Business Spotlight: Cedar Motor Inn

Visit the Cedar Motor Inn and enjoy their gorgeous pull deck with lounge chairs and a hot tub

Visit the Cedar Motor Inn and enjoy their gorgeous pull deck with lounge chairs and a hot tub

Marquette Township, MIApril 14, 2016 – When you stay in the Marquette area, book your room at the Cedar Motor Inn and enjoy a Superior Vacation. Family-owned and operated for over 45 years, you and your family will enjoy coming back year after year.

The enclosed cedar hallways will keep you warm and cozy as you walk from your room to the lobby for a continental breakfast. Come on down in your slippers! You’ll love the rustic charm of this small-scale AAA diamond approved hotel.

The Cedar Motor Inn features a heated indoor pool, spa and steam sauna and a beautiful sun patio so you can catch some summer rays. The kids will love a poolside room, and all of the rooms have cable TV and HBO, hair dryers, air conditioning, coffee and wireless internet. Travelers with dogs are welcome, but dog-friendly rooms are limited, so please call ahead to confirm availability.

Family-Owned Makes a Difference
The staff at the Cedar Motor Inn believes there are seven reasons why staying at a family-owned hotel makes a big difference to their guests:

The king size bed with end tables and a gorgeous photo from Lake Superior above the bed

The king size bed with end tables and a gorgeous photo from Lake Superior above the bed

1. You won’t find any two day minimums here;
2. Lower rates for quiet, comfortable rooms;
3. You’ll find a variety of rooms to choose from with different types of beds and sizes, and a variety of prices starting from just $49 a night;
4. Consistent rates year-round and weekends;
5. You’ll receive a personal email reservation confirmation;
6. Revenues stay local, strengthening the economy and community of Marquette Township;
7. Continuously owned by five generations of the same family, with both NMU and MTU graduates.

No matter the reason for your visit, Hosts Lyn and Reg Durant invite you to stay at the Cedar Motor Inn for your next getaway. Enjoy your stay in beautiful Marquette on the shores of Lake Superior. The friendly staff at the Cedar Motor Inn can even help you find activities in the area to keep you entertained during your stay.

Reserve your room now at 906-228-2280 or visit the Cedar Motor Inn online at Come see the difference that Family-Owned makes. Book today!

Check out the Marquette Township Spotlight Video for the Cedar Motor Inn created by Great Lakes Radio and a ton of photos from the Inn!

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Business Spotlight: Hudson’s of Marquette

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Bring your family to Hudson’s for great specials like the Friday Night Famous All-You-Can-Eat Fish Fry

Marquette Township –  February 2, 2016  –  If you’re looking for a great place to take the family for dinner, take them to Hudson’s Classic Grill & Bar. You’ll find friendly service, lots of smiles, and the best burgers, shakes and rock & roll!

Stop in on Fridays for the best fish fry in town! Whitefish from Thill’s, lake perch, cod… all you can eat and all for $11.99! The fish is fantastic and you’ll love the price!

With Hudson’s full lunch and dinner menu and even a kids menu, everyone in the family will find their favorites, all in a fun environment and while listening to classic rock and roll or watching the game on TV.

Don’t miss out! Bring your family to Hudson’s in Marquette for their Friday Night Famous All-You-Can-Eat Fish Fry. Don’t forget to bring your appetite!

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Business Spotlight: Carpet One

Marquette Township, MI  –  January 28, 2016  –  If you’re looking for new flooring for your home, look no further than Carpet One. Scott Patrick invited us into his new Marquette store on US 41, and showed us some of the brand new flooring options he has in stock.

Karastan Carpeting
Scott showed us the Karastan carpeting line. Karastan carpets are known for their exceptional beauty and they have the best warranties. Karastan SmartStrand  Silk Forever Clean is the only carpet with permanent built-in stain and soil protection that won’t wear or wash off. If you’re looking for a super soft carpet, this beautiful Karastan carpeting is for you!



