Former Lake Superior State University President Tony McLain (left) takes a Japanese delegation from the city of Shiga on a whirlwind tour of Taffy Abel ice arena, home of Laker Hockey, as players hold practice on Sept. 29. Shooting from right are Sae Takeyama and her teacher Makoto Sekiguchi.
Fifteen students and three teachers from Shiga’s Ryuocho Junior High School stayed with local families until Oct. 2. McLain and his wife, Melissa, took the group on tours of the region’s cultural sights, including a day tip to Mackinac Island.
Shiga has been Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan’s sister city since Sept. 9, 1994. A junior-high contingent from Sault Area Public Schools will visit the city next fall.