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Gov. Snyder sticking to story about Legionnaires’ disease

DETROIT — Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder is sticking by his congressional testimony about when he learned about a fatal outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease during the Flint water crisis, despite a senior aide’s new disclosure that he informed the Republican governor weeks earlier. Some ...

DNR proposing increase in brook trout limit

MARQUETTE — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is proposing an increase to the brook trout possession limit on select Upper Peninsula stream sections starting in April. The brook trout daily possession limit has been set at five for the past 17 years. During that time, many ...

Round and round

MARQUETTE — Music media has rapidly evolved in the last century, from the phonograph, which originally recorded and played back sound via a tinfoil sheet wrapped around a cylinder, to the digital MP3 format popular with music fans today. Despite the convenience and lower expense of digital ...

Probate case settled

MARQUETTE — The probate court case regarding a 13-year-old girl accused of pulling an online prank that may have led to the death of 11-year-old Tysen Benz was settled Friday, according to the Marquette County Prosecutor’s Office, with the girl’s sentence drawing criticism from Benz’s ...

BotEco project forges ahead at Lower Harbor ore dock

MARQUETTE — The BotEco project to revitalize Marquette’s Lower Harbor ore dock, which has been in the works since 2013, has received encouragement from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, according to city officials. The non-profit organization presented its progress to the ...

Medical marijuana education sessions planned

MARQUETTE — Dec. 15, the deadline for municipalities to allow medical marijuana activities in their jurisdictions under the new Medical Marijuana Facilities Licensing Act, looms large as the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs and the Bureau of Medical Marihuana ...

Cherry Creek upgrade

MARQUETTE — The 2017-18 school year began for Cherry Creek Elementary School with a few new improvements. Those upgrades were discussed at Monday’s Marquette Area Public Schools Board of Education meeting, which took place at the school. The improvements included two new classrooms for ...

RNs return to work at UPHS-M

MARQUETTE — After a 48-hour strike regarding safe staffing concerns that ended Saturday morning, UP Health System-Marquette nurses are back to work today. According to Andrew Baker, internal organizing and communications coordinator of the Michigan Nurses Association, nurses reported to ...

Power outage set for city of Negaunee

NEGAUNEE — A scheduled power outage for the entire city of Negaunee will take place from 2 a.m. up to 5 a.m. Thursday due to substation repairs, according to a city of Negaunee public notice issued Monday. Questions can be directed to the Department of Public Works at 475-9991.

Gubernatorial candidate holds town hall meeting

MARQUETTE — As the implications of a recent nurses’ strike reverberate in Marquette and surrounding areas, Dr. Abdul El-Sayed, a Democratic candidate for governor, found a receptive audience for his message about health care at a town hall event on the Northern Michigan University campus ...

Mad for plaid: 6th annual Plaidurday marked

The sixth annual celebration of Plaidurday was held Friday. Fans of the pattern so prevalent in the Yooper lifestyle gathered on the steps of the Marquette County Courthouse for the social event. According to Plaidurday.com, “Plaidurday is the worldwide celebration of plaid. It occurs ...

Community supports nurses in picket line

MARQUETTE — Even though UP Health System-Marquette nurses concluded their two-day strike regarding safe staffing issues Saturday, community support and advocacy is still needed, nurses say. “We deeply appreciate the tremendous outpouring of solidarity from the Marquette community, and ...

Niemisto park statue unveiling announced

MARQUETTE — The unveiling of a statue of Phil Niemisto — the man often seen washing downtown windows and tending to a small park along Washington Street — will be at 3 p.m. Oct. 17. It will take place, fittingly, at the Phil Niemisto Pocket Park. In its October newsletter Building ...

State agencies unite to reduce mental illness in jails

LANSING — Up to 64 percent of county jail inmates in Michigan have some form of mental illness. And while lawmakers discuss ways to reduce that number, law enforcement officers have put their own solutions to the test. “Police chiefs are saying, ‘We’re spending tons of time with ...

Michigan nature trail dedicated to car accident victim

HOUGHTON — Five years ago, Bob Wheeler built an outdoor classroom behind the Houghton Elementary School with his son, John. On Sept. 30, he helped dedicate an expanded trail and nature center in John’s honor. John was a volunteer at the school who died last November in a car accident. ...

Sands Township crash injures man

MARQUETTE — A Gwinn man was injured as the result of a single vehicle accident in Sands Township on Saturday. According to a Marquette County Sheriff’s Office press release, the 21-year old driver lost control of the 2001 Ford Explorer while traveling south bound on M-553 near Glasses ...

Rollover results in hospitalization

MARQUETTE — A 46-year-old Marquette County man suffered serious injuries as the result of a single vehicle rollover crash in Alger County on Sunday morning. According to a Michigan State Police press release, Alger County EMS dispatched troopers from the MSP-Negaunee Post to the scene of a ...

BLP personnel help restore electrical service after Irma

MARQUETTE — Marquette Board of Light and Power journeyman line electricians Kevin Wright, Nick Quayle and Nate Chaperon and service crew foreman Pat Aho performed power restoration work in Florida through a mutual aid call from the American Public Power Association. The BLP’s four ...

A LEGEND HONORED

Legendary Northern Michigan University hockey coach Rick Comley has been honored with a rink bearing his name at NMU’s Berry Events Center. At Saturday’s game against Lake Superior State University a video was shown honoring the former coach and his achievements through the years, and he ...

Nurses close 48-hour strike

MARQUETTE — Nurses employed by UP Health System-Marquette concluded their 48-hour strike at 7 a.m. Saturday over the issue of what they believe is the hospital’s refusal to guarantee proper nurse staffing levels at all times to ensure safety. Nurses showed up ready to work at that time ...