The Beautiful Guarantee
The decision to purchase carpeting is a major investment in your home and that’s why Scott and his team of experts sell more than just flooring… they sell peace of mind with the Beautiful Guarantee® – If you are not satisfied with your product after it’s installed, regardless of the reason, we will replace it at no cost to you. There’s no fine print, that’s the guarantee. If you don’t like it, you get a free replacement. Now, that’s peace of mind.

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Frank Vanek shows off the Somerset Hardwood Flooring

Somerset Hardwood Flooring
Frank Vanek showed us the Somerset Hardwood Flooring collection. What a beautiful option to bring warmth and comfort to your home. Somerset flooring is made in the USA and Carpet One has a large selection of to choose from. Stop by Carpet One in Marquette and talk to Frank about hardwood flooring options for your home.

Friendly Staff to Help You Every Step of the Way
Connie McCormack helped a customer pick out grout to go with the tile she had selected while we were visiting. You’ll always find friendly, knowledgeable staff at Carpet One ready to help you make the right flooring choice for your home. Once you’ve chosen your flooring, the installation team will come to your home to perform a free estimate and accurate measurement. Rest easy knowing that your floor will be professionally installed and 100% guaranteed.

Stop by the Marquette store right on U.S. 41 or the Ishpeming Store at 400 Lakeshore Drive and check out the huge selection of flooring options at Carpet One.

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U.S. 41 Corridor Improvements

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Members of the five groups that met to discuss US 41 corridor improvements in Marquette Township.

Marquette, MIJanuary 29, 2016 –  The Charter Township of Marquette held a joint meeting with the township’s Recreation Committee, the township’s Road Committee, and the township’s DDA, along with M-DOT and Marquette Board of Light and Power (BLP).

The focus was to discuss potential considerations related to the 2.7 miles of U.S. 41/M-28 improvements slated for 2019. In a nutshell, 2.7 miles of township highway from border to border (from Pizza Hut to the old Powersports), will have improvements.

This stretch of highway is the number one traffic corridor in the entire U.P., and improvements will benefit the community. The idea of involving these five groups is to help coordinate efforts in the same direction so we see improvements on a common timeline until construction in 2019 and 2021.

This effort should help local township businesses as well with improved lighting and access as part of the DDA expansion providing better side lighting, moving utilities underground, and beautifying the 2.7 miles.

The BLP said they have capacity for additional lighting and will work with Township Planner Jason McCarthy and a consultant on some design options.

A local M-DOT representative was present and voiced support and excitement for the 2019 project. Lighting will need to be on the side at least 30 feet from the white line. Those 30-foot setbacks are outside the BLP’s normal setbacks so proper design would be looked for before opening trenches and burying utilities.

The group passed a motion to start with an initial concept drawings from Brinker-Hoff including poles, standoffs, fixtures, how far the lighting would go, all scaled accordingly with a roughed out price per mile, so these five groups and the township board could enter the 2019 project prepared.

This corridor is the township’s front porch and this group is wrestling with how to make it look better since it isn’t easy to back-plan. Jason McCarthy is familiar with LED modern lighting and reviewing hte photometrics of the fixtures and putting together zero maintenance medians with salt resilient plants and shrubs, and other options such as gravel or ripwrap.

Also, the Recreation Committee has been working on a safe crossing since 2009, wrote a trust fund grant in 2010 to acquire property to connect trails, has written four grants with Jason since, and has helped Marquette Township with a complete streets ordinance. This work would culminate in a true underpass near Menards for snowmobiles in the winter and bikes in the summer.

Two members from each of the groups will sit on a subcommittee to keep the ball rolling, developing concept drawings, creating estimates per mile, and facilitating a coordinated plan so that township residents and businesses are best served. Business owners can stay up to date on these details by joining the Marquette Township Business Association during their noon luncheon meetings at Perkins Restaurant & Bakery on the third Tuesday of each month.

