Editorial

Success can be hard to handle

Northern Michigan University hockey is in a good place. Saturday, the Wildcats play the Michigan Tech University Huskies for the Western Collegiate Hockey Association championship. The two schools are arch-rivals in the sport, which makes the matchup even more intriguing apart from the fact ...

Stage is set for WCHA championship game at Berry Events Center

The stage was set and it came down to game 3, the deciding best of three series for the semifinals for the WCHA playoffs. Win the game and you go to the championship game. Lose and your season is over. Even though the crowd seemed a little smaller than Friday and Saturday night, the fan base ...

US Army needs help in finding Viet veteran’s family

The U.S. Army is asking for help. In advance of planned honors at Fort Meade, Maryland, the Army is looking for the family of one of its enlisted personnel who was killed in action in Vietnam more than 50 years ago. Sgt. Robert Townsend was 29 when he fell in South Vietnam in 1965. He was ...

Transparency in government a right and not privilege

Peeling back the layers of government oversights, shining a spotlight on scandals and criminal debauchery, journalists around the world continue to deliver the only message anyone should really desire: Truth. Today is the start of Sunshine Week. Over the next seven days, and well beyond that, ...

State increase of 911 fee will save lives, property in long run

Mining Journal readers over the years have come to expect that we will shine a bright light on government’s attempts to get control of increasingly larger sums of your money. Historically, with just a handful of exceptions, we have urged government at all levels to take steps to live within ...

Support the NMU hockey Wildcats in weekend tourney tilt

It’s Friday again, and with it, the rumble is returning to the Berry Events Center in Marquette for playoff hockey. The Wildcats will host Bowling Green State University Falcons at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday (and Sunday, if necessary) at the Berry Events Center for the second round of the ...

Have you done your good deed yet?

Friday’s the big day: Spread Goodness Day, created by Marquette resident Anna Dravland in an effort to help people realize that every good deed can have a positive impact on the world. Dravland has forged ahead with Spread Goodness Day despite having faced a daunting challenge: recovering ...

School funding needs to be addressed

School district-wise, Marquette is not Detroit, and Detroit is not Marquette. So, why should they be funded the same way? The purpose of a study conducted by the School Finance Research Collaborative, a bipartisan group of education experts and business leaders from around Michigan, ...

Berman was tireless advocate for women, children’s issues

Michigan lost a pioneer late last week when former state House of Representatives member and longtime advocate and supporter of women's rights Maxine Berman succumbed to lung cancer. Berman, who was 71, died Friday. She served in the state House for 14 years, from 1983 to 1996. She was a ...

More aggressive funding for roads needed in state

Lansing lawmakers had a prime opportunity last week to put our money where their mouth was through the passage of a supplemental spending bill that would have seen an additional $275 million appropriated for road repair. Regrettably the bill, which enjoyed a measure of bi-partisan support, ...

Dark shadow of suicide touches many in area, state

As you read this editorial, someone in Michigan just died from suicide. And in about another six hours or so, another person will suffer the same fate. That’s what the statistics show for suicide rates in Michigan. These figures are not to be taken lightly, considering suicide was noted as ...

Spread Goodness Day a worthy cause

We know our community will prove Anna Dravland right. She believes one person’s good deed, no matter how small, can make a difference. As creator of Spread Goodness Day, Dravland is confident that each person — regardless of age or ability — has the power to spread goodness and make a ...

Marquette Regional History Center a community asset

It’s easy to overlook something good when it’s part of a familiar environment, even if that something is a force for good. That’s how we think many area residents look at the Marquette Regional History Center, which conveniently sits just off Marquette’s downtown. But the center is so ...

Wildcats need our support for playoffs

As the weekend approaches, there is a small buzz surrounding the Berry Events Center at Northern Michigan University that our community needs to turn into a deafening rumble. The No. 2-seeded Wildcats hockey team is set to face off against No. 7 Alabama-Huntsville Chargers in a best-of-3 ...

Phil Niemisto leaves behind big legacy

He was never one to seek the spotlight anyway, but Marquette’s beloved Phil Niemisto, notable downtown window washer and tender of his namesake pocket park along Washington Street, in a way is in the spotlight now. Niemisto died peacefully in his home Sunday at age 88. Being almost 90 ...

Michigan resident killed in World War II finally comes home

A solemn ceremony is scheduled for a cemetery in downstate Isabella Township Friday we think our readers should be aware of. Because that day, the remains of U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Pfc. Arnold Harrison will be laid to rest with, we understand, full military honors. Harrison, however, ...

Negaunee school board made right call in assault case

The Negaunee Public Schools has enjoyed the reputation of being one of the best run districts in the area for some years. That well-earned reputation was put to the test last week when the district’s board of education was called upon to review the case of two students involved in a Feb. 14 ...

Reopening of Empire Mine would be boon for area, region

Mining has deep roots in this community, and we have to stand behind the position the Marquette County Board took last week when it recognized the importance of the potential reopening of the Empire Mine. Under market pressure, the Empire was put into an indefinite idle in early August 2016 ...

New transportation money welcome but won’t solve all issues

With pothole season in the Upper Peninsula just around the corner, local road managers will have a bit more money this spring and summer to deal with them and other road issues, courtesy of the Michigan Legislature. Last week, the state House of Representatives approved an additional $175 ...

Trenary Outhouse Classic is fun way to raise money

The opportunity to make jokes is obvious when the Trenary Outhouse Classic is coming up. The Upper Peninsula favorite annual event is coming up this weekend, the 25th running of the outhouses, with this year’s theme of “25 Years Down the Crapper.” All kidding aside, the event not only ...