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End of an era

MARQUETTE — The most decorated coach in Northern Michigan University history may also be one of the most little known. That’s because Sten Fjelheim has been head coach of the Wildcats’ Nordic ski team for 34 years. Now he’s announced his retirement in a career that also included ...

Whitmer raises vaccination goal

MARQUETTE — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Wednesday raised Michigan’s COVID-19 vaccination goal from 50,000 to 100,000 shots per day. The new goal is based on the state’s successful efforts to expand equitable and efficient vaccine administration by partnering with private and public ...

Feds waive Michigan’s 2020-21 school accountability demands

LANSING — The Michigan Department of Education announced Monday that federal accountability procedures requiring high participation rates and progress goals will be waived for the 2020-21 school year due to the impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on classrooms. The U.S. Department of ...

COVID-19 pushed total US deaths beyond 3.3 million last year

The COVID-19 pandemic pushed total U.S. deaths last year beyond 3.3 million, the nation’s highest annual death toll, the government reported Wednesday. The coronavirus caused approximately 375,000 deaths, and was the third leading cause of death in 2020, after heart disease and cancer. ...

Island Resort and Casino potential exposure site

MARQUETTE — The Marquette County Health Department announced on Tuesday that it has learned through contact tracing efforts of a potential public exposure to COVID-19 at the Island Resort and Casino. The casino is located at West 399 U.S. 2 and U.S. 41 in Harris. MCHD recommends that ...

Alger County Animal Shelter going strong through pandemic

MARQUETTE — Through the challenging times of the pandemic, the Alger County Animal Shelter has still been able to provide furry friends for those in need of one. Like many organizations, the shelter has had to adapt with the times amid the pandemic. Going back to last year, it took a little ...

Pleading his case: Calumet man pleads not guilty to Capitol riot charges

WASHINGTON — A Calumet man pleaded not guilty in federal court Monday to five counts connected with the Jan. 6 Capitol riots. Karl Dresch was arraigned in U.S. District Court in Washington D.C., Monday. He was the first Michigan resident arrested for alleged involvement in the storming of ...

‘Ask the DNR’ event set for Thursday on WNMU-TV13

MARQUETTE — The Upper Peninsula’s two representatives serving on the Michigan Natural Resources Commission will answer viewer questions live Thursday night on “Ask the DNR,” broadcast on WNMU-TV13. Commissioners J.R. Richardson of Ontonagon and Dave Nyberg of Skandia will join DNR ...

‘Resiliency’ and ‘relevancy’

MARQUETTE — The words “resiliency” and “relevancy” are two new main drivers behind the mission of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, which is celebrating its centennial this year. DNR Director Dan Eichinger talked about the notable milestone in an interview with The ...

Biden, CDC director warn of virus rebound if nation lets up

WASHINGTON — Too many Americans are declaring virus victory too early, President Joe Biden and a top health official declared Monday, appealing for mask requirements and other restrictions to be maintained or restored to stave off a “fourth surge” of COVID-19. The head of the CDC said she ...

UPSET makes arrests of several suspects on drug charges

MARQUETTE — The Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team announced the arrest of several suspects on various drug charges following an investigation into an alleged drug house in Menominee over the last several weeks. The UPSET detectives’ investigation resulted in the controlled ...

Whitmer again vetoes virus aid after no legislative deal

LANSING — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Friday again vetoed about $652 million in proposed COVID-19 relief spending after the Michigan Legislature passed it without negotiating with her administration. Majority Republicans reapproved the funding following the Democratic governor’s first veto ...

‘Suite Dreams’

OVID — Six-year-old Mary Jane Seelhoff’s bedroom walls were slate gray with mountain scenery. Mary Jane, who loves unicorns, mermaids and all things magical, never spent much time in her room, often sleeping in her grandmother’s room at night instead. Her family moved to their house in ...

MIOSHA launches COVID-19 citations dashboard

LANSING — The Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced Friday that it’s launching a new COVID-19 citations dashboard “to enhance transparency and provide ongoing information related to COVID-19 workplace safety violations,” according to a news release. In ...

Shipping season has started

The articulated tug-barge Joseph H. Thompson/Laura L. VanEnkevort was one of the first vessels of the season to arrive at the Lake Superior & Ishpeming ore dock in Marquette’s Upper Harbor, entering port at 2:13 a.m. Thursday. The Soo Locks opened at noon Wednesday, 12 hours earlier than ...