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Kurt Hauswirth spoke with Jan-Erik Osterholm, representative of the Finnish male choir from Porvoo, Finland (who was also on the phone in Finland), in regards to their upcoming American tour.  They will be coming to Calumet and Marquette on their Midwest tour, and Kurt and Jan-Erik talked details of the tour, repertoire, and about the choir themselves.

Please visit www.runebergskorenbsb.fi for more information.

Kurt Hauswirth sat down with classical pianist, speaker and educator Alpin Hong to discuss his work with music students in our local schools.  He will perform at Kaufman Auditorium after visiting with students.

Alpin Hong performs at Kaufman Auditorium, Thursday, September 21st at 7:00pm.  Ticket information available at http://kaufmanauditorium.org/

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   The Michigan Civil Rights Commission is asking state Attorney General Bill Schuette for a formal ruling on whether it has the authority to extend housing and employment protections to gay, lesbian, and transgender people. 

That’s after an attorney from his office torpedoed a proposal the commission was on the cusp of adopting.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   There is a new five-year strategy for managing Michigan's parks and recreation system.

The Department of Natural Resources says the plan was developed through discussions with other state agencies and groups representing various public interests.

The DNR manages 103 state parks and recreation areas that together occupy more than 300,000 acres. The parks and recreation division also oversees the state's boating program, the state motorized and non-motorized trails system and 138 state forest campgrounds.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   The state pipeline safety board met for the first time Monday since it was revealed that Enbridge’s Line 5 pipeline had lost some of its coating. 

The controversial pipeline sends oil and liquid natural gas under the Straits of Mackinac. The board was updated on the coating issue. But it’s waiting on a plan and repair schedule from Enbridge before deciding what to do next. 

The board did recommend state universities start a new study on the risks of the pipeline.

MARQUETTE, MI--   A trial date has been set for a Marquette woman facing eight felony counts, including assault with intent to murder. 

Amber Suggitt, 32, was arrested in February after a shot was fired into a wall at a Fair Avenue residence during a domestic dispute. She was ultimately also charged with kidnapping, first-degree home invasion, assault with intent to commit sexual penetration, and four counts of felony firearms.

Suggitt was found competent to stand trial in June.

A pretrial hearing is scheduled for October 16 and trial for February 26. 

DELTA COUNTY, MI--   One person was killed in a car-semi crash in Delta County Monday.

Troopers from the Gladstone Post say it happened around 4:50 p.m. at the intersection of US-2 and Garden Corners. Investigation reveals Donald Kuhr, 61, of Rapid River failed to stop his car when he left the parking lot of Foxy’s Den. As Kuhr tried to turn westbound he was struck by an eastbound semi.

Kuhr was extricated from his vehicle by the “jaws of life” and taken to Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital, where he later died. The driver of the semi was treated and released.

HOUGHTON, MI--   At a meeting Monday, the Michigan Pipeline Safety Advisory Board recommended that Michigan Technological University lead a risk analysis of Enbridge’s Line 5 pipeline.

An alternative analysis for the dual pipeline under the Straits of Mackinac was completed this year, but the first risk analysis was halted three months ago due to a conflict of interest with a third-party contractor.

MARQUETTE, MI--   A U.P. Energy Roundtable is being held before Tuesday’s meeting of the Michigan Public Service Commission at Northern Michigan University. 

A range of issues relating to the U.P. energy landscape will be covered, including utility energy planning, consideration of alternatives beyond fossil-fueled central generation, and opportunities and barriers to self-generation—including both solar and combined heat-and-power.

michiganradio.org

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   A state board plans to review problems with Enbridge Energy’s Line Five oil and gas pipeline at a meeting Monday. 

The Michigan Pipeline Safety Advisory Board is expected to discuss what should be done after portions of a protective coating were accidentally removed from a stretch of the oil and gas pipe system that runs beneath the Straits of Mackinac.

Nick Assendelft is the safety board’s spokesman.

“I think the discussion will be on how to move forward with on that, and how to work with Enbridge to get those coatings repaired,” he says.

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