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AP Interview: New Senate leader has tackled big legislation

LANSING — Republicans who have kept control of the Michigan Senate for 35 years are putting at the helm an engineer whose legislative career has been defined by two of the most consequential laws of the past decade. Mike Shirkey, whose father was a union steward, pushed early to make ...

A fight to the finish

The skis of the competitors in the 2019 Noquemanon Ski Marathon rest alongside the warming tent at the Log Yard, which was the finish line for Saturday’s 50-kilometer, 24K and 12K races. (Journal photo by Trinity Carey)

Former politician sets his sights on local wildlife

MARQUETTE — With all the different bird species found in the area, Steve Lindberg’s favorite is the common black-capped chickadee. In fact, he even has the bird’s cheery two-tone song on his phone. However, he’s captured many unusual images during his photographic jaunts in the ...

SLIDING HIGH

By COREY KELLY Journal Staff Writer NEGAUNEE — Upper Peninsula Natural Luge Club members Torrey Cookman of Marquette and Henry Anderson of Appleton, Wisconsin, headed to Europe this weekend to represent the country on the U.S. Natural Track Luge Team in the International Luge ...

VA offers mental health services to more veterans

MARQUETTE — When it comes to U.S. military veterans who may be experiencing a mental health crisis, help is available — perhaps now in more ways, and to more veterans, than it ever has been. A federal law enacted in 2017 allows the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to provide mental ...

OFF TO THE RACES

Junior Noque racers competing in the 3-kilometer classic race take off from the starting line Friday afternoon at the Forestville Trailhead in Marquette. Racers ages 8 to 13 competed in the classic race which took around 15 minutes to complete. A 5K classic race and 3K freestyle race also took ...

First steps taken

NEGAUNEE — The Negaunee Downtown Development Authority covered a lot of ground at its inaugural meeting on Thursday, including a timeline to begin fiscal operations and an introduction to a proposed downtown streetscape plan. The body — made up of eight city residents and business ...

Child abuse defendant arraigned on charge

ISHPEMING — The Ishpeming mother who was arrested on alleged child abuse charges after leaving her 2-year-old child unsupervised for about an hour in a vehicle with an open door was arraigned in court Thursday. Taylor Ann Thompson, 27, of Ishpeming, was charged with third-degree child abuse, ...

Crash kills woman, 78

NEGAUNEE — A 78-year-old woman died after sustaining injuries from a two-vehicle accident on U.S. 41 in Negaunee Township Thursday afternoon. Troopers from the Michigan State Police Negaunee Post responded to the crash near Brebner Road around 2:30 p.m. Westbound lanes on the highway near ...

Annual homeless count in Alger, Marquette counties Wednesday

MARQUETTE — Over 40 agencies and law enforcement departments in Marquette and Alger counties will conduct the annual point-in-time count of sheltered and unsheltered homeless people Wednesday. From midnight to 11:59 p.m., more than 400 Continuum of Care planning bodies, which cover 3,000 ...

Study: Michigan school funding growth last from ’95-’15

LANSING — No state has squeezed school spending more in recent decades than Michigan, education researchers said this week in a study that attributes the tightening to tax cuts and notes a corresponding drop in student achievement. When adjusted for inflation, the state’s total education ...

Government shutdown ends without wall money, for now

By JILL COLVIN, LISA MASCARO and ZEKE MILLER Associated Press WASHINGTON — Submitting to mounting pressure amid growing disruption, President Donald Trump agreed to a deal Friday to reopen the government for three weeks, backing down from his demand that Congress give him money for his ...

Dark store fight moves to Legislature

By ILSA MATTHES Escanaba Daily Press ESCANABA — The fight over what constitutes fair commercial property taxation has made its way into the state Legislature with bills in both chambers seeking to close the so-called “dark store” loophole. Proponents of the dark store theory of ...

Rescuers searching for missing NMU student

ISHPEMING — Rescue personnel are searching for a missing Northern Michigan University student, the Marquette County Sheriff’s Office reported. The sheriff’s office was dispatched to Marquette County Road 510 at the Yellow Dog River parking lot in Ishpeming Township on a report of a ...

City set to discuss Parks and Rec plan

MARQUETTE — The Marquette City Commission will hold a public hearing Monday on its five-year Parks and Recreation Master Plan, with the possibility of the government body voting on the matter afterward. Having an updated plan is a requirement to seek some grant funding and will lead to ...

Snowmobile rules

MARQUETTE — Michigan Department of Natural Resources conservation officers continued their safety and enforcement patrols over the holiday weekend — a deadly one that claimed the lives of five snowmobilers in a single day. Police agencies in the Upper Peninsula and northern Lower ...

Shutdown delays, disrupts environmental studies

The rainwater collection system is broken at the environmental research station on a remote, rocky Pacific island off the California coast. So is a crane used to hoist small boats in and out of the water. A two-year supply of diesel fuel for the power generators is almost gone. U.S. Fish and ...

Working together for safety’s sake

MARQUETTE — The safety of drivers, bikers and pedestrians along the U.S. 41 corridor in Marquette Township is on the minds of state and local officials as they prepare for the 2019 construction season and plan for upcoming projects. In April, the Michigan Department of Transportation will ...

Soaring ‘ski’ high

NEGAUNEE — Athletes at the 132nd annual Suicide Hill Ski Jumping Tournament in Negaunee soared into action at Tuesday’s event. The event was hosted by the Ishpeming Ski Club at Suicide Hill, located off County Road in Negaunee. “I think we’ve had as fine of an event as we’ve had ...