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NMU lawsuit continues in federal court

MARQUETTE — A lawsuit by four Northern Michigan University professors alleging gender discrimination is continuing in federal court. A lawsuit filed Feb. 8 against NMU by the female professors alleges the university violated federal equal pay and gender discrimination laws. In the ...

Talking tall buildings

MARQUETTE — Since the city of Marquette’s Land Development Code was adopted in February, the Marquette City Planning Commission has been working through several rounds of updates and revisions to the code. The Marquette Planning City Commission met on Tuesday at Marquette City Hall for a ...

Attorney terminated

ISHPEMING — The city of Ishpeming will be seeking a new attorney at the same time as it welcomes its long-awaited city manager. In a 4-1 vote at a special meeting on Wednesday, the Ishpeming City Council terminated its contract with city attorney Bonnie Hoff, effective immediately. ...

Marquette County Board rejects proposal, reaffirms support of Constitution

MARQUETTE — The Marquette County Board of Commissioners, at its regular Tuesday meeting, unanimously passed a resolution reaffirming its support of constitutional rights in response to a public proposed resolution to declare the county a “Second Amendment Sanctuary County.” At the Jan. ...

Super skiers: Competition draws contestants from around the nation, world

NEGAUNEE — It’s a bird, it’s a plane — no, it’s a ski jumper. Athletes from all around the United States, Finland, Norway and Slovenia competed at the 133rd annual Suicide Hill Ski Jumping Tournament in Negaunee Tuesday night. The event was hosted by the Ishpeming Ski Club at ...

Former cops in court

MARQUETTE — Legal proceedings for the two former law enforcement officers arrested on drug-related charges are taking place. Richard Joseph Neaves, 31, of Marquette and Todd Andrew Collins, 36, of Negaunee were arraigned in Marquette County’s 96th District Court in early December on ...

Wings over Marquette: Chocolay Raptor Center releases bald eagle

MARQUETTE — The Chocolay Raptor Center released a bald eagle back into the wild on Tuesday, but maybe more importantly, the event served as a lesson on the dangers of lead poisoning in the wild. The release took place near the Superior Dome at Northern Michigan University, an appropriate ...

Spaceport at Sawyer? Launch site decision to be made

MARQUETTE — Marquette County officials are expecting a decision to be made by the Michigan Aerospace Manufacturing Association regarding a potential Michigan spaceport location on Tuesday, and the Sawyer International Airport is a contender. A spaceport, also known as a cosmodrome, is a ...

MLK Day marked: NMU celebration held Monday, events to continue throughout week

MARQUETTE — A campus march for equality on Martin Luther King Jr. Day kicked off a weeklong celebration at Northern Michigan University to honor the legacy of the late civil rights leader. The march went through a section of the campus and finished at the Lodge at The Woods housing complex ...

Continuing conversations

MARQUETTE — The Marquette Township Board will consider tendering its “last and final offer” to manager candidate Dennis Liimatta during its meeting tonight at 7 in the Marquette Township meeting room. During a special meeting Monday, the board voted 5-2 to respond to Liimatta’s ...

Inhospitable to human trafficking: Local hotel staff trained to look for signs

MARQUETTE — As of 2018, human trafficking cases reported in the U.S. totaled 10,949, with 51,919 total cases since 2007. Michigan ranked in at No. 6 in 2018 for the highest trafficking rates reported by state, according to the National Human Trafficking Hotline website. In an effort to ...

In sight: Chocolay Township gun range moving forward

CHOCOLAY — Action taken at the Jan. 13 meeting of the Chocolay Township Board may mean the municipality could be home to an enclosed gun range before the end of August. In two separate unanimous votes, the board approved the second reading of ordinance language for the township firearms ...

Walking together: Fourth annual Women’s March draws crowd

MARQUETTE — Saturday was a day for women in Marquette, as two separate — but related — events took place with the goal of empowering women. The fourth annual Women’s March, which included a gathering, march and rally, took place at the Marquette Commons in downtown Marquette with ...

Two dead after house fire

PORTAGE TOWNSHIP— A structure fire claimed the lives of two Mackinac County residents Saturday. Troopers from the Michigan State Police St. Ignace Post are investigating the fatal structure fire in Portage Township. Troopers responded to an address in Portage Township of Mackinac County at ...

A place to go: Local Boys and Girls Club to host fundraiser

ISHPEMING —“Name one ‘thing’ children ages 6-18 need more of in the Ishpeming-West End area,” the Boys and Girls Club of Marquette County Facebook page asks. It might be easier for any resident, especially parents, to answer that question in the thick of a winter storm when there ...

Saving salamanders: SWP proposes changes on Presque Isle to support species

MARQUETTE — As soon as Presque Isle Park’s gated entrance opens, many visitors are found along the island’s Peter White Drive, drawn to the area’s scenic views of sunrises, sunsets and everything in between. But many may not know that when they drive around the southwest bend of Peter ...

Local school districts addressing Substitute Shortage

MARQUETTE — It’s a scenario most students will encounter sometime in their school years: coming into the classroom the first thing in the morning and seeing a strange face. A substitute teacher fills a need when a teacher wakes up in the morning and feels ill, or cannot get to school ...

Two U.P. priests charged

LANSING — Criminal sexual conduct charges have been filed against two priests associated with the Catholic Diocese of Marquette. Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel filed multiple charges in three Upper Peninsula counties against former priests Gary Allen Jacobs and Roy Joseph by her ...

Women discuss entrepreneurship efforts, challenges

MARQUETTE — Starting your own business is challenging no matter what your gender. Several local women, who are entrepreneurs, shared their experiences at a “Women in Entrepreneurship” event on Thursday at Barrel + Beam in Marquette Township. The event, sponsored by Innovate ...

Person of interest

MARQUETTE — A sketch of a person of interest has been released by the Marquette City Police Department in connection to the Paul Girard murder case that occurred more than 30 years ago at Presque Isle Park in Marquette. One of the two persons has been identified, according to a Marquette ...