Local briefing

ATV accident victim named

MARQUETTE — The victim of the fatal rollover ATV crash that occurred north of the Noquemanon Trail head near Forestville Road in Marquette Township has been identified.

The Marquette County Sheriff’s Office identified Gregory James LaBonte, 56, as the driver of the ATV.

The sheriff’s office was dispatched to the scene of the rollover four-wheeler at about 12:12 p.m. Saturday after a lone mountain bike rider found LaBonte with the four-wheeler on top of him.

Authorities believe LaBonte was negotiating a rock barrier on a two track trail when the ATV overturned and landed on top of him. He was taken to UP Health System – Marquette.

LaBonte was pronounced dead at the scene.

Deputies were assisted at the scene by the Marquette County Special Operations Unit and the Marquette Township Fire and Rescue Department.


Marquette Twp. board to meet

MARQUETTE — The Marquette Township Board will hold a regular meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Marquette Township Community Center.

The board will discuss its budget work session schedule as well as hear an asset management program update.


NMU gala set for Saturday

MARQUETTE –The first annual Northern Michigan University Hospitality Alumni Gala from 7-11 p.m. Saturday at the Marquette Commons.

The NMU Hospitality Alumni Gala is designed to promote the Northern Michigan University Hospitality Management Program and the abundant local food systems. The flavorful event features appetizer stations with creations by NMU alumni chefs using mostly locally sourced foods.

The beer and wine booth will be hosted by Partridge Creek Farms with entertainment by H&W productions and Double Trouble DJ’s.

Chefs will be paired with current NMU students to bring good food to life for the guests. Tickets are $S35 per person and on sale now at www.eventbrite.com/e/nmu-hospitality-gala-tickets-35222053109#tickets


Mobile pantry at NHS Wednesday

NEGAUNEE — On Wednesday at Negaunee High School, Feeding America West Michigan will distribute 15,000 pounds of food to people in need.

The distribution will take place at 4:30 p.m. with registration beginning at 4 p.m.

The Mobile Pantry will contain fresh produce, dairy products and baked goods with an emphasis on nutrition, according to a press release.

Clients will not have to show identification or proof of income to receive food; however, they will be required to provide basic contact information and affirm that they are in need of food.

They are encouraged to bring their own bags or boxes.

Negaunee High School Principal Mark Marana said: “We are enthused to host our sixth mobile Food Pantry with Feeding America on Sept. 20. It is a great opportunity for our students to give back to the community and it is a much needed program that we are proud to be involved with.”

Negaunee High School is located at 500 W. Arch St. and its phone number is 906-475-7861.