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Winners announced

MARQUETTE — The Marquette Board of Light and Power has announced its 2017 holiday lighting contest winners. First-place winners of the Winner’s Circle category were John and Stacy Carter, who live at 1313 N. Vandenboom Ave., Marquette Township. John Carter said they’ve been decorating ...

State considers payments to victims of unemployment errors

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — Gov. Rick Snyder and lawmakers are looking to create a state fund to compensate thousands of people who were falsely accused of fraudulently collecting unemployment benefits. The proposal was not included in changes to the Unemployment ...

Congrats Cats

Above, Northern Michigan University President Fritz J. Erickson addresses the crowd of students, staff and graduates’ family members gathered at the Superior Dome during NMU’s midyear commencement Saturday. At left, and bottom left, graduates fill the Superior Dome for the commencement ...

WWII vet recalls Battle of the Bulge

MARQUETTE — Dick Wills probably is grateful for any bit of warmth that comes his way. After all, it’s not everyone who has experienced frostbite, much less in a World War II setting. Wills, 97, who lives at the Jacobetti Home for Veterans in Marquette, on Saturday reflected on his time ...

Livable Wage, livable life

By CHRISTIE BLECK Journal Staff Writer MARQUETTE — The hourly minimum wage in Michigan is set to increase from $8.90 to $9.25 beginning Jan. 1, a hike that represents the last scheduled increase provided for in the Workforce Opportunity Wage Act. That’s an improvement, but how many ...

Michigan residents can track snowplows online

KALAMAZOO (AP) — The Michigan Department of Transportation is allowing residents to track snowplows and watch them at work via webcam. The department piloted the snowplow tracking program the last few years. It’s now operational statewide. “People really seem to appreciate it,” said ...

CELEBRATING Star wars

Peter White Public Library, the Marquette Arts and Culture Center and Taiga Games held a party celebrating the release of the latest “Star Wars” movie, “The Last Jedi.” This galaxy was not so far away with themed crafts, games, contest refreshments and photo ops with “Star Wars” ...

2017 Christmas Cheer Club

Layla Warnsholz drops off gifts at The Mining Journal’s Ishpeming office for the Christmas 2017 Cheer Club. The Cheer Club is a joint effort between the Journal, the Salvation Army and St. Vincent de Paul to provide gifts to local children and families for Christmas. Unwrapped gifts and other ...

Agencies talk about ground-breaking program

MARQUETTE — Local authorities and agencies are taking a new approach to correct domestic violence crimes in Marquette County. Blueprint for Safety, an interagency response program and the first of its kind in the state of Michigan, will involve the collaboration of the Marquette County ...

State lawmakers target ‘doc shopping’ by opioid addicts

LANSING — Doctors would be required to check a prescription database before prescribing painkillers and other powerful drugs under legislation that won final approval Wednesday, the latest attempt to combat Michigan's deadly opioid epidemic. Other bills passed Wednesday would limit the ...

Part-time Legislature group seeks signatures by mail, ads

LANSING — Organizers of a ballot drive to make the Michigan Legislature a part-time body and slash lawmakers’ pay said they have mailed hundreds of thousands of petitions to voters in the hopes they will gather signatures from their friends and family. The Clean Michigan committee ...

English prof, student to deliver addresses

MARQUETTE — Northern Michigan University English professor David Wood will deliver the keynote address for mid-year commencement at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Superior Dome. He is the second recipient of the Students’ Choice Award, a recognition program that allows graduating students to ...

A league of her own

MARQUETTE — Negaunee native Karen Violetta Kunkel — a trailblazer in women’s sports who was a vital force in bringing U.S. Olympic training to the Upper Peninsula — has died. She was 83. Kunkel was a professional athlete, a professor, an administrator, a movie adviser, a ...

Sporting life well lived

Editor’s note: This information comes from an article written by Charles F. Faber, who interviewed Karen Kunkel. It is used with the permission of Society for American Baseball Research which is housed at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State ...

Gambling payout

MARQUETTE —A proposed underpass project in Marquette Township got a boost from the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community with a $25,000 gaming distribution. The Marquette Township payment is one of 12 KBIC bi-annual distribution payments totaling $161,747.78. The distribution amount is derived ...

2017 Christmas Cheer Club

Recent contributors to The Mining Journal Cheer Club include: Jackie Heitman and Kathleen Brennan, Marquette Mary Wedig, Marquette Paul and Cindy Heino, Ishpeming Lauren and Lois LaBrecque, Marquette Bentlee Behrens, Marquette Charles and Lori Bleau, Marquette In honor of Kathy ...

Dam discussion

REPUBLIC — A group of government officials and stakeholders met Friday to discuss long- and short-term solutions for issues surrounding the condition and operation of the Republic Dam. The central issues discussed were the condition of the dam itself and the adverse affect of closing the ...