. Construction is scheduled to begin in the spring and funds are needed to see it through to completion. The renovation will include a new pathway, ramp and entrance alongside the Heritage Rose Garden.

Guided hike at Little Garlic River

Mac Strand, NMU professor of biology, will lead a guided hike of the Elliott Donnelley Wilderness Trail May 7, helping participants understand groundwater interactions and the importance of unnamed tributaries to the health of the Little Garlic River. Also along for the hike scheduled to take place from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., will be Jeff Knoop of The Nature Conservancy to discuss the conservancy’s work to protect the area. A $10 participation fee will benefit the work of Save the Wild U.P.

Hope Starts Here Challenge set for May 7

The 11th annual River Valley Bank Hope Starts Here Challenge is slated to take place May 7. Proceeds to support and promote awareness of the Upper Michigan Brain Tumor Center, a collaborative effort between Marquette General Hospital and Northern Michigan University. The event will include a half marathon, duathlon, 10K, 5K and a noncompetitive leisure walk. Visit to register.

Civil War discussed at PWPL

Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War members Professor James Strain and historian Thomas Spencer will talk about the military, the importance of the music of the period and what a soldier’s life was like during the American Civil War, at 7 p.m., May 12, in the Peter White Public Library Community Room. No admission will be charged but donations to the SUVCW are welcome.

Free skin screening offered

UP Health System is offering free skin cancer screenings throughout the Upper Peninsula. Dr. Milton Soderberg, board-certified dermatologist, will offer brief examinations by appointment of unusual moles or lesions for signs of cancer  from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  May 14. in Suite 332 of Peninsula Medical Center on Fair Ave. in Marquette. He will offer the same service in Escanaba from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 4 at Doctor’s Park. For an appointment, call 844-411-UPHS. Soderberg conducted similar screenings in Hancock April 23.

MSO announces new board members

The Marquette Symphony Orchestra has added three new members to its Board of Trustees: Reed Benton, Katherine Larson and Matthew Ludwig,

Benton, a Marquette native, earned a degree in Hotel Restaurant Management from Eastern Michigan University in 2008, then worked in various management positions within the Marriott and Hilton chains. In 2012 he returned to Marquette to open and operate the Hampton Inn Marquette Waterfront. He is a member of the boards of the Marquette County Convention and Visitors Bureau and Marquette Breakfast Rotary.

After careers in law and teaching, Larson is now a freelance writer and editor, including a regular contributor to Marquette Monthly. Formerly a partner in a Cleveland law firm and adjunct professor of law, she taught mathematics in Cleveland, San Diego and Columbus before moving to Marquette to focus on writing. She sings with the Marquette Choral Society.

Ludwig is chairman of the Department of fine arts at Marquette Senior High School, where he is director of bands, and also teaches music at Northern Michigan University. He is a charter member of the MSO, for which he plays trumpet and has served as guest conductor. As a teacher,  Ludwig has received numerous awards, including recognition as a Milken National Educator in 2001, as MSBOA District 14 Teacher of the Year in 2002, and honorable mention as a Northwestern University Influential Secondary Educator in 2013. He has served as an adjudicator and as a clinician throughout the United States.

The MSO’s spring concert, its last of the season, begins at 7:30 p.m. May 7, at Kaufman Auditorium in Marquette. It will feature works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Carl Maria von Weber and Franz Schubert.

‘No Child Wet Behind’ event set for May 21

The first annual No Child Wet Behind 5k, 1-mile Family Fun Run and Diaper Drive will begin at 10 a.m. May 21 in Mattson Lower Harbor Park in Marquette.

No Child Wet Behind is a national grassroots movement founded to provide support to local families by providing diapers for babies and children. All larger diapers will be donated to the Women’s Center in Marquette. Smaller diapers will be donated to the Marquette County Health Department.

Diapers can be dropped off through May 18 at the following locations: Great Lakes Radio, Farm Bureau Insurance- Scott Huber Agency, U.P. Children’s Museum, Peter White Public Library, UP Health System-Bell Women’s Care, Peninsula Pharmacy (Medical Center Location), Marquette Community Federal Credit Union (Marquette and Harvey), Panache Boutique, and Turino Chiropractic. Visit the website for more information on volunteering for the event or to register for the race.

Lakestate Industries seeks donations

In order to expand its current operations, Lakestate Industries is seeking the following donations: paper products, garbage bags, brooms, vacuum cleaners, lawn mowers, weed trimmers, ice melt, automated external defibrillator, candle wax, documents for shredding, new or used vehicles, in-kind donations for building improvements, financial support for marketing and support staff. Contact 273-2131 or 786-9212 before dropping off any donations. Lakestate Industries makes products like wood furniture and fire-starters, and provides services that include office work, janitorial services and paper shredding while offering vocational training to people with disabilities.

Short plays at PWPL

Vertigo Theatre Company and Peter White Public Library present, “That’s What She Said” a showcase of short plays by female writers May 26 to 28 in the library’s community room. Tickets are now available for purchase at PWPL’s circulation desk. Audiences ages 16 and up can see the performance at 7 p.m. May 26 and 27 and at 2 p.m. May 28.  This production is sponsored by Zonta Club of Marquette, Marquette Arts and Culture Center and the Carroll Paul Memorial Trust Fund of the Peter White Public Library. Tickets for admission are $10 each and are available in advance at the library circulation desk, on the main floor, or by calling 228-9510 with a valid credit card. Proceeds will benefit the library. Advance purchase is advised due to space constraints. Tickets will be sold at the door, payable by cash or check, only. Visit or call 228-9510 for more information.

Isle Royale family camp open

The Seaborg Center and the Isle Royale Institute will host the second annual Family Camp Adventure on Isle Royale June 26 through July 1. This is a base-camp experience so no backpacking or previous camping experience is required. Family units may consist of parents and their children, aunts/uncles with nieces/nephews and grandparents with grandchildren. The fee is $385 for children ages 8-12, and $475 for adults, and includes all boat fares, meals and use of equipment.

Participants will camp at Fort Wilkins State Park on June 26 before traveling to Isle Royale June 27 and spending one night in Rock Harbor. The group will then take the Voyageur II to Malone Bay for the remainder of the week. Malone Bay is a remote part of the Isle Royale where participants will have the opportunity to kayak, hike, fish and explore.

For more information contact Karen Bacula at Go to to check out the program flyer and to register.

Solar presentation set

Ian Olmsted from Peninsula Solar  in Marquette will talk about the variety of  solar options for homes and businesses in the Upper Peninsula at 3 p.m. May 14 at the Falling Rock Cafe in Munising.  He will focus on the most practical, efficient and cost effective choices that homeowners  and businesses face. Olmstead will also share insight on the most up-to-date information on local policy and utility agreements.

AAUW to meet May 14

The Marquette Branch of the American Association of University Women will examine bridges out of poverty, in this case NMU/MARESA’s Technical Middle College.  This is a public, tuition-free early college program enabling students from Marquette and Alger counties to earn a high school diploma, college credits and a technical certificate from NMU. The middle college targets students who are at risk of dropping out of high school, are economically disadvantaged or are first generation college students, but is open to all qualified students. Students pursue vocational or science, technology, engineering and mathematics career education in this post-secondary certificate/degree program.  AAUW advocates programs including welfare and career and technical education which improve post-secondary education access, career development and earning potential. This AAUW meeting is at 10 a.m. May 14 at the Federated Women’s Club House located at 104 E. Ridge Street in Marquette. For more information contact Karlyn Rapport at or 226 8060.

Watercolor class to take place at MACC

Intermediate Watercolor with Carl Mayer will take place from 1 to 4:30 p.m. May 24 at the Marquette Arts and Culture Center. Part of the Creative Community Series, the workshop has a $45 registration fee and students must bring their own supplies. Register by calling 226-8834.

Cash mobs converge on local businesses

Accelerate UP’s Cash Mob hit Sage and Spry in April, infusing the business with cash while simultaneously teaching the mob about the business and its products and services. Cash Mob is an event created by Accelerate UP geared toward supporting the shop local  philosophy. Taking place the second Saturday of each month, participants meet at a central location at 11 a.m. to discover what that month’s business will be, then head there with $20 cash to spend. See for the latest Cash Mob event.

