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Trial set for Niemisto park vandalism

MARQUETTE — A pre-trial conference was held for Alex David Wiitanen on Monday. Wiitanen was arrested Jan. 25 for his alleged involvement in the vandalism of the Phil Niemisto statue in the downtown Marquette pocket park named for Niemisto, which is located along West Washington Street. The ...

Police log

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following information is collected from Marquette City Police Department dispatch log books recorded at the time the calls were received. The incidents reported may have proven to be unfounded once police investigated. Some log entries may be edited or omitted due to space ...

Pigs-N-Heat warming up for charity hockey game

MARQUETTE — The kickoff for the annual Pigs-N-Heat hockey game was held last week at Marquette City Hall. Teams of local firefighters and police officers will face off in the hockey game at Lakeview Arena in Marquette on March 14. The game is put on by local fire and police agencies to ...

Streets closing for Polar Roll

MARQUETTE — The 35-mile Polar Roll snow bike race will start in Marquette on Saturday and will include minor traffic delays and rerouting in the city. The race will start on Washington Street between Third and Front streets at 8 a.m. on Saturday. The race will continue down Washington ...

WMCH offering health grants

ISHPEMING — The Western Marquette County Health Foundation’s next grant cycle deadline is April 1 and community members are encouraged to apply for a grant with the foundation this spring. The foundation provides funding for health and wellness solutions for communities in western ...

Deadly, bone-chilling cold grips wide swath of US

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Bone-chilling cold gripped much of the U.S. as 2018 began, breaking century-old records and leading to several deaths that authorities attributed to exposure to the dangerously low temperatures. The National Weather Service issued wind chill advisories and freeze warnings ...

Wolf management in Wisconsin would end under GOP bill

MADISON, Wis. — Some northern Wisconsin legislators are proposing a bill that would end the state’s efforts to manage wolves and force police to ignore wolf killings, unless the federal government removes the animals from the endangered species list. The Republican lawmakers — Reps. Adam ...

Local homeowners get ready for Halloween

ESCANABA — Halloween is just around the corner, and many area residents have decorated their homes to celebrate the holiday. In Gladstone, Autumn Bailey has been setting up Halloween decorations in her front yard on the 1300 block of Wisconsin Avenue. Bailey said while she has only lived in ...

Man arrested on meth charges

ONTONAGON —A 43-year-old Ontonagon man was arrested Tuesday regarding delivery of methamphetamine charges, according to a press release issued by the Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team, or UPSET. According to the Ontonagon County Prosecuting Attorney’s office, Dion Jolif was first ...

HERE COMES THE SUN

The sun rises Tuesday morning on the Portage Lake Lift Bridge in this photo taken from Hancock’s Porvoo Park. (Photo by Carrie Erickson)

Supreme Court considers ‘dark store’ case

LANSING — Escanaba officials who attended a Michigan Supreme Court hearing in Lansing on Thursday are hopeful justices will decide not to hear a “dark store” appeal by Menards to reverse a lower court’s ruling that favors the city. For more than three years, Escanaba has been in a ...

U.S. 2 on the map as a Pure Michigan Byway

MARQUETTE — A 92-mile section of U.S. 2 along the north shore of Lake Michigan in the Upper Peninsula officially became the latest Pure Michigan Byway in a recent ceremony in Naubinway attended by local and state officials, Michigan Department of Transportation staff, and residents. The new ...

Opening of new non-motorized trail celebrated in Keweenaw County

COPPER HARBOR — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Copper Harbor Trails Club celebrated the opening of a new 6-mile section of the Keweenaw Point Trail Thursday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony held southeast of Copper Harbor at High Rock Bay. Work on this second phase of a more ...

Crystal Theatre presents final event of the year

CRYSTAL FALLS — Anglin’ Wayne & The Trollers present an evening of wit and fun that pays tribute to the Northwoods lifestyle with accomplish musicians, humor and cleverness at 7 p.m. CT Saturday at the Crystal Theatre in Crystal Falls. Anglin’ Wayne and The Trollers is a fishing ...

UPtoberfest returns to Escanaba

By JORDAN BECK Escanaba Daily Press ESCANABA — Preparations are underway for the 12th Annual UPtoberfest, which will take place Oct. 14 at Escanaba’s Municipal Dock from 2 to 7 p.m. The event, hosted by local homebrewing group Bay de Noc Brewers, gives people in the area a chance to ...

Walk honors Tara Grant

STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich. (AP) — An annual 5K walk in eastern Michigan is honoring a woman who was killed by her husband 10 years ago. The 10th Tara Walk, in memory of murder victim Tara Grant, will be Saturday in Sterling Heights, north of Detroit. Organizers said the event raises awareness ...

UP school district rejects land sale

BRIMLEY (AP) — An Upper Peninsula school district has rejected a land sale mostly because the buyer wanted to sell tobacco and alcohol. Dollar General offered $127,000 to buy land next to the Brimley school. But Superintendent Brian Reattoir says the retailer wouldn’t agree to not stock ...

Forest Service seeks public input

AuTRAIN — The U.S. Forest Service is requesting public input for the AuTrain Public Access, Parking and Rehabilitation Project online and through comment cards until Friday. “We have heard from many people, but we would like to hear from more recreationists who use the area,” said Becky ...

UP lodge up for sale

COPPER HARBOR (AP) — An Upper Peninsula lodge built with federal aid during the Great Depression is up for sale. The Keweenaw County Board has received a $1.5 million offer for Keweenaw Mountain Lodge, which includes land, rooms, a nine-hole golf course and a string of cabins. James ...

MTU alum reveals secrets of nerdy talk

By GARRETT NEESE Houghton Daily Mining Gazette HOUGHTON — Preparing for Thursday’s talk to Michigan Technological University students, alumna Libby Titus talked with a fellow engineering student who said the hardest part of the work wasn’t dynamics or analysis, but people and ...