Category: Press Releases

NRC members to field questions live on ‘Ask the DNR’ Thursday on WNMU-TV13 – 4/20/17

Marquette, MIApril 19, 2017 – The Upper Peninsula’s two representatives serving on the Michigan Natural Resources Commission will answer viewer questions live Thursday night on “Ask the DNR,” broadcast on WNMU-TV13.

NRC Chairman John Matonich of Bessemer and Commissioner J.R. Richardson of Ontonagon will be available for the full hour-long program, which will air live at 8 p.m. EDT, Thursday April 20.

The program will be repeated at noon April 21 and available later online.

The NRC is a 7-member panel appointed by the governor as the rule-making body for the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

“This is a fantastic opportunity,” said John Pepin, DNR deputy public information officer. “Viewers will be able to find out what they want to know directly from the region’s representatives making decisions on all types of important natural resource issues in Michigan.”

The NRC has the exclusive authority to regulate the taking of game and sportfish, and is authorized to designate game species and the establishment of the first open season for animals.

George Madison, DNR fisheries manager for the Western Lake Superior Management Unit, and Sgt. Marc Pomroy, who supervises conservation officers in Dickinson, Iron and Gogebic counties, will round out the panel participants.

The group will likely field questions about spring-related recreation activities, including the April 29 trout season opener and boating and off-road vehicle rules, though the discussion is typically wide-ranging, based on viewer questions.

Prior to the program, questions for “Ask the DNR” can be emailed to John Pepin at Emailed questions should be received by 2 p.m. April 20 to be included on the show.

To phone questions in during the live telecast, call 1-800-227-9668.

The telecast is being sponsored by the South Shore Fishing Association.

Find out more about the Michigan Natural Resources Commission at

“Ask the DNR” is produced five times each year in October, November, December, April and May. Previous episodes may be viewed online at:

Usain Bolt Appointed Chief Entertainment Officer of Maison Mumm

November 28, 2016 – Maison Mumm announced today the special appointment of Usain Bolt, one of the world’s most daring and decorated athletes, as its newest CEO. After months of speculation regarding his next move after his victories in Rio, Mr. Bolt gave a special statement  that he will take on one of the biggest challenges of his career as CEO of the number one champagne house in France, Maison Mumm.

In the video, entitled “Usain Bolt, New Mumm CEO,” the Mumm bottle is dramatically lit atop a pedestal. Mr. Bolt comes into the screen and takes the bottle. He then does the unexpected: he sabers it with one of his gold medals.

In his new role, Mr. Bolt will take the lead in ideating unique and daring ways to bring celebrations to consumers everywhere through the energy, intensity and enticing freshness of Mumm. His long-term goal for Mumm will include spearheading initiatives to excite the world and ultimately aid in efforts to make Maison Mumm the top champagne house in the U.S.

UP Health System – Marquette welcomes Amadeo Sturla, MD to Emergency Medicine Department

MARQUETTE, MI – UP Health System – Marquette announced that Amadeo Sturla, MD, will join its Emergency Medicine department on June 16, 2016.

Dr. Sturla comes to Marquette from HealthEast Care Systems in St. Paul, MN. He earned his medical degree from Ross University School of Medicine in Portsmouth, Dominica, West Indies, and completed an Emergency Medicine Residency at Central Michigan University Graduate Medical Educational in Saginaw, MI.

Dr. Sturla brings advanced knowledge of emergency medicine to the Upper Peninsula and specialized knowledge of emergency radiology, bedside ultrasonography, and professional experience as an EMS Supervisor.

Dr. Sturla said, “I am thrilled to be in the Upper Peninsula and to come aboard at UP Health System – Marquette. When I first came to the UP, it immediately felt like home.” Sturla is an outdoor enthusiast, scuba diver, mountain biker, and winter sportsman. He brings his family – wife Mary and their son – with him to Marquette.

W. Trent Crable, UP Health System – Marquette CEO, said “Our vision is to create an environment where residents of the Upper Peninsula choose to come for healthcare, physicians want to practice, and employees want to work. We are excited for Dr. Sturla to be joining our Emergency Medicine team and the benefit that his expertise will have on the hospital and our community.

National Walking Day is April 1

LANSING (4/1/15) — Adults are spending more time at work than ever before and an unfortunate side effect is that as a nation we are becoming more inactive. Physical inactivity doubles the risk of heart disease. The good news is you can start to fix the problem by encouraging your community and company to take part in the American Heart Association’s National Walking Day.

Today on National Walking Day, Americans are encouraged to lace up their sneakers and take at least 30 minutes out of their day to get up and walk. It’s a great way to raise awareness of the importance of physical activity and to get your family, friends and co-workers started on a healthier way of life. Statistics show people stick to walking plans more than any other form of physical activity. And walking is one of the easiest and cheapest things you can do to reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke, the nation’s No. 1 and No. 5 killers.

Walking has many health benefits, which makes National Walking Day the ideal time to kick-start your physical activity routine. Adults should get at least 150 minutes of physical activity per week, while kids should get 60 minutes of physical activity a day. Physical activity can relieve depression, improve your memory and lower your blood pressure.

In addition to taking 30 minutes out of your day to get up and walk, there’s another way you can participate in National Walking Day. We’ll be hosting a Physical Activity Post Stroke and Heart Attack Conversation on the Support Network, April 1, from 10 a.m. ET to 7 p.m. ET at Topics for the all-day come-and-go event will include all things physical activity, from cardiac rehab, stroke rehab, walking, jogging, yoga, swimming, and much more.

A different medical professional will participate for every hour of the chat, answering questions related to physical activity and recovery. Join the Support Network, take part in the chat and get your 30 minutes in for a successful National Walking Day.

