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Senator Debbie Stabenow joins Mark and Walt.

MARQUETTE, MI – Great Lakes Radio News– Michigan’s Junior U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow stopped in at the Sunny 101.9 WKQS studios this morning while visiting Marquette County to speak to the Economic Club and meet with constituents.

The Lansing Democrat outlined a series of initiatives involving new technology and industry to create jobs in the Upper Peninsula.  She also discussed the role of new technologies will work with traditional industries in our area such as forestry and mining.

She also talked about how she shares the frustration with voters about the political process in Washington, D.C. and Congress and the lack of willingness to come to reasonable compromise for the betterment of the Country and it’s people.

To listen to the interview from this morning’s show, please click below:

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Blues maven Mark Stonerock

MARQUETTE, MI – Great Lakes Radio News– Marquette’s Mattson Lower Harbor Park will be THE place to be for blues fans this weekend as the Marquette Area Blues Fest presents 10 blues bands over two days.  The festival runs from 12 noon to 10 pm on Saturday, September 3rd and Sunday, September 4th.  It also features workshops, a variety of food vendors, blues merchandise and more.

Mark Stonerock, secretary with the Marquette Area Blues Society, joined Sunny 101.9’s Mark & Walt in the Morning to talk about the weekend’s schedule and lineup of performers.  Stonerock also discussed the food vendors and what they will have for folks to enjoy.  He also talked about how you can volunteer for the event and help out.

To listen to the interview with Mark Stonerock, international man of blues leisure, please click below:

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To find out more about the festival and the blues society, please click “HERE“.

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Jim Iwanicki, Marquette County Road Commission

MARQUETTE, MI – Great Lakes Radio News– The Marquette County Road Commission is holding two public events this week to gather input from concerned residents about a proposal to build a new 22-mile long road in Western Marquette County.

Jim Iwanicki, with the Marquette County Road Commission, joined Mark and Walt in the Morning today to discuss the sessions.  The meetings will take public comment and answer questions about the proposed County Road 595 to run from northwest Marquette County to US-41 in Humboldt Township.

They have been planned for tomorrow (Tuesday, August 30th) at the Citizen’s Forum at Lakeview Arena in Marquette and for Wednesday (August 31st) at the Ishpeming Township Hall.  The sessions will run from 12noon to 3pm and then from 6pm to 9pm both days.

If people cannot make the sessions, comments can be mailed to the Marquette County Road Commission Office at 1610 N. Second Street in Ishpeming, or e-mailed to lbrogan@marqroad.org by Tuesday, September 6-th.

To listen to the interview with Jim Iwanicki, please click below:

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NMU President Les Wong

MARQUETTE, MI – Great Lakes Radio News – As the Northern Michigan University campus in Marquette roared back to life with students, faculty and staff this morning, NMU President Les Wong joined Sunny 101.9 WKQS’s Mark and Walt in the Morningfor a look ahead to the new semester.

President Wong discussed some of the new initiatives underway on the campus as well as expectations with enrollment and working with students of all backgrounds and ages.  He also shared how the university feels the worst of the budget cutting is behind them and that they have “weathered the storm” in an effective and efficient manner.

You can listen to the complete interview with NMU President Les Wong by clicking below:

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To visit the NMU website please click “HERE“.

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Michelle Bigico with the Hoof Tracks 4-H Club.

MARQUETTE, MI – Great Lakes Radio News– A special fund raiser is being held tomorrow in Marquette County to benefit the Hoof Tracks 4-H Club.  They are selling their very popular discount cards that allow the holder to get great discounts at 20 local merchants and businesses.

Michelle Bigico, with the Hoof Tracks 4-H club chatted with Sunny 101.9’s Walt Lindala about the cards and where they will be available.  They will be on sale from 11am to 3pm at the Westwood Mall and Econo Foods in Marquette and Jack’s Foods in Harvey and Larry’s Foods in Gwinn.

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Ann-Brownell with UPAWS

MARQUETTE, MI – Great Lakes Radio News– The Upper Peninsula Animal Welfare Shelter’s Ann Brownell joined Mark and Walt in the Morning to promote the annual “Strut Your Mutt” fundraiser coming up on Saturday, September 10-th at Mattson Lower Harbor Park in Marquette with registration at 9-am and “Strut Time” at 10-am.

Ann explained that every registered walker gets a goody bag & every dog gets a strut bandana. If you register by Sept. 3-rd your dog could be the “Leader of the Pack” & start the walk! There will be prizes for the 3 top fundraisers in Adult & Junior categories PLUS a great team prize. All proceeds go to help shelter pets.

To listen to the interview with Ann, please click below:

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To visit the UPAWS website, please click “HERE“.

NEGAUNEE MINERS

MARQUETTE, MI – Great Lakes Radio Sports– The familiar sights and sounds of high school football return to Marquette County tonight.  Mark Evans, the voice of the Negaunee Miners, and Mike Plourde, voice of the Ishpeming Hematites, had a discussion this morning about both teams and their potential seasons.

They discussed how the teams look heading into this season and what strengths and potential weaknesses the squads possess.  They also looked at the rest of the season’s toughest opponents and what may be the most exciting games of the year.

Both teams hit the turf tonight and you can listen to Mark call the Miners on Sunny 101.9, WKQS and Mike call the Hematites on 98.3, WRUP.

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UNITED WAY of MARQUETTE COUNTY

MARQUETTE, MI – Great Lakes Radio News – The 2011 Campaign Co-chairs for the United Way of Marquette County visited the Sunny 101.9 studios today to join Mark and Walt in the Morningto encourage listeners to get involved and give to this year’s campaign.

This year’s co-chairs are Mark Canale and Tom Blake.  They joined Walt Lindala to talk about how they became involved with the campaign and why they feel it’s important to give to the United Way of Marquette County.

They also explained how several member agencies are helped by a wide range of contributions of all sizes coming together to make a big impact on those in need.  They also reminded folks that money given in Marquette County stays here in Marquette County.

To listen to the interview, please click below:

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Click “HERE” to log on to United Way of Marquette County.

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Trooper Stacey Rasanen and Teresa Schwalbach

MARQUETTE, MI – Great Lakes Radio News – The 11-th Annual Marquette County TRIAD Conference is being held on October 6-th in Marquette, MI.  The conference is entitled “The Path to Living Well” and features a wide variety of presentations and seminars on a multitude of topics and issues important to seniors to help them live healthy and safe lives.

Conference organizers State Police Trooper Stacey Rasanen and Marquette County Emergency Management Coordinator Teresa Schwalbach stopped in at the Sunny 101.9 studios this morning to chat with Walt Lindala about the event and how to get registered.  They also discussed the program schedule and more.

To get registered for the 11-th Annual Marquette County TRIAD Conference, call the RSVP office in Ishpeming at 485-1782 or 485-1742.

To listen to the interview from this morning, please click below:

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Series Producer Dan Truckey

MARQUETTE, MI – Great Lakes Radio News – The NMU International Performing Arts series is bringing another year’s worth of eclectic and exciting performers to the Marquette area.  Featuring a wide array of dancers, singers and musicians in styles ranging from the blues to klezmer music, this year’s series looks to be a hit.

Series Director and Producer Dan Truckey joined Mark and Walt in the Morning to outline the series and give out ticket and venue information.  The performances are being held in several locations, from the Great Lakes Rooms and Forest Roberts Theater on campus, to Kaufman Auditorium in Marquette and the Peterson Auditorium in Ishpeming.

To listen to the interview with Dan Truckey, please click below:

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To see more about the performers and their schedules, please log on to the series’ website by clicking “HERE“.