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SB 390 moving ahead for House vote

MARQUETTE — The Michigan House Natural Resources Committee showed bi-partisan support to advance Senate Bill 390 to the House floor on Wednesday. The measure would reallocate tax revenue generated by iron ore mining companies, such as Cleveland-Cliffs Inc., for public schools into a separate ...

Marquette Welcome Center to host U.P. 200 viewing party

MARQUETTE — The Marquette Welcome Center will be doubling down Friday night, welcoming people to a U.P. 200 viewing party with a view of Lake Superior. The festivities start at 6 p.m. and go until the last Midnight Run team passes through around 10:30 p.m., said Welcome Center lead ...

Lead found in water at NMU’s Jacobetti Complex

MARQUETTE — After a water test revealed high levels of lead at Northern Michigan University’s Jacobetti Complex, NMU officials announced the closure of the building Wednesday throughout the rest of the week. A single test that revealed the elevated levels was conducted after a recent ...

City still considering Dark Sky Park

MARQUETTE — Officials in the city of Marquette and amateur astronomers continue to mull over the future of the Dark Sky Park on Presque Isle. The Dark Sky Park is the brainchild of the Marquette Astronomical Society, which first broached the subject to the Presque Isle Park Advisory ...

UPDATED/School shooting suspect belonged to white nationalist group

PARKLAND, Fla. — An orphaned 19-year-old who participated in paramilitary drills with a white nationalist group was charged with murder Thursday in the deaths of 17 people who were fatally shot at a huge Florida high school in the nation's deadliest school attack in five years. Nikolas Cruz ...

SETTLING IN

NEGAUNEE — Negaunee City Manager Nate Heffron said he is excited to engage in a collaborative effort to build on momentum the city has already established. Dozens of Negaunee residents and community leaders came out on Tuesday to meet Heffron, who took the reins in late January. Heffron ...

Florida high school shooter in custody; ‘numerous’ deaths

PARKLAND, Fla. — A shooter opened fire at a Florida high school Wednesday, killing "numerous" people, sending students running out into the streets and SWAT team members swarming in before authorities took the shooter into custody. Frantic parents rushed to the scene and ambulances ...

Scheduled events, art show promoting positive social change

MARQUETTE — With the Building Love: Imagine series, members of the local chapter of Forward Action Michigan, a nonpartisan group with nearly 1,000 members in the Upper Peninsula, are promoting positive social change through scheduled events and an art show, showcasing the importance of ...

Republic veterans memorial seeks funding for final touches

REPUBLIC — A dedication ceremony was held for the Veterans’ Memorial in Republic last fall, but there is still work to be done to make sure the newly built monument is accessible to everybody. In a Republic Veterans Memorial Fund newsletter, founding member Sterling Schultz said the ...

FRIES, NOT FLOWERS

NEW YORK — Is that love in the air or french fries? White Castle, KFC and other fast-food restaurants are trying to lure sweethearts for Valentine’s Day. It’s an attempt to capture a bit of the $3.7 billion that the National Retail Federation expects Americans to spend on a night out ...

Woman arrested in connection with standoff

MARQUETTE — Lorin Elise Rochon, 31, of Marquette was arrested Monday in connection to a recent standoff between Rochon and police. On Friday, officers from the Marquette Police Department went to Rochon’s residence to perform a well-being check on her. When police arrived at Rochon’s ...

Trump budget again targets Great Lakes water programs

TRAVERSE CITY — For a second consecutive year, President Donald Trump is trying to drastically reduce or eliminate federal support of cleanups for iconic U.S. waterways including the Great Lakes and Chesapeake Bay. Trump’s proposed 2019 budget for the Environmental Protection Agency ...

Names of victims in Ontonogan fire released

TROUT CREEK — Two Trout Creek residents were killed in a fire early Sunday morning, the Ontonagon County Sheriff’s Office said. Sheriff’s deputies said they received the call at 6:38 a.m. The victims were identified as David Saubert, 48, and David Saubert Jr., 6, both of whom were ...

Schloegel seated on commission

MARQUETTE — The Marquette City Commission has a new member on board. At the commission’s meeting Monday, Paul Schloegel was sworn in as the newest city commissioner, filling the seat that was left vacant in December after the sudden passing of Mayor Tom Baldini. In a 4-2 vote, Schloegel ...

Board approves access review

MARQUETTE — Chocolay Township officials will conduct a comprehensive review of its ordinances. The Chocolay Township Board unanimously approved a motion Monday to form an ad-hoc committee to review the bulk of 28 existing ordinances for inconsistencies and language issues. The committee ...

Mariucci in town to help with Beacon House fundraising

MARQUETTE — Steve Mariucci was at the Ore Dock Brewing Company in Marquette on Monday working with community leaders to develop fundraising ideas for the Beacon House Legacy of Love campaign. The goal is to build a facility near the new UP Health System-Marquette hospital to be used by ...

Burge sentenced in embezzlement case

MARQUETTE — Brice Edward Burge, former general manager of the nonprofit hockey organization the Marquette Mutineers, was sentenced to 12 months probation on a delayed sentence Thursday in the 96th District Court. Burge was ordered to pay $4,000 in restitution, as well as $5,355 in ...

For the weary traveler

MARQUETTE — When the Hotel Janzen opened in the late 1890s, it promised travelers “all modern improvements and finely furnished” at rates from $1 to $2 per day. Original proprietor William Janzen could not have imagined that his hotel would still be taking in weary travelers 135 years ...