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Faculty, administration at NMU reach tentative agreement

MARQUETTE — After months of negotiations, leaders of the Northern Michigan University Chapter of the American Association of University Professors announced Thursday it agreed to a one-year contract. If approved by the membership, the contract will freeze salaries and give university ...

A LONG WAITING GAME: Local school districts face uncertain financial future

MARQUETTE — Local school districts, as with other school districts in the state, are facing severe and undetermined financial challenges as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. In May, the Consensus Revenue Estimating Conference estimated a $1.1 billion cut to the existing year’s state ...

Farmers market moves to in-person

MARQUETTE — The Downtown Marquette Farmers Market, sponsored by the Marquette Downtown Development Authority, is transitioning to a physical, in-person market starting July 4. There is no market today to allow for the market and its vendors to prepare for the transition. Relaxed ...

Shiras Steam Plant demolition moves forward

MARQUETTE — Officials provided an update on the Shiras Steam Plant demolition project during Tuesday’s Marquette Board of Light and Power Board of Directors meeting. “Right now, they’re still working on the coal combustion residual project. They’re moving along pretty fast on ...

Trump in Marinette

MARINETTE, Wis. — Despite enormous economic headwinds and sky-high unemployment numbers, President Donald Trump sought to showcase his record as a job creator on Thursday during a visit to a shipyard in the battleground state of Wisconsin. Trump boasted of his “aptitude for ...

Rental inspections resume

ISHPEMING — The city of Ishpeming will take safety precautions in light of the COVID-19 pandemic as it resumes inspections of rental units within its jurisdiction. The Ishpeming City Council approved the resumption of rental dwelling inspections with appropriate personal protective ...

Judge shuts down pipeline

DETROIT — A judge shut down an energy pipeline in Michigan’s Great Lakes on Thursday, granting a request from the state after the owner reported problems with a support piece far below the surface. Enbridge Inc. has not provided enough information to Michigan officials to show that ...

Housing help offered; options are available

MARQUETTE — With June being American Housing Month, the Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services is raising awareness about ways Michiganders can protect their homes through lender programs for those impacted by COVID-19 and through insurance policy reviews to make sure they ...

Michigamme Township wins ruling

MARQUETTE — The Michigan Court of Appeals has ruled in favor of Michigamme Township and against the Upper Peninsula Land Conservancy regarding a tax exemption of the UPLC’S 600-acre Indian Lake Conservation Preserve. Earlier this month, the court affirmed the Michigan Tax Tribunal’s ...

MBLP projects 3.7 percent reduction

MARQUETTE — The Marquette Board of Light and Power Board of Directors discussed a cost of service study at its Tuesday meeting to determine MBLP’s future revenue needs and electric rates. The cost of service study projects that MBLP will be able to lower its rates by an overall 3.7% ...

NMU receives grant for Native American project

MARQUETTE — Northern Michigan University has received a highly competitive National Endowment for the Humanities grant worth $170,000 to support a Native American studies sustainable online programming project. Only 14% of the 2,300 eligible applications were funded through a new round of ...

State Legislature OKs cocktails-to-go to help restaurants

LANSING — People could order cocktails for pickup or delivery from Michigan bars and restaurants through 2025 under a bill that won final approval Wednesday and will be signed by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. The ìcocktails-to-goî legislation is part of a package that includes a temporary cut in ...

Library services contract mulled

MARQUETTE — A library contract and the corresponding millage renewal were hot topics during the West Branch Township Board meeting on Monday. Members of the board declined to consider entering into a new library services contract with Peter White Public Library during the meeting on the ...

Redmen/Redette debate unresolved

MARQUETTE — People who want a resolution to the long-simmering Redmen/Redette debate will have to wait a little longer. Earlier this year, the Marquette Area Public Schools Board of Education voted to retire the Native American chief logo and formally adopt the letter M as its logo, ...

Online voter guide website prepares

MARQUETTE — Brushing up on candidates and ballot proposals is highly recommended with the upcoming Aug. 4 primary election and now there is a website that helps prepare voters for elections. The League of Women Voters of Marquette County is urging voters to prepare for election season by ...

Khaldun calls for COVID-19 changes

MARQUETTE — In testimony delivered remotely on Tuesday to the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, chief medical executive and chief deputy for health at the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, highlighted the ongoing threat posed by ...

Wildlife can damage home gardens, crops

MARQUETTE — Planting a garden takes time, work and patience but when a hungry deer creeps into your rows of corn, gobbling up the product of those many back-breaking hours, those beautiful animals become nuisances. In the Smart Gardening Series hosted by Michigan State University ...

Prisoners involved in drug ring

MUNISING — A search of a Michigan prison cell turned up methamphetamine, LSD, a medication for opioid addiction and a digital scale, investigators said of uncovering a drug operation behind bars. The drug conspiracy includes former prisoners who have been deported to Mexico, The Detroit ...

AG asks judge to shut down Line 5

MACKINAW CITY — Michigan’s attorney general on Monday asked a judge to shut down a pipeline in the Great Lakes after an energy company discovered that an anchor support had shifted deep below the surface. Enbridge Inc. insists the Line 5 pipeline itself was not damaged, and the company ...