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Churches across the nation begin holding in-person services

The inability to attend church each week has been one of the most affecting consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. Due to social distancing guidelines, it’s been nearly impossible for congregations around the country to gather in ways to which they were accustomed before the COVID-19 ...

Marquette County churches reopen doors with precautions

MARQUETTE — When churches were allowed to resume their in-person gatherings on May 19, several sanctuaries in Marquette County were more than ready to open their doors with restrictions in place to keep worshippers safe. Immanuel Lutheran Church in Negaunee, NORTHIRON Church in Ishpeming and ...

Rockin Local

CHAMPION — More than 200 Eagle Mine employees are in for a pleasant surprise in the next several days in the form of a $500 gift card. The subsidiary of Lundin Mining announced its “Rockin Local” campaign. The effort is designed to encourage employees to patronize local businesses while ...

Whitmer closes downstate indoor bars, U.P. businesses not affected

LANSING — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said this week that she was closing indoor seating in bars in parts of the state, including a college town where one brewpub has been linked to about 140 infections. Whitmer also signed a bill allowing bars and restaurants to sell to-go cocktails in an effort ...

MPD officer recognized

MARQUETTE — Two Marquette Police Department officers received recognition for their lifesaving efforts during a special presentation at Monday’s Marquette City Commission meeting at City Hall. Officers Ben Takala and Mark Hanes were rewarded Life Saving Awards for incidents that occurred ...

Outback Art Fair canceled

MARQUETTE — The OutBack Art Fair, as with many major summer events such as Art on the Rocks and the Marquette County Fair, will not take place for the same reason: the COVID-19 pandemic. The OutBack Air Fair had been scheduled for July 25-26 at Shiras Park near Picnic Rocks in ...

U.P. shooting victim dies of injuries

GLADSTONE — The victim of a shooting that occurred on June 17 died Sunday evening as a result of his injuries, the Michigan State Police Gladstone Post reported. The victim was identified as Douglas Orr, 55, of Cooks. Charges against the suspect, Trevor Gault, will be modified by the ...

U.P. State Fair postponed

MARQUETTE — The Upper Peninsula State Fair, which was scheduled for Aug. 17-23 in Escanaba, will be postponed until 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The decision was made by the U.P. State Fair Authority, which cited current crowd-size restrictions as a major reason for the ...

Tuition set by NMU Board of Trustees

MARQUETTE — Northern Michigan University is using a combination of investments, university and federal aid, as well as cost-saving efforts, to address tuition rates, coronavirus safety concerns and uncertain fiscal year 2021 state funding. The strategy could amount to a zero net increase ...

History preserved

MARQUETTE — Driving west into Marquette along U.S. 41, passers-by come across a stone structure that resembles an igloo on the Iron Ore Heritage Trail. Were those curious aware at one time the kiln was used to burn wood into charcoal which fed blast furnaces that converted iron ore and ...

Commission tables UP City Fest discussion

MARQUETTE — Due to concerns of COVID-19 safety protocols, a request for a special event permit to host an August Christianity-based festival was tabled during Monday’s Marquette City Commission meeting. The Marquette City Commission met during its regular meeting that was closed to the ...

Commission tables UP City Fest discussion

MARQUETTE — Due to concerns of COVID-19 safety protocols, a request for a special event permit to host an August Christianity-based festival was tabled during Monday’s Marquette City Commission meeting. The Marquette City Commission met during its regular meeting that was closed to the ...

Whitmer rolls out back-to-school road map

MARQUETTE — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Tuesday released the MI Safe Schools Return to School Roadmap, a comprehensive document to help districts create local plans for in-person learning in the fall. It outlines a number of safety protocols for schools to implement in each phase of the ...

Nessel questions coronavirus letter

MARQUETTE — Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel on Monday sent a letter to the U.S. House of Representatives Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis in response to its request that she investigate Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s executive order relating to nursing homes. Executive Order ...

Second underwater cleanup to take place

MARQUETTE — Over 4 tons of tires were removed from Mattson Lower Harbor in August in a public underwater cleanup, and this year, the goal is to pick up all the remnant tires still anchoring at the bottom of Lake Superior. The second annual Marquette Lower Harbor Underwater Cleanup will ...

Whitmer calls for end to chokeholds, other police reforms

LANSING (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer called Monday for an end to the use of police chokeholds and limiting no-knock warrants. The recommendations come as states have been considering ways to prevent racial bias and address police brutality in the wake of George Floyd’s death. The ...

Regulators deny quick approval of new Great Lakes pipeline

TRAVERSE CITY — A Michigan regulatory panel on Tuesday refused to grant quick permission to run a new oil pipeline beneath a channel that connects two of the Great Lakes, deciding instead to conduct a full review. Enbridge filed an application in April with the Michigan Public Service ...