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Marquette, U.P. Shopko stores on new closure list

MARQUETTE — The Marquette Shopko is on the list of Upper Peninsula Shopko stores slated to close in May. The others are in Escanaba, Houghton, Calumet, Wetmore and L’Anse. Downstate Shopko stores on the list include Allegan, Newaygo, Clare, Standish, Tecumseh, Imlay City, Dowagiac, ...

Lighthouse Park plan turned down

MARQUETTE — The Marquette Planning Commission in a split vote Tuesday night denied approval of the Lighthouse Park project even though the city commission will have the final say regarding whether the plan moves forward. In January, the planning commission postponed the discussion for a ...

Water main break at medical center

MARQUETTE— City workers were called this morning to the Waldo Street entrance of the Upper Peninsula Medical Center in Marquette to repair a damaged water main in the parking lot. Water in parts of the west end of the building has been shut off. However, offices will remain open under ...

Wolf taken to Isle Royale last fall returns to mainland

TRAVERSE CITY — A gray wolf that was moved from Minnesota to Isle Royale National Park last fall has wandered back to the mainland, trekking more than 15 miles across the frozen surface of Lake Superior to reach her home turf, officials said. The female was among four wolves relocated from ...

Trump calls for bipartisanship

WASHINGTON — Face to face with emboldened Democrats, President Donald Trump called on Washington to cast aside “revenge, resistance and retribution” and end “ridiculous partisan investigations” in a State of the Union address delivered at a vulnerable moment for his ...

PILT measure approved

MARQUETTE — Whetstone Village Apartments is one step closer to a payment in lieu of taxes agreement with Marquette Township. The Marquette Township Board unanimously approved the first reading of the PILT ordinance, which if enacted, would allow the township to collect 4 percent of the ...

Resort gets new manager

MARQUETTE — Marquette Mountain has a new general manager as of Monday afternoon. Andrew Farron, a mechanical engineer and winter sports enthusiast, is replacing Frank Malette, who took over operations on Marquette Mountain in May. Farron said changes are underway and hopes to have the ...

WEATHER WOES

MARQUETTE — The Marquette Board of Light and Power and Upper Peninsula Power Co. are still responding to customer power outages today from what the National Weather Service is calling a historic ice storm. Over 400 customers were without power this morning after Monday’s storm. Karl ...

Rounding up

MARQUETTE — In light of the heightened need for food pantry services in the past weeks due to the partial government shutdown that lasted over a month, the Marquette Food Co-op is working to raise money for local food pantries at its registers. “Many of our neighbors are struggling to ...

Conservation officers heeding the calls

MARQUETTE — With temperatures dropping to 18 degrees below zero, rescuers in Alger County were sent to Clyde Lake in late January to find three snowmobilers whose sleds had fallen through the ice into the water. Conservation officer Mark Zitnik and U.S. Forest Service officer Dave Tembruell ...

Be careful out there

MARQUETTE — You might want to put on your ice skates to travel today. Or you might not want to travel at all. An ice storm warning is in effect until 7 tonight for Marquette, Alger, Delta, Dickinson and Menominee counties, although icy conditions as of early this morning already resulted in ...

Michigan joins ACA lawsuit

MARQUETTE — Michigan has joined 19 other states and the District of Columbia in opposition to a U.S. District Court ruling that held the Affordable Care Act unconstitutional. Attorney General Dana Nessel, with the support of and in coordination with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, filed a motion ...

Invent@NMU launches kiosk

MARQUETTE — Ever have a brilliant idea for the next big invention, product or business, but aren’t sure how to bring your idea to fruition? Invent@NMU recently established a kiosk in Northern Michigan University’s Lydia Olson Library for students, professors and community members to ...

Clean Energy Initiative explores local uses

MARQUETTE — Is solar power a viable option in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula? Can clean energy sources help local residents and businesses save money while reducing their use of fossil fuels? What are the most efficient sites and methods for solar array use? The Clean Energy Initiative, a ...

Governor tightens Michigan FOIA rules, except for her office

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press GRAND RAPIDS — New Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer issued a directive Friday aimed at making it easier to obtain public documents from state departments but stopped short of taking the same action for the governor’s office, one of just two nationwide ...

City council, union talk pensions

ISHPEMING — The Ishpeming City Council is taking steps to correct a projected pension funding shortfall by asking to close its current pension plan to new hires. The council, at a special meeting Jan. 22, passed a resolution stating its preference to close the defined benefit plan offered ...

Board to discuss Semco pipeline easement, timber harvest

MARQUETTE — The Marquette County Board of Commissioners at its meeting Tuesday will decide upon the harvesting of timber in county forestland along a proposed easement route for Semco Energy Gas Co.’s Marquette Connector Pipeline. The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday in room 231 of ...

Federal courthouse construction project to start in March

MARQUETTE — Renovations on Marquette’s federal courthouse that aim to increase security are scheduled to begin later this year. The project, which is slated to start in March, seeks to “improve court security, consolidate court office space and improve the space utilization and ...

PUMP UP the DOME

Pump Up the Dome — Inflatable Game Day was held in the Superior Dome in Marquette on Saturday. Youths attending were able to enjoy a large variety of inflatable games and activities such as bounce houses, slides and obstacles, above. The event was presented by Northern Michigan ...

Lake Bancroft pavilion design subject to change

ISHPEMING—The construction of Ishpeming’s long-awaited Lake Bancroft Park pavilion may have to be scaled back after bids to build the structure came in well above its proposed budget. The funds earmarked for the project are $547,000, GEI Consultants Senior Project Manager Mark Stoor said ...