Editorial

NMU students receive top education nod, invite to state gathering

Hats off to a pair of Northern Michigan University students who were among “Teachers of Promise” who attended the Governor’s Education and Talent Summit in mid March downstate. Jennie Baker of Munising and Amy Burley of Marquette were selected NMU’s top pre-service teachers for the ...

Battle against Hep A needs infusion of state funding

The state of Michigan is properly supporting a battle that a great many residents had no idea was being waged. According to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, a outbreak of hepatitis A that has principally been located in the Lower Peninsula with just one case reported ...

Heroism in local residents recognized by city commission

The human heart is a vital and critical component of our anatomies. The doctors will tell you it’s a necessary organ, continually pumping and diffusing blood and oxygen throughout our bodies, giving us the very elements we need to keep moving, breathing and living. An all-encompassing ...

U of M revisits its own history and makes the right call

Passing all but unnoticed outside of the University of Michigan community late last week were decisions made by the university’s Board of Regents to remove the names of a past president and professor from the sides of U of M buildings because of the men’s odious cultural and political ...

Lots of family-friendly events in holiday weekend

Even though it may not feel quite like spring yet in the Upper Peninsula, the Easter bunny will make his way out of hibernation and down to the Marquette area on Saturday morning. First off, the kids Easter Egg Hunt will be held at 11 a.m. near the Presque Isle Bandshell in Marquette, but ...

Downtown project in Ishpeming a positive for city

The west end may have a new place for family and friends to recreate before the end of 2018. At the Ishpeming Downtown Development Authority meeting Monday, Ishpeming City Manager Mark Slown said the last of the funding for the $600,000 project is nearly in place. “We’ve got a grant ...

Larry Nassar scandal fallout continues

The fallout from the Larry Nassar scandal continues. A Michigan State University official who oversaw Nassar, the former MSU sport doctor who will serve the rest of his life in prison after molesting patients under the guise of treatment, is facing criminal charges. William Strampel, who ...

State should assume fair share of hikes in indigent representation

Gov. Rick Snyder is running into pushback on proposed adjustments to the way state and local governments underwrite legal representation for indigent persons. Under a proposal included in the governor’s fiscal year 2019 budget, a greater share of the fiscal burden would shift to county ...

County prosecutor, police shouldn’t tolerate school threats

Give Matt Wiese credit. The veteran Marquette County prosecutor is meeting head on a spate of false violence reports cropping up in area schools in recent months. Last week, Wiese sent a letter home to parents of students in Marquette County schools bluntly stating that making false threats ...

County on right track in OK’ing harbor expansion

The birds are chirping, the sun has been shining and that snow outside your window is slowly but surely melting away. Spring officially began early last week, and here in Superiorland the weather is finally beginning to follow suit. Along with the conclusion of wintry weather and the ...

MSU Extension program good way to battle hunger

Food insecurity. It has a nice clean sound, doesn’t it? It reminds us of terms like pre-owned or even better, newsed. These are words contrived to dress up unattractive realities. In the case of pre-owned and newsed, it’s vehicles that are for sale. For food insecurity, its hunger or, ...

Show your support today at Relay for Life

Young adults are often described with all sorts of unflattering adjectives: lazy, unaware, self-centered, party machines ... most of which are not just unflattering but also untrue and don’t apply to the people of that age group we know. A group of Northern Michigan University students will ...

Students across the nation making their voices heard

A group of Upper Peninsula high school students will take part in a worldwide March For Our Lives event in Marquette on Saturday. The students are joining hands with other U.P. schools to ask for legislative action to stop gun violence in U.S. schools. Student organizers say the march, one ...

NMU hockey program comes back to life

Even though the Western Collegiate Hockey Association Championship game did not end the way most Northern Michigan University fans had hoped for, the 2017-2018 season overall turned out to be a big success. The Wildcats finished with a home record of 17 wins and 4 losses. It is the first 25-win ...

Polar Plunge an excellent way to back Special Olympics

Fun met fundraising Sunday at Marquette Mountain when the annual Polar Plunge took place. The event is the single largest fundraiser for the Law Enforcement Torch Run, which supports Special Olympics in the state of Michigan, according to a recent Mining Journal article on the matter. “We ...

NPS getting closer to reintroducing wolves to Isle Royale

Although it’s not quite a done deal, it appears the National Park Service is on the cusp of finalizing a plan that would see 20-30 gray wolves relocated to Isle Royale National Park, bolstering a population that has dwindled down to two, believed to be a father and daughter. NPS officials ...

Local United Way campaign can use your help, donation

If you haven’t already heard of the fine things done through the United Way of Marquette County, then it’s about time you take note. The group is in the thick of its 2017-18 campaign cycle, shooting to raise $400,000 that will be distributed to local agencies which provide a diverse array ...

Standing in solidarity for safer schools

More than 100 Marquette Senior High School students braved the cold and walked out of class for 17 minutes Wednesday morning, joining countless others across the nation. Community supporters of the movement and some parents were also present to show their solidarity with the students who ...

Local RSVP program doing invaluable work in communities

Ask most any employer what sets older workers aside from younger ones and you’re likely to hear something along the lines of the following: Older workers often have superior work ethics, they are experienced, they are comparatively low maintenance and they typically show up on time. Of ...

Finns are a happy bunch but Americans could use laugh

Finns have the reputation for being a dour, stoic lot. But guess what? The World Happiness Report, published Wednesday, ranked 156 countries by happiness levels and Finland was No. 1. The factors used included life expectancy, social support and corruption, but this year the report — ...