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Water work: New USDA funding to add Division Street not an option

ISHPEMING — Ishpeming city officials will have to go back to “Plan A” to pay for water and sewer infrastructure replacement on Division Street/Business M-28. During a regular Ishpeming City Council meeting Wednesday, GEI Consultants Project Manager Mark Stoor told council members that ...

Fast action credited with saving life

MARQUETTE — The signs of drowning may not be what you think. Swimmers in distress are often unable to wave their arms or call for help, making drowning a much more silent and subtle emergency than many realize. But on Monday, the trained eye and fast actions of a longtime certified ...

Red Cross has these recommendations

Information compiled By Cecilia Brown Journal Staff Writer MARQUETTE — It’s important to know how to recognize a swimmer in distress, as an aquatic emergency can happen “quickly and silently,” according to the American Red Cross. Every moment counts in a water emergency and a ...

Man sentenced for drug charge

MARQUETTE — One of the men who was arrested in March after police searched a West Fair Avenue home and seized methamphetamine and firearms was sentenced Friday in Marquette County Circuit Court. Brodie John Smith, 26, of Marquette, who had pleaded guilty to one count of controlled ...

State Legislature OKs minimum wage, sick time initiatives

LANSING — The Republican-controlled Michigan Legislature on Wednesday passed laws to raise the state’s minimum wage to $12 an hour and require employers to offer paid sick leave — if they are not watered down before taking effect next year. The proposed ballot initiatives could have ...

906-Day offers incentives

MARQUETTE — There are three famous digits tied to the identity of the entire Upper Peninsula. The 906 area code has inspired business names, colloquialisms and even a holiday. On Thursday, in celebration of 906-Day, local and regional participating businesses will offer special shopping ...

New trail connector to go through Marquette Township park

MARQUETTE — Progress is being made on a proposed non-motorized connector trail through Schwemwood Park in Marquette Township. The Marquette Township Board unanimously approved a motion Tuesday to move forward with the planning and legal review of a half-mile trail along the northern border ...

Bid awarded for tractor replacement

MARQUETTE — At Tuesday night’s meeting of the Marquette County Board of Commissioners, the board approved a bid award for the replacement of the Marquette County Facilities Department’s subcompact maintenance tractor, which is used for lawn care and snow removal at the courthouse complex. ...

Group vows suit if GOP stymie ballot measure

LANSING — Organizers of a ballot initiative that would raise Michigan’s minimum wage to $12 an hour said Tuesday they would sue if the Republican-led Legislature approves the proposal as a way to prevent a statewide vote this fall and then weaken it later in the year. Mark Brewer, the ...

Labor Day observed locally, in state

ISHPEMING — A good crowd lined streets in the city of Ishpeming Monday for the annual Labor Day Festival parade and related activities. Dozens of floats and displays were included in the parade, which ended with a picnic and rally. The annual walk across the Mackinac Bridge drew tens of ...

Carl Pellonpaa dies

ISHPEMING — Carl V. Pellonpaa, 87, the host for 53 years of WLUC-TV6’s “Finland Calling,” or “Suomi Kutsuu,” died Saturday at his home in Ishpeming under the care of his family and U.P. Home Health & Hospice. The show was a Sunday morning staple on TV6 from 1962 to ...

Sowing rice seeds

PELKIE — About 30 people gathered on Saturday at the Keweenaw Bay Ojibwa Community College Arts and Agricultural Center in Pelkie, formerly the Pelkie School, to learn about the culture, ecology and processing of manoomin, or wild rice. “It was forgotten, much like the language,” Roger ...

Perry quits as president of USA Gymnastics

Kerry Perry resigned under pressure as USA Gymnastics president today, the move coming days after the U.S. Olympic Committee questioned her ability to lead a path forward for an organization rocked by scandal. Perry spent nine months on the job and repeatedly came under scrutiny by athletes ...

Kavanaugh pledges to be ‘team player’ on Supreme Court

WASHINGTON — Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh promised today to be a “team player” if confirmed to the closely divided court, declaring that he will be a “pro-law judge” who won’t decide cases based on his personal views. With Republicans hoping to move the Supreme Court to ...

Meth cases spike

MARQUETTE — It’s not just your imagination — methamphetamine use, manufacture and delivery cases have dramatically increased in Marquette County this year, according to data from the Marquette County Prosecutor’s Office. “From Jan. 1 to July 31, the first seven months of 2018, we ...

Woman completes 100th half marathon

MARQUETTE — A local woman who has been running for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, completed her 100th half marathon Saturday when she ran in the Marquette Marathon. Sue Girard-Jackson of Marquette, who caught the “running bug” after her first half marathon at the inaugural ...

Appointments, equipment purchases on the agenda

MARQUETTE — The Marquette County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday will consider appointments to the Economic Development Corporation of Marquette County, as well as bids for county equipment and lease renewals. The board meets at 6 p.m. in room 231 of the Henry A. Skewis Annex in ...

Legislature may stymie 2 ballot drives

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — Michigan Republicans may use a new tactic to stymie a pair of ballot initiatives that would raise the minimum wage and require paid sick leave: adopt the laws themselves ahead of the November election, then change those measures later. The ...