Man arrested after human remains found in Michigan’s UP
KINCHELOE, Mich. (AP) — A 42-year-old man has been arrested after human remains were found at a home in Michigan's eastern Upper Peninsula.
Sean McInnis was arraigned Thursday and jailed on...
Poe Shipping Lock reopens after repair work completed
SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. (AP) — A shipping lock that enables cargo vessels to move between Lake Huron and Lake Superior has reopened after closing earlier Monday for repairs.
Lawmakers to tour Soo Locks, site of planned $1B upgrade
SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. (AP) — Members of Congress are planning a tour of the Soo Locks complex in Michigan's Upper Peninsula to learn about a proposed $1 billion upgrade.
Flowers, more than 100 cards for sheriff injured in crash
SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. (AP) — A sheriff in Michigan's Upper Peninsula has received more than 100 cards and many flower bouquets as he recovers from a car crash.
SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. (AP) — A state loan and grant will help Lake Superior State University build a center for research and education about upper Great Lakes ecosystems.
SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. (AP) — A $1.5 million state grant will help convert a contaminated property in Sault Ste. Marie into the home of a research and education center.
SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan-based Native American tribe is receiving $2 million in federal funds to help build a manufacturing and warehouse facility.
FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Airports across Michigan are receiving federal grants for repairing and building runways, as well as replacing and updating equipment.
SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. (AP) — Police say a man and his wife were found dead after a murder-suicide outside a nursing home in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.
SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. (AP) — A sheriff in Michigan's Upper Peninsula is asking birdwatchers not to leave their cars parked in the middle of a road while they take off on foot in pursuit of a...
SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. (AP) — A man says his rights were violated when an Upper Peninsula jail refused to allow him to wear his artificial leg during a three-day stay.
SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. (AP) — Lake Superior State University in Michigan's Upper Peninsula has agreed to spend $1 million on chemistry equipment, partly to stock the school's new cannabis...
SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. (AP) — President Donald Trump's newly released budget calls for spending $75.3 million toward construction of a new Great Lakes shipping lock in Michigan's Upper...
Ice sculpture of American Indian removed from festival in UP
SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. (AP) — An ice sculpture of an American Indian in headdress has been removed from the front of a hotel in the Upper Peninsula.
The sculpture was created as part of Sault Ste. Marie's Ice Festival. Aaron Payment, chairman of the Sault Tribe of Chippewa Indians, said it could be considered offensive.
Michigan island residents warned to prepare for deep freeze
SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard is warning residents of islands in the river connecting Lake Superior and Lake Huron in northern Michigan that they could be cut off from ferry service during next week's deep freeze.
Those who live on Sugar and Neebish islands in the St. Marys River as well as Drummond Island in Lake Huron are being urged to stock up on supplies including food and heating fuel in case ice blocks ferry service.
Storm drops heavy snow on northern Michigan; caution urged
SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. (AP) — A storm dropped more than a foot (1/3 meter) of snow on parts of Michigan's Upper Peninsula, creating hazardous driving conditions and keeping some students home from school.
The National Weather Service says the largest snowfall totals Monday were observed in the central and eastern Upper Peninsula and across the tip of the Keweenaw Peninsula. Officials are urging people to be cautious when driving.
Coast Guard commences annual ice-breaking operation
SAULT STE MARIE, Mich. (AP) — An annual ice-breaking effort is starting on waterways in and around northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula.
The U.S. Coast Guard Sector Sault Ste. Marie says Operation Taconite commenced Monday in response to expanded ice growth in commercial ports along western Lake Superior and the St. Marys River in the eastern Upper Peninsula.
Federal grant to help repair dock near Soo Locks
SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. (AP) — A roughly $21 million federal grant will go toward repairing a dock near the Soo Locks in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.
The Carbide Dock Port in Sault Ste. Marie is a staging area for vessels requiring assistance. The money would pay for rehabilitating the dock and reconstructing truck routes to it.
The grant was announced this week by Michigan Democratic Sens. Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters.
Army Corps to spend $32M on Soo Locks channel deepening
DETROIT (AP) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says it will spend $32.4 million in the coming year for a channel deepening project that will be an important step toward construction of a new Great Lakes shipping lock.
The funds will be used to finish design and begin construction work on the upstream approach channel of the Soo Locks complex at Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan.
The locks raise and lower vessels on the St. Marys River, enabling passage between Lakes Huron and Superior.
Trump approves key step toward new Great Lakes shipping lock
SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. (AP) — President Donald Trump has signed a bill that's a key step toward building a long-sought shipping lock on the waterway linking Lake Huron and Lake Superior.
Funding authorization for the Soo Locks project was included in a water resources bill that cleared the Senate this month. Trump signed it Tuesday .
Congress OKs construction of new Great Lakes shipping lock
SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. (AP) — Congress has taken a key step toward building a long-sought shipping lock on the waterway linking Lakes Huron and Superior.
