Editorial

DNR fish stocking supports big part of regional economy

Fishing in the Upper Peninsula has long been a favorite pastime for many of us, and the financial benefit of the fishing industry to the state of Michigan is one we should seek to preserve. Year after year the state’s economy is bolstered by anglers trying their luck on our lakes, rivers ...

Superior Health Foundation keeps up great work

Wednesday was a night of great news for a number of area organizations as the the Superior Health Foundation in Marquette awarded more than $443,000 in health-centered grant funding. The announcement of what organizations were receiving the funding came at SHF’s Fall Grants Awards ...

Employment report from MSU good news for job seekers

The job outlook news was uniformly good in an annual report published Thursday by Michigan State University. The Recruiting Trends survey took information from more than 2,500 employers of all types nationwide and found growth is strongest in construction; professional, business and ...

Area K-9 teams receive top certification in training seminar

Two K-9 handlers from the Marquette City Police Department recently received certifications after attending the annual National K-9 Training Seminar in Alpena. Handler Todd Collins, along with K-9 Scud, and handler John Waldo, along with K-9 Nitro, were among the 330 teams from the U.S. and ...

Sue Madden a worthy recipient of Evergreen Award

One of the top awards given annually in the area is the Evergreen Award, which honors individuals who have dedicated their lives to supporting and mentoring women and girls. This comes about by helping them reach their leadership potential, which can’t always be accomplished without a ...

Solar power the right option for businesses

Everybody, it seems, talks a pretty big game when it comes to energy efficiency and green power. But Donckers and The Delft Bistro owner Tom Vear has actually done something about it, putting his own money in as the principle part of a financing package to install dozens of solar panels to help ...

Cyber security must be priority in planners’ minds

It wasn’t all that long ago that cyber security was something people doing top secret work for the Pentagon worried about but few others this side of the intelligence community paid it much mind. That’s not the case anymore as the tentacles from hackers, professional and otherwise, have ...

‘Living Green’ will explore sustainability in everyday life

The importance of living within your means isn’t just good advice in the realm of finance. It’s also a valuable perspective to consider when discussing environmental sustainability, particularly on a large community, or even global scale. Beginning Monday, The Mining Journal is unveiling ...

County board making good decisions on budget matters

We haven’t hesitated in the past to use this space to criticize budget moves made by the Marquette County Board or other elected bodies, when we believed such criticism was warranted and appropriate. We have, historically speaking, taken our municipal oversight responsibilities seriously ...

NMU opening doors for Wildcat Weekend

Several weeks back in this space, we requested members of the community should be friendly and kind to families visiting their daughters and sons at Northern Michigan University for Family Weekend. Today, we make the same request for Wildcat Weekend which is NMU’s open house event for those ...

Modeltowners doing good work in support of community

The Gwinn High School Modeltowners football team, which is having a successful campaign at 5-3, is giving back to the community by stacking firewood for people who need this arduous task performed. “We just love doing things for the community like that because they show our support, ...

Land conservancies valuable in protecting natural treasures

Land conservancies serve an extremely important purpose in Michigan. They acquire land donated by property owners, or bought through grants and fundraising projects. Even though most people don’t live on those lands nor can they always visit them easily, they benefit indirectly from the ...

U.P. number one in national list for fall colors

Although it came as absolutely no surprise to anyone the least bit familiar with the region, the Upper Peninsula recently received outstanding — and colorful — recognition when USA TODAY published its annual 10 Best Destinations for Fall Foliage Readers’ Choice Awards. The U.P. was in ...

Ghiringhelli receives prestigious award for EMS service

We’d like to add our voice to the chorus of congratulations directed toward Pete Ghiringhelli of Gwinn, who was recently recognized as one of Michigan’s 10 best emergency medical technicians. Ghiringhelli, who served as director of Forsyth Township Volunteer Fire Department for over 20 ...

Regional gathering shows important role EMS plays

We want to say thank you to the over 400 people who participated in the UP-EMS conference being held at Northern Michigan University the past four days. The dedicated volunteers and professionals who make up much of the EMS services in the Upper Peninsula deserve our gratitude. A significant ...

Deer on, near roadways pose major hazard

It’s that time of year, when summer has already given in to fall and winter’s frigid temperatures and winds are just around the corner. And, as any experienced driver can attest, whitetail deer start appearing on and near roadways in increasingly large numbers, creating a significant ...

Yoopers stand together when facing economic adversity

With the news that the State of Michigan has plans to close the Ojibway Correctional Facility we understand why the community is fighting back as hard as it is to try and save the prison. People in our area know full well what it means to lose a government facility. When K.I. Sawyer closed ...

State’s cash bail system needs reform

A group of bipartisan legislators last week introduced bills to reform the state of Michigan’s cash bail system. The legislation focuses on changing a system that costs taxpayers millions of dollars while low-income defendants await trial. State Rep. David LaGrand, D-Grand Rapids, who ...

Ojibway facility deserves support

Citing, among other reasons, the negative impact that the loss of jobs would have on the local economy, the Marquette County Board recently approved a resolution opposing the closure of the Ojibway Correctional Facility in Gogebic County. The Michigan Department of Corrections has announced ...

Escanaba seeking funds to continue dark store battle

The city of Escanaba is seeking financial assistance in its legal battle against dark stores, or active big box retail properties that are assessed as if they stand completely empty and vacant. According to Escanaba City Manager Patrick Jordan, costs have been significant to date with the ...