Work day to take place at Bare Bluff

The Michigan Nature Association will hold a day of trail clearing and marking beginning at 11 a.m. May 31 at Bare Bluff. Participants should bring sturdy work gloves, heavy boots, water, bug repellant and snacks. Work will include cutting and moving windfalls, clipping sprouts, widening trails and trail marking as needed.  Email to RSVP for the event.

Marquette household rubbish and compost sites open

The City of Marquette household rubbish drop-off site, located off of Wright Street between Presque Isle Avenue and Lakeshore Boulevard, will open April 26, with hours of operation from 3 to 7 p.m. The regular schedule for the household rubbish drop-off site will be every Tuesday from 3 to 7 p.m. and the second Saturday of the month from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. One additional Saturday has been added to the regular schedule. It will be open Saturday, April 30 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Visit for a complete listing of accepted material.

The City of Marquette compost site on Lakeshore Boulevard, one block south of Hawley Street, is open for the season. Hours of operation are 3 to 7 p.m. Monday and Wednesday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.Saturdays. The site will be closed Saturday, May 28; Monday, May 30; Saturday, July 2; Saturday, Sept. 3; and Monday, Sept. 5.

Girl Scouts to hold fundraiser

The U.P. Campout Gala, an adult fundraiser for regional Girl Scouts, will be held at NMU’s University Center in the Peter White Lounge on June 11. U.P. Campout Gala offers adults a chance to go to camp and earn badges for first aid, edible campfire building, wine and beer tasting and more. There will be silent and live auctions and a backpack bonanza of prizes. Dress is a mix of comfortable camp and gala attire. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. with hors d’oeuvres  and earn-a-badge activities followed by a buffet dinner and entertainment. Tickets are $50 per person. Table sponsors are $500 for eight event tickets. Visit for tickets or more information.

Special exhibit at MRHC

A special exhibit at the Marquette Regional History Center running May 2 through September 2 will highlight “The Folk Art Tradition of Upper Michigan.” Folk artists have a long history in Upper Michigan. Many works stem from ethnic traditions, while other pieces were created to celebrate the lifestyle of the rural north woods. This exhibit highlights pieces from other museums, artists and from MHRC’s own permanent collection. Open during regular museum hours.  Visit or call 906-226-3571 for more info.

MSHS reunion set

The MSHS Class of ’76 will hold  its 40th class reunion July 2 at Marquette Mountain. A cash bar will open at 6 p.m. with a meal at 6:30 and program to follow. To register, send a check made out to the MSHS Class of ’76 for $30.00 for a single or couple to: Class of ’76, 305 E Prospect, Marquette MI 49855. Questions should be directed to Crystal Swanson at 225-0595.

Author’s corner…

• In 2006, local author Tyler R. Tichelaar published his first novel, Iron Pioneers, which was soon followed by two sequels, The Queen City and Superior Heritage to complete The Marquette Trilogy. Now Tichelaar is celebrating the 10-year anniversary of this first novel by reprinting it with a new color cover, an interior historic map of Marquette and a new preface “Creating a Literature for Upper Michigan.” Iron Pioneers, The Marquette Trilogy: Book One can be purchased in paperback and e-book editions through local and online bookstores. For more information, visit Review copies available upon request.

• Mary Emerick’s debut novel, The Geography of Water, takes readers into the watery landscape of southeast Alaska and the depths of a family in crisis. Emerick will give a reading at Peter White Public Library at 7 p.m. May 26 in the Shiras Room. A book sale and signing will follow the reading and accompanied photos of life in Alaska. For more information on this free event, visit or call 226-4318.

Business in brief

• Elevation Studios, located at 112 Fifth St. in downtown Calumet, will hold a grand opening from 5 to 9 p.m. The event will include a dance battle that is open to the public and offers prizes. To sign up, email or arrive at the grand opening before 8 p.m. Elevation Studios will offer classes in a variety of areas from yoga to dance, to boot camps and Capoeira. The studio will hold regular hours of operation from 5 to 9 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, and from 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday.

