City Notes

Dear Reader.

With so many things going on in the month of April, making for a vibrant City Notes section, I’ll have to keep my letter short and sweet this month.

So, here goes: Our April Feature is the 2017 Marquette Monthly Short Story Contest winner. With only one point separating each of the top three stories, it was a tight race this year. This winning story examines the relationship between a number-obsessed father and his worried but also annoyed daughter. Don’t miss it. A huge thank you to our panel of judges, without whom this contest would not exist. We also have so much more within these pages, but you’ll have to read on to discover what’s there for you in April.

We hope you find these pages interesting, informative and uplifting. As always, it was a privilege putting them together for you.

— Jackie Stark

managing editor

Dear Editor,

After the Wall Street Journal’s opinion piece, “How A Michigan County Road Got Stuck in Regulation Purgatory” (3/3/2017), we were heartened by the number of concerned citizens who reached out to us, wishing to correct misrepresentations and errors in the article. The Upper Peninsula Environmental Coalition’s Mining Action Group (MAG) thanks the community for their vigilance in opposing any resurrection of the defeated County Road 595 (CR-595) project.

The authors, Mr. Miller (Pacific Legal Foundation) and Mr. Pattwell (Clark Hill PLC), who are attempting to sue the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on behalf of the Marquette County Road Commission (MCRC), contend that oppressive regulations prevented the building of a “County Road” —in fact, a haul road to benefit a foreign mining company.

Under Michigan’s sulfide mining law, a mine’s transportation route must be detailed in the application, which covers “Construction of haul roads” and “Roads, railroads, docks, piers, and other transportation infrastructure, and provisions to prevent release of contaminants to the environment from ore or waste rock during transportation.”  Eagle Mine’s permit application described using “existing infrastructure” for their haul route. This is the route used by huge ore trucks, traveling from the mine gate east on Triple A to CR-510; CR-550 to Marquette; Wright Street past Northern Michigan University’s campus and residential areas; and US-41 west to Humboldt Mill.

Remember, most elected officials voiced no concerns about Eagle Mine or their transportation plans, only strong support. With Eagle Mine’s permit approval, the MCRC and state and local officials got exactly the route they asked for.

Residents, by contrast, voiced plenty of health and safety concerns, including potential accidents, spills, wildlife impacts, transport of toxic materials, disputed estimates of industrial traffic, and emissions – all to deaf ears. No one wants dirty ore trucks passing through their community, but it’s not EPA’s responsibility to fix Eagle’s faulty transportation plan. Sacrificing our wetlands and wild lands for a short-lived mine doesn’t make sense.

Contrary to the article’s assertions, the EPA never “vetoed” or “stomped” on the CR-595. MCRC consulted directly with the EPA and received detailed (not “vague”) feedback on their application. When specific wetland concerns were not resolved, the EPA determined that Michigan’s Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) could not issue a Wetlands permit, directing MCRC to secure permits from the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers, instead. MCRC did not seek a permit from the Corps.

Citing Trump’s priorities and whining about “regulation purgatory,” the article neglected to mention that “America’s only nickel mine” is foreign-owned and that its nickel is sent to Canada for sale on the world market. American industries must import nickel.

To everyone who passionately supports the protection of the U.P.’s special places, wild lands and clean water — thank you! You are not alone! According to the results of a newly published survey by Michigan State University researchers, most Michigan residents—59 percent—“favor protecting the environment, even when there could be economic risks of doing so, such as job loss” and they “prioritize the environment over economic growth.” Our natural resources will define and sustain the U.P., long after the nickel has been extracted. The Mining Action Group of the Upper Peninsula Environmental Coalition (formerly Save the Wild U.P.) asks the community to stay vigilant and stay involved!

