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Board of Light and Power employees reduced

MARQUETTE — The Marquette Board of Light & Power has reduced the number of employees reporting to its facilities to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus and adhere to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s recent “Stay Home, Stay Safe” executive order. The COVID-19 situation has escalated ...

Sheriff changes operations

ARQUETTE — The Marquette County Sheriff’s Office has made changes in its operations to limit potential exposure of staff and county jail inmates to COVID-19 in light of the pandemic. As a preventative measure, the sheriff’s office is trying to reduce the overall jail population by ...

Governor’s orders enforced

MARQUETTE — With Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” Executive Order becoming effective Tuesday, many people have had questions about how it will be enforced on a local level and Marquette County Sheriff Greg Zyburt is emphasizing the sheriff’s office will be enforcing the ...

Over virus 100 tests in Marquette County

MARQUETTE — While the exact number of COVID-19 tests administered in Marquette County is not known, over 100 tests have been sent out of the county, according to Marquette County Medical Director Dr. Kevin Piggott. Many health departments throughout the Upper Peninsula have released ...

More local COVID-19 related updates, changes

MARQUETTE — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources announced Thursday that it will suspend permits for open burning across the state in response to the COVID-19 virus outbreak. Because firefighters often work closely together on scene and when traveling to and from incident locations, ...

House debates $2.2T virus relief bill amid last-minute snag

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House kicked off debate Friday on a $2.2 trillion package to ease the coronavirus pandemic's devastating toll on the U.S. economy and health care system, even as a maverick conservative threatened to delay passage until most lawmakers return to Washington for a ...

Luce County announces first positive COVID-19 case

MARQUETTE — The Luce, Mackinac, Alger, Schoolcraft District Health Department announced its first positive case of COVID-19 Wednesday afternoon. This is the first confirmed case in the four-county district. The LMAS District Health Department was made aware of the case Wednesday. The ...

Tilden to continue operations

MARQUETTE — Cleveland-Cliffs Inc. officials say Tilden Mine employees will continue to go to work under Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s stay-at-home order that went into effect Tuesday. Cleveland-Cliffs’ Director of Corporate Communications Pat Persico confirmed via email on Wednesday that the ...

NMU board hears COVID-19 update, passes measures

MARQUETTE — Northern Michigan University President Fritz Erickson talked about various measures the university is taking during the COVID-19 outbreak at a special Tuesday meeting of the NMU Board of Trustees. “It is a minute-by-minute change,” Erickson said. One of those changes was the ...

Changes underway in COVID-19 crisis

MARQUETTE — Agencies continue to make changes during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Michigan Department of Education announced it will request a federal waiver of statutory and regulatory requirements in the Child Nutrition Program in accordance with federal guidance. The waiver would allow MDE ...

First positive case of COVID-19 identified in Marquette County

MARQUETTE — The Marquette County Health Department has announced the first confirmed positive COVID-19 case in Marquette County. The Marquette County Health Department was made aware of the positive case Tuesday. It was identified through commercial laboratory testing, a press release from ...

UPAWS works to empty shelter

MARQUETTE — The most likely impact of COVID-19 on animal shelters is a trend of average or increased intakes combined with reduced foster, adoption and rescue outcomes, which can quickly lead to overcrowding, according to the National Animal Care Association. With the progression of the ...

COVID-19 changes continue for local area

MARQUETTE — The local COVID-19 situation continues to evolve. The Marquette County Road Commission announced it remains open, although it has enacted several operational changes. All buildings are closed to the public, and no walk-in traffic will be permitted. To contact the road ...

Locks to open for season, but public events canceled

SAULT STE. MARIE — The Soo Locks are scheduled to open Wednesday to shipping traffic and the first boat of the shipping season is expected to arrive in Marquette Friday, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Detroit District and local ore dock officials. As maintenance at the locks ...

Living Green: Gardening at home with basic set-up

MARQUETTE — Soil, water, nutrients, sunlight and seeds are the basic items one person needs to grow food from scratch in the comfort of their own home. Gardening begins with good soil, NMU Associate Professor of Environmental Studies and Sustainability Sarah Mittlefehldt said. Most of ...

First presumptive positive COVID-19 case confirmed in Chippewa County

CHIPPEWA COUNTY — Testing through the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services identified Chippewa County’s first presumptive positive case of COVID-19. The Chippewa County Health Department on Sunday reported that it became aware of a presumptive case. The CCHD believes the risk ...

Whitmer set to issue stay-at-home order

DETROIT — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer will announce a statewide stay-at-home order to curb the spread of the coronavirus, with an exemption for certain workers, a government official told The Associated Press today. The order, which will take effect at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, will allow ...

Murringer wins Red Lantern at Iditarod

MARQUETTE — Upper Peninsula native Kaci Murringer won the Red Lantern at the 48th Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in Alaska. The award is given to the musher who finishes last. Murringer completed the race at 4:20 p.m. ET Sunday in 34th place, but 22 mushers did not finish the course. ...

Masks for Marquette

MARQUETTE — Much of the community is practicing social distancing in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, meaning many people are remaining in their homes except for essential travel to the grocery store or work. Many may be taking the extra time to do some cleaning around the house, finish a ...

Non-essential medical, dental procedures curtailed in Michigan

MARQUETTE — As residents are being advised to stay home, bars and restaurants are either shut down or closed to dine-in customers and other businesses are allowing non-essential employees to work from home in an effort to stem the COVID-19 virus outbreak, it only stands to reason ...