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City, NTN to begin Heartwood Parcel 13 negotiations

MARQUETTE — The Marquette City Commission on Monday unanimously adopted a resolution directing City Manager Mike Angeli to negotiate a sale with the Noquemanon Trail Network for Parcel 13 of the Heartwood Forestland property. The NTN recently presented Angeli with a letter of intent to ...

Values up slightly in Marquette County in annual equalization

ARQUETTE — Taxable and assessed values of property in Marquette County have increased from 2018 to 2019. Furthermore, this year’s increases are slightly larger than last year’s increases of about 1.5 percent and 0.8 percent, respectively. County property values and the equalization ...

No to pot

HARVEY — Chocolay Township is likely to be added to a growing list of Marquette County municipalities that will ban establishments related to the the sale of recreational marijuana. The Chocolay Township Board, in a 6-1 vote Monday, approved the first reading of a proposed ordinance that ...

Lake Superior ice sees major decline in past month

MARQUETTE — Ice coverage on Lake Superior has declined drastically since it peaked at about 95 percent on March 9, which is around 40 percent higher than the lake’s long-term average for winter ice coverage. Just about 14 percent of Lake Superior was covered in ice this morning, a stark ...

Dust to dust: Commission approves green burial

MARQUETTE — Marquette is joining multiple communities throughout the country in permitting an environmentally friendly, and an often more cost-efficient way, to bury the dead. The Marquette City Commission on Monday unanimously passed an updated version of the rules and regulations at Park ...

Facebook, Google face House hearing on white nationalism

Executives from Google and Facebook are facing Congress today to answer questions about their role in the spread of hate crimes and the rise of white nationalism in the U.S. Neil Potts, Facebook’s director of public policy and Alexandria Walden, counsel for free expression and human rights ...

Constructive advice

MARQUETTE — A girl might not grow up to become a professional carpenter, but she might have to use a power drill to make home repairs. Learning about such skills was the focus on Friday’s Women in Construction Day at Northern Michigan University, where seventh- and eighth-grade female ...

Clean U.P. Marquette gets started today

MARQUETTE — While the spring thaw reveals driveways, lawns and streets, it also reveals a winter’s worth of litter that has accumulated in snow banks. To combat this, the multi-week Clean U.P. Marquette initiative is kicking off today and encouraging area residents to take personal ...

College grad signs with local union

MARQUETTE — A signing day is a pretty notable event for high school and college athletes moving up to the next level in their careers. It’s also a big event in the life of a tradesperson. Thursday marked a noteworthy day in the life of Kalysta Sormunen, a 2018 graduate of the ...

State lawmakers push to require librarians in public schools

LANSING — All Michigan public schools would be required to maintain a library and hire a certified librarian under three bills introduced just ahead of School Library Month in April. The bills — sponsored by Reps. Matt Koleszar, D-Plymouth; Darrin Camilleri, D-Brownstown Township; and ...

Structure and infrastructure

By LISA BOWERS Journal Staff Writer ISHPEMING — The Ishpeming City Council approved a $22,725 quote from Stonehouse Window and Door on Tuesday to replace the existing six stained glass windows above council chambers, which had been damaged by wind storms in recent years. City Manager ...

DOING GOOD

By CECILIA BROWN Journal Staff Writer MARQUETTE — Fundraising for nonprofits. Washing windows. Handing out flowers to local nurses. Distributing goodie bags. Donating bus fares. Feeding parking meters. These are just a few examples of the many acts of goodness that took place on the ...

Marquette Brewing Cooperative holds open house

Above, attendees of the Marquette Brewing Cooperative Open House gather inside the building located on South Lake Street to see the building progress of the soon to be Drifa Brewing taproom on Saturday. At right, a Marquette Brewing Cooperative sign is pictured. The brewery, which will be ...

Ribbon-cutting ceremony held at new UPHS-M campus

By JAYMIE DEPEW Journal Staff Writer MARQUETTE — A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held at the new UP Health System-Marquette facility on Friday to celebrate the recent completion of the 525,000-square-foot hospital and 90,000-square-foot medical office building. Originally slated to open ...

Done deal

MARQUETTE — Marquette’s Beacon House, a 33-room hospitality house located along Third Street, has officially been sold, Beacon House CEO Mary Tavernini Dowling confirmed Thursday. “We are so happy to be able to take our next step toward building a ‘right-sized’ sustainable ...

Public invited to see new Sawyer Blueprint for Safety Offices

MARQUETTE — The public is invited to attend an open house for the newly created K.I. Sawyer Blueprint for Safety Offices, located at 328 Commando St. in K.I. Sawyer from 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday. The new facility, which has offices for law enforcement and a domestic violence advocate, aims to ...

Surviving an unspeakable horror

MARQUETTE — Growing up as a child of two Holocaust survivors, Sue Brish said it didn’t really hit her until she was an older kid. “I remember watching a TV miniseries while in high school about World War II with my parents, and even though they had told me their stories, seeing film ...

$10.9M roundabout project to begin

MARQUETTE — Work on a much anticipated project to reconstruct U.S. 41 in Marquette Township is expected to begin on April 15. The Michigan Department of Transportation revealed logistical details of the $10.9 million project during a public pre-construction meeting at the Marquette ...

Phil’s 550 to reopen

By TRINITY CAREY Journal Staff Writer MARQUETTE — The little country store along County Road 550 notorious for its wacky signs and weird T-shirts will soon reopen under new ownership, but with the same iconic name — Phil’s 550. Locals and visitors can now rent out the cottage space ...