THE LATEST ON SEVERAL MATTERS AT NMU.

NMU PRESIDENT DR. LES WONG.

Northern Michigan University President, Dr. Les Wong, joined Mark and Walt today to discuss the latest updates in the world of NMU.  Dr. Wong recently returned from Lansing where he and his fellow public university presidents testified in the state legislature about the proposed 15-plus percent cuts in higher education funding put forth by Michigan’s new Governor, Rick  Snyder.  He talked about the impacts this level of cuts would have on the University from both the  staffing and programming level.

Dr. Wong also chatted about some upcoming construction projects on campus as well as the recent visit by President Barack Obama.  Also discussed was the latest on the recent threat of shootings at the university.

To listen to the interview with Dr. Wong, please click “HERE“.  For more about Northern Michigan University, please click “HERE” to log on their website.

 

 

 

 

 

NORTHERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY PRESIDENT LES WONG LOOKS TO THE FUTURE.

NMU PRESIDENT, DR. LES WONG AND HIS NEW SUNNY 101.9 TRAVEL MUG.

Dr. Les Wong, President of Northern Michigan University, joined Mark and Walt in the Morning today to discuss the current school year, the new calendar year and the newly elected Governor, Rick Snyder, and his administration’s view of higher education funding.  Dr. Wong also discussed programs and projects planned for the campus including classes for non-traditional students, increasing of graduate programs and construction projects in the hopper for the Marquette school.  Included in that discussion was the planned renovation of the John X. Jamrich Hall which houses a significant portion of classes and will require the building to be shut down and offline for 12 to 15 months as the construction progresses.

To listen to the conversation with Dr. Les Wong, please click “HERE“.

To find out more about Northern Michigan University and all of it’s programs and activities, you can log on to the University’s official website by clicking “HERE“.

GO WILDCATS!!!

-Mark & Walt

THE ECONOMIC FUTURE OF THE REGION IS IN THE FOREST.

MFPC EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR KEVIN KORPI.

Kevin Korpi, Executive Director of the Michigan Forest Products Council, stopped by the studios recently to discuss the role of the forest products industry in Michigan in the economic recovery of the state and surrounding region.  The conversation looked at several aspects of forestry and forest product manufacturing as well as the need for a proper balance of commercial development and good stewardship by those responsible for the keeping of the forestlands.  Korpi also gave us some of his insights into the possible future of the forest product industry in Michigan as the new Republican controlled legislature and new Republican Governor-elect Rick Snyder take over in Lansing.

To listen to Korpi’s comments from his interview on the “Mark & Walt in the Morning” show, please click “HERE“.  To find out more about the Michigan Forest Products Council, you can visit their website by clicking “HERE“.

THE NUMBERS ARE IN AND THEY BRING CHANGE:

GOVERNOR-ELECT RICK SNYDER JOINING US IN THE STUDIOS ON A RECENT CAMPAIGN STOP.

Well, he began his first day of publicly exploring the possibility of running for Governor of Michigan right here on “Mark and Walt in the Morning” and now he has won the race.  Republican Rick Snyder easily defeated Democrat Virg Bernero for the position in yesterday’s election and now moves on to become the state’s 48-th Governor.  He will also have something that has not existed in Lansing since 1998.  That is Republican majority control in both the State House of Representatives and the State Senate.

It was a strong showing by Republicans yesterday with wins by Tom Casperson over Mike Lahti in the race for the 38-th District State Senate seat, and Dan Benishek over Gary McDowell in the race to fill the seat in Congress vacated by the retiring Democrat Bart Stupak.  That is a significant win for Republicans because it is the first time in 18 years that the 1st Congressional District is not being represented by a Democrat.

Congratulations to the victors and our condolences to the vanquished.  Also, a hearty “Thank You” to all of you who took the time to vote!  Now it’s time for those we have elected to put their money where their mouths are and get to work and do what they promised…”Getting Michigan back to work and on it’s feet again!”  We, the people, will be watching.

