Editorial

‘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 ...

Regional gathering shows important role EMS plays

We want to say thank you to the over 400 people who participated in the UP-EMS conference being held at Northern Michigan University the past four days. The dedicated volunteers and professionals who make up much of the EMS services in the Upper Peninsula deserve our gratitude. A significant ...

Deer on, near roadways pose major hazard

It’s that time of year, when summer has already given in to fall and winter’s frigid temperatures and winds are just around the corner. And, as any experienced driver can attest, whitetail deer start appearing on and near roadways in increasingly large numbers, creating a significant ...

Yoopers stand together when facing economic adversity

With the news that the State of Michigan has plans to close the Ojibway Correctional Facility we understand why the community is fighting back as hard as it is to try and save the prison. People in our area know full well what it means to lose a government facility. When K.I. Sawyer closed ...

State’s cash bail system needs reform

A group of bipartisan legislators last week introduced bills to reform the state of Michigan’s cash bail system. The legislation focuses on changing a system that costs taxpayers millions of dollars while low-income defendants await trial. State Rep. David LaGrand, D-Grand Rapids, who ...

Ojibway facility deserves support

Citing, among other reasons, the negative impact that the loss of jobs would have on the local economy, the Marquette County Board recently approved a resolution opposing the closure of the Ojibway Correctional Facility in Gogebic County. The Michigan Department of Corrections has announced ...

Escanaba seeking funds to continue dark store battle

The city of Escanaba is seeking financial assistance in its legal battle against dark stores, or active big box retail properties that are assessed as if they stand completely empty and vacant. According to Escanaba City Manager Patrick Jordan, costs have been significant to date with the ...

Line 5 accord not perfect but step in right direction

The agreement that has been reached between the state of Michigan and Enbridge Energy is a step in the right direction, but whether that is truly the best deal will be determined in the coming years. Enbridge’s Line 5 has long been an environmentalist’s nightmare, as the threat of spewing ...

Opioid deaths slowing but still the leading drug-related cause

It’s a chore to summon any real enthusiasm about a mixed-bag of statistics reported Thursday in The Detroit News and elsewhere relative to the number of Michigan residents dying from opioid overdose. The News reported that although a new record was set in 2017 for OD deaths, fewer of them ...

NMU Family Weekend a delightful get together

Welcome to all those who are visiting the area as part of Northern Michigan University’s Family Weekend. NMU has planned an array of events so families can experience some of what their Wildcat daughters and sons are experiencing. For instance, the DeVos Art Museum is open all weekend to ...

Positive upgrades coming up at Landmark Inn in Marquette

The Landmark Inn on North Front Street in Marquette, which has been owned by Graves Hospitality out of Minneapolis along with several local investors since 2015, is joining Marriott International’s Tribute Portfolio. The hotel itself will not change hands as a part of the ...

Creative conversations can stir economy

There are many ways Marquette can set itself apart and promote the area to the rest of the world. There is, of course, its remote outdoor beauty, with Lake Superior, rugged terrain and wilderness areas concentrated in the region. The city of Marquette has many buildings of architectural ...

Cliffs, USW find common ground in challenging environment

Anytime negotiators for Cleveland-Cliffs Inc. and the United Steelworkers of America can get a new deal while keeping the bickering to a minimum, experienced observers will tell you it’s a good day. But, throw in the uncertainty of the times we live in, the general volatility of the iron ...

Week of Action provides support for NMU students

It’s called the red zone, that time period near the beginning of a school year on college campuses when students are most at risk for sexual assault. Breaking it down into raw numbers, the red zone is typically in the first 6-8 weeks of the semester. At Northern Michigan University, we’re ...