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“.

Chicken on the grill at Walt's house!

MARQUETTE, MI – The 4th of July holiday weekend has come and gone.  Overall, it seemed fairly quiet around Marquette County, which is definitely good news.

Yes, there were a few traffic accidents and a capsized boat in Marquette’s Lower Harbor, but that was about it.  There were concerns and even fears that with the hot weather and the extremely crowded beaches there would be water tragedies like last year.  Luckily, that was not the case.  Kudos to all who followed the rules and to all who patrolled the lake shore and the public beaches, keeping everybody safe.

I spent the Fourth walking in two parades, one in Ishpeming and the other in Marquette.  Then a few hours of relaxation, followed by the grilling of a bunch of chicken for dinner.  That was followed by the Marquette fireworks display and a good night’s sleep.

Ahhhh, the Fourth of July.


Carl Fulsher with the American Cancer Society.

MARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – The time has come again for the annual Marquette County Relay For Life.  This annual event, put on by the American Cancer Society, is scheduled for this weekend at the Al Quaal Recreation Area in Ishpeming.

Carl Fulsher, Community Representative for ACS, joined Mark and Walt in the Morning on Sunny 101.9 this morning to preview this weekend’s schedule of events and how people can still get involved with the event and the fund raising.  The relay will run from 1-pm Friday to 1-pm on Saturday.

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

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“.

Here are some of the event announcements related to the power outage in Marquette County for today.  Since this outage has affected many areas of Upper Michigan, from Houghton to Munising, we encourage you try to call ahead to check and see if your event is still going on.

-Mark & Walt


Bell Hospital in Ishpeming says that Bell Clinics, Bell Rehab and the Teal Lake Medical Facility as well as their business office at Tobin are affected by the power outage. All non-emergency medical appointments including surgeries will be rescheduled. Bell has staff members calling all affected patients to reschedule appointments and procedures.

The Bell Hospital Emergency Department is open and operating.

Ishpeming-Negaunee-NICE-Richmond recreation classes canceled for this afternoon and evening.

AMCAB has canceled all “Meals on Wheels” programs in Ishpeming and Negaunee for today.

Ishpeming Elks Club has canceled their pasty sale for today.  They will hold it tomorrow and again next Tuesday.

A shot of the powerless Negaunee, MI Citgo this morning.

A wide-reaching band of severe thunderstorms moving across Marquette County and the Upper Peninsula overnight resulted in power outages that caused several schools to be closed or delayed this morning.

Many communities across the U.P. including Ishpeming, Negaunee, Munising, Houghton, Hancock and others were left without power for several hours following those storms.  According to the Upper Peninsula Power Company, over 55-thousand of their customers were affected by these outages overnight.

Crews have been working to restore power to all of the affected areas as soon as possible.

The Holiday station sits dark and damp this morning in Negaunee, MI.

Telephone and internet service has also been disrupted in many areas around the U.P. due to the severe weather.  The power did stay on in the Marquette area, but many areas such as the Keweenaw Peninsula, Ishpeming, Negaunee and Munising had power outages that affected nearly 100-percent of residents.

According to a statement this morning from UPPCO, they have not determined the official cause for these widespread power outages and they have no estimated time for the full restoration of electrical service.

For the latest information from the Upper Peninsula Power Company on the restoration effort, please clickHERE“.

Gary Penhale and Gus Livermore - Negaunee Male Chorus

Gary Penhale and Gus Livermore with the Negaunee Male Chorus joined Mark and Walt to discuss their Spring Concert, “Upper Peninsula Rhapsody”.  The show is this Saturday at 7:00pm at the W.C. Peterson Auditorium in Ishpeming.

This family-friendly show will feature several selections with a decidedly “Yooper” theme and feel, and will be a fun night out for all.

To find out more about the show, please click “HERE” to listen to the interview with Gary and Gus.


It’s April 18-th.  I certainly think that we can put the snow away by now.  Apparently Mother Nature does not agree.  About four inches of snow yesterday and another inch or so overnight.  I don’t really know what kind of May flowers these showers are going to bring, but the sooner the snow is gone, the happier I’ll be!!




State Senator of the 38-th District, Tom Casperson, called in this morning to discuss a town hall meeting he is hosting tonight (Monday, May 18-th) at the Marquette County Courthouse on West Baraga in Marquette.  The session is open to all concerned and interested constituents and residents and will run from 6-pm to 8-pm.

Senator Casperson outlined items he feels will be discussed at this event as well as issues that have been brought up to him by those attending several other town hall meetings held recently in the district.

To listen to the complete interview with Senator Casperson, please click “HERE“.  To visit his official website in the State Senate to leave your comments and concerns, please click “HERE“.




Bill Schrandt and Gary Penhale, members of the Negaunee Male Chorus, stopped by the studios today to preview a special concert they have coming up soon.  The Chorus is presenting their Spring 2011 Concert on Saturday, May 30th at the W.C. Peterson Auditorium in Ishpeming.

The theme of the concert is “Upper Peninsula Rhapsody” and will feature musical performances that capture and embody the Yooper spirit.

You can listen to the full interview with Bill and Gary by clicking “HERE“.  You can click “HERE” to log on to Facebook and connect with the Negaunee Male Chorus page.



And…that’s a wrap!






Wednesday it is.  The week rolls on and we go along for the ride.  Hang on everybody, it’s gonna move pretty fast!  Buckle up for safety!




Thanks to Curt Hewitt, owner and operator of Utopia Tanning and Skin Care Spa in Marquette and Michelle LaMere, owner and operator of Shape Up Fitness and Tanning in the Country Village in Ishpeming for stopping in this morning to discuss a little-known clause in the Health Care legislation that was approved by lawmakers in Washington, D.C. last year.

The legislation places a tax on tanning services and tanning stores that has caused them to have to raise their prices for tanning to absorb the extra expense.  This has caused a decline in customers for each of them and has eroded their bottom line.  They are calling on lawmakers to rescind this tax, calling it unnecessary and detrimental to their business.

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




Former Congressman Bart Stupak called in to the program today to chat about what he’s been up to since leaving office.  He talked about his current experiences at Harvard and more interacting with young people interested in the political process.

He indicated that he misses a lot of being in Washington, D.C., but he is happy to be able to spend time at his home in Menominee.

To listen to the interview, click “HERE“.




See you all soon here on the big ol’ blog!