Editorial

Growing Marquette County Fair continues to delight attendees

The smell of elephant ears, Croatian chicken and manure will fill the air this coming weekend as a wide open field in Sands Township, dotted with a few permanent structures, becomes saturated with vendors, vehicles, carnival rides and fairgoers. The Marquette County Fair is slated to kick off ...

Pictured Rocks now can be considered money — literally

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in Alger County will soon get national recognition of an unusual variety when a particularly scenic stretch of beach appears on a special quarter. Set for unveiling in 2018, the design representing Pictured Rocks depicts Chapel Rock and the white pine tree ...

N.Y. Times notice underscores region’s positive attributes

Yoopers don’t need validation: we know how awesome the Upper Peninsula is. Still, it’s nice when someone from the outside “gets” the area and all it has to offer, scenery-wise, cuisine-wise and activity-wise. And that’s what just happened when New York Times Travel Editor Steve ...

Competition served city, residents well in recent garbage bids

The Marquette City Commission this week voted to stick with Waste Management for curbside garbage removal. The fact that the commission put the cost of curbside removal up for bids ended up saving the city over $200,000 per year. Eagle Waste & Recycling out of Eagle River, Wisconsin, ...

New Marquette County League of Women Voters a positive step

The current political climate is a strange one. Nationwide, it’s very polarized, with all sides sometimes being unyielding or at least antagonistic to each other, regardless of who is “right.” Locally, many issues face residents, from new development to millage renewals and other ...

Eagle Mine mineral lease request has a lot of people talking

Intriguing. That’s how we’d characterize a request from Eagle Mine to lease the mineral rights on thousands of Upper Peninsula acres including a small number of acres in Marquette County. According to Meagen Morrison, social responsibility adviser at Eagle Mine, most of the Marquette ...

Region represented on new statewide education committee

Two of 24 teachers from districts across the state selected to serve on a committee to guide implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act are from the Upper Peninsula. Chris Woods is from Calumet while Gina Pepin is from Escanaba. They will join 22 others from K-12 public schools in ...

Commission meeting Monday will include a lot about garbage

Members of the Marquette City Commission Monday are expected to make decisions relative to garbage collection and management that stakeholders should be aware of. The panel will consider bids by a trio of companies to manage the tons of refuse produced by city homes and businesses each ...

Voters must pay attention to Tuesday’s primary election

With the month of July nearly behind us, election season is right around the corner now, and we at The Mining Journal will once again strive to provide our readers with some of the best information possible to aid you in making your decision at the ballot box. Every election is important, and ...

Weekend loaded with fun, family-friendly activities

This should be an amazing weekend for anyone who wants to get out to have some fun. Today’s Blueberry Fest in downtown Marquette, which continues until 7 tonight, is just the start. Saturday morning, swimmers hit the waters of Teal Lake in Negaunee-Ishpeming for the 14th annual Swim Teal ...

Ettenhofer a great choice for first-ever conservation award

The Upper Peninsula Sportsmen’s Alliance made a wise choice recently when it named Alan Ettenhofer the recipient of its first-ever Outstanding Conservationist award. Ettenhofer, who resides in Escanaba, is widely respected and highly regarded throughout the U.P.’s outdoors community and ...

Dark Sky Park prospects seem to be growing brighter, as they should

The would-be Presque Isle Dark Sky Park has been the topic of discussion at many city meetings over the past year after the Marquette Astronomical Society proposed it in 2016. Basically, the park would provide a light-free area on the island for amateur astronomers and casual observers to ...

Life Tracker celebrates 10 years of helping our community

A program that helps caregivers and the authorities keep track of people who have a tendency to wander recently turned 10. Life Tracker is the result of a partnership between the Retired Senior Volunteer Program of Marquette County, Marquette County Sheriff’s Office, TRIAD of Marquette ...

State initiative to ban Chinese lanterns a very good idea

We like a good time down at The Mining Journal as much as anyone. But legislation introduced into the Michigan House of Representatives that would ban Chinese lanterns in Michigan might make sense. The popular devices, which are already illegal in 29 states including Minnesota, Illinois, ...

State initiative to ban Chinese lanterns a very good idea

We like a good time down at The Mining Journal as much as anyone. But legislation introduced into the Michigan House of Representatives that would ban Chinese lanterns in Michigan might make sense. The popular devices, which are already illegal in 29 states including Minnesota, Illinois, ...

Michigan State Police marking 100 years of outstanding service

The Michigan State Police was established 100 years ago, and while many things have changed over the last century, some others have not. Troopers don’t ride around on horses much anymore, having swapped out the four-legged animal as the primary option long ago for much faster and more ...

Developing county jail diversion effort a step in right direction

For a long time, sociologists and other professional observers of human behavior have been telling us that putting mentally ill criminal offenders into the same cell arrangements as garden variety crooks is the wrong thing to do, often creating more problems than there were to start out. With ...

Hiawatha Traditional Music Fest great family entertainment

The weather hasn’t always cooperated, but in terms of events, it has been a lovely summer so far in Marquette County. The good news is there is still much more to come. Like this weekend’s Hiawatha Traditional Music Festival in Marquette’s Tourist Park. Musicians, artists and people ...

Snyder’s state task force on public retiree costs on right course

Although the real work hasn’t started, we like the direction a statewide task force is taking in helping chart a viable course on public retiree costs. The task force, seated by Gov. Rick Snyder, released a 41-page report earlier this week, noting that immediate action is needed. The ...

All of us must pitch in to remove cigarette butts from landscape

Sometimes red buckets aren’t enough. Last Wednesday at the Lydia Olson Library at Northern Michigan University, a presentation called “Nine Lives of a Cigarette Butt” was given to the public as part of the UP4Health Challenge. Part of the focus was on the health hazards of smoking, of ...