Funding authorization for the Soo Locks project was included in a water resources bill that cleared the Senate on Wednesday. It now goes to President Donald Trump for his signature.
State officials offering forums in UP about college aid
MENOMINEE, Mich. (AP) — State officials are making a rapid tour of the Upper Peninsula to help families learn about financial aid for college.
Workshops begin Monday at Menominee High School in Menominee and Bay College West in Iron Mountain. Treasury Department representatives also will be in Ironwood, Houghton and Sault Ste. Marie this week.
SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. (AP) — A fire science scholarship at Lake Superior State University has been created to honor a student who died.
The Sault Ste. Marie school says the Justin Kelly Memorial Endowment is made possible by family and friends of Kelly, a fire science student from Milford who died in February as a result of an accident. Fire science candidates entering their junior year are eligible for the award.
SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. (AP) — Lake Superior State University is breaking ground on what's billed as a year-round center for research and education about upper Great Lakes ecosystems.
The Sault Ste. Marie school said the official groundbreaking ceremony is set for Friday at Alford Park along the St. Marys River.
SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. (AP) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says construction of a second Great Lakes navigation lock for large freighters will be included in its 2020 budget request to the Trump administration.
Lt. Col. Dennis Sugrue of the agency's Detroit district said Monday the Soo Locks upgrade will have to compete with others from around the nation. Congress will make the final decision about whether to fund the $1 billion project.
SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. (AP) — A new committee has been formed to help prevent more ferry service interruptions after some residents in Michigan's Upper Peninsula couldn't access the mainland for nearly a month.
2 Canadian men die in weekend Michigan crash
SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. (AP) — Two Canadians are dead after a small plane crashed at an airport in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.
The crash occurred Saturday at Sanderson Municipal Airport in Sault Ste. Marie. The Federal Aviation Administration says the plane stalled and went down. Photos show the nose planted in the ground.
SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. (AP) — A former ambassador to the United Nations Human Rights Council will speak at Lake Superior State University's commencement ceremony.
Keith Harper, who served as President Barack Obama's ambassador to the Human Rights Council in Geneva, speaks Saturday at the Sault Ste. Marie school in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.
University officials say he was the first Native American appointed to such a post.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Supreme Court says an Upper Peninsula judge was right to dismiss a lawsuit filed by a woman who fell into a 6-foot (2-meter) hole dug to fix a water pipe.
Hear ye, hear ye _ eh? Supreme Court hears case in UP
SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Supreme Court has crossed the Mackinac Bridge for the first time, hearing a case in the Upper Peninsula as part of an effort to take its work outside Lansing.
The case is a dispute over liability in a golf cart crash in suburban Detroit. A golfer was hurt when he was struck by a cart driven by another golfer. Is it a case of ordinary negligence or a higher legal standard known as reckless misconduct?
Ice breakers clear way for Michigan’s shipping season
Sault Ste. Marie — Before freighters loaded with iron can head to the steel mills on the lower Great Lakes, the U.S. Coast Guard must spring into action to clear shipping lanes of ice.
They call it Operation Taconite.
Three cutters — the Canadian Coast Guard's Samuel Risley and U.S. Coast Guard's Morro Bay and Mackinaw — all shared the Poe Lock earlier this week ahead of Sunday's opening of the shipping season.
SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. (AP) — U.S. and Canadian Coast Guard cutters are breaking ice at several locations in the Great Lakes in preparation for resumption of the commercial shipping season.
The navigational locks at Sault Ste. Marie are scheduled to reopen Sunday after the winter shutdown, allowing shipments of iron ore, coal and other bulk cargo between Lakes Superior and the other lakes.
SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. (AP) — An official from Fisk University in Tennessee has been named the next president of Lake Superior State University in northern Michigan.
Lake Superior State says Monday the appointment of Rodney S. Hanley is effective July 1, pending approval by the school's Board of Trustees. Hanley has served at Fisk University in Nashville as provost and vice president for academic affairs since 2014.
Coast Guard to break up ice for Green Bay fuel shipments
SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard is preparing to begin icebreaking operations in northwestern Lake Michigan.
The cutters Mackinaw and Mobile Bay are scheduled to begin work Tuesday on Green Bay. It's part of the annual spring mission of clearing a path for shipments of fuel products to the Port of Green Bay.
SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say a collision between a snowmobile and a snow trail grooming vehicle in Michigan's eastern Upper Peninsula has left one person dead and one injured.
The crash happened Monday near the Alognquin Ski Trail in Chippewa County, near Sault St. Marie.
Authorities say one person was pronounced dead at the scene and the other was taken to a hospital for treatment. Names and additional details weren't immediately released.
Coast Guard assisting vessels stuck in Great Lakes ice
ST. IGNACE, Mich. (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard says five vessels have been stranded by ice in the Straits of Mackinac between Michigan's Upper and Lower peninsulas.
The Coast Guard says Friday it's sending the cutter Biscayne Bay to assist the vessels on the waterway that connects Lake Michigan and Lake Huron in the Great Lakes.
