GLADSTONE, MI (September 23, 2016) – The Munising Ranger District of the Hiawatha National Forest is seeking public input on a proposal to remove hazardous fuels, improve the timber stand, and restore wildlife habitat on 57 acres around McKeever Cabin. McKeever cabin overlooks McKeever Lake on National Forest System land approximately 14 miles south of Munising, Michigan.
The Forest Service would thin trees and brush with hand tools and prescribed burning. The project is being analyzed under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). Additional information regarding this project, including maps, are available on the Hiawatha National Forest website at http://fs.usda.gov/goto/hiawatha/projects.
Please submit specific comments or concerns about this project to one of the following by October 7, 2016.
To: Matt Dickinson, West Zone NEPA Planner
Mail or In Person: Munising Ranger District 400 E Munising Avenue Munising, Michigan 49862
Office hours, for those who wish to hand deliver their comments or provide them orally, are 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday – Friday (except Federal holidays). Oral comments must be provided at the office or by telephone during those hours. Acceptable formats for electronic comments are text or html email, Adobe portable document format, and formats viewable in Microsoft Office applications. It is the responsibility of the sender to ensure timely receipt of any comments submitted. Comments that are received on this proposal are part of the public record and therefore, are available for public inspection upon request. The USDA Forest Service is an Equal Opportunity Organization.
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Marquette, MI –September 6, 2016 – After the two week long contest, a winner for the John Fogerty Concert Ticket Giveaway has been selected. With the final day on entries coming to and end earlier this week, everyone was in anticipation for the winner, even us!
Congratulations to Richard Villalva from Texas for winning the trip to Vegas to see the this rock and roll legend! Richard will be enjoying his grand prize trip for two to Las Vegas sometime in the next month to see John preform during the Fortunate Son tour.
And keep it here for more exciting giveaways!
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Marquette, MI — July 4, 2016 — The street was packed with people who joined in the Fourth of July parade celebration. The groups were bright, friendly and some even showed off a lot of exciting sounds! This year, Sunny.fm, 103FXD and WRUP were well represented for Great Lakes Radio. Todd Noordyk, our leader here at Great Lakes Radio Inc., was heading up our vehicles with Adam Carpenter from the Outdoor Show. Adam was driving a stylish Kawasaki Mule from Zambon’s in Marquette with Miss Pre-Teen Great Lakes State and Miss Pre-Teen Upper Midwest in a boat behind excitedly passing out candy with smiles and waves.
Eric Tasson was manning the 103 FXD truck with Lane Dawson as his co-pilot. Premium Pole Buildings and Storage Sheds was behind them hauling our newest giveaway prize, the Steamin’ Summer Sauna. Bill Tibor was next in the WRUP van with Mike and Walt from the Sunny Morning Show saving the day and completing our line-up in the Sunny.fm van with flashing lights.
There was a all-around great showing of floats and groups on this warm and wonderful Independence Day. The Marquette High School Class of 1971 float especially eye-catching with their VW Van structure and ’70s throwback decorations. Another parade favorite was the veteran and military groups who were well represented and respected throughout the parade.
It’s a wonderful sunny day for celebrating The United States of America’s independence. Let us know how you celebrated your holiday or any of your favorite attractions from the parade!
Seney, Michigan – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, in cooperation with the Seney Natural History Association, invites you to participate in the 27th annual Children’s Fishing Day Saturday, June 25th at Seney National Wildlife Refuge.
Anglers age 1-16 should register at the Visitor Center before fishing. The registration table will open at 9:00 a.m. Fish entries will be accepted between 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. at the Visitor Center. Fishing with non-lead tackle is allowed from the shore along the Fishing Loop, Show Pools, at C-3 Pool, and in designated rivers. Fishing stations will be set up along the Refuge’s Fishing Loop. A limited amount of fishing poles and bait are available for participants to use at these stations. Activities and games for the whole family begin at 12:00 p.m. at the Visitor Center including arts, crafts, games, and more. Certificates will be awarded to the first, second, and third place winners for largest perch and pike in four age categories. Prizes, provided by local businesses, will be awarded by random drawing. A complimentary fish dinner for all participants and their families will be held at 3:00 p.m., followed by the awards ceremony.
The Seney National Wildlife Refuge is located off M-77, five miles south of Seney, or two miles north of Germfask. For more information contact Seney National Wildlife Refuge at (906) 586-9851 x 15.
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Seney National Wildlife Refuge 2016 General Calendar
Photo Tours – Thursdays June, July & August – to 11am
Meet with other photographers to explore the refuge, look for great shots and share photos and skills. You should have a working knowledge of your equipment and come prepared for a variety of weather and bug conditions.
