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Local officials react to $9B in potential education cuts

By RYAN JARVI Journal Staff Writer MARQUETTE — President Donald Trump’s first budget proposal aims to cut federal education spending by $9 billion by reducing K-12 funding for professional development and after-school and summer programs, as well as decreasing financial assistance ...

MTU student dies while camping

ISHPEMING — Police say a 19-year-old Marquette County man died early this morning of suspected hypothermia while camping in the remote Rocking Chair Lakes area, about 17 miles north of Ishpeming. Marquette County Sheriff Greg Zyburt said the man was one of six 19 to 20-year-old Michigan ...

College student dies of suspected hypothermia while camping

ISHPEMING - Police say a 19-year-old Marquette County man died early this morning of suspected hypothermia while camping in the remote Rocking Chair Lakes area, about 17 miles north of Ishpeming. Marquette County Sheriff Greg Zyburt said the man was one of six 19 to 20-year-old Michigan ...

March for Change

MARQUETTE - More than 300 people turned out Saturday to participate in the fourth annual Marquette Climate March, which organizers said was meant to celebrate local energy developments and climate adaptation efforts, as well as demonstrate support for better climate change policies on a ...

Beyond ‘fake news:’ Facebook fights ‘information operations’

By BARBARA ORTUTAY AP Technology Writer NEW YORK — Facebook is acknowledging that governments or other malicious non-state actors are using its social network to influence political sentiment in ways that could affect national elections. It’s a long way from CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s ...

Jacobetti home honors volunteers

MARQUETTE — Recognizing April as National Volunteer Month, the D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans in Marquette recently held a banquet to honor the home’s volunteers, who provided nearly 11,000 hours of service in 2016. “Our volunteers’ presence, compassion and human touch is an ...

Teal Lake repeal?

NEGAUNEE — Teal Lake and gas-powered engines could be a good combination — or the concept might be like mixing oil and water. The Negaunee City Council is hoping to get input from residents at a public hearing during its regular meeting at 7 p.m. on Thursday on the repeal of two ...

Guard personnel, Porkies friends group leader recognized for community service

CHAMPION — Michigan Army National Guard members from the 107th Engineer Battalion in Ishpeming and Sally Berman, current president of the Friends of the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park, were Upper Peninsula recipients honored in East Lansing recently with Michigan Recreation and ...

Speed limit hikes

LANSING — In accordance with new state law, the Michigan Department of Transportation and Michigan State Police have identified 900 miles of non-freeway state highways for speed limit increases to 65 mph, and 600 miles of freeway for speed limit increases to 75 mph. Select freeway routes will ...

Event to focus on local gains, global challenges

MARQUETTE — Taken on a global scale, the climate outlook may look bleak based on some scientific observations like ocean acidification, rising sea levels, extreme weather events, and food and water insecurity. But even small victories can reverberate in a community like Marquette, where ...

BLP making ‘green’ strides

MARQUETTE — The Marquette Board of Light and Power will mark two significant energy developments this summer that seem to promise — not only greater reliability and energy independence — but a more environmentally friendly way to keep the lights on. BLP Assistant Director David Lynch ...

Feed a Neighbor collection Saturday

ISHPEMING — Bright pink labels have been attached to 7,000 bags. Volunteers have distributed them door to door. Now, all that’s left is for Ishpeming, Negaunee and Republic area residents is to fill those bags and leave them curbside for collection Saturday morning. Instructions on the ...

When policy meets pleasure

MARQUETTE — The Marquette City Commission unanimously approved a non-exclusive lease to Superior Kayaking Co. to use beach and parking space at Presque Isle Park after a second reading of the terms at Monday’s regular meeting. The lease is for use of a small area for parking and kayak ...

September jury trial for Blemke

MARQUETTE — Derek Blemke, accused of fatally stabbing a 21-year-old Marquette man in June, is slated to undergo a criminal jury trial beginning Sept. 11 in the Marquette County Circuit Court. Blemke, 25, of Ishpeming, was charged with open murder in connection to the fatal June 24 stabbing ...

Gutzman trial slated for October

MARQUETTE — A jury trial for Darrell Wayne Gutzman has been set to begin on Oct. 9 in the Marquette County Circuit Court. Gutzman, 51, is charged with one count homicide, open murder, in connection to the Dec. 15 fatal stabbing of his girlfriend, Robbin Lampinen, 53, at a K.I. Sawyer ...

Jennings to deliver NMU graduation keynote speech

MARQUETTE — Jason Jennings, bestselling author and internationally recognized authority on leadership, growth and innovation, will be the keynote speaker at Northern Michigan University’s commencement on May 6. The Negaunee native will also receive an honorary doctor of business degree. ...

3 arrested for property damage

MARQUETTE — Three Marquette men have been arrested in connection to a recent string of property damage reports, reportedly caused by a pneumatic gun. The men, ages 19 to 20, were each taken into custody on three-count felony warrants — one count malicious destruction of personal property ...

Cliffs Natural Resources posts $30 million loss in first quarter 2017

CLEVELAND — Cliffs Natural Resources Inc. today reported a first-quarter net loss of $30 million for the period ending March 31. Overall, Cliffs reported consolidated revenues of $462 million, an increase of 51 percent compared to the prior year’s first-quarter revenues of $306 million, ...

SHF hosts Spring Awards Celebration

MARQUETTE — The Superior Health Foundation awarded more than $83,300 in health-centered grant funding at its Spring Awards Celebration on Wednesday evening at the Holiday Inn in Marquette. The awards celebration was sponsored by 44North. The Superior Health Foundation awarded $83,381.74 ...