Enjoy the Union Grill in Marquette

Stop by the new website: enjoyuniongrill.com for all the latest updates and menu highlights

Stop by the new website: enjoyuniongrill.com for all the latest updates and menu highlights

Marquette, MI - July 28, 2014 – Head up north this week and try some real good barbeque.  The Union Grill in Marquette has a smoker that’s always hot and they’re fast, making it a good quick stop when you need something more than just fast food.

I love the Union Grill Burger – your basic burger served on a kaiser roll.  The Union Grill also has savory BBQ chicken, pulled right off the bone and served on a kaiser roll (my mouth is watering just thinking about it!).  There’s also a large selection of wines and beers – many from local breweries – to choose from.  Of course, the best part is after dinner, so I always make sure to save room for some cheesecake.

Come enjoy the Union Grill in Marquette today – and get a taste of some authentic barbeque, right here in the U.P.

Great Lakes Radio Sizzlin Sauna Giveaway Winner Shelly Russell Ishpeming Michigan Red Rock Lanes and Banquet Center

Ishpeming, Michigan  -  July 17, 2014  – Hundreds of people came to our Sizzlin’ Sauna Sweepstakes giveaway party on Thursday at Red Rock Lanes & Banquet Center hoping to walk away the Grand Prize Winner, but only one person could win that sauna. After four games of bingo and dozens of door prizes were given away, Shelly Russell of Skandia picked the right envelope and won the brand new Finnleo portable sauna.

After everyone had their fill of Mama Russo’s brats and their famous salads,we played Bingo to choose our finalists. Our on-air personalities, DeeDee, Dennis, Eric and Carl, took turns calling the games. In no time at all, we had all five of our finalists.

DeeDee and Dennis even started a sing-along Hee Haw style to get everyone in the mood before the final prize drawing.

Thank you to all the sponsors who made this giveaway possible: Superior Stoves & Fireplaces, BioLife Plasma Services, Honor Credit Union – Negaunee, Marquette and Gwinn, Red Rock Lanes & Banquet Center, Mama Russo’s, Fox Motors – Team UP, Taiga Games, Marquette Cinema, JRJ Food Equipment, Anytime Fitness, Forsberg Flowers, and the United States Air Force.

Major Discount also announced our next giveaway: A $12,500 Bathroom Makeover – that’s the biggest prize we’ve EVER given away! Great Lakes Radio teamed up with Mathews Flooring, Trudell Plumbing & Heating, Champion Glass, and Stone Reflections for this amazing grand prize. Online registration is now open! Click here to register online for this fantastic bathroom makeover.


Battery “D” pf the Michigan light artillery will be at Fort Wilkins for the thirtieth year in a row under the command of Captain Newkirk.  They are a Civil  War re enactment group and will set up an actual camp as it was in the Civil War.  They fire the cannon out over the lake and the report is phenomenal. So if you get the chance to come see them this  weekend Friday  through Sunday tell them George sent ya.

(Munising, MICH.) In celebration of Lake Superior Day, Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore interpreter Andrea Chynoweth will lead a guided walk at Miners Beach on Sunday, July 20, at 1 p.m.

The hour-long walk will focus on the power of Lake Superior to influence both aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems, impacts on weather, and the dynamic forces at work where water meets land.

To reach Miners Beach from Munising, travel east on Alger County Road H-58 to Miners Castle Road, about five miles. Travel north on Miners Castle Road for about six miles, turning right onto the road to Miners Beach. After one mile, turn left at the T-intersection and meet Ranger Andrea at the parking lot on the west side of Miners Beach.

Lake Superior Day is an annual event that occurs the third Sunday of July. Started by a group of citizens in the 1990s at Thunder Bay, Ontario, it now includes celebrations and activities from more than 50 groups and communities around Lake Superior.

For more information, please contact the interagency visitor center at 906-387-3700.

Munising, Michigan – It’s our American Made 4th of July Weekend! Celebrating the 4th of July with patriotic favorites along with some of the best American made artists & groups all weekend long.


Yesterday morning I had the chance to talk to Senator Tom Casperson about the EPA and how they are trying to make it impossible to burn wood. Noticed this morning where they have been thwarted in their attempt by congress. We also discussed their trying to take over all the water in Michigan by changing their directives. They now control the navigatable waterways but they want it all so your favorite trout stream could be shut down to fishing by the swipe of a pen. Be sure to listen then contact your congressperson. You can find the interview in our archives or listen today and I will play it again.


