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M-STEP scores show modest gains

MARQUETTE — Third- and fourth-grade English language arts scores on the 2019 Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress showed modest gains for the second straight year, the Michigan Department of Education reported. English language arts scores by Michigan sixth-graders also increased, ...

Power of Words

MARQUETTE — The Power of Words Project, a community mural project, was well underway last week and set to be complete by Sept. 22 when POWP creator Mia Tavonatti suffered an injury. The project has now been postponed until next year. The artists to complete the project, a group of ...

Whitmer, GOP leaders will proceed on state budget without road fix

LANSING — Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Republican legislative leaders announced Monday that they will work to enact a state budget without including a long-term funding plan to fix Michigan's deteriorating roads. The agreement should forestall the possibility of an Oct. 1 partial ...

Long-term corridor planning approved

MARQUETTE — Marquette Township officials are hoping to partner with local, state and federal agencies to make the eastern portion of its U.S. 41 corridor safer for drivers and pedestrians alike. The Marquette Township Board voted unanimously on Sept. 3 to allow staff to work with the U.S. ...

Body cameras come to Marquette County Jail

MARQUETTE — The corrections officers at the Marquette County Sheriff’s Office will join the fleet of law enforcement officers who record footage via body camera each day. The body cameras were purchased for the corrections officers a few months ago, but more recently the department was ...

New falcon box at a ‘landmark’ site

MARQUETTE — When We Energies’ Presque Isle Power Plant closed earlier this year, its peregrine falcon nesting box no longer was available as a home for the fast-flying birds of prey. However, a box has been installed atop another high spot in the city of Marquette: the Landmark Inn ...

Eagle Mine operations to extend into 2025

MARQUETTE — A “significant discovery” has been made at the Eagle Mine which will extend the operation’s life-of-mine into 2025. According to an Eagle Mine release issued Friday, underground infill and extension drilling, which is used to more closely define the size of an ore body, ...

Planning for the future

MARQUETTE — Northern Michigan University’s Strategic Resource Allocation process continues to evolve. NMU began the first phases of the SRA in 2016 to adequately allocate resources, with an Implementation Task Force starting to review recommendations in 2018. The SRA is considered a ...

City construction projects wrapping up in Marquette

MARQUETTE — A sure sign of fall is the gradual end of the summer construction season. In the city of Marquette, numerous road construction projects occurred over the summer, with many completed or nearing completion at this point. “Overall, the projects went very well,” Keith ...

Let there be beer

The event will take place at Mattson Lower Harbor Park. Hours are 1 to 6 p.m., with one-hour early admission for Enthusiast Members with special beer offerings planned during the first hour. “The U.P. Fall Beer Festival provides a unique opportunity for people to enjoy fine craft beer ...

Human remains found, arrest made

MARQUETTE — Sean James McInnis was arraigned in Chippewa County Thursday after human remains were found while authorities conducted a search warrant at a Kincheloe Township property. After a lengthy investigation, the Chippewa County Sheriff’s Office conducted a search warrant at ...

Peaceful protest staged

MARQUETTE — It might not be a major issue in the city of Marquette, but police violence has been a problem in other areas in the United States, and at least one local man is concerned about it. Tom Moseley of Marquette held a “Take A Knee Peaceful Protest” by the U.S. Postal Service ...

City of Marquette, Customs House in lawsuit

MARQUETTE — Litigation between the city of Marquette and local developer Customs House LLC is headed to court, with a pretrial hearing set for 9 a.m. Monday in 25th Circuit Court. The lawsuit, filed by Customs House LLC — which purchased the historic brownstone building at 311 Lakeshore ...

GOP leaders bypass Whitmer on ‘20 budget

LANSING — Republican legislative leaders agreed to a budget framework Thursday and intend to begin passing spending bills next week despite not having a deal with Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. Whitmer has vowed to veto any plan that does not include a “real fix” to significantly ...

Project Sparkle

MARQUETTE — Perhaps the people who draw graffiti on city property are frustrated artists with no outlet for their creativity other than a stop sign, or they have a disgruntled message for the world they need to express on a cement wall. Either way, eradicating local graffiti is the focus of ...

Structural problems may cause service disruption at senior center

ISHPEMING — The Ishpeming Senior Center may have to close its doors as a result of scrutiny from county building code officials. David Savu, chairman of the Ishpeming Senior Center Building Committee, told the Ishpeming City Council Wednesday that the center received a letter and report ...

Opting in? Discussions on commercial marijuana establishments in city continue

MARQUETTE — While the city of Marquette passed an ordinance in February opting out of allowing commercial recreational marijuana establishments within city limits, the city is revisiting the issue now that the Michigan Marijuana Regulatory Agency has issued emergency rules for establishment ...

Cash talks: $1.4M winner at Ojibwa Casino

HARVEY — Ojibwa Casinos announced on its Facebook page on Monday that a man from Marquette County won $1.4 million at the Ojibwa Casino in Harvey over the long Labor Day weekend. The man, who was not identified, won the jackpot playing a Wheel of Fortune Triple Diamond slot ...

MAP not granted

MARQUETTE — The Marquette County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday voted against holding a special meeting to discuss a Military Airport Program grant, essentially declining the funding that could have left the county on the hook for more than $1 million if a project at Sawyer International ...