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Police arrest 2 men in kidnapping

MARQUETTE — A 5-year-old boy was found safe around 1:10 this morning after two armed male suspects allegedly kidnapped him from a residence in Whitefish Township Wednesday evening, according to the Chippewa County Sheriff’s Office. The two men, one of whom was the child's relative, were ...

Keeping universities transparent

MARQUETTE — The Senate Oversight Committee on Tuesday heard testimony on a proposal requiring all meetings of public university governing boards to be open to the public under the Open Meetings Act. Such boards currently are required only to open self-determined formal sessions. If Senate ...

5 governors oppose Trump plan to cut Great Lakes spending

LANSING (AP) — Governors of five states oppose President Donald Trump’s call for a 90 percent spending cut for a Great Lakes cleanup program. The president’s 2020 budget offers $30 million for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, which gets $300 million most years. It removes toxic ...

Negaunee to consider pot, rental ordinances

NEGAUNEE — Residents of Negaunee will have the opportunity to weigh in on the city’s proposed rental code ordinance as well as regulation that would prohibit recreational marijuana establishments during a Negaunee City Council meeting at 7 p.m. today at the Negaunee Senior Center. A ...

House fire reported in Marquette

The Marquette Fire Department is at the scene of a house fire this morning along Clark Street between Woodland and Granite avenues. Officials said the blaze began around 7:40 this morning. All occupants were outside of the residence and no injuries have been reported, Capt. Brian Talvensaari of ...

Mining support

MARQUETTE — The Marquette County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday approved a resolution in support of legislation that aims to improve the future of the state’s mining industry. The board held a special meeting Tuesday because it met last week as a committee of the whole due to ...

MAPS K-5 parent-teacher conferences still on

Marquette Area Public Schools has announced that since road conditions are improving, the district's K-5 parent-teacher conferences will go on as scheduled. Conferences will be from 4 to 7 today at Cherry Creek, Sandy Knoll, Superior Hills and Graveraet elementary schools. District schools were ...

City of Marquette selling easements to Semco

MARQUETTE — The Marquette City Commission passed a resolution Monday that directs City Manager Mike Angeli to negotiate a sale of easements to Semco Energy Gas Co. for the utility’s plan to construct a nearly 43-mile long natural gas pipeline in Marquette County. Semco recently ...

Marquette Township ordinance prohibits pot sales

MARQUETTE — Commercial marijuana establishments have been banned in Marquette Township, at least for now. The Marquette Township Board voted unanimously to approve the second reading and adoption of an ordinance prohibiting marijuana establishments during a meeting on March 5. The ...

NMU students prepare tax returns for free

MARQUETTE — Even though they probably don’t have an overabundance of professional work experience yet, some Northern Michigan University students are spending a good amount of time surrounded by W-2 forms. These business-minded students are taking time this tax season to be part of the ...

Trump seeks cuts for cleanup of Great Lakes, other waterways

TRAVERSE CITY — President Donald Trump is making another attempt to slash federal funding that goes toward cleaning up major U.S. waterways including the Great Lakes and Chesapeake Bay, even though Congress has thwarted his previous attempts, according to budget documents released ...

Marquette County projects funded

MARQUETTE — Marquette County projects garnered over a half million dollars in grants from the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development this year. According to a Feb. 28 MDARD press release, 16 projects totaling slightly more than $1.24 million were selected for the grants, ...

City moves forward with firm for Founders Landing pier project

MARQUETTE — Marquette is moving forward with engineering firm GEI Consultants for the preliminary design phase of its Founders Landing pier project. The Marquette City Commission unanimously approved the move Monday, directing City Attorney Ron Keefe to develop an agreement that retains the ...

Facade upgrade

MARQUETTE — Property owners in Marquette’s downtown district looking to revamp the exterior of their building could be in luck. Recently, the Marquette Downtown Development Authority received a Downtown Facade Restoration Initiative Grant of $300,000 from the Michigan Economic ...

Fatal accident occurs in city of Negaunee

MARQUETTE — One person was pronounced dead at the scene of a fatal two-vehicle accident in Negaunee Sunday afternoon. The collision took place around 4 p.m. Sunday on the 700 block of Marquette County Road in Negaunee when an eastbound yellow 1997 Ford E-350 driven by a 69-year-old ...

LIVING GREEN: Program offers sites for battery recycling

MARQUETTE — Batteries contain a number of heavy metals and toxic chemicals that have the potential to contaminate water and soil. To address this, many have banded together locally to keep batteries out of the landfill by offering sites where they can be dropped off for ...

LIVING GREEN: Local battery drop-off sites

MARQUETTE — For households that wish to recycle batteries in Marquette County, there are several sites across the county where batteries can be dropped off for collection by the Battery Recycling Committee of Marquette County. Battery recycling drop-off sites for Marquette County are: ...

Whitmer proposes new way to divvy up money for roadwork

LANSING — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s proposal to significantly increase fuel taxes to fix the roads is paired with another politically difficult plan — overhauling how Michigan divvies up what would be $2.1 billion in net new revenue. The Democrat wants that money deposited into a new ...

First lady: Growing ease in official role, but not politics

WASHINGTON — Melania Trump came armed with surefire applause lines when she stepped up to address a largely female audience that had gathered to celebrate other women. The first lady showcased the record number of women serving in Congress. She said women’s unemployment had hit its lowest ...