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Combined classroom at Sawyer discussed

GWINN — The possibility of a combined fourth/fifth grade classroom at Sawyer Elementary School is just in the discussion stages. However, that possibility is of concern to some staff at Gwinn Area Community Schools, whose school board talked about the matter at its Wednesday meeting at the ...

Repairs underway on Phil Niemisto statue

MARQUETTE — The statue of the late Phil Niemisto, located in his namesake pocket park along West Washington Street in downtown Marquette, is getting spruced up. The improvements, however, were born out of necessity following vandalism that took place earlier this year when the statue’s ...

Skywarn storm spotter training held

MARQUETTE — Weather enthusiasts gathered for Skywarn storm spotter training in the Peter White Public Library’s Shiras Room Wednesday evening. Matt Zika, warning coordination meteorologist at the National Weather Service station in Negaunee Township, gave a presentation at the Marquette ...

The Miracle of Flight

MARQUETTE — Raptors were the focus of a presentation put on Tuesday by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources at Northern Michigan University, as part of the DNR’s Wildlife Through Forestry series. Presenters from the Chocolay Raptor Center and the DNR shared their knowledge about ...

AAUW holding book sale

MARQUETTE — Have an interest in pets? Gardening? The former Soviet Russia? It’s a good bet you’ll find a book that intrigues you at the upcoming American Association of University Women book sale. The sale will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to noon ...

Michigan’s 2018 candidate filing deadline nears

LANSING — Michigan's 2018 elections came into clearer focus Tuesday, the deadline for candidates to file for top offices such as governor, Congress and the Legislature. Next is a 3 1/2-month slog to the August primary, followed by the general election in November. For Democrats, 2018 is ...

CTE takes center stage at NMU’s Jacobetti Complex

MARQUETTE — High school students from across the Upper Peninsula will gather at Northern Michigan University’s Jacobetti Complex Friday in a celebration of Career and Technical Education during the 2018 Upper Peninsula CTE Skills Challenge. NMU will host four student competitions ...

UPHS-Marquette earns ‘A’ rating from Leapfrog

MARQUETTE — The Leapfrog Group, a Washington D.C.-based organization aiming to improve health care quality and safety for patients, released its new Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade report today. After receiving grades on the lower end of the scale for several years, UP Health System-Marquette ...

David Vernier sentenced to prison for bankruptcy fraud

MARQUETTE — The father of a woman convicted of conspiracy to commit bank fraud in relation to a $145 million circular check-kiting scheme was sentenced Monday for committing bankruptcy fraud, over a year after his daughter began her 18-month sentence in federal prison. David Louis Vernier, ...

Marquette school board OKs steam system upgrades

MARQUETTE — The Marquette Area Public Schools Board of Education on Monday unanimously approved spending $174,405 for steam system upgrades at Marquette Senior High School. Dressler Mechanical Inc., based in Marquette, will be in charge of the project, which will begin this summer after the ...

Zonta awards 2018 grants

MARQUETTE — The Zonta Club of the Marquette Area presented grants to a number of local agencies at its annual grant luncheon Monday, which was held at the Women’s Federated Clubhouse in Marquette. Each year, the club fundraises through the annual Koeze Nut sale and the Zonta Nailed It ...

Kids’ good HEALTH

MARQUETTE — The YMCA of Marquette County hosted Healthy Kids Day Saturday, drawing local families and children to learn about healthy living. “The goal is basically to teach the kids in our community healthy lifestyle choices and healthy decisions that are going to improve their overall ...

High lake levels to continue through summer

MARQUETTE — Lake Superior’s water levels are currently above average and may even reach record highs during the summer, according to a presentation held April 16 by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Michigan Sea Grant at the Marquette Township Community Room. Lake Superior water levels ...

Official: Killing cormorants is once again legal

LANSING — Culling season is coming quickly for a controversial Great Lakes waterfowl after it received a one-year reprieve. Control of the double-crested cormorant will return this spring when the bird returns from wintering along the Pacific, Atlantic or Gulf coasts, according to federal ...

Earth week

MARQUETTE — Northern Michigan University celebrated Anderton’s Earth Week April Monday through Friday. The event was created by NMU’s Earth, Environmental and Geographical Sciences Department to honor the well-loved late professor John Anderton. “This is the fourth year. They ...

Area poets displaying work at PWPL

MARQUETTE — Poetry is often full of metaphors and phrases that elicit images of many kinds. Pairing poems with technology that involves QR codes, though, is not an everyday occurrence. However, it is a common theme through the end of the month in the Huron Mountain Club Gallery on the ...

County board seeks support for SB 860

By CECILIA BROWN Journal Staff Writer MARQUETTE — At the Tuesday meeting of the Marquette County Board of Commissioners, Chairman Gerald Corkin announced the board sent letters to state senators and representatives April 13, asking for their support of Senate Bill 860, proposed budget ...

Rotary clubs facilitate grant to pay for Lions Field equipment

MARQUETTE — Children in Marquette Township will have new playground equipment at the Lions Field Recreation Area thanks to a $5,350 grant from Marquette area rotary clubs and the Rotary Foundation. Representatives from the Rotary Club of Marquette and the Marquette Breakfast Rotary ...