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LaSalle lawsuits against Cambensy, Dianda dismissed

MARQUETTE — A local company’s lawsuits alleging two Upper Peninsula state representatives failed to pay for campaign services have been dismissed. LaSalle Enterprises LLC in December in 96th District Court filed suit against state Rep. Sara Cambensy, D-Marquette, and state Rep. Scott ...

League of Women Voters local chapter to host forum for city candidates

MARQUETTE — A candidate forum for the Marquette City Commission will be held at 6:30 Wednesday in the commission chambers at Marquette City Hall, located at 300 W. Baraga Ave. There are eight candidates running for the two open seats on the city commission, including Aaron Andres, ...

Trump taped talking of paying for Playboy model’s story

By ERIC TUCKER and JENNIFER PELTZ Associated Press NEW YORK — President Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer secretly recorded Trump discussing a potential payment for a former Playboy model’s account of having an affair with him, people familiar with an investigation into the ...

Future visions

MARQUETTE — Marquette County’s Master Plan will soon be getting a complete overhaul. The Marquette County Board of Commissioners heard a presentation on the development of an overhauled Marquette County Master Plan from Eric Anderson, manager of planning at Marquette County’s ...

New chapter: County YMCA emerges from bankruptcy

MARQUETTE — The YMCA of Maquette County has begun a new chapter. Judge John T. Gregg approved the YMCA’s reorganizational plan under Chapter 11 at a confirmation hearing on Thursday morning in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Michigan. This marks the end of a long ...

Tests show lead in school water

MARQUETTE — Test results for some fixtures in Marquette Area Public Schools buildings have shown elevated levels of lead. In a letter to students, parents, staff and community members, MAPS Superintendent Bill Saunders said that in response to recent discoveries of elevated lead levels at ...

Court hears challenge to redistricting measure

LANSING — The Michigan Supreme Court on Wednesday heard arguments about whether voters in November should be able to pass a constitutional amendment that would change how the state’s voting maps are drawn or whether such changes could only be adopted at a rarely held constitutional ...

UPHS may purchase Dickinson Memorial

MARQUETTE — Dickinson County Healthcare System and UP Health System are beginning a formal process to evaluate the possibility of the Dickinson County system becoming part of UPHS. The organizations have signed a non-binding letter of intent that allows them to evaluate a potential ...

Report: Lake oil spill in Michigan would cost nearly $2B

DETROIT — Hundreds of miles of Great Lakes shoreline would be spoiled under a worst-case scenario oil spill in Michigan's Straits of Mackinac, scientists reported Thursday. The cost of a doomsday spill could be as high as $1.8 billion, including $500 million in cleanup and $678 million in ...

Search and rescue

MARQUETTE — Coordination, communication and practice — all are critical elements of a search and rescue mission on Lake Superior’s waters. The U.S. Coast Guard conducted search and rescue training with the Chocolay Township and Marquette Township fire departments Monday night on Lake ...

The right direction

GWINN — The Gwinn Area Community Schools Board of Education continues to work its way out of a financial hole. Its recently passed General Fund budget, which took effect July 1, shows proposed revenue of $11,562,561 and expenditures of $11,293,536. GACS Superintendent Sandy Petrovich said ...

Gerrymandering discussed

MARQUETTE — The Marquette County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved, with all commissioners present, a resolution in support of a Voters Not Politicians’ efforts to place a initiative on the Nov. 6 ballot. If passed, the initiative would amend Michigan’s constitution to allow ...

Man dies in Escanaba fire

ESCANABA — A house fire claimed the life of a man after he became trapped in the structure Tuesday night, according to Escanaba Public Safety officers. The fire occurred at a two-story home located at 301 N. 12th St. Officers were called to the home at 10:21 p.m. after a fire was reported ...

DNR: Dry conditions reported

MARQUETTE — Recent rainfall has alleviated the hazardous dry conditions in some parts of the Upper Peninsula — however, the eastern U.P. remains quite dry, with fire danger listed as high to very high in much of the area. “We did have some areas that got adequate rainfall to help ...

Houghton still recovering from Thursday rain

HOUGHTON — The heavy rain that hit the Copper County Thursday morning is still having an impact in some areas. Jon Stone, coordinator of the Volunteer Resource Center, said many homes were reporting water back in basements after Thursday’s rain, particularly along the M-26 corridor ...

Park water tested

CHAMPION — In preparation for a water system improvement project, drinking water at Van Riper State Park was tested and found to contain arsenic in levels slightly above government health standards. Park staff was notified recently by the Marquette County Health Department that the arsenic ...

Cease-fire holds after day of intense Israel-Hamas fighting

JERUSALEM — The Israeli military lifted its restrictions along the Gaza border area on Sunday, indicating it had accepted an Egypt-mediated cease-fire to end an intense, 24-hour round of fighting with Hamas militants that had threatened to devolve into war. The military had shut down a ...