Marquette County Sheriff Mike Lovelace.

Marquette County Sheriff Mike Lovelace joined Mark and Walt this morning to discuss National Police Week.  The Marquette County Sheriff’s Office is joining communities across Michigan and the United States this week to commemorate National Police Week.
In 1962, President John F. Kennedy designated May 15th as National Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which May 15th falls as National Police Week.  This week, Sheriff Lovelace and his staff will honor and remember those law enforcement officers who made the ultimate sacrifice, as well as the family members, friends and fellow officers they left behind.
You can join the Marquette County Sheriff’s Office and the Michigan Sheriffs’ Association in honoring these fallen officers. You can show your support by “flying the blue”. Attach a royal blue ribbon to your car antennae during National Police Week. Your show of support will mean a lot to the brave men and women who serve and protect you and your family on a daily basis.
This year, the names of 316 officers killed in the line of duty have been added to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, DC. These 316 officers include 152 officers who were killed during 2010, plus 164 officers who died in previous years but whose stories of sacrifice had been lost to history until now.
To listen to the interview with Marquette County Sheriff Mike Lovelace, please click “HERE“.  For more on National Police Week, please click “HERE“.

Jim and Jill Grundstrom from Frei Chevrolet.

Jim and Jill Grundstrom from Frei Chevrolet in Marquette, MI stopped in at the Sunny Studios this morning to tell us about a special effort going on at the dealership to Support Our Troops.

They are holding a special Military Drive to gather items during the month of May to send items to the 1775-th MP Company and the 1430-th Engineering Company who are both over in Afghanistan.  Items may be dropped off at the dealership through June 4-th.

To listen to the interview with Jim and Jill Grundstrom, please click “HERE” For more on Frei Chevy an this effort in particular, please click “HERE“.

MI State Senator Tom Casperson

State Senator Tom Casperson (R-Escanaba, MI) joined Mark and Walt this morning to discuss the May revenue estimating conference getting underway today in Lansing, MI.

He also discussed the recent town hall meetings he has had with his constituents across Upper Michigan over the last several weeks and what the feedback has been from the voters.

To listen to the full interview with Senator Tom Casperson, please click “HERE“.

To visit his website, please click “HERE“.

Tim Bennett, Executive Director of Bay Cliff Health Camp.

Tim Bennett, Executive Director of Bay Cliff Health Camp, stopped by the Sunny Studios to give us a re-cap of the Green Bay Packers Tailgate Tour stop at the Superior Dome in Marquette, MI.

He gave us the full rundown of the successes of the event and thanksed all of the volunteers and supporters who made the event a full-on success.

To listen to Tim’s interview, please click “HERE“.   To visit the website of the Bay Cliff Health Camp, please click “HERE“.

The show performers deliver a scene in the Sunny Studio.

Tina Harris, Educator at the Marquette Regional History Center joined Mark and Walt this morning to preview a special event next week in Marquette, MI.

“Turn Back The Dial – Celebrating the 80th Anniversary of WBEO Radio” is a special fund raising effort for the Marquette Regional History Center that will feature actors performing an old time radio show.  The event is coming up on Wednesday, May 18-th at 6:00pm at the new History Center on Spring Street in Marquette.

To listen to the interview with Tina, and to hear the cast perform a section of the show, please click “HERE“.  For more about the Marquette Regional History Center, please click “HERE” to visit their website.

Pat Black, Director, MCCVB

Pat Black, Director of the Marquette Country Convention and Visitors Bureau joined Mark and Walt this morning to discuss her thoughts about the cancelation of the Superior Bike Fest in Marquette, MI this year.

She weighed in with her thoughts about the expense of putting on events in Marquette in comparison to other surrounding communities in Marquette County such as Ishpeming and Negaunee.  Some of her thoughts and comments were fairly eye-opening, and you’ll want to take a listen!

To listen to the complete interview with Pat Black, please click “HERE“.  To visit the Marquette Country Convention and Visitors Bureau website, please click “HERE“.

Superior Bike Fest Co-ordinator Jim Grundstrom addesses the media in Marquette, MI.

Marquette County’s Superior Bike Fest has been canceled.  At a press conference in Marquette this afternoon, event officials said they have decided to not hold the Bike Fest this year due to a low number of competitor entries.

As of earlier this week, only 58 riders had pre-registered for the event.  According to Jim Grundstrom, event coordinator, there are usually well over 200 riders registered for the Bike Fest at this time.  Grundstrom added that he could not explain why the numbers were so significantly down this year, and the decision to pull the plug was based on simple economics.

The Superior Bike Fest has been held in late June for the past several years and has featured a popular criterium race in Marquette that has attracted several thousand spectators to the downtown.  The Bike Fest has also featured road and mountain biking races across Marquette County.

Officials were unable to say if they would consider holding the event again next year.

To listen to comments from an exclusive interview with Jim Grundstrom, please click “HERE“.

Phyllis Loonsfoot at Picnic Rocks in Marquette, MI.

Phyllis Loonsfoot, with the Women’s Center and Harbor House Domestic Violence Shelter in Marquette, MI discussed her thoughts about the recent incident involving pro-domestic violence graffiti at the Picnic Rocks city park.  The graffiti, which read “BEAT YOUR WIFE” was reported to her by a concerned citizen, and following the placing of a picture of the graffiti on Facebook by Loonsfoot, the community stepped up to have it removed immediately.

Loonsfoot shared her thoughts in this exclusive interview with Great Lakes Radio News Director Walt Lindala about how it was very heartening for her to see how the community members and city officials rose up and worked together to remove the message.

She also gave information on how to find out more about the Women’s Center and Harbor House and their services.

To listen to the interview, please click “HERE“.  For more about the Women’s Center, please click “HERE“.


Ju;ie Frazier and Linda Mallon of Willow Farms.

Great Lakes Radio is co-sponsoring another golf outing to raise money for the Therapeutic Riding Program at Willow Farms in Marquette, MI.  The event is being held June 4-th at Gentz’s Homestead Golf Course in Harvey, MI.

Julie Frazier, Board President and therapeutic riding instructor, and Linda Mallon, Director of the Willow Farms Therapeutic Riding Program joined Mark Evans this morning to discuss what the program is all about.

The therapeutic riding mission is to promote and enhance the welfare of individuals with disabilities by providing a program of therapeutic, educational and recreational value, and further, to empower individuals who are mentally, physically, emotionally and/or socially challenged through the use of horses, while providing therapeutic benefits in a safe and controlled atmosphere bringing those involved to better health, happiness, confidence and quality of life.

To listen to the complete interview with Julie and Linda, please click “HERE“.  For more about Willow Farms and the Therapeutic Riding Program, please click “HERE” to visit their website.

City workers remove graffiti from picnic rocks in Marquette, MI.

Graffiti encouraging domestic violence against women that had been painted on a prominent natural landmark in Marquette, MI was removed by a city crew yesterday afternoon.

The graffiti read “BEAT YOUR WIFE” and was painted at the Picnic Rocks city park on the Lake Superior shore on an area of the rocks usually painted by local high school students commemorating their graduation.

As a photo of the graffiti circulated in the community, a group of concerned indiviuals said they planned to take a boat out to the rocks and paint over the message.  However, the City of Marquette told the group they did not want private citizens to expose themselves to any risk by going out on the water to get to the defaced rocks and put together a crew to remove the graffiti yesterday around 1-pm.

All parties involved say removing the graffiti sent the message that the Marquette County community does not support domestic violence of any kind.