Wildlife Wednesdays – Wednesday Nights June, July & August – 7 to 9:30pm
Join an evening guided auto tour of the Refuge backcountry. We’ll be looking for a variety of wildlife and sharing Refuge history and management practices along the way.
Duck Stamp Exhibit – August 7 to 28
Regular Visitor Center hours 9:00am-5:00pm Would you like to see some of the nation’s premier wildlife art in person? The Federal Duck Stamp Art Exhibit brings award-winning original wildlife art to Seney National Wildlife Refuge. The exhibit features the top entries as judged in the Federal Duck Stamp Art Contest as well as pieces from the The Junior Duck Stamp Art Tour.
Children’s Fishing Day – Saturday, June 25 – 9am to 3pm
Anglers ages 16 and under are welcome.To participate, register at the Visitor Center before fishing. Activities and games begin at noon. in the Visitor Center and include arts and crafts, games, and activities. Prizes, provided by local businesses, will be awarded by random drawing. A complimentary fish dinner for all participants and their families will be held at 3:00 p.m., followed by the awards ceremony.
Photo Contest – Last day to enter is August 31
The purpose of the contest is to encourage you to visit and enjoy the Refuge. When on display for voting the entries create an incredible array of Refuge experiences.
Morning Tours – Mondays and Fridays, July 8 – August 29 – 10am for 1 to 2 1/2 hours
Join us for a guided tour of the Refuge. We will be on the lookout for a variety of wildlife while sharing information on the animals we see, the history of the Refuge and current management practices.
Additional Pools Open to Fishing – September 5th to 30th
Looking to catch that big fish? Why not try a pool normally closed to fishing? If you love to fish don’t miss out on the chance to fish E, C, D and portions of B Pools that are only open to fishing from Labor Day through September 30 annually. Fishing is allowed during daylight hours only.
Fall Color Float – Saturday, October 1 -11am
Join our staff for a 4-5 hour canoe/kayak trip down the Manistique River. Boat rentals are available locally. Preregistration is required. Call for details.
Youth In the Outdoors – Saturday, October 8 – 9am to 4pm
There will be several different activities to choose from including mini sessions, long sessions, and half day sessions. If you have kids, grandkids, friends with kids, or are a kid, and you want to participate send an email to email@example.com to be added to our mailing list and registration materials will be sent to you in August. A $5 registration fee are required.
National Wildlife Refuge Week – Week of October 9 to 15
Lace up your hiking shoes, strap on your bike helmet, grab your binoculars, launch your boat in the river, drive your car…. whatever your passion, come to the Refuge and enjoy your great outdoors!
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St. Ignace/Sault Ste. Marie/Brimley, MI — The Forest Service is notifying local media of possible prescribed burning opportunities in the near future. Current weather forecasts suggest suitable burning weather may occur in the next several days. Prescribed burning is very weather dependent but may occur Saturday, June 18. If conditions are not right, the burns will be postponed until more favorable conditions arise.
The Forest Service’s St. Ignace/Sault Ste. Marie Ranger District is preparing for the South Brimley Grade prescribed burn. The burn would be about 5 miles west of Brimley and about 1 mile north of M-28. A map of this potential prescribed burn is available online. During active burning in the Brimley area, smoke may be visible from Brimley, Highway M-28 west of Brimley, and other points throughout Chippewa County. Due to safety concerns, the fire will only be executed in wind conditions that minimize the likelihood of reduced visibility due to smoke on Highway M-28. Though unlikely, smoke may settle in some areas in the evening hours. If you have health problems that may be aggravated by smoke production, please contact Brenda Dale, Zone Fire Management Officer, at (906) 643-7900 x127, and you will be personally notified prior to any burning activities.
The burn will maintain the 237-acres of wildlife opening to increase blueberry production under red pine, maintaining biological diversity on the Hiawatha National Forest, and in the Upper Peninsula.
This project will improve the overall health and vigor of vegetation and wildlife habitat on the Forest. Openings also serve as natural firebreaks by keeping large accumulations of hazardous fuels away from private homes and property boundaries. Such openings can burn frequently, but are consistent in only carrying or sustaining low intensity wildfires. Firebreak areas help to minimize the spread of larger, high intensity/catastrophic fires. They also provide safe opportunities for wildland fire-fighters to suppress large fires and/or minimize their impact to surrounding resources. This safety aspect is critical when dealing with fires that occur in areas with wildland-urban interfaces that inherently have higher risks and resource values at stake. Openings also help to mitigate those risks and minimize the loss to resource values (i.e. timber products, recreation opportunities, wildlife habitat, private property, and utilities).
