Munising

ESCANABA, MI--   The Michigan Department of Transportation has set up a phone line to receive calls from residents and business owners about the reconstruction of M-28 in Munising. 

The line and voicemail are set up at MDOT’s Superior Region office. The number is 906-786-1830, ext. 600.

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MUNISING, MI (AP)--   Federal agents are investigating a drug operation at a prison in Munising.

A search at the Alger Correctional facility turned up methamphetamine, LSD, a medication for opioid addiction and a digital scale. The Detroit News says the details are in federal court records.

No one has been arrested, and there’s no mention in the documents about how drugs got into the prison. Corrections Department spokesman Chris Gautz says nothing's been found to suspect staff “at this time.”

MUNISING, MI--   The Michigan Department of Transportation is holding a meeting Tuesday to discuss a roundabout project and the reconstruction of M-28 in Munising next year. 

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MUNISING, MI--   An Ishpeming man acquitted of solicitation to commit murder charges two years ago is being held at the Alger County Jail in connection with the suspicious death of a Munising man.

The death occurred in the city on May 30, 2019.

The Alger County Prosecutor’s Office issued a warrant for Jason Sadowski, 49, on Friday. He’s charged with homicide – open murder.

MUNISING, MI--   The 2019 Upper Peninsula Peace Officers Memorial will be held in Munising on Wednesday. 

The Michigan State Police Negaunee Post, Alger County Sheriff’s Department, and Munising City Police Department are hosting the event, which will honor the memory of officers who made the ultimate sacrifice. The ceremony includes recognition of fallen officers in the Upper Peninsula, Wisconsin bordering agencies, Ontario bordering agencies, and Upper Peninsula natives.

MUNISING, MI--   A Munising Police squad car was involved in a traffic crash in the city Wednesday.

Department officials say it happened around 4:45 p.m. on West Munising Avenue near Commercial Street. Investigation determined the patrol car was westbound when the driver pulled onto the shoulder and attempted a U-turn.

The squad car drove into the path of a minivan driven by a 52-year-old man from Walled Lake, Michigan. The crash caused major damage to both vehicles.

The driver of the minivan received minor injuries. He was treated at the scene and released.

MUNISING, MI (AP)--   A fire station built 81 years ago during the New Deal era will be turned into apartments and commercial space in Munising.

The city has turned to contractors to redevelop the old public works building. The Mining Journal says it's been vacant for 12 years.

Mayor Rod DesJardins describes it as a "signature" building worth saving in the downtown area.

He says the town needs more affordable housing. Property owners have been renting homes to vacationers instead of agreeing to long-term leases with area residents.

MUNSING, MI--   A fundraiser scheduled for Thursday in Munising now has a new purpose.

The “Furloughed Fundraiser” aimed to raise money for federal employees affected by the partial government shutdown. Now that the government is open again the event has been turned into a community gathering.

Alger County Action member Johanna Bogater says the fundraiser at the Falling Rock Café and Bookstore will be a celebration that people are back to work. It will have food and music provided by the Falling Rock Acoustic Jammers.

ALGER COUNTY, MI--   A missing Munising woman has been found alive in some Alger County woods.

WLUC-TV says Nancy Boucher, 75, was last seen leaving her home October 4 in a tan Chevy Impala. Family said Boucher was diabetic and didn’t have a cell phone. 

A search party flew a drone over Highway 13 to see if they could spot Boucher’s car, but had no luck.

MARQUETTE, MI--   The USDA is providing funding to two Upper Peninsula communities for water and sewer improvements.

The City of Munising is getting a $4.65 million loan to improve the city’s water system. Officials say sections of the water main under M-28 are more than 100 years old.

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