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Negaunee nonprofits

NEGAUNEE — Two nonprofit organizations in Negaunee have been named recipients of a grant program sponsored by the city of Negaunee in partnership with WPPI Energy. Negaunee City Manager Nate Heffron said the Negaunee Little League was awarded $500 and the Vista Theater received $1,000 from ...

Land conservancies protect areas across state

LANSING — Thousands of acres of endless trees and undisturbed waters belong to one of Michigan’s best-kept secrets. The 26 land conservancies spread out in every region of the state protect natural land from development and give residents an escape into nature. Conservancies acquire ...

Online academy approved

ISHPEMING — An internet-based academy is one of the goals that’s come to fruition as part of the strategic planning that’s been underway at Ishpeming Public Schools. The Ishpeming Board of Education on Monday approved Ishpeming’s online academy to allow home-schooled students to take ...

Expert discusses mitigating cyber risks

MARQUETTE — As National Cyber Security Awareness Month is observed this month in the U.S., the Economic Club of Marquette County hosted international attorney and strategic consultant Sean Kanuck during its monthly gathering Monday night to discuss the timely subject of mitigating cyber risks ...

Strong arms to success

ISHPEMING — Students at Aspen Ridge Middle School are getting strong-armed into learning about robotics, but in a good way. The new FIRST Tech Challenge team from the school is named the Robotic Strong ARMS, with ARMS being the acronym for the school. FIRST — For Inspiration and ...

Recording attracts lovestruck birds to woods

LANSING — While Michigan’s efforts to restore a popular but endangered songbird succeeded by doubling its goal, nearby Wisconsin is experimenting with a new way of increasing its population. Every day, the love song of a Kirtland’s warbler calls throughout the Bayfield County Forest in ...

State Supreme Court race has 6 candidates for 2 seats on November ballot

LIVONIA — Megan Cavanagh recalls her father casually holding court at the family dinner table, even if he wasn’t wearing his robe as a Michigan Supreme Court justice. “He would sit and listen to other peoples’ opinions and be the arbiter. He always tried to put himself in the shoes of ...

Study: Without Medicaid expansion, poor forgo medical care

WASHINGTON — Low-income people in states that haven’t expanded Medicaid are much more likely to forgo needed medical care than the poor in other states, according to a government report due out Monday amid election debates from Georgia to Utah over coverage for the needy. The nonpartisan ...

Fire safety events held in Marquette County

MARQUETTE — A group of preschoolers at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Marquette covered their ears as a fire alarm shrieked. Smiling, one little boy exclaimed, “Wow, that’s loud.” “Do you think it would be loud enough to wake you up if you were sleeping?” a city of Marquette ...

PFAS discussed at roundtable event

By CHRISTIE BLECK Journal Staff Writer MARQUETTE — PFAS is an acronym that’s been a concern lately among state officials, and it was the subject of a roundtable discussion Saturday at the Marquette Fire Station along Third Street. Michigan Fire Marshal Kevin Sehlmeyer has sought the ...

Negaunee City Council rescinds 2017 property sale

NEGAUNEE — The Negaunee City Council rescinded last year’s sale of a city-owned parcel at 550 Pioneer Ave. during its regular meeting on Thursday. During a special meeting in October 2017, the council voted unanimously to sell an 8,000-square-foot lot near the city’s water tower to ...

GOD’S COUNTRY

IRON MOUNTAIN — The Upper Peninsula earned the top spot when USA Today announced its 10 Best Destinations for Fall Foliage. “Our 384 miles of forests from Drummond Island to Ironwood will take your breath away,” said Tom Nemacheck, executive director of the Upper Peninsula Travel and ...

Air Force presents results of PFAS investigation

K.I. SAWYER — The Air Force Civil Engineer Center provided a briefing of its investigation into the presence of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS, at the former K.I. Sawyer Air Force Base Wednesday at the annual meeting of the Restoration Advisory Board. Attending were board ...

Kids meet music

MARQUETTE — The sound of music could be heard in every corner of the Upper Peninsula Children’s Museum Tuesday evening as members of the local music scene introduced children to the sweet sounds of a symphony. Local youth and members of the Marquette Symphony Orchestra, Marquette Senior ...

USW ratifies new contract

MARQUETTE — The United Steelworkers ratified a new 4-year labor contract with Cleveland-Cliffs Inc. Thursday evening. According to a USW press release, union members at all four of Cliffs facilities voted overwhelmingly this week to approve the pact. The new contract is retroactively ...

Fire razes resort Blaney Park building

MARQUETTE — The historic Blaney Lodge, located along M-77 near the U.S. 2 junction in Schoolcraft County, is considered a complete loss after a major fire occurred around 3 p.m. Thursday, officials said. Firefighters and responders were on the scene for 11 to 12 hours putting out the ...

Panel OKs T-Mobile agreement

NEGAUNEE — T-Mobile has been given the go-ahead to put wireless transmission equipment on the Negaunee Water Tower. In a 4-to-2 vote on Thursday, the Negaunee City Council gave approval for the mayor to sign a modified agreement with the wireless company that would net the city $1,900 per ...

Guilty plea in statue vandalism case

MARQUETTE — The man who was arrested Sept. 20 in connection to the latest incident of damage to the Phil Niemisto statue has pleaded guilty to one count of malicious destruction of property less than $200 in the 96th District Court. The charge against James Vermeulen, 22, of Marquette, ...

Arraignment in embezzlement case

MARQUETTE — Nicole Kessel King, 24, of Negaunee, was arraigned upon 13 felony charges in the 96th District Court Thursday in connection to her alleged embezzlement from the Facial Surgery Institute, located along Lincoln Avenue in Marquette. King had been arrested Sept. 20 on one count of ...

Upper Peninsula Emergency Medical Services Conference running through weekend

MARQUETTE — Michigan’s largest annual emergency medical technician conference is underway, with the Upper Peninsula Emergency Medical Services Conference kicking off Thursday at Northern Michigan University’s University Center and lasting through Sunday, organizers said. The conference ...