Archives for April 2018

Missing Man’s Body Found

A missing man’s body has been found…

38-year-old Duane Kangas of Hancock’s body was found in a canal near Waterfront Park. According to The Daily Mining Gazette, he was last seen leaving the Krist Food Mart on Shelden Avenue, in Houghton, back on Nov. 7. Police say he left in his vehicle, behind. His wife, Christin a confirmed the body’s indentity. If you have any information relating to his death give Hancock City Police a call.

Soo Updates get President’s Support

It’s taken decades for those who want to update and modernize the Soo Locks to get the attention of a President, and now they have it.

During a rally Saturday night, President Trump said the time has come to fix the Soo Locks. Michigan’s congressional delegation has been pushing for the money to build a new 12-hundred foot long lock for large freighters to go along with the 49-year-old Poe Lock. The expansion was approved by Congress in 1986, but has been fought for decades by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Refinery Explosion In Wisconsin

An explosion rocks Wisconsin…

A huge fire at an oil refinery in Superior is out. Luckily, no one died in the explosion at the plant, but at least 20 people were injured. Fire chief Scott Gordon said putting out the fire was just a matter of getting enough water, personnel and foam onto the scene. Evacuation orders are remaining in effect into the night, with hourly reassessments.

Michiganders Will Vote To Legalize Marijuana

Michigan voters are getting the chance to “free the weed.”

An initiative that would legalize recreational marijuana will be included on the November ballot. The State Board of Canvassers confirmed yesterday that the backers of the initiative had enough valid signatures to qualify for the ballot. If passed, it would allow adults over the age of 21 to possess and grow small amounts marijuana for recreational use.

Michiganers To Vote On Legalized Marijuana

Michigan voters are getting the chance to “free the weed.”

An initiative that would legalize recreational marijuana will be included on the November ballot. The State Board of Canvassers confirmed yesterday that the backers of the initiative had enough valid signatures to qualify for the ballot. If passed, it would allow adults over the age of 21 to possess and grow small amounts marijuana for recreational use.

Legalized Marijuana in Michigan

Legalized marijuana in Michigan could be headed for a vote…

A ballot drive to legalize marijuana for recreational use is close to clearing a key hurdle. Michigan’s elections board on Thursday will consider certifying the initiated legislation after staff determined enough voter signatures were gathered. The canvassers also will take up a proposal that would repeal a law requiring higher “prevailing” wages on state-financed construction projects.

Buy your own piece of the Mackinac Bridge

If you want a piece of the Mac now may be your chance.

If you’ve crossed the bridge in the past few weeks, you likely saw workers cutting away at large portions its grated metal. They’re replacing original sections that date back 60 years, when the bridge was first built. The state Department of Transportation is auctioning eight four-foot sections of steel grating removed from the Mackinac Bridge. The pieces are going for anywhere from $270 to more than $1,500. Delivery is not an option, winners will need to pick their piece up in person. govdeals.com.

Supreme Court Leaders Head North

Supreme Court Justices Head North…

The Michigan Supreme Court is crossing the Mackinac Bridge for the first time. The court is hearing a case Wednesday in Sault Ste. Marie. Justices try to schedule arguments outside Lansing during each term, but spokesman John Nevin says a visit to the Upper Peninsula is unprecedented. The case involves a dispute over a golf cart crash in suburban Detroit. The case will be heard at Lake Superior State University.

Public Comment On ORV Roads

Public comment wanted on ORV Roads…

Michigan officials are inviting public feedback on an inventory that designates Upper Peninsula forest roads as either open or closed to off-road vehicles. An online map with the proposed classifications will be available for viewing May 1. The roads are used for habitat improvement, timber management and fire control, plus public recreation. They’ve historically been open to ORVs. But some may be closed to avoid user conflicts and protect sensitive areas.

UP Gas Dealer Goes to Prison

A long time UP gas vendor is headed to prison…

64 YO, David Vernier, of Ishpeming, was sentenced to 45 months in federal for committing bankruptcy fraud. David Vernier, the father of Brooke Vernier, came to the attention of special agents of the FBI as they investigated her involvement in a $145 (m) check-kiting scheme. Investigators concluded that Brooke Vernier, circulated a huge number of bad checks at three different banks, taking them $1.7 million. Like her father she was convicted, and sentenced to 18 months in federal prison, plus order to pay restitution.