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Irontown Pasties robber found guilty

MARQUETTE — A guilty verdict has been reached for the person accused of an early June armed robbery of Irontown Pasties in Negaunee. After a three-day trial, Patrick Earl Fisher of Negaunee was found guilty on one count of armed robbery in Marquette County’s 25th Circuit Court Thursday ...

Former cops investigated

MARQUETTE — More information into the investigation of two former area law enforcement officers arrested on drug-related charges has been obtained. Richard Joseph Neaves, 31, of Marquette and Todd Andrew Collins, 36, of Negaunee were arraigned in Marquette County’s 96th District Court in ...

SmartZone to participate in Rural Innovation Initiative

MARQUETTE — Rural Innovation Strategies Inc. announced that the Innovate Marquette SmartZone has been chosen in a competitive process to participate in the 2020 Rural Innovation Initiative, a technical assistance program supporting rural communities working to create digital economy jobs ...

Robot is school link for homebound Escanaba student

ESCANABA — The Escanaba School District acquired a robot last spring that allows homebound students to attend classes in real time. The robot came just in time for one student. Junior Carson Norton suffers from a condition called Scheuermann’s disease, a developmental disorder of the ...

Ski jumping slated: Annual competition set for Tuesday

ISHPEMING — Tuesday will mark 133 years that skiers from all over the world have come together to soar over Ishpeming. The annual Ski Jumping Tournament at Suicide Bowl, located off County Road in Negaunee at the Ishpeming Ski Club, will be held on Tuesday, featuring skiers from all over ...

Missing person investigation continues

MARQUETTE — The Michigan State Police Negaunee Post continues to investigate the disappearance of Jody Dean Howe of Marquette. Howe’s last verified identification was at the Meijer store in Marquette during the morning hours of Aug. 23. Law enforcement is requesting the assistance of ...

Smart911 program detailed

MARQUETTE — One never feels truly ready for an emergency situation, but if you are in need of emergency services there are ways to be better prepared. Smart911 is a program that allows residents to create a safety profile for their household that includes any information they would like ...

Rising waters

MARQUETTE — People who live along Lake Superior and all the Great Lakes are witnessing high water levels, which in turn have caused erosion and flooding for many property owners and resulted in infrastructure damage. In response, the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and ...

Rules on fire

ISHPEMING — The city of Ishpeming will no longer charge a fee for Ishpeming Fire Department responses to motor vehicle accidents and structure fires. In two separate unanimous votes during a Jan. 8 meeting, the Ishpeming City Council rescinded ordinances that imposed charges for fire ...

Michigan seeks extensive records about underwater oil pipes

TRAVERSE CITY — Michigan officials demanded an extensive set of records Monday from Enbridge Inc. in an investigation of the company’s oil pipeline that runs beneath a channel linking two of the Great Lakes. In a letter to the Canadian company, the state Department of Natural Resources ...

Heartwood parcel sold

MARQUETTE — A portion of the Heartwood Forestland owned by the city of Marquette has been sold to the Noquemanon Trail Network, which includes a 25-acre parcel located roughly between Division Street and M-553. The Marquette City Commission voted unanimously on Monday to execute a purchase ...

YMCA kicks off capital campaign

MARQUETTE — The YMCA of Marquette County kicked off its 2020 annual campaign on Monday at the organization’s annual meeting, setting a goal of $120,000. Out of every dollar raised, 100% is given to people who need the YMCA. “It’s really what makes us a YMCA, and a lot of things make ...

Memories made along the lakeshore: Local shares love for park bench dedication

MARQUETTE — Sometimes you meet a friend in the most unlikely of ways, like sharing a park bench. Richard Hillier, 88, of Marquette, has shared many moments and stories with the passersby of Picnic Rocks who unknowingly sat on “his” bench, or the city bench dedicated to him along the ...

Living history

MARQUETTE — Hints of a home’s age lie in its wood trim, its staircase and banisters, its rooms wrapped in wallpaper and other architectural intricacies. Unique structures and century-old homes can be found throughout the streets of Marquette, signs of the city’s still-standing history. ...

Stranded sledder found after snowmobile broke down

CHAMPION — A snowmobiler was rescued in Champion Township after being stranded for roughly six hours Saturday. Jason Goletz, 42, of Pontiac was located by Marquette County Sheriff’s Office deputies around 11:54 p.m. Saturday as he was walking on Trail 5 in Champion Township. He was ...

Ishpeming council at odds over attorney pay/contract

ISHPEMING — With new city manager Craig Cugini set to take the reins in February, controversy over the city attorney position continues to haunt the Ishpeming City Council into the new year. Councilors unanimously approved a 3% raise effective Jan. 1 for all non-union full-time city ...

KBIC becomes part of most recent CEMP agreement

Editor’s note: This is the final part of a five-part series on the Community Environmental Monitoring Program, or CEMP. This article focuses on the role of the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community. Previous articles outlined the CEMP agreement and focused on the the roles of other entities ...

Michigan forecasts modest growth in economy, tax revenue

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and lawmakers received a generally positive economic and revenue forecast Friday but tempered it by warning of budget pressures due to tax cuts, a road-funding deal and other factors. Economists adopted a ...