— Kathleen Heideman,

board member, Upper Peninsula Environmental Coalition,

Mining Action Group

UPECminingactiongroup.org

Dear Editor,

I am a concerned constituent of Michigan’s First (U.S. House) District and I am inviting Representative Jack Bergman to attend a town hall meeting hosted by the Marquette community. People from across the political spectrum are also being invited to participate, making this a democratic, civil engagement about issues important to voters. The event is open to the public. https://www.facebook.com/events/889950291146318/

In communities across the country, constituents are also holding town halls, inviting their representatives. The town hall meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 13 in the Marquette Masonic Center Red Room, 128 W. Washington St., Marquette, Michigan, during a congressional recess.

To date, Rep. Bergman has made only a few appearances in Michigan since taking office in January, not inviting general questions or comments from constituents without pre-screening. Rep. Bergman’s Upper Peninsula office has begun scheduling mobile office hours in U.P. communities in March. Constituents will be able to meet with staff, though apparently not with Rep. Bergman. He has also held two telephone contacts with pre-screened questions, on March 7 and  March 30. These efforts are not enough.

I have reached out multiple times to invite Rep. Bergman through his website, by phone and by certified letter, and yet I have had no response. I would like the opportunity to thank him for his work on preserving Great Lakes waters and for his work for veterans. I’d also like to ask him some pointed questions about health care, revising the Clean Air Act, ethics concerns with the Republican administration and investigating tampering with the 2016 presidential election.

Regardless of party affiliation, we constituents deserve to meet our U.S. representative in person. I sincerely hope that Jack Bergman will accept this invitation, but if he doesn’t, we will STILL meet and have a meaningful conversation about issues that affect all Upper Peninsula residents.

— Anne Stark,

Bergman Townhall event coordinator

Dear Editor,

It has been almost 50 years and what happened at Kent State University on May 4, 1970, has almost been forgotten except by the families and friends of those who died or were wounded there. A recent letter to the editor published in a local daily newspaper, and reactions to that letter, have brought it all back for me.

Twenty-eight Ohio State National Guardsmen are poised on a hill overlooking the campus. They are hot, tired and anxious. They fire 67 shots. No one knows who gave the signal to shoot…but they later maintain a firearm was discharged near them.

Four students were killed:

Sandy Scheur, age 20. A junior with a 3.6 point grade average. She was majoring in speech and hearing therapy; she had just finished a therapy session and was walking to her car. She was 200 yards from where the guardsmen opened fire.

Allison Krause, age 19.  She was majoring in art history.

Bill Schroeder, a junior who was attending college on a basketball scholarship.

Jeff Miller. He fell on a street. He had been making a digital salute at the Guard.  A teenage girl (14) named Mary Vecchio was photographed kneeling beside Miller’s body, her arms opened wide in a questioning mode and sobbing uncontrollably. The photo became an iconic symbol for the Kent State massacre.

Eight students were wounded:

Doug Wretmore

Alan Confora

Joe Lewis

Robby Stamps

Jame Russell

John Cleary

Thomas Grace

Dean Kahler

Those who are unaware of historical tragedies are doomed to repeat them.

— Lon Emerick,

Skandia

Fiber art workshop scheduled for April 4 in Munising

From 2 to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, April 4, people will have the chance to learn how to make either a pillow cover, tote bag or wall hanging during a fiber art workshop held at the Sail Loft at the Munising Yacht Club. A $25 fee will cover a $10 donation to the Munising Bay Arts Association and $15 for materials, patterns, instructions and snacks. Call the UP~Scale Art gallery at 387-3300 for more information.

Free diabetes workshop coming to Gwinn

The free Diabetes PATH (Personal Action Towards Health) workshop is returning to Gwinn beginning on Tuesday, April 11. The workshop helps people living with daily challenges of diabetes, learn skills and tools needed to improve their health and manage their symptoms. Subjects covered include: symptoms of diabetes, stress, managing fatigue and emotional problems, exercise, healthy eating, medications, and working with health care providers. The six-week class will meet from 1 to 3:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, from April 11 through May 16, at the K.I. Sawyer Community Center.  Pre registration is required and family and caregivers are welcome. Call 1-800-338-7227 or dial 2-1-1 to register. For more information, or to register online visit upcap.org. This program is sponsored by UPCAP and Upper Great Lake Family Health Center.

