Editorial

Hockeyville, this is a great weekend to show support

This is a weekend during which Marquette can show why it was chosen Kraft Hockeyville USA in 2016. Not only will the Northern Michigan University Wildcats be facing off against WCHA foe Bowling Green both Friday and Saturday nights at the Berry Events Center in Marquette, there will be ...

New UPAWS facility is real community asset to facilitate adoptions

On Tuesday, the Upper Peninsula Animal Welfare Shelter opened the doors to its new facility, located at 815 M-553 South in Gwinn (Sands Township). The shelter spent the previous two weeks relocating from the old shelter to the new one. “This is going to be a wonderful facility for the ...

Planning the city’s parks and recreation world moving forward

Updating a master plan is needed for municipalities to continue on a proper course of action in many areas. Locally, one of the latest plans to be updated was the city of Marquette’s five-year Parks and Recreation Plan, which will serve as a guide for future projects and to help seek grant ...

Snow shoveling should be done with care, caution

Old man winter has done a lot more than simply visiting sub-zero temperatures on the area in the past week. According to local officials, as much as a foot of snow, pushed by gusting winds, has piled up, especially in the outlying areas, snow that has to be relocated from drive and ...

Residents should become involved in Negaunee project

We join Negaunee City Manager Nate Heffron and the newly reactivited Downtown Development authority in encouraging city residents to get involved in the planning process for the city’s downtown. The DDA, which had been inactive for some time, held its first meeting recently and is focused ...

BLP Board doing what it can to address noise complaints from residents

Although it’s going to cost some money to fix, the Marquette Board of Light and Power seems to be going in the right direction on addressing noise complaints related to Marquette Energy Center operations. Exactly how much, at this writing, is unclear, although the BLP Board last week voted ...

Happy birthday! State marking 182 years young today

It was 182 years ago today that the Great Lakes State became whole, when President Andrew Jackson gave his stamp of approval to make Michigan the nation’s 26th state. How many of you knew that the Michigan Constitution was written in 1835, two years before the state was formally admitted to ...

Weekend of Noque races are a welcomed winter event

It’s a weekend winter enthusiasts absolutely love and local businesses must savor. It’s Noque weekend. The 21st running of the Noquemanon Ski Marathon is set for this weekend. The main events are point-to-point cross-country ski races, but there are events for snowshoers and skijorers ...

Attending open house a good way to learn about climate change

Some people swear climate change is happening while others don’t believe it. In what category do you fall? If you want to learn more about the issue, consider attending the discussion of the Marquette Area Climate and Health Adaptation Plan at an open house set for 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at ...

Corporate sponsors support major wintertime events

A pair of key corporate entities have stepped up in the greater Marquette area in support of major wintertime events. mBank, it was revealed last week, has earmarked $10,000 for the 30th annual Upper Peninsula 200 sled dog races, joining The Mining Journal and Eagle Mine as major sponsors of ...

Bitter temps should prompt caution in outdoor activities

With bitter cold temperatures inhibiting outdoor activities for the past couple of days and more cold weather predicted for the next several days, Michigan State Police are advising residents exercise care and caution when outside. “Extremely cold temperatures can be hazardous and ...

Engler shown door at MSU following series of insensitive missteps

What was John Engler thinking? The former Michigan governor and interim president of Michigan State University was forced to resign from his post at MSU last week amid criticism of comments he made to members of the media about survivors of the Larry Nassar sexual assault scandal. Engler was ...

Great changes taking place at Forsyth Township Clubhouse

We would like to commend the folks out in Gwinn for how well they are not just maintaining but improving the Forsyth Township Clubhouse — an early 20th-century building along Maple Street in Gwinn. The building — which includes the Forsyth Township Senior Center among other services — ...

Heikki Lunta kicks off today in city of Negaunee

Area residents and visitors alike looking for something fun to do are advised that the city of Negaunee is rolling out the fun carpet this weekend with the annual observation of Heikki Lunta, known as a celebration of Finnish heritage and all things winter. Event organizer and luge club coach ...

Fund doing good work in honor of John Kivela

In a recent focus group of people aged 18 to 24 in Marquette County, over half of the 77 individuals reported they would likely not seek help for mental illnesses, said Great Lakes Recovery Center Foundation Coordinator Amy Poirier. The largest barrier, according to 34 survey respondents, ...

New funding source very good news for area dental patients

Good dental care involves more than a toothbrush and toothpaste, which means that without the proper attention, expenses can add up with cleanings, fillings and the like. Unfortunately, not everyone has dental insurance. To help fill this gap — maybe in more ways than one — the U.P. ...

Free home energy assessments are available in region

Upper Peninsula residents heat their homes in a wide variety of ways. Most common, perhaps, is the use of natural gas but propane, fuel oil, electricity and even wood make up most of the rest. And if residents use different fuels to provide heat, one thing certainly all have in common is a ...

Snowmobiling is great time but safety always first

No one can dispute the importance of snowmobiling, both as a general proposition in the state as a whole and here in the Upper Peninsula in particular. Put another way, some areas of the region largely depend on snowmobiling for its economic survival. But it's a sport that requires, it seems, ...

Maximum transparency will always be best in government work

As legislators and other state leaders settle into their offices and new roles down in Lansing, we hope one priority that emerges in the collective thought around the Capitol is transparency. During this legislative session, lawmakers need to take a good hard look at where the state stands ...

Mike Prusi welcomed back to public service

We congratulate new Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on a sharp move as far as her Upper Peninsula and northern Lower Peninsula constituents are concerned. Whitmer announced this week that Mike Prusi is director of the governor’s Northern Michigan Office in Marquette. Prusi, a former state ...