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A Superior trash haul

MARQUETTE — You can’t see all the trash in Lake Superior from the surface by Mattson Lower Harbor Park, but it’s there — and clean-up volunteers have the garbage to prove it. The second annual Marquette Lower Harbor Underwater Cleanup took place on Saturday, and as with the previous ...

States move with caution as COVID-19 numbers fluctuate

As states began the process of reopening over the last six weeks, some areas across the country saw an uptick in positive COVID-19 cases. As a result, some reopening plans have been stalled or, in some cases, walked back. For those still able to move forward with their reopening procedures, ...

State offering help during pandemic

MARQUETTE — Some Marquette-area businesses will be able to fend for themselves during the COVID-19 pandemic, but a little assistance from the state of Michigan could go a long way. The goal of the $100 million Michigan Small Business Restart Program is to reduce the economic impact of the ...

Learning to grow

ISHPEMING — The COVID-19 pandemic has not stopped a local organization from creating community opportunities to grow and learn. In fact, the challenge seems to have only deepened the resolve of the people at Partridge Creek Farm. The nonprofit educational farm located in downtown Ishpeming ...

Whitmer tweaks mask order; businesses can’t assume exception

LANSING — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Friday tweaked Michigan's tougher order to wear masks in public, clarifying that they are not required while voting and telling businesses they cannot assume people who enter without a face covering are covered by exceptions. The changes came a week after ...

Potential new cormorant management plan released

LANSING — The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) has crafted a new plan to address double-crested cormorant conflicts. It proposes to allow the killing of as many as 77,000 of the migratory birds in the Mississippi and Central flyways each year. That covers 24 states, including Michigan. ...

Two McCarty’s Cove virus cases confirmed

MARQUETTE — The Marquette County Health Department has become aware through contact tracing efforts of two confirmed cases of COVID-19 among people who attended the McCarty’s Cove beach gathering on the Fourth of July weekend. MCHD is recommending that anyone who attended the gathering ...

Stories to tell

MARQUETTE — For those who enjoyed the Marquette Regional History Center’s historic Marquette bus tours in previous summers, organizers came up with a creative new way to offer the tours amid the COVID-19 pandemic: downloadable audio tours that feature notable characters and slices of local ...

Deficit elimination plan is approved

MARQUETTE — The Marquette City Commission approved a deficit elimination plan for its street fund for fiscal year 2019. Monday evening during its meeting at City Hall where the public was not in attendance due to current executive orders. Commissioner Pete Frazier motioned to approve the ...

NRC OKs 2020 deer hunting regulations

MARQUETTE — The Michigan Natural Resources Commission Thursday approved a new package of deer regulations at the commission’s regular monthly meeting, which was conducted in an online and conference call format due to COVID-19 public health and safety concerns. Michigan Department of ...

Peters’ bill will support business

MARQUETTE — U.S. Sen. Gary Peters, D-Bloomfield Hills, introduced legislation last week that would help strengthen the manufacturing industry by creating a National Institute of Manufacturing. Peters was joined by Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center President Mike Coast and Piston ...

Public mask use recommended

MARQUETTE — UP Health System-Bell, Marquette and Portage are urging the community to wear face masks or cloth face coverings in public areas where social distancing is not easily achieved to help stop the spread of COVID-19. The hospital said in a news release that it has already instituted ...

Local governments can’t keep extra cash in tax foreclosures

DETROIT — Local governments can’t keep a profit from the sale of tax-foreclosed properties, the Michigan Supreme Court said Friday in a sweeping decision that could lead to waves of payments to former owners across the state. State law allowed county treasurers to keep money left over ...

Unique gardening

MARQUETTE — Gardening takes on many shapes from ground gardens, raised-bed gardens and container gardens. And then there are straw bale gardens, which is ideal for cooler climates especially for Upper Peninsula gardeners. During a walking tour hosted by Peter White Public Library, expert ...

Outbreak, then heartbreak

MARQUETTE — Staff at Norlite Nursing Center had an unenviable task — or maybe enviable, depending if you look at it from the standpoint of providing compassion — at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Marquette facility was the site of a COVID-19 outbreak that resulted in eight ...

Marquette Marathon canceled, event to be virtual

MARQUETTE — The Marquette Marathon will take place in a virtual format this year. Race director Forrest Karr, also director of athletics at Northern Michigan University, made the announcement on Tuesday on behalf of the Marquette Marathon Organizing Committee. “After reviewing the ...

New location OK’d

MARQUETTE — During its Tuesday public meeting, the Marquette Planning Commission approved a site plan to construct the new Beacon House facility near the UP Health System-Marquette on Seventh Street. The commission met via Zoom video conferencing to approve the new business item. The ...

Panel approves tax-sharing agreement with county

NEGAUNEE — A recently expanded footprint and an agreement with Marquette County could mean that Negaunee’s newly revived Downtown Development Authority could see an influx of revenue in the next few years. The Negaunee City Council, during its first in-person meeting since March, ...

New survey launched to gauge virus repercussions

MARQUETTE — A new survey is being conducted by Upper Peninsula economic development organizations. With the hope of receiving feedback from employers and employees located across the region, this survey is designed to measure the economic impact and better understand the effect of the ...

Cliffs Shaft Mine Museum remains closed to visitors

MARQUETTE — The Cliffs Shaft Mine Museum in Ishpeming will not be open to visitors for the remainder of the tour season, according to an announcement from officials. “Our utmost responsibility is for the health and safety of our volunteers and our visitors. Unpredictability of the ...