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Bill aims to strengthen mining

MARQUETTE — A state legislator from Marquette is taking a page out of Minnesota’s playbook in order to strengthen and develop sustainable mining practices in Michigan. State Rep. Sara Cambensy, D-Marquette, introduced a bill Thursday that would create a 15-member Committee of ...

Event encourages respectful discussion of issue

MARQUETTE— Certain subjects may seem too taboo or off limits to discuss in mixed company. They are the sort of issues that can have a polarizing effect. Student group Protect Life Michigan at NMU sought to give students a chance to listen and talk about the complex subject of abortion during ...

Student exchanges successful

MARQUETTE — Student exchange programs have been going on for years, which is a good indication they’re successful for both the students and their hosts families. Local resident Julie Ann Thompson, who recently taught in China, is back in town and looking for host families for PAX-Program ...

White House ends California talks on mileage dispute

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration on Thursday broke off talks on vehicle mileage standards with California, increasing the chances of a court battle that threatens to unsettle the auto industry. The White House, which has proposed freezing the standards, said it would now move ...

High points hit in cannabis law forum with local attorneys

MARQUETTE — Now that Michigan has legalized the use and possession of recreational marijuana to people age 21 and older, now what? Local attorneys Brian Bloch and Tony Ruiz talked about “Cannabis Law in a Post-Prop 1 Michigan” during a Wednesday panel discussion at Jamrich Hall at ...

Marquette Township closer to prohibiting weed sales

MARQUETTE — Marquette Township appears to be joining the growing ranks of Michigan municipalities that have prohibited recreational marijuana establishments since the passage of Proposal 1 on Nov. 6. On Tuesday, the Marquette Township Board approved the first reading of an ordinance which ...

Landfill authority approves moving forward with recycling project

MARQUETTE — The Marquette County Solid Waste Management Authority on Wednesday agreed to continue a partnership with Resource Recycling Systems to move forward with a recycling project that entails changing the county’s dual-stream system to single-stream. “We’re moving forward with ...

Whitmer keeps intact 2 environmental panels in new order

LANSING — Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Wednesday changed direction — for now — and issued an environmental order that keeps intact two business-backed panels that are charged with oversight of state rule-making and permitting. The move came less than a week after the ...

Empty Bowls galore

MARQUETTE — Does soup taste better in a homemade ceramic bowl instead of a store-bought one? Maybe not, but the warm feelings experienced by patrons of the upcoming Empty Bowls fundraiser could go beyond just a full belly. Students at Marquette Alternative High School helped make ceramic ...

Replacement

ISHPEMING — The city of Ishpeming is acting quickly to replace two 50-year-old wastewater pumps at its Park Street lift station after a recent mechanical failure left the station with only one operational pump. During a special meeting Tuesday, the Ishpeming City Council approved a motion ...

Prohibited: Panel passes first reading of recreational marijuana ordinance

NEGAUNEE — Negaunee may be the next Marquette County municipality to ban recreational marijuana establishments. On Tuesday, the Negaunee City Council unanimously approved the first reading of an ordinance that would prohibit the sale of recreational marijuana within city limits. The motion ...

Store issue resolved

K.I. SAWYER — After nearly three months of customers not being able to use their SNAP benefit cards at the Sawyer Village Shoppette, the problem has been resolved. Karen Anderson of U.S. Rep. Jack Bergman’s Marquette office said staff received a call claiming the store’s equipment was ...

Annual report given

MARQUETTE — Marquette County Treasurer Anne Giroux presented the treasurer’s annual report to the Marquette County Board of Commissioners at Tuesday night’s meeting, outlining department statistics, such as foreclosure rates, and the status of investments, as well as resources the ...

Beaumier Center opens technology exhibition

MARQUETTE — State of the art in their heyday, manual typewriters, Macintosh computers and large, cumbersome tape recorders probably aren’t well known to people under a certain age, and those who did use them might not remember them well. Anyone who wants to recall technology of the past ...

Pictured Rocks Cruises manager discusses tourism in Alger County

MARQUETTE — “What’s going on with Munising?” is a loaded question many have posed. One person specifically, though, was Marquette’s late Mayor Tom Baldini who asked John Madigan, general manager and part-owner of Munising’s Pictured Rocks Cruises, if he would someday update the ...

Marquette school board tours alternative high school

MARQUETTE — Basil, bicycles and a boat have been part of Marquette Alternative High School activities this year. The Marquette Area Public Schools Board of Education heard about these and other programs Monday during its regular board meeting, which took place at MAHS. “I think it is ...

7 times running

MARQUETTE — Ryan Anderson of Cushing, Wisconsin, won the U.P. 200’s 30th running, crossing the finish line at 3:52 a.m. Sunday near Timber Products in Wetmore. Finishing second was Martin Massicotte of St.-Tite, Quebec, who crossed the finish line at 4:42 a.m. This is Anderson’s ...

All aboard the Mush Bus!

MARQUETTE — Although passengers riding the Mush Bus didn’t see the U.P. 200 sled dog teams resting in Grand Marais Saturday, it didn’t stop them from having a good time. “We’ve been riding up four years to see this part of the U.P. 200,” said Susan Bochantin of Gwinn. “It’s ...

Waste increase noted in landfills

MARQUETTE — The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality recently released its 23rd annual solid waste report, which shows a 3.6 percent increase in material that’s disposed of in Michigan landfills. Waste disposed of by Michigan residents and businesses increased by almost 5 percent, ...