June 2017 City Notes

Dear Reader,

As a community magazine, focused on writing about this beautiful life in the Upper Peninsula, we at Marquette Monthly know how strong our U.P. communities are. When houses burn down, we provide families with clothes to wear, food to eat and a roof over their heads. When kids get sick, we hold spaghetti fundraisers to help pay their medical costs. When tragedy strikes, we rally.

Community was such an important part of how State Representative John Kivela comported himself while in public office. As a mayor and as a state rep, he wanted to make sure he was working to help the community from which he came and the news that Kivela had committed suicide the day after his second arrest for drunk driving knocked the air right out of that community’s lungs.

I knew him through my work as a local journalist, having spoken with him on a number of occasions about bills he was working on or problems he wanted to fix. I also participated in a couple of “Media Meet” shows on Public TV 13 where he was the guest. I only knew him professionally, but his love and passion for this place he called home was evident from our first conversation.

I was painting my kitchen, dancing around with a paint roller to an oldies station, when my husband called to tell me Kivela was dead. He knew I had the radio on and didn’t want me to first hear of it on a news broadcast. To say it shocked me would be an understatement—it felt like a punch to the gut. And it has changed me.

After Kivela was arrested, my husband and I, as I’m sure so many other people did, had a conversation about Kivela, how we couldn’t believe he’d been arrested again, how he should get help. I felt disappointment at this second arrest, and anger.

We now have a Kivela campaign sign in front of our house, and Lord how I wish it had been there the day before he died—how I wish we had put it there when we learned of his arrest.

The simple reality that kindness shared grows without boundaries is a lesson I want to impart to my son. I wish I had displayed kindness and compassion at Kivela’s arrest, rather than anger and disappointment.

My favorite author, Kurt Vonnegut, holds that distinction for a lot of reasons, but most of all for his writing’s naked, unabashed plea to humanity for kindness, compassion and peace. Since Kivela’s death, I find myself thinking of this Vonnegut quote often:

“Hello babies. Welcome to Earth. It’s hot in the summer and cold in the winter. It’s round and wet and crowded. On the outside, babies, you’ve, got a hundred years here. There’s only one rule that I know of babies, … damn it, you’ve got to be kind.”

My husband and I went to Kivela’s memorial service. As we shook hands with his family and told them how sorry we were, I began to cry and his sister hugged me. “He taught us all a lot” she said. She was right.

Our June feature is a reprint of Shelby Kivela’s eulogy to her father, given at his memorial service on May 14. It is a beautiful tribute to a man that left us too soon.

We hope you find these, and all the other pages in the June MM, interesting, informative and uplifting. As always, it was a privilege putting them together for you.

— Jackie Stark

managing editor

Dear Editor,

Jack Bergman (U.S. representative for Michigan District 1) staged a meeting in Escanaba on April 19, 2017.

Bergman and Laura Coleman, president of Bay College, lorded over people and told us we must have a “conversation” but then told us over and over how to act and to do as we were told. They don’t know that a lecture and repeated stern admonishments have almost nothing to do with conversation. They were shameful in this regard.

Likewise, Jack and Laura thought of those in attendance as little kids. Both kept repeating, “Ah, ah, ah” and telling us we must follow the rules or they’d stop the lecture.

On the issues, Jack stood over people and said he’d never ever change his mind on his important issues, but these times desperately require growth in judgment and creativity.

Because we played by their rules, no one would point out that (The facts in this letter come from trustworthy sources. Look them up) Jack supports: polluting those little streams near you, ignoring financial advisors who care more about themselves than about your money, Trump’s bombings and war threats, and a president who spends about $3 million of your paycheck every weekend he takes the kids and super-models to a club readers are barred from, unless they are completely rich and Don likes them.

Unfortunately, the audience acted meekly. For example, when Jack said that General Mattis, whose finger is among the few on nuclear bombs, cares more about human beings “than anyone on earth,” no one told Jack about Jesus or the Dalai Lama or our own mothers. And not one person asked about Trump’s bombings and the war we seem about to get into with North Korea or Russia or Syria or… No one interrupted his lecture and said, “Jack, haven’t you decided in favor of pre-emptive massive bombings on countries you think are threats? And about your war experience, how many people have you killed?”