List bans ‘fake news,’ ‘covfefe’ and ‘let me ask you this’
DETROIT (AP) — It was hard to miss the cries of "fake news" in 2017, and many wouldn't miss the phrase if it went away for good.
"Fake news" garnered the most votes in the 43rd annual List of Words Banished from the Queen's English for Misuse, Overuse and General Uselessness. The list was released Sunday by northern Michigan's Lake Superior State University.
Coast Guard: 2 vessels freed from ice on St. Marys River
SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard says ice-breaking ships have freed two vessels that were stuck in the St. Marys River.
Coast Guard officials said Thursday that the cutter Biscayne Bay freed one vessel from the up-bound channel Middle Neebish Channel where it became stuck in the ice on Wednesday.
The Canadian Coast Guard Ship Samuel Risley was able to assist a vessel that got stuck in the down-bound channel near Sawmill Point early Thursday.
Coast Guard ice-breaking tug frees 1,000-foot freighter
NEEBISH ISLAND, Mich. (AP) — A 1,000-foot (305-meter) freighter has been freed from ice off the eastern edge of Michigan's Upper Peninsula.
MLive.com reports Wednesday that the James R. Barker was heading to Duluth, Minnesota, when it was stopped Tuesday near Neebish Island in the St. Marys River, southeast of Sault Ste. Marie.
Boots at cash registers inspire donors to help vets
SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. (AP) — Veterans' advocates in the Upper Peninsula are using military boots as receptacles for donations that will benefit veterans in need.
Boots are displayed near cash registers at 26 businesses in Chippewa County, including Sault Ste. Marie. More than $2,500 was collected in November.
Rudy Johnson is the head of the local Veterans Fund Board. He says that, "Boots get more attention than jars."
Public to offer suggestions for planned freshwater center
SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. (AP) — The public is getting a chance to offer design suggestions for the Center for Freshwater Research and Education at Lake Superior State University.
The first session is scheduled for 4 p.m. Wednesday at the Walker Cisler Center Crow's Nest on the campus in Sault Ste. Marie. The other will be Thursday at 3 p.m.
Schuette endorsed by Engler, Miller in governor’s race
SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. (AP) — Republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Schuette has won the endorsements of former Gov. John Engler and former congresswoman and Secretary of State Candice Miller.
In comments released by Schuette's campaign Monday, Engler told Gongwer News Service the Michigan attorney general is "in some ways the most experienced and most varied in background of anybody who's run in a very long time." When Engler was governor, he chose Schuette to lead the agriculture department.
Upper Peninsula environment is theme of event at university
SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. (AP) — A university in the Upper Peninsula is offering a daylong event to learn about the natural resources of the region.
Two environmental groups are sponsoring an event Saturday called Celebrate the U.P. Sault Ste. Marie. There will be speakers and hands-on opportunities at Lake Superior State University.
Prison food worker says he was fired over rotten potatoes
KINCHELOE, Mich. (AP) — A food worker says he was fired after refusing to serve rotten potatoes to inmates at a northern Michigan prison.
Bridge construction restores St. Marys River rapids flow
SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. (AP) — Officials are celebrating the conclusion of the Little Rapids Restoration Project, which is boosting water flow on the St. Marys River near Sault Ste. Marie.
The project included building a new bridge to replace two deteriorating causeway culverts between Sugar Island and the island ferry dock.
St. Marys River reopened after freighter ran aground
SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard says the St. Marys River has reopened after it was closed to commercial vessel traffic when a 629-foot Great Lakes freighter ran aground.
Effort started to free freighter aground in St. Marys River
SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard says it has approved plans by owners to refloat a 629-foot Great Lakes freighter aground in the St. Marys River.
Officials say Grand River Navigation Inc. plans include off-loading ballast to refloat the vessel named Calumet. The effort is to get underway late Friday.
The Coast Guard says once the vessel is refloated, it will be towed to a designated anchorage in Lake Nickolet for exterior and interior hull examinations.
Freighter aground in river linking lakes Superior, Huron
SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard says a Great Lakes freighter has run aground in the St. Marys River, which runs between the U.S. and Canada along Michigan's eastern Upper Peninsula.
The Coast Guard says the 629-foot (192-meter) U.S. vessel named Calumet left a steel facility in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, and was heading to its next port when it ran aground late Wednesday near Sugar Island. No injuries were reported.
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — An Indian tribe says it will continue its efforts to build gambling facilities in Lansing and near Detroit Metropolitan Airport following a new setback.
The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians says it received a letter this week from the U.S. Department of the Interior saying that the tribe's applications to put land into trust for the projects have been denied. The tribe on Thursday says the denial is based on flawed legal analysis.
SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. (AP) — Lake Superior State University says its board of trustees has named Peter Mitchell its interim president following the death President Thomas Pleger.
Mitchell was president of Albion College from 1997-2007. Since then, he has operated a consulting company, Proactive Transition Management, that manages change and transitions for colleges and universities.