MARQUETTE, MI--   Two men allegedly involved in a meth production operation in Marquette have been arraigned.

Robert Nancarrow, 37, and Brodie Smith, 26, are both charged with operating a meth lab.

Last Friday UPSET detectives executed a search warrant at a Fair Avenue residence in Marquette. They seized an enormous amount of meth components, finished meth product, and two firearms. 

Due to the overwhelming number of toxic substances a portion of Fair was blocked off to traffic for five hours.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Michigan Governor Rick Snyder may encounter some student protestors when he gives Northern Michigan University’s May commencement address.

Graduating senior Nathan Frischkorn is part of the Facebook group Protest Snyder at Graduation. He says the governor’s failure to address the Flint water crisis is the main reason they’re against his presence. Frischkorn says that Snyder is just too divisive.

“We don’t think that a politician should be the commencement speaker, especially in such a politically heated climate,” he says.

MARQUETTE, MI--   A Northern Michigan University group is hosting a week full of programs about sustainability through Saturday. 

NMU EcoReps is a student sustainability peer-to-peer education program. Founder and Sustainability Week coordinator Georgia Harrison says stories abound regarding issues like climate change and recyclable waste, and this week’s events highlight ways people can help.

Axiom Brass at NMU

Mar 20, 2018
NMU Music Department

The Axiom Brass Quintet is the next group in the Siril Artist Residency to come to Northern Michigan University.   They are dedicated to enhancing the musical life of communities across the globe and educating the next generation of musicians, and to do that they have a variety of performances and learning sessions throughout the week at Reynolds Recital Hall.

Reynolds Session Schedule:

10am Tues March 20

9am Wed March 21

4pm Wed March 21 (brass masterclass w/NMU and high school students)

11am Thurs March 22

1pm Thurs March 22

DEARBORN, MI (AP)--   AAA Michigan says gas prices statewide have fallen by about 2 cents per gallon in the past week.

The Dearborn-based auto club announced late Sunday that the average price for self-serve regular unleaded gasoline was about $2.56 per gallon. AAA notes it's the first decline in three weeks. Prices are about 20 cents more than at the same point last year.

Michigan's lowest average price was about $2.49 per gallon in the Flint area. The highest was about $2.62 per gallon in the Marquette area.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   The state schools chief wants to let local districts experiment with student testing.

State Superintendent Brian Whiston says Michigan will file for a federal waiver to allow five percent of the state’s school districts to opt out of the M-STEP and try their own tests.

Whiston says technology and social media are changing how kids learn, and student testing should reflect that.

“And kids are going to do very well at it because it’s where they’re at,” he says.

Whiston notes student testing has not kept up with how kids think.

MADISON, WI (AP)--   An environmental organization and the U.S. Forest Service are working together to harvest timber in northern Wisconsin. 

Wisconsin Public Radio reports that the 2014 Farm Bill has allowed the two groups to enter into a stewardship agreement. The Nature Conservancy will hire loggers, sell timber and use the proceeds for projects the Forest Service can't afford to do.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Michigan is ramping up security for midterm elections, but experts aren't satisfied.

Michigan Secretary of State spokesman Fred Woodhams says the state will hand-count ballots in all precincts chosen in the post-election audit for the first time during the May and November races.

Cybersecurity experts aren't fully reassured, however. They say the state should instead promise to audit elections before certifying the results and codify these post-election procedures into state law.


Michigan Shipwreck Research Association

SOUTH HAVEN, MI (AP)--   Michigan shipwreck hunters say they've found the remains of a schooner that sank in Lake Michigan in 1873.

The Michigan Shipwreck Research Association announced this past week that the Lizzie Throop was found in 280 feet of water along western Michigan's coastline some 15 miles northwest of the city of South Haven. reports the two-masted, 86-foot-long schooner set sail from Muskegon, Michigan, on Oct. 16, 1873, on a lumber run to Chicago. It sank during a squall. Two crewmen died.

LANSING, MI--   State Representative Beau LaFave has co-sponsored legislation that would speed up Freedom of Information Act requests. 

The Iron Mountain Republican says the bill would require state departments to fulfill FOIA requests within 60 days. He says the measure is in response to Attorney General Bill Schuette’s statement that Michigan’s FOIA law doesn’t specify a timeline in which information requests must be fulfilled.

The bill now moves to the House Oversight Committee for consideration.