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George Goodman and Bonny the Bomb-sniffing Dog Assist in Austin

The bond between a federal agent and a specially trained canine companion is strong.  Bureau of Alcohol, Tobaccos, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) special agent George Goodman of Dexter and his five-year-old chocolate Labrador retriever Bonny hav More...

Brian Bailey Running for City Council Seat

After 32 years of working on Mackinac Island every summer, Brian Bailey, general manager at Chippewa Hotel, relocated fulltime here last spring with his wife, Jeri-Lynn, and their daughter, Nora. More...

With Spring Underway, Frost Is Still 46 Inches Deep on Island

As seasonal employees return to the Island in anticipation of the coming tourist season, water services have to be turned on and water meters replaced for the summer. More...

City Purchases $430,000 Property Near Airport for Housing Complex

The city has purchased property near Mackinac Island Airport for $430,000 to be used for a year-around apartment complex. More...

Renovations at Mission Point Continue; Lodge To Debut New Rooms

Continuing a multi-year project, Mission Point Resort will debut about 50 newly decorated rooms at the Main Lodge when the hotel opens for the season Friday, April 27. More...

Council Changes Morning Traffic Times, Hears Update on Coal Dock

To improve safety for students traveling to school on dark winter mornings, the city has added 15 minutes to the period when construction trucks are not allowed on the roads. They will now be prohibited from 7:45 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. More...

Elementary Students Present Michigan Topics in ‘Wax Museum’

Elementary school students presented information about their home state to friends and family Wednesday, March 21, as part of an interactive “wax museum.” The wax museum involved students from kindergarten through sixth grade. More...

Fort Mackinac, Mackinac Art Museum To Open May 3

The crack of the first cannon at Fort Mackinac will sound at 9 a.m. Thursday, May 3, marking the beginning of the 2018 season. More...

Hoban Street Alley Will Be Bicycle-free for New Hotel Entrance

Ryba’s Lakeview Bicycle Rental will no longer stage bicycles in the Hoban Street alleyway, as the construction of a new hotel as part of the Shepler’s Ferry renovation project will lead to increased traffic in this space. More...

Gardens Get OK at Hedgecliffe; Shepler’s Revamps Ticket Booth

Shepler’s Ferry resubmitted an amendment to their Mackinac Island dock project Tuesday, March 13, that reduces the size of a new ticket booth based on feedback from the Mackinac Island Planning Commission. More...

Lighthouse Conference Coming in May

The history of lighthouses will be celebrated at the International Lighthouse Conference at Grand Hotel Sunday, May 20, through Tuesday, May 22.  More...

Community Theater To Perform Adaptation of ‘Our Town’

Community theater has returned to Mackinac Island. After months of practicing this winter under the direction of Lisa Olson, residents will perform an adaptation of “Our Town” by Thornton Wilder this spring. More...

YAC To Host Spring Brunch Fundraiser

The Mackinac Island Community Foundation’s Youth Advisory Council (YAC) will hold a spring brunch fundraiser Sunday, April 8, from noon to 1:30 p.m. at Community Hall. More...

Agreement Made for Turtle Burial Mound

The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians has formally agreed to share in the maintenance and care for the Turtle Burial Mound at Ste. Anne’s Catholic Cemetery. More...

Island Enjoys Last Days of Winter Fun With Broomball, Hockey

Mackinac Island State Park staff hosted an end-of-winter picnic at their ice rink Saturday, March 17, and without a usable skating surface, broomball replaced the hockey tournament. More than 40 children and adults participated. More...

City Awaits Bids for Winter Ferry Service

The five-year winter passenger ferry contract is up for renewal this year, but the city has not received a bid from Shepler’s or Star Line. More...

Trey Pereny Named to LSSU Dean’s List for Fall Semester

Trey Pereny of Mackinac Island was named to the dean’s list for the fall 2017 semester at Lake Superior State University. He is majoring in emergency medical services, studying to be a paramedic.   He is a 2013 graduate of St. More...

