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Police: No evidence that reported abduction happened

MARQUETTE — Police have been unable to substantiate an eyewitness report that a woman was abducted by two men Wednesday afternoon in Marquette Township. The witness reportedly saw two men force a white woman into a four-door dark blue sedan around 3:30 p.m. near the intersection of Venture ...

Breaking barriers

Beauchaine looks back on challenges MARQUETTE — When Donna (Mercier) Beauchaine became the first female Michigan State Police trooper in the Upper Peninsula, the force was still “pretty patriarchal,” she said. It was the late 1970s, and while many of her peers and colleagues accepted ...

Potential abduction investigated

MARQUETTE — A woman may have been abducted Wednesday afternoon near the intersection of Venture Drive and Wright Street in Marquette Township, police say. A witness reportedly saw two men, believed to be in their 30s, force a white woman into a four-door dark blue sedan around 3:30 p.m. ...

Missing hiker found

MARQUETTE — After a five-day search, missing hiker Kara Moore of Milwaukee walked off a trail and into Little Beaver Campground Wednesday afternoon. Moore, 55, went missing Friday evening while hiking with her family on the Little Beaver Lake Trail in the Pictured Rocks National ...

GOP targets Endangered Species Act as protections lifted

WASHINGTON — Congressional Republicans are moving forward with legislation to roll back the Endangered Species Act, amid complaints that the landmark 44-year-old law hinders drilling, logging and other activities. At simultaneous hearings Wednesday, House and Senate committees considered ...

Beautiful Music

The air-actuated pipe organ of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Ishpeming was installed in 1927. Last August, the campaign to renovate the organ began, resulting in donations of $64,000 for the $65,000 project. The renovations, reconditioning and updating of the organ by Lauck Pipe ...

Missing hiker at Pictured Rocks found

MARQUETTE — After an extended nearly five-day search, missing hiker Kara Moore of Milwaukee walked off the trail and into Little Beaver Campground this afternoon. Moore went missing Friday evening while hiking with her family on the Little Beaver Lake Trail in the Pictured Rocks National ...

Construction bid OK’d for diversion cells

MARQUETTE — The Marquette County Board approved a contract Tuesday with Gundlach Champion Inc. for the construction of two new cells at the county jail that will be used as separate holding areas for individuals with mental health issues. “This is a progressive thing for Marquette County, ...

Hiker still missing at Pictured Rocks

MARQUETTE — A 55-year-old Milwaukee woman who was lost on a hike at the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore is still missing five days into a search that is being scaled back today, according to the National Park Service. Kara Moore was last seen at about 5:30 p.m. Friday hiking on the Little ...

Florida man threatens to be judges’ ‘biggest nightmare’

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A convicted drug trafficker is accused of stalking nearly a dozen judges in one Florida county by making obscene phone calls and sending letters in which he threatened to be their “biggest nightmare.” Todd Watson, 53, was arrested Tuesday in Fort Lauderdale ...

Snyder task force wants municipalities to prefund retiree care for new hires

LANSING — Michigan should require municipalities to prefund new hires’ retiree medical costs and help local governments facing substantially underfunded pension and retiree health obligations, a task force created by Gov. Rick Snyder said Tuesday after failing to agree on potential benefit ...

TEACHERS URGE ‘FAIR CONTRACT’

GWINN — Negotiations are continuing between the Gwinn Education Association and the school district regarding a teacher contract. Gwinn teachers picketed before Monday’s meeting of the Gwinn Area Community Schools Board of Education, where some also spoke before the board. Before the ...

Ruska charged with kidnapping

MARQUETTE — Eric Scott Ruska is being charged at the federal level for allegedly kidnapping a 28-year-old Cooks woman and holding her against her will for several days last week. Ruska admitted to police that he also sexually assaulted his victim repeatedly, according to a continuation of ...

Officials: Boy, 10, among youngest victims of opioid crisis

MIAMI (AP) — Prosecutors in Florida believe a 10-year-old boy who died with the painkiller fentanyl in his system is among the state’s youngest victims of the opioid crisis. Preliminary toxicology tests show Alton Banks had fentanyl in his system when he collapsed and died at his home on ...

County board to consider jail diversion program pact, hangar repairs at Sawyer

MARQUETTE — The Marquette County Board today will consider potential changes to a proposed jail diversion program in response to construction bids that came in higher than expected. The board will meet at 6 p.m. today in Room 231 of the Henry A. Skewis Annex Building, along Baraga Avenue in ...

Ruska facing federal kidnapping charges

MARQUETTE — Eric Scott Ruska is being charged at the federal level for allegedly kidnapping a 28-year-old Cooks woman and holding her against her will for several days. Officials this morning confirmed Ruska was being charged with kidnapping through U.S. District Court. He was being held in ...

Woman missing at Pictured Rocks

MARQUETTE — A 55-year-old woman from the Milwaukee area has reportedly gone missing from a hike in the Beaver Basin Wilderness Area of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, according to the National Park Service. Kara Moore was last seen at about 5:30 p.m. Friday hiking on the Little Beaver ...

Hiawatha Music Co-op to mark 39th festival

MARQUETTE — Each July since 1984, the Hiawatha Music Co-op has invited musicians, families and guests from near and far to come to Tourist Park in Marquette for a weekend of traditional music and arts, concerts, workshops and informal jam sessions. They call this the Hiawatha Traditional ...

Colorful competition

Participants of the Marquette Women’s Center’s first-ever Color U.P. 5K Fun Run/Walk appear to be having a good time. The event was held Saturday at the Jackson Mine Park Trailhead in Negaunee.

Author distills U.P. history, prohibition era

DETROIT — A retired Northern Michigan University professor has compressed nearly a half-century of research and interviews into a book about Upper Peninsula history — and another tome distills tales of prohibition along the state’s northern border with Canada. Russell Magnaghi said his ...