Not one person from the U.P. suggested to Jack that Trump is a constant public liar and probably dangerously mentally ill and at least a narcissist and a legal bully and an untrustworthy money pillager. (Look it up) Yet, Jack supports Trump virtually 100 percent, according to statistics from the FiveThirtyEight site. So Jack is not a leader but a follower.

Good. He should be sitting down and listening while the public majority stands over him and tells him what to think and do. It is our democracy not just Jack’s, Laura’s, Don’s, or “Vice president” Ivanka’s.

The second time we were told Jack would leave the stage if we didn’t behave, we should have helped Jack out the back door.

Hit the road, Jack.

— Randy Nichols


Dear Editor,

If you value WNMU, Public Radio 90 and are not sharing in our support, you are putting the future of your public radio station at risk. If you can afford to join in our support, and have not yet done so, please make today the day to change that.

Let me tell you why.

The programs you like best on WNMU, Public Radio 90 are vitally dependent on friends like you.

Each year, we budget our finances on the hoped-for largesse of our friends–listeners like you. It is a tenuous and humbling existence but one we gladly accept. And so far, our growing list of friends has never let us down.

The programs you listened to and enjoyed on WNMU this very week cannot long survive if people like you, who value those programs, do not step forward to ensure they can continue.

Today is a very different political environment than we’ve ever experienced before…and far more difficult.

Some Americans believe public broadcasting should be funded entirely by those who watch and listen. In the U.K., the BBC gets public funding of $180 per household, split between TV and radio in a 4:1 ratio with the bigger share to TV. In the U.S., public broadcasting receives less than $4 in annual federal support per household, allocated in about the same ratio.

Do we hope our federal support will continue? Of course we do. But it is only with your support that WNMU can be certain to survive and flourish. Hope versus certainty…an easy choice.

WNMU, Public Radio 90 is a publicly licensed radio station. Our license was granted with the expectation that our listeners would support us with their financial contributions and that we would serve the upper Great Lakes region with our insightful and entertaining programs.

Instead of advertisers, we rely on our listening partners who provide the largest and most reliable share of our operating funds.  Listeners are the cornerstones of WNMU’s financial well-being.

Think about why you tune to WNMU, Public Radio 90. Is it the wide variety of music offerings from classical, jazz, and Blues to show tunes and traditional music? Maybe it’s NPR’s award-winning new magazine programs “Morning Edition” and “All Things Considered,” or “Media Meet” which focuses on issues affecting our upper Great Lakes region. Perhaps it’s “A Way with Words” or “Wait, Wait Don’t Tell Me,” programs that simply entertain and delight you. When you think about it, we provide the background to your daily life.

The WNMU-FM end of that partnership is ready…can we count on you? Without you, Public Radio 90 would be like the sound of one hand clapping. Each time you tune in, you complete the circle of value that your generous support has created.

Every dollar you send will be wisely spent. At WNMU, Public Radio 90, we squeeze every decibel possible out of each dollar you give.

We are sincerely thankful for whatever amount you can give. Every dollar, every member makes a difference.

— Evelyn Massaro

WNMU-FM Station Manager

40 Below to host running and bicycle race

The fourth annual Iron Range Roll hosted by 40 Below Marquette County Young Professionals is a 16-mile running and bicycle race from Ishpeming to Marquette on the Iron Ore Heritage Trail. The roll will take place Saturday, June 3. The running race will begin at 12:30 p.m. at the intersection of the heritage trail and M-35 in Negaunee and the bicycle race at 1:30 p.m at Cliffs Shaft Mine Museum in Ishpeming. A party and awards ceremony will take place at the Ore Dock Brewing Company from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Proceeds from the roll will support the YMCA of Marquette County’s Reach & Rise youth mentoring program. To learn more about the roll, register as a participant or volunteer contact Eric Walters at info@40belowmqt.org or visit 40belowmqt.org/ironrangeroll.

