Senator Tom Casperson (R-Escanaba)

MARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News)– Michigan Senator Tom Casperson (R-Escanaba) called in this morning to SUNNY 101.9’s Mark and Walt in the Morning to give listeners an update of matters going on in Lansing.

Items discussed included Casperson’s legislation addressing multi-jurisdictional law enforcement at federal parks such as the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in Munising as well as the continuing budget struggle with education funding.

You can listen to the complete interview with Senator Casperson by clicking below:

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Marquette Women's Center

MARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News)– The Marquette Women’s Center and the Harbor House are holding a pair of events this month designed to increase awareness about domestic violence and the services they provide.

Diane Betts, Housing Advocate with the Women’s Center and the Harbor House, joined Mark and Walt in the Morning today to discuss a special open house at the Harbor House on October 18-th and an annual culinary event that raises much-needed funds for the organization.

She told us about the ‘Chefs Against Domestic and Sexual Violence’ Evening of Elegance.  This event features a silent auction and a six-course gourmet dinner at the Landmark Inn in Marquette.  The dinner is scheduled for Saturday, October 29-th and seating is limited to 100 people.

For more about these events, you can listen to the interview with Diane Betts by clicking below:

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For more about the Women’s Center and the Harbor House, please click “HERE” to visit their website.

Clothing drive organizer, Dick Derby

MARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News)– The next step in the effort to gather clothes to keep kids warm in our area is happening this Saturday in Western Marquette County.

Organizer of Operation Keep Kids Warm, Dick Derby with the Wesleyan Methodist Church in Ishpeming, joined SUNNY 101.9’s Mark and Walt in the Morning today to remind folks in that end of the county to gather up the clothes items they want to give to the effort and have them ready for pick-up this Saturday morning.

He explained the whole process and how it will work with the pickup this Saturday morning and the distribution of the collected items set for next Saturday the 22-nd.

To listen to a portion of the interview with Dick and find out more about this unique drive, please click below:

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Tom Baldini

MARQUETTE, MI –(Great Lakes Radio News)– The latest speaker to address the Economic Club of Marquette County will be in Marquette on Monday evening at the Ramada Inn.

Daniel Loepp, President and CEO of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan will address the group at their next monthly meeting and dinner, which gets underway at 6-pm.

Tom Baldini, Econ Club board member, joined SUNNY 101.9’s Mark and Walt in the Morning today to preview the event and let folks know how they can take part.

To listen to a portion of the interview with Tom, please click below:

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To register for the dinner and to find out more about becoming a member, please click “HERE” to visit the club’s website

Marcia Hodges with BioLife.

MARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – Time flies when you are having fun.  No statement has seemed more true as of late.

It was certainly true this morning when Marcia Hodges from BioLife Plasma Services stopped by the Sunny 101.9 studios this morning to talk about 10 years of working in our community.

Marcia chatted about the changes over the last decade at BioLife and looked ahead to the future as well.

To listen to the complete interview with Marcia, please click below:

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For more about BioLife Plasma Services, click “HERE

The 20-millionth Ford car rolls off of the assembly line in 1931 with Henry Ford behind the wheel.

In one of those fun turns of events, I discovered an unique piece of automotive history today.  As a car buff, I was surprised to find out about a local connection to America’s corporate history right here in the U.P.!

It’s all part of the Model A Ford Club of America’s Convention coming to Marquette County next summer.  As part of the festivities of the event, the 20-millionth car produced by Ford Motor Company will be displayed.  The car is a 1931 Model A sedan and has a direct connection to my hometown of Chassell, MI.

The fully restored 20-millionth Ford car on display downstate. This car will be in Marquette next summer.

The long and short of the story is that the car was produced in 1931, toured the country for a year, then went on display at a Ford Museum and was eventually sold as surplus.

The family that bought it in 1940 was the Liimatainens from Chassell and Aura.  After the father drove the Model A for almost 20 years, it was put into storage in a garage in Aura.  That’s where it sat from 1960 to 2000, when it was confirmed by automotive historians to be the 20-millionth Ford car and was leased back to the company and was fully restored.

Click “HERE” to read more about this car and it’s history.

 

I love this kind of stuff!

-Walt L.

 

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MAPS Superintendent Deborah Veiht.

MARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News)– The Marquette Area Public Schools are hosting a presentation tonight to discuss a millage proposal going before the voters in November.

School officials will present information about the 1-point-5 mil proposed increase and how the funds will be used in the district.

MAPS Superintendent Deborah Veiht  and  Steve Boettcher, designer and engineer with Integrated Designs joined SUNNY 101.9’s Walt Lindala this morning to discuss the presentation in detail.

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Engineer Steve Boettcher.

The full session gets underway at 5:30 this evening at the Little Theater at the Marquette High School.

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To access a document outlining the project, click “HERE“.

 

 

 

Clothing drive organizer Dick Derby.

(MARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News)– Dick Derby, organizer of the Project “Keep Kids Warm” joined us today to remind everyone that tomorrow is the scheduled bag drop off day in Ishpeming and West Ishpeming.

Your job is to fill those bags with as many gently used or new kid’s coats, hats, mittens, boots and the like to distribute to the kids in the community who have the need for the items.

The pick up is scheduled for next week Saturday and the items will be distributed on October 22-nd.

To listen to Dick’s comments and to find out how you can help out, please click below:

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Brad Kowalski and Rickey Wilson in the Studio.

MARQUETTE, MI (Great Lakes Radio News )– A special fund raising effort is planned for tomorrow at Hardee’s Restaurant in Marquette that will assist the Sands Township Emergency Services with their annual Kid’s Halloween Party.

Sands Twp. Fire Chief Rickey Wilson and Brad Kowalski, Shift Manager at Hardee’s, chatted with WKQS-FM’s Walt Lindala this morning to explain the details of the event.  20-percent of all sales at the Hardee’s for the day will go to fund this year’s party.

Firefighters will be on the scene and so will some fire trucks  and search vehicles.  You can listen to the interview by clicking below.

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Senator Gretchen Whitmer (D-Lansing)

MARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – Michigan Senate Democratic Leader Gretchen Whitmer (D- Lansing) joined SUNNY 101.9’s Mark and Walt in the Morningto talk about the latest on the debates in Lansing about state funding for education.

Senator Whitmer is in Marquette for a public town hall meeting this afternoon at the U.P. Children’s Museum on that subject with State Representative Steve Lindberg.  The meeting runs from 4:30pm to 6:00pm and is open to all interested parties.

She discussed the meeting and more during her visit to the show, and you can listen to the complete interview by clicking below:

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