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Child poverty rate remains ‘stubbornly high’

MARQUETTE — While Marquette County was ranked 11th for overall child well-being among Michigan counties, there continues to be more children across the state living in poverty than in 2008, according to a study released today by the Michigan League for Public Policy. Between 2008 and 2015, ...

Cambensy running for state House

MARQUETTE — Marquette City Commissioner Sara Cambensy announced her candidacy for Michigan’s 109th District House of Representatives seat this morning ahead of the November 2018 election. The 109th District covers Alger, Schoolcraft, Luce and most of Marquette counties. Current 109th ...

After the storm: Downtown Ishpeming working to get back to business as usual

ISHPEMING — Soggy weather over the weekend added insult to injury for western Marquette County residents and businesses that are trying to get back to business as usual. Clean-up continues a week after winds in excess of 70 miles per hour ripped through Negaunee, Ishpeming and Republic on ...

Road-rage confrontation: Killer of ex-Saint faces sentencing

NEW ORLEANS — It was a road-rage confrontation that cost former New Orleans Saints star Will Smith his life. Now, more than a year later, the man who pumped eight bullets into Smith is about to learn his punishment. Cardell Hayes, 29, appeared to have caught something of a break at his ...

Deadly opioid abuse targeted in Michigan

LANSING — Mike Hirst is someone who knows the heartbreak of losing a loved one to a drug overdose. The Jackson man’s son, Andy Hirst, died of a heroin overdose in 2010. During the time his son battled addiction with prescription drugs and heroin, Hirst got numerous calls about his son ...

Fire consumes home in Ishpeming Township

MARQUETTE — No injuries were reported at a house fire this afternoon along Marquette County Road 510. Emergency crews responded to the fire call around 3:45 p.m. today at the home about 7 miles north of Midway Drive. Negaunee Township Fire Chief Jeff Kontio said the structure had fallen ...

NMU educator earns state award

ISHPEMING — A Northern Michigan University educator is one of three recipients of the 2017 Michigan Distinguished Professor of the Year award from the Michigan Association of Universities. NMU English professor Dr. David Wood, who has taught at the university since 2007, has been selected ...

Rep. Bergman to hold town hall events

MARQUETTE — U.S. Rep. Jack Bergman, R-Watersmeet, will hold two public town hall meetings this week in the 1st district, allowing constituents on both sides of the bridge a chance to ask questions of the freshman congressman. The first one will take place from 7-8 p.m. Wednesday at Bay de ...

Deadline nears to file for 2017 general elections

MARQUETTE — The deadline is approaching to file in the November 2017 election to run for open seats on the Marquette City Commission and the Marquette Board of Light and Power. These are the only local seats on the November ballot in Marquette County, according to the Marquette County ...

Hoppy HUNTING

Noah Williams, 3, of Ishpeming, left, takes a look at his toy-filled eggs during the second annual Marquette Citywide Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday morning outside of the Presque Isle Pavilion. (Journal photo by Jess Makela)

City takes steps to mitigate erosion

MARQUETTE — The city of Marquette is taking steps to mitigate pedestrian erosion at the popular Black Rocks at Presque Isle Park. Over the years, visitors to Black Rocks have taken a hilly shortcut to get to the rocky section of the shoreline on the other side. However, the foot traffic has ...

NEA, NEH eyed for elimination

Over several weeks, The Mining Journal will take an in-depth look at President Trump's proposed budget and how it could impact programs locally. Look for "breaking down the Budget" on Sundays. MARQUETTE — An expression of feeling, a reflection of self, a challenge to thought, a marker of ...

U.S. 41 underpass project progressing

MARQUETTE — Marquette Township officials recently submitted an application to the state seeking grant money for the construction of an underpass beneath U.S. 41 while also securing support from nearby property owners for the easements needed to move the project forward. The township met the ...

DARK SKY PARK

MARQUETTE — The proposed Dark Sky Park near the Presque Isle Pavilion still is up in the air — literally and figuratively speaking. The city of Marquette Presque Isle Park Advisory Committee has been mulling the topic for months, having been presented with a proposal for the park in 2016 ...

Crisis-response dogs ease people’s pain

MARQUETTE — Whatever troubles are going through a child’s mind, the soft touch of a responsive dog can do wonders. Julia Meier, of DeTour Village, and Brenda Ransom, of Sault Ste. Marie, brought their respective crisis-response dogs, Ischgl and Raven, to Bothwell Middle School Wednesday ...

Women plan remembrance of late grandfather

MARQUETTE — Three granddaughters of a man who drowned in Lake Superior near Shot Point in 1927 plan to commemorate the 90th anniversary of his death. Sara Shusta, who is relocating to Three Lakes; Mary Shusta of Atlanta, Georgia; and Barb Alasimi, of Negaunee, are the granddaughters of the ...

$55,000 MEDC grant to fund study

ISHPEMING — A Northern Michigan University study of how other cities that faced mine closings successfully diversified their economies to retain and grow jobs, could benefit communities in western Marquette County affected by the indefinite idle of the Empire Mine. NMU’s Center for Rural ...

Good Friday

The Marquette Clergy Association held the Ecunemical Good Friday “Cross-Walk” through downtown Marquette this morning. The walk, led by the Rev. Bob Railey, of St. Paul Episcopal Church, left, was meant to hold “witness to several Marquette social service agencies and worldwide issues.” ...

Powered craft on Teal Lake?

NEGAUNEE — The Negaunee City Council is looking into the possibility of allowing boats with gas-powered motors onto Teal Lake. The city council unanimously approved its first reading to repeal two city ordinances, one that prohibits non-electric motors on the lake and the other that ...

Houghton resigns as city attorney

NEGAUNEE — In addition to its efforts to find a new city manager, the Negaunee City Council will also need to replace the city attorney. Bruce Houghton, who has served as attorney for the city of Negaunee since 2012, tendered his resignation at the Negaunee City Council’s regular meeting ...