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Marquette Regional History Center presents awards at annual meeting

By CHRISTIE BLECK Journal Staff Writer MARQUETTE — The Marquette Regional History Center is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, but its Wednesday annual meeting was special in another way. The center’s Helen Longyear Paul Award was given posthumously for the first time, and ...

Marquette County enhances 911 services

MARQUETTE — Officials announced Wednesday at the Michigan State Police Post in Negaunee that Smart911 and emergency notification services are now offered by Marquette County Central Dispatch. “Marquette County is pleased to announce that we’ve implemented a new system to improve 911 ...

STRIKING COPPER IN THE KEWEENAW

MARQUETTE — The rich history of copper in the Keweenaw Peninsula was shared at Kurt Fosburg’s Keweenaw Copper presentation to Northern Center for Lifelong Learning members on Tuesday at Peter White Public Library in Marquette. Yoopers, longtime residents and newer residents alike had the ...

Marquette Township Board sets major agenda items

MARQUETTE — The Marquette Township Board set the schedule for its annual plan of work during a work session Tuesday at the Marquette Township Community Center. Among items for consideration for the year are the retirement and replacement of Fire Chief Ron DeMarse, the township’s police ...

Men, rural residents, at highest risk of suicide in Michigan

LANSING — In Michigan, one person dies by suicide about every six hours. That statistic puts the state right in the middle of a national trend. Suicide is the 10th-leading cause of death among Americans, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and in 2016, the ...

Sweeping the city

MARQUETTE — The newly formed Marquette Curling Club is rocking it during its first year of operation, thanks in part to generous support from Northern Michigan University, Lakeview Arena and the Delta Rocks Curling Club in Escanaba. A student reportedly approached NMU President Fritz ...

City approves license for Superior Culture

MARQUETTE — Superior Culture, a locally owned company that produces kombucha — fermented and lightly sweetened black or green tea beverages often associated with health benefits — is looking to expand its product in the near future. According to notes on the city of Marquette’s ...

For some in U.P., a ghost town is home

ELM RIVER TOWNSHIP — The view from Tom Chobanian’s house in Houghton County is a thick wall of trees. It wasn’t always, though. “There used to be nothing but whorehouses here,” said the wiry 29-year-old, pointing into the woods, recounting family memories. “This used to have 600 ...

MDEQ seeks public input on Republic Dam permit

REPUBLIC — The historic Republic Dam is one step closer to being fully operational after falling into disrepair over several decades. Ryan McCone, senior environmental quality analyst for the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality’s Water Resources Division, said the DEQ has ...

Marquette icon dies at home

MARQUETTE — A familiar and beloved presence in downtown Marquette is no more, except in the memories of his many admirers. Phil Niemisto, 88, Marquette’s famous “window washer” and the namesake of the pocket park along Washington Street, died peacefully in his home Sunday with friends ...

Community empowered

MARQUETTE — Can one person’s good deed, no matter how small, make a difference? Anna Dravland, creator of Spread Goodness Day, is confident that each person — regardless of age or ability — has the power to spread goodness and make a difference in the world, one act at a time. Now, ...

At a glance

Every minute between a suffering stroke and medical attention is critical — professionals note that “time is brain.” However, many people may not recognize the signs of a stroke. “BE FAST” is a mnemonic device to help people recognize the signs of a stroke by outlining key signs ...

Understanding trauma key

MARQUETTE — After a high school shooting in Florida left 17 people dead earlier this month, thousands of anxious citizens throughout the U.S. have pointed fingers at the nation’s mental health system and its gun policies. Others believe the issues run much deeper. Dr. James “Jim” ...

Marquette City Commission meeting to be held tonight

MARQUETTE — A public hearing regarding a new liquor license application for Superior Culture, a local business that produces kombucha, will be held at the Marquette City Commission meeting tonight. The city has received a local approval notice from the Michigan Liquor Control Commission ...

Dealing with the RECOIL

By LISA BOWERS Journal Ishpeming Bureau MARQUETTE —Call them mass shootings or massacres, incidents like the one at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, with its senseless loss of 17 lives, sparks a heated debate. How do we keep the public at large safe while ...

HISTORY  ON SNOW

GWINN — The vintage snowmobiles on display on Friday at the Forsyth Snowmobile Club came in various makes and colors. Some even had blue windshields. And not only were they parked at the club, they were put to good use as well, doing what snowmobiles do: run on snow. Tim Hill, ...

25 YEARS DOWN THE HOLE

Above left, Katie Derouin of Bark River and Carrie Myers of Ishpeming of Team Holy Crapper get ready to race Saturday afternoon at the 25th Ever Trenary Outhouse Races. (Journal photo by Jaymie Depew) Above right, Pam Gaul and Shelda Ballien of Iowa push their outhouse down the track. ...

SIP N’ SPELL

At top, Jim Koski, left, serves as judge and Bill Digneit of Double Trouble DJs hosts during Peter White Public Library’s fundraiser, Sip and Spell Spelling Bee For Cheaters, at the Masonic Center Friday evening. Above, from left, Jeanette Tousignant, Kim Rotundo, Jackie Gilbert and Sue ...

County treasurer advises public on unpaid 2015 property taxes

By CECILIA BROWN Journal Staff Writer MARQUETTE — The Marquette County treasurer is urging property owners who owe 2015 property taxes to contact the Marquette County treasurer as soon as possible, as they only have until March 31 to pay their taxes in full and avoid ...