Calumet Art Center offers variety of April classes

The Calumet Art Center will be home to art classes that range from painting to weaving throughout the month of April. Included on the calendar are encaustic painting classes with Graydon Dagen, a course on clay taught by Ed Gray and an open weaving course. Visit the website calumetartcenter.com for more information.

Annual (re)re)Design fashion show set for April 8

Doors open at 1:30 p.m. for the annual (re)Design Fashion Show fundraiser on Saturday, April 8. The runway show begins at 2 p.m., followed by open vendors from 3 to 4. This event, in partnership with Garden Bouquet & Design and Lanni Lantto, fashion (re) designer, is the largest gathering of upcycled artists in the Upper Peninsula. The event showcases fashion by local designers Taylor Ehle, Libby Buchler, JoAnne Shelby, Ann Rutkoske and Cindy Hallum. The show is for all ages and each item is wearable and for sale. Local craft vendors will also be at the event, featuring upcycled, recycled, repurposed and earth-friendly work.  Accessories, original artwork and more will be on display. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and those 18 and under. Tickets are available at the Marquette Regional History Center. Proceeds from this event will benefit the center. Find “(re)Design Fashion Show” on Facebook, visit marquettehistory.org or call Garden Bouquet and Design at 225-5020 for more information.

Retired school personnel group to fund medical costs for needy members

The Marquette County Chapter of the Michigan Association of Retired School Personnel (MARSP) has received a $500 grant through the Margaret and Richard Smith Fund to assist needy members with medical and medically related costs. The chapter will contribute an additional $500 in matching funds. Medical and medically related costs include direct medical costs, physicians, prescriptions, hospital costs, transportation, travel, home health assistance, as well as dental or vision needs. Members in need can direct a letter stating the need and costs to chapter President Gloria Bigelow at P.O. Box 1081, Gwinn, MI 49841. Letters must be received no later than Tuesday, May 30. For more information, contact Katherine Houghton at 362-5701 or Stephen Pierseon at 485-6160. Membership in the association is open to all retired teachers, support and administrative staff. For more information on the association visit marsp.org or call 517-337-1757.

Discover family histories at special history center event

In September the MRHC held two digitization events to document local history and create a digital repository. The center is now ready to reveal what it received and will do so at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 12, in the J.M. Longyear Library in celebration of National Library Week. Discover some interesting family histories from Marquette County, featuring materials from the Sisu Stories digitization grant. The second half of the program will solve genealogy mysteries from several local families, including a missing child and an Ishpeming miner turned confectioner. Learn about genealogy research at the Longyear Library. Visit the website marquettehistory.org or call 226-3571 for more information.

Free tree pruning workshops planned for April 8

Tree Pruning workshops will take place in Trenary and Marquette on Saturday, April 8, sponsored by the Alger and Marquette conservation districts. In Alger County, the free workshop will be from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at 1029 Thorton Road in Trenary. In Marquette County, a free workshop will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. at 1011 Cherry Creek Road in Marquette. To pre-register for the event, or for more information, call the Alger Conservation District at 387-2222.

Cross-walk set for April 14

The second annual Marquette Good Friday “Cross-walk” will be held Good Friday morning April 14. Like the one held last year, this will be a witness to several social service ministries within Marquette and to a few world-wide social justice campaigns. The walk will begin at 8 a.m. at Marquette Methodist Hope at the corner of Ridge and Front streets. The route will be just under two miles, ending with a light breakfast at 10 a.m. Walkers will visit the Room At The Inn Warming Center, St. Peter Cathedral, Harbor House, the Marquette County Courthouse, Janzen House and Mattson Park.

