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LeeAnn Wilmoth LeeAnn Wilmoth Law enforcement searches for missing woman, man

MANISTIQUE – The Michigan State Police Negaunee Post is currently investigating a complaint involving two missing persons. The last known contact with these subjects was reportedly July 9.

LeeAnn Marie Wilmoth, 28, and Eric Scott Ruska, 37, were believed to be in the Chicago Lake area in Delta County. Investigation is continuing as the search involves multiple agencies and areas throughout Delta, Alger, Schoolcraft, and Marquette counties.

The Michigan State Police is requesting assistance in locating Wilmoth and Ruska, who may be travelling in a Black 2006 Chevy Colorado with a Michigan registration of BVB 7631. The vehicle is reportedly rusty.

Anybody that has seen either of these subjects or the vehicle is requested to contact the Michigan State Police Negaunee Post at (906) 475-9922.


Eric Ruska Eric Ruska Former drive-in theater to reopen Saturday, free entry

MANISTIQUE – For those looking for a fun family event this weekend, look no further than the free drive-in movie event Saturday.

The Schoolcraft Tourism and Commerce group is hosting the event, which takes place at the former drive-in movie theater located across from the Schoolcraft County Airport.

The movie will be Jurassic Park, followed by Voyage to the Prehistoric Planet. The showings begin at dusk.

Admission is free. Concessions will be available and will benefit St. Francis de Sales School.

MSP to host identity theft presentation for residents

MANISTIQUE – With millions of victims of identity fraud in the United States yearly, approximately one victim every three seconds, the Michigan State Police is seeking to educate the public about the simple precautions to take to keep identities safe.

Identity theft occurs when someone uses a person’s identifying information such as name, date of birth, social security number, credit card number, etc. to obtain goods, services, credit, or open fraudulent bank accounts.

The public is invited to attend a presentation by Tpr. Patrick Janisse, MSP community service trooper with the St. Ignace Post, July 20.

The presentation will take place at the Manistique Senior Citizen Center, located at 101 Main Street in Manistique. The presentation will coincide with the center’s potluck and begins at 4:30 p.m., with food served at 5 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to bring a dish to pass.

Big Bay de Noc stamp, coin club plans show

ESCANABA – The Bay de Noc Stamp and Coin Club will be holding its 17th Annual Stamp and Coin Bourse July 15. The show hours are 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

This year, the event will be held in the Heirman Building on the campus of Bay College. The building is located on Danforth Road in Escanaba. Stamp and coin dealers from Michigan and Wisconsin will be on hand to sell and buy stamps and coins.

Individuals who wish to participate may do so for a fee of $10, which is used to offset the cost of the lunch provided for the sellers.

The Bay de Noc Stamp and Coin Club is a non-profit organization that meets on the second Monday of each month. Meeting times are 5 p.m. during June, July, and August.

The club meets at 6:30 p.m. the remainder of the year.

The club holds a short business meeting followed by a stamp auction. The public is welcome and dealers in the club are available to appraise stamps and coins that are brought to the meetings.

The club also maintains penny boxes from which collectors may purchase United States and foreign stamps for three cents each.

Boy Scout Camp Hiawatha planning events in Munising this summer

MUNISING – Boy Scout Camp Hiawatha south west of Munising has three events this summer to celebrate 50 years of service to youth through scouting. These are:

-Camp tours on July 14, 21, 28, Aug. 4, 8 and 11, running 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Tours are free, but sign-in is required upon arriving to camp. Lunch at noon with the camp staff costs $6 per person, and dinner at 5:45 p.m. with the whole camp costs $7.bThe Camp Hiawatha phone is (906) 387-2714.

-Camp Hiawatha Doc Jewel Pavilion re-dedication is set for July 14 at 12:45 p.m. Dr. Robert Albert Jewell passed away at the age of 93 in December 2015, ending many decades of service in scouting. The many high quality campsites at Hiawatha are the result of his long and consistent leadership.

-Camp Hiawatha Reunion Dinner Aug. 26. All past staff, campers, leaders, and spouses are encouraged to attend this festive night, share fond memories of Camp Hiawatha, and enjoy a great meal. It is at 6 p.m. at the Bark River Harris Island Resort and Casino. Entertainment will feature the video and pictures produced by the crew at the 50th Anniversary Camporee. The dinner cost is $30 per person.

