Editorial

Program promotes inclusivity in greater Marquette area

At times, the world seems to be overrun with stories of bigotry and intolerance. But then, sometimes at least, there is news that renews one’s faith in humanity. Such as the information issued this week by Northern Michigan University that it is participating in a nationwide effort to let ...

Missing U.P. GI is found, finally interred in Arlington

It has been our pleasure and privilege to have used this space on several previous occasions to detail work being done to find and bring home the remains of missing American servicemen, some unidentified since World War II. We believe that the quality of a nation’s character is directly ...

Paw Packs battling hunger in Sawyer area, worthy of support

To help alleviate hunger in the region, a new program called Paw Packs has been created to get food in the hands of students at K.I. Sawyer Elementary School. Hannah Erickson, program coordinator for Paw Packs, said money is being raised to buy food to put into packs so kids don’t go ...

Finding common ground a good start to ending violence

The week of Oct. 22 wasn’t America’s finest. The shootings of two black people at a Kentucky grocery store, the bombs sent to outspoken critics of President Donald Trump and the fatal shooting of 11 people at a Pittsburgh synagogue are seared into many people’s minds. That was apparent ...

Drug take backs a needed activity in today’s world

Although drug take backs have taken place occasionally over the years here and elsewhere, opioid use and abuse and the horrific death toll those powerful drugs cause gave special meaning to a take back effort that took place over the weekend. Upper Peninsula Health Plan employees partnered ...

Trick or treaters mean extra caution, care in order

In only a couple of days, area children of all ages will don costumes of whatever variety and head for area neighborhoods and businesses in that annual rite known as trick or treating. Although good times are typically had by all, Halloween is the deadliest night of the year for pedestrians, ...

DNR fish stocking supports big part of regional economy

Fishing in the Upper Peninsula has long been a favorite pastime for many of us, and the financial benefit of the fishing industry to the state of Michigan is one we should seek to preserve. Year after year the state’s economy is bolstered by anglers trying their luck on our lakes, rivers ...

Superior Health Foundation keeps up great work

Wednesday was a night of great news for a number of area organizations as the the Superior Health Foundation in Marquette awarded more than $443,000 in health-centered grant funding. The announcement of what organizations were receiving the funding came at SHF’s Fall Grants Awards ...

Employment report from MSU good news for job seekers

The job outlook news was uniformly good in an annual report published Thursday by Michigan State University. The Recruiting Trends survey took information from more than 2,500 employers of all types nationwide and found growth is strongest in construction; professional, business and ...

Area K-9 teams receive top certification in training seminar

Two K-9 handlers from the Marquette City Police Department recently received certifications after attending the annual National K-9 Training Seminar in Alpena. Handler Todd Collins, along with K-9 Scud, and handler John Waldo, along with K-9 Nitro, were among the 330 teams from the U.S. and ...

Sue Madden a worthy recipient of Evergreen Award

One of the top awards given annually in the area is the Evergreen Award, which honors individuals who have dedicated their lives to supporting and mentoring women and girls. This comes about by helping them reach their leadership potential, which can’t always be accomplished without a ...

Solar power the right option for businesses

Everybody, it seems, talks a pretty big game when it comes to energy efficiency and green power. But Donckers and The Delft Bistro owner Tom Vear has actually done something about it, putting his own money in as the principle part of a financing package to install dozens of solar panels to help ...

Cyber security must be priority in planners’ minds

It wasn’t all that long ago that cyber security was something people doing top secret work for the Pentagon worried about but few others this side of the intelligence community paid it much mind. That’s not the case anymore as the tentacles from hackers, professional and otherwise, have ...

‘Living Green’ will explore sustainability in everyday life

The importance of living within your means isn’t just good advice in the realm of finance. It’s also a valuable perspective to consider when discussing environmental sustainability, particularly on a large community, or even global scale. Beginning Monday, The Mining Journal is unveiling ...

County board making good decisions on budget matters

We haven’t hesitated in the past to use this space to criticize budget moves made by the Marquette County Board or other elected bodies, when we believed such criticism was warranted and appropriate. We have, historically speaking, taken our municipal oversight responsibilities seriously ...

NMU opening doors for Wildcat Weekend

Several weeks back in this space, we requested members of the community should be friendly and kind to families visiting their daughters and sons at Northern Michigan University for Family Weekend. Today, we make the same request for Wildcat Weekend which is NMU’s open house event for those ...

Modeltowners doing good work in support of community

The Gwinn High School Modeltowners football team, which is having a successful campaign at 5-3, is giving back to the community by stacking firewood for people who need this arduous task performed. “We just love doing things for the community like that because they show our support, ...

Land conservancies valuable in protecting natural treasures

Land conservancies serve an extremely important purpose in Michigan. They acquire land donated by property owners, or bought through grants and fundraising projects. Even though most people don’t live on those lands nor can they always visit them easily, they benefit indirectly from the ...

U.P. number one in national list for fall colors

Although it came as absolutely no surprise to anyone the least bit familiar with the region, the Upper Peninsula recently received outstanding — and colorful — recognition when USA TODAY published its annual 10 Best Destinations for Fall Foliage Readers’ Choice Awards. The U.P. was in ...

Ghiringhelli receives prestigious award for EMS service

We’d like to add our voice to the chorus of congratulations directed toward Pete Ghiringhelli of Gwinn, who was recently recognized as one of Michigan’s 10 best emergency medical technicians. Ghiringhelli, who served as director of Forsyth Township Volunteer Fire Department for over 20 ...