Editorial

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 ...

Letters to the Editor

Peace and blessings during the holidays To the Journal editor: Christmas Day, (at the time of this writing), will soon be here. Because it seems we start the season so early with all the shopping and parties, etc., a lot of people are a little worn out. Peace on Earth is something you see ...

NMU graduate is an inspiration

What is more frustrating and horrific than a random physical attack in which the victim is left for dead? Fortunately, Travis Thetford overcame that assault — not only staying alive but graduating from Northern Michigan University earlier this month. Thetford was a former star athlete at ...

Story from Brighton defines the true spirit of Christmas

The Christmas season may have come and gone, but its spirit still lives in the state of Michigan. A southeastern Michigan girl who is battling leukemia has received more than 4,500 Christmas cards since late November, according to an article from the Livingston Daily Press & Argus. Emma ...

As flu season starts, there’s still time to get flu vaccine

The first confirmed pediatric death associated with influenza in the state of Michigan has health officials encouraging residents to get a seasonal flu vaccine. The death was reported in downstate Osceola County where a child was infected with influenza A/H1N1, according to the Michigan ...

Child’s inquiry to New York newspaper sets world straight on Santa

Editor’s note: This is the reprint of the 1897 New York Sun editorial responding to a letter from 8-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon of New York City. O’Hanlon said friends had claimed there was no Santa Claus and so she asked, “Please tell me the truth; is there a Santa Claus?” This is the ...

SmartCommute good not only for environment but also for our health

Think back to more than 30 years ago when the forward-thinking and widely acclaimed “Back to the Future” movie series kicked off its debut and made its mark to be forever remembered in the pop culture history books. The three-part series takes viewers on a trip through the webs of time, ...

NMU goes extra mile in awarding winter commencement degree

Steven Donley didn’t plan to attend Northern Michigan University’s Dec. 15 commencement to receive his master’s degree in business administration, only so that two graduating seniors he supervises at the Best Buy in Marquette Township could enjoy the morning off to participate in the ...

Gwinn district’s safety technology a smart move

We wish it weren’t so but in a world where school shootings — where mass shootings — are all too common, Gwinn Area Community Schools has introduced a new safety initiative that’s most fitting for our troubled times. Rave Panic Button, a new phone app, allows staff members to connect ...

Negaunee police investigation a puzzling development

What appears to be a serious situation has developed in the city of Negaunee, and its police department. Chief of Police Jay Frusti confirmed earlier this week that a pair of officers, unnamed but ones who were on probationary status, are under investigation following allegations of ...

Marquette police accreditation a step in right direction

The city of Marquette has achieved another first. The Marquette Police Department is the first in the Upper Peninsula to seek a performance accreditation. The Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police developed the voluntary law enforcement accreditation program for Michigan agencies, which ...

New study: Incidence of vaping among teens on rise

It was a mixed-bag of news from the medical and law enforcement communities Monday with the release of an annual report of teen drug use. The federally funded survey conducted by University of Michigan researchers found that while overall drug use and abuse by teens seems to be declining, ...

Plan ahead to help pets limit stress during holidays

The holiday season is among the most stressful for people, what with family gatherings and financial matters, to name but a few reasons. The same can be said for your pets. There are lots of things to eat around that could be dangerous, even deadly, to your furry friend, according to the ...

Veridea commitment to acquire soon-to-be-vacant hospital is good news

Transformational. That’s a pretty good way to describe the massive project Marquette-based developer Veridea Group is taking on with UP Health System-Marquette’s current hospital. The health care system is moving to a new facility along Baraga Avenue in Marquette, and the question of what ...

Journalists cited as Time’s ‘Person of the Year’

The Time Person of the Year award is one of those honors that a lot of people wait for. Given out since 1927 and called “Man of the Year” until 1999, the nod has gone to dictators and debutantes. Soviet strongman Josef Stalin was man of the year twice, in 1939 and 1942. Lyndon B. ...

Commencement at NMU a time to reflect, celebrate

It’s graduation eve for 512 undergraduate students and 33 graduate students at Northern Michigan University. Saturday morning, 401 of these folks will participate in the graduation ceremony at the Superior Dome, with family and friends packing into the facility to see this hard-earned, ...

Community rallies to support therapy dog-in-training

Wednesday’s Journal featured a front-page story about Kado-Kibou, AKA “Kado,” a local puppy-in-training to be a therapy dog that was recently diagnosed with a rare liver condition that will require a costly surgery. Many community members are banding together in an effort to raise ...

Marquette high schoolers wake up to business experience

A lot of people need their cup of coffee in the morning. News flash: High schoolers are people too. A student-run coffee shop called Wake U.P. operates in conjunction with Christine Columb’s marketing class at Marquette Senior High School. Located on the second floor, the shop is open ...

Kids safety will be improved under police-bus program

If motorists in the Marquette area are entertaining thoughts of passing that stopped school bus up ahead, the one with the blinking stop lights on it and the children around it, and the manifest danger of such activity isn’t enough to dissuade them, here’s another reason. A uniformed law ...

Additional care, caution needed to prevent fires

We hope readers were paying attention to comments from a pair of veteran area fire fighters in a story that ran over the weekend about fire safety. Negaunee Township Fire Chief Jeff Kontio observed that the cold weather months, especially those that fall within the traditional holiday season, ...