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MI Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley in the Great Lakes Radio studios.

MARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – Michigan Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley sat down with Great Lakes Radio News Director Walt Lindala to talk about his tour of the Upper Peninsula, the plans for getting Michigan back on it’s economic feet, the budget and more.

Lt. Governor Calley also outlined the change in focus in Lansing now that the normally vitriolic budget negotiation process is over.  He discussed new initiatives that are based on results in several aspects of state government as well as rescinding some of the budget cuts made as the economy in Michigan recovers.

He also touched on several other issues facing the Upper Peninsula and the rest of the state, including how a “one size fits all” approach does not work in Michigan.

To listen to the complete, unedited interview, please click “HERE“.

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Joe Lubig with the MAPS Education Foundation.

MARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – Supporters of the Marquette Area Public Schools Education Foundation have a great opportunity during this extended heat wave to stay cool and help out the Foundation.  This Sunday, a benefit for the MAPS Education Foundation is being held at Elizabeth’s Chop House in Marquette from 5pm to 8pm.  The event is called “Ice Cream and Gelato in July” and all proceeds raised will go to in support of scholarships.

Joe Lubig, with the MAPS Education Foundation, joined Mark Evans and Walt Lindala this morning to discuss the details of the event.  He also discussed what the Marquette Area Public Schools Education Foundation is all about and how it benefits students in the Marquette school system.

To listen to the interview with Joe Lubig, please click “HERE“.  For more about the Marquette Area Public Schools, please click “HERE“.

Lisa Coombs-Gerou of the YMCA of Marquette County.

MARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – Lisa Coombs-Gerou, Executive Director of the Marquette County YMCA, joined Sunny 101.9’s Mark and Walt in the Morning to prove that the “Y” ain’t what it used to be!  She told us about a series of planned events and activities that prove the YMCA has become much more than another gym.

She discussed a “100 Yard Dash” program that features a 100 yard long garden being used as a learning tool for area youth to understand gardening and healthy food production.  They are also holding a special program that is planned to teach financial responsibility to teenagers.  Both programs are designed to teach good habits at an early age that will transfer over into the student’s adult lives.

To listen to the interview with Lisa, please click “HERE“.  For more about the YMCA of Marquette County, please click “HERE“.

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LeAnne Kachmarsky, Chair, Community Events Committee, Marquette Township.

MARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – Marquette Township officials are planning a special day focusing on recent upgrades at one of the township’s most popular ballfields  as well as other activities.

LeAnne Kachmarsky, chair of the Marquette Township Community Events Committee, joined Mark Evans and Walt Lindala this morning to discuss activites planned for Saturday, August 6th.  The main focus of the event will be on the formal unveiling of renovations to Lions Field, but there will also be a National Noon and Night Out, community picnic, Texaco Country Showdown and more going on.

To listen to the interview with LeAnne, please click “HERE“.  For more about Marquette Township events and activities, please click “HERE“.

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U.S. Congressman Dan Benishek (R) Iron River, MI.

MARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – Upper Michigan Congressman Dan Benishek joined Sunny 101.9’s Mark & Walt in the Morning today for an exclusive interview discussing the current debate over raising the debt ceiling going on in Washington, D.C.

In the interview, the Iron River Republican outlined a three-part plan being worked on at Capitol Hill by House Republicans to cut government spending and calls on a constitutional amendment to balance the federal budget.  The measure has no expected chance to become law due to the Democratic majority in the US Senate and Democrat President Barack Obama, who has threatened to veto the measure if it gets to his desk.

He also discussed the debt ceiling and how constituents here in the 1-st Congressional District feel about raising it.

To listen to the complete interview with Congressman Benishek, please click “HERE“.  To log on to the Congressman’s official website, please click “HERE“.



MARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – Here’s the latest from the Michigan State Police concerning the wildfire smoke in the air over Marquette County.  We’ve included a recent statement from thew Michigan State Police as well.


