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Iran strikes back at US with missile attack at bases in Iraq

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran struck back at the United States early today for killing its most powerful military commander, firing a barrage of ballistic missiles at two Iraqi military bases that house American troops in what the Iranian supreme leader said was a “slap” against America’s ...

Forsyth Township, Marquette County renew agreement

MARQUETTE — The Marquette County Board of Commissioners at its regular meeting Tuesday unanimously approved the continuation of the aircraft emergency response agreement and public safety building lease with Forsyth Township. “This is an agreement between Marquette County and Forsyth ...

What’s in a name?

This article has been updated to reflect a change in the name of a Facebook group. MARQUETTE — Kaufman Auditorium on Monday night was packed with people giving, or listening to, varying ideas on whether to discontinue the Marquette Senior High School nicknames of Redmen and Redettes. The ...

Piggott named new medical director at MCHD

MARQUETTE — On Jan. 1, Dr. Kevin Piggott once again became medical director for the Marquette County Health Department. Having been a physician in Marquette for over 30 years, Piggott comes with years of experience and two years of direct experience as he formerly served as Marquette ...

Council to ponder changes to emergency response

ISHPEMING — The Ishpeming City Council will consider rescinding two of its ordinances centering on fire department response and fees and amend the city’s false fire alarm policy during its meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Ishpeming City Hall. One of the ordinances recommended for rescission ...

Manager hire, tractor purchase to be considered by Marquette Township Board

MARQUETTE — The Marquette Township Board will continue its efforts to fill the township manager position during its regular meeting at 6:30 p.m. today. Trustees will consider scheduling a work session to discuss the current city manager contract and propose any necessary changes. The ...

Living Green – Keeping tabs

Editor’s note: This is part four of a series on the Community Environmental Monitoring Program, or CEMP, which is an agreement among the Superior Watershed Partnership, the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community, the Community Foundation of Marquette County and Eagle Mine. This article outlines the ...

New challenge in lamprey war: warmer waters

LANSING — It’s not easy to get rid of the Great Lakes sea lampreys. A new study in the Journal of Great Lakes Research found that it may be getting even harder. Warmer waters increase the larval sea lamprey’s tolerance to TFM, a chemical widely-used to kill lampreys during their larval ...

Sole U.P. pot retailer open for business

NEGAUNEE — Things are moving quickly statewide in the realm of retail marijuana in Michigan. According to an mLive article published Jan. 2, nearly $6.5 million was made in recreational marijuana sales in Michigan in December. The state has issued 54 recreational marijuana business ...

Hearing set for code amendments regarding weed businesses

MARQUETTE — With the city of Marquette’s ordinance allowing adult-use marijuana businesses to operate in the city becoming effective in March, the city planning commission has been busy amending the city’s land development code to outline land-use standards for the establishments. After ...

From the tropics to snow

NEGAUNEE — It doesn’t seem to matter where they’re from — if you expose teenagers to snow, there’s a good chance they’ll make snowballs. Especially if they’re from a tropical climate. Marquette Senior High School students and exchange students from Costa Rica — who are ...

Redmen, Redette nicknames to be focus of meeting

MARQUETTE — The Marquette Area Public Schools Board of Education will meet at 5:30 p.m. Monday in the Marquette Senior High School Little Theater, with the district’s nickname issue likely being a center of focus. The public comment periods are expected to attract discussion on the issue ...

Former supervisor interviews for manager position

MARQUETTE — The fourth candidate vying for the Marquette Township manager position is a face familiar to many residents and municipal leaders alike. Former township Supervisor Dennis Liimatta sat for an in-person interview with the Marquette Township Board on Friday. The board opted not ...

Negaunee police sergeant moves up the ranks

NEGAUNEE — After 25 years of service to the city, Negaunee Police Chief Jay Frusti handed over the reins to a fellow Negaunee Police Department veteran on Friday. Pat Ketola, who has been an officer at the NPD since 1999, will take the helm as interim police chief, according to a press ...

No easy solutions

MARQUETTE — What’s in store for Marquette’s lakeshore? It’s a question many area residents have been asking as water levels rise and storms strike, exacerbating erosion issues along the city’s lakeshore. This fundamental question was the topic of discussion at a Marquette City ...

U.P. reps want to use state-owned aircraft to fly back-and-forth

LANSING — State Rep. Beau LaFave, R-Iron Mountain, co-sponsored a bill earlier this month that would permit Upper Peninsula legislators to request a state aircraft to be used to fly to and from Lansing and a “centrally located” U.P. airport. The bill would also let state departments ...

Snowmobile trail cleanup ongoing in Upper Peninsula

MARQUETTE — Snowmobile club trail crews continue working to clear trees and branches from trails in the Upper Peninsula in the wake of recent snow and ice storms. In the eastern part of the region, heavy tree damage and downed powerlines were reported after Saturday’s strong ...

NMU grad heading to Colorado for position with U.S. Geological Survey

MARQUETTE — Allison Opheim graduated from Northern Michigan University with the assurance of a new job as a communications and public affairs contractor with the U.S. Geological Survey in Fort Collins, Colorado. She said working for a federal agency fresh out of college might have seemed a ...