Call either Michael Metivier, (920) 323-4625, or Kevin Corkin, (920) 471-9027, for details.

MSP reports decrease in fatalities during Fourth

LANSING - Preliminary findings show 11 people lost their lives in 11 separate traffic crashes during the 2017 Fourth of July holiday weekend. In comparison, 13 traffic crashes resulted in 13 deaths during the 2016 Fourth of July holiday weekend.

Of the 11 deadly crashes:

• Alcohol use was a known factor in three of the deadly crashes.

• Four involved motorcycles; a helmet was not worn in one and it is unknown if a helmet was used in the other three.

• Two involved off-road vehicles.

• One victim was a bicyclist.

The MSP would also like to remind motorists to be aware of motorcyclists, pedestrians, bicyclists and child passenger safety throughout the summer. The goal is to keep everyone safe on Michigan roadways and to reduce or eliminate preventable traffic fatalities and injuries.

The 2017 Fourth of July holiday weekend ran from 12:01 a.m. on July 1, through 11:59 p.m. on July 4.

New college graduates can take advantage of delinquent loan program

LANSING – As thousands of Michigan college students celebrate their graduation this spring, the Michigan Department of Treasury (Treasury) reminds new graduates that help is available when facing challenges in navigating the loan repayment process.

Treasury is offering a one-year pilot program – which continues through Jan. 1, 2018 – to assist delinquent student loan borrowers by providing free financial literacy information and one-onone counseling. The program is available through a partnership with Inceptia.

To qualify, individuals must have federal student loans from a public or private nonprofit Michigan higher education institution, currently be delinquent on their student loans and agree to provide their credit score twice during the pilot period.

For more information about the Treasury program, visit www.loanassistmichigan.org.

Schoolcraft Conservation District planing to collect scrap tires July 15

MANISTIQUE – The Schoolcraft Conservation District’s scrap tire grant collection will be July 15 in the parking lot outside the Schoolcraft County Fair Building. Drop off hours are strictly 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the collection day only.

No tires may be dropped off outside of the specified times.

Scrap tires will be collected from private Schoolcraft County households only, no businesses or farms.

Maximum tire size is 33-inch outside diameter. Tires only, no wheels/rims, and tires must be empty/clean and dry, with no water or dirt.

There is no charge to dispose of tires, however, donations will be accepted,

Participants are encouraged to check in with the attendant in charge, who will record the number of tires received. The maximum number of tires accepted per household is eight.

The District will plan another drop-off when funds allow.

Guided bike tours will travel UP countryside

NEGAUNEE – Registration is open for anyone interested in the Michigan Iron Industry Museum’s popular Iron Ore Heritage Trail bike tours.

Offered July 14, 21 and 28, the tours take cyclists on an approximately five-hour, 16- mile journey to explore historic sites and discover stories of the Marquette Iron Range.

Tours begin and end in Negaunee at the Michigan Iron Industry Museum, site of the Carp River Forge, where iron mined on the Marquette Range first was forged in the 1840s.

Led by museum historian Troy Henderson, the tour pedals to the Jackson Mine and then continues into Ishpeming, making several stops along the way, including Old Towne Negaunee and the site of the Pioneer Furnace.

“Iron mining on the Marquette Range is a big story to tell,” said Henderson. “The tour combines traditional museum interpretation with visits to sites where the history actually happened. Folks on the tour get the best of both worlds.”

Tours start at 9 a.m.; preregistration is required.

A $25 fee includes the guided tour, lunch provided by Negaunee’s Midtown Bakery and CafĂ©, a Michigan Iron Industry Museum souvenir and a viewing of the museum’s documentary “Iron Spirits: Life on Michigan’s Iron Ranges.”

More information and a registration form are available on the museum’s Iron Ore Heritage Trail Bike Tours webpage.

The Michigan Iron Industry Museum is a nationally accredited museum located at 73 Forge Road in Negaunee, eight miles west of Marquette; enter off U.S. Highway 41.

For more information, call (906) 475-7857 or visit the website at www.michigan.gov/ ironindustrymuseum.

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