Another sub-zero day with a ton of school closings and cancellations, but we did pretty well with guests.  Well, actually, we were one for two today, but that’s not bad when you consider the weather.

Mark loves them Thin Mints!

Mark loves them Thin Mints!

As you can see from the photo, Girl Scout Cookies were the topic of our chat with our lone guest this morning, Jill Rady.  She’s with the Girl Scouts of the North Western Great Lakes, and she brought in some cookie samples including the classic Thin Mints that Mark is enamored with.

The annual Girl Scout Cookie Sales get underway today and you can contact Jill by logging on to www.gsnwgl.org or call her at 225-8020.

You can hear more about the sale or the Girl Scouts in general from her interview, which can be heard by clicking right here.

Jill Rady in studio with Girl Scout cookies.

Jill Rady in studio with Girl Scout cookies.

Our second scheduled guest was Don Gladwell from the Negaunee Irontown Association.  He was supposed to have stopped in to update us about this weekend’s Heikki Lunta Festival in Negaunee.  But he didn’t show up…perhaps his truck didn’t start this morning.  Anyway, head 0ver to Negaunee this weekend for some great winter fun including Wintertime Fireworks Saturday night.

Be Sure to stay warm, and have a GREAT WEEKEND!!

-Walt

SCHOOL CLOSINGS FOR 1/16/09

The following schools are closed today due to the extreme cold weather and high wind chills across the region:

AuTrain-Onota

Bark River-Harris

Bay College – Escanaba Campus Opens at 10am

Big Bay de Noc

Carney-Nadeau

Crossroads Christian Academy

Delta Schoolcraft ISD

Escanaba & Headstart

Ewen Headstart

Florence

Forest Park

Gladstone

Gwinn

Hannahville

Ishpeming

Manistique Area Schools

Marquette-Alger RESA

Marquette Area Public Schools

Father Marquette

Mid-Peninsula

Munising

Munising Public Library

Munising Baptist

Negaunee

Northern Michigan University

North Central

North Dickinson Schools

North Star Academy-Polaris

Powell Township

Rapid River & Headstart

Redeemer Lutheran Preschool

Republic-Michigamme Schools

Stephenson

Superior Central

Watersmeet

West Iron County

Besides all of the closings and cancellations due to the cold weather today, we actually did have a couple guests brave the frigid outdoors and come by to spread some information out there to the masses.

NMU Public Broadcasting's Eric Smith.

NMU Public Broadcasting's Eric Smith.

Thanks to Eric Smith from Public TV 13, WNMU-TV.  He stopped in to give us an update on the latests issues concerning the analog to digital conversion for over-the-air television viewing.

Listen to the complete discussion by clicking here to go to our “Interviews” section.

Later, we were joined by George Sedlacheck who let us know about a “Geocaching Walk Michigan” event this Sunday in Negaunee as part of the Heikki Lunta Winterfest, going

George Sedlacheck chats about GPS treasure hunting.

George Sedlacheck chats about GPS treasure hunting.

on this weekend in the Irontown.

Click here to hear the interview.

Stay warm everybody!

-Walt

SCHOOL CLOSINGS for 1/15/09:

Extreme cold across the region has resulted in these schools being closed.

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Bark River-Harris

Bay College – Escanaba & Iron Mountain Campus closed until Noon

Bessemer

Carney Nadeau

Christ The King Pre-School

Crossroads Christian Academy

Delta Schoolcraft ISD

Dickinson Area Catholic

Escanaba Schools & Headstart

Ewen-Trout Creek & Headstart

Forest Park

Gladstone

Gwinn

Hannahville

Iron Mountain

Ishpeming

L’anse

Marquette-Alger RESA

Marquette

Father Marquette

Mid-Peninsula

Munising

Munising Public Library

Munising Baptist

NICE Community Schools

Negaunee

NMU

North Central

North Dickinson

North Star Academy-Polaris

Ontonagon & Headstart

Powell Township

Rapid River & Headstart

Redeemer Lutheran Preschool

Republic-Michigamme

Stephenson

Watersmeet

West Iron County

DELAYS:

Arvon Twp.  – 2hrs

Baraga – 2hrs.

Gogebic Community College – 2hrs.

COLD! – Be sure to bundle up as you head out today. Frostbite and hypothermia could hit at any time! Wind Chills around 15 to 25 below zero or more!

Kristina Balzarini came in from the cold this morning to let us know about a couple of special events being put on by Teaching Family Homes of Upper Michigan. The first is this Friday and is being held at the UpFront & Company Banquet Hall. It’s the Frostbite Festival and will feature a night’s worth of live musical entertainment and a silent auction. It gets underway at 7-pm and tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for youth.

Kristina Balzarini stays warm in the studio!

Kristina Balzarini stays warm in the studio!

The next event she told us about was the Jack Rabbit Snow Show Challenge on January 21st in Harvey. The event will feature a series of snowshoe races for those who want to get involved. Proceeds raised at both events will benefit Teaching Family Homes and you can call 249-KIDS or click here.