‘Good Form’ Running, Walking Clinics Will Be Held Saturday

The Mackinac Island Recreation Department is hosting Good Form Running and Good Form Walking programs at Mackinac Island Public School Saturday, April 7, at 9 a.m. More...

All Candidates Running Unopposed in City Elections May 8

City elections are Tuesday, May 8, with polling on the first floor of Community Hall from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. More...

Grand Hotel To Introduce Suite Dedicated to Prentiss M. Brown

A newly redesigned guest suite dedicated to former U.S. Senator Prentiss M. Brown will debut this spring at Grand Hotel, and another will feature Mackinac Island’s favorite blossom, the lilac. The Prentiss M. More...

Grand Hotel Named Best Hotel in Michigan, Voted a Top-10 Resort

Grand Hotel has been named the Best Hotel in Michigan for the second consecutive year by U.S. News and World Report and has received a Four Diamond rating from AAA, the highest, for the 25th consecutive year. More...

Periodic Closures of Market Street Expected in April for Construction

A crane being used to complete construction of a new bed and breakfast owned by Robert Benser and Andrew Doud will require the periodic closure of Market Street in April. More...

Preserving Mackinac Island’s Few Remaining Elm Trees

Trees have a finite lifespan, and this winter the Marquette Park elm tree at the corner of Fort and Main streets was removed, a victim of old age and concerns that the tree could no longer withstand high winds. More...

Mackinac Island To Host International Transport, Health Conference

An international conference that will investigate the connection between transportation systems and human health will be held on Mackinac Island in June. More...

Island Reports Little Influenza, No Snowmobile Accidents This Winter

With no snowmobile accidents or major medical incidents, the staff of the Mackinac Island Medical Center say they’ve had a relatively quiet winter. Caring for the community and its visitors is year-around physician Dr. More...

Island Students Perform Popular Music for Friends and Family

Middle and high school students at Mackinac Island Public School performed the annual pops concert for friends and family in the school library Wednesday, March 21. More...

St. Ignace Job Fair Is April 11

The St. Ignace Job Fair will be Wednesday, April 11, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Little Bear East Arena. It is free for employers and job seekers.  More...

New Island Foot Race Will Be May 12

A new race will make its debut on Mackinac Island as the Fort2Fort Five Mile Challenge gets underway Saturday, May 12. More...

Great Lakers Robotics Team Earns Judges Award at Competition

After months of planning and building, Mackinac Island’s Robotics Team 5878, the Great Lakers, will compete at the district competition at Lake Superior State University (LSSU) in Sault Ste. Marie Thursday, April 5, through Saturday, April 7. More...

Fort Mackinac Will Present Civil War Program April 18

Information about the role of Fort Mackinac in the Civil War will be presented by Mackinac State Historic Parks Registrar Brian Jaeschke during a special event Wednesday, April 18, at 6 p.m. at the Emmet County Fairgrounds in Petoskey.  More...

Island Lakers Start Spring Season Indoors Due to Snow, Ice, Wind

The Mackinac Island Lakers spring sports have started practices indoors, as snow, ice, and wind continue to batter the Island in April. More...

Volunteers Needed for Earth Day Cleanup April 28

The Mackinac Island Recreation Department is organizing an annual spring cleanup on Earth Day, Saturday, April 28. Volunteers are needed to scour the Island for trash and fallen brush. More...

2020 Seasons Calendar Winners Announced

The winners of the 2020 Seasons of Mackinac calendar photograph contest have been announced by the organizers, Mackinac Island Recreational Development. More...

Rachel Spitzer Named to Dean’s List for Fall Semester at LSSU

Rachel A. Spitzer was on the dean’s list for the fall 2017 semester at Lake Superior State University.  She is majoring in criminal justice, electrical engineering technology, and liberal arts with a minor in biology.  Ms. More...

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