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Propane problem

MARQUETTE — There is no emergency plan on the books to oversee propane distribution in the Upper Peninsula should Enbridge Line 5 cease to function for an extended period, sources confirm, even though nearly two-thirds of the propane used annually in the region originates from the ...

Meijer donates semi-trucks, trailers to NMU’s CDL truck driving program

MARQUETTE — Officials from Meijer, Northern Michigan University and local municipalities gathered at Meijer in Marquette Township Friday when Meijer donated two semi-trucks and trailers to Northern Michigan University’s Commercial Driver’s License Truck Driving Program, which will begin ...

New hospital plans to open April 2019

MARQUETTE — During a tour of the new UP Health System-Marquette hospital Thursday evening, officials announced that its two new buildings located along Baraga Avenue will be completed by the end of the year and ready for service in April 2019. Skanska Closner, a joint venture partnership ...

Michigan board agrees to put marijuana question on ballot

LANSING — Michigan voters will decide in November whether to allow recreational marijuana, after officials certified Thursday that there were enough signatures to put the measure on the ballot. The proposal, which the bipartisan state elections board allowed to proceed on a 4-0 vote, would ...

Staying safe during highway cleanup

MARQUETTE — Melting snow exposes a winter’s worth of litter on roadsides and other areas, which mobilizes many residents to engage in highway cleanup through programs like the Michigan Department of Transportation’s Adopt-A-Highway program. However, some of this litter shouldn’t be ...

National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day held Saturday

MARQUETTE — Saturday is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, which aims to reduce the number of expired, unused and unwanted prescription pills that Americans have in their medicine cabinets. All 30 Michigan State Police posts will participate in the take-back from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. ...

Mining Journal phone problems

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Elsewhere in the Upper Peninsula

Sentiments expressed around much of the Upper Peninsula on the impact of losing propane production from Enbridge’s Line 5 were generally along the same lines. IN THE WESTERN U.P. Shutting down the Enbridge pipeline could conceivably send propane costs through the roof, said Dan Harrington, ...

Pictured Rocks tourism means big bucks

MUNISING — A new National Park Service report shows that approximately 781,000 visitors to Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in 2017 spent more than $33 million in communities near the park. That spending also supported 425 jobs in the local area. “Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore is an ...

Combined classroom at Sawyer discussed

GWINN — The possibility of a combined fourth/fifth grade classroom at Sawyer Elementary School is just in the discussion stages. However, that possibility is of concern to some staff at Gwinn Area Community Schools, whose school board talked about the matter at its Wednesday meeting at the ...

Repairs underway on Phil Niemisto statue

MARQUETTE — The statue of the late Phil Niemisto, located in his namesake pocket park along West Washington Street in downtown Marquette, is getting spruced up. The improvements, however, were born out of necessity following vandalism that took place earlier this year when the statue’s ...

Skywarn storm spotter training held

MARQUETTE — Weather enthusiasts gathered for Skywarn storm spotter training in the Peter White Public Library’s Shiras Room Wednesday evening. Matt Zika, warning coordination meteorologist at the National Weather Service station in Negaunee Township, gave a presentation at the Marquette ...

The Miracle of Flight

MARQUETTE — Raptors were the focus of a presentation put on Tuesday by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources at Northern Michigan University, as part of the DNR’s Wildlife Through Forestry series. Presenters from the Chocolay Raptor Center and the DNR shared their knowledge about ...

AAUW holding book sale

MARQUETTE — Have an interest in pets? Gardening? The former Soviet Russia? It’s a good bet you’ll find a book that intrigues you at the upcoming American Association of University Women book sale. The sale will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to noon ...

Michigan’s 2018 candidate filing deadline nears

LANSING — Michigan's 2018 elections came into clearer focus Tuesday, the deadline for candidates to file for top offices such as governor, Congress and the Legislature. Next is a 3 1/2-month slog to the August primary, followed by the general election in November. For Democrats, 2018 is ...

CTE takes center stage at NMU’s Jacobetti Complex

MARQUETTE — High school students from across the Upper Peninsula will gather at Northern Michigan University’s Jacobetti Complex Friday in a celebration of Career and Technical Education during the 2018 Upper Peninsula CTE Skills Challenge. NMU will host four student competitions ...

UPHS-Marquette earns ‘A’ rating from Leapfrog

MARQUETTE — The Leapfrog Group, a Washington D.C.-based organization aiming to improve health care quality and safety for patients, released its new Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade report today. After receiving grades on the lower end of the scale for several years, UP Health System-Marquette ...

David Vernier sentenced to prison for bankruptcy fraud

MARQUETTE — The father of a woman convicted of conspiracy to commit bank fraud in relation to a $145 million circular check-kiting scheme was sentenced Monday for committing bankruptcy fraud, over a year after his daughter began her 18-month sentence in federal prison. David Louis Vernier, ...

Marquette school board OKs steam system upgrades

MARQUETTE — The Marquette Area Public Schools Board of Education on Monday unanimously approved spending $174,405 for steam system upgrades at Marquette Senior High School. Dressler Mechanical Inc., based in Marquette, will be in charge of the project, which will begin this summer after the ...