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Mixed results for UPPCO customers in MPSC ruling

MARQUETTE — Many residential customers who get electric service from the Upper Peninsula Power Co. are expected to benefit from slightly lower rates following a Michigan Public Service Commission ruling announced Thursday. About 40,000 residential customers will see a savings of 1.55%, or ...

A day of remembrance

MARQUETTE — Several local communities have announced plans to commemorate Memorial Day: Gwinn A Memorial Day parade will take place in Gwinn Monday. A short ceremony will take place at 9:45 a.m. at the Veterans’ Memorial in Peter Nordeen Park. The parade will start at 10 a.m. from ...

Touring The Northern Center

MARQUETTE — The community got a chance to view the Phase I renovation of The Northern Center — formerly known as the University Center — on Tuesday, with public tours given of the Northern Michigan University facility. The University Center had been a popular campus hub, with its Great ...

MCSWMA board approves increasing solid waste tipping fees

MARQUETTE — Marquette County is one step closer to implementing single-stream and glass recycling. The Marquette County Solid Waste Management Authority Board of Trustees at its meeting Wednesday unanimously approved a resolution that will increase solid waste tipping fees by $6 a ton to ...

Live music at Lakeview

MARQUETTE — Even way up here in the Upper Peninsula, you can experience live music, food and vendors at the Way Up Music Festival hosted by Double Trouble Entertainment and the Radio Results Network. The festival, which began Friday evening and continues today from noon to 2 a.m., takes ...

Gwinn man facing murder charge offered plea deal

MARQUETTE — Randy James Tuominen, the Gwinn man facing a count of homicide-felony murder and two counts of first-degree child abuse in relation to the September death of his infant son, has been offered a plea agreement in the case. If Tuominen accepts the plea agreement at a plea hearing ...

City continues to tackle sanitary sewer infiltration

MARQUETTE — Problems caused by spring runoff and recent heavy rainfall in the city of Ishpeming may have been much worse if not for an eagle-eyed Ishpeming Department of Public Works employee who saw “swirling” in Lake Bacon on Sunday. “‘Hawkeye’ John Harnet looked and saw it in ...

Army Corps approves $778M plan to block Asian carp advance

By JOHN FLESHER AP Environmental Writer TRAVERSE CITY — The head of the Army Corps of Engineers has sent Congress a $778 million plan to fortify an Illinois waterway with noisemakers, electric cables and other devices in the hope that they will prevent Asian carp from reaching the Great ...

TRULY AN HONOR

ESCANABA — Honor flights are jam-packed with special moments and highlights. Mission 16 was no different Wednesday as 77 Upper Peninsula veterans spent the day in Washington, D.C., visiting numerous monuments built for their service to this country. A rare Wednesday performance by the ...

Local vets share their stories

ESCANABA — On Wednesday’s 16th mission of Upper Peninsula Honor Flight, several Vietnam veterans shared their stories. Like Casey Maki of Watton, who had more than his share of excitement during his stint in Vietnam. He was a machine door gunner on a Huey helicopter, and twice was shot ...

County board approves MDOT grants for airport

MARQUETTE — The Marquette County Board of Commissioners at its Tuesday meeting unanimously approved the acceptance of two Michigan Department of Transportation grants awarded to Sawyer International Airport for marketing and security purposes. One of the MDOT grants approved by the board ...

Graduating seniors receive foundation scholarships

MARQUETTE — Graduating seniors of Marquette Senior and Marquette Alternative high schools received thousands of dollars in scholarships from the Marquette Area Public Schools Education Foundation during a Tuesday ceremony at MSHS’s Barb Crill Memorial Gymnasium. A total of 151 graduating ...

Judge Greeley honored with official portrait unveiling Monday

MARQUETTE — “He always made me feel like I mattered.” “He always did what he told me he would.” “He listened to my arguments with an open mind.” “The perfect example of what a judge should be.” These were just a few of the phrases speakers used to describe retired U.S. ...

MAPS now set for security upgrades

MARQUETTE — The Marquette Area Public Schools Board of Education on Monday awarded a bid of $225,900 to Marquette-based Closner Construction for security upgrades in the school district. MAPS Superintendent Bill Saunders said school security is a high priority in the district. “We want ...

POWER OF WORDS

MARQUETTE — If you had to choose one word to sum up the Marquette community, what would you choose? The Power of Words Project, a humanitarian mural campaign in partnership with the Marquette Arts and Culture Center and Be Well LLC, plans to create a mural of one word that defines the ...

Only 25 percent of Michigan teachers recommend job

LANSING — Most teachers wouldn’t recommend that their students follow in their footsteps, according to a recent Michigan survey. Launch Michigan, a diverse coalition of groups that are sometimes at loggerheads but come together to advocate for education changes, reports that 75% of ...

Caring for our watershed

MARQUETTE — Tires. Plastic bags. Sheet metal. Styrofoam. Metal pipes. A drill bit. These are just a few of the items that volunteers picked up during Saturday’s Whetstone Brook Clean-up event. Despite record-breaking rainfall for the date, many people came together Saturday to help ...

2 young women pass away after Ironwood Township crash

IRONWOOD TOWNSHIP — Two young women passed away after a single-vehicle accident on Lake Road near Powers Road in Ironwood Township Saturday, according to the Gogebic County Sheriff’s Office. When deputies were dispatched to the scene around 2:32 a.m. Saturday, they found the vehicle had ...

Back to the old school

BIG BAY— Genuine artisans in this modern world, filled to the brim with mass-produced items, may start to become hard to find. However thanks to a $4,000 grant from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, The Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve will host a three-day Traditional Arts ...