Three running for 109th House seat

After the unexpected death of Michigan State Rep. John Kivela, three individuals have announced their candidacy for the 109th State House District seat. Sara Cambensy, Jeremy Hosking and Joe Derocha have all thrown their hats into the ring for the special election for state representative. As of press time no republicans have filed.

Concert celebrates Finland’s independence

The Marquette Choral Society and the Marquette City Band will host a Finnish and American music concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 3, at the Messiah Lutheran Church. The musicians will then travel to Marquette’s sister city of Kajaani and six other cities to perform in honor of Finland’s 100 years of independence.

Learn why energy efficiency is a smart investment

Michigan Interfaith Power and Light, Keweenaw Young Professionals, Keweenaw Chamber of Commerce and the Keweenaw Climate Community are working together to host an event for owners and employees of local businesses to learn why energy efficiency is a smart investment for a business, what steps to take to cut energy waste and how to get recognition for these business efforts. The event will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, June 5, in room 202 of the Great Lakes Research Center, located at 100 Phoenix Dr. in Houghton.

UPAWS and Fox to host off-site animal adoption day

The Upper Peninsula Animal Welfare Shelter (UPAWS) will host “Find a Friend with FOX,” an off-site pet adoption fair to help UPAWS animals find homes, from 2 to 6 p.m on Thursday, June 8. UPAWS will bring animals in need of homes to Fox Negaunee, who will cover all pet adoption costs. Animals at the shelter, Petsmart and in foster care are also included. Adoption Vouchers can be obtained at Fox Negaunee the day of the event.

West end to host Town-wide rummage sale

The Greater Ishpeming-Negaunee Area Chamber of Commerce will host the Town-Wide Rummage Sale June 9 through 11 for residents of Ishpeming, Champion, Michigamme, Negaunee, Republic and surrounding townships. Those wishing to participate must register by June 7. Registration is $10 and forms can be downloaded at gincc.org or found at the chamber of commerce.

MNA hikes a brand new trail

Join the Michigan Nature Association for a hike on a brand new trail located to the east of Klipfel Nature Sanctuary and Helstrom Nature Sanctuary along Brockway Mountain. Drive at 1 p.m. Sunday, June 11. Hikers will be able to explore a new trail and observe species, both flora and fauna, and possibly some hawk migration. Hikers are encouraged to bring snacks, water, insect repellent and a pencil and pen to record their observations. Contact nancy@einerlei.com for further information.

UPCAP offers REST training in Marquette

The Upper Peninsula Area Agency on Aging is now offering Respite Education and Support Tools (REST) training, an educational course that provides respite training to adults and teens who want to offer care to those in need and provide assistance to their caregivers. REST training will be provided on two half days, from 9 a.m. to  2 p.m. Monday, June 12, and Monday, June 19. Attendance both days is required to receive certification as a REST companion. There is no charge to participants for this training, and lunch and snacks will be provided.

Big Bay to hold Town-Wide Rummage Sale

The community of Big Bay will host its annual Town-Wide Rummage Sale and Flea Market on Saturday, June 17, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at several locations. Pick up a map at Phil’s 550 Store, Cram’s General Store or Big Bay Outfitters. Furniture, new/used clothing, household items, books, baked goods, plants and more will be available. Rain or shine, head to Big Bay. For more information call 250-3350.

Negaunee Library begins summer reading programs

The Negaunee Public Library is offering summer reading programs for all ages, from 3 to adult. Beginning June 12, children and teens ages 3 to 18 can register and pick up a reading log to track time spent reading, and adults can fill out one entry slip per day for drawings throughout the summer. Special events will be held throughout the summer for children. There will also be a grand-prize drawing for children and adults.

