Editorial

Campus tech mulled at new Beaumier Center exhibit

For older adults, it’s a blast from the past. For young people, it’s a chance to learn about how far we’ve come. It’s the new exhibit at the Beaumier Upper Peninsula Heritage Center on the campus of Northern Michigan University. “From Chalk to Light Boards: Technology at NMU” ...

Alternative high school finds new ways to learn

The teen years aren’t easy. Periods of transition usually come with issues, and being in that age group is challenging, particularly in an educational setting. Marquette Alternative High School is for students who would be better served in a less-traditional secondary school setting. That ...

Iron Mountain VA facility cited for doing great work

It wasn’t all that long ago that we were using this space to criticize the Department of Veteran Affairs for running shoddy and substandard VA hospitals around the country. Several national investigations had found horrifying deficiencies at several big regional hospitals including but not ...

Whitmer speech dress gets much downstate attention

By now, many readers are aware of the media dust up that took place last week about the clothing Gov. Gretchen Whitmer wore to her first State of the State address, specifically her blue dress. One of the local television stations in that part of the state, Fox 2, did a story following the ...

Reuse of old pier in Lower Harbor has great deal of promise

Not too long ago, Marquette’s Lower Harbor was a dirty, industrial site — a blemish on Lake Superior’s shoreline that stood out like a spot of black mold on an old green pepper. With some imagination though, along with collaboration and a healthy dose of financial investment, the harbor ...

Sled Dog weekend offers something for everyone

With a fresh layer of snow lining the Upper Peninsula landscape, conditions are shaping up to be nearly perfect for the 30th running of the U.P. 200, which begins tonight in downtown Marquette. Darlene Walch, president of the Upper Peninsula Sled Dog Association, said there are a few changes ...

Congratulations to Marty Achatz, U.P. Poet Laureate

Congratulations to Marty Achatz who was chosen to repeat as U.P. Poet Laureate in recent voting. Achatz, thus, will extend his Poet Laureate position to run from 2017-2020. According to a press release, Achatz is the first-time repeat winner as U.P. Poet Laureate and some 1,557 votes were ...

Rejuvenating the Westwood Mall good for entire area

The retail world in Marquette County continues to evolve, and a major evolution could be headed to Marquette Township. The Kohan Retail Investment Group, based in Great Neck, New York, has purchased a majority of the 30-acre property at the beleaguered Westwood Mall, located along U.S. 41 in ...

Sportsmanship on display at Berry in basketball gesture

What can only be described as a wonderful display of sportsmanship took place recently at the Northern Michigan University Wildcats women’s basketball game with Northwood University. Outwardly, the Saturday occurrence at the Berry Events Center might have been a bit difficult to detect to ...

MSP warning about new statewide email scam

Another email scam is out statewide, according to the Michigan State Police, and this one is especially nasty. MSP’s Michigan Cyber Command Center has noted a substantial uptick in fraudulent emails containing malicious links or attachments that are being sent to businesses and individuals ...

Upcoming closure of Shopko bad news for community, region

The recently announced closure of more than 250 Shopko stores across several states is not a good thing for shoppers here in the Upper Peninsula, but it may be an unfortunate sign of the times. The Shopko in Marquette near McClellan Avenue and Washington Street has been open for decades, with ...

New festival offers respite from winter blues

We couldn’t be more excited to learn about a brand new festival coming to Marquette, just in time to help chase away the winter blues. It’s touted by its organizers thusly: “To celebrate Marquette’s love of both winter and music, a group of the city’s non-profits have joined forces ...

Wandering wolf aside, Isle Royale relocation program the right choice

Officials are taking in stride news that one of the wolves relocated to Isle Royale National Park last year has crossed the ice bridge from the remote island and returned to the mainland. The female was one of four wolves placed on the island in an attempt to repopulate the species, which was ...

Conservation officers do great work in sub-zero temps

With record-setting temperatures and ice storms over the past two weeks along with relentless snowfall expected today, life in the Upper Peninsula has been particularly tough as of late. However, crews have responded very quickly to the power outages, traffic accidents, and poor driving ...

Utility, emergency crews to be lauded for ice storm response

The aftereffects still linger from Monday’s ice storm, but they could have been worse. You have your local utility workers and others to thank for that. An estimated 10,000 people were without power at the height of Monday’s storm, but only 400 didn’t have it as of Tuesday ...

Whitmer should have included her office in FOIA change

As a general proposition, we like the things that Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and her team has accomplished in their first month on the job. But after campaigning on increased transparency in government, Whitmer passed on an opportunity last week to open her office to the same level of legal scrutiny ...

Energy scammers using cold weather to ply trade

Although Mother Nature has given the area and region a bit of a break from the recent run of record low temperatures, scammers who are using the tough weather to make a quick buck aren’t letting up. According to Michigan’s new attorney general, Dana Nessel, some state residents are being ...

Count of homeless people provides valuable information

In the little brick building in Marquette’s downtown where pizzas used to be served, people are now seeking shelter and hope. At 447 W. Washington St. is the Room at the Inn Warming Center, a place that offers the things many of us take for granted every day to people down on their luck. A ...

Loss of Todd Honch felt by community

It is with a heavy heart that I have to report the death of one of the best newspaper carriers we have ever had. Todd Honch had been delivering the newspaper as an independent contractor for 20 years. Todd always had a great disposition and he was very much loved by his customers. Todd was ...

Marquette County LWV getting closer to becoming own chapter

We’re pleased to report that the Marquette County League of Women Voters unit, which technically is a part of the Delta County league chapter, continues to take steps to become its own organization. And that’s good news for area voters, especially in this day and age when partisan politics ...