Editorial

NMU appears in Best College Rankings

There are many ways to judge a college or university: the number of notable — or even non-famous — graduates, resources, staff ... the list goes on. Rankings aren’t everything, but they can be an important gauge for deciding where to go to college, or where to send a son or daughter ...

Congratulations to the 2016 hall of fame class

Welcome to the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame’s Class of 2016 who are in Ishpeming this weekend for their formal enshrinement. Nine new ski hall members are part of this class and are being honored for the contributions they made to ski and snowboard sports. They will be busy with ...

Strut Your Mutt a fundraising event worth our support

At 9 a.m. on Saturday, the Upper Peninsula Animal Welfare Shelter will hold its 12th annual Strut Your Mutt Charity Walk and fundraiser at Mattson Lower Harbor Park. The UPAWS website states that this is one of their top events for the year, and a great day of fun for four- and two-legged ...

Dark Sky Park a good move for Marquette

If you’ve ever tried looking up at the sky in the middle of a well-lighted downtown street, then you’ve likely noticed how difficult it is to see the stars. Most places in the Upper Peninsula, because of the region’s remote location and proximity to the wide open Great Lakes, offer ...

Father Marquette Park to see welcomed improvements

In the not too distant future, Father Marquette Park will be the recipient of some upgrades and improvements, and the city of Marquette will have one more venue to show off in its downtown area. Escanaba architect and sculpture artist Ryan Brayak was recently chosen to complete the $30,000 ...

Here’s to a safe and productive school year

Grand Haven's students and teachers went back to school on Tuesday, while those in Spring Lake made their return to the classroom last week. There's an overwhelming sense of excitement that goes hand-in-hand with the start of a new school year. New classes. New schedules. New friends. New ...

Shopping near home is a must for the future of local businesses

We have addressed the issue of shopping local on a regular basis in editorials because it is essential that we keep our local small businesses alive and well. A recent survey talked about consumers starting to be a bit weary of the dominance of Internet sales putting many local businesses out ...

Marquette, where history comes alive and dies

Two tales told on the pages of this week’s Journal offered readers a brief glimpse into the rich past our region has forged for more than a century. In one piece, the incredible — and some have said impossible — comeback of an iconic building which has become nearly as emblematic of ...

Upcoming snow isn’t the worst weather around

It is no doubt a frequent topic of conversation worldwide: what the weather has been like and what the forecast shows is headed in next. Here in the Upper Peninsula, the summer has been cool and rainy and many have been disappointed. But then we look at what’s happening in other parts of ...

Beer Fest a perfect way to celebrate 20 years

In Wednesday's edition of The Mining Journal, it said this year the Michigan Brewers Guild celebrates 20 years of advocating and being the official voice for the Michigan craft beer industry. We can't think of a more fitting way for Yoopers to mark this occasion than with Saturday's U.P. Fall ...

With growth comes road work

The city of Marquette is planning traffic upgrades. We know what you’re thinking: “More work on city roads? Just what we need.” That’s understandable. In the city alone, roundabouts at Sugar Loaf Avenue and Wright Street, and Fair and Presque Isle avenues, are being constructed, ...

Corrections officials on right track with vocational villages

We like what we’ve seen from a Michigan Department of Corrections program that trains qualified inmates for specific jobs once they are released on parole. Corrections has set up a pair of so-called vocational villages in the past two years — the first at the prison in Ionia and the ...

Labor Day much more than backyards and barbecues

Today is Labor Day and many of us will take some time to get together with family and friends for a afternoon barbecue. This is a unique national holiday in that it celebrates the accomplishments of many — the real, day-by-day work that goes into keeping this country running, and running at ...

Ishpeming community comes together to help define ‘Yooperism’

We want to throw a huge shout out to the Ishpeming community and the Ishpeming Police Department for coming together and getting a stolen wheelchair back to 12-year-old Alger Barry after it was taken from his home. Alger needs his chair daily to go long distances. He uses crutches around the ...

Americans rise to occasion in helping with flood relief

It has been suggested what is happening in Houston, Texas, now is a welcome diversion from focus during recent weeks on the very worst people among us. But perhaps we should think about the extremists responsible for violence across the country, including in Charlottesville, Va., even as we ...

Blues festival one more attraction at Lower Harbor

Following its tenure as an industrial hub and its subsequent transition to a peaceful green space, Ellwood Mattson Lower Harbor Park has for many years served as a cultural epicenter along the borders of downtown Marquette and the shoreline of Lake Superior. It’s where families go for ...

Tierney’s ‘walk home’ a very touching story

As stated in Sunday’s edition of The Mining Journal, Upper Peninsula native Jeremy Tierney is in the process of Continental Divide Trail through an organization called Warrior Expeditions with three other veterans - more than 3,000 miles. Tierney served in 13 overseas deployments as a ...

Wankmiller good choice to lead FROST

Jane Wankmiller has been named director of Northern Michigan University’s Forensic Research Outdoor Station, which will be located on a wooded bluff off U.S. 41 between the Marquette Branch Prison and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources building. The facility is unique in that ...

Keeping the Great Lakes protected should be first priority

“The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative does vital work across Michigan to protect the Great Lakes and the streams, rivers and lakes that run into them.” U.S. Rep. John Moolenaar (R-Midland) — Michigan’s only member on the House Appropriations Committee — said it right, following ...