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Winter’s Return

Joaquin Hernandez, who recently moved to Marquette from Houston, Texas, shovels his driveway Saturday afternoon, after a storm left Marquette blanketed with 8 inches of snow. (Journal photo by Rachel Oakley)

Boaters oppose city’s marina plan

MARQUETTE — Local boaters are bringing to a public hearing Monday demands for greater transparency and fairness surrounding plans to downsize the Presque Isle Marina and raise rates for boat slips, while city staff say the measures are financially responsible and necessary. Passed in ...

Police-Community forum scheduled for Monday

MARQUETTE — In an effort to foster strong relationships between citizens and law enforcement officers, Northern Michigan University is hosting a Police-Community Relations forum from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday in room 122 of the Jacobetti Complex. The public forum, presented by the Michigan ...

What do you like to read?

MARQUETTE — With a goal of improving its news product, The Mining Journal is asking readers to complete a brief survey inserted in today’s paper. “We really need input from our readers to make sure we’re giving them the information they need from their daily newspaper,” said ...

GOP bill revamps health care law

By ALAN FRAM Associated Press WASHINGTON — A draft Republican bill replacing President Barack Obama’s health care law would end its Medicaid expansion, scrap fines on people not buying insurance and eliminate taxes on the medical industry and higher earners. Instead, it would create ...

Gorsuch sympathizes with workers, often sides with bosses

By DENISE LAVOIE and MICHAEL TARM Associated Press The case tugs at the heartstrings: A popular Kansas State University professor battles breast cancer, then leukemia. The school won’t extend her six-month sick leave, she loses her job and she cannot get rehired. She sues for ...

U.P. poet laureate announced

MARQUETTE — The Upper Peninsula has elected its third poet laureate. Marty Achatz, who will keep the title through 2018, was awarded the distinction this week, after a voting process begun in December. The Ishpeming native, a contingent professor of writing and film at Northern ...

Unlike colleagues, congressman embraces town halls

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press BATTLE CREEK, Mich. — A Michigan congressman is embracing the town halls that many of his Republican counterparts have avoided as people lash out at President Donald Trump’s early actions and the planned repeal of the federal health care law. “It’s ...

Rivals

A larger-than-normal crowd packed the Berry Events Center Friday night as the Northern Michigan University men’s hockey team faced off against rival Michigan Tech University. To read more about the game, see page 1B of today’s Mining Journal. (Journal photo by Jess Makela)

Report disputes threat from banned nations

By VIVIAN SALAMA and ALICIA A. CALDWELL Associated Press WASHINGTON — Analysts at the Homeland Security Department’s intelligence arm found insufficient evidence that citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries included in President Donald Trump’s travel ban pose a terror threat to ...

Driver killed in Cornell crash

CORNELL TOWNSHIP — A Cornell woman involved in a one-vehicle rollover accident in Cornell Township was killed Thursday, according to the Delta County Sheriff’s Department. Deputies responded to the accident on County Road 416 in Cornell Township at about 8 a.m. Thursday. According to ...

Changes to constitution?

LANSING (AP) — A new group aims to get support for a constitutional amendment that would change how Michigan draws legislative and congressional district lines. The nonpartisan Voters Not Politicians group wants to amend the constitution to change the redistricting process and create an ...

Jeep buried for 40 years dug out

TRURO, Mass. (AP) — A Jeep buried in sand in Massachusetts 40 years ago has finally been dug out. Work crews early Friday pulled out the rusted remnants of what John Munsnuff says was once his family's "beach buggy" at the home they've long owned near Ballston Beach in Cape Cod. The Jeep ...

Baraga shrine a boon to tourism

L’ANSE — On a hill overlooking U.S. 41, between L’Anse and Baraga is the towering statue of a man who could become a saint. Frederic Baraga, Michigan’s famous “Snowshoe Priest,” traveled the Great Lakes region in the 1800s spreading the Gospel. He later became the first bishop of ...

Police: Fire in abandoned Ishpeming home is arson

ISHPEMING — A structure fire at 600 N. First St., handled Sunday by the Ishpeming City Police and Fire Department, has been classified as an arson, investigators have determined. Two juvenile suspects have been identified and interviewed. Their names will not be released. The fire started ...

NMU makes ‘10 worst’ list for freedom of speech

MARQUETTE — A former Northern Michigan University policy remains under fire from the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education. FIRE determined NMU to be among the top 10 worst colleges for free speech in 2017 in response to a mental health policy that threatens disciplinary action for ...

Minor injury cited in M-28 crash in Chocolay

HARVEY — The Marquette County Sheriff’s Office responded to the report of a one-car minor-injury crash that occurred on M-28 near Shot Point in Chocolay Township at 7:30 a.m. Thursday. The driver, Morgan Sontag, was driving a 2007 Ford Escape east on M-28 when, according to witnesses, the ...

Cheerleaders apologize for Trail of Tears reference

BARAGA (AP) — Cheerleaders at an Upper Peninsula school have apologized to Indian tribes for an offensive poster that was displayed at a basketball game. The sign said, “Hey Speedboys, Get Ready to leave in A Trail of Tears!! Round 2.” Trail of Tears is known as a historical reference ...

Mild weather halts copper drilling at Porcupine Mtns.

SILVER CITY (AP) — A company that is conducting exploratory drilling for copper at Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park has interrupted the search because of mild weather. Highland Copper received a permit from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources to do the work — but only on ...

Sugarloaf improvement

MARQUETTE — The Marquette County Board on Tuesday agreed to support the Planning Division’s effort to obtain a Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund grant to improve the Sugarloaf Mountain Natural Area. “The goal is to promote recreation for the general public,” said Vice Chair Joe ...