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Residents respond

MARQUETTE — Residents have come out “Yooper Strong” to donate blood to the UP Health System Regional Blood Center, officials say, but the organization is still in need of O-negative, A-negative and B-negative blood types. “We are just asking (for) the negative blood types we really ...

Salvation Army: Services continued during crisis

MARQUETTE — With more and more new clients during the COVID-19 pandemic, The Salvation Army is seeking monetary donations to continue providing food for individuals and families in need. The food pantry operations and lunch provided by The Salvation Army in Marquette and Ishpeming will ...

Cancellations, postponements, announcements

MARQUETTE — Schools and organizations continue to change operations and events during the COVID-19 crisis. NICE Community Schools announced that breakfast/lunch combinations will be available for pickup at Christ the King Lutheran Church, located at 440 Stoneville Road in Ishpeming, between ...

Propane supply addressed

MARQUETTE — The deadline is fast approaching for residents to comment on the U.P. Energy Task Force’s draft recommendations for the Upper Peninsula propane supply. The task force, which was created by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in June, will accept public comment until 5 p.m. April 6 on the ...

Downstate lawmaker killed by virus hailed as cheerful battler

State Rep. Isaac Robinson was devoted to politics and Detroit, battling for decades on behalf of the city's underdogs until succumbing to its latest scourge: the coronavirus. The 44-year-old lawmaker was midway through his first term in the Michigan House when he died Sunday, hours after ...

Nurses: UPHS-Marquette not working with them to prepare for COVID-19

MARQUETTE — A local nurses’ union says UP Health System-Marquette is failing to work with its nurses to prepare for the COVID-19 crisis, and also claims the hospital is forcing up to 100 of them off work without pay despite jobs at the hospital they could be doing right now. “We know ...

Second case of COVID-19 confirmed in Marquette County

MARQUETTE — The Marquette County Health Department on Saturday announced the second confirmed positive case of COVID-19 in Marquette County. The health department on Saturday became aware of a positive case identified through commercial laboratory testing. It was to have notified people who ...

Living Green: Marquette Lions Club hopes to revamp Lakeside Park

MARQUETTE — Parks are scattered throughout Marquette County, preserving elements of both nature and history. In the city of Marquette, an organization is looking to preserve a small park with the hope of acquiring public and city support. The Marquette Lions Club is hoping to restore ...

Trump signs $2.2T stimulus after swift congressional votes

By Associated Press Staff WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump signed an unprecedented $2.2 trillion economic rescue package into law Friday, after swift and near-unanimous action by Congress to support businesses, rush resources to overburdened health care providers and help struggling ...

Playing it safe

This statue isn’t taking any chances with the coronavirus. The statue, which also seems to be socially distancing well, is located at Medical Acne & Skin Care at the corner of Ridge and Third streets in Marquette. (Journal photo by Christie Bleck)

Marquette area adapting to COVID-19 era

MARQUETTE — The community still is innovating as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Marquette Downtown Development Authority announced the launch of Digital Downtown Marquette, an online page dedicated to information on the status of downtown businesses during the stay-at-home ...

$1M fund established to help local businesses recover from COVID-19

MARQUETTE — Area businesses can now apply for a grant to help them recover from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. Ogden Newspapers Inc., the parent company of The Mining Journal, has established a $1 million fund to help local businesses get back to full strength by subsidizing local ...

Trump seeks to force General Motors to produce ventilators

By TOM KRISHER AP Auto Writer DETROIT — President Donald Trump issued an order Friday that seeks to force General Motors to produce ventilators for coronavirus patients under the Defense Production Act. Trump said negotiations with General Motors had been productive, “but our fight ...

Board of Light and Power employees reduced

MARQUETTE — The Marquette Board of Light & Power has reduced the number of employees reporting to its facilities to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus and adhere to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s recent “Stay Home, Stay Safe” executive order. The COVID-19 situation has escalated ...

Sheriff changes operations

ARQUETTE — The Marquette County Sheriff’s Office has made changes in its operations to limit potential exposure of staff and county jail inmates to COVID-19 in light of the pandemic. As a preventative measure, the sheriff’s office is trying to reduce the overall jail population by ...

Governor’s orders enforced

MARQUETTE — With Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” Executive Order becoming effective Tuesday, many people have had questions about how it will be enforced on a local level and Marquette County Sheriff Greg Zyburt is emphasizing the sheriff’s office will be enforcing the ...

Over virus 100 tests in Marquette County

MARQUETTE — While the exact number of COVID-19 tests administered in Marquette County is not known, over 100 tests have been sent out of the county, according to Marquette County Medical Director Dr. Kevin Piggott. Many health departments throughout the Upper Peninsula have released ...

More local COVID-19 related updates, changes

MARQUETTE — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources announced Thursday that it will suspend permits for open burning across the state in response to the COVID-19 virus outbreak. Because firefighters often work closely together on scene and when traveling to and from incident locations, ...

House debates $2.2T virus relief bill amid last-minute snag

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House kicked off debate Friday on a $2.2 trillion package to ease the coronavirus pandemic's devastating toll on the U.S. economy and health care system, even as a maverick conservative threatened to delay passage until most lawmakers return to Washington for a ...