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Becker named to seat

NEGAUNEE — The Negaunee City Council appointed Jon Becker, a longtime member of the Negaunee Planning Commission, to fill a vacant council seat during its meeting Thursday. Becker was among five candidates who had applied for the seat left vacant by the January death of Councilman Michael ...

Glass in focus

MARQUETTE — Several months after announcing glass would no longer be among the recyclable materials processed by the Marquette County Solid Waste Management Authority, MCSWMA Director Brad Austin talked about the future of recycling Wednesday evening at a Marquette City Commission work ...

Noise, MIP ordinances approved

ISHPEMING — The Ishpeming City Council on Wednesday approved two new ordinances related to loud noise and minors in possession of alcohol. An ordinance prohibiting loud noise that disturbs public safety, peace and comfort passed unanimously, but drew some debate. David Thibeault, whose ...

Cause of death unknown

MARQUETTE — On Tuesday, an autopsy was performed on John Rowland, the 36-year-old Skandia Township man whose body was discovered Saturday after he was reported missing for several days. Examiners at UP Health System-Marquette have not found an obvious cause of Rowland’s death at this ...

Arrest for B&E made

MARQUETTE — A Gwinn man was arraigned Wednesday on multiple felony weapons and arson charges related to an incident earlier this week in Forsyth Township. Kirk William-Floyd Bragenzer, 27, was taken into custody without incident Tuesday, according to a press release from the Forsyth ...

BATTLING HATE

MARQUETTE — An art exhibit featuring Upper Peninsula-focused artwork with a message of countering hate and building love opened Friday night in Marquette and will be displayed throughout the month of March. The exhibition — which is held at The Creative House at 102 Harlow Block, at the ...

Republic Dam supported in resolution

MARQUETTE — The Marquette County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a letter of support for the Republic Dam project that will be sent to the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality and Michigan Economic Development Corp. The decision was made Tuesday night, with Commissioner ...

Sporting goods store reopening along US 41

MARQUETTE — Gander Outdoors, formerly known as Gander Mountain, will hold a grand opening Saturday. The newly branded store will occupy the former Gander Mountain location at 3465 U.S. 41 West in Marquette Township. The 20,000-square-foot building will operate with over 55 part-time ...

Venerable fire chief announces retirement; successor sought

MARQUETTE — The search for a new fire chief in Marquette Township is heating up. The Marquette Township Board received an update about recruitment efforts to replace Ron DeMarse, who currently fills two roles as the township fire chief and fire marshal. DeMarse is planning to retire on ...

Negaunee City Council to interview, appoint new member

NEGAUNEE — The Negaunee City Council will consider applications Thursday from four residents to fill the seat left vacant in January by the death of Councilman Mike VanStraten. The council meets at 7 p.m. at the Negaunee Senior Center. The applicants are Negaunee Planning Commission ...

Dueling pianos

MARQUETTE — It was all lights, pianos and action Saturday night in the Masonic Center’s Red Room when Tommy Sklut of Royal Oak and Vince Strong of Oshkosh, Wisconsin, took to the stage. The pair took song suggestions and musically duked it out at the downtown Marquette venue for the ...

Panel expected to mull ordinance changes

ISHPEMING —The Ishpeming City Council will consider adoption of two new city ordinances after hearing a second reading during its regular meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday at city hall. The proposed changes are a result of an effort by City Attorney Bonnie Hoff and city administration to update ...

Teacher salaries down, with one exception

LANSING — Teacher salaries in Michigan dropped an average of $333 from 2011-12 to 2016-17, except in the smallest school districts, according to data from the Michigan Department of Education. Districts with enrollments below 500 paid teachers an average of $47,337 in 2016-17, an increase ...

Gasoline spill on city’s west side mobilizes response personnel

MARQUETTE — A gasoline leak was reported at the Krist Oil Co. gas station located at 1110 Lincoln Ave., Marquette, around 4:25 p.m. Sunday. As the Marquette City Fire Department arrived at the scene, responders found a large amount of gas was covering the 1000 block of West College ...

Campus policy review

MARQUETTE — Sexual misconduct has been in the news a lot lately, and understandably so, judging from victims’ statements in a variety of cases ranging from ex-Hollywood studio executive Harvey Weinstein to Larry Nassar, formerly a physician for Michigan State University and USA ...

Tech enhances DNR work

MARQUETTE — With an electric current pulsing through the waters of a secluded stream, brook trout and other fish swirl into view — stunned briefly — before they are captured, measured, counted and released. The information gathered from these sampling efforts helps fisheries biologists ...

Older workers staying on the job help close skills gap

LANSING — The growing talent gap in skilled trades jobs may be eased by the trend toward delayed retirement, experts said. “Skilled trades account for more than 500,000 jobs in the Michigan economy, and approximately 15,000 new job openings are expected annually through 2024,” said Dave ...

Winter wonderland

MUNISING — “Michigan’s motto used to be ‘Winter Wonderland’ and now it’s ‘Pure Michigan.’ Alger County is both,” said Munising Mayor Rod DesJardins. With miles of majestic Lake Superior shoreline, flowing rivers and streams, hundreds of inland lakes and a variety of trails ...

Changes ahead in school policies for discipline

By MAXWELL EVANS Special to the Journal LANSING — A sea change is on the horizon in how schools approach discipline, reducing reliance on suspensions and expulsions and helping students explore how to make good on their mistakes. A 2016 law requires schools to consider restorative ...

Police arrest suspect accused of killing parents

By RICK CALLAHAN Associated Press A 19-year-old student suspected of fatally shooting his parents at a Central Michigan University dormitory had been acting so strangely the day before the killings that campus police talked to his mother and then took him to a hospital for suspected drug ...