MARQUETTE, MI--   USDA Rural Development is providing financial support for two U.P. communities to improve water and wastewater infrastructure. 

The City of Manistique will use a $1,632,000 loan and $4,896,000 grant to continue needed improvements to its sewer system. The project will consist of work at the wastewater treatment plant, the sanitary sewer siphon under the Manistique River, and Park Avenue. Manistique will also use a $638,000 loan and $1,912,000 grant to improve its distribution system, which is approximately 70-100 years old.

MANISTIQUE, MI--   The Michigan Strategic Fund has approved support for the UP Paper mill in Manistique. 

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation announced this week a $1.9 million award that will enable a $4.25 million working capital line of credit from Crestmark, a division of Meta Bank.


Kurt Hauswirth spoke by phone to Jim Russey, a contact regarding the Strikepoint Bell Choir's June 22nd performance at the Zion Lutheran Church in Manistique.  Strikepoint is a church-based, community/professional handbell ensemble, led by artistic director Bill Alexander.  Kurt and Jim discussed what the audience can expect at the program:

MANISTIQUE, MI--   A farm in Manistique is recalling eggs that may be contaminated with Salmonella.

WLUC-TV says LaBar Poultry Farm issued the recall when environmental sampling as part of a foodborne illness outbreak detected Salmonella Enteritidis at the farm.

The affected eggs are in one-dozen cartons labeled with LaBar Poultry Farm and either August 30, 2017 or September 30, 2017. They were sold to restaurants, grocery stores, and directly to consumers in Alger, Delta, Dickinson, Luce, Mackinac, Marquette, Menominee, and Schoolcraft counties.

MANISTIQUE, MI--   A Manistique man serving time in connection with a Doyle Township triple homicide has been sentenced on cocaine delivery charges. 

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette says Kenneth Brunke, 47, was given 225 to 360 months in prison Thursday. He had pleaded no contest in March to delivery of cocaine—1,000 or more grams, conspiracy to deliver cocaine—1,000 or more grams, and delivery of a controlled substance—less than 50 grams.

MANISTIQUE, MI--   A  wildlife biologist will talk about the deer harvest at an upcoming Department of Natural Resources Citizens’ Advisory Council meeting in Manistique.  

Eric Clark is a non-tribal staff member with the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians.  He’ll give a presentation on the status of the herd and potential harvest.

The council will also hear answers to questions the DNR is frequently asked about Pittman-Robertson and Dingell-Johnson sport fish restoration efforts. 

MANISTIQUE, MI (AP)--   A paper mill in Manistique has re-opened after being closed by its former owner more than a year ago.  

The mill began running under the name UP Paper LLC this summer. Its previous owner, FutureMark, closed it in the spring of 2015.

Members of the Zellar family and other investors purchased the mill. Lars Dannberg, the mill's CEO and president, says the re-opening process has been both enjoyable and anxiety-inducing.

Mill officials and city leaders say the mill's re-opening may have already had a positive effect on the local economy.

MARQUETTE, MI--   A Manistique man caught in an UPSET drug bust in January has pleaded guilty to federal charges. 

Jason Gregurash, 37, allegedly tried to deliver more than 15 pounds of marijuana to Wisconsin.  A search warrant executed at his home uncovered five pounds of marijuana and 72 plants—all with a street value of $70,000.

Gregurash pleaded guilty this week to attempting to manufacture 50 or more marijuana plants. 

Sentencing is set for December 15 in Marquette Federal Court.   

MANISTIQUE, MI (AP)--   A Detroit-area man has died, two weeks after trying to rescue two sons in Lake Michigan off the Upper Peninsula.  

A funeral was held Monday for 53-year-old Kevin Ketchum of Shelby Township. Pixley Funeral Home says he died on Aug. 17.

Police in Manistique say Ketchum suffered injuries on Aug. 4 when he rushed into Lake Michigan to help two sons who were struggling in the water. Authorities also responded and rounded up the boys.

Ketchum was transferred to a Detroit-area hospital before his death.

MANISTIQUE, MI--   Police have released the name of a Manistique woman arrested on several drug charges.

Cynthia Jasmin, 56, was arrested after a several-month UPSET investigation.  Detectives executed a search warrant at a residence and seized an ounce of crack cocaine, marijuana, and cash related to narcotic sales.

Jasmin is charged with two counts of delivery and manufacture of a schedule 4 controlled substance, maintaining a drug house, and delivery of a controlled substance on school property, less than 50 grams.

A probable cause hearing is set for August 24.