For more information about the Hiawatha National Forest’s 2016 prescribed burn plans, visit the Forest’s News & Events page or contact the Zone Fire Management Officer.
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The petting zoo was definitely a hit at Econo Foods today!
Marquette, MI –June 11, 2016 – The turn out couldn’t have been better today as people filled the Econo Foods parking lot for the Truckloads of Produce Sale. Major Discount went out and found some amazing produce deals during the sale. You could find deals on fruits and vegetables of all kinds! The Major even meet up with Josh Kiesby from Tadych’s Econo Foods for a chat.
Not only was there deals hot on produce, but you could stick around for a cook out and ice cream party just outside the store. Econo had hot dogs and ice cream being served in the parking lot and a petting zoo from Devooght Farms for extra entertainment while visiting the store.
The Truckloads of Produce Sale is going on Saturday only. Make sure you get to Econo Foods for the best deals and the freshest produce before 5 PM. The price cuts are be huge and stop for a hot dog in the or ice cream.
Follow Tadych’s Econo Foods on Facebook to hear about more great deals like this one!
MUNISING, MI – Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore’s 2016 “Adopt-a-Trail, Adopt-a-Campsite and Adopt-a-Beach” orientation and training session will be held Saturday, May 28 from 9 am to 10 am. It will be held at Miners Castle, located approximately 6.5 miles east of Munising on H-58, then north on Miners Castle Road 5 miles.
Under this program, interested individuals or groups can adopt a section of trail, backcountry campsite or beach segment. Adopt-a-Trail, Adopt-a-Campsite and Adopt-a-Beach volunteers will be asked to visit their section of trail, campsite or beach once a month from May through October for light maintenance duties including picking up litter, light brushing, cleaning out water bars, and breaking up illegal fire rings. The park will provide a VIP uniform vest and ball cap, basic tools, gloves, and written guidelines on the work to be performed.
With over 100 miles of trail and 14 designated backcountry campsites, we are so grateful to the citizen-stewards that participated in this program last year, and encourage even more local citizens to become partners with us in taking care of this very special place.
The park’s trail network has 37 sections that are available for “adoption”. Adoptable sections range from trails that are easily accessible and less than a tenth of a mile to a section of the North Country Trail that is 5.3 miles long. There is something for every ability and level of interest.
This will be the tenth year for this program and it has been very successful. We have a lot of very dedicated and enthusiastic volunteers who love to hike and are happy to do some work along the way, and we hope they will be back with us this year. Most of all we want people to have fun and enjoy their time spent in the park. This is a great way to enjoy the outdoors and to be a part of conserving America’s first national lakeshore.
If you are interested in participating in the program, but can’t attend the 5/28 meeting , please call (or email) Ron Jones or Susan Reece at 906-387-2607 ext. 208
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Ishpeming, Michigan– March 31, 2016 – Everyone knows that the Great Lakes Radio crew LOVES to throw awesome giveaway parties! Our latest Grand Prize Winner is Josie Caya from Negaunee. Josie won our Growl Into Spring giveaway, a Yamaha Kodiak 700 4-Wheeler courtesy of Bayside Beverage, a division of Great Lakes Wine & Spirits and Redd’s Apple Ale right here at the Red Rock Lanes & Banquet Center in Ishpeming.
Dennis from On the Job with Dennis and Nancy registered all the guests and kept the registration line moving to get everyone in out of the cold, wet weather. Soon enough one of our lucky guests will be enjoying warm, sunny weather cruising around on their brand new Kodiak 700 and this weather will be a distant memory!
Once everyone was inside the banquet center, our very own Walt Lindala from the Sunny
Our parties are the best places to find out about upcoming events and giveaways!
Morning Show with Walt & Mike welcomed everyone to the party and started giving out prizes right away. Major Discount took the mic and introduced some very special guests. Then we gave away a few more door prizes.
Eric Scott from Mornings on 103 FXD released the tables for dinner, and everyone lined up again for some delicious food from Mama Russo’s. The staff from Mama Russo’s is always friendly and smiling as they serve our guests their wonderful Italian food. Everyone has their favorite Mama Russo’s food – mine is the Taffy Apple Salad!
Once everyone had their fill of Mama Russo’s food, Walt grabbed the mic again to give away some more prizes! Honor Credit Union also gave away a boat load of swag and a Visa Gift Card. Congratulations to Deldore, Dindy, Less, Grant, Helen, and Joseph, the winners of these great prizes from Honor Credit Union! Right now, Honor Credit Union has a Mortgage Special (you may have heard about it on the radio) and you can get $1,500 off your closing costs! Talk to Adam Carpenter at Honor Credit Union – 475-4149 – or look for more details on their website!