2017 Western Upper Peninsula Regional Prosperity Initiative funded

The fourth year of the Western U.P. Regional Prosperity Initiative has been funded and is now under way. The Western Upper Peninsula Planning and Development Region, the planning and economic development organization serving the six western counties of the U.P., has been awarded $181,000 for 2017 from the state of Michigan. The organization will continue past endeavors and begin many new projects for 2017, including energy efficiency and clean energy outreach, a brownfield and blight priority database and mapping, and create a Western U.P. trails database. For more information about projects and meetings, visit wuppdr.org/rpi.

Grant to focus on sexual assault, domestic violence

A new regional project, the first of its kind in the Upper Peninsula, will coordinate crisis and ongoing services for victims and survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence. The Women’s Center in Marquette is one of seven participants. This project is funded by the Michigan Domestic and Sexual Violence Prevention and Treatment Board through the federal Rural Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence and Stalking Grant Program from the Office on Violence Against Women. Dial Help of Houghton, a community based crisis center, will collaborate with seven domestic abuse shelters and sexual assault programs throughout the U.P. by providing easy access to services through one area- wide toll-free number. Additionally, the project will create regional messaging and advertising through social media. Planners hope to market an easily identified brand that will link victims and survivors to the service program closest to them. The project has also added staffing to some of the seven U.P. programs to provide counseling, advocacy and other supportive services for survivors. For more information call the Women’s Center at 225-1346. The 24-hour crisis line is (800) 455-6611.

Folk art courses to be taught in Hancock

Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum will offer folk art classes in Hancock during April, taught by Harley and Norma Refsal. The pair will teach Scandinavian woodworking and Sámi-style jewelry at the Finnish American Heritage Center, located at 437 Quincy St., Hancock, Michigan, on April 20 to 22. Harley’s three-day class, “Carving and Decorating Wooden Spoons,” celebrates one of the most cherished traditions in the Nordic countries—working in wood. Using primarily a whittling knife, students will learn to carve and decorate traditional wooden kitchen utensils and 3-D figures, such as a horse or ice-fishing decoy. Norma will teach two one-day classes—“Sámi Inspired Bracelets—An Introduction” and “Sámi Inspired Bracelets—A Continuation.” Visit the website vesterheim.org for more information and to register.

Northern Vegans to host film viewing

Northern Vegans will present, free of charge, the movie What the Health: The Film That Health Organizations Don’t Want You To See at the Thomas Theater at 1525 Commerce Dr in Marquette at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 20.  What the Health focuses on collusion and corruption in government and big business that costs trillions of healthcare dollars and keeping people sick. Free vegan snack foods will be available before the film in the Thomas Party Room starting at 6 p.m. Visit Northern Vegans on Facebook or northernvegans.com for more information and locations where to pick up tickets.

MCS to perform April 22, 23

The Marquette Choral Society will present the concert “Sure on this Shining Night: Celebrating Finland’s Centennial with 100 Years of Finnish and American Music” at Reynolds Recital Hall on the NMU campus at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 22, and at 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 23. Music from this concert will be included in the choral society’s tour in Finland this summer. Tickets are available through the NMU ticket office at the Berry Events Center.

MRHC creates new club with 4-H

The Marquette Regional History Center is partnering with Marquette County 4-H to create a new History Club. Youth ages 9 to 12 and parents can join the monthly club, in which kids will learn about local history through projects such as building a diorama, role playing, reading local authors, traditional crafts and the stories youth choose to explore. Youth can also create exhibits for the Marquette County Fair and win prizes. The club’s first meeting will be from 4:15 to 5:15 p.m. on Wednesday, April 19. For more information about club activities, contact the MRHC at 226-3571. Visit 4honline.com to enroll online.

UPAWS receives gift in memory of Joan Steindler

The Upper Peninsula Animal Welfare Shelter (UPAWS) has announced a $100,000 matching gift for its Imagine the PAWSibilities Campaign for a new shelter. The matching gift is given by Martin Steindler, in memory of his wife, Joan, a long-time advocate for the no-kill movement and lover of golden retrievers.  The Steindlers have spent over 35 years coming to Marquette County during the summers and maintaining their commitment for animal shelters that take whoever walks in the door. The Imagine the PAWSibilities Campaign to raise $3.7 million is underway. Over $2.2 million has been raised and dedicated, but we have a long way to go. As animal shelters are held to higher standards, as well as serving more diverse needs, it takes a cooperative spirit to fulfill the goal of a new facility that serves our animal companion needs and the community as a whole. To learn more about the Imagine the PAWSibilities Campaign or to make a donation, visit upaws.org, email campaign@upaws.org, or call 475-6661 to schedule a meeting.

