ST. IGNACE, Mich. (AP) — Rescue training is taking place with local emergency services agencies in preparation for a painting project on the Mackinac Bridge's north tower.
       The Mackinac Bridge Authority says the training is scheduled from 6-9 p.m. Wednesday at the bridge that connects Michigan's Upper and Lower peninsulas.
       The bridge will have single-lane closures with traffic shifts during the training.

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Authorities are asking Michigan residents, businesses and organizations to participate in a voluntary statewide tornado drill.
Officials say nearly all state of Michigan facilities will participate in the 1 p.m. eastern Wednesday drill.
       In preparation for possible tornadoes, people should identify the lowest place to take cover or find an interior hallway away from windows, doors and outside walls. Sturdy workbenches and stairwells also can provide shelter in a basement or other designated area.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker has signed a bill that prohibits local governments from requiring contractors working on public projects to use collective bargaining agreements.
       The governor signed the bill into law Monday at AmeriLux International, a De Pere manufacturer of building materials.
       Republican supporters of the measure argue it gives non-union firms more opportunities to win public work. Democratic opponents say it is another attempt to limit the influence of unions in the state and diminish local control.


  An Ishpeming Township home is considered a complete loss after a fire.

            According to WLUC-TV, emergency responders were dispatched to a home on the 1000 block of County Road 510 around 3:30 yesterday (Monday) afternoon. Because of the location of the house, water had to be transported to the scene.

            Negaunee Township Fire Chief Jeff Kontio said the structure collapsed soon after crews arrived. He added no one was home when the fire began. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.


Upper Peninsula Power Company is warning its residential and business customers about a phone scam where callers pose as UPPCO representatives.  According to company officials, several customers have recently reported being contacted and informed that they owe money to UPPCO and will have their power turned off unless payment is made immediately with a pre-paid credit card. The power company says it never requires customers to purchase a pre-paid credit card for payment. Customers who are behind on their bills will receive a notice in the mail from UPPCO.


A Marquette man has been arrested following investigation into a series of vehicle B&Es in the south Marquette area. City police say 23-year old Allan Lee Blondeau was taken into custody Friday for his alleged involvement in the larcenies. Officials say some of the property reported stolen was recovered at the time of the arrest. Blondeau is charged with one count of Breaking and Entering – A Vehicle to Steal Property $200 or more but less than $1,000… and three counts of Breaking and Entering – A Vehicle to Steal Property less the $200.

MARQUETTE, MI--    Residents who have items that need to be repaired, from toasters to necklaces to bicycles, can take them to Marquette’s new Repair Café at Peter White Public Library.

Saturday, April 15 from noon to 4 p.m. the Arts and Culture Center will have experts available to help make all possible repairs free of charge. Tools and materials will be on hand.

Items that can be brought to the event include—but are not limited to—toasters, lamps, hair dryers, clothes, bikes, toys, and crockery.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Upper Peninsula Power Company says it has completed storm restoration efforts.

The utility says customer outages caused by Monday’s storm are considered back in service, but anyone who still doesn’t have power—except for those waiting for their meter equipment to be repaired—should contact UPPCO.

Officials say those living in areas hardest-hit by the storm should be on guard for trees that are leaning or hung up on other trees, as they could fall on power lines.

Residents should report downed lines and any trees that pose a threat to UPPCO. 

MARQUETTE, MI--   The city of Marquette is prohibiting left turns from Baraga Avenue onto McClellan Avenue, in anticipation of traffic changes for the new hospital. 

The city has been studying the intersection of McClellan and Washington Street and the McClellan Avenue corridor from Washington to US-41 to provide mitigation measures for traffic safety, turning movements, signal upgrades, and other traffic-related issues.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Registration for this summer’s Becoming an Outdoors Woman program is now open.

It’s the 20th time the Department of Natural Resources has hosted the event for women 18 and older who want to improve their outdoor skills.  BOW coordinator Sharon Pitz says it’s a non-competitive program where each person learns at her own pace in an atmosphere of fun and camaraderie.