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PLAYGROUND PLANS

MARQUETTE — The city of Marquette recently took the next step in its plan to build a new playground at Ellwood A. Mattson Park with a focus on inclusion and accessibility. The city was awarded a Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund grant totaling $300,000 to replace the original Kids Cove ...

Jury reaches verdict at trial over George Floyd’s death

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The jury has reached a verdict at the murder trial of former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin in the death of George Floyd. The verdict is to be read late Tuesday afternoon. Floyd died last May after Chauvin, a white officer, pinned his knee on the 46-year-old ...

MSP: Condition of woman injured in officer-involved shooting is improving

HUBBELL — A woman who was shot by police during an incident in Hubbell on April 12 is no longer in critical condition at a Green Bay, Wisconsin, hospital as of Monday, a Michigan State Police spokesperson said. Lt. Mark Giannunzio, public information officer for the Michigan State ...

Drive to repeal law Whitmer used in pandemic clears hurdle

LANSING — A group trying to repeal an emergency powers law that Gov. Gretchen Whitmer used for months to issue coronavirus restrictions cleared a key hurdle Monday when the Michigan elections bureau said it collected enough petitions. Unlock Michigan, which has ties to Republicans, submitted ...

Spring cleaning: Area residents join NMU Conservation Crew for litter pickup

Area residents take part in the Northern Michigan University Conservation Crew’s cleanup day on Saturday, a kickoff event to Anderton’s Earth Week. Christine Oaks of Gwinn, Lenny and Cheri Shible of Marquette Township, and Margaret Brumm of Marquette, worked together in the area around the ...

Whitmer: Infections could be dropping

LANSING (AP) — After leading the nation’s COVID-19 daily case rate for weeks, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Sunday that Michigan could be seeing a drop in infections. Whitmer has extended a pandemic order that limits business capacity and requires masks in public, but the Democrat has ...

Sawyer to increase flights in May; virus safety protocols remain

MARQUETTE — Sawyer International Airport is increasing flights beginning in May, continuing enhanced protocols related to COVID-19. SkyWest, doing business as Delta Air Lines, will increase its flight schedule to Detroit beginning May 5 with an additional return flight to Detroit, Sawyer ...

State officials say vaccine misinformation spread is concerning

LANSING — State officials say they’re concerned about misinformation on coronavirus vaccines on social media as COVID-19 cases continue to rise in Michigan. Vaccination misinformation on social media can range from unfounded concerns that the vaccine affects fertility to more interesting ...

Novel sends U.P. game warden on 20th century spy mission

LANSING — Why is a game warden from the western Upper Peninsula traipsing through the wilds of Siberia and Northern Russia during World War I? Because he’s on a secret mission to rescue Tsar Nicholas II, the ill-fated “Emperor of All the Russias,” and his equally doomed ...

Order on gatherings, masks extended

MARQUETTE — The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services on Friday extended its Gatherings and Mask epidemic order, which includes an expansion of mask requirements to children ages 2 to 4. The order, which officials say preserves the strongest public health order in the Midwest, is ...

NMU faculty holds rally over pay

MARQUETTE — Members of the Northern Michigan University-American Association of University Professors faculty union at NMU held a rally on campus Thursday afternoon over financial compensation, with the theme being “Frozen pay is not OK.” Union President Dwight Brady, also a professor ...

Police: 8 dead in shooting at FedEx facility in Indianapolis

INDIANAPOLIS — A gunman killed eight people and wounded several others before killing himself in a late-night shooting at a FedEx facility near the Indianapolis airport, police said, in the latest in a spate of mass shootings after a relative lull during the pandemic. Five people were ...

MSP: Woman shot by police in critical condition

HUBBELL — A woman shot by police during an incident in Hubbell Monday night remained in critical condition at a Wisconsin hospital as of noon Tuesday, a Michigan State Police spokesperson said Wednesday. The Michigan State Police and Houghton County Sheriff’s Office responded to reports ...

Commission focuses on vaccination access

MARQUETTE — Getting more Upper Peninsula youths vaccinated for COVID-19 is a goal of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s Protect Michigan Commission, which on Thursday also highlighted regional strategies for promoting vaccinations among Native Americans and the general U.P. population. “One of the ...

City of Marquette eyes purchase of lakeshore property

MARQUETTE — The city of Marquette is in the early stages of purchasing a private residential property along Lakeshore Boulevard. The property in question is 702 N. Lakeshore Blvd., at the corner of Lakeshore and Hewitt Avenue. The property, which is currently owned by the Robert T. Anthony ...

Health Department reduces quarantine period back to 10 days

MARQUETTE — The Marquette County Health Department announced the return to a 10-day quarantine COVID-19 period, down from 14 days, effective immediately. Adhering to quarantine requirements is needed when protecting the public’s health, the health department said in a news release. ...