Annual Holocaust Memorial service set for April 24

The annual Holocaust Memorial Service will be held at 7 p.m. on Yom HaShoah, Monday, April 24. Temple Beth Sholom and the Marquette Interfaith Forum are organizing and sponsoring the event, hosted by St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Marquette. The guest speaker is Irene Miller from the Detroit area. She was orphaned at age 8 by the Nazis in Eastern Europe and survived to eventually immigrate to the United States, graduate college, earn two master’s degrees and become a prominent health care executive. She is a member of the Holocaust Memorial Center of S.E. Michigan speakers’ bureau and has spoken at many venues throughout the Midwest. Representatives of Jewish and other faith groups in the area and local choral groups will participate. A dessert social will take place following the service with an opportunity to meet Miller. Her book Into No Man’s Land, A Historical Memoir will be available for purchase and signing after the service. For additional information, contact Aaron Scholnik at apsmd@aol.com.

Lectures to examine Martin Luther’s theological impact

Church history and Reformation scholar Dr. Kurt Hendel of Chicago, will be in the Upper Peninsula Tuesday and Wednesday, April 25 and 26, to present two public lectures and help mark the occasion of the 500th year since Martin Luther inspired a major reformation movement within the church. Both lectures will begin at 6:30 p.m., and will be preceded by potluck fellowship at 5:30 p.m. They are open to the public.For more information, contact Pastor Ann Gonyea at Eden, 906 387-2520, or Pastor Warren Geier at Bethany, 486-4351. Lectures may be used for clergy continuing education credit.

Twisted Tea Off set for April 22 in downtown Marquette

The fourth annual Downtown Spring Open Twisted Tea Off, an indoor miniature golf tournament, will be held on Saturday, April 22 in Marquette’s downtown district. Proceeds from the event will benefit The Janzen House, a non-profit organization that offers transitional housing for male residents of Marquette County. Teams of four will compete for cash and prizes as they travel from hole to hole throughout downtown. The cost to participate is $25 per person ($100 per team) and participants must be at least 21 years of age. The registration fee provides participants with free shuttle services around the district during the event and access to a round of miniature golf, as well as an opportunity to compete for numerous prizes, including best dressed team. Space is limited to 50 teams. Registration closes on Friday, April 14, or when the 50 team limit is reached. Registration forms and more information is available at downtownmarquette.org. The event is sponsored by the Marquette Downtown Development Authority, Double Trouble DJs and Checker Transportation.

MSU North Farm to host on-farm short courses

Extension short courses are scheduled at the North Farm to support Upper Peninsula citizens’ use of season extension technologies to produce food, both for themselves and for the local markets, starting in May. Topics are designed for market gardeners, small farms, and skill-seekers interested in diversified vegetable production. These short courses are an in-depth exploration of farming fundamentals and best practices for diversified vegetable growers. Each five-hour learning session has an emphasis on hands-on activities so participants can practice what they learn, and includes the cost of materials for a project. All workshops will be held on-site starting at 1 p.m. and will include a combination of experiential and classroom-based learning. Contact Abbey Palmer at palmerab@msu.edu or 439-5058 for more information.

AAUW book sale on for April 27 to 29

The annual AAUW Book Sale is scheduled from April 27 through April 29 at the First Presbyterian Church, at the corner of Front and Bluff Streets in Marquette. On April 27 there is a $5 admission charge and the sale runs from 5 until 9 p.m.  April 28 admission is free and the sale is from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. On the final day, April 29, there is a $2 per bag sale from 9 a.m. until noon. All proceeds from the sale fund scholarships for women.

