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Pros and cons

MARQUETTE — Voters will head to the polls Tuesday to make a decision on Proposal 1, the Marijuana Legalization Initiative, a proposed voter-initiated law that would legalize recreational marijuana if a simple majority of voters cast their ballots in favor of the proposal. With the decision ...

Ballot prop detailed

MARQUETTE — Proposal 1, the Marijuana Legalization Initiative, is a voter-initiated proposal that would “authorize and legalize possession, use and cultivation of marijuana products by individuals who are at least 21 years of age and older, and commercial sales of marijuana through ...

Panel mulls 2019 budget shortfall

ISHPEMING—Ishpeming officials continue to wrestle with a projected shortage in the city’s general fund in 2019. During a special Ishpeming City Council meeting on Wednesday, councilors expressed concerns about a projected shortfall of $171,800 even after significant cuts. City Manager ...

GLRC receives $6,000 grant

MARQUETTE — Great Lakes Recovery Centers Inc. recently announced that it has received a $6,000 grant from the Superior Health Foundation to train 10 to 20 teachers from across the Upper Peninsula in the mental health and high school curriculum. The eight-hour training will take place March ...

Pittsburgh synagogue suspect pleads not guilty

PITTSBURGH — The anti-Semitic truck driver accused of gunning down 11 people at a Pittsburgh synagogue pleaded not guilty today to federal charges that could put him on death row. Robert Bowers, 46, was arraigned one day after a grand jury issued a 44-count indictment that charges him with ...

Do you believe in GHOSTS?

MARQUETTE — Whether you believe in the supernatural or not, sometimes things just can’t be explained. As grey clouds fill the sky and shriveling leaves drop to the cool ground, some claim that autumn is a time when senses are heightened. After all, the word “fall” derives from the Old ...

Tales about the authors

MARQUETTE — The following three authors have books written about ghost stories and supernatural experiences around the Upper Peninsula. The authors interviewed people who were willing to share personal experiences and other tales. By digging into historical documents, death certificates, ...

Ishpeming school officials talk tests

ISHPEMING — Top Ishpeming educators believe state tests are just a small part of determining classroom achievement, and there’s a better way to measure success. Seth Hoopingarner, principal at Ishpeming Middle/High School, talked about recently released SAT and M-STEP scores for public ...

Saying ‘No’ to hate

MARQUETTE — Eleven candles were lit beside the names of each victim of the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting. Community members of all religious denominations gathered on the lawn of the Temple Beth Sholom in Marquette for a candlelight vigil in honor of the lives lost after Robert Bowers ...

City approves utility rate hike

MARQUETTE — Marquette city residents will see an increase of about 21 percent on their monthly water, sewer and stormwater bill come December. For all three utilities combined, an average customer will be charged around $16.78 more per month, or $201.36 annually. Rates will be evaluated at ...

Community survey results show need for PEG channel

NEGAUNEE — Survey says: Negaunee residents would like to tune into a public access channel. Of the 135 responses to the Community Needs Assessment survey sent out by the city in September, 107 respondents indicated that they felt the city would benefit from a Public, Educational and ...

Panel OKs fact-finding for property on Teal Lake

ISHPEMING — During a special meeting on Thursday, the Ishpeming City Council is on board to potentially create a beach on the western end of Teal Lake. The Ishpeming Parks and Recreation Commission recommended the council consider the request to begin a fact-finding mission on developing ...

Drug takeback

MARQUETTE — Disposing of medications safely once you are done with them is just what the doctor ordered. Upper Peninsula Health Plan partnered with the Michigan Opioid Prescribing Engagement Network and the Marquette County Sheriff’s Department at the Westwood Mall on Saturday to collect ...

Sustainable costuming for a green Halloween

MARQUETTE — Making a recycled, repurposed or handmade Halloween costume offers a chance for eco-friendly fun and creativity — and the process doesn’t have to be scary. Rather, items that are borrowed or handed down, found at a thrift store or in the back of a closet can be easily ...

Settlement in mental health policy case

MARQUETTE — Northern Michigan University has reached a settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division that stemmed from an incident in which a student told a fellow student she was at risk for suicide. The agreement arose from a complaint filed with the Civil ...

Karl Zueger dies

MARQUETTE — A former Marquette advocate and city official has died. Karl Zueger, 52, passed away peacefully with his family surrounding him on Saturday after a more than two-year battle with Lou Gehrig’s disease, or ALS. As the former director of community services, Zueger was known to ...

US government: Mercedes owners got recall notices too late

DETROIT — The U.S. government is investigating Mercedes-Benz, alleging that the German automaker has been slow to mail safety recall notices and file required reports involving recalls of over 1.4 million vehicles. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said a review found that ...

Local scuba diver finds fluorescent Yooperlites

MARQUETTE — It’s what you’d call a niche hobby. Don Fassbender of Marquette scuba dives, but he does so using ultraviolet light. That’s allowed him to find unusual glowing rocks called Yooperlites, which have made national headlines lately. Fassbender has special scuba UV lights, ...

Lawsuit questions Bergman’s tax exemption

NEGAUNEE — Two Marquette residents have filed suit against Michigan Treasurer Nick Khouri in relation to a property tax investigation into a Republican U.S. congressman. A writ of mandamus was filed in Gogebic County Circuit Court on Oct. 5 to compel Khouri to conduct a “complete and ...

Utility rate increase decision nears

MARQUETTE — Three public hearings will be held Monday during a Marquette City Commission meeting, which could result in a vote to increase water, sewer and stormwater utility rates, taking effect Dec. 1. If approved, stormwater rates would increase by 15.25 percent, water would go up 12.25 ...