-Walt Lindala

THE NUMBERS FROM YESTERDAY’S ELECTION:

State of Michigan – Governor

Rick Snyder (REP)     1,624,236

Virg Bernero (DEM)     1,068,916

Ken Proctor (LIB)               19,451

Stacey Mathia (UST)            18,400

Harley Mikkelson (GRN)     18,214

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UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES RESULTS:

1st District of Michigan

Dan Benishek (REP)          113,904

Gary McDowell (DEM)        90,239

Glenn Wilson (NPA)              7,416

Patrick Lambert (UST)        3,835

Keith Shelton (LIB)              2,414

Ellis Boal (GRN)                    1,962

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STATE SENATE AND HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES RESULTS:

Michigan State Senate – 38th District

Tom Casperson (REP)  49,868

Michael Lahti (DEM)    39,321

Michigan House of Representatives

108th District

Ed McBroom (REP)      17,734

Judy Nerat (i) (DEM)   11,872

109th District

Steven Lindberg (i) (DEM)  17,160

John Brock (REP)                   12,496

110th District

Matt Huuki (REP)            16,031

Scott Dianda (DEM)        12,814

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MARQUETTE COUNTY ELECTION RESULTS:

Marquette County Board of Commissioners

District 1: Jim Cihak 963    Gus Rydholm 468
District 2: Mike Quayle 1162    Harvey Wallace 941
District 3: Bruce Heikkila 1845
District 4: Gerald Corkin 1413    Jim Hafeman 1090
District 5:   Nick Joseph 1601
District 6: Paul Arsenault 1536   Lee Guizzetti 1171
District 7: Deborah Pellow 1957
District 8:   Bill Nordeen 1333   Bob Struck 1263
District 9: Charles Bergdahl 1474   Jeff Kleinschmidt 1202

Marquette City Commission

John DePetro 3422

Jason Schneider 2125

Russell Kangas 2019

Marquette Board of Light and Power

Jerry Garceau 3571

Marquette Area Public Schools Board

Brian Cherry  4,272

Mike Kohler  4,165

Kellie Holmstrom  3,903

Norman Gruber  2,320

Negaunee City Mayor

Michael Haines 776

Peter Dompierre 600

Negaunee City Council

Richard Wills 986

Dawn Schuhknecht 895

Negaunee Public School Board

Martin Saari 1409

Virginia Paulson 1204

Fae Collins 1102

Michael Adams 1067

Tricia Anderson 1027

Patrick Thomson 933

Negaunee  School Board – Partial Term

Susan Goodkind Wideman 2127

Gwinn Community Schools Board

Ronald Libey 1375

Michelle Dolby 1374

Ishpeming City Council

Elaine Racine  1,190

Michael Tall     889

John French      636

Patricia Bureau  635

Ishpeming Public School Board

Michael Flynn 1316

Angela Kiviniemi 1313

NICE Community Schools Board

Wendy Pederson 1228

Brett French 1188

Eric Luttinen 923

Nathan Smith 908

Glenn Wing 792

Tonja Acker-Richards 741

Wells Township School Board

Steve Mileski 52

Celina Sundholm 52

Adrienne Sales 43

Heather Berglund 22


MARQUETTE COUNTY BALLOT PROPOSALS

Marquette-Alger Regional Education Service Agency Special Education Millage

Should .5 mills be restored, so the full 2 mills can be levied for 20
years for operations of the intermediate school district in Marquette
and Alger Counties?

Yes: 12250  No: 11734

Championship Township Operational Millage

Should 5 mills be renewed for 5 years for operations of Champion
Township?
Yes: 72   No: 31

Championship Township Road & Maintenance Millage

Should 2 mills be renewed for 5 years for operations of Champion
Township?
Yes: 74   No: 29

Marquette Township Road Improvement Millage

Should .85 mills be restored for 5 years to reconstruct Werner Street
and provided a non motorized trail in the township?

Yes: 759   No: 578

Michigamme Township Road Improvement Millage

Should the millage be increased 1.5 mills for 20 years for road and
street improvements in the township?

Yes: 126    No: 43

Skandia Township Library Services

Should 1 mill be renewed for 5 years for library services in the
township?

Yes: 215      No: 106

Ishpeming Charter Amendment Proposal 1

Should the charter be amended to change the latest date when the city
manager must submit a proposed budget from August 14 to October 15 of
each year.

