Editorial

Stake the Lake event doing great work in Munising

Garden stakes that are expected to line Munising Bay Sept. 29 have a special meaning. The second annual Stake the Lake will celebrate and honor individuals who have survived or passed away from cancer. Proceeds will benefit The Eric R. Beverly Family Foundation, which has provided grant ...

Closure of Sawyer Community Center would be real loss

We were really hoping this would come out differently. After a great deal of planning and discussion, it appears the K.I. Sawyer Community Center will close its doors Oct. 1. The center is, well, the center for many community activities and meetings at the former military base. It has a ...

Conference provides valuable information on suicide, grief

A conference held in Marquette late last week, by all accounts, provided valuable information on suicide prevention and grief counseling. Held at the Holiday Inn of Marquette, the conference brought together a wide variety of experts in the field. Among them was Barb Smith, founder and ...

Old hospital site could serve as location for housing effort

The question must be asked, and it still has to be answered: What will happen to the current UP Health System-Marquette hospital along College Avenue? As the community awaits the opening of UP Health System’s new hospital along Baraga Avenue in Marquette, city officials and the health care ...

Congratulations to U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame inductees

Congratulations to the Class of 2017 of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame who will be honored with events this weekend. For those unaware, this national hall of fame is located in Ishpeming, the birthplace of organized skiing in North America. This weekend, the hall presents its newest ...

Solar energy proposal near Sawyer airport filled with possibilities

We’ve used this space in the past to hold forth in favor of green energy projects. There can be little doubt the age of many fossil fuels is drawing to a close and green energy projects will light the way, so to speak, into the future. That said, it’s also true not every green energy ...

Police/zoning position worth considering

A government employee — or just about any employee, for that matter — needn’t be pigeonholed into a specific title or duty. The Chocolay Township Board is considering adding a police/zoning employee, with township staff having worked on the 2019 budget for the past several ...

Sacrifices 17 years ago should never be forgotten

It seems almost inconceivable that it’s been 17 years since that awful morning when terrorists manning highjacked airliners plowed the craft into the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York City while a third highjacked wide-body jet slammed into the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. A ...

Women’s center needs help paying off Harbor House mortgage

The Marquette Women’s Center needs a bit of help from the community it has so ably served for many years and it’s a situation we'd like our readers to seriously consider. Because of a generous matching gift, center officials are in a position to pay off the mortgage of Harbor House, the ...

Swimmer’s fast action undoubtedly saved life at Black Rocks

With Labor Day now behind us and the kids back at school, most of us have said our goodbyes to summer. But that doesn’t necessarily mean the summer swimming season is over, and whenever someone is in or near the water, safety must be a priority. We’ve used this space many times in the ...

NTN trail extension plan has merit but there are concerns

Although it’s not quite a done deal just yet, Marquette Township is clearly making progress on the establishment of a half-mile non-motorized pathway that would connect a Noquemanon Trail Network trail from where its existing trail ends at Schwemwood Park to the proposed U.S. 41 underpass ...

Stolen lifesaving equipment should be returned

Although some might argue that there is a certain degree of inevitability in all of this, we were surprised — and troubled — to learn earlier this week that thieves had stolen marine lifesaving equipment from locations along M-28 in Chocolay Township. According to a press release ...

906-Day a great time to get out and support local merchants

The 906 area code, which spans the entirety of the Upper Peninsula, has inspired business names, colloquialisms and even a holiday. Today, in celebration of 906-Day, local and regional participating businesses will offer special shopping incentives. Bugsy Sailor, owner of Upper Peninsula ...

Carl Pellonpaa was much more than face on TV

Carl V. Pellonpaa was a local treasure. The longtime host of “Finland Calling,” or “Suomi Kutsuu,” died Saturday surrounded by his family. The show ran Sunday mornings on WLUC-TV6 from 1962 to 2015. The son of Finnish immigrants, he instilled his affection for his heritage in many ...

Button Up a great example of local people helping local people

With tightening social services and education budgets the new reality facing everyone, it’s fallen to local residents to find ways to support students without asking for new millages that voters may not approve. One singular example of how to go about doing this was on display in the ...

Like a lot of things, Labor Day isn’t what it seems

For a great many of us in the Upper Peninsula and elsewhere in the U.S., today is a time to relax, to see friends and family and to fire up the barbecue. For most of us, that’s what Labor Day has evolved into — the unofficial end to another long summer and the start of the school ...

Besides being tasty, beer has big impact on economy

You don’t have to like beer to appreciate its impact on the economy. The benefits of the beer industry here in Michigan can be seen in a whole heap of ways, from the jobs it provides directly, to the industries and other occupations it supports indirectly. The trickle-down effect is ...

Not everyone in US is enjoying post-recession prosperity

In very general terms, most would agree that our economy is generating jobs and improving the lives of Americans, from sea to shining sea. And why not? A lowering unemployment rate and peppy stock market together would seem to suggest that. The truth, however, is much more complicated if the ...

Blues Fest weekend means great music in Lower Harbor

The beautiful American art form The Blues is taking center stage this weekend in Marquette. The 15th edition of the wonderful Marquette Area Blues Festival kicks off with a free evening of great music Friday night at Mattson Lower Harbor Park in Marquette. Then the music continues with ticketed ...

School approaches and safety should be on everyone’s mind

The last thing we knew, it was Memorial Day and nice weather was just beginning to make its way across the Upper Peninsula. In a blink, Labor Day is right around the corner, and that means students will be heading back to school. While most parents are making lists of school supplies for the ...