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Stay-at-home order extended

MARQUETTE — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Friday extended Michigan’s stay-at-home order just over two additional weeks, through June 12, also keeping closed theaters, gyms and other places of public accommodation at least until that time. She also extended her emergency declaration through ...

Marijuana retailer permit approved

MARQUETTE — The building that formerly housed Beef-a-Roo at 1090 S. Front St. in Marquette could soon be a marijuana retail establishment. The Marquette Planning Commission unanimously approved a special land use permit for applicant Larren Investments LLC of Bloomington Hills on Tuesday ...

Peter White Public Library Board OKs reopening plan

MARQUETTE — Peter White Public Library discussed a reopening policy and plan that was approved Tuesday by the Library Board of Trustees. PWPL plans to have staff onsite beginning June 1 to conduct staff training and prepare for reinstalling some onsite services, and then opening its doors ...

New Whitmer orders impact residents, businesses in state

MARQUETTE — Today, Michigan partially reopens after months of closures. With Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s Executive Order 2020-96 she signed Thursday, retail businesses and auto dealerships will reopen Tuesday by appointment as part of her MI Safe Start Plan. Beginning May 29, the executive ...

Governor wins legal fight with lawmakers over virus

DETROIT — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer prevailed Thursday in a high-stakes challenge from Republican lawmakers who sued over her authority to declare emergencies and order sweeping restrictions during the coronavirus outbreak. A 1945 law cited by Whitmer, a Democrat, is not limited to regional ...

Parades held; Blues Fest off

MARQUETTE — The D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans, Norlite Nursing Center and the Marquette County Medical Care Facility all held parades to help connect their residents with friends and family on Wednesday. At the D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans, it was also a wonderful way to recognize ...

Man arrested after armed robbery at Marquette Freedom station

MARQUETTE — A Marquette man was arrested on a felony armed robbery charge and jailed after police responded to an armed robbery complaint just before 6:30 this morning at the Freedom Gas Station along West Washington Street in Marquette. The suspect, identified by police as Milton Cecil ...

Verizon cell tower nixed in panel vote

MARQUETTE —During Tuesday’s Marquette Planning Commission meeting, a 40-foot Verizon cell tower proposed for Bluff Street in the western portion of Marquette was denied, with some area residents citing concerns about its proximity to a residential area and property values in the ...

AG: Former U.P. priest faces sex charges

LANSING — After three days of testimony across two counties involving five victims, former priest Gary Allen Jacobs was bound over to circuit court for trial on a total of 11 criminal sexual conduct charges that stem from acts he allegedly committed in the 1980s while serving as a priest ...

NMU hires health expert

MARQUETTE — Northern Michigan University has tapped a health security expert to help develop a “strategic and comprehensive playbook for its return to face-to-face learning this fall.” Retired U.S. Air Force Col. David Adams is expected to visit NMU’s campus three times to “gather ...

Local businesses weigh in on virus reopening

MARQUETTE — For local business owners, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s Executive Order 2020-92 is another step in the direction of normalcy and a return in some of the revenue lost during the COVID-19 crisis, as it allows reopening of retail business and restaurants and bars with limited seating in ...

Local leaders sound off on virus reopening

MARQUETTE — With a partial reopening of the Upper Peninsula and Traverse City regions taking effect Friday as part of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s MI Safe Start Plan, many area residents might be wondering what’s in store for their municipality, as cities, townships and villages the have the ...

Proposed employment pact sent to manager candidate by Marquette Township

MARQUETTE — Marquette Township will send a proposed employment contract to manager candidate Thomas Markus. The board unanimously approved a motion at its meeting Tuesday to send the proposed contract to Markus for review and either acceptance or counter-offer. According to the motion, ...

Whitmer announces reopening of retail, restaurants, offices

MARQUETTE — A partial reopening of the Upper Peninsula and Traverse City regions will take effect Friday as part of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s MI Safe Start Plan to re-engage the economy. Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-92 on Monday, which allows reopening of retail businesses as well ...

NMU revises fall calendar to avoid potential COVID-19 resurgence

MARQUETTE — A proposal to adjust Northern Michigan University’s fall semester calendar year was approved during Monday evening’s NMU Board of Trustees meeting, bumping classes up a week earlier and ending shortly before Thanksgiving. The board met virtually and approved an amended ...

UPEC talks controversy surrounding Line 5 oil pipeline in online discussion

MARQUETTE — The Upper Peninsula Environmental Coalition recently hosted a virtual discussion via Facebook, YouTube and Zoom on the controversy regarding re-permitting Enbridge’s Line 5 oil pipeline, which passes through the U.P. and will cross the Straits of Mackinac within a tunnel laid ...

Marquette Township Board to mull manager pact

MARQUETTE — The Marquette Township Board will consider a proposed contract offer for township manager candidate Thomas Markus during a virtual meeting tonight at 6:30. The board voted unanimously on May 11 to select Markus as the township’s new manager, contingent upon a successful ...

Camp Au Train POW, CCC artifacts studied by team

MARQUETTE — You may have walked along the lakeshore, went lighthouse hunting or hiked within the Hiawatha National Forest, but also tucked within the depths of the trees lies the remnants of what was once a Civilian Conservation Corps and Prisoner of War Camp. Camp Au Train, located just ...