Cindy Noble.

MARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – The City of Marquette is hosting a Community Open House this week.

City of Marquette Parks and Rec Co-ordinator Cindy Noble visited Mark & Walt in the Morning today to outline the event.

It is being held on Thursday, February 9, in the Citizens Forum Room at Lakeview Arena from 4:00-7:00 pm and is an opportunity for the community to get acquainted with various City Departments and Partners.

To listen to the interview with Cindy about the Open House, please click on the audio link below:

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For more about the City of Marquette, please click “HERE” to visit the city’s website.

SNOWFLAKE returns to Marquette, MI.

MARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – A special evening combining live music and performance art is coming up tomorrow night in Marquette to help the homeless.

“Snowflake”, a performance piece created and portrayed by Gayle LaJoye of Marquette, is being performed along with sets from three local music groups at Kaufman Auditorium.

The show’s proceeds are going to benefit the “Room at the Inn” homeless assistance agency.  Robin Roy, the program co-ordinator for the group joined Mark & Walt in the Morning today to promote the show.

To find out more about the show, listen to the interview with Robin by clicking on the audio link below:

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For more about “Room at the Inn” please click “HERE” to visit their website.


Anthology Coordinator Grace Chaillier.

MARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News)–  “Voice on the Water: Great Lakes Native America Now” is a new anthology of creative works representing the contemporary American Indian experience in Michigan featuring poetry, short stories, essays, photographs and artwork.

Project Co-ordinator Grace Chaillier joined SUNNY 101.9’s Mark and Walt in the Morning today to discuss the anthology and it’s planned release this week.

A public reading will be held at N-M-U this Wednesday at 7 p.m. in Jamrich Hall room 105.  The free event is open to the public and will showcase contributors and celebrate the book’s launch.

“Voice on the Water” is a collaboration of NMU’s Center for Native American Studies and the NMU Press and was made possible by a grant from the Michigan Humanities Council.

To listen to the interview with Grace, please click on the link below:

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For more about the anthology and the NMU Center for Native American Studies, please click “HERE“.


Alicia McCauley, Local Co-ordinator with International Experience

MARQUETTE, MI – Great Lakes Radio News – A long-running foreign exchange program has made it’s way to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The International Experience has opened an office in the U.P., and the new local co-ordinator, Alicia McCauley visited the Sunny Studios today to talk about the program and its benefits.

She also outlined how folks can find out about being a host family and how they can have a student from anywhere in the world spend the better part of a year at their home while attending the local schools and acclimating to our culture.

For more about the program, please click “HERE“. To listen to the complete interview with Alicia, please click below:

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MSP Trooper Stacey Rasanen, MQT Co. Emergency Mgt. Co-ord. Theresa Schwalbach

MARQUETTE, MI (Great Lakes Radio News) – A national effort to prevent crime in local communities is coming to Marquette County.  The National Night Out is an effort that encourages communities to hold block parties, barbecues or other safe, alcohol-free parties so people can get to know their neighbors and their law enforcement officers.

Michigan State Police Trooper Stacey Rasanen and Marquette County Emergency Management Co-ordinator Theresa Schwalbach stopped by the Sunny Studios this morning to chat with Mark Evans about how folks in Marquette County can take part in the effort.  They explained the process of setting up a community party for either the evening or for lunch time as part of the National Noon Out as well.

To listen to the interview with Trooper Rasanen and Co-ordinator Schwalbach, please click “HERE“.  For more about the National Night Out program, please click “HERE“.


Great Lakes Rodeo Co-ordinator, Jesie Melchiori

MARQUETTE, MI  (Great Lakes Radio News) – The Marquette County Fairgrounds be full of rodeo excitement this weekend as the Great Lakes Rodeo returns to the area.  This two-day event features traditional rodeo activities and more.  There will be a barn dance on Saturday night at 9 featuring Bordertown and things to do for all ages!

Jesie Melchiore, event co-ordinator, stopped in at the Sunny 101.9 WKQS studios to chat about the event with Mark and Walt this morning.  She explained that the Great Lakes Rodeo grew out of simple idea that was born around a kitchen table and now has contestants and attendees from around the region.

She also explained that the Great Lakes Rodeo works to raise money for programs that benefit young people here in Marquette County.

To listen to the interview with Jesie Melchiori, please click “HERE“.  For more about the Great Lakes Rodeo, you can visit their website by clicking “HERE“.



Sarah Monte - Farmers Market Master

(MARQUETTE, MI) – Fresh from the farm produce, tasty baked treats just out of the oven, locally raised beef, live music, arts and crafts on a sunny day in the downtown.  That’s the farmers market experience, and it’s right in your town.

Sarah Monte, Farmers Market Master with the Marquette Downtown Development Authority and Education and Program Co-ordinator with the Marquette Food Co-op, joined Sunny 101.9’s Mark and Walt in the Morning to talk about all of the farmers markets in our area.

She laid out the full list of farmers markets that are going on in several communities in Marquette and Alger Counties.  She also pointed out the schedule of all of the markets to show that they are all on different days so you can take them all in.

To listen to the interview with Sarah, please click “HERE“.  For more about the farmers markets in our area, 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“.

Gary Gustafson And Sam Crowley.

Sam Crowley, Co-ordinator of Splash Week at the YMCA of Marquette County and Gary Gustafson, member of the City of Marquette’s Waterfront Safety Task Force, stopped by the studios this morning to preview Splash Week activities at the Y.

Crowley discussed several of the planned events connected to Splash Week, including water safety training and the various approaches the Y is taking to increase the awareness and skills of those who are going out on the water this summer.

Gustafson added findings of the Waterfront Safety Task Force and discussed how the YMCA is kicking off Splash Week with a presentation tonight at 7 o’clock at the Y in Marquette focusing on the task force and it’s findings.

You can listen to the complete interview with Sam and Gary by clicking “HERE“.  You can access the YMCA of Marquette County’s website by clicking “HERE“, and you can access the Waterfront Safety Task Force’s report at the City of Marquette’s website by clicking “HERE“.


Here are some updates involving agencies here in Michigan and in Marquette County that we have talked to in the recent past.  Enjoy!



Director of the newly-formed Department of Natural Resources and Environment for the State of Michigan was in our studios recently to talk about the merger of the Department of Natural Resources and the Department of Environmental Quality and what the changes mean to us as Michigan citizens and business owners.  She also discussed hot-button issues such as the dangers of Asian Carp getting into the Great Lakes and she gave us her latest opinions concerning the current status of the Kennecott Eagle mining project here in Marquette County.  To listen in to the interview with Director Humphries, please click “HERE“.



Ann Gonyea, outreach co-ordinator with the Great Lakes Center for Youth Development joined us to talk about development of effective and sustaining boards of directors for non-profit agencies and how the Center can assist in that endeavor for your groups.  She also talked about the criteria to use when selecting and recruiting a board member or members to insure that your organization maintains a comfortable success level in perpetuity. To listen to the points raised in Ann’s interview, please click “HERE“.



YMCA of Marquette County Executive Director Lisa Coombs-Gerou and Marquette County Health Department Director George Sedlacheck came in to discuss a new survey and grant that had details about the the healthiness of Marquette County.  The “ACHEIVE” Grant, awarded to the YMCA of Marquette County and the Marquette County Health Department is set up to increase the availability of healthy activities and the education of healthy activities to residents of Marquette County.  To listen to the interview with Lisa and George, please click “HERE“.