Editorial

Keeping printed words alive

In a world where new discoveries in technology are being made every day, our attention spans have only grown shorter. One local resident has found a way to confront that in her own special way. Melissa Derby, who lives in K.I. Sawyer, has started a “pass-along” book program to get used ...

First U.P. shooting range good for area

If all goes to plan, Sands Township will be the site of the first public shooting range in the Upper Peninsula. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources had been looking into constructing and operating such a range for some time. Its first official attempt to get one OK’d failed to get ...

Whitmer won’t appear on national ballot in 2020

As the 2020 presidential race heats up and declared candidates start looking around for viable running mates, some experts are predicting that the Democratic Party ticket will include a woman. After all, record numbers of women were elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2018 and it ...

Spread Goodness Day all about little acts of kindness

Readers are reminded that March 15 is just around the corner, when Spread Goodness Day is being observed this year. Not familiar? The first Spread Goodness Day was observed last year. Organized and promoted by local resident Anna Dravland, the day is set aside to, simply put, emphasize ...

Depression a malady that impacts lives of many residents

Ever have a downright terrible day? You’re concerned about financial problems at home, and your boss is pushing you to get that project done earlier than expected, then your car breaks down and you’ve got no way to take your kid to her basketball game. Sounds like a day that might make you ...

Cambensy on right track with new mining legislation

Minerals extraction is among the bedrock ways Upper Peninsulans have made livings going back a century and much more. At one time, thousands of U.P. residents were employed in mining, either directly or indirectly. Working iron ore and copper mines dotted the landscape and unemployment ...

Trenary Outhouse Classic a truly unique experience

The Trenary Outhouse Classic, which is running under the slogan, “Legend or Myth? You Decide...” will hold its 26th annual event on Saturday. Festivities kick off at noon, and races will begin at 2 p.m., although attendees are encouraged to come out early for a Yooper-style outhouse ...

Campus tech mulled at new Beaumier Center exhibit

For older adults, it’s a blast from the past. For young people, it’s a chance to learn about how far we’ve come. It’s the new exhibit at the Beaumier Upper Peninsula Heritage Center on the campus of Northern Michigan University. “From Chalk to Light Boards: Technology at NMU” ...

Alternative high school finds new ways to learn

The teen years aren’t easy. Periods of transition usually come with issues, and being in that age group is challenging, particularly in an educational setting. Marquette Alternative High School is for students who would be better served in a less-traditional secondary school setting. That ...

Iron Mountain VA facility cited for doing great work

It wasn’t all that long ago that we were using this space to criticize the Department of Veteran Affairs for running shoddy and substandard VA hospitals around the country. Several national investigations had found horrifying deficiencies at several big regional hospitals including but not ...

Whitmer speech dress gets much downstate attention

By now, many readers are aware of the media dust up that took place last week about the clothing Gov. Gretchen Whitmer wore to her first State of the State address, specifically her blue dress. One of the local television stations in that part of the state, Fox 2, did a story following the ...

Reuse of old pier in Lower Harbor has great deal of promise

Not too long ago, Marquette’s Lower Harbor was a dirty, industrial site — a blemish on Lake Superior’s shoreline that stood out like a spot of black mold on an old green pepper. With some imagination though, along with collaboration and a healthy dose of financial investment, the harbor ...

Sled Dog weekend offers something for everyone

With a fresh layer of snow lining the Upper Peninsula landscape, conditions are shaping up to be nearly perfect for the 30th running of the U.P. 200, which begins tonight in downtown Marquette. Darlene Walch, president of the Upper Peninsula Sled Dog Association, said there are a few changes ...

Congratulations to Marty Achatz, U.P. Poet Laureate

Congratulations to Marty Achatz who was chosen to repeat as U.P. Poet Laureate in recent voting. Achatz, thus, will extend his Poet Laureate position to run from 2017-2020. According to a press release, Achatz is the first-time repeat winner as U.P. Poet Laureate and some 1,557 votes were ...

Rejuvenating the Westwood Mall good for entire area

The retail world in Marquette County continues to evolve, and a major evolution could be headed to Marquette Township. The Kohan Retail Investment Group, based in Great Neck, New York, has purchased a majority of the 30-acre property at the beleaguered Westwood Mall, located along U.S. 41 in ...

Sportsmanship on display at Berry in basketball gesture

What can only be described as a wonderful display of sportsmanship took place recently at the Northern Michigan University Wildcats women’s basketball game with Northwood University. Outwardly, the Saturday occurrence at the Berry Events Center might have been a bit difficult to detect to ...

MSP warning about new statewide email scam

Another email scam is out statewide, according to the Michigan State Police, and this one is especially nasty. MSP’s Michigan Cyber Command Center has noted a substantial uptick in fraudulent emails containing malicious links or attachments that are being sent to businesses and individuals ...

Upcoming closure of Shopko bad news for community, region

The recently announced closure of more than 250 Shopko stores across several states is not a good thing for shoppers here in the Upper Peninsula, but it may be an unfortunate sign of the times. The Shopko in Marquette near McClellan Avenue and Washington Street has been open for decades, with ...

New festival offers respite from winter blues

We couldn’t be more excited to learn about a brand new festival coming to Marquette, just in time to help chase away the winter blues. It’s touted by its organizers thusly: “To celebrate Marquette’s love of both winter and music, a group of the city’s non-profits have joined forces ...

Wandering wolf aside, Isle Royale relocation program the right choice

Officials are taking in stride news that one of the wolves relocated to Isle Royale National Park last year has crossed the ice bridge from the remote island and returned to the mainland. The female was one of four wolves placed on the island in an attempt to repopulate the species, which was ...