A BLOG CHOCK FULL OF THE U.P. AND MORE!

Today’s blog is one of those that just drives home the fact that there is a wide variety of things that make living here in Upper Michigan such a treat.  Today you’ll find out about a special fund raiser that helps out our local Negaunee Miner football squad as well a festival that features the cultural and artistic intricacies of U.P. life.  There’s also some info about turning a novel about life in the U.P. into feature film and even bits about public transportation in this rural, yet charming locale.  So let’s get to it!

NEGAUNEE DROPS THE BALL!  IN A GOOD WAY!

GO MINERS!

Negaunee Schools’ Athletic Director Mark Marana spoke with our Mark Evans about a special fund raising event coming up tonight in Negaunee.  The event will feature dozens of small footballs being dropped onto the field at Miner Stadium during halftime of tonight’s game.  The balls will all be numbered, and the winner will be determined by which ball is the closest to midfield.  That number will be the winner.  For more about this event and why it’s being held, listen to the comments of Mark Marana, please click “HERE

U.P. FOLKLIFE FESTIVAL MOVES TO THE FALL.

FESTIVAL COORDINATOR DAN TRUCKEY.

Dan Truckey from the Beaumier U.P. Heritage Center at Northern Michigan University stopped by to tell us about this weekend’s U.P. Folk Life Festival.  The event, which used to be held in March, will feature a mix of art, music, crafts and culture all with a Yooper spin.  The activities going on as part of the festival are all free and open to the public.  Folks from around the region are invited to come to the NMU campus in Marquette to immerse themselves in all aspects of Upper Michigan culture.  To listen to comments from Dan, please click “HERE“.   For more about the U.P. Folk Life Festival and the Beaumier Center, please click “HERE“.

THE U.P. AS A STORY, NOVEL AND FILM.

PRODUCER, DIRECTOR STEVEN WIIG.

Actor, producer, director, musician and Marquette County native Steven Wiig joined us today to preview a busy week of touring and promoting a novel entitled “U.P.” that he is seeking to turn into a feature film.  Wiig will be joined on the tour by the novel’s author Ron Riekki as they criss-cross the U.P. meeting with fellow Yoopers and getting reacquainted with what makes the Upper Peninsula a special place for them.  To listen to portion of Steven’s comments from the interview, please click “HERE“.  For more about the whole film project, visit the official website by clicking “HERE“.

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION ISSUES IN THE UPPER PENINSULA.

MPTA EXEC. DIR. CLARK HARDER.

Former radio guy and State Legislator Clark Harder, who is now the Executive Director of the Michigan Public Transit Association, joined the show to give us a re-cap of a special round-table discussion that was held yesterday in Marquette looking at issues in funding and maintaining public transportation services around the Upper Peninsula as well as around the entire state.  He outlined the challenges in the gas-tax based funding scheme that create the financial crises that are faced every day by the member agencies.  To listen to some of his comments, please click “HERE“.

AS I SAID EARLIER…THAT IS A BUSY BLOG!

Full Up and ready for the weekend!  There you go!


ENJOY!

-Walt