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Remembering, running for Denise Marth

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DENISE MARTH MEMORIAL RUN–The Denise Marth Memorial Fun Run is held once again on May 11, 2024, in memory of a community member who advocated for health and wellness. Her memory is alive and well in L’Anse as this year is the 18th annual event in her honor.
by Porter Davis With a rainy start to the morning, the Denise Marth Fun Run had a dreary outlook this year, and organizers were worried no one would show up. Of course, though, there are members of the community that make a show no matter the weather conditions, because some  things are more important than a bit of discomfort. What is exercise after all if not a bit of discomfort for the sake of body and wellness. The Denise Marth Memorial Fun Run was held on Saturday, May 11, at the L’Anse Waterfront Park from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Denise Marth would no doubt be proud of everyone who attended this year if she were still here. In her memory, runners, cyclists, roller skaters, and all manner of exercise enthusiasts owned the day and conquered the weather for Denise and for themselves. Making the trek along the bay shore, participants were rewarded with snacks, drinks, water bottles and prizes. To read more, subscribe to the L’Anse Sentinel online, or buy a print copy at our local retailers.

KBOCC celebrates graduating class of 2024

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DEGREES IN HAND–Happy graduates thank their teachers and mentors for helping them to graduate and earn the knowledge that will undoubtedly serve them positively later in life. The colors are held above, making an arch for the graduates to symbolically move through onto the next step in their journey. There’s no telling what they’ll do now, the world is theirs.
by Porter Davis As another semester comes to a close, the Keweenaw Bay Ojibwa Community College (KBOCC) celebrates the graduating class of 2024. The entire community showed their pride and joy for the successes and graduates this year, as they on reflect what can be accomplished when one puts their mind to something. This year’s graduates and teachers have been hard at work earning their degrees and certificates together. Although a  ceremony in the rain may have been unique, it probably wouldn’t have been the most comfortable for most of the graduates in their finest clothes and makeup. Originally planned for the powwow grounds, the graduation ceremony was moved into the Niiwin Akeaa Center where it was dry and easily accessible for the supporting friends and families. At least with the indoor venue, the acoustics were good for the local Woodland Singers drum group. The Honors and Commencement Ceremony took place on Saturday, May 4, 2024, at 5 p.m. The ceremony began with two songs from the Woodland Singers, as the colors were posted by the KBiC Honor Guard. Following the Honor Guard, graduates and staff were led into the gymnasium and took their seats before an introduction from Kathleen Smith, and an invocation by Donald Chosa. To read more, subscribe to the L’Anse Sentinel online, or buy a print copy at our local retailers.

HOSA students travel downstate

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AERO MED–L’Anse Area School HOSA/Keweenaw Bay Indian Community College CNA students visited the Traverse City North Flight Aero Med facility on their recent trip where the Aero Med personnel demonstrated intubation, IO insertion, and the use of LUCAS (a device that provides mechanical chest compressions).
Ten Copper Country Intermediate School District (CCISD) Career & Technical Education (CTE) HOSA students from L’Anse Area Schools (LAS) Health Careers and Keweenaw Bay Ojibwa Community College (KBOCC) Certified Nurse Assistant (CAN)programs traveled to Traverse City last week to compete in the Michigan HOSA State Leadership Conference. The event took place at the Grand Traverse Resort on April 18 and 19, 2024, where two HOSA Bowl teams competed. One team consisted of Brooklyn Dompier, Madison Peterson, Tessa Lanczy, and Madysen Skytta, and on the other team were Haley Dosmann, Cassie Kujansuu, Trysten Muma, and Kolyn Sweeney. To read more, subscribe to the L’Anse Sentinel online, or buy a print copy at our local retailers.

Shantell Ekdahl Scholarship to ‘stop the stigma’

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SCHOLARSHIP FUND–Starting in the 2024-25 school year, the Shantell Ekdahl Memorial Scholarship in the amount of $2500 will be avail able at L’Anse Area School and will go to a graduating senior of L’Anse High School who is going into the mental health/psychology field in memory of Shantell Ekdahl. If there are no candidates going into that field, a secondary candidate will be chosen from those going into teaching. Pictured from left to right are Anne Koski, L’Anse Area Schools Foundation Treasurer, Shelley Ekdahl, and L’Anse Area School Superintendent Susan Tollefson.
by Melissa Newland Mental health issues and suicide too often go hand in hand and one L’Anse mother is taking action to bring the issue to the forefront after the loss of her daughter. Shelley and Lyndon Ekdahl along with their family felt the devastating effects of this problem when their eldest daughter Shantell recently “saved herself by suicide” March 23, 2024, after battling mental health issues for many years. “Committed suicide—that is a phrase that should never be used. There are other ways to say it,” commented Shelley. “This is the beginning of how we should speak of suicide and what she was going through. Shantell made several attempts to save herself by admitting herself into a psychiatric ward in Green Bay twice, seeing a therapist and doctor for her mental health and being prescribed medications for treatment, eating healthy and exercising to maintain a healthy baseline; all of which were not effective and ultimately led her to make this decision.” To read more, subscribe to the L’Anse Sentinel online, or buy a print copy at our local retailers.

