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Anglers Ready for ‘Hardwater Classic’

The frozen surface of Munuscong Bay near Pickford will provide the perfect setting for this weekend’s Munuscong Bay Hardwater Walleye Classic. The ice fishing tournament will run from Thursday, January 25, through Sunday, January 28. More...

News

Dave Murray Takes on Deputy Supervisor Role

Dave Murray has taken over for Walt Wilhide as the Clark Township deputy supervisor. He is in his office Wednesday, January 17, after starting in his new position Friday, January 12.  More...

Hosts Share a Look at a St. Ignace Airbnb

Perrys Rent Out a Single Room, Consider Themselves Ambassadors for St. Ignace

In 2015, Rick and Kathy Perry moved to St. Ignace from Rochester, New York, and by 2016 the couple had become an Airbnb host. More...

Lodging Industry Asks for Level Playing Field as Landlords Offer Vacation Rentals

The increase of short-term vacation rentals illustrates a growing interest among travelers, and also among landlords with properties in popular vacation communities.  More...

Obituaries

Robert McNamee

Robert G. McNamee, 88, of St. Ignace passed away late Sunday evening, January 21, 2018, at Mackinac Straits Health System in St. Ignace.  He was born May 8, 1929, to Joseph and Myrtle Marion (nee Halstead) McNamee in Ishpeming.  Mr. More...

Calvin Roberts

Calvin K. Roberts passed away peacefully Wednesday, January 10, 2018, at his home on Drummond Island. He was 82.  He was born April 6, 1935, to Calvin and Norma (nee Shaffer) Roberts in Livonia.  Mr. More...

Clyde ‘Don’ Hessel

Clyde “Don” Donald Hessel, 85, of Midland, formerly of Gladwin, passed away peacefully Thursday, January 18, 2018, at Mid Michigan Medical Center in Midland.  He was born January 3, 1933, to Carl and Nellie (nee Boger) Hessel in St. More...

Public Meetings - Free Access

Public Meeting Calendar

Following is a schedule of open public meetings. The listing is for governmental and similar entities. Meetings of social and civic groups that are open to the public are listed in the Community Calendar, published at www.stignacenews.com. More...

Meeting Minutes - Free Access

St. Ignace City Council Minutes

City of St. Ignace  Summary of Council Proceedings  January 15, 2018  The Regular Council Meeting convened at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, January 15, 2018, in the Council Chambers at City Hall with Mayor Litzner presiding.   More...

Shifting Ice Makes Dynamic Landscape

Ice floes off the shore of Mackinac Island create magnificent sculptures near the boardwalk Wednesday, January 17. Shards of blue ice shift in the winter wind, and when they crash, the sound of breaking glass echoes across the landscape. More...

Bills Would Give State Control Over Vacation Rentals

Communities Seek To Regulate Locally

At the center of a state-wide debate over whether local communities should be able to regulate short-term vacation rentals are questions about property rights, character of neighborhoods, housing availability, local economies, and fair treatment for More...

‘A Winning Hand’

Poker Walk Is Part of Winterfest Fun

Jenna Darga, 13, of Mackinaw City, was one of the participants in the Winterfest poker walk Saturday, January 20, where after visiting all of the participating businesses, she returned to the events headquarters to draw her cards, recording this flus More...

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GROS CAP SCHOOL HONOR ROLL

Gros Cap School  First Nine Weeks  3rd Grade: Hannah Dorenbecker*, Caden Lester*.  5th Grade: Abigail Cooney, Tyler Koivuniemi, Maggie Massey, Dakota Taylor.  More...

Hannah DeMenter Named to Fall Dean’s List at Bay de Noc College

Hannah DeMenter of Naubinway earned a 4.0 grade point average and has been named to the dean’s list for the fall 2017 semester at Bay de Noc Community College.   More...

Sports

St. Ignace Saints Girls Push Hard To Take Early Lead, Defeat Frankfort 70-21

By the end of the first quarter, the St. Ignace Saints girls basketball team had taken a commanding 22- point lead over the Frankfort Panthers at home Monday, January 15. More...

Mackinaw City Comets Girls Beat Wolverine 67-21 at Home

The Mackinaw City girls basketball team picked up a 67-21 victory at home Friday, January 19, as it faced off against Northern Lakes Conference opponent Wolverine. More...

Cedarville Trojans Hold on for 55-48 Win Against Newberry

The Cedarville Trojans held on to defeat the Newberry Indians, 55-48, in girls basketball action Wednesday, January 17, at Newberry. More...

Opinion

Teacher Recalls School Days With Former City Administrators

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

To the Editor:  Congratulations on the recent retirements of the Downtown Development Authority (DDA) director, the city manager, and the city clerk. More...

Columns

Early Money Flows in Governor’s Race

Michigan Politics

There’s a substantial flow of early money in both parties in what shapes up as a lively 2020 race to replace term-limited Republican Governor Rick Snyder.  More...

Mackinac Island

The weather has been up and down. We had mild temperatures all last week, with very little snow. There was a lot of green grass showing, especially in Marquette Park. The freighter traffic is very light now that the Soo Locks are closed. More...

‘Challenging Yourself When It’s Hardest To Do’

Think Outside, No Box Needed: Advice for Growing Your Business

This may be hard for you to believe, but school was torture for me. Learning and remembering are hard for me. More...


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