In Brief

Ann Brownell, community outreach and volunteer coordinator at the Upper Peninsula Animal Welfare Shelter, is shown with a dog. (Courtesy photo)

Thrivent, UPAWS transport dogs

NEGAUNEE — Ann Brownell, community outreach and volunteer coordinator at the Upper Peninsula Animal Welfare Shelter, recently completed a successful relocation effort for sheltered dogs from southern states. The dogs, transported from overpopulated shelters in Missouri, were brought to UPAWS in Negaunee Township where they can receive more direct care and a have greater chance of adoption, according to a press release. The initiative was carried out, in part, as a Thrivent Financial action team. If you are a Thrivent Financial member and would like more information on how to apply for a Thrivent action team, contact 906-374-0400.

Northern Sun Winery earns awards

Four estate-grown wines from Northern Sun Winery and Vineyard of Bark River have again taken honors in the INDY International Wine Competition for 2018.

“We’re proud that our consistently award-winning LaCrescent white (2016) was a gold medalist again,” said Northern Sun vintner Dave Anthony. “It has been a popular wine with our customers as well as with the judges.”

Other Northern Sun wines taking honors in the 27th annual competition in early June were: silver medals for a 2016 Ragazza Di Sole (hybrid white blend, from LaCrescent and Brianna grapes) and a 2015 Sole Di Sera (red hybrid blend, from the Marquette and Leon Millot varietals), and a bronze medal in the blend category for a 2016 Sole Di Sera.

Northern Sun was one of 1,500 commercial vintners entered in the competition, sponsored by the Purdue University Wine Grape Team in West Lafayette, Indiana.