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Pavilion prep

ISHPEMING — With funding in place, the proposed pavilion at Lake Bancroft Park is just months away from being a reality. The Ishpeming City Council on Wednesday unanimously approved a $71,000 expenditure for design work on the structure and surrounding area. The project was recommended ...

Green lights on plow trucks getting noticed by drivers

MARQUETTE — Where are the plow trucks? With more widespread use of flashing green lights on state and local winter maintenance vehicles, Michigan drivers can spot them more easily, even during whiteout conditions, according to a Michigan Department of Transportation press release. In this ...

Still no cause determined in fatal fire

MARQUETTE — The cause of a fatal residential fire where two people were found dead inside a Marquette home Monday evening is still under investigation, officials said today. Krista Urbanc, 22, of Norway, and Zachary Johnson, 23, of Marquette, were found inside the home at 1026 Lincoln Ave. ...

Icy roadway plays role in crash

MARQUETTE — A single-vehicle rollover accident occurred on Marquette County Road 492 Thursday morning. The 2000 Subaru Forrester was driven by Vanessa Green, 34, of Marquette, according to Marquette County Sheriff’s Office deputies at the scene. Green was westbound on County Road 492 ...

Catch and release kills many fish

LANSING — Catch and release was meant to help sustain fish populations. But a four-year study shows it may do the opposite. Almost half of lake trout caught in Lake Huron and Lake Superior die after they’re released, according to the recent study published by the Department of Natural ...

Providing food for students

MARQUETTE — More than two dozen people met at the Salvation Army in Marquette Thursday afternoon with the sole purpose of making sure that children don’t go hungry. Cat Packs is a Northern Michigan University-initiated program that works through the Salvation Army to “help address ...

No injuries in Buffalo Road blaze

MARQUETTE — No injuries were reported in a garage fire that occurred in Negaunee Township around 8 p.m. Thursday. The detached garage along Buffalo Road was fully engulfed by flames when responders arrived, Negaunee Township Fire Chief Jeff Kontio said. Kontio and the Marquette County ...

Panel streamlines procedures for the sale of city property

NEGAUNEE — Long-awaited City Manager Nate Heffron will start work on Monday, but it was business as usual at the regular Negaunee City Council meeting on Thursday. The council approved a change in policy that will streamline the process of selling city property. Council members voted ...

Wisconsin man killed in Houghton County snowmobile crash

MARQUETTE — A Wisconsin man was killed in a single-snowmobile accident in southern Houghton County on Wednesday. The snowmobile was driven by Jamie Steen, 41, of Curtiss, Wisconsin, according to a press release from the Michigan State Police. The crash was reported on Trail 8, near M-28 ...

Michigan to add assistant U.S. attorney to fight violent crime

MARQUETTE — U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions recently selected the Western District of Michigan to receive more resources to combat violent crime. The district will receive an additional assistant U.S. attorney to focus exclusively on violent crime, one of 40 new federal prosecutors in ...

Prevailing wage protest

MARQUETTE — A group of about 20 community members and union workers gathered in front of the U.S. Post Office in Marquette Wednesday afternoon as hundreds of construction and skilled trade workers rallied in front of the state Capitol building in Lansing, all in opposition to efforts aimed at ...

Counting homeless people

MARQUETTE — In an effort to establish state and federal funding for programs and organizations in their effort to end homelessness, local counties are participating in the nationwide point-in-time count. Every January, more than 400 Continuum of Care groups across the U.S. organize ...

Search for new DPW director starts

ISHPEMING — Ishpeming is officially beginning its search for a new Department of Public Works director following the resignation of Jon Kangas. The Ishpeming City Council voted unanimously Wednesday to approve a letter of agreement with the American Federation of State, County and ...

Race history shared

MARQUETTE — The Upper Peninsula 200 Sled Dog Championship, now approaching its 29th running, is an event many Yoopers and others look forward to each year. On Tuesday evening at the Superior Dome, Pat Torreano, historian for the U.P. 200 and former president of the U.P. Sled Dog ...

Trump endorses return of earmarks as House weighs change

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has waded into a brewing controversy in the House and endorsed the return of so-called earmarks — pet projects and spending items added to appropriations bills on behalf of individual lawmakers. “Our system lends itself to not getting things ...

Land sale procedures

NEGAUNEE — The Negaunee City Council on Thursday will consider amending the policy it uses to dispose of assets. The change stems from the sale of city-owned land at 550 N. Pioneer Ave. The council at an Oct. 5 special meeting approved the sale to the Negaunee Cable Company. Policy ...

Victims identified

MARQUETTE — The two people found dead inside a Marquette home following a fire Monday evening have been identified. Krista Urbanc, 22, of Norway and Zachary Johnson, 23, of Marquette were found inside the home at 1026 Lincoln Ave. after emergency crews responded to a fire at the residence ...

Council to consider pavilion, appoint interim DPW director

ISHPEMING — Changes are in the works for the city of Ishpeming as it starts the new year. The Ishpeming City Council will consider appointing an interim Department of Public Works director during its meeting at 7 p.m. today at city hall. The move comes after the December resignation of ...

Auxiliary gym opens at MAPS

MARQUETTE — There was a “new gym” smell through part of Marquette Senior High School on Monday. The school’s auxiliary gymnasium was unveiled to the public then, during a special ceremony before the regular meeting of the Marquette Area Public Schools Board of Education. “From ...

2 found dead

MARQUETTE — Two people were found dead after emergency crews responded to a structure fire in the city of Marquette Monday evening. Around 11:35 p.m., officers with the Marquette Police and Fire departments were called to the home, located at 1026 Lincoln Ave., according to an MPD press ...