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Marquette County Board approves pipeline reroute

MARQUETTE — The Marquette County Board of Commissioners at its Tuesday meeting unanimously approved a reroute of the Marquette Connector Pipeline, a project underway by Semco Energy Gas Co. Following staff recommendation, the board approved a request for an easement from Semco to reroute a ...

Schools reckon with social stress: ‘I’m on my phone so much

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — High school biology teacher Kelly Chavis knew smartphones were a distraction in her class. But not even her students realized the psychological toll of their devices until an in-class experiment that, of course, was then spreading on social media. For one class ...

Trillium House celebrates first hospice grad

MARQUETTE — “Hospice isn’t about dying, it’s about living.” This phrase perhaps epitomizes the story of the Trillium House’s first hospice graduate. Bob Barry, who suffers from chronic pulmonary obstructive disease, came to the Trillium House last summer to receive hospice ...

Community foundation celebrates grant recipients

MARQUETTE — The Community Foundation of Marquette County awarded checks to its successful 2019 competitive grant cycle applicants during its spring grant distribution event at the Presque Isle Pavilion in Marquette on Wednesday evening. Dinner was provided by Border Grill, ice cream from ...

Planning for pot

MARQUETTE — Marijuana retail enterprises may be back on the table in Marquette Township. During a Wednesday work session, the Marquette Township Board, while not taking an official vote, agreed to place an item on its June 17 agenda asking the planning commission to research the issue and ...

U.P. Cybersecurity Consortium awarded Marshall Plan grants

MARQUETTE — The Upper Peninsula Cybersecurity Consortium, convened by Northern Michigan University with industry and education partners, has been awarded about $2.47 million through Michigan’s Marshall Plan for Talent to improve the state’s talent development and education ...

Building bridges: Negaunee High School wins again in national competition

PARK CITY, Utah — Michigan middle and high school students continued a decade-long run and dominated a national bridge-building competition event in Utah recently as teams from around the state took six of the top nine places. The EKR Miner Construction team from Negaunee High School won the ...

D-Day at 75

OMAHA BEACH, France — With the silence of remembrance and respect, nations honored the memory of the fallen and the singular bravery of all Allied troops who sloshed through bloodied water to the landing beaches of Normandy, a tribute of thanks 75 years after the massive D-Day assault that ...

A safe bed for Danno

NEGAUNEE — The community’s generosity has made a big difference in the lives of a local family, helping to raise thousands of dollars to fund a bed needed for a Negaunee teen who is living with disabilities. An enclosed bed with soft sides was needed to keep 15-year-old Dan “Danno” ...

Ishpeming City Council votes to hire former DPW director as city manager

ISHPEMING — City Manager Mark Slown was not even out the door before the Ishpeming City Council approved a candidate for the position. In a 3-2 split on Wednesday, councilors voted to offer the position to current Chocolay Township Manager and former Ishpeming Director of Public Works Jon ...

Sugarloaf enhancements

MARQUETTE — Due to a growing number of visitors, the Sugarloaf Mountain Natural Area’s parking lot may be expanded as soon as next year. The Marquette County Board of Commissioners at its Tuesday meeting approved the amendment of an existing contract for improvements at Sugarloaf with ...

Police search for missing man

GWINN — The Forsyth Township Police Department is continuing the search today for a man who was last seen Monday afternoon. Dan McLaughlin, 48, was last seen at his camp along Marquette County Road EEH near the Escanaba River in Forsyth Township around 4:15 p.m. Monday. Police were alerted ...

Abandoned mine building catches fire

NEGAUNEE — No injuries were reported after an abandoned mine building caught fire near the Iron Ore Heritage Trail in Negaunee on Tuesday. Negaunee Fire Chief Ned Cory said crews were called out at 7:45 p.m. to a location near Lincoln Street in Negaunee. Cory said crews worked for roughly ...

Ishpeming City Manager Slown set to begin retirement

ISHPEMING — Dozens of residents, city leaders and county officials gathered to say goodbye to Ishpeming City Manager Mark Slown on Tuesday. Today is Slown’s last day in city government, but he intends to stay in the community. “My wife and I have discussed it and we intend to keep ...

Spaghetti and Sisu

MARQUETTE — Many gathered together to honor the late state Rep. John Kivela at the second annual Spaghetti and Sisu event Monday. The event, which was held at the Messiah Lutheran Church in Marquette, celebrated the memory of Kivela while raising money for the John Kivela Legacy Fund ...

Pictured Rocks Days Festival this weekend

MUNISING — Pictured Rocks Days festival — hosted by the Alger County Chamber of Commerce — is now in its seventh year. The event will take place on Saturday and Sunday at Binsfeld Bayshore Park in downtown Munising. During the weekend, Pictured Rocks Cruises is hosting its annual free ...

Actively serving the community

MARQUETTE — Volunteers contribute much to their communities, even going the extra mile to assist area residents by volunteering with local law enforcement. An example of this can be found at the Forsyth Township Police Department in Gwinn, which is the only police department in the Upper ...

Planting the seeds

MARQUETTE — Farms can provide a wealth of hands-on learning opportunities and a connection with nature for students of all ages. For this reason, Gwinn Middle School and Gwinn High School students visited The North Farm along Rock River Road in Chatham Tuesday. Students got to see ...

More hands, less work

MARQUETTE — Room at the Inn Warming Center, located in downtown Marquette, is looking for more volunteers during the summer months, and all are encouraged to lend a hand. Volunteers for the kitchen are preferred so meal prepping and cleanup goes more smoothly, but all are welcome, RIWC ...

Growing in the community: Inspiration Orchard worker bee a success

ISHPEMING — For anyone who might doubt the spirit of community in Ishpeming, they need look no further than the city’s new Inspiration Orchard on the corner of York and North Streets. The Partridge Creek Farm project, which sought over 100 volunteers, had more than half of that between ...