Officials with the Department of Natural Resources are letting people know that the strong smell and presence of smoke currently in our area is not due to any forest fires in Marquette County.  The smoke is coming from forest fires in Canada.  Officials say the smoky air is due to a so-called “smoke inversion” that is caused by the current air patterns over the U.P. and is bringing the smoke across Lake Superior.  The fires are being reported near Lake Winnipeg in Ontario, Canada.  The D-N-R does have planes up in our our area looking for fires, but so far none have been found. The smoky air should clear as weather conditions change over the next 24 to 48 hours.





Canadian Forest Fires Causing Smoke over U.P.


A heavy layer of smoke covering the Central and Western Upper Peninsula is the result of forest fires burning in Ontario, Canada. Citizens across the affected area have been calling public safety officials with concerns about the smoke.

Michigan Department of Natural Resources spotter planes have been up this morning checking the area for the source of the smoke. Pilots report that the smoke is coming from Canada and is blowing across Lake Superior and over the Central and Western Upper Peninsula.

There are no reports of any fires in the Upper Peninsula.

For more on the path of the smoke, please click “HERE” for a map outlining areas in it’s path.

109th District State Rep. Steve Lindberg (D-Marquette).

MARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – 109-th District State Representative Steve Lindberg (D-Marquette) joined Sunny 101.9 WKQS-fm’s Mark and Walt in the Morning today for an exclusive interview to give his perspective on the current legislature in Lansing.  Lindberg opened up about Republican Governor Rick Snyder and his administration and how the Republican-controlled House and Senate are getting things done.

Lindberg talked about the current challenges and frustrations he is experiencing as a minority Democrat at the Capitol and how he feels virtually “voiceless” at times.  He also mentioned that he is trying to get his points across, but as a minority member of the House it is increasingly difficult.

To listen to the complete interview with Representative Lindberg, please click “HERE“.

Bonnie Kilpela With MGH Family Medicine Negaunee.

MARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – Bonnie Kilpela with the Marquette General Family Medicine Negaunee clinic joined Sunny 101.9’s Mark and Walt in the Morning today to discuss a special program being held next week.

The Sports Physical Clinic is being held on Monday, July 18-th at the Negaunee office from 5pm to 8pm and is offering sports physicals for area youth for a $15.00 fee.  The clinic is at 405 us-41 East in Negaunee.  You can call 475-6312 for more information.

To listen to the interview with Bonnie, please click “HERE“.

The Morning Team, Mark and Walt.

MARQUETTE, MI – After a week away, the world-traveling Mark Evans was back on the program this morning, bringing Mark and Walt back together.  Unfortunately, (or fortunately – depending on how you look at it) we’ll only be back together for a short time.  That’s because now, it’s MY turn for some time off!


I’m hitting the road on Tuesday and going downstate for a week.  Going to see the in-laws and friends, eat some good foods, catch a Tiger game at Comerica Park and just relax!   I need it and I can’t really wait to get away for few days.  It should be fun, and I hope to bring back some kind of travel log of my adventures.


While I’m away, our all purpose overnight guy, Tony, will be helping Mark out on the big program.  Also lending a hand will be the Illustrious Doctor Don with news duties in my absence.  It’ll be fun, and I hope you’ll keep listening although I won’t be around.


Have a great week and we’ll catch you on the flipside when I get back!



Negaunee Irontown Association

Marquette, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – The annual summertime blast known as Pioneer Days is underway in Negaunee, MI.  This week-long event features a wide array of community-based activities ranging from an alumni softball tournament to a parade and fireworks.

Kimme Peterson, President of the Negaunee Irontown Association, joined Walt Lindala this morning at the Sunny 101.9 Studios to talk about this weekend’s activities.  The parade, community picnic and fireworks are all happening tomorrow and are some of the most popular parts of the whole Pioneer Days period.

To listen to the interview with Kimme Peterson, please click “HERE“.  For more about the Negaunee Irontown Association, please click “HERE” to visit their website.