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NAMIWalks kickoff event to be held Wednesday

By JAYMIE DEPEW Journal Staff Writer MARQUETTE — One in five people in the United States are affected by mental illness every year. Nearly 45,000 lives are lost to suicide annually, with over 1,300 of them in Michigan. Suicide is the second leading cause of death for people between the ...

State certifies prevailing wage ballot petition

LANSING (AP) — Michigan’s Board of State Canvassers has cleared a ballot petition to repeal Michigan’s prevailing wage law, setting the stage for lawmakers to vote on veto-proof legislation for it possibly next week. The board certified the petition Friday, two days after the state ...

JUSTICE

MARQUETTE — Problem-solving courts are going a long way in addressing offenders’ underlying problems, said a Michigan Supreme Court justice who was in Marquette Friday for a meeting of the Upper Peninsula Judges Association. Judge Elizabeth Clement met with The Mining Journal to talk ...

City of Negaunee in dispute with former Sundberg Building owner

NEGAUNEE — The Sundberg Building may seem a distant memory for some, but the structure that formerly stood at 521 Iron St. in Negaunee remains fresh in the minds of city officials as they work toward recouping $239,870 — the cost of the building’s 2016 demolition. The city filed suit ...

AINSLEY’S ARMY

By CECILIA BROWN Journal Staff Writer MARQUETTE — Teachers, students and staff at Cherry Creek Elementary School gathered together and wore camouflage clothing at the school’s annual field day Friday in support of Ainsley Kargela, a second-grade student at Cherry Creek who is facing ...

DISCUSSING THE MIGHTY MAC

MARQUETTE — As an addition to its one-year anniversary celebration, Iron Bay Restaurant and Drinkery invited Mackinac Bridge Authority CEO Bob Sweeney to speak about the 26,372-foot-long bridge in Iron Bay’s tap room last week. Sweeney discussed the history of the bridge, before it was ...

Engines in motion

MARQUETTE —Upper Michigan travelers could be sharing the road with some large, unlikely objects this summer. The cargo ship Palabora, loaded in Italy in early May with 10 natural gas-fueled reciprocating internal combustion engines, has arrived at a private dock in L’Anse. Next, the ...

Nurses approve contract

MARQUETTE — After more than a year of negotiating contracts, a strong majority of registered nurses at UP Health System-Marquette, represented by the Michigan Nurses Association, voted Thursday to accept a new collective bargaining agreement with hospital administrators. The new ...

Traffic deaths up during holiday weekend

MARQUETTE — The number of deaths during the Memorial Day holiday weekend in Michigan increased in 2018 compared to 2017, according to the Michigan State Police in a Tuesday press release. Preliminary reports indicate 15 lives were lost in 11 separate traffic crashes in 2018, compared to 10 ...

Recreational pot measure likely headed to ballot

MACKINAC ISLAND — Worried that Michigan voters might legalize recreational marijuana this fall, some Republican lawmakers think they have a way to apply the brakes: pass it themselves first to make it easier to change later. To be clear, passage in the Legislature is a longshot. Republican ...

Michigan man to be resentenced for 1980 slaying while a juvenile

ST. JOSEPH, Mich. — A Michigan man sentenced to life in prison as a juvenile will have a chance at freedom after a judge granted him a resentencing. Berrien County Trial Court Judge John M. Donahue vacated Michael Johnson’s life sentence for second-degree murder on Tuesday, the ...

YDWP sets event

MARQUETTE — The Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve invites community members to learn more about the Volunteer Land Monitoring Program from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Peter White Public Library’s Lions Room. The YDWP’s growing list of nature preserves has called for additional ...

Union: Tentative labor deal struck with Caesars

LAS VEGAS — Negotiators have reached a tentative labor agreement that would cover about a quarter of the 50,000 hotel and casino workers who are threatening to strike in Las Vegas. The Culinary Workers Union Local 226 said today that the new five-year deal with Caesars Entertainment covers ...

Project additions

By LISA BOWERS Journal Ishpeming Bureau ISHPEMING — The Ishpeming City Council approved an estimated $47,500 in additional work associated with the city’s $10.5 million United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development Water Project during a special meeting on Friday. ...

Smith Construction awarded Bothwell parking project

MARQUETTE — The Marquette Area Public Schools Board of Education Thursday unanimously awarded Marquette- based Smith Construction Inc, the Bothwell Middle School parking lot project. The action came at a special school board meeting that was necessary to approve the bid in time for the ...

Curios curated

MARQUETTE — In its latest exhibition, the Marquette Regional History Center is using the organization’s 100-year anniversary as an opportunity to show off items from its collection that don’t often have a chance to be displayed. Wednesday evening marked the opening reception of the ...

Talking trash

MARQUETTE — Transparency and glass were two core issues as dozens of Marquette County municipal officials and residents came together with the Marquette County Solid Waste Management Authority to work toward an equitable solution for the county’s trash and recycling concerns. Attendees, ...

City approves second Dark Sky Park trial period

MARQUETTE — The Marquette City Commission Tuesday unanimously approved a second trial period for the Dark Sky Park at Presque Isle. The period this year will begin Friday and run through Oct. 31. Andrew MacIver, assistant director of community services for the city of Marquette, gave a ...

Concerns are voiced about Heartwood Forestland tracts

MARQUETTE — Marquette city officials are currently seeking requests for qualifications from developers interested in the Heartwood Forestland property, which has popular recreational trails located on parts of the land. The solicitation is for parcels 9, 10, 11, 12 and 35 of the property ...

Michigan commits $50M to building second Soo Lock

MACKINAC ISLAND — Gov. Rick Snyder and legislative leaders on Wednesday committed up to $50 million to upgrade the Soo Locks, a bid to persuade the federal government to fund the long-sought $1 billion proposal to build a second large lock that allows commercial ships to traverse the Great ...