SAULT STE. MARIE, MI--   A Chippewa County poacher must pay fines and can never hunt again.

Kurt Duncan, 56, of Pickford pleaded guilty in September to seven poaching crimes following an investigation by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Charges included three counts of illegal take, possession of wolves; three counts of illegal take, possession of bald eagles; and one count of illegal commercialization of a protected species-wolf.

PICKFORD, MI--   The LMAS District Health Department says a high-risk COVID-19 exposure site has been identified in the eastern U.P.

October 1-4 a men’s retreat was held at the United Methodist Church in Pickford. About 50 people attended and staff was onsite. An infected individual had close contact with many who were there.

The church rented space to the organizers, who are not cooperating with the case investigation.

The church facilities have been thoroughly cleaned and sanitized.

SAULT SAINTE MARIE, MI--   The Chippewa County Health Department has identified a second possible COVID-19 exposure site.

Through contact tracing, officials were led to the Dondee Lanes Bowling Alley in Sault Ste. Marie. Anyone who was there this past Monday from 6 to 9:30 p.m. should monitor themselves for symptoms.

Earlier this week the health department said the Munoscong Golf Course in Pickford was also identified as a possible coronavirus exposure site. The time frame was Saturday, September 12 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

SAULT STE. MARIE, MI--   A Chippewa County man has been arraigned on 125 misdemeanor wildlife charges, following a months-long investigation by the Department of Natural Resources.

Kurt Duncan, 56, of Pickford was arrested for illegally harvesting 18 wolves over the past 18 months and killing and disposing of three bald eagles.

CHIPPEWA COUNTY, MI--   A Pickford teen has been killed in a rollover crash in Chippewa County. 

Sheriff’s officials say it happened Saturday around 3:50 a.m. on M-48 near Hanna Road. A vehicle driven by Joshua Goodell, 18, drifted off the side of the roadway and hit a culvert, which launched it into the air for 132 feet. Goodell was found trapped inside.

Goodell was taken to the hospital, where he passed away early Monday morning.

Officials say speed appears to be a factor in the crash, which remains under investigation.


PICKFORD, MI (AP)--   A fishing tournament in the Eastern Upper Peninsula is expected to draw as many as 400 anglers wanting to reel in the biggest catch.  

The four-day Walleye Jamboree hosted by the Soo Area Sportsmen's Club began at 1 a.m. Thursday on Munuscong Bay in Pickford.  The Evening News reports that the registered angler who weighs in the biggest walleye before noon Sunday will win the $700 top prize.