Talked to Jason Allen this week. discussed the additional finances apropreated by the governor for the VA. this will enable more advisors to be available to aid vets in filling out paper work to get their benefits. This is a great stride forward for our vets.

Also the Jacobetti and the vets center in Grand Rapids have received funding to help bring them up to code in their physical plant. you can listen to this interview from our archieves.

MUNISING, MICHIGAN - Munising Bay Trail network is teaming up with Subaru/International Mountain Bicycing Associaltion trail crew on June 14, 2014 for classroom work to learn proper trail building technique starting at 9:00 a.m. and goint until noon, with lunch provided. Then the crew is heading to Valley Spur to start using these new techniques and building trails at Valley Spur. If you are interested in joining this event go to mbtn.org to sign up.


This morning I had za nice chat with several ladies from thee quilt guild here in Munising. we discussed the up coming quilt camp happening at the Good Shepherd Lutheran church ont the 16 of June thru the 18,noon to 4 each day.  You must register by June 10 for camp.

We also talked about t he comfortors for our returning vets. If you know of a vet who was deployed and has not received a quilt or a vet who is deployed and will be returning soon please let these ladies know. they gave out 50 quiltds last year. Until they find new vets they are making quilts for WW II vets.

Then to top it off the quilt show coming to Good Shepherd Lutheran church in October 10-14. there are raffle tickets available thru any of the 60+ members of the guild for a dollar or 6 for $5.


wonderful time with thse ladies. thanks for your coming in.  You can listen by going to the interview archieves and clicking on quilt guild.

(Munising, MICH.) “Celebrating Wildflowers” week is May 18 through 24. To mark this occasion, botanists on the Hiawatha National Forest and interpreters from Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore will lead wildflower walks along Miners Castle Road.

Saturday Wildflower Walks
Deb LeBlanc, Hiawatha National Forest botanist, will lead wildflower walks on Saturday, May 24, and Saturday, May 31. Participants will meet at 1 p.m. at the Hiawatha National Forest-Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore interagency visitor center. The visitor center is located at 400 East Munising Avenue in Munising. There will be a short overview of the native plant program prior to driving to Miners Castle Road.

The group will stop frequently along Miners Castle Road and take short, easy walks into each wildflower viewing spot. The northern hardwood forest along Miners Castle Road provides one of the most diverse mix of spring wildflowers found in the Central Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

Subjects discussed during this 2 to 2-1/2 hour walk include easy identification tips for area spring wildflowers, unique plant characteristics, the northern hardwood forest ecology including the importance of vernal ponds, and tip-up mound topography. Techniques for photographing wildflowers will also be discussed.

Sunday Wildflower Walks
Andrea Chynoweth, Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore interpreter, will lead wildflower walks on Sunday, May 25, and Sunday, June 1. Participants will meet at 1 p.m. at the Miners Castle Information Station at the end of Miners Castle Road in Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. This hour-long leisurely stroll will include wildflower identification, northern hardwood forest ecology, and the impact of invasive species.

Comfortable walking shoes recommended for all walks. Be prepared for bugs. Please bring water and your camera.

Celebrating Wildflowers is a National program created by USDA-Forest Service and USDI-Bureau of Land Management in response to public interest in the conservation and management of native plants. Celebrating wildflowers brings awareness to the role our public lands play as a reservoir for much of America’s native plant diversity.

For more information please the interagency visitor center in Munising at 387-3700.


Major Discount (left) poses with Jean Moize (right) of Dallas, Texas.  Jean traveled here to help organize the event!

Major Discount (left) poses with Jean Moize (right) of Dallas, Texas. Jean traveled here to help organize the event!

MARQUETTE, MI – 5/17/2014 - Building a healthy future for our kids has become a priority for a lot of people.  Jilbert Dairy Fuel UP Play 60 centered around such a cause.  The Superior Dome welcomed over 500 people Saturday morning, and all were out to have a good time and to be active!

Former NFL players were in attendance such as Tony Fisher, former Green Bay Packer & Mr. Football – Ohio, along with Luther Ellis, a former defensive tackle for the Detroit Lions.  Some local (and national) celebrities were there too, such as Winter Olympian Snowboarder Nick Baumgartner and reigning Dairy Queen Chelsie Kronemeyer of Pickford!

