Smilin' Dawn Johnson.

MARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – A pair of great community events are happening this weekend in the west end of Marquette County.

On Saturday evening at the Mitchell United Methodist Church in Negaunee, there will be a special evening of music to benefit the annual Toys For Tots campaign and a food drive as well.

Dawn Johnson with the church, and one of the performers at the event, joined Mark and Walt in the Morning today to preview the show.


Then on Sunday morning, head over to Ishpeming to enjoy the 8th Annual Holiday Breakfast Buffet.  This event is a benefit for programs and services provided by the Ishpeming and Ishpeming Tri-Township Lions Clubs.


Jim Manty gives the thumbs up!

Jim Manty, Lions Club member and event organizer stopped by the SUNNY 101.9 studios earlier today to discuss the event and the services provided by the Lions Clubs.




To listen to the interview with Dawn Johnson, please click the link below:

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MQT PD CPT. Blake Rieboldt - WKQS STUDIO - (906) 228-6800

MPD Cpt. Blake Rieboldt

MARQUETTE, MI – (Great Lakes Radio News) – As we hit the month of November, a sure sign of the impending winter comes to the fore.

Winter Parking Bans are going into effect today in several areas around Marquette County, including in the cities of Marquette, Negaunee and Ishpeming and local police are reminding residents about the need to find off-street parking for their vehicles during overnight hours.

Marquette City Police Captain Blake Rieboldt joined SUNNY 101.9’s Mark and Walt in the Morning  today to discuss the Marquette parking ban and how it is similar to the other parking bans going into effect today around the region.

To listen to the complete interview with Captain Rieboldt, please click on the link below:

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School Closures for 9/30/11:

The following schools are closed due to power outages today-




NICE Community Schools say Bus #9C, which serves County Road 573 and South Camp Road is not running this morning.


The Marquette Board of Light and Power says that their crews are working on restoring the main circuits at this time.  As a result, some of their outlying service areas, such as Chocolay, Sands, Skandia and Negaunee Townships, may be without power until sometime tomorrow.


Michigamme Township Hall is open this morning with a generator for residents if they have any medical or oxygen concerns.  They have full power to help, and most importantly, the coffee is ON!


UPPCO is currently reporting over 5000 customers across the Upper Peninsula this morning.  Here is their latest statement:

Strong winds continue to cause power outages to UPPCO electric customers. The outages are the result of strong winds causing branches to break or trees falling onto power lines.

UPPCO has been assessing the damage since earlier this afternoon. Asplundh tree crews are on site and working to clean up fallen trees and debris so UPPCO crews can continue restoration efforts. At this time no restoration times are available.

Residents are reminded to stay away from downed power lines and to treat them as if they are energized. Do not attempt to clear downed trees or branches from areas near power lines!

If you have an electric emergency, contact UPPCO at 800-562-7809. All other emergencies please call 911.

Customers who are without power and have internet access can report an outage via their mobile device, laptop or tablet. They can also visit the UPPCO Web site: www.uppco.com.outagesummary/view/outagegrid.aspx to view outage information.



MSP Negaunee Post Commander Robert Pernaski.

MARQUETTE, MI – Great Lakes Radio News– A number of  State Police posts around the state have been slated closure due to budget cuts to the department.  This includes posts located here in Upper Michigan such as the post in Munising.

The post there was supposed to be closed down later this fall, but the word came down late last week from MSP Headquarters that the Munising Post was to cease office hours this week and close down the building.

As part of the plan, the post would become a detachment of the Negaunee Regional Dispatch Post in Marquette County and troopers in Alger County would share some small office space with city police and firefighters in downtown Munising.

Negaunee Post Commander F/Lt. Robert Pernaski joined Sunny 101.9’s Mark and Walt in the Morning today to discuss these changes and more in detail.  He explained that the State Police will still maintain the same level of service and security via road patrols with the “brick and mortar” elements of the posts being the only noticeable loss for residents.

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Gwinn Athletic Director Duane VanDrese.

MARQUETTE, MI – Great Lakes Radio Sports– The Gwinn Area Community Schools District has discontinued their varsity football program for the rest of this season.