• Negaunee Rehab Services welcomed two new physical therapists to its practice. Brandon Lindeman, PT, DPT and Cyndi Schieber, PT are now treating patients in Negaunee.

• Lasco has announced the promotion of Lois Ellis from senior vice president of business development to executive vice president, effective April 1. Ellis is on track to transition fully into the president/CEO role on January 1, when current President/CEO Dennis VanLandschoot will retire.

• Dennis Smith, president and CEO of Upper Peninsula Health Plan, was re-elected treasurer of Medicaid Health Plans of America’s board. MHPA is the leading national trade association solely focused on representing the universe of Medicaid health plans. MHPA works on behalf of 123 commercial and non-profit plans that serve over 20 million lives in the 33 states and D.C. MHPA provides advocacy and research that support policy solutions to enhance the delivery of quality care to disadvantaged Americans.

• UP Health System donated $10,000 to Cancer Care of Marquette County, an all-volunteer organization providing patient services to those with a cancer diagnosis to assist with health care costs caused by this disease and its treatment.

• GEI Marquette recently added several new people to its staff. They are: Project Engineer Tony Carmody; Civil Engineer Kerri Price, P.E. and Structural Engineer Richard Price, P.E., both of whom recently transferred from GEI’s Denver, Colorado office; and Structural Engineer Matthew Drewek, P.E., Ph.D.

• ETNA Supply, in conjunction with the  Lake Superior Community Partnership, celebrated its new branch opening. ETNA Supply is a plumbing products distributor that  specializes in commercial and residential plumbing products. The new location is at 1922 Enterprise Street, Marquette, MI 49855. Visit or contact them at 273-2331.

• The Greater Ishpeming-Negaunee Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting April 23 for two new businesses located in the Gossard Building in downtown Ishpeming. They are Re:Home by Kate LaFave and The Boxcar. Re:Home by Kate LaFave specializes in re-purposed furniture and home décor, along with many U.P. themed handmade items. The Boxcar describes itself featuring, “Country Glam fashion apparel, jewelry, gifts and home décor.” Both businesses can be found on Facebook for product photos and more information.

•    Range Bank announced the addition of Benjamin (Benji) Wood as the new community bank president in the Dickinson County region. Wood comes to Range Bank from Consumers Mutual Insurance where he was a member of senior management and director of sales, marketing and education.

• Evergreen Technology recently unveiled new research and development labs in the newly-renovated  former D&N Bank Building in downtown Hancock. The building was constructed in 1939. An addition was built 20 years later. Most recently the building housed the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. In September of 2015, Evergreen Technology acquired the building from Houghton County. Since then the company has invested a lot of time and effort into renovating the new facility. All of the construction has been done by local firms.

News and notes from the Michigan DNR

• For the second year in a row, Michigan recorded no fatalities in 2015 during all hunting seasons, according to reports compiled by the DNR’s law enforcement division. A total of 13 incidents resulting in injuries were recorded in the state during the year, up slightly from 10 incidents in 2014. Twelve incidents occurred in the Lower Peninsula and one in the Upper Peninsula.

• With a new fishing season comes new regulations from the DNR. Some of the changes include lake trout and splake are now covered by the same regulations in certain districts, and the Menominee River lake sturgeon protection zone has been expanded to encompass the Grand Rapids Dam downstream to the end of the breakwalls in Green Bay. For other regulations check the 2016-2017 Michigan Fishing Guide

• A $550,000 grant from the Forest Legacy Program will be used to keep nearly 1,300 acres and 3.5 miles of Pilgrim River corridor in Houghton County protected from development, available for public use and managed as a working forest. The project, known as the Pilgrim River Forest, includes the state acquisition of a conservation easement on 1,299 acres of prime forest land on the Keweenaw Peninsula that is strategically positioned adjacent to the Pilgrim River Community Forest. The property contains 3.5 miles of undeveloped Pilgrim River frontage and serves as a wildlife travel corridor.


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