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Campana elected mayor, Stonehouse as pro tem

MARQUETTE — Dave Campana was elected Marquette’s new mayor with a 4-2 vote Monday night by the Marquette City Commission, filling the seat left vacant Dec. 26 after the unexpected death of former Mayor Tom Baldini. “I just want to say thank you again to the commissioners. I appreciate ...

Under new management

MARQUETTE — There’s a new manager in Chocolay Township. The question is, can he also keep a position on the planning commission? Jon Kangas, the former Ishpeming Department of Public Works director, attended his first Chocolay Township Board meeting as the township manager on Monday. ...

Tillerson tells AP Cuba risky; FBI doubts sonic attack

WASHINGTON — The United States would be “putting people intentionally in harm’s way” if it sent diplomats back to Cuba, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says in an Associated Press interview, even as a new FBI report casts doubt on the initial theory that Americans there have been hit ...

Determination & bravery

Those of us born in the Upper Peninsula are well educated on what SISU means, and how that quality in one individual can benefit society at large. The strength of will associated with the Finnish term seems to be especially hardy in 97-year-old Republic native Howard Keskitalo. Keskitalo, ...

New Hampshire ticket sole winner in $559 million Powerball jackpot

MERRIMACK, N.H. (AP) — It's been a billion-dollar lottery weekend after a lone Powerball ticket sold in New Hampshire matched all six numbers and will claim a $559.7 million jackpot, one day after another single ticket sold in Florida nabbed a $450 million Mega Millions grand prize. Since ...

Gwinn school board to revise budget

GWINN — Gwinn Area Community Schools continues to move forward with its plan to stabilize the district financially, with Amy Finkbeiner filling the business manager position. Finkbeiner will be assisted by a support team of Terri Brintlinger and Mary Kay Johnson. According to a news ...

US stocks tap the brakes following torrid start

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. stock indexes took a small step back from their record levels today, as their momentum slowed following a torrid start to the year. Losses for health care and financial stocks helped to overshadow a surge for retailers, which jumped after several boasted of strong ...

Gander Outdoors opening soon

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Gander Outdoors, formerly known as Gander Mountain, will soon reopen in Marquette Township. Marcus Lemonis, star of CNBC’s “The Profit,” bought Gander Mountain assets in bankruptcy court in May and is beginning to reopen many of the chain’s stores to serve ...

Winfrey says ‘time is up’ for abusive men during Globes speech

Oprah Winfrey earned multiple standing ovations at Sunday’s Golden Globes as she accepted the Cecil B. DeMille Award with a moving speech referencing civil rights and the #MeToo movement, declaring that the reign of abusive men was coming to an end: “Their time is up!” The OWN founder, ...

Pence to keep county job on monthly basis

MARQUETTE — The Marquette County Board with a 4-2 vote Wednesday night voted to keep Steve Pence as the county’s civil counsel representative on a month-to-month contract deal until the position is filled by another attorney or law firm. “I believe that attorney Pence has indicated ...

Frozen mess

MARQUETTE — Flood waters from the mouth of the Chocolay River may have frozen or receded, but nearby homeowners still have very real concerns about what the future holds. On Dec. 30, a strong east wind caused floating ice to build up at the mouth of the river, stemming the flow of water ...

Cambensy meets with residents to discuss issues

MARQUETTE — If you ask state Rep. Sara Cambensy if she feels like she’s in the right place at the right time, her answer is “yes.” Cambensy, who has spent the first week of the new year traveling the Michigan 109th District and meeting with constituents, sat down for coffee with ...

Woods, whiskey, widow-makers and women captured in lumberjack songs

By ERIC FREEDMAN Special to the Journal LANSING — Winter was the time of year when the North Woods rang with the sound of axes and saws felling giant white pines. It was the late 1800s, the golden age of American lumbering, and the supply of trees was endless. That last statement ...

Drinkin’ Diesel

For the second year in a row, Cognition Brewing Company in Ishpeming donated “Name a Beer After Your Pet” as a live auction item for the Upper Peninsula Animal Welfare Shelter’s annual Cause for Paws Gala in October. On Friday night, the first of four pet-named beers to be released ...

Officials to discuss open seat

By JAYMIE DEPEW Journal Staff Writer MARQUETTE — The Marquette City Commission will likely elect a new mayor Monday night at its regular meeting, filling the position that was left vacant Dec. 26 after the sudden passing of Mayor Tom Baldini, who was chosen for the seat in November. ...

Wright gets 5 months in jail

By Journal Staff MARQUETTE — A Negaunee man who pleaded guilty to three counts of possession of child sexually abusive material was sentenced in Marquette County Circuit Court on Friday. Stan Wright, 58, was sentenced to five months in jail, with credit for the 101 days served, and five ...

High lead levels found at 4 Flint schools, care centers

FLINT (AP) — Only four schools and care facilities in Flint had elevated levels of lead in their water during recent tests, though one school district refused to allow the testing as the Michigan city recovers from a lead-tainted water crisis. State agencies tested water at 63 of 78 ...

Trump seeks $18 billion to extend border wall over 10 years

By ELLIOT SPAGAT Associated Press SAN DIEGO — The Trump administration has proposed spending $18 billion over 10 years to significantly extend the border wall with Mexico, providing one of its most detailed blueprints of how the president hopes to carry out a signature campaign ...

Campaign wraps

MARQUETTE — This year the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle campaign raised thousands for a variety of service programs that assist community members in need. An estimated $96,182.74 was raised to support programs in Marquette, Alger and eastern Baraga counties, according to a press release ...