Editorial

Hiawatha fest marks 40 years with this weekend’s gathering

For 40 years, a special, joyful event has been an important part of summer in the Upper Peninsula. Today, the 40th annual Hiawatha Traditional Music Festival wraps up another successful weekend of music, art, dance and fellowship. Members of the Hiawatha Music Co-op pour heart and soul into ...

Budget gains at Gwinn district show positive movement

Baby steps. That’s how the budgetary progress being made at the Gwinn Area Community Schools might be characterized and measured, based on recent board of education moves. According to GACS Superintendent Sandy Petrovich, the panel approved a new General Fund spending package that went into ...

Lake Superior Theatre marking 20 years of excellence

We congratulate all involved with the Lake Superior Theatre as it marks its 20th anniversary. This little gem is located in a working boathouse filled with marine artifacts at 270 N. Lakeshore Boulevard. It began its season where it started with the local treasure “Beacon on the Rock,” ...

NMU student-veteran takes second place in national art competition

Traci Dietz, a Northern Michigan University student-veteran from Negaunee, recently won second place in the photography category of the National Veterans Creative Arts Competition. The senior photography major entered a local competition through the Iron Mountain VA Medical Center. Her ...

Finding long-lost servicemen, women our responsibility

One of the tragic consequences of war is death, and after it happens, families and loved ones have to bear the pain. It never goes away completely, but having some sort of closure in the form of a ceremonial burial might ease some of that pain. That happened recently when, 76 years after ...

UPPCO, SWP program a good way to help with electrical costs

While nobody is claiming it’s going to solve all of the problems, a unique partnership between a local utility company and a non-profit associated with the environment should amount to positive steps in helping low-income customers cope with electrical costs. The initiative involves the ...

Documentary, memorial honor men of Mather B

The students, advisory and support staff at the Negaunee High School and on the Marquette Iron Range involved in the planning and production of a documentary film about iron ore mining — specifically work at the former Mather B mine — and associated memorial deserve accolades for a job well ...

Father Marquette Park soon to be city showpiece

What a fine and wonderful collaboration there’s been behind the effort to make improvements at Father Marquette Park. The park, neatly situated atop a hill overlooking part of the Lower Harbor in Marquette, has seen quite a few changes in the past year or two, and a dedication ceremony will ...

It’s time America provided justice for Emmett Till

“Justice is like a train that is nearly always late.” —Yevgeny Yevtushenko Although we are reasonably certain the famous Soviet and Russian poet, novelist, essayist, dramatist and screenwriter was referring to something else altogether when he wrote those words, the concept could ...

Pioneer Days a fun celebration of all things Negaunee

It’s been called the city of Negaunee’s favorite week of the year. And why not? Pioneer Days, which has been taking place in Negaunee all week, includes a wide variety of activities that groups and families often build reunions around. Be it parades, softball tournaments, dinners or ...

Thai cave rescue shows much good remains in troubled world

Tuesday’s edition of The Mining Journal featured an Associated Press article that stated all 12 boys and their soccer coach had been rescued from the flooded cave in northern Thailand, ending an 18-day ordeal that riveted people around the world. The boys and their coach were trapped in the ...

City downtown property sale could be key asset

Right now it’s a parking lot, but it could be much more in five years or so. The Marquette City Commission Monday approved a resolution allowing City Manager Mike Angeli and City Attorney Ronald Keefe to complete the sale of a half-acre of city-owned property at the corner of Third and Main ...

War against invasive species a series of small skirmishes

By this point in history, we believe most Michigan residents are well aware of the existence of invasive species, the often tiny (although not always) critters and plant life that end up doing great damage to area and regional water habitats. Most of what we hear, in terms of the battle to ...

Sugarloaf Mountain improvements a step forward in accessibility

The recreational opportunities in Marquette County keep getting sweeter. Recently, the Marquette County Board of Commissioners approved an agreement with the state that will allow the county to use a Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund grant on improvements at Sugarloaf Mountain. The ...

Mess left behind from Fourth of July celebration unacceptable

The Marquette area experienced another wonderful Fourth of July with warm weather, a great parade and a fantastic fireworks display. This is something we can all be very happy about. There was one problem, however. Many area parks and spots along the parade route had some real problems with ...

Pioneer Days needs supporters

The first pitch drops today at the Negaunee Alumni Softball Tournament at LaCombe Field, signaling the start of the annual Pioneer Days celebration in Negaunee. But those who enjoy the festivities that make Pioneer Week a time for celebration by residents and visitors alike should be aware ...

Monday’s a big day if you want to vote in primary election

Monday’s the day. If you’re not registered to vote by then, you’re not going to be able to vote in the Aug. 7 primary election. For some, that’s not a big deal, but to us, it’s a very important life detail, being registered to vote and able to participate in American democracy. In ...

Niemisto statue deserves more respect than vandals show

For the second time since its public unveiling in October, the statue of the late Phil Niemisto has been vandalized. The statue of Niemisto, who died in February, is located in the pocket park along West Washington Street in Marquette that bears his name. That statue, according to the ...

Make sure safety comes first on this Fourth of July

Today is Independence Day, and with this celebratory holiday come the usual parades and fireworks. Although Fourth of July is meant to be enjoyed, like any holiday, some caution is warranted. And since fireworks are involved with this holiday, that means special caution. The National ...

Report possible threats to help stop mass killings

The news last week that a gunman attacked journalists at a Maryland newspaper and killed five people was disconcerting to say the least. We know firsthand that people take things that are printed in a newspaper personally. We receive threats on occasion telling us if we run an item in the court ...