The district’s Board of Education voted last night to take the action due to a low number of students able to play the sport.

Reports say Gwinn had only 12 players able to play in a game against Negaunee scheduled for this Saturday. School officials said the low number of students participating in the game would have forced them to play the entire game and would have significantly increased their risk for injury.

As a result, the board voted to end the program. The football team was also facing a further loss of players due to academic eligibility requirements taking effect on Friday. The district hopes to restore the varsity football program in the coming years.

Great Lakes Radio’s Mark Evans spoke with Gwinn Schools Athletic Director Duane VanDrese this morning on Sunny 101.9’s Mark and Walt in the Morning to get the latest information about this decision.

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Jenna Zdunek of the YMCA of Marquette County.

(MARQUETTE, MI) – The annual Marquette County tradition of running, biking and swimming to support the “Y” is coming soon.  Jenna Zdunek from the YMCA of Marquette County joined Mark and Walt in the Morning to preview this special event.  The “Y” is hosting the Fourth Teal Lake Triathalon on July 16-th.  The annual event will feature a competitive  swim in Teal Lake in Negaunee as well as a round of running and biking on North Road.

The event also serves as a fund raiser for the YMCA’s Strong Kids campaign.  The campaign supports the Strong Kids scholarship program that covers the fees for young people to use the Y for events and activities.

To listen to the complete interview with Jenna, please click “HERE“.  To visit the website of the YMCA of Marquette County, 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.


Marybeth Kurtz, a member of the I.B.T.C. (Itty Bitty Titty Committee) from Negaunee, joined us to preview the “Pampered for Pink” fund raising event that is coming up this weekend.  The event is to raise funds to fight breast cancer and features about two dozen vendors for folks to sample and enjoy at the Negaunee Senior Center this Sunday.

The event runs from noon to 4-pm and only costs a $1.00  donation to take part.  Marybeth explained that this event is a fund raiser for the I.B.T.C. team that takes part in the annual AVON Walk for Breast Cancer.  The annual walk will be held this June 4th and 5th in Chicago.  All funds raised at this weekend’s “Pampered for Pink” event will go to the team to donate at the Walk in Chicago.

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






So as the new work week presented itself, we bravely stepped forward into the abyss with our heads held high and our spirits strong!


Time change be cursed, we moved full speed ahead and brought you the requisite dumb criminals, musical information significant to today’s date, Main Street Monday and a lot more!  Congratulations, by the way, to Craig for winning today’s MSM by knowing we were looking for the classic Muppet, Animal!


We also chatted with folks about this week’s Pigs -N -Heat Charity Hockey Game and here’s what we found out:





Thanks to Brian Olson and Jim Finkbeiner for stopping by the Sunny studios to chat about an annual Marquette County tradition that helps out a great cause. The annual Pigs -N- Heat Charity Hockey game is this Wednesday at 7-pm at Marquette’s Lakeview Arena.  The game draws between 3,000 and 4,500 people, raising approximately $10,000-$14,000. The 2010 game had total ticket sales of over $17,500.   Since its inception, the Pigs -N- Heat Fire Relief Fund has generated more than $336,000 and more than $240,000 has been distributed to Marquette County families who have suffered losses due to fire. The fund pays for three nights of lodging in a motel and a check to help the family start over.


Support for the Pigs-N-Heat Fire Relief Fund has grown over the years, now including participation representing fire departments from the cities of Marquette,Negaunee, and Ishpeming; as well as the townships of Marquette, Chocolay, Sands, Skandia/West Branch, Negaunee, Ishpeming, Richmond, Forsyth, Republic, Powell, Michigamme, Wells, Champion and Republic.


Participation from local police departments includes: Marquette City, Marquette County Sheriff, Michigan State Police, Negaunee, Northern Michigan University Public Safety, Ishpeming and the Department of Corrections.


To listen to Brian and Jim’s interview, please click “HERE“.  For more information about the game and other events and activities coming up in Marquette, please click “HERE“.


During this wintry stretch, we know that travel can be somewhat hazardous and quite a challenge.  So, in an effort to help out those of you who may be hitting the road and need to know the latest road conditions around the state, here is some important information for your use.