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DNR seeks sponsor for U.P. snowmobile trails

MARQUETTE — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is looking for a local club or other nonprofit organization to assume snowmobile trail grooming responsibilities over about 60 miles of trail in Marquette County. The sponsorship is needed to avoid the loss of vital trail ...

Float your own boat

MARQUETTE — Ever want to sail the high seas in a vessel crafted by your own hands? Bill Lawrence, a retired art teacher from Munising Public Schools, gave a presentation on how to build a 10 ¢-foot pointy skiff, a boat design by naval architect Phil Bolger, with common lumberyard ...

FEMA denies assistance to flood victims

By KALI KATERBERG Houghton Daily Mining Gazette HOUGHTON — Federal Emergency Management Agency assistance for individuals and households has been denied for Houghton, Gogebic and Menominee counties. The denial comes following a declaration for public assistance last week. ...

Public outcry over damage to 120-year-old wall

ISHPEMING —Ishpeming city officials are working to investigate the circumstances surrounding a damaged stone wall along Jasper Street that, at 120 years old, is reportedly tied to the mining history of the region. A section of the historic wall was removed during the course of ...

Ishpeming school district prepares for new year

ISHPEMING — Ishpeming Public Schools is looking at a balanced budget for the 2018-19 school year. In June, the board of education approved revenues of nearly $8.52 million and expenditures of slightly more than $8.57 million for a deficit of roughly $55,800. That was to be taken out of the ...

DeVos proposes another rollback on for-profit college rules

By COLLIN BINKLEY The Associated Press The Trump administration plans to roll back another major Obama-era rule that was created to police the for-profit college industry, according to a proposal issued by the Education Department on Friday. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said the ...

City rally speaks against sex assault

MARQUETTE — Many people gathered on the steps of the Marquette County Courthouse Thursday night to break the silence surrounding sexual assault at a rally held by local organization We Are The Marquette Movement. Some came alone. Some came with their families, friends and loved ...

County OKs Little Trout Lake Park additions

MARQUETTE — The Marquette County Board of Commissioners on Wednesday unanimously authorized the Gwinn Lions, Disc Da U.P. and Club (906) to add playground equipment, a parking lot, a pit toilet and disc golf course at Little Trout Lake Park in K.I. Sawyer. “Dale Vincent of Gwinn Lions ...

Residents file for board seats

MARQUETTE — A number of local residents’ names will be on the Nov. 6 general election ballot for spots on local boards of education. According to the Marquette County Clerk’s Office, the following people will run for office: ≤ Marquette Area Public Schools — Keith Glendon and ...

Bikes & barberry

MARQUETTE— Noquemanon Trail Network and Marquette County Conservation District staff members and community volunteers spent Thursday evening removing a large patch of thorny, invasive barberry from the Marquette Board of Light and Power Rocks Trail. Japanese barberry, a popular landscaping ...

Training center work underway

NEGAUNEE — Officials broke ground Wednesday in Negaunee Township for a facility that will allow carpenters and millwrights to learn a variety of trades, ranging from building a house to improving skills like welding. About 100 community leaders, union officials, contractors and ...

Alger County house fire victim identified

By Journal staff NEGAUNEE — Detectives from the Michigan State Police post in Negaunee Township have positively identified the remains of a victim of a July 14 fatal house fire in Rock River Township as Joseph Ray Roop, 61, of Eben Junction. Police said identification was made by DNA. The ...

Write-in candidate expects to be on ballot

MARQUETTE — After being disqualified from being placed on the ballot for the primary election due to listing a P.O. box instead of an address, Democrat Matt Morgan’s name was written in by more than 4,000 people in Marquette County as a candidate Michigan’s 1st Congressional District. ...

Dems hoping for pink and blue wave in November

LANSING — Call it Michigan’s pink and blue wave. Gretchen Whitmer’s victory in the gubernatorial primary on Tuesday means the Democrats will field an all-female statewide ticket this fall if she picks a woman to be her running mate. It would be a first for either party in Michigan and ...

Ocasio-Cortez stumps, fundraises across the nation

NEW YORK — Is it possible to leverage 17,000 votes into a national political movement? Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is trying. The 28-year-old liberal activist, who was nearly unknown outside of Queens and the Bronx until a surprise June victory over a 10-term incumbent in New York’s ...

Whitmer, Schuette to face off in November

LANSING — Former legislative leader Gretchen Whitmer won the Democrats’ nomination for Michigan governor on Tuesday, leading what could be an all-female Democratic statewide ticket into her fall showdown against Republican state Attorney General Bill Schuette, an ally of President Donald ...

Four candidates advance to general election

MARQUETTE — Four candidates running for two open seats on the Marquette City Commission will advance to the Nov. 6 general election after Tuesday’s primary. The top four vote-getters are Margaret Brumm, Jenn Hill, Mike Plourde and Jenna Smith. Plourde and Smith currently serve on the ...

Fewer residents vote

MARQUETTE — Statistics show the voter turnout for Tuesday’s primary election in Marquette County was slightly lower than last year’s primary. As ballots finished rolling in from the city of Marquette early this morning, results provided by the Marquette County Clerk’s Office state ...