Editorial

Heikki Lunta kicks off today in city of Negaunee

Area residents and visitors alike looking for something fun to do are advised that the city of Negaunee is rolling out the fun carpet this weekend with the annual observation of Heikki Lunta, known as a celebration of Finnish heritage and all things winter. Event organizer and luge club coach ...

Fund doing good work in honor of John Kivela

In a recent focus group of people aged 18 to 24 in Marquette County, over half of the 77 individuals reported they would likely not seek help for mental illnesses, said Great Lakes Recovery Center Foundation Coordinator Amy Poirier. The largest barrier, according to 34 survey respondents, ...

New funding source very good news for area dental patients

Good dental care involves more than a toothbrush and toothpaste, which means that without the proper attention, expenses can add up with cleanings, fillings and the like. Unfortunately, not everyone has dental insurance. To help fill this gap — maybe in more ways than one — the U.P. ...

Free home energy assessments are available in region

Upper Peninsula residents heat their homes in a wide variety of ways. Most common, perhaps, is the use of natural gas but propane, fuel oil, electricity and even wood make up most of the rest. And if residents use different fuels to provide heat, one thing certainly all have in common is a ...

Snowmobiling is great time but safety always first

No one can dispute the importance of snowmobiling, both as a general proposition in the state as a whole and here in the Upper Peninsula in particular. Put another way, some areas of the region largely depend on snowmobiling for its economic survival. But it's a sport that requires, it seems, ...

Maximum transparency will always be best in government work

As legislators and other state leaders settle into their offices and new roles down in Lansing, we hope one priority that emerges in the collective thought around the Capitol is transparency. During this legislative session, lawmakers need to take a good hard look at where the state stands ...

Mike Prusi welcomed back to public service

We congratulate new Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on a sharp move as far as her Upper Peninsula and northern Lower Peninsula constituents are concerned. Whitmer announced this week that Mike Prusi is director of the governor’s Northern Michigan Office in Marquette. Prusi, a former state ...

Norovirus is lurking so use common sense precautions

Sometimes it’s called the stomach flu or food poisoning, but the norovirus, a common ailment especially this time of year, typically works its way through the population each winter. It probably won’t kill you but the norovirus will sicken you for a few days. Stomach cramps, often severe, ...

Great weekend getaways happening here in Superiorland

A new year in the Upper Peninsula means plenty of snow for the next few months, a boatload of new year’s resolutions — some of which will be kept, and many others which will fall by the wayside by February — and dropping temperatures. This is the season when many Yoopers will consider ...

Dicey decision for city commission on retail cannabis

The Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marijuana Act took effect Dec. 6, which made the state the 10th in the United States to legalize the use and possession of recreation marijuana. The actual implementation of the law is more complicated than it might seem. The Marquette City Commission ...

Caution needed this time of year as tax scams abound

It’s that time of year, when people start preparing their 2018 tax returns by assembling W-2 forms, receipts or any other document that will help them report their earnings and deductions to the state and federal governments. And equally right on schedule, officials said, will be the tax ...

Help available for residents in need of electrical, heat aid

Although the economy seems to be moving along well on a national and even state level, a great many people right here in Superiorland find themselves in diminished or challenged circumstances, many severe enough that they may not be able to keep the lights on or heat going this winter. There ...

Extra care, caution always best practices when out on ice

Here in the Upper Peninsula, our Great Lakes shorelines and inland waterways are a point of pride for many outdoorsmen and women. It seems nearly every year that once the waters freeze over to a respectable thickness, ice shanties begin popping up quickly, creating what looks like tiny ...

Whitmer move on using private email makes lots of sense

We like the fact that new Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has hit the ground running, handing down directives and signing a series of executive orders on a wide variety of topics. Among several, one specific executive order got our attention out of the gate, the document that flat out bans the use of ...

UPAWS reports great year in 2018, adoptions top 1,000

The Upper Peninsula Animal Welfare Shelter had another banner year in 2018. UPAWS recently announced its adoption number for the year: 1,093 pets found loving homes in 2018 at UPAWS. That translates to an average of about three pets adopted every day. In the past, UPAWS has received state ...

Beacon House most worthy of community support

For years, Beacon House has been the community’s “home away from home” when loved ones of hospital patients need a nearby place to stay. That need still exists. However, with the building of the new UP Health System-Marquette hospital along Baraga Avenue comes the necessity to ...

Queen’s Heart a unique way to be charitable

Coupons, thankfully, aren’t a thing of the past. In fact, “extreme couponing” is the basis for a nonprofit called The Queen’s Heart. Khadijah Wilson, a resident of Marquette, has founded the organization that has delivered baskets of personal care and household items to ...

While celebrating tonight, don’t forget about safety

New Year’s Eve is finally upon us. While many of us may be excited to party it up and bask in the typical behaviors that come with a night such as this, we must, once again, raise a note of caution. Many of us will ponder making some New Year’s resolutions which we hope will improve our ...

Cities sue to block strict lead rule

Would Flint have poisoned itself without the state’s help? It’s hard to say; maybe we will know when all the criminal and civil trials have completed their slow but fine grind through the court system. But other cities, including Detroit, want judicial permission to keep feeding lead to ...

Advanced fire training a positive development for Marquette

Continuing education is expected in many professional fields. Firefighting is no different. Ian Davis, fire chief of the city of Marquette Fire Department, has become part of an exclusive group after completing the National Fire Academy’s intensive Executive Fire Officer program in ...