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Mary (Allwin) Tuisku is a lifelong resident of the Keweenaw. After being recruited to become a member of the Hancock Recreation Commission in the early 1980s, her involvement in public service led to her election to the Hancock City Council in 1982. In 1990, she became the first female Mayor of Hancock and held that position for five years. She continues to serve on the city council and has held numerous local, state and national positions.
She has been married to Dick (Storm) Tuisku for thirty seven years; and they are the proud parents of three awesome, grown children and three wonderful grandsons.
Mary is a card carrying member of Amnesty International, ACLU, Southern Poverty Law Center, Copper Country Humane Society, ASPCA, Humane Society of the
U. S. and numerous other human and animal rights organizations. She has done humanitarian work in Mexico and in the USA. In her spare time,
Mary enjoys traveling, sports, reading, music, theater, photography, animals, horseback riding, family and friends. Her philosophy of life is
"Do unto others as you would have them do unto you."
Mary Tuisku, Hancock City Councilwoman, says the Michigan Department of Natural
Resources, lacking sufficient funds for enforcement, should re-designate the
all-season west Hancock recreational trail as non-motorized, with the exception
of snowmobiles in winter. The City of Hancock, she notes, should follow the
example of pedestrian friendly Houghton, where walkers, joggers, runners, bicyclists, skaters and wheel chair users
can use the snowmobile trail in other seasons without the fear of possibly being hit by a speeding
Off-Road Vehicle (ORV) or motorcycle.
Tuisku notes neighborhood residents are being plagued by noisy, speeding ORV
users who lack respect for the law. more
Residents of the City of Hancock
-- Hancock City Councilwoman Mary Tuisku tells Hancock residents she has decided
to stay on the council and "continue to fight the good fight" to make
Hancock a better place to live. After stating her intended resignation at the
Dec. 17, 2003, City Council meeting, Tuisku announced on Jan. 7, 2004, that she
received calls and emails of support from residents and community leaders asking
her to stay. more
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