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Local News Summary - January 13, 2021 Edition

J-L Cardinals win first regional championship in 22 years!
The Johannesburg-Lewiston Cardinals have won their first regional championship in football since 1998. They battled Iron Mountain’s Mountaineers on Jan. 9 in Marquette’s Superior Dome, the largest wooden sports dome in the world.

The Cardinals had first possession but were forced to punt after starting on their own two-yard line. Jason Richter intercepted a Mountaineer pass to give Joburg back the ball, but the Cardinals lost the ball on downs too close to their own goal line after going for it on fourth down and one to go.

The Mountaineers took over on the Cardinal 20. Joburg defense stood strong, but the Mountaineers executed on fourth down to set them at first and goal on the six-yard line. Gabe Richtig ran in the score just before a critical decision that might have impacted the outcome of the game. Iron Mountain went for a two-point conversion and did not make it.

The defensive standoff continued, and it was late in the first half when first downs for Logan May, Sheldon Huff and Preston Marlatt put the Cardinals deep in Mountaineer territory. Huff slammed the ball over the goal line, and Henry Baker’s kick for the extra put the Cardinals up by one point.

The punting volley continued until late in the fourth quarter. With Huff an offensive bulldozer and Marlatt sneaking keepers, the Cardinals were confident in the ability to overcome a fourth down and one situation on their own 45, but they were wrong. Iron Mountain gained possession at mid-field with about two minutes left in the game.

A pass from Eli Lofholm to Bryce Pietrantonio picked up six yards for the Mountaineers, and another pass to Pietrantonio set Iron Mountain on the Cardinal 28. Caleb Evosevich-Hynes chewed up three yards for the Mountaineers, but Marlatt pushed Caleb Berklund out of bounds, backing Iron Mountain up to third down and 10. A pass to Dante Basanese was good for eight yards, and it all came down to Iron Mountain’s decision on fourth down and two to go on the Cardinal 20.

With about 40 seconds left on the running clock, players were standing idle, and it became apparent the Mountaineers were planning to go for a field goal. They let the clock run down to seven seconds before calling a time out. The kicker got into position and let it fly. The ball went high up into the wooden dome, between the goal posts and left! Too far left! They missed it! The Cardinals won the regional trophy with a score of 7-6. The Cardinals (10-0) are scheduled to play the Ubly Bearcats (8-2) for the state semifinal game on Jan. 16.

December 2020 elk season recap
Hunt Period 2 of the elk season has concluded, and 88% of elk hunters found success in the northeastern woods.

During this hunt period, 131 state hunters harvested elk (46 bulls, 72 cows and 13 calves), and one Pure Michigan Hunt winner harvested a bull.

While the early elk season is designed to target elk outside of their traditional range, the late elk season is used to manage overall elk numbers, including those in the core elk management area. In total, hunters in hunt periods 1 and 2 harvested 214 elk, and all three Pure Michigan Hunt winners harvested bulls.

The weather during the nine-day December season was nearly ideal for hunters afield. The temperatures were consistently below freezing with multiple fresh, light snowfalls. The snow cover remained throughout the entire hunt, providing excellent tracking conditions.

Recalling his hunt, successful elk hunter Brent Tackett said, “This was truly the experience of a lifetime, plus, I was blessed that I shot my elk successfully.”

Tackett noted about the photo, “You will see the woods in back of the picture, that is the type of woods I shot through, over 120-yards up on a hill where the elk was momentarily standing. I really didn’t know Michigan had so many steep hills and that I would have to track elk over hundreds of them.”

“The prize was getting my elk in a successful hunt, it was an amazing experience that I will remember for the rest of my life,” Tackett added.

Mass COVID-19 vaccination clinics begin in area
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) updated their vaccine priority guidance and has authorized local health departments to begin vaccinating the following groups starting Monday, January 11:

• People age 65 years or older

• Frontline, essential workers with frequent or ongoing exposure as a part of their work. This includes some, but not all essential workers previously designated in 1B. First responders, police officers, jail and prison staff, pre-K-12 teachers and childcare providers are included.

A complete list of essential workers eligible can be found at 19_Vaccination_Prioritization_Guidance_710349_7.pdf

Required registration for these mass vaccination clinics will begin Monday afternoon, January 11th. Online signup information will be at PLEASE NOTE: this information will not be available until January 11th afternoon. Please do not call or email if you can go online. There will be no walk-in vaccinations available and an appointment is REQUIRED. If you do not have internet access, you can call us at 1-989-358-7936. Scheduling will be limited and we will be working hard to organize more clinics quickly as vaccine supplies continue. Future sites will be planned over our jurisdiction to ensure improved access for all residents. Second dose is reserved when you receive your first, and must be administered about 21 days later.

Clinics dates are:

• January 14th, from 1 PM – 7 PM at the DHD4 Alpena Office (Second Floor)

• January 19th, from 1 PM – 7 PM at the Cheboygan Knights of Columbus Hall

• January 20th, from 1 PM – 7 PM at the Eagles Club, Atlanta, MI

• January 22nd, from 1 PM – 7 PM in Presque Isle Co. site TBD

• January 23rd, from 9 AM – 4 PM at Alpena Community College

Please note: In Northeast Michigan, this represents thousands of newly eligible individuals. Vaccine availability still depends on both vaccine supply and staffing capacity. DHD4 thanks you for your patience as we plan through all of the complexities of changing guidance and limited vaccine allocations. We cannot vaccinate everyone eligible immediately.

DHD4 will continue to notify the public of additional clinic dates and vaccine availability via press release, social media, and our website on Michigan residents seeking more information about the COVID-19 vaccine can visit

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