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BLP OKs $2.9M for MEC noise

MARQUETTE — The Marquette Board of Light and Power Board of Directors on Tuesday unanimously approved allocating an amount not to exceed $2.9 million to address noises and vibrations emanating from the Marquette Energy Center, or MEC. Vice Chairman and Secretary Bob Niemi was excused from ...

Noquemanon Ski Marathon events begin Friday with Junior Noque

MARQUETTE — The 21st running of the Noquemanon Ski Marathon, set for this weekend, is a point-to-point cross-country ski race that’s one of the top sporting events in the area every year. Cross-country skiers are the focus, although snowshoers and skijorers have their own races as ...

Gwinn school board OKs millage language

GWINN — The Gwinn Area Community Schools Board of Education on Monday unanimously approved the language of a sinking fund ballot proposal that would be put before voters on May 7. The proposal requests a levy not to exceed 1.75 mills, which is $1.75 on each $1,000 of taxable property value, ...

Women’s Center receives 3-year grant

MARQUETTE — The Women’s Center Inc. in Marquette has received a three-year Victims of Crime Act Sexual Assault Victims Services grant from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. The grant, which began providing funding Jan. 1, will enhance the agency’s sexual assault ...

Trump’s proposal to break budget deadlock falls flat

WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans have released a measure designed around President Donald Trump’s proposal for breaking a budget impasse, its centerpiece his demand for $5.7 billion to build a southern border wall all but guaranteeing Democratic opposition and no foreseeable end to a partial ...

Hospital leader talks U.P. economy, changes

MARQUETTE — UP Health System Market President Brian Sinotte briefed the Economic Club of Marquette County Monday night on nationwide changes in health care and local economic impacts. While Sinotte said UPHS-Marquette staff have been busy preparing for the hospital’s move from its current ...

Boat builders

MARQUETTE — Marquette Community Boatbuilding and the Superior Watershed Partnership have announced a new collaboration to inform the community about traditional wooden boat-building, get more people rowing and to better monitor and protect Lake Superior. “The Superior Watershed Partnership ...

When King marched, Bill Ball was there

MARQUETTE — A McDonald’s coffee in hand, Dr. William “Bill” Ball moved slowly in front of the classroom, back and forth with his head down. It was January 2011 during a night class at Northern Michigan University’s original Jamrich Hall, which would be demolished three years ...

Public, officials invited to guide Marquette Area Climate and Health plan

Editor’s note: This is part one of a two-part story on the Marquette Area Climate and Health Adaptation Plan. MARQUETTE — Fires, floods and severe weather events can all affect human health and safety. For those who want to help address local climate impacts, a discussion on the ...

United in step

MARQUETTE — Hundreds of people braved the cold temperatures Saturday afternoon to peacefully withstand an array of concerns during the third annual Women’s March in Marquette. The march is held in conjunction with the national protest that began the day after the inauguration of ...

Passing the gavel

MARQUETTE — After serving the U.S. District Court of the Western District of Michigan for over 30 years, U.S. Federal Magistrate Judge Timothy P. Greeley will be retiring in March, court officials said. “To say that we will miss Judge Greeley is an understatement. He has served with ...

Vermaat to take the bench

MARQUETTE — Longtime Magistrate Judge Timothy P. Greeley of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan will be retiring March 14, with his successor, Maarten Vermaat set to take the bench March 15. “Judge Greeley has served the district with such uncommon skill and ...

UPAWS relocates animals to its new shelter

MARQUETTE — After 40 years in its old building along Snowfield Road in Negaunee, the Upper Peninsula Animal Welfare Shelter has moved to a new facility off Marquette County Road 553. The shelter will be closed until Jan. 28, but it will accept surrendered animals and strays with a ...

Planning commission approves ice racing track

GWINN — The Forsyth Township Planning Commission on Thursday approved a request from the Upper Michigan Ice Racing Association for a conditional-use permit for an ice racing track. The unanimous vote took place during a special public meeting at the Forsyth Township Clubhouse in ...

Winter is here

From left, 4-year-old sisters Lydia and Macayla Munson eagerly await for the parade to reach Iron Street in Negaunee during Heikki Lunta 2019, organized by the Luge Club. Friday evening activities included the winter parade, an opening ceremony at Breitung Park, the inaugural Freeze Yer ...

Making the most of it

MARQUETTE — “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” One might say this common phrase epitomizes the approach of Katie Koch, a furloughed federal employee who resides in Negaunee. She’s been actively volunteering in the community during the government shutdown as she aims to make ...

Federal courts still afloat

MARQUETTE — While U.S. federal court officials originally anticipated funding would run out if the now record-breaking shutdown continued past Friday, those in Michigan say another week of funding has been secured. “The Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts in Washington D.C. notified ...

3-month Healthy Weight & Wellness Challenge officially launches

MARQUETTE — The Healthy Weight & Wellness Challenge, which is sponsored by Perform4Life and The Mining Journal, officially kicked off Friday evening with 12 participants. The gathering was held at Perform4Life, which is located in the Great Lakes Sports Medicine Institute at 841 W. ...

Traditional tunes

MARQUETTE — The community can begin to warm up for Hiawatha Music Festival with Hiawatha on TAAP — Traditional Acoustic Arts Performances — a monthly music series that focuses on various genres of traditional music. The series kicked off at Ore Dock Brewing Company Wednesday evening ...