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Snow daze

MARQUETTE — The succession of recent weather events involving the polar vortex, ice storm and blizzard have made going to school a challenge in Marquette County. For example, Marquette Area Public Schools Superintendent Bill Saunders said Friday marked the seventh snow day of the 2018-19 ...

Westwood Mall sold to developers

MARQUETTE — The Westwood Mall property in Marquette Township has been sold. Marquette Township Planning and Zoning Administrator Jason McCarthy confirmed that the majority of the 30-acre property previously owned by EBL&S Property Management was sold to two different developers. An ...

Panel OKs land development code project

MARQUETTE — Marquette property owners will be able to legally possess chickens, rabbits and bees in city limits by the end of the month. The Marquette City Commission unanimously approved a new Land Development Code Monday, which incorporates contemporary zoning, sign and fence ordinances, ...

Board weighs in on casino project issues

MARQUETTE — Chocolay Township residents who live adjacent to new sewer infrastructure being constructed to benefit the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community’s Ojibwa Casino expansion will not be required to connect to it. The Chocolay Township Board unanimously approved the second reading of an ...

Whitmer to focus on magnitude of road problem in speech

LANSING — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Monday she will discuss the magnitude of Michigan’s problem with poor roads and bridges in her first State of the State address, appealing to the public to give feedback on the costs of pothole-ridden infrastructure. The Democrat, who made fixing ...

Looking to the future

MARQUETTE — Many who live in the Great Lakes region see the lakes as not only a source of pride and beauty but as a fundamental part of the area’s ecosystem and economic prosperity worthy of careful consideration and protection. To limit the impact of extreme weather events and flooding ...

One last hurrah

MARQUETTE — The Northern Michigan University women’s basketball team won the opening tip in its game versus visiting Northwood University at the Berry Events Center on Saturday afternoon. It wasn’t just any regular tipoff, though, it was one that teammate Taylor Hodell won back to Chloe ...

Keeping hydrants clear of snow

ISHPEMING — “Out of sight, out of mind.” The seemingly innocuous adage can have dire consequences if the subject is fire hydrants. In fact, as one winter storm seems to pile onto another, many fire hydrants are truly “out of sight,” which in case of fire emergency can result in ...

Task force releases draft alternatives analysis

GAY — The Buffalo Reef Task Force has released a Draft Preliminary Alternatives Analysis for protecting important reef fish spawning habitat from copper mine tailings — stamp sands — dumped into Lake Superior at Gay 100 years ago. Shifts in the stamp sands deposit over the years are ...

WINTER WONDERLAND

Pictured are snowshoes provided for guests during the West End Winter Wonderland event at the Wawonowin Country Club in Champion Saturday afternoon. This was the third annual Winter Wonderland hosted by the Greater Ishpeming-Negaunee Area Chamber of Commerce. Attendees could ski, snowshoe or ...

A second chance

MARQUETTE — The National Institute of Justice reports that roughly two-thirds of released prisoners throughout the country were rearrested within three years of release. According to a press release issued last year, Michigan’s recidivism rate dropped to 28.1 percent in 2017, placing ...

Commission to consider banning marijuana establishments in Marquette

By JAYMIE DEPEW Journal Staff Writer MARQUETTE — The Marquette City Commission will determine Monday whether or not to schedule a public hearing for Feb. 25 to adopt an ordinance prohibiting recreational marijuana establishments in city limits. Michigan became the first state in the ...

Excelling in the line of duty

MARQUETTE — Multiple Michigan State Police troopers from the Upper Peninsula were recognized for their service Wednesday in Lansing. They were honored with the Cpl. Samuel A. Mapes Criminal Patrol and Investigation Award, which recognizes the “top 5 percent of troopers in each district for ...

Cliffs’ CEO talks of reopening Empire Mine

MARQUETTE — Cleveland-Cliffs Inc. CEO Lourenco Goncalves said Friday that the company is close to announcing the reopening of the Empire Mine in Richmond Township. His comments came during Cliffs’ 2018 Fourth-Quarter and Full-year Earnings conference call, accessible as a webcast on the ...

Northern Michigan University hosts annual Three Minute Thesis event

MARQUETTE — Thursday’s Three Minute Thesis competition at Northern Michigan University featured topics ranging from the assessment of sex differences and behavioral effects of psychostimulants on schedule-induced polydipsia to National Football League conditioning practices from 1997 to ...

Military Friendly

MARQUETTE — Northern Michigan University ranks sixth among small public schools nationwide that have been designated 2019-20 Military Friendly Schools by Victory Media, marking NMU’s second consecutive Top-10 ranking in the category. The designation honors the top 15 percent of colleges, ...

Engineering update

ISHPEMING — Ishpeming officials plan to meet with engineers in the coming weeks to establish priorities for the final phase of the city’s $10.8 million water project. The Ishpeming City Council learned Wednesday the project budget is expected to have around $575,000 in surplus after ...

Semco easement, harvesting of timber OK’d

MARQUETTE — The Marquette County Board of Commissioners at its meeting Tuesday night unanimously approved a 5-mile easement in county forestland for Semco Energy Gas Co.’s Marquette Connector Pipeline, as well as the harvesting of timber along the route. The portion of the pipeline on ...

Girder gala

MARQUETTE —Construction is ahead of schedule for the expansion of the Ojibwa Casino in Chocolay Township. Officials hope to be handed the keys to the new facility, which will offer twice the gaming floor space of the current casino as well as a 1,200-seat amphitheater and convention space ...