Hikes to celebrate National Trails Day

Various groups will host hikes in honor of National Trails Day. The North Country Trail Hikers will host a 5-mile hike on Saturday, June 3. Participants will hike from Rumely Road to Laughing Whitefish Falls. Contact Lorana at nct@northcountrytrail.org, no later than Thursday, June 1, at 5 p.m. for further information or to sign up to attend, so carpooling arrangements can be made. Van Riper and Craig Lake state parks and Little Presque Isle Recreation Area will lead a mile-hike to explore trails near Beaver Pond and around Miners Loop for National Trails Day on June 3. The hike will begin at 3 p.m. at the bike path trail head near the contact station in Van Riper State Park and is open to all ages, but terrain will vary greatly.

Walk to save Middle Earth

The Peter White Public Library is hosting a Middle Earth Walking Challenge,  which began May 30 and ends August 31. During this time patrons can pick up a log at the library to record the number of miles they walk each day. As they reach walking milestones, the library is offering Peter White bucks, which can be used to pay fines, and pick up movies and copies. Logs must be turned into the library by September 8 to be considered for prizes that will be given to the top 20 walkers. If using a pedometer, 2,000 steps counts as one mile. If biking, four miles ridden equals one walked.

Negaunee City Band brings free summer concerts

The Negaunee City Band begins its free summer concert series at 7:30 p.m. n Wednesday, June 14 at the Outdoor Performing Arts Center located at the east end of Iron Street. The band, directed by Sara Perfetti, an active participant within the Peninsula Arts Appreciation Council, will play every Wednesday evening through August 9. The band will also participate in the Negaunee Memorial Day Parade, the Firemen’s Memorial March, Pioneer Days Parade, the Ishpeming Independence Day Parade and other appearances.

Changes to rental fire safety code take effect

Changes to the City of Marquette’s Rental Fire Safety Code and a new fee structure were approved at the May 8 Marquette City Commission meeting and took effect May 18. Currently, registered properties that haven’t been registered as a short-term rental, but are being rented as such will need to complete new registration. Properties already registered as a short-term rental will be notified if any additional information is needed. There will be a grace period in effect through July 31 to comply with the requirement changes. Updated forms and ordinance information is available on the city website or at the Marquette City Fire Department.

Annual Art Week to be

bigger than ever

The City of Marquette will host the third annual Art Week—seven days of special events dedicated to arts and culture, beginning June 25. This year’s Art Week will feature a new Fairy Garden Festival of Marquette, the Fresh Coast Plein Aire Painting Festival with over $2000 in prize money, sponsored by Travel Marquette, a concert by folk musician Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul & Mary, sponsored by the Hiawatha Music Festival and over 30 artist receptions.

Festival to bring artists

outdoors June 30

Travel Marquette presents the Fresh Coast Plein Aire Painting Festival from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, June 30, where local artists will paint at any Marquette outdoor location. Artists can register for $25 prior to the event at arts-culture@mqtcty.org or on the day of the event. Check-in begins at 7 a.m. at the Peter White Public Library. Painters must have their canvases stamped at check-in and can submit up to two paintings to be judged for prizes of up to $2,000 awarded for best of show, first and second place, honorable mentions, and people’s choice. Paintings must illustrate or be inspired by real-life scenes. A map of Marquette, painting sites and sheltered areas will be available at check-in.

Peter Yarrow to perform in Marquette

Hiawatha Music Cooperative and the City of Marquette will present a concert by folk music legend, Peter Yarrow at 7 p.m. June 30 in the Kaufman Auditorium in Marquette. General seating tickets are available for $35, and there are a limited number of $50 tickets for a meet-and-greet with Yarrow from 5 to 6 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at hiawathamusic.org, by phone at 226-8575, or in person at the Hiawatha Music Co-op from noon to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Home Builders Association wins Excellence Awards

The National Association of Home Builders announced the Home Builders Association (HBA) of the Upper Peninsula as the winners of three 2016 Association Excellence Awards. The awards for Best Membership Recruitment and Retention Plan, Best Education Program and Best Service to Members will be presented to the HBA of the U.P. at the Association Management Conference in Denver, Colorado, this August to HBA Executive Officer Sarah Schultz.

