Local briefing

Lake Street closures to begin

MARQUETTE — Beginning at 7 a.m. today, Lake Street between U.S. 41 and Hampton Street will be closed to through traffic due to water main and sanitary sewer main construction work.

The road is expected to be opened on Saturday.

The public is advised to use caution when traveling through this area and to be alert for construction, detour and advisory signing.

Oberstar Inc. is the general contractor for this project.

Grove Street closures Monday

MARQUETTE — Beginning at 7 a.m. Monday, Grove Street access from U.S. 41, by means of the temporary roadway at Homestead Street, will be closed for construction activities.

This work is scheduled to be completed in one week.

Grove Street traffic will be detoured by means of McClellan Avenue and M-553. The public is advised to use caution when traveling through this area and to be alert for construction, detour and advisory signing.

U.P. Labor Hall of Fame Dinner set

MARQUETTE — The Upper Peninsula Labor Hall of Fame Dinner and Induction Ceremony will take place Saturday at Northern Michigan University in Marquette.

The event was established in 1993 to recognize unionists who have made an outstanding labor contribution to the cause of worker dignity, workplace fairness and actively participated in community service and/or political events. according to a press release.

This year, Carolyn Hietamaki, Michigan Nurses Association, Marquette General Hospital; Ben Balkum, American Federation of Government Employees Local 2280; and posthumously, Warren Brule, a charter member of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 219 and founder of MJ Electric; are being honored for their significant labor contributions by being inducted into the U.P. Labor Hall of Fame.

The ceremony begins with a reception at 5 p.m. at the Superior Dome by the Hall of Fame Display case. Then it will move over to the University Center (Great Lakes Rooms) for dinner at 6:15 p.m., followed by the awards presentation at 7:30 p.m.

For more information, contact Katie Barglind at uprlfcoord@gmail.com or 906-282-1390.

Jack Bergman to make U.P. visits


MARQUETTE — Congressman Jack Bergman recently announced upcoming community engagement events that includes two stops in the Upper Peninsula.

All constituents from the 1st District are invited to participate in an open dialogue with the Republican congressman to discuss a broad range of topics, according to the announcement. All events will be from 6 to 8 p.m. local times.

The first stop will be Monday at the Granum Theatre at Alpena Community College, 665 Johnson St., Alpena.

The second will take place Wednesday at the Marquette Township Hall, 1000 Commerce Drive, Marquette.

The final visit will be from 6-8 p.m. Oct. 20 in the Lindquist Center Conference Room at Gogebic Community College, 4946 Jackson Road, Ironwood.

DNR concession opportunities

MARQUETTE — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has announced several business opportunities for operating concessions to provide goods and/or services in several Michigan state parks and other DNR facilities.

Those interested can visit www.michigan.gov/stateparkconcessions to view the list of current opportunities.

Those opportunities include a mobile food concession at Little Presque Isle Recreation Area, Van Riper State Park aqua park and beach concession and the Copper Hopper lighthouse tours and store concession.

Bid lettings are set for each of these concessions and continue to be set for other opportunities as they become available. Concessionaires have the ability to enter into a contract for up to seven years. The expectation of the DNR is that interested concessionaires would have prior business experience and adequate working capital to fund the desired concession.

The DNR will make arrangements to visit concession sites with interested bidders. For more information about concession opportunities at Michigan state parks, contact Lori Ruff, concession and lease manger for the DNR Parks and Recreation Division, at 989-275-5151 or ruffl@michigan.gov.