MARQUETTE, MI--   The Marquette Board of Light and Power is now generating electricity from solar panels. 

Officials say the 480-panel Solar Garden adjacent to the new Marquette Energy Center began producing power Tuesday. They say it’s the first commercial solar project in the U.P. that lets customers participate in solar power without having to install panels on their own property.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Progress is being made on the world’s first cold-climate body farm in Marquette. 

Dr. Jane Wankmiller is the director of Northern Michigan University’s Forensic Research Outdoor Station—or FROST. She says it’s actually two facilities, comprising a one-acre outdoor research area and an indoor lab. Wankmiller says the outdoor facility will likely be prepared by the end of October, but it won’t be operational until the lab is complete early next year.

She notes FROST won’t function as a “potter’s field.”

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Republicans in Lansing worked at a breakneck speed Tuesday to pass legislation that would allow politicians in Michigan to solicit campaign contributions on behalf of political action committees. 

The bills had their first House committee hearing Tuesday morning and were headed to the governor’s desk by the end of the day. They’d passed in the Senate late last week.

Lawmakers backing the legislation say they have to move quickly because the Secretary of State wants clarification on how much money can be given to certain types of Super PACs.  

Duggan and Leonard huddle on no-fault insurance

Sep 20, 2017

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   An unlikely alliance has formed to overhaul Michigan’s auto no-fault system. Speaker of the House Tom Leonard (R-DeWitt) and Detroit’s mayor Mike Duggan met Tuesday. They say the goal is to bring rate relief to all Michigan drivers. 

There’s no word yet on what the plan says about people with catastrophic injuries from car crashes. Right now Michigan is the only state in the US that provides unlimited medical benefits for people in those accidents.

MADISON, WI (AP)--   A Wisconsin appeals court upheld the state's right-to-work law on Tuesday, handing Gov. Scott Walker a victory by reversing a lower court ruling that had struck down the law he championed as unconstitutional last year. 

The 3rd District Court of Appeals rejected the challenge brought by three unions — the AFL-CIO's Wisconsin chapter, Machinists Local Lodge 1061 and United Steelworkers District 2. The law has been in effect while the court challenge was pending.

LANSING, MI (AP)--    Michigan election officials have approved the petition form for a group wanting to raise the state's minimum wage and eliminate a smaller wage paid to tipped employees. 

One Fair Wage Michigan — which is led by advocates for restaurant workers — cleared the procedural step Tuesday at the Board of State Canvassers. It needs roughly 252,000 valid voter signatures in a six-month window to submit the proposal to the Republican-led Legislature.

If lawmakers didn't act, the measure would go to a public vote in 2018.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Northern Michigan University is celebrating the scholarship of its faculty and staff at an event at the Ore Dock Brewing Company Wednesday night. 

Sponsored by the Grants and Contracts Office and the Office of Graduate Education and Research, the fourth annual Scholarship Recognition Event will feature presentations by colleagues to share news of projects that are currently underway.

ESCANABA, MI--   The case of a Bark River man who tried to get into an Escanaba house while armed with a pistol has been bound over to circuit court. 

Joshua Tryan, 30, is charged with carrying a concealed weapon and fleeing and eluding police—both felonies—and the misdemeanors operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, domestic violence, and possession of a firearm while intoxicated.

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.

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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