KBIC program holds powwow at L’Anse school

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A GRAND ENTRANCE–LAS recently hosted a powwow put on by the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community (KBIC) and its Promise Neighborhoods Program. KBIC Vice President Rodney Loonsfoot along with other KBIC veterans and Head Dancers Willow Rexford and Kobe Forcia led the group of approximately 30 students dressed in regalia dancing around the gym.
by Melissa Newland Beautifully worked regalia full of color, beadwork, and bells could be seen at L’Anse Area School (LAS) last week as students learned about Native American culture. Thanks to the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community (KBIC) and its KBIC Promise Neighborhoods Program, LAS students were able to participate in a powwow and learn about Indigenous ways. The event took place at LAS’s gymnasium Thursday, March 28, 2024, at 1:30 p.m. where all students were invited to wear regalia. To read more, subscribe to the L’Anse Sentinel online, or buy a print copy at our local retailers.

Tollefson to retire from LAS

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RETIRING–Susan Tollefson, Superintendent of LAS announced she will retire effective Oct. 1, 2024.
by Melissa Newland After serving the L’Anse Area School (LAS) for the past 30 years, Superintendent Susan Tollefson has decided it is time to turn over the reigns to someone new and enjoy retirement. At the last LAS board meeting held Monday, March 18, 2024, Tollefson submitted her official notification that she will be retiring effective Oct. 1, 2024. Tollefson’s career at LAS includes 21 years of teaching and 9 years as superintendent and she noted she enjoyed them all. To read more, subscribe to the L’Anse Sentinel online, or buy a print copy at our local retailers.

LFD, MDNR urge caution

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FIRE CAUTION–is being urged by local fire department and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) due to lack of snow/precipitation this winter season. Last week, the L’Anse Fire Department (LFD) noted it was called to a small brush fire alongside US41. The crew headed out the morning of March 15, 2024, to assess the situation and found several ‘spot’ fires over a distance of 100 feet or more.
by Melissa Newland The small amount of snowfall/precipitation so far this winter has made for dry conditions here in the UP and local fire departments along with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) urges all to adhere to the burn permit restrictions that are in effect in the area. Last week, the L’Anse Fire Department (LFD) noted it was called to a small brush fire alongside US-41. The crew headed out the morning of March 15, 2024, to assess the situation. “It took us a bit to find it as it had gone out before we got there. But it was 10:30 on a somewhat frosty morning,” stated the LFD Facebook page noting, “The fire looked to be automotive related (possibly a bearing failure) that ignited several ‘spot’ fires over a distance of 100 feet or more. We counted ten-plus small fires that ignited. We were very fortunate that it was a cold morning, or this had the potential to be disastrous. Please, please, please be fire smart out there this weekend”. To read more, subscribe to the L’Anse Sentinel online, or buy a print copy at our local retailers.

Baraga State Park getting new playground

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NEW EQUIPMENT–New playground equipment will soon be installed at the Baraga State Park through a partnership with the Michigan Army National Guard. The community build program will take place June 2nd through the 7th at the park. Baraga State Park authorities noted that the National Guard will lend their expertise to construct and install the brand-new playground system in the campground. While the park and campground will remain open during construction, the playground area will temporarily close for safety reasons.
by Melissa Newland New playground equipment will soon be installed at the Baraga State Park through a community playground build program. The Baraga State Park announced at the end of February that the project was able to be accomplished through a partnership with the Michigan Army National Guard for the community playground  build program and will take place June 2nd through the 7th at Baraga State Park. Baraga State Park authorities noted that the National Guard will lend their expertise to construct and install the brand-new playground system in the campground. To read more, subscribe to the L’Anse Sentinel online, or buy a print copy at our local retailers.

LAS Junior High band attends first Festival

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A FESTIVAL FIRST–The L’Anse Junior High band recently participated for their first time at Band & Orchestra Festival! The band received a second division rating on their performance and a first division rating in sight reading, overall receiving a second division rating.
by Melissa Newland The L’Anse Junior High band recently participated for their first time at Band and Orchestra Festival which was held at Houghton High School last week. According to the Michigan Schools Band & Orchestra Association’s (MSBOA) website, www.msboa.org, “At Band and Orchestra Festival, students have the opportunity for ensembles from member schools to perform a program of three pieces for adjudication, one of which must be from MSBOA’s required list. District-level festivals are held at the end of February through the beginning of March, with this one being held Feb. 29, 2024. Each group is evaluated by three performance judges and one sight-reading judge. To read more, subscribe to the L’Anse Sentinel online, or buy a print copy at our local retailers.

County provides election info

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EARLY VOTING–The presidential primary this past Tuesday also featured nine-day early voting for all jurisdictions at the L’Anse Township Hall from Saturday, Feb. 17, through Sunday, Feb. 25. These are pictures from early voting on the first weekend.
by John Raffel It’s an election year and Baraga County clerk Wendy Goodreau reminds individuals of various deadlines for filing for various offices. Filing deadline for partisan county and  township candidates is April 23 at 4 p.m. for the August ballot. Filing deadline for precinct delegates is May 7, at 4 p.m. for the August ballot. Filing deadline for candidates without political party affiliation seeking partisan office is July 18, at 4 p.m. for the November ballot. To read more, subscribe to the L’Anse Sentinel online, or buy a print copy at our local retailers.