The fine folks at Bayside Beverage came up to say a few words
We played Bingo to determine our finalists for the Grand Prize! Seven lucky finalists chose their favorite station envelope and waited to tear them open to see who won the Yamaha Kodiak 700!
Then… the moment everyone was waiting for… on cue, the finalists tore open their envelopes! Many great gifts were inside the envelopes including specialty baskets from Super One Foods, a car clean up from LaFayette Collision Center, and an Auto Value of West Ishpeming gift certificate. Josie Caya chose the Fox Sports Marquette envelope and won the GRAND PRIZE! Congratulations, Josie! We hope you have a lot of fun with your new toy!
Michigan Governor Rick Snyder in the Great Lakes Radio studios in Marquette, Michigan.
Lansing, Michigan – January 19th, 2016 – All eyes in Michigan were on Governor Rick Snyder tonight. Governor Snyder delivered his Annual State of the State address on the stations of Great Lakes Radio in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. All eyes were on the Governor as he focused on the Flint water crisis, as expected.
The entire State of Michigan is seeing lower unemployment rates, and an upswing in the economy under Governor Snyder. Governor Snyder touted on that tonight, too. The State of the State from Governor Snyder was heard all across the Upper Peninsula on 103-FXD, 92.7 WRUP, and AM 1400 WQXO.
Governor Rick Snyder pointed out the fact that the State of Michigan is now seeing some of the lowest unemployment rates in the United States. Homes are being bought, gas prices are continuing to drop, and more and more Michigan residents have faith in the State’s Government.
Marquette, MI –December 18, 2015 – Sandi Heikkinen of Marquette walked away from our giveaway party tonight as the Grand Prize Winner! Sandi won an all-inclusive, 5-night stay for two at the Riu Palace Riviera Maya. This trip includes a park-n-fly hotel room for two in Chicago or Milwaukee for one night, two round-trip charter flights from Chicago or Milwaukee to Cancun, and round-trip transfers from the airport to the resort!
None of our 7 finalists walked away empty-handed. Garret Green won the $100 Gift Certificate from Wattsson & Wattsson Jewelers in Marquette. Amber Robiutaille won a Guy’s Gift Basket and Nollan Pettersen won a Women’s Gift Basket from Super One Foods. Brenda Alexander won the Car Care Club Membership from Southside Automotive. Cassandra Evers won the Miller High Life Cooler Package from Bayside Beverage, a Division of Great Lakes Wine & Spirits, and Pam Prusi won the $100 Gift Certificate from MC Sports!
The fine folks from Biolife Plasma Services set up a booth at the Two Tickets to Paradise giveaway party.
With Dennis and DeeDee manning the doors, guests filed into the banquet center filling the room with excited chatter. Red Rock Lanes looked great thanks to staff’s hard work putting up festive decorations. Once everyone was seated, our guests were ready for some amazing Italian food, and to find out if they would win a trip to Mexico.
Mama Russo’s did a fantastic job catering! They kept smiles on guest’s faces and everyone got their fill of delicious food! Guests loaded their plates with phenomenal lasagna, cudighi bites, and homemade salads. Afterwards, Walt gave out the last of the door prizes. Lake Superior Knives gave away a Buck folding knife to winner Linn Klemola from Gwinn.
Biolife Plasma Center raffled off two $50.00 gift cards to Max Smith from Rochester, and Angela Whitman from Manistique. All proceeds from Biolife’s raffle will go to a family in need this holiday season. Next, our guests lined up for a festive game of corn-hole!
Enter to win a Yamaha Kodiak 700 Ultramatic in our next big giveaway, thanks to Bayside Beverage, a division of Great Lakes Wine and Spirits!
Smiles flashed across our guests’ faces as they took their turn tossing the bean bag towards the hole. If the bag went through the hole, the guest received a free game of bowling from Red Rock Lanes!
To end an amazing night with a bunch of loyal listeners and awesome sponsors, we announced the grand prize winner! Each of the 7 finalists took their favorite station envelope and hoped that it contained the grand prize, two tickets to paradise! Sandi Heikkinen from Marquette won the grand prize! She will be enjoying a warm vacation in Mexico thanks to Great Lakes Radio and Holiday Travel!
Yum! Mama Russo’s always cooks up the best Italian food!
By 6:30p, hundreds of people formed a line that ran out of the Red Rock Lanes and into the parking lot! Dennis and Dee Dee registered our guests and kept the line moving. Then, Dee Dee released the tables for dinner. Starving, I piled my plate high with Mama Russo’s mouthwatering mostaccioli, cudighi bites and homemade salads. Now that’s Italian food done right!
