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Governor Rick Snyder with Mark & Walt in the Morning.

MARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) –  Michigan Governor Rick Snyder visited SUNNY 101.9 WKQS-FM’s Mark and Walt in the Morning today. Governor Snyder, who is making a tour across areas in the Upper Peninsula, outlined his schedule for his visit and discussed the political issues of the day facing the state.

This afternoon he will be visiting Bay College in Escanaba at 12:30pm. Saturday morning at 10am Governor Snyder will drop the green flag to kick off the Sault Ste Marie I-500 Snowmobile Race.

The Governor spoke about the positive aspects of very productive year, and his goals for all Michiganders to work together and develop economic improvements.  Snyder said, “The real key to success, in my view, is relentless positive action,” and he feels Michigan has begun it’s comeback phase with car manufacturers in Detroit leading the way.

Through the course of the interview Governor Snyder touched on a few of his campaign goals and what the results have been so far. He also reiterated how he is committed to achieve what he has set out to do.

To listen to the complete interview with Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, please click on the audio link below:

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Pam Christensen.

MARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – Two-time Grammy award winning children’s singer/songwriter, storyteller and author Bill Harley will be appearing in the Marquette area later this month at a series of events.

The Peter White Public Library is presenting Harley as part of the 2012 Midwinter Storytelling Festival.  Library Director Pam Christensen stopped by the SUNNY Studios this morning to discuss his performance schedule and explain more about his music.

The family-friendly shows will feature a mix of music, storytelling and more and will be held over two days, February 10th & 11th.

To hear more about Bill Harley coming to town, please click on the audio link below to listen to the interview with Pam.

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Please click “HERE “ to visit the Peter White Public Library’s website.



NORTHERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY Classes canceled.   Will advise on evening classes later today.

BAY COLLEGE – Escanaba & Iron Mountain campuses both closed.

Marquette Area Public Schools

Northstar Academy

Polaris Middle School

Father Marquette

Ishpeming Schools

Negaunee Public Schools

NICE Community Schools

Gwinn Community Schools

Powell Township Schools

Marquette-Alger RESA

Redeemer Lutheran Preschool

Crossroads Christian Academy

Christ The King Preschool

AuTrain-Onota Schools

Munising Headstart

Munising Good Shepherd ECC

Munising Baptist

Superior Central Schools

Mid-Peninsula Schools

Gladstone Public Schools

Rapid River Schools

Escanaba Schools

Hannahville Schools

North Dickinson Schools

Iron Mountain Area Schools

Norway-Vulcan Schools

Breitung Township Schools

Carney-Nadeau Schools



MI 38th District Senator Tom Casperson (R-Escanaba)

MARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – 38-th District State Senator Tom Casperson called in to SUNNY 101.9 WKQS-FM’s Mark & Walt in the Morning today to share his thoughts on the State of the State address delivered by Governor Rick Snyder last night at the State Capitol in Lansing.

Senator Casperson expressed a fairly positive sentiment about the role of Upper Michigan in the Governor’s plans for the rebuilding of  the economy of the state.  He discussed the impact of hearing the governor single out tourism and natural resources of the U.P. as viable players in Michigan’s recovery during the address.

The Senator also commented on how Governor Snyder seems to actively be avoiding “finger-pointing” about how Michigan got to where it is economically and is focused on moving the state forward and back on it’s feet.

To listen to the comments of State Senator Tom Casperson, please click on the audio link below:

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Packer Cat is not amused.



Oh, Green Bay
What a day
Didn’t seem like you showed up to play
I guess you’ll play another day
But not at the Super Bowl anyway
Such is the Packer way


– Walt Lindala


Committee Spokesperson Bob Clark.

MARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – An effort to recall three members of the Ishpeming City Council is hosting an event this weekend to gather signatures from supporters.

The Ishpeming Citizens for Bjorne Justice Committee is holding a petition signing rally this Saturday from 11am to 5pm in the former laundromat space next to the Radio Shack store in the Country Village in Ishpeming.

Bob Clark, spokesperson for the group, joined Mark and Walt in the Morning to promote the event and explain a bit about the committee and what they hope to accomplish.

To listen to the interview with Bob and find out more about the effort, click on the audio link below:

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Marquette County Sheriff Mike Lovelace

Marquette County Sheriff Mike Lovelace.

MARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – Marquette County Sheriff Mike Lovelace joined SUNNY 101.9’s Mark & Walt in the Morning today to remind listeners to not drink and drive this Holiday weekend.

Sheriff Lovelace explained that Marquette County is one of a handful of counties in the state that has received extra funding from the Office of Highway Safety Planning to pay for overtime road patrols to watch for drunk and unsafe drivers.

He also ran through what will happen to you if you are pulled over for drunk driving, from the initial stop all the way to arrest.

To listen to the interview with Marquette County Sheriff Mike Lovelace, please click on the audio link below:

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Mark & Walt wish you a Merry Christmas!

For this Christmas, Mark & Walt in the Morning present you with a Holiday treat.

Merry Christmas from us to you, and we hope you enjoy!

Have a safe and enjoyable Christmas and a great Holiday Season!

– M & W


“Yes Virginia…there IS a Santa Claus!”

Dr. James Panowski.

A long time friend of the show, Dr. James Panowski, now retired from the Northern Michigan University Theater Department and the Forest Roberts Theater, contacted us a couple of weeks back with a special idea for Christmas.

He thought it would be a good idea to have him come to the studios and read the editorial from the New York Sun newspaper from 1897 that coined the phrase, “Yes Virginia, there is a Santa Claus,” that we still use to this day.

So we agreed and without further ado, here’s Dr. P spreading some Christmas Cheer!  Please click on the link below to have a listen:

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John Sutton and Ross Anthony with the Superiorland Kiwanis.

MARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – The Superiorland Kiwanis will sponsor a free, home-cooked community Christmas dinner from noon to 3 PM December 25th at the Salvation Army, 1009 W. Baraga Ave, Marquette, MI.

Kiwanians Ross Anthony and John Sutton joined Walt Lindala this morning to talk about the event and how you can take part by stopping by for the meal or to help out as a volunteer.  They also talked about the group and how you can get involved.
To listen to the interview, please click on the link below:

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To arrange for a meal delivery or to volunteer to assist with food preparation, serving or delivering meals, call 225-9423.

To arrange for transportation to the dinner, call Marq-Tran at 225-1112.
KILN SHELL MOVE - WKQS - (906) 228-6800

Kiln Shell move across Marquette County from 2009.

MARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – Drivers traveling between Iron Mountain and Palmer may experience some delays this afternoon due to a major equipment moving project.  Here’s the story from the newsroom:


Cliffs Natural Resources is moving a piece of oversized equipment from the Michigan-Wisconsin border in Dickinson County to the Tilden Mine today that could impact travel on several U-P roads.
The equipment that is being moved is a kiln shell piece that is 26-feet in diameter and weighs approximately 67 tons. This kiln shell move is similar to one moved in 2009.  The move will affect vehicle travel on roads from the Michigan/Wisconsin border at Florence, WI to the Tilden mine beginning around noon today.
The kiln shell move will start at U.S. 2 North at U.S 141 at the Michigan-Wisconsin border, then progress to M-69 East, to M-95 North, to U.S. 41 East to M-553 South to Marquette County Road 480 West to M-35 South to the Empire Mine entrance at Palmer, arriving at approximately 4:00 PM EDT.