Yes: 1259     No: 523

Ishpeming Charter Amendment Proposal 2

Should the charter be amended to make November 30 of each year, rather
than September 30 of each year, the final date for the City Council to
adopt a budget for the next fiscal year? If no action is taken on the
proposed budget by November 30, rather than September 30, then the city
manager shall deem the budget is adopted by the City Council?

Yes: 1203     No: 578

Negaunee City Bond Proposal

Should the city borrow $4 million in revenue bonds, in order to obtain
$1.75 million in grant funds and complete the sewer pipeline connection
with the Ishpeming Area Wastewater Treatment Plant?

Yes: 901     No: 543

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ALGER COUNTY ELECTION RESULTS

Alger County Road Commission

John Hermann 2711

Alger County Board

District 1: Catherine Pullen 490
District 2: Joe VanLandschoot 360   Clint Michelin 356
District 3:   Esley Mattson 465
District 4:   Jerry Doucette 546
District 5:   Mickey Rondeau 496   Steve Norman 312

Alger County Probate Judge

Charles Nebel 3515

Dan Beaton 3254

Grand Island Township Supervisor

Jeffrey Cromell 18

Onota Township Trustee

Sharon Stocking 142

Chatham Village Council

Gina Maki 66

JoEllen Swajanen 58

Kit Fortney  46

Burt Township Treasurer

Rosemary Duranseau 173

Andrew Mitchell 103

Burt Township Road Millage

Should there be an increase of 1 mill for 3 years for road maintenance
and improvements in Burt Township?

Yes: 162    No:  117

MARESA Millage Proposal

Should the Marquette-Alger Regional Educational Service Agency continue to collect a maximum of 2 mills for special education as previously approved by voters?

Yes: 12250   No: 11734

REPUBLICAN GUBERNATORIAL CANDIDATE STOPS BY.

CANDIDATE RICK SNYDER AND NEWS DIRECTOR WALT LINDALA

Rick Snyder, Republican candidate for Governor joined us today on the morning show to chat about his campaign and the main messages contained therein.  Snyder, who is currently the front runner in the race with just about a month to go, discussed points of his platform outlining plans to get business moving in Michigan again.  He discussed his plan for a new budgeting system for the state as well as a new taxation structure.  Snyder also outlined his vision for the role of the Upper Michigan in his plans for the entire state.  His main points featured the creation of a business-friendly environment in the state featuring and supporting small Michigan businesses that embrace all aspects of Michigan from manufacturing and mining to high-tech industries to tourism.  To listen to Snyder’s comments, you can access the entire interview by clicking “HERE“.  For more about Snyder and his campaign, please click “HERE“.

DEMOCRATIC GUBERNATORIAL CANDIDATE STOPS BY.

VIRG BERNERO STOPS BY THE STUDIOS.

Lansing Mayor and Democratic candidate for Governor Virg Bernero stopped by the Sunny 101.9 studios this morning for a chat about his campaign and it’s key messages.  Bernero was in Marquette on a busy campaign swing that culminated with a breakfast meeting hosted by the Economic Club of Marquette County at Northern Michigan University.  Bernero discussed several of the key issues facing the state and how his plan offers the best solutions for the state.  He also discussed how the Upper Peninsula fits into his vision for the overall economic recovery of the state.  He also took a moment to challenge his opponent, Republican Rick Snyder, to a live debate in our studios.  Bernero says he would come back any time that Snyder would agree to the challenge.   To listen to the entire interview from today’s visit, please click “HERE“.  For more about the Bernero campaign, please click “HERE“.

MARK AND WALT IN THE MORNING PROGRAMMING NOTE–

Bernero’s opponent, Republican Rick Snyder will be joining us on the show on Monday at 7:00am.  We originally said he would be here at 7:30am, but due to a scheduling conflict, he’ll be in earlier.  If you miss the on-air interview, be sure to check out the blog for the posting.

CANDIDATES FOR GOVERNOR COMING TO MARQUETTE.