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Business Spotlight: First National Bank Trust & Wealth Management

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Michael L. Morgan is ready to help you plan your financial future.

Marquette Township, MI –  January 19, 2016  – You work hard to provide a good life for your family. Protect your wealth and your family with financial services from First National Bank Trust & Wealth Management in Marquette Township.

Michael L. Morgan, AFIM®, Vice President & Fiduciary Manager at First National Bank Trust & Wealth Management invited us into his office to learn a little bit about the services they offer.

First National Bank Trust & Wealth Management helps individuals, families, and businesses throughout the Upper Peninsula and Northern Wisconsin with their unique financial needs. Michael and his Trust & Wealth Management team offers a wide range of services to not only provide for your needs, but exceed your expectations as well.

Sit back and watch as Michael explains Trust & Wealth Management and how they can provide solutions for your long-term and short-term financial needs.

The First National Bank Trust & Wealth Management team offers a wide range of services including Trust Services, Investment Management Services, Retirement/Employee Benefit Plan Services, Rollover IRA Services, Estate Settlement Services, and more.

Call Michael today at 906-629-6433 to set up an appointment to discuss your family’s financial future.

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Marquette Township Business Association Social Invite 2015

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Marquette Township Lit Up By Santa Claus & Community Cheer


Santa poses with the Honor Credit Union team on the big stage at the Marquette Township Catch the Christmas Spirit Tree Lighting

Marquette, MI  –  December 9, 2015  –  Santa Claus came to the township last night to light up the township Christmas tree in front of the Westwood Mall and the community came out in record numbers to take part in the fun.

The Grinch stole the airwaves at Great Lakes Radio and then slunk away to cause trouble at Biggby Coffee. He even showed up at the tree lighting ceremony while the Marquette Redmen Chorale was singing, but the Sheriff’s department was there to stop him and save Christmas for the township!

MTBA Chairman Frank Stabile welcomed the community to the event and spoke about the township and how the MTBA supports township businesses and community events like the Catch the Christmas Spirit Tree Lighting event. Several businesses helped to make this event a success.

Many thanks to Super One Foods for providing Christmas cookies for the kids, Biggby Coffee for bringing in their delicious coffee for the grownups, and Honor Credit Union who brought over 300 bags of popcorn for the crowd. Great Lakes Radio provided the big stage and Christmas music from the Gift 106.1 FM, their Christmas music station.

The continued support of organizations, businesses, and the community truly make Marquette Township a great place to live, work, and play.

Click here to see more pictures and a full story.

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Catch the Christmas Spirit Tree Lighting Ceremony on Tuesday Evening


Marquette Township, MI  –  December 7, 2015  –  Santa Claus is coming to Marquette Township tomorrow night to bring Christmas Cheer and help everyone Catch the Christmas Spirit thanks to all the local businesses who pitch in every year to make this event happen.

This year we’ve got another Marquette Township tree donated by resident Jim O’Dovero. This majestic tree stands 33 feet tall and will be very visible from the highway when lit. Special thanks to Rusty Bowers and his son for taking care of the appearances of Santa and the Grinch and also to the Marquette Township Fire Department and the firemen that “fly” Santa on the fire truck to the big stage.

Local businesses stepped forward to donate goodies for the event. Landon at Biggby Coffee provided hot coffee for township residents to warm up with, Super One Foods of Marquette donated cookies and apple juice, and Ross at Honor Credit Union popped a bunch of delicious popcorn for the Honor team to distribute at the event.

Ellen at the Westwood Mall did a great job once again – the mall is a beautiful place to take pictures of Santa and warm up after the tree lighting. Township business owner Todd Noordyk provided the stage and Christmas music from the Gift 106.1 FM. Luke Noordyk who works in the township and is a personality on Sunny.FM afternoons spearheaded the setup and lighting of the tree. Jan Brodersen is bringing the Marquette Chorale to sing Christmas Carols on the big Great Lakes Radio stage again.

