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Severe damage

CHOCOLAY TOWNSHIP — Nagelkirk Gardens has sprung into action after multiple greenhouse roofs collapsed, caused by the record-breaking snowfall and icy weather conditions. Just three out of 15 greenhouses remain undamaged. “They just started going almost like dominos,” Sam Nagelkirk, ...

Police asking for help in catching ‘artists’

MARQUETTE — The Marquette Police Department has seen a “dramatic increase” in graffiti this winter compared to previous winters and is looking for the public’s assistance in finding the person or persons responsible, Marquette Police Department Captain of Detectives Mike Kohler said. ...

Lakeshore talks back on table

MARQUETTE — Just how important is Lakeshore Boulevard to Marquette residents? For over five years, city staff has discussed relocating roughly a mile of the scenic route along Lake Superior shoreline since the road between Wright and Hawley streets is closed frequently due to ...

Isle Royale gets historic designation

By ERIC FREEDMAN Special to the Journal LANSING — Minong — or Isle Royale as it’s best known — is now on the National Register of Historic Places. The newly designated Minong Traditional Cultural Property covers Isle Royale and its entire archipelago of 450-plus northern Lake ...

Future of mining in Michigan

By CECILIA BROWN Journal Staff Writer MARQUETTE — The Marquette County Board of Commissioners at its Tuesday meeting will consider a resolution in support of proposed legislation that would create the Committee of Michigan’s Mining Future. “The mining industry is a vital economic ...

Whitmer, citing ‘inefficiencies,’ reshapes pot licensing

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Friday eliminated Michigan’s medical marijuana licensing board and folded its functions into a newly created agency, citing “inefficiencies” since the state began more tightly regulating the market. The Democrat ...

DNR seeks public input on U.P. park management through survey

By Journal Staff MARQUETTE — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is seeking input to help shape a new general management plan that will guide the future of Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park, located in the western Upper Peninsula’s Gogebic and Ontonagon counties. The ...

Blaze results in a total loss, affecting local food truck vendor

MARQUETTE— Officials say a structure fire on the corner of Presque Isle Avenue and Hawley Street in Marquette early this morning resulted in a “total loss” of the building and its contents, which included the popular local food truck Superior Mobile Koney. No one was injured as a ...

City set to move forward with lighthouse park plan

MARQUETTE — The Marquette City Commission on Monday unanimously approved moving forward with the Harbor Lighthouse Park plan, despite concerns from nearby residents and the planning commission’s recommendation to further review materials. After concerns were expressed over Mayor Fred ...

UPHS-Bell recognized as a 2019 Top 100 Critical Access Hospital

MARQUETTE — UP Health System-Bell in Ishpeming on Tuesday announced it has been named one of the Top 100 Critical Access Hospitals in the United States by The Chartis Center for Rural Health. Regarded as one of the industry’s most significant designations of performance excellence, the ...

Cohen returns to Capitol Hill after slamming Trump as liar

WASHINGTON — In a damning depiction of Donald Trump, the president’s former lawyer cast him as a racist and a con man who used his inner circle to cover up politically damaging allegations about sex and who lied throughout the 2016 election campaign about his business interests in ...

Dancing for a cause

MARQUETTE — The theme and the participants for 2019’s Dancing With Our Stars Marquette County Style were unveiled at a special event Tuesday night. “Tonight is kicking off the seventh annual Dancing With Our Stars Marquette County Style event, this year’s theme is the ‘Disney ...

K.I. Sawyer woman begins book exchange

K.I. SAWYER — Her degree is in architectural technology, but her focus now is providing free books to the community. Melissa Derby, who lives at K.I. Sawyer, has started a “pass-along” book program to get used books in the hands of people who might want to read them. Derby holds a ...

BLP one step closer to MEC sound mitigation

MARQUETTE — The Marquette Board of Light and Power is a step closer to potentially finding a solution to the noises and vibrations stemming from its energy center along Wright Street. BLP Executive Director Tom Carpenter said international emissions and noise management company Innova Global ...

Negaunee school district deals with roof collapse

NEGAUNEE — Negaunee Public Schools is dealing with the aftermath of the collapse of its bus garage on Sunday following the heavy snowfall that accompanied the weekend blizzard. NPS Superintendent Dan Skewis said the roof on its bus garage, located along U.S. 41, collapsed, taking three ...

Sands Township shooting range gets go-ahead

MARQUETTE — The Sands Township Planning Commission on Monday unanimously approved a special-use permit for the Michigan Department of Natural Resources to construct and operate a shooting range in the township. The range would be on a 24.3-acre parcel located off Marquette County Road 480 ...

Mining bill has support from both sides of the aisle

MARQUETTE — A state bill aimed at strengthening and developing sustainable mining practices in Michigan has bipartisan support. If passed, House Bill 4227 — which was proposed on Thursday by Rep. Sara Cambensy, D-Marquette — would create a committee consisting of officials from the ...

Marquette opts out, won’t allow commercial marijuana establishments

MARQUETTE — The Marquette City Commission has decided to tentatively opt out of allowing commercial marijuana establishments in city limits. The Commission Chambers at Marquette City Hall was filled with people Monday night to address the matter. The ordinance prohibiting recreational ...

Blizzard batters area

MARQUETTE — Record snowfall and high winds created blizzard conditions that wreaked havoc across the region on Sunday, more than doubling previous snowfall records for that date. The National Weather Service-Marquette station in Negaunee Township reported 14.2 inches fell Sunday, blowing ...

How to enjoy scenic, snowy views safely

MARQUETTE — There’s no shortage of outdoor adventure in the Upper Peninsula, and you don’t have to stop seeking it because of the snow. While hiking and other outdoor activities may be more challenging in the winter, stepping outside is just as beautiful and can be easy and safe by ...