Front Page News

Crafted in love

MARQUETTE— Have you mastered the art of love? The Heart & Hops Pop-Up Art Show gave romantics across Marquette the opportunity to get those last-minute Valentine’s Day gifts at the Ore Dock Brewing Co. Wednesday evening. Madeline Goodman, owner and operator of Madgoodies Studios in ...

Options for historic pier considered

MARQUETTE — The Marquette City Commission was joined by representatives from GEI Consultants and city staff during a work session Wednesday to discuss a conceptual redevelopment plan of the aged wooden pier near the historic Lower Harbor ore dock at Founders Landing, which is anticipated to ...

Council OKs Park Street lift station contingency

ISHPEMING — The Ishpeming City Council took steps to avert a potential wastewater emergency at its Park Street lift station during a special meeting Tuesday. The council approved a motion to use A. Lindberg & Sons as an emergency backup, after Department of Public Works Director Carl ...

Nessel asked to review how wage, sick day laws were gutted

LANSING — Democratic Attorney General Dana Nessel was asked Wednesday to review the constitutionality of Michigan Republicans’ unprecedented maneuver to significantly scale back minimum wage increases and paid sick leave requirements, which are due to take effect in six weeks. To prevent ...

DIGGING OUT

MARQUETTE — Snow and precipitation records were broken during the snowstorm that hit the region Tuesday night and into this morning. The National Weather Service in Negaunee Township reported a record 16.5 inches of snow fell in the local area, breaking the 1965 record of 13.5 ...

Whitmer says roads, education in crisis; touts tuition plan

LANSING — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Tuesday identified two major crises facing Michigan — aging infrastructure and a lagging education system — while promising to soon propose a “real solution” to fix the roads and touting a tuition-free plan that would help high school graduates ...

Panel schedules public hearing about retail marijuana establishments

MARQUETTE — After hearing from several area residents Monday night, the Marquette City Commission scheduled a public hearing for Feb. 25 regarding whether to adopt an ordinance prohibiting recreational marijuana establishments in city limits. The move was passed by a 5-2 vote, with Mayor ...

Snow daze

MARQUETTE — The succession of recent weather events involving the polar vortex, ice storm and blizzard have made going to school a challenge in Marquette County. For example, Marquette Area Public Schools Superintendent Bill Saunders said Friday marked the seventh snow day of the 2018-19 ...

Westwood Mall sold to developers

MARQUETTE — The Westwood Mall property in Marquette Township has been sold. Marquette Township Planning and Zoning Administrator Jason McCarthy confirmed that the majority of the 30-acre property previously owned by EBL&S Property Management was sold to two different developers. An ...

Panel OKs land development code project

MARQUETTE — Marquette property owners will be able to legally possess chickens, rabbits and bees in city limits by the end of the month. The Marquette City Commission unanimously approved a new Land Development Code Monday, which incorporates contemporary zoning, sign and fence ordinances, ...

Board weighs in on casino project issues

MARQUETTE — Chocolay Township residents who live adjacent to new sewer infrastructure being constructed to benefit the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community’s Ojibwa Casino expansion will not be required to connect to it. The Chocolay Township Board unanimously approved the second reading of an ...

Whitmer to focus on magnitude of road problem in speech

LANSING — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Monday she will discuss the magnitude of Michigan’s problem with poor roads and bridges in her first State of the State address, appealing to the public to give feedback on the costs of pothole-ridden infrastructure. The Democrat, who made fixing ...

Looking to the future

MARQUETTE — Many who live in the Great Lakes region see the lakes as not only a source of pride and beauty but as a fundamental part of the area’s ecosystem and economic prosperity worthy of careful consideration and protection. To limit the impact of extreme weather events and flooding ...

One last hurrah

MARQUETTE — The Northern Michigan University women’s basketball team won the opening tip in its game versus visiting Northwood University at the Berry Events Center on Saturday afternoon. It wasn’t just any regular tipoff, though, it was one that teammate Taylor Hodell won back to Chloe ...

Keeping hydrants clear of snow

ISHPEMING — “Out of sight, out of mind.” The seemingly innocuous adage can have dire consequences if the subject is fire hydrants. In fact, as one winter storm seems to pile onto another, many fire hydrants are truly “out of sight,” which in case of fire emergency can result in ...

Task force releases draft alternatives analysis

GAY — The Buffalo Reef Task Force has released a Draft Preliminary Alternatives Analysis for protecting important reef fish spawning habitat from copper mine tailings — stamp sands — dumped into Lake Superior at Gay 100 years ago. Shifts in the stamp sands deposit over the years are ...

WINTER WONDERLAND

Pictured are snowshoes provided for guests during the West End Winter Wonderland event at the Wawonowin Country Club in Champion Saturday afternoon. This was the third annual Winter Wonderland hosted by the Greater Ishpeming-Negaunee Area Chamber of Commerce. Attendees could ski, snowshoe or ...

A second chance

MARQUETTE — The National Institute of Justice reports that roughly two-thirds of released prisoners throughout the country were rearrested within three years of release. According to a press release issued last year, Michigan’s recidivism rate dropped to 28.1 percent in 2017, placing ...

Commission to consider banning marijuana establishments in Marquette

By JAYMIE DEPEW Journal Staff Writer MARQUETTE — The Marquette City Commission will determine Monday whether or not to schedule a public hearing for Feb. 25 to adopt an ordinance prohibiting recreational marijuana establishments in city limits. Michigan became the first state in the ...

Excelling in the line of duty

MARQUETTE — Multiple Michigan State Police troopers from the Upper Peninsula were recognized for their service Wednesday in Lansing. They were honored with the Cpl. Samuel A. Mapes Criminal Patrol and Investigation Award, which recognizes the “top 5 percent of troopers in each district for ...