Editorial

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, ...

State DNR closely monitoring status of deer disease

Chronic wasting disease isn’t something to be taken lightly, and we’re glad to see the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and hunters throughout the state have wisely turned their attention toward it. Back in October, a white-tailed deer tested positive for the deadly disease in ...

Many years have passed but never forget Pearl Harbor

Today is Pearl Harbor Day, remembering those who died that day 77 years ago when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. We hope each of our readers takes a moment to recall those who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving our country. Of course, the majority of people living today ...

Program gives girls exposure to construction trades

An event hosted by the Northern Michigan University construction management program that exposes high school girls to construction trades is a good one, we believe. The recent Women in Construction event at the Jacobetti Complex on the campus of Northern Michigan University saw more than 100 ...

White-tailed harvest was good one for recent firearm season

With another firearm deer season in the books, preliminary numbers show the total number of white-tailed deer coming into Upper Peninsula check stations to be up 10 to 15 percent from 2017. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources reported the deer numbers were similar to the 10-year ...

City scrutiny of water quality the right move

Being proactive when it comes to local water quality seems to be on the rise, and that’s good for the community. The city of Marquette decided to have testings performed after elevated levels of lead were discovered at Northern Michigan University and in Marquette Area Public Schools ...

State police student training could save lives

Michigan may not get the kind of killer — literally in many cases — weather events that many parts of the country often experience. But we get more than our share of blistering winter storms and the occasional flood. (Just ask the folks in the western Upper Peninsula and Copper Country ...

Kids get grades: so should schools in this day and age

Michigan’s resistance to common-sense education reforms has continued to hold back progress in K-12 schools. Case in point: Lawmakers have tried for years (and failed) to pass a clear and transparent A-F school grading system. It’s on the docket for lame duck, and the Legislature should get ...

Thank you Mr. Casperson for serving the Upper Peninsula

Thank you, Tom! There was a surprise gathering at Northern Michigan University’s University Center on Nov. 24 to honor and thank Sen. Tom Casperson. He served in the Michigan House of Representatives for six years, from 2002 to 2008. In 2010, he was elected to the Michigan Senate and was ...