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RATI moves operations to Lakeview Arena

MARQUETTE — In response to the COVID-19 crisis, Room at the Inn has relocated its shelter operations to Lakeview Arena at 401 E. Fair Ave. in Marquette. RATI Executive Director Nick Emmendorfer, in a March 19 Facebook post, asked for the community’s help in finding a space large enough ...

Fifth COVID-19 case in Marquette County

MARQUETTE — Officials at the Marquette County Health Department report that a fifth COVID-19 positive case has been identified in Marquette County. The agency said little else of substance in the Wednesday press release other than the number of cases in the county is expected to ...

Virus impact: Marquette Branch Prison may be used as isolation area

MARQUETTE — The Michigan Department of Corrections is ramping up measures to combat the coronavirus that might involve the use of the Marquette Branch Prison as an isolation site. As of Wednesday morning, 121 prisoners and one parolee have tested positive for COVID-19 in the state, ...

UPHS-Marquette treating “multiple” COVID-19 patients

MARQUETTE — Upper Peninsula Health System-Marquette has confirmed it has identified multiple patients who have tested positive for COVID-19. These patients were transferred to UPHS-Marquette from other facilities are now are in isolation. The hospital said in a statement that it is working ...

4th Marquette County virus case found

MARQUETTE — An employee at Norlite Nursing Center in Marquette has been diagnosed with COVID-19. Norlite administrator Wayne R. Johnson on Tuesday sent a letter to residents and family members saying it received confirmation about the employee’s diagnosis, noting that the last date the ...

Updates, cancellations, closures continue to impact area

MARQUETTE — Some things can be handled online or via regular mail, which during pre-coronavirus days, typically took place in person. For instance, people can earn their boating, snowmobile or off-road vehicle safety certificates from home with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources’ ...

Dickinson County has first resident coronavirus case

KINGSFORD — Dickinson County has its first presumptive COVID-19 case in a person who lives in the county, according to the Dickinson-Iron District Health Department. THE DIDHD was notified today by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services that an adult male had tested positive ...

Michigan quickly distributing 400 ventilators from feds

DETROIT (AP) — Michigan is sending half of the 400 ventilators it received from the federal government to Detroit-area hospitals facing a surge of coronavirus patients, the state health department said Wednesday. The remaining 200 breathing machines will be set aside for seven regions ...

Trump allies warn against feud with swing state governor

LANSING — President Donald Trump's allies are trying to contain a politically risky election year fight with Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer as he struggles to balance presidential politics with a global pandemic in one of the nation's most important swing states. Both sides have tried to ...

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 ...