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Candidates for 109th face off at forum

MARQUETTE — A large crowd gathered Monday at Ronn Hall in Negaunee to hear the political perspectives of three of the four Democratic candidates vying for the 109th District seat in the Michigan House. The post was vacated by the late John Kivela, a Democrat from Marquette, who died of an ...

Supporters, foes clash over future of Line 5

TRAVERSE CITY — An engineering company’s report on the future of twin oil pipelines beneath the Straits of Mackinac is flawed and biased in favor of continuing the existing system, critics said Monday. A business coalition said keeping oil flowing through the 64-year-old pipes is essential ...

McCain’s return heavy with drama and symbolism

WASHINGTON— At the twilight of a storied career and battling a brain tumor, Sen. John McCain stands poised to deliver for his party and his president on the issue that’s defined the GOP for the past seven years. It’s a situation heavy with drama and symbolism. The 80-year-old Arizona ...

County approves hangar repairs

MARQUETTE — The Marquette County Board last week approved a nearly $908,000 project to replace fire protection barriers in two airplane hangars at Sawyer International Airport. The hangars have been leased by Envoy, formerly American Eagle, since Sept. 1, 1996. Under the memorandum of ...

Explore Tech exhibit coming to PWPL

MARQUETTE — The Peter White Public Library Youth Services Department announces it has been selected to host “Explore Tech: Engineers Make a World of Difference,” a traveling interactive exhibit from the STAR Library Education Network. The exhibit will be opening Aug. 17 in the Youth ...

From the top down

MARQUETTE — Grandview Marquette, an affordable housing project at the renovated Holy Family Orphanage, is taking rental applications and is expected to be open by the end of October, after rainstorms have led to some construction delays. The historic orphanage on Fisher Street was built ...

States vie for Foxconn display panel factory

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — Taiwanese electronics maker Foxconn’s plan to build a display panel factory in the U.S. has sparked a flurry of lobbying by states vying to land what some economic development officials say is a once-in-a-generation prize. It’s not just ...

County’s Life Tracker program hits 10-year mark

By RYAN JARVI Journal Staff Writer MARQUETTE — Since the Life Tracker program was implemented in Marquette County a decade ago, four people who otherwise may have never been seen again were found and safely returned to their caregivers. Yvonne Clark, who helps coordinate the program, ...

Evidence tech talks criminal analysis

For eight weeks, The Mining Journal will participate in the Citizen’s Academy and chronicle the insights into the Michigan State Police. MARQUETTE — CODIS, AFIS and IBIS. They’re not acronyms for terrorist extremist groups. The letters stand for database systems used by the Michigan ...

TUNES AT TOURIST PARK

Above, musician Dan Newton listens to his bandmate Elizabeth Rowan play the accordion at the 39th annual Hiawatha Traditional Music Festival Friday evening at Marquette’s Tourist Park. At right, Quinton Powers and Heather Evans, employees from Dead River Coffee, play cribbage to pass the ...

A tale of two fires

By JOHN PEPIN Michigan Department of Natural Resources MARQUETTE — Michigan Department of Natural Resources fire officials said some important distinctions played a role in the very different behaviors and outcomes of two fires burning in a jack pine barren — years apart, but ...

Dark Sky Park still a possibility

By CHRISTIE BLECK Journal Staff Writer MARQUETTE — The proposed Dark Sky Park on Presque Isle still has life. The Marquette Parks and Recreation Advisory Board on Monday approved a proposal for a trial period, from the time the Marquette City Commission would approve it through Nov. ...

Gardens galore: Five homes, library on garden tour

MARQUETTE — Marv Zehnder doesn’t consider himself as much a gardener as a collector of plants. People can see his personal plant collection, if you want to call it that, during the Marquette Beautification & Restoration Committee Inc.’s 24th annual Garden Tour set for 1 to 7 ...

House unveils plan to fix VA’s budget gap as deadline looms

By HOPE YEN Associated Press WASHINGTON — A House committee unveiled a disputed plan Friday to allow the Department of Veterans Affairs to shift $2 billion from other programs to cover a sudden budget shortfall that could threaten medical care for thousands of patients in the coming ...

Village melodies (Photo feature)

From June through September, local musicians are gathering on the third Thursday of the month to be a part of Music on Third Street in Marquette.

Moore recalls little about how she survived

MARQUETTE — Officials aren’t expecting to learn anything more about how a 55-year-old woman lost for five days at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore managed to survive and turn up in good condition Wednesday afternoon. Kara Moore, of Milwaukee, reportedly doesn’t remember very much, due ...

Lawmakers want to shoot down Chinese lanterns

LANSING — Americans celebrate holidays by sending things up. But popular Chinese sky lanterns can kill livestock, strangle wildlife and cause fires, experts say. Sky lanterns are made of paper, cloth and string. They use wires or bamboo for support. So-called fuel cells made of cardboard ...

State dropping charges against 186 accused of jobless fraud

DETROIT (AP) — The state of Michigan is dropping charges and arrest warrants against nearly 200 people accused of illegally collecting unemployment benefits. Gov. Rick Snyder’s administration said late Thursday it’s taking another look at the cases, along with thousands of others. The ...