WUPPDR announces placemaking support grants

The Western Upper Peninsula Planning and Development Region, based in Houghton, announces that the 2017 placemaking support program is now accepting applications. Placemaking is a community-based approach to the planning, design and management of spaces that have local and regional importance. Examples of placemaking projects include community gardens, farmer markets, pedestrian walkways, playgrounds, murals and public art. This year, two $5,000 matching grants will be awarded to the most strategic, high-impact, and creative projects proposed. Eligible applicants include: city, village, township, and county governments; main street programs; convention and visitors bureaus; chambers of commerce; and a variety of nonprofit organizations within the boundaries of Baraga, Gogebic, Houghton, Iron, Keweenaw, and Ontonagon counties. Applications are due on Friday, April 14, and can be found at wuppdr.org.

City of Marquette utility bills to contain milkweed seeds

The City of Marquette’s utility bill mailings in April will contain packets of common milkweed seeds for planting by city residents. The packets, provided by the Superior Watershed Partnership (SWP), include a card with planting instructions. Area residents who don’t receive the mailing can pick up seed packets at the SWP office, located in Presque Isle Park at 2 Peter White Drive in Marquette. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Seed packets will be available throughout the month of April. The SWP’s goal is to distribute more than 1 million milkweed plants and seeds. City of Marquette residents can help make Marquette the most monarch-friendly Great Lakes city by following the instructions to start plants indoors or sow seeds outdoors. For more information, please contact SWP at 228-6095, Extension 10 or visit superiorwatersheds.org.

Registration begins for Big Bay Relay

Registration is currently open for the Big Bay Relay, scheduled for Saturday, May 20. Adult teams of five and youth teams of seven are allowed. The race will begin at 8 a.m. at the Kaufman Sports Complex and end at the Thunderbay Inn in Big Bay. Registration is currently $130 and will increase to $150 beginning Monday, May 1. Visit noquetrails.org for more information and to register for the race.

Smartprize returns to Marquette for second year

Smartprize, the business competition sponsored by Travel Marquette, returns to the downtown area March 31 to April 9. Registered participants will have displays about their new business ideas or products set up in businesses throughout Marquette’s downtown district. There will also be speakers each evening throughout the week, and a variety of categories for the participants to compete in, including a crowd favorite. Visit smartprize.org for more information and a complete schedule of events.

Road Runners club announces 2017 officers

The Upper Peninsula Road Runners Club (UPRRC) recently elected officers for 2017.  Elected were President Bill Sved of Marquette and Vice President Dean Juntunen of Mass City. Reelected were Treasurer Sandra Haavisto of Neguanee and Secretary Liz Sprehe of Fitchburg, WI. Trustees elected were Alan Jarvie, Fibre (Eastern Region), Barbara Trudeau, Marquette (Central Region), Liz Siivola, Laurium (Northern Region), Jim Engel, Wakefield (Western Region) and Stacie Nardi, Ishpeming (At Large). The UPRRC has hundreds of members across the Upper Peninsula, in the Lower Peninsula of Michigan, and several other states. The club maintains a website and publishes a bimonthly newsletter, Running Amuck, and acts as a liaison connecting runners and race organizers. The UPRRC compiles an extensive race calendar for running and triathlon events held in the U.P. More information may be found at uprrc.org for runners interested in joining the club and for race organizers to have their event listed on the UPRRC race calendar.

Business in brief…

• U.P. Home Health & Hospice and Private Duty Services recently announced the organization’s 2017 Employees of the Year. Each of the recipients was presented with a monetary award and plaque in recognition of their outstanding service and is recognized on a plaque on display at the organization. Elyssa Gregurash, RN, BSN, primary nurse, a three-year veteran of the agency, was named the Direct Care Staff Employee of the Year. Brandi Palomaki-Hartsell, clinical scheduler, a 14-year veteran of the Home Health and Hospice team was named Non-Direct Care Staff Employee of the Year. Connie Giese, private duty aide, a nine-year veteran, was named Employee of the Year for the Private Duty Program.

