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Cliffs weighs options for expansion

MARQUETTE — A proposed Cleveland-Cliffs Inc. expansion in its mining operations could mean good things for Marquette County and the Empire Mine. The proposed expansion could herald the addition of up to 900 high-paying jobs in Marquette County, Cliffs CEO Lourenco Goncalves told about 100 ...

‘Into the Teeth of the Storm’

By CECILIA BROWN Journal Staff Writer MARQUETTE — Maritime history lovers were in for a treat at Tuesday’s Northern Coalition for Lifelong Learning event. Frederick Stonehouse, local maritime historian, author and lecturer, presented “Into the Teeth of the Storm – The Mystery ...

Snyder to speak at NMU commencement

MARQUETTE — Gov. Rick Snyder has accepted Northern Michigan University’s invitation to speak at commencement on May 5. He was nominated because of his support of key NMU initiatives, including the Educational Access Network, Invent@NMU, and career and technical education, according to a ...

Turning to beet juice and beer to address road salt danger

By MICHAEL CASEY Associated Press CONCORD, N.H. — Looking to strike a balance between ice-free roads and clean waterways, public works departments around the country are working to cut their salt use in winter by slathering the roadways with beet juice, molasses, and even beer waste to ...

Historic distinction

ISHPEMING — Residents and business owners in the city of Ishpeming have something to celebrate. The city has been nominated for a spot on the National Registry of Historic Places, according to a press release issued Thursday. The Greater Ishpeming-Negaunee Area Chamber of Commerce, the ...

Victims’ father tries to attack Larry Nassar during hearing

CHARLOTTE — A father of three victims of Larry Nassar tried to attack the disgraced former sports doctor Friday during a court hearing in Michigan. After two of his daughters spoke, the father, Randall Margraves, asked the judge for “five minutes” in a locked room with Nassar. The judge ...

Tremendous tubes

ISHPEMING — The Northshore Christian Church had its annual tubing party at Al Quaal Recreation Area on Thursday. Members, friends and the public were invited to attend the event free of charge. Stephen Laurin, an elder of the church, organized the outing and supervised the ...

NMU launches food pantry

MARQUETTE — Northern Michigan University hosted the grand opening of its food pantry on Thursday. The food pantry offers non-perishable food and hygiene products for all students, faculty and staff who are in need of assistance. NMU’s Food Pantry first opened its doors last November in ...

Ruska sentencing date changed

MARQUETTE — After pleading guilty in November to one count of kidnapping and three counts of aggravated sexual abuse, Eric Scott Ruska, 37, of Rumely, will be sentenced Feb. 9 in U.S. District Court. Ruska’s sentencing was initially set for Feb. 7 but was recently pushed back two days, ...

Ishpeming Rotary announces ‘An Evening of Romance’

ISHPEMING — The Rotary Club of Ishpeming has announced its annual fundraiser designed to support the mission of Rotary and the club’s ability to give back to the surrounding community and provide a positive impact. The 34th annual An Evening of Romance will be held on Saturday, Feb. 10, ...

New Meijer supercenter seeking 300 employees

MARQUETTE —The highly anticipated Meijer supercenter in Marquette Township has begun the hiring process to staff the new store, which is expected to open late spring or summer near Brickyard Road and U.S. 41. The Grand Rapids-based retailer that operates 235 supercenters and grocery stores ...

States join battle to protect Great Lakes from carp

TRAVERSE CITY — An interstate partnership has been established to help cover costs of operating a system proposed for a Chicago-area waterway that would help keep invasive Asian carp out of the Great Lakes, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder said Wednesday. The initiative would support upgrades to ...

Do juveniles understand their rights? Maybe not

LANSING — Through TV shows and movies, many Americans became familiar with Miranda rights for arrested suspects. But how well do juveniles understand those rights — to remain silent and to have a lawyer, even if they can’t afford to pay for one? Not well at all, some experts say. An ...

Hero’s send off

NEGAUNEE — Hundreds of voices chanted “USA, USA” throughout Negaunee’s Lakeview Elementary School gym as Olympic snowboarder Nick Baumgartner made an appearance Wednesday afternoon. The students were helping to send Baumgartner off to compete in snowboardcross during the Winter ...

Marquette Kennel Club hosts meet-and-greet

MARQUETTE — It wasn’t the Westminster Dog Show — not yet. However, the community got a taste — or rather, a sniff — of the famous dog show Monday at the Peter White Public Library when the Marquette Kennel Club hosted a meet-and-greet of various breeds seen at the renowned canine ...

HOTplate to be under new ownership

MARQUETTE — HOTplate, Marquette’s paint-your-own-pottery business, will be under new ownership soon, with the sale of HOTplate expected to be finalized early this month. Melissa Sprouse, who will be the new owner of HOTplate, was excited to learn the business was being sold when she saw ...

Trump calls for unity

WASHINGTON — Addressing a deeply divided nation, President Donald Trump summoned the country to a “new American moment” of unity in his first State of the Union, challenging Congress to make good on long-standing promises to fix a fractured immigration system and warning darkly of evil ...

Elected delegation reacts to Trump speech

MARQUETTE — Federal lawmakers representing the Upper Peninsula had varied responses to President Donald Trump’s first State of the Union address Tuesday, expressing concerns about veteran health care, fair wages and the opioid crisis — but the resounding theme was infrastructure. Trump ...

City commission OKs revised bottomlands agreement

MARQUETTE — The historic ore dock at Marquette’s Lower Harbor is closer to the beginning steps of its revival. The revised bottomland agreement between the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality and the city of Marquette was unanimously approved Monday by the Marquette City ...

In response to Trump, Dems argue for middle class

WASHINGTON — Soaring stock prices under President Donald Trump have boosted investor portfolios and corporate profits but have not eased the economic anxieties of middle-class families, Massachusetts Rep. Joe Kennedy III said Tuesday night in the Democratic response to Trump’s first State ...