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County board approves lease for Sawyer airport

MARQUETTE — The Marquette County Board of Commissioners approved a lease for the U.S. Army Winter Testing Ice Group to rent a hangar at Sawyer International Airport for the winter season at its Tuesday meeting. The Army’s impact on the county economy throughout the duration of the testing ...

No injuries in Ishpeming blaze

ISHPEMING — The cause of a fire that left an Ishpeming residence with heavy smoke and water damage early Saturday morning remains under investigation. According an Ishpeming Fire Department press release, firefighters were dispatched to a structure fire at 602 Bank St. at 12:47 a.m. after a ...

One for the books

MARQUETTE — Area residents, officials, library staff and patrons gathered together Friday at the Peter White Public Library to celebrate the completion of the library’s $4.2 million dollar capital improvement project after multiple years of extensive work on the library’s interior ...

NICE school district passes budgets

ISHPEMING — The NICE Community Schools Board of Education on Monday approved proposed budgets for the 2019-20 school year. For the general fund budget, 18 mills will be levied on all taxable property except principal residences and other property exempted by law. For the sinking fund ...

A perception of threat

By CHRISTIE BLECK Journal Staff Writer MARQUETTE — What happens when a person is exposed to a threatening situation? If you’re in law enforcement, that could be a different dynamic. Ellyse VanDyke, who just finished her master’s degree in psychological science at Northern Michigan ...

U.P. Pride holds town hall

MARQUETTE — Society is changing in the Upper Peninsula, although it might be too slow for some people. The Marquette City Commission officially declared June Pride Month in the city, specifically, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersexual and Asexual Month. A nonprofit, ...

UPAWS seeking public assistance

GWINN — The Upper Peninsula Animal Welfare Shelter announced on its Facebook page on Friday it needs the public’s help after receiving a call from local authorities to help remove 40 felines from one home. “This situation is overwhelming to us, one top of the animals we have already in ...

Cybersecurity addressed at U.P. Energy Summit

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the final story in a four-part series that focuses on topics discussed during the U.P. Energy Summit held June 14 in Marquette. MARQUETTE — How safe are the communication systems that keep our utility infrastructure up and running? During the recent U.P. Energy ...

House mining bill approved in Senate

LANSING — The Michigan Senate voted unanimously to approve House Bill 4227 this week, moving it one step closer to becoming law. Introduced by state Rep. Sara Cambensy, D-Marquette, in February, the bill would create the Committee on Michigan’s Mining Future, which would be responsible for ...

New court date in homicide case

MUNISING— Jason David Sadowski, the man accused of homicide in relation to the May 30 death of a Munising man, is scheduled for a preliminary examination July 9 in 93rd District Court after a probable cause conference set for Thursday was waived. Sadowski was arraigned on the charge of ...

Man gets prison for abusing child, puppy

ESCANABA — An Escanaba man who pleaded guilty to charges of animal torture and child abuse in two separate cases was sentenced to a minimum of six years and 8 months to a maximum of 10 years in prison in Delta County Circuit Court Wednesday. In February, Michael Anthony Madril, 27, of 505 ...

BUILDING GOOD RELATIONSHIPS

NEGAUNEE — State police and community members gathered Wednesday at the Michigan State Police Negaunee Post for an open house event. The event offered a space for individuals to learn about the services the post offers to the public besides everyday traffic patrol. “Most of the people ...

UPPCO electrical rates among topics discussed

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the third story in a four-part series that focuses on topics discussed during the U.P. Energy Summit held June 14 in Marquette. MARQUETTE — Electric rates, reliability and clean, renewable energy were all part of the discussion during an Upper Peninsula Power Co. ...

Anti-abortion ballot drives to start within days in Michigan

LANSING — Groups backing two anti-abortion ballot drives in Michigan said Wednesday that they will begin collecting signatures within days after clearing procedural steps at the state elections board following a debate over what abortion-rights advocates complained are misleading and ...

Zyburt sworn in

MARQUETTE — The Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards now has a commissioner from the Upper Peninsula, as Marquette County Sheriff Greg Zyburt was officially sworn in to his new position on the panel at the Marquette County Courthouse Tuesday. Zyburt, who will be filling a seat ...

Connector pipeline

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the second story in a four-part series that focuses on topics discussed during the U.P. Energy Summit held June 14 in Marquette. MARQUETTE — Construction for the Marquette Connector Pipeline is ahead of schedule, Semco Energy Gas Co. officials say. Tim Lubbers, ...

Kangas to replace Page in Marquette Township

MARQUETTE — Chocolay Township Manager Jon Kangas will be moving to a new position in Marquette Township as of September. During a phone interview today, Kangas confirmed that he submitted his resignation with Chocolay Township Tuesday, and that he has accepted the superintendent of public ...

Public mental health system backed by Marquette County Board

MARQUETTE — A resolution to preserve the current public mental health system was unanimously approved by the Marquette County Board of Commissioners at its Tuesday meeting. Commissioner Joe Derocha was absent from the meeting. As it stands, Community Mental Health Service Programs, or ...