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Supplemental unemployment funding OK’d: Money comes from federal revenues

MARQUETTE — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Tuesday signed Senate Bill 745, which appropriates $2.8 billion in supplemental funding from federal revenues awarded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency to cover a temporary $300 per week enhanced federal payment for eligible Michiganders ...

‘MILESTONE’ MARKED:‘Three Sons’ monument closer to completion

ISHPEMING — Thanks to generous donations, a crane and a small contingent of volunteers, the future home of a bust honoring the three famous “Sons of Ishpeming” reached a milestone on Friday, but donations are still needed to complete the project, officials say. A 5-foot-by-7-foot ...

Michigan man reflects on more than 50 years of piano tuning

ALPENA, Mich. (AP) — A layman might not know it by looking at the outside of a piano, but it is a stringed instrument. And tuning it takes about two hours, a bag full of tools and a trained ear like that of Butch Lyon. Now in his 55th year of professionally tuning pianos, Lyon certainly has a ...

Michigan’s newest state park earns national Network to Freedom designation

BROOKLYN -- Known for its quiet serenity, scenic lake, 5-mile walking trail, bird-watching opportunities and many other draws, Watkins Lake State Park and County Preserve in Brooklyn, Michigan, now also will be recognized for its connection to the Underground Railroad. The National Park ...

‘Paddling to persevere’ Mississippi River journey completed by local couple

ISHPEMING — Ishpeming’s Nate Denofre spent 109 days this year traveling 2,500 miles through two hurricanes and hordes of alligators to prove a point: that he can do it. Denofre, who has no legs below the knee, is CEO of Courage Incorporated, a nonprofit organization that offers 100% free ...

Labor Day celebration goes virtual

MARQUETTE — This year has involved a lot of firsts, due in large part to the COVID-19 pandemic. But the Upper Peninsula Regional Labor Federation is still putting needs of workers it represents first, organizers told the Journal. That’s why “Workers First” is the theme of the UPRLF’s ...

Nonsmoking ordinance drafted, to be revised for later vote

MARQUETTE — A draft ordinance regarding smoking in city parks, beaches and playgrounds was the major issue on the agenda at Monday’s Marquette City Commission meeting. The commission discussed the proposed ordinance to repeal Chapter 22, Article III of the Marquette City Code, which ...

Full steam ahead

NEGAUNEE — A historic locomotive has begun a new journey. The Yankee on Thursday was loaded for transport from the Michigan Iron Industry Museum to Pennsylvania for restoration, a trip of about 900 miles. The rare locomotive was built in the 1860s. Restoration will involve combining the ...

Sadowski arraigned on multiple new charges

MARQUETTE — A man who is being held in the Alger County Jail on a homicide-open murder charge in relation to the May 30, 2019, death of a Munising man is facing new charges. Jason David Sadowski, 50, was arraigned Tuesday in Alger County District Court on four counts of child sexually ...

Halpin retiring from Michigan State Police

MARQUETTE — After 33 years of service with the Michigan State Police, Capt. John Halpin, commander of the MSP Eighth District which covers the entire Upper Peninsula, is turning in his badge and calling it a career. Halpin has spent a majority of those 33 years in the U.P., transferring ...

Ferguson provides details on 2011 arrest

MARQUETTE — The Democratic nominee for Michigan’s 1st District in Congress has put out a statement regarding a 2011 arrest on domestic violence charges. Dana Ferguson and his ex-wife Rebecca Kraemer issued a joint statement confirming a nine-year-old report from the Negaunee Police ...

Peters visits Marquette on statewide motorcycle tour

MARQUETTE — U.S. Sen. Gary Peters, D-Bloomfield Hills, made a stop in Marquette on Wednesday morning as part of his annual statewide motorcycle tour. The stop fell on day three of Peters’ 1,000-mile trek across Michigan, rolling up through the newly constructed roundabout at the corner of ...

U.P. airports to receive funds from CARES Act

MARQUETTE — U.S. Sens. Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters on Wednesday announced the Department of Transportation will award more than $8.7 million to airports across the Upper Peninsula. This Federal Aviation Administration grant is supplemented by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic ...

Nature’s canvas

LANSING — Michigan in the fall is like a scene out of a painting, and residents across the state are its observers. What better way to appreciate the fall colors than to take a drive down a county road — a very safe outing during the pandemic, with affordable gasoline prices this ...