U.P. business leaders launch initiative

A coalition of U.P. businesses and community leaders announced the creation of a new regionally focused, private-sector economic and development initiative that will pursue new businesses, industries and jobs, and recruit, train and retain new employees for the region. They will also work toward better leveraging Michigan’s competitive business environment and the U.P.’s quality of life. The initiative has received support from the governor and Michigan Economic Development Corporation, and will begin operations after finding an executive director. It will announce its formal name after completing a branding process.

Frisbee hall of fame gains new inductees

The USA Guts Board of Directors announced the five new inductees into the International Frisbee and USA Guts Hall of Fame—Julie Vadnais of Washburn, Wisconsin, formerly of Marquette, Duane Haralson of Calumet, Mark Banghart of Lansing, Steve Buckley of metro Detroit and Pat Dexter of Albuquerque. This year’s Coca-Cola International Frisbee Tournament will take place July 8 through 9 in Calumet. The five new inductees will be honored with a dinner Saturday evening July 8 at the Calumet Colosseum, home of the International Frisbee and USA Guts Hall of Fame.

Grab your bike for Amazing Bike Path Tour 2.0

Jim Koski will lead a group bike ride around Marquette’s bike path system with over a dozen stops to explore some of Marquette’s history and visit spots such as old lumber mills, railroad yards and a one-time city dump. Prepare for a 4-to-6 mile bike ride beginning and ending at the Marquette Regional History Center at 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 21. A $5 donation is suggested.

Camp seeks counselors

Camp New Day, a free, one-week summer camp for U.P. youth ages 9 to 14 whose lives have been impacted by an incarcerated parent, family member or caregiver, is currently recruiting cabin counselors for this year’s camp. The camp will be held from July 9 through 15 at Presbytery Point on Lake Michigamme, and requires counselors to be onsite 24/7, with the exception of breaks, and pays $250 for the week. Applicants must be 18 years of age, able to pass a state police criminal background check and Michigan Deptartment of Human Services child safety check. Experience is helpful, but not necessary. An all-day training session will be held for counselors July 9. For further inquiries on Camp New Day contact Gene at champagne.gene@gmail.com, campndup@gmail.com or call 250-2140.

Watercolor class offered at the MACC

The Marquette Arts and Culture Center’s Creative Community Series will host a watercolor class taught by Carl Mayer from 1 to 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 30. There is a $35 registration fee and students must bring their own supplies. Call 226-8834 to sign up prior to class.

Tour raises funds for

historical society

The Ishpeming Area Historical Society will hold the annual “Historical Places and Interesting Spaces” fundraiser from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, June 25. The tour will feature an urban style ‘loft’ residence, a restored and meticulously decorated mid-century home, the Ishpeming Fire Hall, St. John’s Church and a peek inside the Anderson building. Advance tickets will be available the week prior for a $10 donation. All proceeds will go to the historical society. Further information can be found by visiting the Ishpeming Historical Society on Facebook.

Michigan Activity Pass

program celebrates 10 years

The Michigan Activity Pass program is celebrating its 10-year anniversary and will continue to provide library card holders at participating libraries statewide with free or discounted access to hundreds of state parks and recreation areas, historic sites, cultural attractions and campgrounds courtesy of the DNR, the Michigan Recreation and Parks Association and the Library Network. Through May 23, 2018, cardholders of participating libraries can print a free one-day pass that can be used at 435 destinations across the state. This year nine new destinations have been added to the program’s inclusive list of parks and institutions across the state. The activity pass encourages Michigan residents to lead healthier lifestyles through the use of state parks and recreational areas.

Learn Tai Chi at the MACC

The Creative Community Series brought by the Marquette Arts and Culture Center (MACC) will host beginners Tai Chi classes from 10 to 11:30 a.m. every Friday. The traditional Yang style Tai Chi will be taught by Marc Weinrick and is a slow moving, graceful, meditative, martial art that has been shown to benefit balance, blood pressure, cholesterol and muscle strength. There is a $50 per month registration fee. The classes take place at the MACC and are welcome to people of all ages. No experience is required. Participants should bring a yoga mat, indoor athletic shoes and wear loose/comfortable clothing.