Many thanks to Township Manager Randy Girard, the Marquette Township Board, and employees of the fastest growing township in Michigan for making it the best place to live, work, and play.

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Marquette Township Business Association’s First Official Meeting as a Non-Profit Corporation

Marquette Township Business AssociationMarquette Township, MI  –  September 15, 2015  –  The Marquette Township Business Association met during the lunch hour today at Perkins of Marquette. This is the organization’s first meeting since incorporating in June of this year as a non-profit corporation.

As a newly incorporated organization, the first order of business was the re-election of board members and executive board members. The MTBA adopted new bylaws and discussed a number of housekeeping issues related to the recent incorporation.

Township officials at the meeting shared their knowledge and insight with the board on many current issues relevant to township businesses and residents. The MTBA remains a conduit to township officials with both the Treasurer and Planning & Zoning Administrator presenting monthly at the meetings.

Township Board Treasurer Ernie Johnson’s report included tax information, budget planning sessions, the improvements at Lions Field, the plan for road improvement in the township, the old township hall, changes in board membership, and an update on the Dark Store situation.

Township Planning & Zoning Administrator Jason McCarthy talked about the stellar opening for Dairy Queen, the progression of the road project, new ordinances that passed, the overhaul of the township website, the 2019 US 41 corridor project, and new businesses that are considering a move to the township.

If you are interested in joining our progressive business association, you can find forms to join on our website. You can also contact Chairman Frank Stabile <> or Executive Secretary Nancy Longtine <> or call Nancy at 906-236-4250.  You can also call board member Todd Noordyk at 906-361-3325 or email him <>.

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Carpet Specialists Receives World Trade Center Steel from 9/11 FDNY Firefighter


Scott Patrick of Carpet Specialists Carpet One receives a piece of World Trade Center steel from retired NYFD Lt. Ray Thomas in Marquette.

Marquette, MI  –  August 11, 2015  –  On August 6th, retired New York City Fire Department firefighter Ray Thomas presented Carpet Specialists Carpet One with a piece of 9/11 World Trade Center Steel in Marquette and Ishpeming to personally thank owner Scott Patrick and his staff for their support of the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation’s program Building for America’s Bravest (BFAB), a program that builds high tech Smart Homes for service members returning from war who have catastrophic injuries.


9/11 World Trade Center Steel presented to Scott Patrick of Carpet Specialists Carpet One

Scott Patrick said Carpet One Floor & Home, and its manufacturing partner Mohawk, committed to providing flooring materials and installation for 46 Smart Homes. His stores in Marquette and Ishpeming are raising funds to build those Smart Homes – homes that are custom designed to address the unique needs of each individual veteran, allowing them to live better, more independent lives.

Lt. Ray Thomas recently retired from the New York Fire Department after 24 years. On September 11, 2001, his ladder company 118 responded after the second plane hit the towers and tragically all members of the company perished. Lt. Thomas was off duty on that day, but responded on his own to the towers before the collapse of the north tower. He spent 6 weeks at the WTC site in rescue and recovery operations.

About The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation


Lt. Ray Thomas hugs Marquette Township Fire Chief Ron DeMarse and thanks him for his support

The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation, named in honor of FDNY 9/11 fallen Firefighter Stephen Siller  who responded on his own to 9/11, but was unable to get to the towers because the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel had already been closed. Siller strapped on 60 pounds of firefighting gear and ran on foot through the gridlocked traffic from the Tunnel to the Towers, where he gave his life to save others.

The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation is best known for it’s annual Tunnel to Towers Run at Ground Zero in New York City. Runners and walkers trace Stephen Sillers’ steps on his way through the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel to the Towers. The non-profit foundation is committed to building specially adapted Smart Homes for the most seriously wounded U.S. veterans through its Building For America’s Bravest program. For more information about the Stephen Seller Tunnel to Towers Foundation, go to

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