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Debate ensues on retire-rehire

MARQUETTE — Although no formal action was taken on whether or how to proceed, the Marquette County Board at its regular meeting Tuesday had a robust discussion regarding the now defunct retire-rehire program. The controversial program — which allowed eligible county employees to retire ...

Suggitt to undergo competency evaluation

MARQUETTE — Proceedings for Amber Rae Suggitt — who is charged with eight felonies following an alleged domestic assault on Feb. 28 — have been postponed indefinitely pending a competency evaluation, according to 96th District Court records. Suggitt, 32, of Marquette, was scheduled to ...

Township seeks grants for underpass

MARQUETTE — In an effort to reduce its financial contributions to as little as possible, Marquette Township is seeking state and federal grant funding for the proposed $1.5 million project to build an underpass beneath U.S. 41, and plans to establish a fundraising campaign to cover local ...

Michigan: Groups sue to block state funds for private schools

DELTA TOWNSHIP, Mich.— Public school advocates sued the state of Michigan on Tuesday in an effort to stop it from spending public money to help private schools cover the cost of complying with state requirements such as safety drills. The lawsuit, which was filed in the Court of Claims, ...

TINY HOUSE

By RYAN JARVI Journal Staff Writer MARQUETTE — Students at Marquette Area Public Schools are building a tiny house as part of their career technical education class, a project teachers hope will prepare them with valuable life skills. CTE teacher Nathan McFarren said he expects the ...

Police release video of high-speed chase, crash

MARQUETTE — A high-speed chase early Saturday morning resulted in an alleged drunken driver crashing into a tree. Dash-cam video of the incident was released today by the Marquette County Sheriff’s Office. According to a press release from the department, just after 1 a.m. Saturday, a ...

Township discusses Lost Creek PILT

MARQUETTE — Marquette Township officials say since the tax-exempt Lost Creek housing development was completed nearly 20 years ago, it has not been in compliance with a township ordinance governing tenant income levels, and that local taxing authorities should have been collecting thousands ...

Fewer Michigan parents seek vaccination waivers

LANSING — The percentage of Michigan parents opting out of vaccinating their children has continued to drop since the state changed its waiver rules, Health and Human Services Director Nick Lyon said. “We’ve changed the way the waivers worked for parents to basically ask for an ...

Police investigate laundromat break-in

GWINN — A large amount of cash and hundreds of dollars in quarters were taken during a break-and-entering incident early Sunday morning at a Gwinn laundromat, police said. The Forsyth Township Police Department is investigating the break-in, which occurred at the Ultra Clean Laundry, ...

Econ Club hosts U-M president

MARQUETTE — The University of Michigan is putting a big emphasis on research, which its president, Dr. Mark Schlissel, discussed at Monday’s speech before the Economic Club of Marquette County. During his visit to Marquette, Schlissel visited several spots, including Northern Michigan ...

Ishpeming council to reconsider senior housing development

ISHPEMING — The Ishpeming City Council will hold a special meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the city hall conference room to consider a senior housing project proposed by Community Action Alger-Marquette at the former Bell Hospital site along South Fourth Street. The council will reconsider ...

ACA repeal in Michigan detailed

LANSING — About 2.5 million Michiganders could lose health care coverage under the Republican-proposed replacement for the Affordable Care Act, according to the Michigan League for Public Policy. The study comes on the heels of a Congressional Budget Office projection that the recently ...

Highland Copper resumes exploratory drilling at Porkies

ONTONAGON — Highland Copper crews were scheduled to begin exploratory copper drilling Wednesday on Gogebic County land within the right-of-way of County Road 519, at Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park. On Feb. 10, the Gogebic County Road Commission issued a permit to allow nine ...

Big box stores gird for battle with Wisconsin cities

MADISON, Wis. — A battle pitting big-box retail giants including Menards and Wal-Mart against Wisconsin towns and cities is headed to the Legislature. Republican-backed proposals, written in conjunction with the League of Wisconsin Municipalities, are designed to close the so-called dark ...

Jury selection to begin in Penn State ex-president’s trial

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Jury selection begins today in the trial of Penn State’s former president on charges that he put children at risk by mishandling child sex abuse complaints about retired assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky. Graham Spanier arrived at a Harrisburg courthouse on Monday ...

POW WOW PRIDE

At left, Miss Keweenaw Bay Hanna Harvala dances counterclockwise around the drum circle, which is described as “the heartbeat of Mother Earth,” during Northern Michigan University's “Learning to Walk Together” Traditional Pow Wow Saturday afternoon at Vandament Arena. At top, right, ...

City OKs first Trails Master Plan

MARQUETTE — Perspectives clashed at a recent city commission meeting over how off-road vehicles should play into the city’s new Trails Master Plan ahead of a public survey. The Marquette City Commission approved the plan 4-3 Monday after Commissioner Mike Conley amended some of the ...

A tough sell in Michigan

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — The debate over publicizing A-to-F grades for every public school in Michigan is not entirely over, despite a surprise decision by top education officials to back away from the proposed system that proponents say has worked elsewhere. State ...