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The greenhouse effect

By CHRISTIE BLECK Journal Staff Writer MARQUETTE — The weather finally might be getting warm enough to put plants in the ground without the fear of an overnight frost bringing their young green lives to a premature and withered end. So, since things are greening up in the region, many ...

Battling invasives

By CLAIRE MOORE Special to the Journal LANSING — How a sea lamprey responds to the threat of predators could be another key to keeping their population under control, according to researchers. Using a sharp-toothed, jawless sucker mouth, sea lampreys suck blood and bodily fluids from ...

Upper Peninsula Conservative Political Action Conference held in Marquette

By CECILIA BROWN Journal Staff Writer MARQUETTE — Attendees of Saturday’s Upper Peninsula Conservative Political Action Conference in Marquette had a chance to hear perspectives on many topics from speakers hailing from across the state, region and nation. The conference, which kicked ...

City moves forward with Presque Isle Marina project

By CECILIA BROWN Journal Staff Writer MARQUETTE — Construction of a new floating pier system for the Presque Isle Marina at the north end of Lakeshore Boulevard in Marquette is anticipated to begin this fall. The Marquette City Commission at its Monday meeting unanimously approved a ...

Grass roots

By CHRISTIE BLECK Journal Staff Writer MARQUETTE — Most homeowners mow their grass. The Superior Watershed Partnership wants to add grass. That’s native beach grass, though, and with long roots often reaching 4 to 6 feet deep, beach grass plays an important role in stabilizing coastal ...

Infrastructure, renewables popular topics at annual conference

By LISA BOWERS Journal Staff Writer MARQUETTE — Community leaders joined representatives from the energy industry to talk about everything from utility rates to gas and electric infrastructure during the day-long Upper Peninsula Energy Summit on Friday at Northern Michigan University’s ...

Council supports historical society’s request to restore 120-year-old wall

By LISA BOWERS Journal Staff Writer ISHPEMING — The Ishpeming Historical Society has the backing of the Ishpeming City Council to restore a historic landmark along Jasper Street. The Ishpeming City Council voted unanimously at a June 5 meeting to support the historical society’s ...

Coast Guard hosts change of command ceremony

By TRINITY CAREY Journal Staff Writer MARQUETTE — Chief Boatswain’s Mate Stephen Saflin was named the new chief warrant officer at the U.S. Coast Guard Station Marquette Friday morning at a change of command ceremony. With the new post, Saflin takes on command of the multi-mission ...

In the market

MARQUETTE — Fresh lettuce, microgreens, flowers, locally raised beef and other produce and artisanal goods can now all be purchased at the Wednesday evening Marquette Farmers Market in addition to the Saturday market. The evening market will run from 5 to 7 p.m. each Wednesday at the ...

Building owner, city discuss fate of damaged structure

NEGAUNEE — What should happen to the Kirkwood Building? Building owner Eric Miljour is hoping to rehabilitate at least a portion of the three-story structure after it partially collapsed on May 16. City officials, however, made it clear during a Negaunee City Council meeting Thursday that ...

Split Michigan House OKs plan to shift fuel taxes to roads

LANSING — Sales taxes collected at the gas pump would be shifted to road repairs under a budget plan approved Thursday by the Michigan House, where majority Republicans called it a first step in response to Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s call for higher fuel taxes to fix deteriorating ...

Democrats worry as Trump unleashes money on 2020 digital ads

WASHINGTON — While Democrats wage a wide-open primary, President Donald Trump is blanketing battleground states with online advertising that could help set the narrative heading into the 2020 campaign. The blitz of ads run recently in states including Michigan, Florida, Wisconsin and ...

Read me a story

MARQUETTE — The start of summer reading blasted off Saturday at the Peter White Public Library in Marquette. Local youth gathered for performances by comedian and magician Cameron Zvara and to register for “A Universe of Stories,” the PWPL summer reading program. Children up to age ...

Negaunee armed robbery suspect ID released

NEGAUNEE — Police have identified Patrick Earl Fisher as the suspect who was arrested in connection to the alleged armed robbery that took place at a pasty shop in Negaunee Tuesday. Fisher entered Irontown Pasties, located near the intersection of U.S. 41 and Teal Lake Avenue, around 9:48 ...

Negaunee Township hires manager

NEGAUNEE — A person who may be familiar to Negaunee Township residents has taken on a new role in municipal government. The township board recently hired Nick Leach, who formerly held the role of township zoning and planning administrator, to fill its newly created township manager ...

Patronicity campaigns to help refurbish vets memorial, Carp River Kiln

NEGAUNEE — The fundraising is done, and now Westwood High School junior Nick Mattson is ready to get to the important work of honoring Negaunee’s fallen veterans. Using a Patronicity website that’s supported by the Michigan Economic Development Corp., Mattson raised money for phase 1 ...

Gravel pit expansion request delayed

NEGAUNEE — After a heated public hearing Tuesday, the Negaunee Township Planning Commission delayed taking action on a request from Kona Ridge Mining LLC to expand operations at its gravel pit near the McClure Basin. After collecting feedback from dozens of residents and property owners ...

Arrest made in Negaunee armed robbery

NEGAUNEE — One man is in custody after a reported armed robbery at Irontown Pasties Tuesday evening, according to the Negaunee City Police Department. The man, whose name was not released, was arrested on unrelated charges, according to the department’s press release. Police said his ...