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Marquette County road projects stalled due to labor dispute

MARQUETTE — It has been said that there are no winners in a labor dispute, and stalled road construction projects across Michigan seem to be proof of that. Over a dozen road projects in Marquette County and hundreds more across the state have been slowed, delayed or work has ceased all ...

Public, professionals to come together at suicide prevention conference

MARQUETTE — September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, which has organizations and individuals across the country coming together to talk about suicide prevention. In Marquette, professionals and the public will have an opportunity to come together over the issue locally at ...

Ballot proposals could stabilize library budget

MARQUETTE — The Peter White Public Library will address sustainability issues at the polls on Nov. 6. Over the last several years, Michigan Tax Tribunal cases have depleted revenue for public services like the library that rely on property taxes in order to function. According to Library ...

US marks 9/11 with somber tributes, new monument to victims

NEW YORK — Americans are commemorating 9/11 with somber tributes, volunteer projects and a new monument to victims, after a year when two attacks demonstrated the enduring threat of terrorism in the nation’s biggest city. Margie Miller was among the 9/11 victims’ relatives, ...

Noise issue at Energy Center being investigated

MARQUETTE — The Marquette Board of Light and Power continues to look into noises and vibrations believed to be coming from the Marquette Energy Center. The generating facility, at 2200 Wright St., is located in the city of Marquette near the border with Marquette Township. Shortly after ...

Chocolay Township Board to consider adding a police/zoning employee

HARVEY — The Chocolay Township Board will consider adding a new staff member as part of proposed 2019 budget priorities. The board discussed the option as part of its budget recommendations to Chocolay Township Manager Jon Kangas during its regular meeting on Monday. Township staff, ...

Hospital questions

MARQUETTE — As the new LifePoint Health hospital in Marquette nears the final stages of construction, the question of what will happen to the enormous structure along College Avenue has been raised by community members since LifePoint announced its plan for a new hospital in the fall of 2014, ...

Cliffs, United Steelworkers begin talks

ISHPEMING — The United Steelworkers Bargaining Committee kicked off negotiation on the union’s master agreement with Cleveland-Cliffs Inc. in Pittsburgh on Friday, with several days of internal discussions and meetings between union officials ad company representatives. The contract ...

State officials raise health alarm over herb kratom

LANSING — State health authorities report that four Michigan residents recently were struck by food poisoning when they consumed an herb that federal authorities are seeking to ban. The herb, called kratom, is grown in Southeast Asia. Proponents say it offers relief from pain, depression and ...

Upper Peninsula has glowing rocks

BRIMLEY — The Upper Peninsula has fluorescent minerals that glow when placed under ultraviolet light. Brimley resident Erik Rintamaki collects and sells the rocks, which he’s named “yooperlites,” MLive reported. Rintamaki also leads tours with a UV light where he shows others how to ...

Serbian president’s praise of Milosevic triggers outrage

BELGRADE, Serbia — The Serbian president’s praise of Slobodan Milosevic as a “great” leader has triggered outrage in neighboring states where his nationalist policies in the 1990s caused bloodshed and destruction. Aleksandar Vucic said in his keynote speech while visiting Kosovo’s ...

Annual clothing drive brings community together

ISHPEMING —All native Yoopers can remember a time in their childhood that they forgot their coat, hat or gloves and got the full brunt of a seemingly unrelenting Upper Peninsula winter. But what about those children today whose parents did not even have the means to provide those ...

CHEERS TO 10 YEARS

At top from left, Malissa Switzenberg as Gia, Echo Miller as Dionysus, Nathan Morgan as Hercules and Caleb Gram as Poseidon dress as Greek gods and Titans in celebration of the day’s festivities at the 10th annual U.P. Fall Beer Fest at Mattson Lower Harbor Park in Marquette. Attendees ...

US Sen. Debbie Stabenow kicks off campaign in Marquette

MARQUETTE — U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Michigan, visited the Marquette County Democratic Party headquarters Saturday afternoon, kicking off the “One Campaign for Michigan” in the Upper Peninsula as she seeks reelection for her fourth six-year term in congress. Stabenow and ...

Possible fireworks ordinance amendment to be discussed

MARQUETTE — Shortly after the Fourth of July, several Marquette residents voiced concerns in front of the city commission about people shooting fireworks off in their neighborhoods. People complained about fiery debris landing in their yards as well as loud bangs keeping children awake and ...

Dallas officer in wrong apartment fatally shoots neighbor

By RYAN TARINELLI Associated Press DALLAS — A white Dallas police officer who said she mistook a black neighbor’s apartment for her own fatally shot that person, and authorities are seeking manslaughter charges, police said Friday. It was not clear what the officer may have said to ...

OUT OF THIS WORLD

Above, Solar System Ambassador Patricia A Monteith helps Nate Bone, 8, and Isabelle Belpedio, 8, with the astronaut space glove challenge called “Secure the Alien” at the “Welcome Aboard the International Space Station” presentation Friday evening at the Peter White Public Library ...

Upgrades underway at Negaunee Public Schools

NEGAUNEE — One large project is underway and another one is completed for the 2018-19 school year at Negaunee Public Schools. NPS Superintendent Dan Skewis said one major undertaking is going on at Lakeview Elementary School. The district is teaming up with its athletic booster club to ...

Public hearing to be held regarding blighted building

MARQUETTE — A public hearing to determine approval of a combined brownfield plan for an upcoming pastry shop located at 231 W. Washington St. will be held Monday during a Marquette City Commission meeting. If approved by the commission, the combined brownfield plan would provide additional ...

Stable costs may shift ‘Obamacare’ politics in the future

By Associated Press staff WASHINGTON — After two years of double-digit premium hikes, millions of people covered under the Affordable Care Act will see only modest increases next year, according to an exclusive analysis that highlights the changing politics of health care heading into the ...