Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital

MANISTIQUE, MI--   Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital will get COVID-19 vaccine as part of a plan to enhance the state's vaccine equity strategy.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and Protect Michigan Commission pilot program aims to help remove barriers to vaccine access for those 60 and older who live in communities with high Social Vulnerability Index and high COVID-19 mortality rates. The index is a tool that uses census data to identify places where a community may have more difficulty preventing human suffering and financial loss in a disaster.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Two Upper Peninsula entities will benefit from loans from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The money comes from the Community Facilities Direct Loan program. It aims to help rural communities by improving infrastructure for local charities, governments and hospitals.

The St. Ignace Building Authority is receiving a $2.2 million loan to construct a fire station. The 10,000-square-foot station will replace one less than half its size.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Visitor restrictions at UP Health System Marquette have been extended to UPHS Bell and Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital.  

A high incidence of flu and other respiratory illnesses prompted the move.  At Bell and Marquette children under 14 aren’t allowed to visit other patients; people who are ill are asked to stay away from the hospitals; and other restrictions are in effect at the Family Birthing Center and the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. 

Only adults and immediate family are permitted to visit patients at Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital.

MANISTIQUE, MI--   A Manistique man is jailed without bond on an attempted murder charge. 

The Manistique Public Safety Department was called Monday around 11:50 p.m. to a home on Michigan Avenue and found a woman who’d received a severe laceration to her throat.  Officers determined she didn’t live at the home, but had gone there for help. 

After further investigation police arrested a 58-year-old man, who was found at a house on Garden Avenue around 2 a.m.  He was lodged in the Schoolcraft County Jail under no bond conditions.

MANISTIQUE, MI--   U.S. Representative Dan Benishek is visiting a couple of U.P. counties Tuesday to talk about health care and a veterans’ honor flight.   


The Crystal Falls Republican met with officials at Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital in Manistique at 9:30 a.m. to talk about how the new health care law is affecting the area.  He also met with Schoolcraft County Commissioners at 10:40 a.m. to discuss health care for county employees. 

MANISTIQUE, MI--   A Rapid River woman accused of embezzling from an assisted living facility in Schoolcraft County has waived her preliminary hearing.  

Jana Chaperon, 39, is charged with embezzlement between $50,000 and $100,000 and using a computer to commit a crime.

Chaperon was the former director of the Woodland Meadows Assisted Living Facility.  She resigned her post last summer before the facility was sold by Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital.