News Update For Thursday, 6/28/12
Park Rangers at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in Alger County rescued a kayaker stranded on Grand Island yesterday afternoon due to high winds and waves on Lake Superior. 58-year-old Craig Perdue of Kentucky was located by authorities on a small beach on the island where he had landed his sea kayak to get off of the lake. Rangers and Deputies with the Alger County Sheriff’s Department were called out just after 4-pm and they were able to get Perdue to shore safely without incident. He was reported to be in good condition.
Peninsula Bank has announced plans to construct a new Marquette branch office. The new building will be built on the northeast corner of the McClellan and Baraga Ave. intersection, with the opening planned for early fall of next year. The bank will move out of its current office in the iEconomy building on North Front Street in downtown Marquette when the new facility is completed. Peninsula Bank also has another Marquette office at Peninsula Medical Center, three offices in Ishpeming and one in Negaunee. Bank President Bill Stream says the bank has owned the 1.5-acre parcel on McClellan Avenue for several years in anticipation of moving out of the iEconomy building. He added that when the sale of the iEconomy building was announced, the timing worked very well to proceed with construction of the new facility.
The Michigan Wolf Forum is meeting today in St. Ignace. The session is looking at Wolf Management Plan action items in light of wolves being removed from the federal endangered species list, and exploring options for implementing the areas where funding is lacking or that can be more effectively addressed by partners. The 2008 Wolf Management Plan, which guides wolf management in Michigan, created the Wolf Forum as a way to gather input and feedback from interested residents and stakeholders.The meeting runs from 10-am to 4-pm at the Little Bear East Arena in St. Ignace.
Michigan fruit farmers who are dealing with catastrophic crop losses will get some help from the state. Governor Rick Snyder signed
legislation yesterday spending 15-million dollars to cover the costs for banks to offer low interest loans to those affected in the agriculture industry. Losses are expected to be over 200-million dollars in the state after several freezes in April followed abnormally high temperatures in March. State officials say many producers will have a hard time surviving financially until the next growing season without loans to cover ongoing costs.
Hockey fans will be able to buy a beer at the Big House when the Detroit Red Wings play an outdoor game there on New Year’s Day, under legislation signed into law yesterday by Governor Snyder. The bill allows the National Hockey League to receive a temporary liquor license for its Winter Classic 2013, meaning alcohol could be sold at Michigan Stadium when the Wings play the Toronto Maple Leafs.