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Lawmakers may forgive snow days after frigid temps

LANSING — Michigan lawmakers are considering whether to cut schools some slack after frigid temperatures and other weather caused a high number of snow days. State law forgives K-12 districts from making up six days that have been canceled for emergencies, and schools can get a waiver for ...

Slow going

MARQUETTE — It might have been slow going Friday night, but mushers and their teams are making their way back to Marquette as the U.P. 200’s 30th running continues. The main race, the 230-mile U.P. 200, is set to conclude near Timber Products in Wetmore, rather than Mattson Lower Harbor ...

back-to-back

MARQUETTE— Joanna Oberg, of Grand Marias, Minnesota, finished first in the Midnight Run at 2:22 p.m. Saturday at Mattson Lower Harbor Park in Marquette. The 94-mile race took her 11 hours, 54 minutes, 1 second. The Midnight Run began Friday night on Washington Street in downtown Marquette, ...

Midnight Run 2019 results

Musher, hometown, time finished on Saturday 1. Joanna Oberg of Grand Marais, Minn., finished at 2:22:01 p.m. 2. Larry Fortier of Gaylord, finished at 2:26:36 p.m. 3. Joann Fortier of Gaylord, finished at 2:27:08 p.m. 4. Lynne WItte of Newberry, finished at 2:37:01 p.m. 5. Jerry Papke ...

Marquette Township buys 30 acres for recreational use

MARQUETTE — Marquette Township has inked a $250,000 deal to purchase 30 acres adjacent to its current well field property near Grove Street. The move marks an effort to preserve recreational opportunities in the area, officials say. The purchase of the property, which had been considered ...

Mush!

Hundreds of spectators lined Washington Street Friday in Marquette to watch 15 competing sled dog teams kick off the U.P. 200, a 238-mile roundtrip race that takes 12-dog teams and mushers from Marquette to Grand Marais and back. Joining the enthusiastic group was several local leaders, over ...

NMU OKs room and board rates

By CHRISTIE BLECK Journal Staff Writer MARQUETTE — The Northern Michigan University Board of Trustees on Friday approved 2019-20 room and board rates that are less than 1 percent higher than last school year, despite inflationary cost adjustments and maintenance needs. “The fact ...

NMU mourns trustee

MARQUETTE — Northern Michigan University administrators say they are deeply saddened by the news that a recent NMU Board of Trustees appointee has died. Travis Weber of Detroit was appointed in October by former Gov. Rick Snyder to an eight-year term beginning Jan. 1. He had completed his ...

Joint meeting to address 2019, 2020 commission projects

HARVEY — The Chocolay Township Planning Commission will hold a joint meeting with the township board at 5:30 p.m. Monday at the township hall to discuss proposed 2019-2020 planning commission priorities. The board unanimously approved a motion recommending the list be published as written ...

NMU accused of gender discrimination in federal suit

MARQUETTE — A lawsuit filed Feb. 8 against Northern Michigan University by four female professors alleges NMU violated federal equal pay and gender discrimination laws. In the lawsuit — filed with the U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan, Northern Division — the ...

Pre-race banquet an annual highlight

MARQUETTE — Mushers will take off from the starting line this evening to begin their 230-mile run for the annual U.P. 200 dog sled races. The order in which mushers will leave the gate was decided Thursday night at the Pre-Race Banquet and Bib Draw. Fifty mushers, their families, U.P. 200 ...

Lawmakers block Whitmer order

LANSING — Republican lawmakers on Thursday blocked Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s bid to restructure the state environmental agency — the first time the Legislature has rejected a gubernatorial executive order since 1977. The GOP-led Senate voted 22-16 against the order along party ...

Michigan Ice Fest marks 28-year anniversary

By JAYMIE DEPEW Journal Staff Writer MUNISING — The Michigan Ice Fest broke its attendance record this week, with over 1,000 participants flooding the city of Munising to engage in ice climbing activities for the country’s longest running festival of its kind. The festival, which is ...

Crafted in love

MARQUETTE— Have you mastered the art of love? The Heart & Hops Pop-Up Art Show gave romantics across Marquette the opportunity to get those last-minute Valentine’s Day gifts at the Ore Dock Brewing Co. Wednesday evening. Madeline Goodman, owner and operator of Madgoodies Studios in ...

Options for historic pier considered

MARQUETTE — The Marquette City Commission was joined by representatives from GEI Consultants and city staff during a work session Wednesday to discuss a conceptual redevelopment plan of the aged wooden pier near the historic Lower Harbor ore dock at Founders Landing, which is anticipated to ...

Council OKs Park Street lift station contingency

ISHPEMING — The Ishpeming City Council took steps to avert a potential wastewater emergency at its Park Street lift station during a special meeting Tuesday. The council approved a motion to use A. Lindberg & Sons as an emergency backup, after Department of Public Works Director Carl ...

Nessel asked to review how wage, sick day laws were gutted

LANSING — Democratic Attorney General Dana Nessel was asked Wednesday to review the constitutionality of Michigan Republicans’ unprecedented maneuver to significantly scale back minimum wage increases and paid sick leave requirements, which are due to take effect in six weeks. To prevent ...

DIGGING OUT

MARQUETTE — Snow and precipitation records were broken during the snowstorm that hit the region Tuesday night and into this morning. The National Weather Service in Negaunee Township reported a record 16.5 inches of snow fell in the local area, breaking the 1965 record of 13.5 ...