Editorial

Preserving historic structures important

It wasn’t just a wall that was damaged recently. It was a piece of history. Ishpeming city officials were looking into the circumstances behind a damaged stone wall along Jasper Street that, at 120 years old, is reportedly tied to the region’s mining history. Although a portion of the ...

FEMA aid decision in western U.P. was absolutely wrong

We think officials with the Federal Emergency Management Agency got it absolutely wrong last week when they opted to deny individual claims for assistance from the people whose lives, homes and businesses were turned upside down — literally, in many cases — in what’s known locally as the ...

Trail groomers sought for upcoming snowmobile season

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is looking for a few good non-profit organizations or clubs to help with snowmobile trail grooming in Marquette County. Well, actually, just one entity will do for now, to take over 23 miles along Trail No. 8 between the “Crossroads” area in ...

Skilled trades center will provide well-trained workers

If you’ve taken a look around Marquette County lately, you’ll have likely noticed the amount of construction going on. Behind all that construction are people employed in all sorts of different trades, which are not only an important part of our economy, but also a good way to make a ...

Ford Motor Co. got it right with the venerable ‘Stang

Few in the automobile industry have resumes that compare with former Chrysler Corp. and Ford Motor Co. President Lee Iacocca, who is credited with leading the former company back into the black after bad cars and worse management had all but driven it into ruin. While at Ford, the visionary ...

87th FIS reunion highlighted Sawyer’s history, importance

On the website for the K.I. Sawyer Museum, there is a patch for sale that serves as an important reminder to our area. It reads: K.I. Sawyer AFB Michigan, Gone But Not Forgotten. It has been more than two decades since the base closed in 1995 and of course, it’s still an active, living ...

Given election’s import, drop in voter turnout troubling

Statistics show the voter turnout for Tuesday’s primary election in Marquette County was slightly lower than last year’s primary. As ballots finished rolling in from the city of Marquette early Wednesday, results provided by the Marquette County Clerk’s Office state that 28.22 percent ...

Marquette County Fair is great fun

Late summer might bring a little melancholy to lovers of warm weather, but it also means it’s fair time. The Marquette County Fair is marking 30 years in Sands Township this week, with the fair kicking off Thursday and ending Saturday at the fairgrounds along M-553. One change is that ...

County board should OK deal to improve Sawyer playground

A proposal that's going to be presented to the Marquette County Board of Commissioners Wednesday instead of today because of the primary election has a great deal of merit, especially since it requires no up-front public investment and only modest maintenance funds thereafter. A handful of ...

Republic Township Plan to reuse building good use of assets

The Republic Area Historical Society has laid plans to convert an important structure from the past into a key community asset that can be used for community gatherings or cultural events in the future. Located in the village of Republic along Cedar Street, the Beulah House at one time ...

Western U.P. to receive federal aid for flash flooding relief

The Copper Country and western Upper Peninsula received some good news last week in the form of notification that President Donald Trump had declared Houghton, Gogebic and Menominee counties major disaster areas. Severe flash flooding had inflicted significant damage on the area, wrecking or ...

Helping UPAWS means helping animals like Nubs

The tale might have had a tragic start, but instead, thanks to perhaps a bit of serendipity, Nubs, the dog, has reached a wonderful place in life. As told in Wednesday’s Mining Journal, this sweet cocker spaniel dog had a rough time. In November, she was found in Republic, abandoned. Her ...

Additional care, caution needed when driving in Marquette

Pay attention. That simple admonition might be the best advice that could be given to motorists in and around the city of Marquette in the coming weeks and months. That’s because there have been and will be a large number of changes in traffic signals and intersections all over town, the ...

mBank steps up, helping battle hunger in area, region

mBank has pledged to underwrite three Mobile Food Pantry distributions — one each in Ishpeming, Manistique and Sault Ste. Marie — this summer. The $9,500-plus contribution from mBank is being made to Feeding America West Michigan, which provides food to 160 local hunger-relief ...

Loans, grants needed for infrastructure

If there’s water and sewer infrastructure, there are bound to be upgrades. Since those typically don’t come without a price tag, it’s beneficial for municipalities to acquire funding. So, the good news is that the U.S. Department of Agriculture has awarded more than $7 million to ...

Artisans at the Forge promises to be fun, educational

If you’re looking for an activity this coming weekend that combines recreation and education, the Michigan Iron Industry Museum might have just what you’re looking for. Artisans at the Forge will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. In essence, the event will celebrate the ...

Trees in city being damaged through hammock use

There’s nothing like catching a few zzzz’s in a hammock that’s gently swayed back and forth by breezes from Lake Superior. Just ask the great many residents, visitors and Northern Michigan University students who, increasingly, are making the activity something of a leisure past ...

Journal to present primary election coverage this week

The staffers here at The Mining Journal are yet again hard at work to bring our readers quality coverage of the upcoming August primary election. Several proposals and a host of candidates are on the ballot this year, and each issue and person deserve close consideration by us, the people, ...

Weekend replete with wonderful activities in area

While we’re not guaranteeing great weather, we are guaranteed one of the busiest weekends of the summer today through Sunday. If you cannot find something to do this weekend, well, that’s on you. Things got off to a rolling start with today’s Blueberry Festival in downtown Marquette. ...

‘American Pickers’ headed back to the Upper Peninsula

They’re back. Antique pickers Frank Fritz and Mike Wolfe, stars of the popular syndicated television program “American Pickers,” are expected to return to the Upper Peninsula in September. The pair and attendant entourage visited a handful of U.P. locations several years ago including ...