In brief

Midnight Riders Radar Run set

MARENISCO — Snowmobilers will have an opportunity to compete in the upcoming Moonshine Riders Radar Run at Lake Gogebic on Feb. 10.

The event will take place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Gogebic Lodge, N9600 M-64, in Marenisco.

With a guaranteed purse of $5,000, the Radar Run will award cash prizes for top finishers and feature three races: Exhibition Class; Run Whatcha Brung; and Top Speed gets the Cash. There will also be a bikini run.

Entry is $30 for three runs and a hat. For more information and early registration, contact Tom at; Kent at 906-842-3324 or; or Don at the Gogebic Lodge at 906-842-3321.

Lakes conference registration open

EAST LANSING — Registration is now open for the 2018 Great Lakes Conference, “The Great Lakes: Focusing on the present, planning for the future,” which is set for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 6 at the Kellogg Center Auditorium. Registration opens at 8:30 a.m.

The cost is $10 in advance, due by March 1, or $12 at the door.

Participants can learn about trending Great Lakes topics including the evolution of Lake Michigan dune systems, Great Lakes ice cover, underwater autonomous vehicles, harmful algal bloom forecasting and E. coli bacteria-sniffing dogs. The Great Lakes Conference is supported by the Michigan Office of the Great Lakes and partners.

To register, go to

Foxconn water hearings planned

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has scheduled a public hearing on Racine officials’ request to pull 7 million gallons of water per day from Lake Michigan for a Foxconn Technology Group plant.

The Taiwanese electronics company wants to build a massive flat-screen facility in Mount Pleasant in Racine County. The city of Racine has asked the DNR for permission to divert water from the lake to serve the facility.

Under the Great Lakes Compact, all water diverted from Lake Michigan must be returned minus what’s lost to evaporation or what’s used for Foxconn’s manufacturing process. The city’s application estimates about 2.7 million gallons per day will be consumed and wouldn’t return to the lake.

DNR officials announced Wednesday they’ve set a public hearing on the request for March 7 in Sturtevant. The agency will take public comments on the request through March 21.