NEGAUNEE, MI--    The Upper Peninsula Luge Club is helping residents beat the winter blues with its upcoming Heikki Lunta Festival in Negaunee. 

Event coordinator Mike Ilmonen says Heikki Lunta—Finnish for “Hank Snow”—is an urban legend created a few years ago when an Upper Peninsula event needed some white stuff to fall. He says the second annual event will feature a parade on Iron Street Friday, January 19. On Saturday events will include a human foosball game, ice turkey bowling, and a toilet-on-skis “Crapper Dash.” A bonfire and fireworks will also be held Saturday night.

NEGAUNEE, MI--   A stabbing incident in Negaunee has left two people injured. 

WLUC-TV reports it happened Sunday night on the 300 block of North Brown Avenue. Two men were apparently stabbed and a woman assaulted during an argument involving several people.

A couple of people were taken to UPHS-Marquette and treated for non-life-threatening injuries. One person has been arrested.

Police continue to investigate the incident.

No names have yet been released.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Court dates are set for a Negaunee man arrested for having child pornography on his computer. 

Stan Wright, 58, was arrested September 26 and charged with eight counts of possession of child sexually abusive material. Wright is accused of using a work computer to download and view the material.

A probable cause conference is set for October 11 and a preliminary hearing for October 18 in Marquette District Court.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Two Negaunee juveniles are in custody after they allegedly stole a couple of vehicles.

Sunday around 11:50 p.m. Marquette Police recovered a vehicle in Shiras Hills that was reported stolen in Negaunee.  The suspects were believed to be two juvenile runaways.

Monday at 6:20 a.m. officers were called to a Shiras residence on a report of another stolen vehicle.  Around 11 a.m. police found and apprehended the runaways and the stolen vehicle in an area near Shiras Hills.

The Historic Vista Theater is holding two events in Negaunee this week.  Tuesday at 6:45 p.m. a revue will 

celebrate the theater's 90th birthday.  On Wednesday it's the Marquette County premiere of the film "Waiting for Wiig."

News Director Nicole Walton spoke with PAAC/Historic Vista Theater Executive Director Andrew "Bear" Tyler about the importance of the Vista.

NEGAUNEE, MI--   Police took a Negaunee man into custody following a several-hour standoff Wednesday.

According to ABC 10 the situation began on Cherry Street around 2 p.m. after police conducted a wellbeing check.  They tried to communicate with the resident through loudspeakers, but the man refused to come out. 

Police, their weapons drawn, surrounded the house, and around 4:30 p.m. the subject walked out of the residence and surrendered peacefully.  

NEGAUNEE, MI--   The cause of a house fire in Negaunee may be electrical in nature.

City firefighters were called to the 700 block of Carr Street Thursday around 3:15 a.m. and found flames in the basement.  The fire was kept in that area.

No injuries were reported.

Officials believe something electrical started the fire, but its exact cause remains under investigation.

The Negaunee Township Fire Department and Marquette County Sheriff’s Department assisted at the scene.  

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NEGAUNEE, MI--   The United States Luge Association has canceled the World Luge Cup in Negaunee next year. 

The Upper Peninsula Luge Club says it’s shocked and saddened by the announcement, which was made Monday.  It says Lucy Hill has undergone several upgrades since the group first made its bid in 2014 to host the World Cup.  The natural track is 25 years old.

The club says it will now focus on its domestic programs and strive to keep Lucy Hill one of the most budget and family-friendly winter activities in Marquette County.  

NEGAUNEE, MI--   A portion of the Iron Ore Heritage Trail in Marquette County is closed this week for a paving project. 

The two-mile section starts at Healey Avenue in Negaunee and ends just north of the CN railroad crossing.  The project includes replacing aggregate with asphalt, which is longer-lasting.  It’s expected to last about a week.

Heritage Trail users can detour using Case Street to Baldwin Avenue to US-41 to County Road 492.  A spur trail near the Michigan Iron Industry Museum connects 492 back to the Heritage Trail.

MARQUETTE, MI--   The Keweenaw Bay Indian Community is asking Governor Rick Snyder to reconsider his decision not to allow the Tribe to move its Ojibwa Casino II to the old Marquette County Airport site.

The KBIC has been planning to expand the casino in Chocolay Township after Snyder nixed relocation in 2013.  Tribe officials are now asking the governor to reconsider his stance.  They say they want to build a 5-Star Destination Resort in Negaunee that could help provide jobs for some of the 400 people who will lose their jobs when the Empire mine shuts down.