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JUNE 2018
Upper Michigan Legislators Support
President Trump’s Call To Rebuild Soo Locks
UPHP Names Schon Employee Of The Year
LANSING, Mich. - President Trump men- tioned the Soo Locks in his address to supporters at a rally in Washington, Michigan Saturday, saying he would help get the locks fixed with support from the Army Corps of Engineers.
Thousands of Michiganders packed the ware- house building where the event was held, and thousands more stood outside in chilly weather to watch the address on an impromptu big- screen. Cheers erupted when the president men- tioned he would help fix the locks.
“For decades, the federal government has acknowledged the need for restorations, and I am pleased that President Trump understands the urgency of fixing our aging infrastructure at the Soo Locks,” said Rep. Lee Chatfield, R-Lev- ering. “Not only are the locks an extremely important economic asset to Sault Ste. Marie and the Upper Peninsula, they are also vital to our state and national economies and significant to national security.”
The Soo locks, which connect Lake Superior to Lake Huron, have been a critical shipping connection between these bodies of water for over 160 years. The modern locks still in use, named the Poe lock and MacArthur lock, trans- port nearly 7,000 vessels per year carrying 75.5 million tons of cargo.
“About half of the cargo that travels through the locks is iron ore from Michigan’s Upper Peninsula,” said Sen. Tom Casperson, R-Escan- aba. “This material is necessary for the manufac- turing of cars, tools and all manner of iron and steel products that are used throughout the country. The giant ships that transport this
material rely on the locks to get to the refineries. Any downtime at the locks due to maintenance can be very costly for the entire iron industry.”
Despite their economic importance to the region, major renovations to the locks have not been performed in 50 years. Longstanding plans for upgrades have been delayed because of cost and construction planning difficulties.
“For years there have been discussions about replacing the current Davis and Sabin locks with a new lock that can accommodate larger ships,” said Sen. Wayne Schmidt, R-Traverse City. “Of the four locks, only one is large enough for today’s massive freighters to navigate. I’m happy to hear the president address the need for an upgrade, and I hope we can finally start acting on these drawn-out discussions.”
Trump lightheartedly stated that he would call the Army Corps of Engineers immediately after the rally ended, or at the latest, the day after. Infrastructure upgrades have been a consistent theme in Trump’s addresses, with roads, bridges and airports often getting mentioned as exam- ples. However, this is the first time the president has mentioned the Soo Locks.
“I want to thank the Michigan representatives at the federal level who brought this to President Trump’s attention during his visit,” said Rep. Beau LaFave, R-Iron Mountain. “We’re going to continue working with stakeholders from indus- try and at all levels of government to see this proj- ect through to fruition. Hopefully now we’ll see a greater cooperation to finally fix up the Soo Locks.”
Marquette, MI - Upper Peninsula Health Plan (UPHP) proudly names Jennifer Schon 2017 Employee of the Year. Each year, UPHP names an Employee of the Year from a pool of Employee of the Quarter and “Caught ‘Cha” candidates. Each Employee of the Quarter is nominated by their manager or a member of the Senior Management team. The nominees are then reviewed and a winner is selected by the Senior Management team. UPHP employees also participate in a peer recognition program called “Caught ‘Cha”. This is an employee driv- en, incentive program in which all employees can write a “Caught ‘Cha” note and give it to someone they caught doing something great. Along with each Employee of the Quarter, the two highest “Caught ‘Cha” recipients each year are entered as candidates in a company-wide vote for Employee of the Year.
“I feel honored to have been voted Employee of the Year by my peers. To be elected amongst this group of excellent employees is unbelievable! I am truly grateful,” said Schon.
Jennifer Schon grew up in Fenwick, Michi- gan. Her parents purchased a resort on the Au
TrainLakewhenshewasincollegeandshechose to attend Northern Michigan University where she earned a B.S. in Clinical Health Science. Jen has worked at Upper Peninsula Health Plan for nearly four years. She was hired as a Customer Service Representative and eagerly learned as much as she could about all UPHP product lines. She is now a member of the Human Resources team at UPHP, currently holding the position of Human Resource Generalist. Reflecting on her time with the company, Jen noted that above all the community fundraising events, company picnics, holiday parties, and employee celebrations, her favorite memory is herfirstdayatUPHP.Thereisaculturehereto go above and beyond to greet and help our new employees feel welcome. That is something that has stayed with her and that she tries to pay for- ward to new employees.
Jen’s supervisor, Tanya Jennings, attributes her success in large part to her work ethic. “Jen has become an invaluable asset to the HR department during her three years in HR. Her ability to learn quickly allowed her to grow her HR knowledge immensely and to position her- self among UPHP managers and employees as a trusted and valuable resource for questions and concerns. Jen is extremely helpful to staff and will go the extra step to research a problem or issue and offer a potential solution when pre- sented a new scenario. UPHP is fortunate to have Jen as an employee,” said Jennings, Direc- tor of Human Resources.
Jennifer and her husband, Brandon, live in Harvey with their 4-month-old son, Nolan, and their three dogs.
About UPHP
Upper Peninsula Health Plan currently serves over 47,000 members across five product lines (Michigan Medicaid, Children with Special Health Care Services, Healthy Michigan Plan, MI Health Link, and Medicare Advantage) and its network exceeds 2,000 providers. Learn more at
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MARQUETTE - The Lake Superior Com- munity Partnership (LSCP) recently teamed up with Yooptone Music to celebrate the grand opening of their new location with a ribbon-cut- ting. The owners are excited to offer a variety of musical options to current and aspiring musi- cians at the new store.
Yooptone Music is owned and operated by local musicians Jake Kuhlman and Jeff Krebs, who have over 25 combined years of professional music experience. They started the business with one goal in mind, which is to better serve their community’s musicians and to foster growth so that they can pass along the gift of music to the
next generations. Yooptone Music plans to achieve this goal by offering a full line of instru- ments, accessories, sound gear, professional repairs, rentals, and quality music lessons for all ages and skill levels.
Yooptone Music is located at 1015 N. Third Street, Marquette, MI, in the Village Shopping Center. They are open Monday - Thursday from 11:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m., Friday from 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., and Saturday from 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. For more information, call (906) 273-0568 or visit

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