Sheriff's Office receives new Patrol Boat

The Emmet County Sheriff's Office recently took ownership of a new Patrol Boat, which was approved for purchase by the Board of Commissioners in February 2015. The new boat replaces the current ribbed inflatable watercraft. "It will serve the citizens of Emmet County for years to come," noted Emmet County Sheriff Pete Wallin.

School safety: Sheriff Wallin reminds parents, kids and drivers to be extra cautious as kids head back-to-school


Summer days are waning away and the start of school is just around the corner. The Emmet County Sheriff’s Office encourages drivers to cut down distractions and concentrate on the road as kids of all ages get back to school. Children are often eager to get on and off the bus because they are excited to get to school and they are also excited to get home and tell their parents about their day. Sheriff Wallin offers some safety measures for both students – and motorists – to help ensure safety for everyone.

Motorists, remember:
Remember that children are unpredictable in their actions. Take extreme caution when traveling in a school zone.
If you live in an area where there are no sidewalks, drive cautiously. Be more alert to the possibility of children walking in the road.
Be more aware of children playing near school bus stops.
Take extra time to look for kids at intersections, on medians and on curbs.
Reduce any distractions inside your car so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings. 
Put down your phone – don’t talk or text while driving!
Never pass a school bus when there are flashing red lights.  This is a sign that children are getting off the bus – and it’s the law!

For tips on how to help your kids stay safe when traveling to and from school, and other ideas for students who ride buses, click here.

‘Emmet Underground: The Prohibition Era Up North’ is topic of next Essence of Emmet program Sept. 30; annual History Awards also presented


Event takes place 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015 at the Petoskey Fairgrounds; free, no reservations required

The Essence of Emmet historical collaborative will host another of its twice-yearly historical programs on a topic of local intrigue, on Wednesday, Sept. 30, at the Petoskey Fairgrounds.

“Emmet Underground: The Prohibition Era Up North” is the topic for this free program that is open to the public at the Community Building at the Fairgrounds. Time is 6 to 8 p.m. No reservations are required and refreshments will be served during an intermission. In addition to the program, the Second Annual Essence of Emmet History Awards will be presented to individuals, businesses and organizations in Emmet County who are doing great work preserving and promoting local history.

“Emmet Underground” program speakers will be Richard Wiles and Chris Struble. Prohibition-era refreshments will be served at an intermission as well. To learn more about the program, click here

Care Trak tracking device helps officers locate missing elderly man; Sheriff encourages other to register loved ones


On Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015, at approximately 7 a.m., the Emmet County Sheriff’s Office responded to a missing elderly male, age 82 years, who was reported missing from a residence in Bear Creek Township, according to Sheriff Pete Wallin. He was wearing a Care Trak tracking device, and was located safe and unhurt, in a vacant residence on US 131.

The Care Trak System was implemented earlier this year by the Emmet County Search and Rescue Team and the Emmet County Sheriff’s Office. The Care Trak System worked great and probably save a huge search and rescue operation, according to Sheriff Pete Wallin. The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Emmet County Search and Rescue Team.

Wallin said the Care Trak System offers peace of mind to caregivers of people who are at an increased risk of wandering away or becoming lost. The program allows caregivers for people with conditions such as dementia, autism or Down Syndrome to have their loved ones fitted with a watch-size transmitter. For more information on signing up for the program, call the Emmet County Sheriff’s Office at (231) 439-8900.


Signage is being installed in the park now that construction has begun, as of Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015.

Regular construction updates:

Construction of a new program facility, restrooms and observatory got under way on Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015, at the Headlands International Dark Sky Park. The construction project will require access restrictions in the park for Dark Sky Viewing and vehicle and pedestrian traffic. During the day time hours, large construction vehicles will be moving through the park regularly. Vehicle and pedestrian traffic is not allowed past marked barriers on the main entrance road, near the junction toward the Guest House.

NEW INFORMATION TO NOTE: The road to Headlands viewing area is closed to vehicle traffic each evening in order to ensure the safety of the pedestrians walking the one-mile route. This temporary inconvenience allows us to keep the park open, but it requires planning and a hearty good will for adventure! Handicap accessibility is by appointment only, at (231) 436-4051.You will need to park at the main entrance of the Headlands and walk to the shoreline viewing area.

Construction maps are posted throughout the property advising visitors where they can gather for Dark Sky Viewing. Trails for day use remain open, except where they may intersect with the construction site. Those wishing to view the night sky will need to park at the main entrance and walk in about one mile to access the Lake Michigan shoreline viewing area, a quiet cove with a both rocky and sandy shoreline. Parking is extremely limited at the access point to this newly designated viewing area, and large vehicles such as campers or trailers will not be able to turn around. Complete details about the construction project and photos to assist visitors to the park can be found on the Headlands web site,



IMAGINE magazine 2015

Emmet County's annual magazine, Imagine, is now available! This year's digital publication includes a number of enhanced features, including new videos and social media sharing capabilities on each article. A refreshed design complements the annual features that tell the stories of those who live, work, play and invest in Emmet County, Michigan.

To access the digital Imagine magazine, click here!

If you would like to request a copy of the print version to be mailed to you, at no charge, email Imagine's Editor Beth Anne Eckerle at or call (231) 348-1704. The cover features a photo of Wilderness State Park.

We hope you enjoy reading about the people, places, businesses and organizations that make Emmet County a place like no other!



'Essence of Emmet' history magazine Part II


Essence of Emmet PART I          
Essence of Emmet PART II

The second in a four-part historical series covering the history of Emmet County, called the "Essence of Emmet" magazine, is available!

Part II covers the "Century of Change" in Emmet County, from 1813 to 1917. During this timeframe, the way of life in Northwest Michigan underwent drastic changes, from a mostly Native American population to the arrival of the French and ultimately the British. It was the era that saw the railroads arrive and with them, abundant tourism. Marketing of Emmet County began, and some of our "firsts" arrived -- the first doctor, the first architect, and many others. It also was the era that had tremendous impact on the lives of our Odawa residents, who were faced with assimilation, treaties to remain on their lands and pressures to change the only way of life they'd ever known.

If you would like a complimentary copy of the Essence of Emmet, contact its editor, Beth Anne Eckerle, at, or call (231) 348-1704. The magazine series is produced by a collaborative of Emmet County historical organizations, with credentialed historians as writers and contributors.

Essence of Emmet editions: Part I was published in January 2014, covering pre-contact through 1812. Part III will publish in January 2016, covering 1918-1960; the final installment, Part IV, will be out in January 2017, covering 1961 through contemporary times.

Visitors' Guide showcases the best of Emmet County!


Take a look at Emmet County's highlights in our new mini visitors' guide, which will be available just after Jan. 1, 2015! In it, you'll enjoy the amenities and assets that make Emmet County the one of a kind place it is to work, live and play! And as you'll see and read through the pages, Quality of Life is Everything in Emmet County.

If you'd like a complimentary copy of the Emmet County Visitors' Guide, Imagine magazine, Essence of Emmet history magazine or other maps and brochures, contact Communications Director Beth Anne Eckerle at or by calling (231) 348-1704.

Imagine Magazine

Essence of Emmet history

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