After scraping my plate clear, the great staff at the Red Rock Lanes whisked away my plate as Walt Lindala took the stage. Without a delay, he started drawing names and handing out t-shirts, visors, wine glasses and more from the mountain of door prizes next to him.
Then, BioLife gave away a $50 Visa Gift Card to Mike Kutchie, ServPro gave a carpet care kit to Kim Midthun, and Synergy Fitness gave away two massages to Crystal Hackett and John Basolo.
Next, it was time to pick out our finalists. How? By playing Bingo! The winner of each round stepped up to the front of the room and picked out an envelope. Was it the grand prize?
A drumroll started in the banquet area as the 8 finalists ripped open their envelopes. Then, Mike Kutchie excitedly held his envelope in the air! He won the grand prize!
Mike Kutchie won the GRAND PRIZE
Even though they didn’t win the grand prize, the rest of the finalists received great gift baskets and certificates too! Stefany Jecevicus from Gwinn won a 3-month membership to Synergy Fitness. Kim Midthun from Negaunee won a $100 gift certificate Wattsson & Wattsson Jewelers. Troy Frayer from Marquette won a LaFayette Collision Center medium vehicle wash, wax & interior shampoo certificate from UP Bargains. Kay Beaudry from Negaunee won an Auto Armor interior shampoo and exterior polish for a minivan or 4-door utility vehicle from U.P. Bargains. Brenton Fitzpatrick from Marquette won a “Guy’s Basket” from Super One Foods. Brian Jarvi from Ishpeming won a “Women’s Basket” from Super One Foods. Charles Eberhard won a Keystone Light hunter’s backpack and chair and other swag from Great Lakes Wine and Spirits.
2014/2015 COMPETITIVE CHEER TEAM – REGIONAL QUALIFIER, 2015 — CONGRATS!!
Munising, MI – September 16, 2015 – Help support the Munising High School Cheerleaders!
The Munising High School Cheerleaders are selling pasties to raise funds for their travel expenses this year. Pasties are $5 each. You can get in touch with one of the cheerleaders or one of their moms.
Th money is due by October 16th, so order your pasties today and support the high school cheerleaders!
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WETMORE, Mich. – An event will be held at the Forest Glen General Store on Aug. 17 to commemorate the recent completion of a preventative maintenance project along Federal Forest Highway 13 in Alger County. The 12.5-mile-long, $346,000 pavement preservation project will improve the service life, increase the pavement friction, and provide new pavement markings, enhancing safety.
Who: State Sen. Tom Casperson, R-Escanaba; Alger County Road Commission officials; and Munising Township officials.
What: Casperson will join local officials to discuss the importance of the route’s preservation, as well as the federal grant funding, state of Michigan matching funds, and matching funds from Munising Township.
When: Monday, Aug. 17 at 10 a.m.
Where: Forest Glen General Store 7445 NF-13 Wetmore, MI
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Lion’s Club Car Show at Gwinn High School for Gwinn Fun Daze 2015
Gwinn, MI – July 25, 2015 – It was all about community at the annual Gwinn Fun Daze, hosted by Gwinn and the ModelTowners. Major Discount and Gordon Mielke were there to bring the fun to you! People gathered together from all around Gwinn and the surrounding areas to celebrate their amazing town, and everyone had a blast!
Gwinn Fun Daze will also help welcome a new high school superintendent, Tom Jayne! Mr. Jayne spoke at the Gazebo about his plans for the future of Gwinn High School, and the crowd warmly welcomed him into their community.
Hundreds of people stopped out to get in on the fun, and there was plenty to be had for everyone, old and young! There was a 50/50 raffle, rubber ducky races for the kids, bingo, prizes, and an entire area for children to safely play in! There was also great food like brats, hot dogs, pizza, burgers, and for desert, Daughters of the Nile cotton candy! There was also live music all day, as well as antique chainsaw viewing and classic cars and tractors to check out!
Tents and the crowd at Gwinn Fun Daze 2015- Great Turn Out!
Also, Great Lakes Radio celebrated their new station 99.9FM Fox Sports Gwinn! We’re proud to bring the ModelTowners to Gwinn on 99.9FM, and the station will have ModelTowner football and basketball this upcoming school year!
We hope you had an awesome time at the Gwinn Fun Daze this year! A special thanks goes out to the city of Gwinn, E&E Furniture, The Gwinn Lions Club, Gwinn Insurance, and Great Lakes Radio!
Be sure to check out all of Gordy and Major Discount’s live breaks below!