• Upper Peninsula Health Plan President and CEO Dennis Smith has been appointed as a member of the City of Marquette Brownfield Redevelopment Authority. He was sworn in at a Marquette City Commission meeting on March 13.

• Range Bank has joined the surcharge-free Allpoint Network, which means that Range Bank customers now have access to America’s largest surcharge-free ATM network, with some 55,000 surcharge-free ATMs worldwide.

• A newly created paid maternity and paternity leave policy at Eagle Mine  went into effect in March. The policy offers paid leave to full-time employees upon the birth or adoption of a child. Under the policy, female employees will receive 12 weeks of paid leave and male employees will receive 80 hours of paid leave. Employees also have the option to extend their leave using their vacation hours.

• Sol Azteca Mexican Restaurant presented a $1,385 check to the Superior Alliance for Independent Living (SAIL) in March, during a brief ceremony. The funds will support “Mission: Healthy UP Vets,” a wellness program for area veterans administered by SAIL. Sol Azteca’s ‘Sunny Sundays’ campaigns set aside a portion of all Sunday sales for a month which are then donated to a charity of the restaurant’s choice.

• Range Bank is the title sponsorship of the 2017 Marquette Trails Festival, which will be held June 23 through 25 at Marquette Mountain. This donation marks the third year that Range Bank has been the title sponsor of the event, which raises money to support the Noquemanon Trail Network where all proceeds from the event go towards building and maintaining Marquette’s single-track trails.

• Eagle Mine has submitted an amendment to its existing Part 632 mining permit for the Eagle East deposit. The application was submitted March 21 to the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. In July 2016, Eagle Mine announced that its exploration efforts resulted in the calculation of an Inferred Mineral Resource for Eagle East. Preliminary economic assessments have shown the potential for Eagle East to be economically viable, extending mine life and employment, further stimulating local economic activity related to Eagle operations. There will be no major operational changes if Eagle East is mined. Eagle Mine will utilize all of its current facilities, workforce, operating procedures and transportation route. If all approvals are granted, it is estimated that mining Eagle East will extend the life of Eagle Mine through 2023.

•Range Financial Corporation, the holding company for Range Bank N.A., declared a quarterly cash dividend of $1.30 per share payable on March 15 to the shareholders of record on March 1.

• Kitch Drutchas Wagner Valitutti & Sherbrook, Attorneys and Counselors, will move to a new location in Marquette will be moving. As of April 1 the new address will be Kitch Drutchas Wagner Valitutti & Sherbrook Upper Michigan office, 1440 W. Ridge Street – Suite C, Marquette, MI 49855. Telephone and fax numbers will remain the same. The firm has also added attorney M. Sean Fosmire to its staff. Sean started his career with the Kitch firm in its Detroit office in 1980 before moving to Negaunee to join Lynch & Andrews in 1985. He has been a practicing attorney in the area for 32 years, focusing on  insurance defense, elder law, automobile no-fault, probate and estate planning, and legal and medical malpractice.

News and notes from the Michigan DNR…

• The DNR has awarded a total of $100,000 in deer habitat improvement grants in the Upper Peninsula. The funds will be allocated to 11 grant award recipients. The Deer Habitat Improvement Partnership Initiative is a competitive grant program designed to enhance deer habitat on non-state-managed lands in the U.P. Projects have been approved for partnering organizations in Iron, Gogebic, Dickinson, Schoolcraft, Menominee, Iron, Ontonagon, Chippewa, Luce, Mackinac, Baraga, Marquette and Delta counties.

• Private landowners interested in helping to maintain or improve Upper Peninsula deer wintering habitat can learn more about the subject and cost-share programs available to aid in those efforts at any of three upcoming meetings scheduled by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. A meeting will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday, April 3 at the Comfort Inn, 617 E. Lakeshore Drive in Manistique. For more information, contact Rory Mattson, Delta County Conservation District at 280-69

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