TOM BALDINI

Tom Baldini, the immediate past president of the Economic Club of Marquette County, joined us this morning to promote two events that are being presented by the Economic Club to the general public in an effort to mobilize and inform voters.  The club has set up visits from gubernatorial candidates Democrat Virg Bernero and Republican Rick Snyder that are open to interested parties to attend to find out more about them and their stances on issues important to the state and to the Upper Peninsula.  To find out more about the events, listen in to Tom’s comments by clicking “HERE“.  To find out how you can take part in these events and how to RSVP, you can log on to the Economic Club of Marquette County’s website by clicking “HERE“.  You can also find out how to become a member of the Economic Club at their site as well.

“MARK AND WALT IN THE MORNING” PROGRAMMING NOTE.

(L-R) REPUBLICAN RICK SNYDER & DEMOCRAT VIRG BERNERO

The candidates will also be joining us here on the morning show while they are in town for some live interviews as well.  Democrat Virg Bernero will be on the show this Friday (October 1-st) at 7:00 am and Republican Rick Snyder will be on the show on Monday (October 4-th) at 7:30 am.  Be sure to tune in to hear from both of the candidates.  If you miss the interviews as they happen on the air, they will be posted here on our blog shortly after they are recorded.  If you wish to hear from the candidates now, please click “HERE” to get to an archived posting of interviews conducted with the candidates previously here on the show.

THE NUMBERS ARE IN.

Well, here’s hoping you all got out an voted in yesterday’s primary election.  Based on the actual numbers for voter turnout, many of you didn’t.  Here’s hoping if you missed the primary, you’ll take part in the general election in November.  In this climate of so much reported citizen dissension in the ranks and the highly touted voter frustration, it’s sad to see a low turn out.  So make up for it in November if you didn’t vote yesterday.  If you did vote, very well done!  Be sure to do it in November.  And as we say on the big program, “If you didn’t vote, DON’T COMPLAIN!!”

A FEW WORDS FROM THE GUBERNATORIAL CANDIDATES.

RICK SNYDER (R) & VIRG BERNERO (D)

As a service to you, our loyal listeners and and blog followers, here are a pair of interviews with the top finishers in yesterday’s primary for candidates for Governor.  Both of these interviews were conducted here at Great Lakes Radio over the last few months as the political races were taking shape.  The first interview is with Republican Rick Snyder and was originally conducted in February shortly after he declared his candidacy.  The second interview is with Democrat Virg Bernero and was conducted when he came to Marquette in June on a campaign swing.

Both candidates are very eloquent in their ideas for the future of the state and what they would do if elected Governor.  Please take a few moments to listen and and become an informed voter heading into the November general election.

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEWS.

YOU GOTTA LOVE WHAT’S IN THE NEWS!

This is one of those clever little cyberpostings that brings to you information that you may normally not put together, but is presented here for your enjoyment.  Information junkies such as you will appreciate the information, I’m sure, because it presents to you a Republican candidate for Governor of Michigan (Why anyone really wants the job right now is beyond me!), and a Democratic State Representative warning us about the spread of Asian Carp in the Great Lakes.  So without further ado here’s the postings!

MICHIGAN GUBERNATORIAL CANDIDATE RICK SNYDER.

REPUBLICAN GUBERNATORIAL CANDIDATE RICK SNYDER.

Republican candidate for governor, Rick Snyder was in our studios this week to give our listeners an update on how his campaign effort is going so far.  He also shared some highlights of his plan to get Michigan back on it’s feet if he is elected to the position of governor.  You can check out more about him and his campaign as well as his 10-point plan for the future of Michigan by logging on to his official campaign website by clicking “HERE“.  To listen to the interview with Rick, please click “HERE“.


A FINN SPEAKS OUT AGAINST A FISH!

109th DISTRICT STATE REPRESENTATIVE MIKE LAHTI.

109th District State Representative Mike Lahti from Houghton called in the other morning to talk about efforts being launched here in Michigan to do away the invasive species of Asian Carp and keeping it out of the Great Lakes where it could stand to decimate the commerce of fishing and tourism for Michigan as well as other Great Lakes states that surround the water bodies.  To listen to this passionate Finn go on the attack against this aggressive nuisance fish, please click “HERE“, and to help stop the Asian carp from infiltrating the Great Lakes log on to this special website “HERE“.