You can also hear Kristina’s interview right here in our interview section.

U.S. Senator Carl Levin.

U.S. Senator Carl Levin

A bit later, we were joined on the phone by US Senator Carl Levin for his thoughts on the Inauguration, the proposed stimulus package and the new Congress era. Hear the entire interview right here.

Paul Olson with the U.P. Children's Coalition.
Paul Olson with the U.P. Children’s Coalition.

And we closed out with Paul Olson with the Great Lakes Center for Youth Development for update on the “Kids Count” survey released yesterday that showed the increased number of confirmed cases of child abuse and neglect in Upper Michigan since 2000. The interview can be heard right here.

BUSY, BUSY, BUSY!!!

See you all tomorrow!

-W

The view from the front door of the Marquette Mall.

The view from the front door of the Marquette Mall.

January 13th, 2009.  The official return of winter to Marquette County.  Not that it hasn’t been wintry so far, but this blast came in last night with just the ever-so-perfect mix of single-digit temperatures, measurable snowfall and high winds that created a crackin’ winter’s day for everyone.  As a sign of the hardyness of us Yoopers, though, there were no closings, cancellations or delays and the plows, both public and private, were out getting everyone cleared out so the day could get underway.

HATS OFF TO ALL OF YOU PLOW DRIVERS!! GOOD WORK!!

Tony Tollefson in studio.

Tony Tollefson in studio.

Thanks to Tony Tollefson with the Marquette County Democratic Party who stopped by to let everyone know about a special buffet luncheon being held at the Landmark Inn in Marquette on Inauguration Day that is open to the public to come in and watch the Inauguration of Barack Obama as the 44th President of the United States.  To hear more about this event, click here to hear our interview with Tony from our “Interviews” section.

Be sure to tune in tomorrow!  Triple-booked before the Shopping Show!  Look out!

-Walt

econofoods

In our never ending pursuit of accuracy here on the program, we regret to inform you that Mark’s oatmeal this morning is actually the “Our Family” brand; available at Econo Foods of Marquette – not Quaker Oats.

Although healthy, and delicious…Quaker Oats are not the preferred oatmeal of Mark and Walt in The Morning.

The producers of the program are mortified about this error,  and will endeavor not to make this simple – yet regrettable mistake again.

HEADS WILL ROLL!!!

M.E.

Evans and the Quaker!

Evans and the Quaker!

OATMEAL!! It Does a Body Good…and keeps ya regular!  HMMMMM.  Perhaps not the most appealing way to start the the week off, but away we go!

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Hannah Mongiat from the Women's Center.

Hannah Mongiat from the Women's Center.

Thanks to Hannah Mongiat, the Capital Campaign Co-ordinator from the Women’s Center in Marquette for coming by this morning to give us an update on a Donation Drive being held in conjunction with the Superior Iron Range Credit Union.  The drive is looking for non-perishable food stuffs and toiletries for the Women’s Center.  The drive starts on January 19th and continues until the end of the month.  For more information, call Hannah at 361-0536.  You can hear her interview right here in our “Interviews” section.

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Mark ready for the MSM Victory Toss.

Mark ready for the MSM Victory Toss.

Congratulations to Kristina B., our latest winner of Main Street Monday “Classic Cartoon Trivia”  She knew we were looking for Daffy Duck, and she picked up a pair of pizzas from Main Street Pizza.  Tune in every Monday morning at 8:30 for the latest edition of  Main Street Monday.  If you don’t win, be sure to call them for lunch or dinner today!

See you all  tomorrow!

-M&W

Walt,

How do things change the same??

-Mark

Well, one week down!  So far, so good on the return of “Mark & Walt in the Morning” and thanks to all of you for your positive comments about Mark’s return.  It has been a definite adventure over the last week.  It’s funny how the more things change the same, the more they really do stay the same.

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NMU President Les Wong

NMU President Les Wong

Thanks to Northern Michigan University President Dr. Les Wong for stopping by this morning to give a recap on 2008 and a look to the future at dear ol’ NMU.  Dr. Wong expressed quite a few interesting observations about the year that was and also imparted a few bits of wisdom as he predicted the next 12 months.  You can hear his interview by clicking here to get our “Interviews” section.

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Joe Burdick and Sue Minckler in the studio.

Joe Burdick and Sue Minckler in the studio.

Also joining us this morning was Sue Minckler and Joe Burdick from the United Way of Marquette County.  They dropped in to give us an update on the current fundraising campaign, which currently stands at 77-percent, as well as other events and programs going on involving the member agencies of the United Way.

If you’d like to find out more, log on to their website here, or call 906-226-8171.

Click here for the complete discussion from our “Interviews” section.

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Thanks to all of you out there who have tuned in to Sunny 101.9 over the last several days to help make the week such the success that it has been.

See ya all next week!

-Walt