ESCANABA, MI (AP)--   A 59-year-old Michigan man who says he robbed a business so he could return to prison could be locked up for the rest of his life. 

Mark Wilson was sentenced this week to at least 25 years in prison for armed robbery and he'll be in his 80s when he's eligible for parole. Police say Wilson, from Portage, gave a note to a Hardee's employee in Escanaba last July, indicating that he was robbing the restaurant. He waited in a restroom until police arrived.

Wilson told a judge that he's “lost the ability to function normally with society.”

ESCANABA, MI (AP)--   Propane pricing and customer protections are on the agenda this week at a U.P. Energy Task Force meeting in Escanaba. 

Wednesday's meeting at Bay de Noc Community College is open to the public to comment on energy issues in the Upper Peninsula.

The task force is assessing overall energy needs in the U.P. and how they are being met. It also is tasked with identifying and evaluating potential changes that could occur to energy supply and distribution.

Fall is here in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, and at Escanaba's Bonifas Arts Center, they are ready with a full slate of arts & culture activities.

Sue Roll, Executive Director, spoke with Kurt Hauswirth about events happening through the month of October in the latest Bonifas Arts Update; topics include exhibits (Northern Exposure and Christine Saari's Blossoms in the Dark of Winter), classes (Of Both Minds, Barn Quilt Designs, Encaustic Art) and events (Players de Noc's Neil Simon play and "A Night of Magic & Wizardry).  Hear more about it from Sue, in conversation with Kurt Hauswirth:

Hear the latest about exhibits, activities and classes at the Bonifas Arts Center in Escanaba from the executive director, Sue Roll, in an interview with Kurt Hauswirth:

Senator Gary Peters

ESCANABA, MI--   U.S. Senator Gary Peters is making his way around the U.P. this week as part of his fourth annual motorcycle tour across Michigan. 

Peters stopped in Escanaba Tuesday to visit Engineered Machined Products. He toured the manufacturing and advanced products facilities, where he watched Escanaba High School’s FIRST ROBOTICS team give a demonstration.

August 2019 is nearly here in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.  The Bonifas Arts Center is celebrating summer and the arts with the Waterfront Art Festival, as well as glass classes and exhibits.  Hear about this festive time of year with Sue Roll, the Executive Director of the Bonifas:

Delta County Prosecutor's Office

ESCANABA, MI--   The man arrested for trying to rob the Escanaba Hardee’s Tuesday has been arraigned in Delta County District Court. 

Mark Wilson, 59, of Kalamazoo is accused of handing a restaurant employee a note saying he had a gun. It asked for money to be brought to him in the men’s bathroom. Employees called 911 after Wilson went into the bathroom.

Escanaba Public Safety officers cleared the restaurant and persuaded Wilson to come out of the men’s room. He was arrested without incident.

Bay College

Strikepoint will be performing at 7:00 PM on Wednesday, July 17 in Bay College’s Besse Theater (2001 N. Lincoln Rd.) in Escanaba. Admission is free but a donations are suggested. This performance is the opening concert of the group’s 2019 summer tour.

Bonifas Arts Center Facebook Page

The end of June is here, which means that we are entering summer in earnest in the Upper Great Lakes.  The Bonifas Arts Center has events, concerts, exhibits, and classes throughout, and Sue Roll (Executive Director) wants to share information about how to get engaged in arts and culture in Escanaba and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan:

Color, theatre, music, and the night sky are all featured this time as we explore what is happening at the Bonifas Arts Center in Escanaba.  Learn about exhibits, events, classes and more in this interview with Sue Roll, the Bonifas Arts Center's Executive Director:

For more information on all exhibits, events and classes, visit