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Philharmonic fills the Rosewood Walkway with old-time tunes

MARQUETTE — Butterflies weren’t the only thing filling the Rosewood Walkway in Marquette Thursday evening. Community members gathered to hear the eclectic sounds of the Saline Fiddlers Philharmonic, a youth fiddling show band, as they performed an offstage show as part of the Downtown ...

$1.4 million raised for Beacon House

By ISABELLE TAVARES Journal Intern MARQUETTE — Nearly $1.4 million was raised for reconstruction of the Beacon House at the major donor Capital Campaign Pledge Party June 13 at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island. The Beacon House is the only hospitality house in the Upper Peninsula for ...

City adopts strategic plan

MARQUETTE — After two work sessions, the Marquette City Commission adopted its strategic plan for fiscal years 2018-2020 at its regular meeting on Monday. In March, the community development director initiated an update to the 2016-18 strategic plan, wherein document templates and initial ...

Canine cleanup

NEGAUNEE — Residents in the city of Negaunee can expect tighter enforcement of an ordinance governing dog waste in the coming weeks. City Manager Nate Heffron announced a “stronger emphasis on pet owners cleaning up after their dogs” in a press release issued Thursday. “Beginning ...

Cambensy hosts town hall meeting at PWPL

MARQUETTE — Health care, education, the recently passed Michigan budget and jobs were among some of the subjects state Rep. Sara Cambensy, D-Marquette, discussed Wednesday evening during a town hall meeting that was held at the Peter White Library in Marquette. Cambensy, who is serving her ...

A worthwhile journey

MARQUETTE — For Anthony Gibbs, his trip to Washington, D.C. over the weekend for the Poor People’s Campaign March was more about the journey to and from the event rather than the event itself. The Ishpeming man traveled to the Poor People’s Campaign March — a “Global Day of ...

Land bank receives $200K grant to clean up downtown Ishpeming property

ISHPEMING — A local developer will return a former gasoline filling station in Ishpeming to productive use with help from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality and the Marquette County Land Bank. The land bank authority received a $200,000 brownfield grant to address ...

Police, Fire departments conduct active shooter training

MARQUETTE — Marquette area police and the Marquette City Fire Department joined forces this week to train for active shooter incidents. Police officers and firemen gathered at Marquette Senior High School Monday and Tuesday with masks, earplugs, victim dummies and blank rounds to run ...

More crews sent to Copper Country

HOUGHTON — Thanks to support from the Keweenaw Community Foundation and other local and regional funding sources, the Superior Watershed Partnership was able to deploy additional crews from the Great Lakes Conservation Corps to assist the flood-ravaged communities of the Keweenaw Peninsula. ...

Additions to water project work approved

ISHPEMING —The Ishpeming City Council approved three projects in downtown areas affected by its ongoing water system improvement project during a special meeting on Monday. The council voted unanimously to replace 2,168 square feet of downtown sidewalks on the east side of First Street, the ...

Ely Township doubles water rates in Diorite

DIORITE — Water bills for some customers in Ely Township will more than double in the next month. The Ely Township Board at its June 20 meeting voted to raise water rates from $43 per month to $90 per month for nearly 70 customers served by the Diorite well near Boston Lake. A recent ...

City parks the focus

MARQUETTE — The Shiras Park parking lot, which was in shambles for months after a record-breaking October storm, has been cleared of rubble and decorated with several picnic tables that overlook Picnic Rocks in Marquette. Margaret Brumm, a candidate for a seat on the Marquette City ...

MAPS board approves budget

MARQUETTE — The Marquette school board Monday adopted the district’s budget for fiscal year 2018-19. Revenue for the upcoming year for Marquette Area Public Schools is projected to be roughly $33.2 million, with about $20.9 million coming from state aid. That number is up from the ...

Ishpeming school getting new roof

ISHPEMING — The Ishpeming High/Middle School building should look different at the beginning of the 2018-19 school year, especially if you look up. Anthony Bertucci, director of business services for Ishpeming Public Schools, said Dan Perkins Construction, based in Ishpeming, is putting a ...

FEMA arrives to assess damages

HOUGHTON — As federal teams began arriving in Houghton County to assess flood damages on Monday, U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow visited several sites to see the devastation and the work that has already been done to improve it. Teams from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Michigan ...

Forest planning

NEGAUNEE — The community forest concept already has become a reality in the region, with the Yellow Dog Watershed Preserve having taken ownership of over 688 acres of forest along the Yellow Dog River in 2016. The Yellow Dog River Community Forest, named after that river, was the ...

Strategic plan vote expected at meeting

MARQUETTE — The Marquette City Commission will vote on whether to approve its strategic plan at its meeting tonight. According to the Marquette City Charter, the city’s strategic plan must be updated every two years. Two work sessions were held, one in May and one earlier this month, ...

Alzheimer’s walk kick-off staged

MARQUETTE — The Alzheimer’s Association-Greater Michigan Chapter hosted its kick-off event for the 2018 Marquette Walk to End Alzheimer’s Thursday evening in the city of Marquette. The walk itself will not take place until Sept. 8, at the Jacobetti Complex on the campus of Northern ...

Residents renew complaints about MEC noise

MARQUETTE — Several residents who have lodged written complaints about noise and vibration from the Marquette Board of Light and Power’s Marquette Energy Center along Wright Street reiterated their concerns during a regular meeting of the Marquette Township Board on Tuesday. June 11 was ...

Tahquamenon teacher charged with sexual assault

NEWBERRY — A Tahquamenon Area Schools teacher was recently charged with two counts of criminal sexual conduct in the third degree, which is a felony. Carrie Ann Miller was arraigned on the charges June 18 in the Luce County 92nd District Court. The complaint alleges that the 48-year-old ...