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Tax incentives, retirement changes among top 2017 laws

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — New economic development tax incentives and the cost of retirement benefits for public-sector workers dominated Michigan’s list of new laws in 2017. Gov. Rick Snyder and lawmakers also approved measures designed to fix a troubled ...

Cheer Club giving

Top, left, Sam Reissner, 7, and his brother, Jax, also 7, both of Marquette, drop off toys Friday afternoon for the 2017 Christmas Cheer Club at The Mining Journal’s Marquette office. (Journal photo by Christie Bleck) Top, right, Katherine, Arvo, and Silas Pope donate toys to the ...

Golden giving

MARQUETTE —Jan Vandenende could teach us all a little bit about dedication and kindness. The eleven-year-old Bothwell Middle School sixth grader won a $500 gift card for participating in the Mining Journal’s Golden Ticket contest, but was initially hesitant to participate, he said. ...

2018 budget includes proposed changes to law enforcement pact

MARQUETTE — The Marquette Township board voted Tuesday to reduce its contracted police presence from 80 hours per week to 60 hours per week - for now. The reduction in Marquette County Sheriff’s Office patrols was adopted as part of the township’s 2018 budget - a move expected to save ...

Police cite fewer speeders, costing counties dollars

By STEPHEN OLSCHANSKI Special to the Journal LANSING — Speeding might be less risky for drivers in Michigan as police officers are issuing fewer citations annually. But that drop is costing county sheriffs’ departments thousands of dollars each year for patrolling the state’s ...

Suit challenges partisan gerrymandering

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — Democrats and others sued Friday to challenge Michigan’s Republican-crafted congressional and legislative districts, arguing that “excessive” partisan gerrymandering has unconstitutionally marginalized Democratic voters and that the maps ...

Man gets posthumous award for Little Presque Isle drowning event

MARQUETTE — Justin William Schroepfer, the 24-year-old man who died in June 2016 while attempting to rescue two women from drowning in Lake Superior, was recently awarded the Carnegie Medal for outstanding civilian heroism. The Rhinelander, Wisconsin, native was one of 20 men and women who ...

MSP Negaunee post assigned 3 new troopers

MARQUETTE — Earlier this month, the Michigan State Police Negaunee Post assigned three new troopers after 127 recruits were sworn in after graduating on Nov. 30. The 133rd Trooper Recruit School began June 4 and for 26 weeks, recruits received training in firearms, water safety, defensive ...

IDI donates $20K to UPAWS

NEGAUNEE — The Upper Peninsula Animal Welfare Shelter has announced Integrated Design Incorporated’s support of the Imagine the PAWSibilities Capital Campaign. Integrated Design donated $20,000 to the construction of the new animal shelter by sponsoring an adoption counsel room. ...

Hunger is the enemy

K.I. SAWYER — Over a thousand items are going home with local children and their families today as Ending Hunger Alliance of Marquette ensures children in need have meals over the upcoming holiday break. Since its initial kickoff in 2015, Ending Hunger has provided more than 20,000 meals ...

Positive fund balance

GWINN — Building a healthy fund balance continues to be a focus with Gwinn Area Community Schools. Newly appointed Superintendent Sandy Petrovich said the GACS Board of Education Monday decided not to cut teachers or more services at this time. Still, she acknowledged more work needs to ...

NMU receives grant to address sexual assault

MARQUETTE — Northern Michigan University has received more than $19,000 through the state’s Campus Sexual Assault Grant Program. The funding will support Empowering the Confidant, an initiative that will train peers to respond appropriately when friends, roommates or fellow students ...

Michigan teachers get win in Supreme court

LANSING — The Michigan Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered the state to return $554 million to nearly 275,000 school employees and retirees who saw a portion of their pay illegally deducted for retiree health care for about two years, ending a lengthy legal battle that stretched across two ...

Tunnel talk: 2 projects given green light

MARQUETTE — Two proposed transportation projects in Marquette Township have been given the green light. The Marquette Township Board approved a Michigan Department of Transportation resolution committing the township to own, operate and fund the lighting for two roundabouts on U.S. 41, as ...

WORKING OUT THE DETAILS

NEGAUNEE — Negaunee may have a new city manager at the helm by Jan. 15. The Negaunee City Council clarified aspects of a proposed city manager employment agreement at a special meeting on Tuesday. The relatively minor changes to the agreement will be presented to city manager candidate ...

Changes ahead for Noquemanon Ski Marathon’s 20th year

MARQUETTE — The Upper Peninsula Health System Noquemanon Ski Marathon will be celebrating its 20th anniversary Jan. 26-28, and there are a number of course changes that will both improve the skier experience and prepare the race for future growth, according to a press release from ...

Highland Clan supports Cheer Club for 16 years

ISHPEMING — Every year the Highland Clan Motorcycle Club is one of the largest contributors to The Mining Journal Ishpeming office for Cheer Club. Last week members brought big bags full of toys for children of all ages. This marks the 16th year the Highland Clan has contributed to the ...

Housing commission seeks board member

MARQUETTE — The Marquette Housing Commission is looking to fill a seat that was left vacant after Jenna Smith accepted a city commission position on Dec. 11., according to MHC Executive Director Sharon Maki. At the Marquette City Commission’s regular meeting Monday, Maki presented ...

Signatures submitted for Michigan redistricting initiative

LANSING — A group opposed to political gerrymandering submitted more than 425,000 signatures Monday for a ballot drive that would empower an independent commission to draw Michigan’s congressional and legislative districts, which backers said would make the once-a-decade process less ...