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Fostering Hope

EDITORIAL NOTE: May is Foster Care Awareness Month. At any given time, more than 13,500 children are in foster care in Michigan. The need for additional licensed foster care homes is always great. In a three-part series, The Mining Journal looks at foster care in Marquette and Alger ...

City of Negaunee takes on water, sewer and paving work

NEGAUNEE — The initial phase of one of the first construction projects of the year in the city of Negaunee is nearing completion. The effort to replace about 430 feet of water main on Peck Street is expected to be finished by the beginning of June, City Manager Nate Heffron said. The ...

Partnership focuses on Eagle Mine monitoring

MARQUETTE — The Keweenaw Bay Indian Community recently partnered with the Superior Watershed Partnership and the Community Foundation of Marquette County to collaboratively conduct the Community Environmental Monitoring Program, an independent monitoring program of Eagle Mine operations, the ...

Farmers market takes off

MARQUETTE — With 58 vendors selling items from fresh produce to homemade maple syrup products, the Downtown Marquette Farmers Market had a little bit of everything to shop for as it opened its season from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. The weekend’s sunny temperatures welcomed a large crowd ...

Mine power

By LISA BOWERS Journal Staff Writer NEGAUNEE — The July 26, 1979, closure of the Mather B Mine in Negaunee marked the end of an era. It was the last of the underground iron mines to operate on the Marquette Iron Range, but if a Michigan Technological University study bears fruit at the ...

Blaze destroys camp

By LISA BOWERS Journal Staff Writer MARQUETTE — Fire crews from across Marquette County worked into the night Saturday to contain a 4-acre brush fire in Sands Township that destroyed a private camp on the property. No injuries were reported. The blaze, which is believed to have started ...

Vietnam Veterans Portrait Gallery donated to MAPS

By CECILIA BROWN Journal Staff Writer MARQUETTE — A picture can be worth a thousand words. Marquette Senior High School students will have a chance to experience the way art can communicate enduring stories, emotions and moments in history this coming school year, as the Vietnam Veterans ...

Champion man dies in final mission

By WILLIAM GARVIN Special to the Journal Driving down the narrow road just outside of Ringenberg, Germany, my son and I know we are close to the spot. We stop the car, check our GPS coordinates, and consult the map. It’s hard to say, but the dirt lane to our left might take us there. An ...

Mixed results for UPPCO customers in MPSC ruling

MARQUETTE — Many residential customers who get electric service from the Upper Peninsula Power Co. are expected to benefit from slightly lower rates following a Michigan Public Service Commission ruling announced Thursday. About 40,000 residential customers will see a savings of 1.55%, or ...

A day of remembrance

MARQUETTE — Several local communities have announced plans to commemorate Memorial Day: Gwinn A Memorial Day parade will take place in Gwinn Monday. A short ceremony will take place at 9:45 a.m. at the Veterans’ Memorial in Peter Nordeen Park. The parade will start at 10 a.m. from ...

Touring The Northern Center

MARQUETTE — The community got a chance to view the Phase I renovation of The Northern Center — formerly known as the University Center — on Tuesday, with public tours given of the Northern Michigan University facility. The University Center had been a popular campus hub, with its Great ...

MCSWMA board approves increasing solid waste tipping fees

MARQUETTE — Marquette County is one step closer to implementing single-stream and glass recycling. The Marquette County Solid Waste Management Authority Board of Trustees at its meeting Wednesday unanimously approved a resolution that will increase solid waste tipping fees by $6 a ton to ...

Live music at Lakeview

MARQUETTE — Even way up here in the Upper Peninsula, you can experience live music, food and vendors at the Way Up Music Festival hosted by Double Trouble Entertainment and the Radio Results Network. The festival, which began Friday evening and continues today from noon to 2 a.m., takes ...

Gwinn man facing murder charge offered plea deal

MARQUETTE — Randy James Tuominen, the Gwinn man facing a count of homicide-felony murder and two counts of first-degree child abuse in relation to the September death of his infant son, has been offered a plea agreement in the case. If Tuominen accepts the plea agreement at a plea hearing ...

City continues to tackle sanitary sewer infiltration

MARQUETTE — Problems caused by spring runoff and recent heavy rainfall in the city of Ishpeming may have been much worse if not for an eagle-eyed Ishpeming Department of Public Works employee who saw “swirling” in Lake Bacon on Sunday. “‘Hawkeye’ John Harnet looked and saw it in ...

Army Corps approves $778M plan to block Asian carp advance

By JOHN FLESHER AP Environmental Writer TRAVERSE CITY — The head of the Army Corps of Engineers has sent Congress a $778 million plan to fortify an Illinois waterway with noisemakers, electric cables and other devices in the hope that they will prevent Asian carp from reaching the Great ...

TRULY AN HONOR

ESCANABA — Honor flights are jam-packed with special moments and highlights. Mission 16 was no different Wednesday as 77 Upper Peninsula veterans spent the day in Washington, D.C., visiting numerous monuments built for their service to this country. A rare Wednesday performance by the ...