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Safe voting number one concern

MARQUETTE — COVID-19 concerns have ensured that voters’ experience at the polls on Tuesday will look different than it has in years past, but state and local officials are working to ensure that the process is as safe as possible. To ensure Michigan voters remain healthy and reduce the ...

COVID-19 UPDATE: MDHHS extends epidemic order

MARQUETTE — The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services on Thursday revised and extended its epidemic order to contain the spread of COVID-19 since the state continues to see a surge in cases, hospitalizations and deaths. Although most of the order is unchanged, the MDHHS ...

Trump officials end gray wolf protection

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (AP) — Trump administration officials on Thursday stripped Endangered Species Act protections for gray wolves in most of the U.S., ending longstanding federal safeguards and putting states and tribes in charge of overseeing the predators. The U.S. Department of Interior ...

Court won’t back gun ban outside Michigan polling places

DETROIT (AP) — The Michigan appeals court on Thursday rejected an appeal from a Democratic state official who wants to ban the open carry of guns outside polling places. The court, in a 3-0 order, declined to hear the case but noted that it's already illegal to intimidate voters or ...

Anthony to retire as foundation CEO

By Journal Staff MARQUETTE — After eight years of service as CEO of the Community Foundation of Marquette County, Gail Anthony is retiring on Dec. 31 “It has been a pleasure and a privilege to serve the communities of Marquette County,” Anthony said in a news release. “Getting to ...

COVID-19 UPDATE: MDHHS launches mental wellness campaign

MARQUETTE — Mental health experts at the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services are launching a statewide media campaign this week urging residents to seek relief from COVID-19-related emotional distress by talking to a trained crisis counselor and learning about other help ...

Absentee voters still have options

MARQUETTE — Absentee voters are turning out in record numbers in Michigan. As of Friday, MLive reported that 3.1 million registered voters in the state had requested absentee ballots and about 2 million had cast their votes. Even though the general election is just days away, registered ...

Court won’t back gun ban outside Michigan polling places

By ED WHITE Associated Press DETROIT (AP) — The Michigan appeals court on Thursday rejected an appeal from a Democratic state official who wants to ban the open carry of guns outside polling places. The court, in a 3-0 order, declined to hear the case but noted that it's already illegal ...

Smoking banned in city-owned parks

MARQUETTE — The Marquette City Commission voted 7-0 on Monday night to ban smoking within city-owned parks, beaches and playgrounds. After a public hearing and some minor tweaks, the commission adopted ordinance No. 690, which repeals Chapter 22, Article III of the Marquette City ...

COVID-19 update: Grants for teachers announced

MARQUETTE — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and state Treasurer Rachael Eubanks on Tuesday announced that eligible Michigan teachers and support staff who worked additional time and incurred additional costs during the 2019-2020 school year due to the COVID-19 pandemic can receive a grant through two ...

Doubling down on Art Park

ISHPEMING — Ishpeming residents may have noticed the transformation of some vacant lots along Division Street in the last two years into an art park. Now locals have the chance to double their monetary contributions to the project through the Michigan Economic Development Corporation’s ...

Birchview fourth-grade goes to distance learning

MARQUETTE — Fourth-graders at Birchview Elementary School in Ishpeming are switching to distance learning because of a probable positive case of COVID-19. Birchview Principal Matthew Byce said in a Monday Facebook post that because of the probable case in the school’s fourth grade, the ...

SWP wins magazine award

MARQUETTE — The Superior Watershed Partnership has won the 2020 Lake Superior Magazine Achievement Award. “If the Superior Watershed Partnership model teaches anything, I truly believe it is the power of local,” said Carl Lindquist, executive director of the SWP, in a news release. ...

Estler named to travel panel

MARQUETTE — An integral person in helping boost Marquette County tourism numbers will now be representing the area at the state level. Susan Estler, executive director for Travel Marquette, was appointed to the Michigan Travel Commission by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer last week. “The ...

Marquette man dies in 2-vehicle accident on M-553

MARQUETTE — A 25-year-old man from Marquette died early Friday evening following a two-vehicle accident on M-553 just south of Marquette Mountain, the Marquette Police Department said. Police said that at approximately 5:34 p.m. Friday, officers responded to the crash, arriving on scene and ...

Barrett confirmed as Supreme Court justice in partisan vote

WASHINGTON — Amy Coney Barrett was confirmed to the Supreme Court late Monday by a deeply divided Senate, Republicans overpowering Democrats to install President Donald Trump’s nominee days before the election and secure a likely conservative court majority for years to come. Trump's ...

Cybersecurity firm moves to next level

MARQUETTE — Northcross Group moved a step closer to opening a primary office in Marquette with its president making a visit to Northern Michigan University. Northcross, an integration and cybersecurity firm with offices in Portland, Maine, and Arlington, Virginia, recently announced an ...

Ishpeming Planning Commission to consider land sale request

ISHPEMING — The Ishpeming Planning Commission will assist in determining the use for a parcel of land between East New York Street and Malton Road. The proposed sale of a 7.2-acre parcel to an adjoining property owner was sent to the planning commission during an Ishpeming City Council ...

MDHHS comments on COVID-19 spike

MARQUETTE — The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services on Friday issued a statement on the COVID-19 pandemic after reporting more than 3,300 positive test results that day. “The data shows we are continuing to see alarming increases in the incidence of COVID-19 infections in ...