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Casperson battling stage 4 lung cancer

ESCANABA — State Sen. Tom Casperson, R-Escanaba, has publicly announced he’s been diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer. Casperson told Radio Results Network Thursday that the cancer has spread into his spine, and he probably will begin amino therapy treatment soon. He told the Radio News ...

Wolves not endangered?

TRAVERSE CITY — The federal government is considering another attempt to drop legal protections for gray wolves across the lower 48 states, reopening a lengthy battle over the predator species. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Thursday told The Associated Press it has begun a ...

No ‘upskirting’ in Britain

LONDON — The British government is backing a proposed law that would make it a criminal offense to take “upskirting” photos. Upskirting involves taking a photo or video under someone’s clothing without their consent. It has become more common with the spread of smartphones in recent ...

Water main improvements set to begin

NEGAUNEE—Crews were expected to begin work on water main improvements on Birch Street in Negaunee today. The Negaunee City Council voted unanimously at its regular meeting on Thursday to award the contract for the project to Negaunee-based Associated Constructors who submitted the ...

Music on Third set to kick off

MARQUETTE — Starting next week, Music on Third will return, bringing local bands and bucks to businesses situated on Third Street. Music on Third is part of an annual summer series hosted by the Marquette Downtown Development Authority. The event was started by a group of business owners ...

City officials consider renewing redevelopment strategy program

By CHRISTIE BLECK Journal Staff Writer MARQUETTE — Signing days are held for students accepting a college athletic scholarship, but they also can be held for students entering the trades. That’s just what happened Wednesday morning at Marquette Senior High School when Collin Fure, ...

City officials consider renewing redevelopment strategy program

MARQUETTE — The Marquette City Commission listened to a presentation Monday evening about a program designed to promote effective redevelopment strategies throughout communities. The Redevelopment Ready Communities program is a voluntary, no-cost certification through the Michigan Economic ...

It’s not real

MARQUETTE — Eagle Mine partnered with local police and fire departments, ambulance personnel and UP Health System to train for and test the local emergency response system with a simulated safety incident Wednesday afternoon at the Humboldt Mill. “We have an opportunity to host a ...

Buried tanks revealed

ISHPEMING—Construction crews had to stop work on a portion of Ishpeming’s water project last week near the intersection of First and Pearl streets after they discovered two underground storage tanks. The Ishpeming City Council voted unanimously to authorize the city manager to execute ...

Treks into True North

AU TRAIN — The expansive four-story Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired home tucked away into the cliffs of the Lake Superior shoreline in Au Train soon will have a purpose beyond being just an amazing piece of architecture. True North Treks is a national nonprofit organization that helps people ...

2018 Blueberry Festival poster picked

MARQUETTE — Out of the 19 entries for the Marquette Downtown Development Authority’s 2018 Blueberry Festival poster contest, local artist Taryn Okesson reaped the fruit with her submission “Larry’s Chippy.” “I remember the first blueberry fest and I have watched the contest year ...

Republic Dam sold for $50K

REPUBLIC—The 28th annual Republic Fishing Derby will go on as scheduled in July, after state and township officials, members of the Republic Sportsman’s Club and local businesses worked together to make it a reality. The Michigamme River Basin Authority has inked a deal with Republic ...

Legislature OKs $56.8B budget with more for schools, roads

LANSING — The Republican-led Michigan Legislature put the finishing touches on a $56.8 billion state budget Tuesday that includes a sizable increase in base aid for lower-funded K-12 districts, more spending on roads and extra funding to better protect schools from shootings. The spending ...

Idled Shiras plant subject of discussion at panel’s meeting

MARQUETTE — The Marquette Board of Light and Power is following suit of various electric utilities nationwide as officials consider phasing out its only coal-fired power station — the Shiras Steam Plant. The BLP held a meeting Tuesday where board members discussed the future of Shiras and ...

Sands shooting range officially not going to be built at site

MARQUETTE — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources will have to continue looking for a public shooting range in the region. The Sands Township Board Tuesday unanimously OK’d the motion to support recommendations by the Sands Township and Marquette County planning commissions to ...

Heartwood headache

MARQUETTE — Over 70 people attended the Marquette City Commission meeting Monday night, filling the Marquette City Hall commission chambers. The majority of attendees were there in support of trails maintained by the Noquemanon Trail Network since city officials are currently seeking ...

Trump, Kim meet in summit

SINGAPORE — Clasping hands and forecasting future peace, President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un committed Tuesday to “complete denuclearization” of the Korean Peninsula during the first meeting in history between a sitting U.S. president and a North Korean leader. Yet as Trump toasted the ...

Eagle Mine officials weigh in at forum

MARQUETTE — Dozens of people attended a community forum Monday to hear the latest information on Eagle Mine at the company’s Marquette information center. The forum — one of a series of four across Marquette County — gave updates on Eagle Mine operations and addressed residents’ ...

MCSWMA facility undergoing changes

MARQUETTE—The Marquette County Solid Waste Management Authority in Sands Township is laying the groundwork for safer and more efficient operations. The authority recently began construction on a $2.15 million project to construct an administration and materials management building near the ...