MRHC to present special exhibit on fly fishing

The Marquette Regional History Center will present it’s special exhibit—”Kissing the Water: The Lure and Lore of Fly Fishing,” beginning with an opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, June 29. The exhibit will end Sept. 16 and allows goers to learn about the sport’s history in the area and see how fly fishing captures art, philosophy, literature and environmental concerns. There will be special events in relation to the exhibit such as a “Fish Painting” workshop with Liz Yelland and artwork for purchase from artist Derek DeYoung, Yooper Shirts and more. A $5 donation is suggested for the general public.

MDARD awards grants for rural communities

The Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development recently awarded Rural Development Fund Grants to promote the sustainability of land-based industries and support infrastructure benefiting rural communities. The department awarded 17 projects including—$150,000 to the City of Munising for infrastructure, $125,000 to Copper Peak Inc. of Ironwood for rural capacity, $80,000 to Houghton County for infrastructure, $26,500 to Michigamme Township for infrastructure, $50,000 to Northern Economic Initiatives Corporation of Marquette for rural capacity, and $226,700 to Northern Michigan Geological Repository Association of Marquette for rural capacity.

YMCA program to participate in study

The Marquette County’s YMCA Reach & Rise program has been selected to participate in a research study. The kick off for matching mentors and mentees for the study begins September for the individual program. During this transitional period until August 2017 the YMCA urges the community to send youth referrals for the program to Melissa DeMarse, Reach & Rise one-to-one program leader at MDeMarse@ymcamqt.org. More information regarding enhancements and changes to the program will be made known by late August.

Negaunee library holds book sale July 6

The Negaunee Public Library will hold its 37th Annual Pioneer Days Large Used Book Sale on Thursday, July 6, at the Negaunee Senior Center. Hardcover books will sell for 50 cents each, paperbacks will sell for 25 cents and children’s books for 10 cents each. Books may be donated to the library up to the day of the sale. The senior citizens sale at Jackson and Tobin streets will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. During the last hour of the sale, books may be purchased for $1 a bag. Books remaining after the sale will be distributed to places in need of reading materials. For further information contact librarian Jessica Holman at 475-7700, extension 18.

Marquette chamber receives grant

The Michigan Film & Digital Media Office (MFDMO) is introducing Creative Chambers initiative, a grassroots-driven pilot grant program to retain and attract creative industries talent in five diverse Michigan communities, including Marquette.  The $222,600 grant allocated over three years from MFDMO establishes a formal partnership with the Marquette Chamber of Commerce. The goal is to foster opportunities for those working in the creative industries, including jobs in creative technology, graphic design, communication, marketing, visual and performing arts along with culture-centered and heritage professions.

Recipients of U.P. Folklife Award announced

The Beaumier U.P. Heritage Center announced the three 2017 recipients of the Upper Peninsula Folklife Award. The recipients are Finnish-American icon Carl Pellonpaa, and folk dance instructors and advocates Bill and Marge Sklarr for their preservation and promotion of folk traditions of the region. Awards were presented at the Beaumier Center’s Benefit, “A Middle Eastern Dinner” on May 30.

U.P. Environmental Coalition announces grants

The Upper Peninsula Environmental Coalition announced the three recipients of the Community Conservation Grant Program Awards which awards a collective total of $12,500 to grantees to further important conservation efforts in the U.P. The grants are for planning or implementing local conservation projects that engage a variety of stakeholders within a community. The three recipients include the Marquette Regional History Center for its exhibit “Kissing the Water: The Lore and Lure of Fly Fishing,” the Keweenaw Bird Research Group for the Brockway Mountain Hawk Watch project, and the Iron County Watershed Coalition for it’s Watershed Awareness 2017 Program.

