April 8, 2017 RSS feed / News

New Superintendent Lohff Sees Opportunity for Hands-on Education

Robert Lohff returns to Mackinac Island with a commitment to give each student the opportunity to excel in school.  “I want to try to reach every kid,” he says, and the district’s small size, 68 students in K-12, means he and t More...

Incumbents Are Only Candidates for City Election

Incumbents are the only candidates to have filed for city offices up for city election Tuesday, May 2. Mayor Margaret Doud, City Clerk Danielle Wightman, City Treasurer Richard Linn, Assessor Robert G. More...

Community Development Mini-grants Available

The Community Development Mini-Grants program will continue in 2017, according to the Eastern Upper Peninsula Regional Planning and Development Commission. More...

Island School Announces Spring Activities

Activities, performances, and sports are planned this spring at Mackinac Island Public School. Sports will include golf and track for middle and high school students, and basketball for elementary students. More...

City Mulls Protecting Vehicle Ban, Accommodating Needs of Disabled

Electric Scooters Are Focus of New Scrutiny

Electric scooters and other vehicles to accommodate people with handicaps are coming under increased scrutiny on Mackinac Island, as the city sees growing conflicts between its ban on motorized vehicles and its duty to provide transportation for visi More...

Public Television Creates Documentary About Grand Hotel

The image of Grand Hotel perched atop the bluff looking down on Lake Huron is one of the most iconic that Mackinac Island has to offer, and it has been that way for almost a century and a half. More...

New Energy Order Could Be Good for Cloverland

Cloverland Electric is hopeful that a recent executive order signed by President Donald Trump could reverse the decision made by Wisconsin Energy to close the Presque Isle Power Plant (PIPP) by 2020, which Cloverland says will ultimately cost its loc More...

St. Ignace

Home Show, Spring Expo, Gun Show Begins April 7

The St. Ignace Home Show, Spring Expo, and Gun Show will be Friday, April 7, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturday, April 8, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Little Bear East Arena and Conference Center in St. Ignace. Admission is free.   More...

Soo Locks Open, 2017 Shipping Season Begins

The Soo Locks in Sault Ste. Marie opened Saturday, March 25, marking the beginning of the 2017 Great Lakes shipping season.  More...

Influx of International Workers, Labor Trafficking Is Potential Concern

Employers who hold legal documents, such as passports, that belong to international workers, who keep workers in unsafe housing conditions, or who pay their workers only at the end of the tourist season may be guilty of human trafficking under the la More...

Snowmobile Season Draws to a Close on Mackinac Island

At left: Warming temperatures and rainstorms have wiped out much of the snow on Mackinac Island. More...

Grand Hotel To Host Knights Of Columbus Convention

Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island will host the annual Michigan State Knights of Columbus convention beginning Thursday, May 25, and concluding Saturday, May 27. Delegates will stay at Grand Hotel as well as various other hotels on Mackinac Island. More...

Dunnigans, Straus on Trip to Kotor

Candi Dunnigan (front) holds a copy of the December 22, 2016, issue of The St. Ignace News. Mrs. More...

With Cap Reached for H2B Workers, Straits Area May Feel Impact

With a federal cap on temporary foreign workers reached early this year, some local tourist businesses are evaluating whether they will have to open later, reduce services, or change the way they operate. More...

St. Ignace Will Host Job Fair April 11

The St. Ignace Job Fair will take place Tuesday, April 11, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Little Bear East Arena and Conference Center at 275 Marquette Street in St. Ignace.  More...

Welcome Could Become Downtown Mackinaw City Museum Ship

The historic replica sloop Welcome may be on display in Mackinaw City much sooner than anyone expected, since Emmet County has sold the ship to local businessman Joe Lieghio for $10,111. Mr. More...

Arnold Makes Plans for Summer with Focus on Freight

The 2017 season will be like none before for the Arnold Freight Company, as the Mackinac Island transit firm focuses solely on freight operations, since the sale of its passenger service to Star Line last fall. More...

Congestion Concerns, Demand Keep Cap on Rental Bicycles

The city is holding the line on the number of bicycles commercial liveries can rent this summer, issuing 1,489 licenses, spread among 13 locations. More...

Recycling Program Requires Participation From Residents,Visitors

On Mackinac Island, recycling is far more than an environmental concern. More...

Students Learn New Skills in Woodworking and Stained Glass

This winter, residents had the opportunity to create special projects made of wood and stained glass, the classes underwritten by the Mackinac Island Community Foundation. More...

Fat Tire Bikes Offer Year-around Island Transportation

Mackinac Island has long been synonymous with horses, snowmobiles, and bicycles as the only forms of transportation, other than one’s own two feet. More...

Spring Practices Begin for Mackinac Island Sports Teams

The Mackinac Island Lakers have entered a season of change, as practice has begun for the school’s spring sports, golf and track, following the completion of the winter basketball seasons. More...

Status Conference Held for Snowmobile Lawsuit

A lawsuit regarding a 2010 snowmobile accident on the West Bluff that claimed the life of two women, Karen Schwarck, 59, of Trillium Heights on the Island and South Lyon, and her sister, Edith Bonno, 57, of Canton, is headed toward a jury trial in 11 More...

Mackinac Island Public School

Class of 2017 Announces Raffle Winners

The senior class trip this year was to San Francisco, California, Thursday, March 23, to Tuesday, March 28. More...

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