All in attendance had a simple message to today’s youth:  GET ACTIVE!  Just because somebody tells you to go exercise, that doesn’t make it a chore.  Exercise is anything that gets you up and moving.  Go play tag, touch football, stickball, dizzy-bat spins… ANYTHING!  Just get off the couch and get outside.

Who doesn't want a free lunch?  A HEALTHY lunch at that!

Who doesn’t want a free lunch? A HEALTHY lunch at that!

The event was organized by Gordon Mielke, who said he was “very proud” of all the work that went into the day.  He was very excited to have such an array of high profile people come out to support this great cause.  With healthy snacks, drinks (MILK!), and activities, it truly was a great way to spend a Saturday in the Marquette.

We’d like to thank all of our fellow sponsors for this event:  UDIM, Tadych’s Econo Foods, Honor Credit Union, SIR Federal Credit Union, The Screened Image, Care Clinic of Marquette, the NFL and of course Jilbert Dairy!

If you would like to see more pictures from this event, or if you would like to hear interviews with the Major, Luther Elliss, Nick Baumgartner, Tony Fisher, or a myriad of others that took the time to get involved with this great cause CLICK HERE!

Courtney Kotewa Wins Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore Photo Wins 2013 Share the Experience Competition

Courtney Kotewa Wins Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore Photo Wins 2013 Share the Experience Competition

Munising, Michigan - A stunning photograph of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore is the 2013 Grand Prize winner in the National Park Foundation’s Share the Experience photo competition. Courtney Kotewa of Essexville, Michigan, was named the grand prize winner with her photo of kayaking on Lake Superior along Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

This year’s grand prize winner comes from a family outing. According to Courtney, it almost didn’t happen as she was not sure she would take her phone with her on the kayak trip for fear of dropping it in choppy Lake Superior. Lucky for Courtney, she decided to risk it and bring the phone to document the trip.

Although she grew up in Michigan, this was Courtney’s first trip to Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, and she described it as being on her mom’s “bucket list.” Both Courtney and her mom are always up for adventure in the outdoors as Courtney describes it best, “Nature grounds you where you can get your perspective on life back. That’s what it does for me.”

“We are very pleased that Ms. Kotewa’s outstanding photograph of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore will be on the 2015 pass and congratulate her for her grand prize winning entry,” said Lakeshore Superintendent Mike Pflaum. “This latest recognition for the lakeshore will result in well-deserved greater national awareness of the stunning resources of the park.”

The National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks, ACTIVE Network, and Air Wick sponsor the Share the Experience photo contest. Nearly 20,000 images were submitted in 2013, and the contest had more than 1.7 million photo views. As the grand prize winner, Courtney’s photo will be featured on the 2015 America the Beautiful – The National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass. About 300,000 people purchase this pass each year.

The U.S. Department of the Interior hopes the competition will encourage all Americans to explore inspiring places.

“And don’t forget to take your camera along,” said Interior Secretary Sally Jewell. “The lens of a camera in the right hands at the right place can capture the majesty and magic of America’s national parks, national wildlife refuges and other treasured landscapes like the beautiful lakeshore in Michigan where Courtney took her winning photograph,” Jewel added.

In 2013, second place went to Michael DeWitt of Ashland, Wisconsin, for his photo of the sunset through an ice-covered porthole during a winter canoe trip in Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, also on Lake Superior. Third place went to Darrell Staggs of Mooresville, Indiana, for his illusionary photo that appears to show a hiker walking along the edge of a cliff in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area.

The Share the Experience photo contest is a chance for amateur photographers to submit inspiring images of America’s federal lands, national parks, forests, waterways and historical sites to win cash prizes, outdoor equipment, annual federal recreation passes and hotel packages courtesy of Historic Hotels of America. The grand prize for the winning image is $10,000, followed by $5,000 and $3,000 for second and third place, in addition to outdoor gear and an annual pass. There are also prizes for fan favorites and one each in six categories.

With the announcement of the 2013 Grand Prize, the 2014 competition was launched, and all federal land visitors are encouraged to enter. For more information about the 2014 competition, please visit www.sharetheexperience.org

this week i have been playing an interview i had with sheriff Hughes concerning the up coming informational program on the meth problem here in Alger county. We discussed the dangers of meth and the fact that these guys are throwing  the waste onto the road side. Those groups who are picking  up the roadsides are at risk. He said that the meth makers prefer green pop or gator ade bottles. The program is the 13th of May at the high school gym at 6 p.m. iIf you are involved with the adopt a highway program please plan to attend and even if not you need to be informed. thank you george

Munising, Michigan – Due to the wet court conditions the Tennis match today between Munising and Marquette will be rescheduled.

Friday, May 2
  • 3:30pm  CANCELED-Track@St. Ignace
  • 3:30pm  CANCELLED-Boys Tennis@Marquette
  • 4:30pm CANCELLED-Softball@Stephenson
Saturday, May 3
  •  CANCELLED-Softball@Newberry
  • 10:30am CANCELLED-Track@Mid-Pen CUP Conference
  • 1:00pm CANCELED-Softball vs Ironwood DH
Monday, May 5
  • 2:00pm  Boys Tennis@Menominee 2pm
  • 3:30pm CANCELED-Golf@Mqt/Ishp Triangular
  • 5:30pm Booster Club Meeting
Tuesday, May 6
  • 10:00am Cancelled-Golf@Kiwanis Tourney
  • 4:00pm Track@Manistique
  • 4:00pm Boys Tennis@Gwinn
Wednesday, May 7
  • 3:30pm Golf@Gwinn
  • 4:00pm Softball vs Newberry DH
Thursday, May 8
  • 11:00am Golf@Escanaba
  • 1:30pm HS Track@Rapid River
  • 3:30pm MS Track@LaSalle High School
  • 6:30pm Science Camp Parent Meeting
Friday, May 9
  •  Junior Career Day at Northern Michigan University
  • 6:30pm HS Track vs Munising Lions Invite
Saturday, May 10
  • 11:00am Boys JV Tennis@Marquette
  • 7:00pm Grand March – Prom
  • 8:00pm Prom
Monday, May 12
  • Art Festival Setup
  • 3:30pm HS Track@Newberry
  • 4:00pm Softball vs Rapid River DH
  • 4:00pm MS Track Munising Invite
Tuesday, May 13
  • Art Festival
  • 1:30pm Elem Concert
  • 3:00pm MS Track@Manistique
  • 3:30pm Boys Tennis@Westwood
  • 4:00pm Golf vs Munising Quad
  • 6:00pm UPSET Presentation
Wednesday, May 14
  • Art Festival
  • 6:45am Elem Father’s Breakfast
  • 11:00am Service Awards
  • 7:00pm Middle/High School Band and Choir Concert
Thursday, May 15
  •  Art Festival
  • 9:00am Elem Spelling Bee
  • 4:00pm HS Track vs Regionals
  • 4:00pm Boys Tennis@Gladstone
Friday, May 16
  • Art Festival Take Down
  • 10:00am Golf vs Munising Invite
  • 4:00pm Softball vs Gwinn DH
  • 5:00pm Doggy Dash
Saturday, May 17
  • 10:00am Softball@Manistique Pink Tourn
Sunday, May 18
  • 1:00pm Mother/Daughter Tea
Monday, May 19
  • 10:00am Golf@West Iron Cty
  • 1:00pm MS Track@Rapid River CUP Meet
  • 2:30pm Boys Tennis@Escanaba
  • 4:00pm Softball vs Superior Central DH
  • 6:00pm First & Goal Kindergarten
Tuesday, May 20
  • 4:30pm Softball vs Stephenson DH
Wednesday, May 21
  • 11:00am Golf@Marquette
  • 3:45pm Boys Tennis@Ishpeming
Thursday, May 22

4:00pm HS Track vs Mun Triangular

Saturday, May 24
  • 12:00pm Graduation
Monday, May 26
  • No School-Memorial Day
Tuesday, May 27
  • 5:00pm Softball Districts@Newberry
Wednesday, May 28
  • 9:00am Boys Tennis UP’s@Westwood
Thursday, May 29
  • 10:00am Golf@UP Finals
Friday, May 30
  • 6:00pm School Play
Saturday, May 31
  • 10:00am HS Track@UP Finals
  • 1:00pm School Play