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Former FBI head Comey testifies

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump today broke his silence on Twitter following explosive testimony by fired FBI Director James Comey, declaring “total and complete vindication.” Trump, who had not posted on his Twitter account since Comey accused the administration of spreading ...

County medical care facility to be renovated

ISHPEMING — The Marquette County Medical Care Facility is slated to undergo a $6 million renovation, with upgrades planned to the private residential rooms, dining area, therapy spaces and parking lot. “The Marquette County Medical Care Facility was built in the 1980s, and although ...

UPHS-M CEO talks industry, local impact

MARQUETTE — Battling industry challenges faced by hospitals across the nation and an increasing number of patients seeking care outside of the Upper Peninsula, UP Health System-Marquette CEO Brian Sinotte is hoping to reverse that trend and improve his hospital’s position ...

If OK’d, ordinance would eliminate outdoor smoking

ISHPEMING — The city of Ishpeming is one step closer to establishing a smoking ban in all of its public parks. The Ishpeming City Council at its regular meeting on Wednesday narrowly approved the first reading of an ordinance to regulate smoking and the use of tobacco products in outdoor ...

Breast cancer survivor to share story at annual event

MARQUETTE — Karin Steffens said when she was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer in 2004, it had already spread to her bones. Steffens, who has been in remission for a little more than a decade now, will speak at the Marquette County Relay for Life at 7:30 p.m. Friday during the Survivor ...

Fire extinguished

NEGAUNEE TOWNSHIP — Firefighters quickly extinguished a small fire Tuesday afternoon off M-35 in Negaunee Township. Emergency personnel responded to the scene just before 3 p.m. to find a small brush fire behind an unoccupied trailer. Negaunee Township Fire Department Chief Jeff Kontio ...

Suggitt found competent to stand trial

MARQUETTE — Amber Rae Suggitt, charged with eight felonies following an alleged domestic assault involving a firearm earlier this year, has been found competent to stand trial. The 32-year-old from Marquette appeared via video conference from the Marquette County Jail during a competency ...

Group voices concern over mine safety

MARQUETTE — As an Upper Peninsula environmental group raises concerns over a partial cave-in incident last year at the Eagle Mine in northern Marquette County, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality prepares to host a public meeting Thursday to gather input on the company’s permit ...

Budget advanced despite pension impasse

LANSING — Lawmakers on Tuesday advanced parts of a $55 billion spending plan, despite an impasse with Gov. Rick Snyder over teacher pensions that threatens to break majority Republicans’ six-year streak of enacting a budget in June, months before the fiscal year starts. House-Senate ...

Princess Day

Eight-year-old Larkyn Stucko shields her eyes from the bright sun as she waits for the school bus this morning along Lakeshore Boulevard in Marquette, dressed up for Princess Day at school. (Journal photo by Rachel Oakley)

Rossway a candidate for state House

MARQUETTE — Motivated by his desire to bring common sense and nonpartisanship to the Upper Peninsula, Rich Rossway, of Marquette, has announced his candidacy for the 109th District state House of Representatives, according to a news release from the candidate. “I have grown tired of the ...

State: Keeping Medicaid costs $800M under GOP bill

LANSING — It could cost Michigan up to $800 million a year to keep its Medicaid expansion at current enrollment levels if cuts approved by the U.S. House are enacted, top officials in Gov. Rick Snyder’s administration warned Monday while defending a program they said is working and saving ...

National acts to take stage in West End

ISHPEMING — The West End will be rocking with live music Wednesday night in a new venue with a tour kick-off by national act Saliva. It all started with big dreams and great conversations in an Ishpeming tavern. “It started as a fluke,” Brogie’s Tavern owner Matt DeWitt said. ...

US contractor arrested after leak of Russia hacking report

WASHINGTON — A federal contractor has been arrested following the leak of a classified intelligence report that suggests Russian hackers attacked at least one U.S. voting software supplier days before last year’s presidential election. Shortly after the release of the report by The ...

Ishpeming City Council expected to consider several new ordinances

ISHPEMING — Three new ordinances will be considered during a regular meeting of the Ishpeming City Council at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the City Hall conference room. The council will consider an emergency reading of a bond ordinance that will allow the city to borrow $8.98 million for its ...

City to bond $11M for capital projects

MARQUETTE — The Marquette City Commission recently approved selling $11 million worth of bonds for infrastructure projects, which is higher than usual, officials said. A bond is a debt investment in which an investor loans money to an entity, in this case the city, which borrows the funds ...

Legislation aims to get rid of concealed pistol licenses

LANSING — Michigan residents could soon carry concealed pistols without a permit under legislation making its way through the Legislature. A four-bill package looks to remove the restriction of needing a concealed pistol license to carry a concealed weapon. It would still prohibit a person ...

UPAWS moving forward with construction

NEGAUNEE — The Upper Peninsula Animal Welfare Shelter recently announced to its members a plan to move forward with a phased construction schedule to build an animal community center, according to a news release issued from UPAWS. The UPAWS Board of Directors has approved schematic ...

IRON RANGE ROLLIN’

Above, Brian Lindberg, left, and Alex Stanley are the first to finish the Iron Range Roll 16-mile bike race from Ishpeming to the Marquette City Commons on Saturday afternoon. It was a near tie, with Lindberg finishing in 37:59.5 and Stanley finishing in 37:59.6. At right, Noah Kaukola ...