Business in brief…

• Star Line Mackinac Island Hydro-Jet Ferry, a 39-year-old Michigan ferry boat company,  has inherited 138 years of Arnold Line tradition and experience with its newly acquired Arnold Line passenger service assets. The upgrades include five classic ferries, one freight boat, four docks, including the main dock on Mackinac Island, one boat yard, parking lots and ticket booths, a pirate ship called the Good Fortune that will run excursions from Mackinac Island and will open a new gift store. Other additional updates will also come with the expansion.

• Sol Azteca Mexican Restaurant presented a $1,877 check on May 4, 2017, to the Pigs-N-Heat Fire Relief Fund, which supports Marquette County families who have suffered losses due to fire. The funds for the donation came from Sol Azteca’s Sunny Sundays campaign—a portion of the restaurant’s Sunday sales for a month are donated to a charity of the restaurant’s choice.

• David Trawick of Ishpeming has joined Theresa Sell’s team at Thrivent Financial as a financial associate with the organization’s East Wisconsin and Upper Michigan Regional Financial office. As the previous owner of Negaunee’s Paisano’s Pizza and with four years of service in the Air Force, Trawick offers comprehensive financial strategies, personal customer service and a wide range of financial products.

• Hiawatha National Forest volunteer Laura Woodworth was recently recognized as outstanding volunteer in the Eastern Region of the United States.

• Andrew Rickauer of Marquette has been promoted in his role of final associate to include the role of para-planner by Theresa Sell of the Marquette Area Financial Consultants Thrivent Financial with the organization’s East Wisconsin and Upper Michigan Regional Financial office. Rickauer has been a Thrivent financial associate for three years. His new position will allow him to continue servicing his previous clients, as well as the opportunity to work with new clients.

• The Iron County Economic Chamber Alliance hired experienced economic developer, Paul Schuytema as the executive director.

• Upper Peninsula Health Plan named Negaunee native, Steve Heikkinen the 2016 Employee of the Year.

• Everpure, LLC, an eco-friendly cleaning and sanitation company that provides services throughout the greater Marquette area, celebrated a successful first year of business with a Champagne Celebration hosted by Accelerate UP on April 27. Accelerate UP’s mission is to expand and create businesses in Marquette; it celebrated Everpure’s one year mark of servicing restaurants, school systems, health care facilities and more in the area.

• The Lake Superior Leadership Academy graduation of this years academic class took place May 11 at the Landmark Inn.

• Great Lakes Center for Youth Development will honor unsung heroes throughout the community with the 2017 U.P. Service Awards. Honorees will be announced in July and honored at a conference Thursday, October 12, 2017.

• The Upper Peninsula Solar Technical Assistance Team (UPSTART) has been selected to participate in the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative’s Solar in Your Community Challenge. Over the next 18 months, UPSTART will design a community solar program to enable residents and businesses in L’Anse to “go solar.”

News and notes from the Michigan DNR

• The Michigan Invasive Species Grant Program will award an anticipated $3.6 million in grants to applicants who wish to help prevent and control invasive species in Michigan. Launched in 2014 by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Environmental Quality and Agriculture and Rural Development, the program aims to prevent and control invasive species, or a species that is not native and whose introduction causes harm or is likely to cause harm to Michigan’s economy, environment or human health. Proposals to advance methods of aquatic invasive plant control and those undertaking surveillance of emerging potential infestations are being sought in 2017.

• Fur harvester licenses and kill tags for bobcat, fisher, marten and otter are now available for purchase for the 2017 seasons. Fur harvester licenses can be bought at a license agent, DNR Customer Service Center or online at E-License. Kill tags are issued to fur harvester license-holders free of charge at license agents or a DNR Customer Service Center. The fur harvester license is valid until April 30, 2018, and bobcat kill tags are only available until Nov. 30, 2017.

• The Michigan Natural Resources Commission (NRC) adopted a resolution to advise applicable agencies of practices that will substantially mitigate or eliminate chronic wasting disease (CWD) in Michigan. CWD is a contagious neurological diseas

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