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Marquette County millage renewals pass

MARQUETTE — Marquette County voters overwhelmingly decided to support several county-wide millages at the polls Tuesday. The millage to fund services for senior citizens passed with 11,473 votes, or 90 percent of votes cast; the millage for the Marquette County Search and Rescue and ...

Sewer expansion

MARQUETTE — Preliminary work to install a 5-mile sanitary sewer expansion for the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community’s casino in Chocolay Township was expected to begin today, despite some residents’ concerns about the project. The Chocolay Township Board on Monday approved two measures that ...

Primary election day arrives

MARQUETTE — Registered voters in the city of Marquette may find themselves in one of three polling places for the Michigan primary election that takes place today. Polling stations within Marquette include: Baraga Gym, which is located in the lower level of city hall at 300 W. Baraga Ave., ...

87th FIS reunion held

MARQUETTE — Members of the United States Air Force 87th Fighter Interceptor Squadron returned to the former K.I. Sawyer Air Force Base this weekend for a reunion and to celebrate the squadron’s 101st year. The members traveled from as far as Seattle, Washington, and Tucson, Arizona, to ...

Council to consider bids for proposed Baldwin Avenue paving project

NEGAUNEE — The Negaunee City Council during its regular meeting on Thursday will consider bids for the paving of two blocks of North Baldwin Avenue on either side of Croix Street. Two bids were received for the work. Superior Paving came in at $50,850 and Hebert Construction bid the job at ...

Airlines, consumer groups ready for fight over proposed bill

As summer vacationers start to pack up and head home, Congress is considering a sweeping tally of proposals that could affect travelers, from dictating seat size and legroom to rolling back rules that require airlines to advertise the full price of a ticket. The current law authorizing ...

History comes alive!

MARQUETTE — Blacksmiths, spinners and more gathered at the Michigan Iron Industry Museum to display their craft at the Artisans at the Forge event Saturday and Sunday. The third-ever event allowed traditional forge artisans to demonstrate their skills and individuals to interact with them ...

Low voter turnout expected?

MARQUETTE — Statistics show Marquette County residents are more likely to vote during a general election as opposed to voting in the primary, which officials say is just as important. About 60 percent of registered voters cast their ballots during recent presidential election years and ...

County board to consider additions at Little Trout Lake Park

MARQUETTE — A number of action items concerning K.I. Sawyer and Sawyer International Airport are on the agenda for the upcoming Marquette County Board of Commissioners meeting, which will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday instead of Tuesday in room 231 of the Henry A. Skewis Annex in Marquette, due ...

ROCKHOUNDING paradise

REPUBLIC — A caravan of rock hounds made its way to the Republic Mine Friday for one of the Ishpeming Rock and Mineral Club’s most popular trips. It was easy to see why. The inactive iron ore mine holds an abundance of minerals that probably would be a lot harder to find anywhere ...

Republic Area Historical Society to celebrate 25 years

REPUBLIC — The Republic Area Historical Society is embarking on a new project to further enhance the township’s sense of historical identity and promote a renewed sense of community. RAHS will launch a campaign in conjunction with the organization’s 25-year anniversary to renovate what ...

Charter amendment concerning BLP to be placed on November ballot

MARQUETTE — Voters will decide in November whether or not to amend the Marquette City Charter and change the way the Board of Light and Power calculates its payments in lieu of taxes, or PILT. For nonprofit entities, such as the BLP, PILT are amounts paid to a state or local government in ...

Marquette County Fair schedule

MARQUETTE — The Marquette County Fair takes place Aug. 9-11 at the fairgrounds in Sands Township. Wednesday will be livestock weigh-in will start at noon and entries will be accepted from 4-8 p.m. The rest of the schedule: THURSDAY Military Appreciation and Senior Day ≤ 9 a.m. judging ...

Think like an artist

BIG BAY— The Liberty Children’s Art Project in collaboration with Powell Township School held “Think Like an Artist,” a week-long art camp in Big Bay for grades 1-9. Classes met at the Powell Township School Outdoor Art Garage, 101 Deutsch in Big Bay. Children were invited to ...

FAIR DAYS COMING SOON

MARQUETTE — Attendees will notice some changes in this year’s Marquette County Fair, which runs Aug. 9-11 at the Marquette County Fairgrounds in Sands Township. “We have a new carnival this year and the carnival has to travel on Sunday,” said Walt Maki, president of the fair board. ...

MAPS moving quickly to provide safe water

MARQUETTE — The Marquette Area Public Schools Board of Education Thursday gave Superintendent Bill Saunders the go-ahead to move quickly to replace water fixtures in the district’s schools. The board unanimously voted to invoke the emergency clause in its Revised School Code in that the ...

Democratic candidates spar over corporate donations

LANSING — Corporate donations have become a central issue in the Michigan Democratic contest for governor as the three candidates try to woo progressive voters ahead of the Aug. 7 primary. The state bans corporations from giving money directly to candidates but Democratic hopefuls Shri ...

Video shows Detroit cop beating naked woman in hospital

DETROIT — A Detroit police corporal has been suspended after cellphone video emerged showing him beating a naked, unarmed and possibly mentally ill woman inside an emergency room triage unit as another officer and hospital security restrained her. The video posted on WJBK-TV’s website ...

Talking da talk

NEGAUNEE — If a Yooper says “hey” in the middle of the woods do they make “eh” sound? Dr. Kathryn Remlinger, Professor of English at Grand Valley State University, spoke about the dialect of the Upper Peninsula at the Iron Ore History Museum during its weekly summer lecture series ...

MAPS water still being processed

MARQUETTE — Marquette Area Public Schools still is processing data from water taken in a second sampling following the discovery of lead in a first set of samples taken earlier this summer. Previous results from testing conducted by Marquette-based TriMedia Environmental & Engineering ...