Marquette Night Life at Ore Dock Brewery

The Marquette Regional History Center presents: Marquette Night Life

Tuesday, February 24—7:00 p.m. at the Ore Dock Brewery, 114 W. Spring St.

Jim Koski will remind us of popular dance clubs, discos and college bars through the years. We have been celebrating after hours in Marquette since the city was founded. Share some laughter, great photographs, no doubt some great stories and sample a brew. $5 donation, drinks not included.  Please visit or call 906-226-3571 for more info.

Community-wide Auditions for Summer Play

Ishpeming- Community-wide auditions for The Westwood Shakespeare Company Community Theatre’s summer production of As You Like It will be held at Westwood Auditorium Saturday February 21 at noon with callbacks at noon Feb. 22 at the same locale.

“We’re very excited about this production,” said Artistic and Production Director B.G. Bradley. “coming off a successful run with King Lear last summer, we’re anxious to show the community what this company can do with comedy.  Bradley added that As You Like It is also a “proto-musical” and said further that a wonderful score and some original additions to Shakespeare’s timeless lyrics, is in the works from the talented local husband and wife team of Denise and Brent Clark.

As to auditions, Bradley said numerous actors and actresses of various ages are needed. He added that auditions may take the form of a simple cold reading of the script, or prepared pieces singly, with a partner, or with a group. As for the musical end of the audition, come ready to sing with the musical directors. Do not prepare a musical piece.

As with last year’s production, according to Bradley, there will be numerous free, open rehearsals, with members of the public more than welcome. This is designed, according to Bradley, to give audiences a look at the process. These rehearsals will take place on Sunday afternoons between March and July 21, in both Ishpeming and Marquette,  two to three times monthly.  Look for further information on times and locations in various media sources. Beginning July 21 rehearsals will be held Monday through Thursday until the show dates which are August 12-14 at Westwood Auditorium in Ishpeming and August   18-21 at the Frazier Boathouse Theater in Marquette as part of the Lake Superior Theater season. All show times are 7:30 p.m.

For further information contact Bradley at (906) 485-1023 or (906) 458-1824 or by email at The company is also on Facebook.

Tribes to Perform at NMU

MARQUETTE, Mich.— Northern Michigan University’s theater program will present the drama Tribes. The production will have a Tuesday-Saturday run over two weeks—Feb. 10-Feb. 14 and Feb. 17-21 in the James. A. Panowski Black Box Theatre. Show times are 7:30 p.m., with an additional 1 p.m. matinee on Saturday.

Tribes follows Billy, a deaf man raised inside the fiercely politically incorrect cocoon of his parent’s house. It’s not until he meets Sylvia, a young woman on the brink of deafness, that he finally understands what it means to be understood.

NMU professor Shelley Russell directs the production. Marquette community member Jessica “Red” Bays plays Beth. NMU students in featured roles are John Scheibe of Iron Mountain as Billy, Amanda Woods of Marquette as Sylvia, Tom Lee of Waterford as Christopher, James Porras II of Menominee as Daniel and Lily Howder of Eau Claire, Wis., as Ruth.

Remaining members of the cast and crew are (all NMU students, unless otherwise indicated):


Gwinn: NMU faculty member Victor Holliday, light and set director

Kalamazoo: Claire Alves, sound director

Marquette: Community member Susan Boyle, costume designer; NMU faculty member David Pierce, technical director


Beloit: Alexandra Marks, assistant stage manager

Onalaska: Liz Trueblood, production stage manager

Tickets are available at all NMU EZ Ticket outlets or online at Prices are $5 for NMU students with ID, $10 for other students and $15 for the general public.

North American Plate Shattered Speed Record (A Billion Years Ago)

A new study led by Michigan Technological University geophysicist Aleksey Smirnov reveals that 1.1 billion years ago, the North American tectonic plate scooted along at a blistering 24.6 centimeters—about 10 inches—per year.

While it may not seem to be shattering any speed records, that’s twice as fast as continental plates typically traveled in their wanderings over the earth’s surface back in Precambrian times. Oceanic plates moved that quickly, but they are also much thinner, only 10 to 15 kilometers deep. Continental plates are up to 70 kilometers (43 miles) thick.

These days, tectonic plates—15-20 huge, interlocking pieces that make up the earth’s crust—are even slower. Nevertheless, their movements are partially responsible for geological phenomena like earthquakes, volcanoes and mountain building.

Smirnov’s team made its discovery while investigating a totally different problem.

For the full story, see

To talk with Aleksey Smirnov, email or call (906) 487-2365.

Saxophonist from Spain Performs at NMU

MARQUETTE, Mich.— Rodrigo Vila, professor of saxophone at the Conservatory of Music of the Balearic Islands in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, will perform a concert at Northern Michigan University. The event is scheduled at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 10, in Reynolds Recital Hall.

A student recital is scheduled at 4 p.m. the same day in the same location. Admission to both events is free. For more information, call 227-2563 or visit

Folk Musicians Perform at NMU

Two folk music acts—the duo Alloatar and singer/songwriter Eli Hebel—will perform a Beaumier Coffee House concert at Northern Michigan University. The concert will begin at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 7, in Reynolds Recital Hall. Admission is free.

Aallotar is a musical collaboration between Finnish-American violinist Sara Pajunen and Finnish accordionist Teija Niku. The transatlantic collaboration revisits the earlier days of Finnish folk music to make a freshly minted sound.

Eli Hebl is a freshman at NMU from Two Harbors, Minn. Hebl will showcase his extensive experience as a performer and songwriter as he plays his original and soothing folk music.

This event kicks off the Beaumier Heritage Center’s celebration, FINNtastic February, which celebrates the traditions, culture and people of Finland. For more information, contact the Beaumier Upper Peninsula Heritage Center at 227-3212.