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A look at 2019 top new laws

Michigan News

LANSING (AP) — An overhaul of Michigan’s auto insurance system topped the list of new laws in 2019. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and lawmakers also enacted a long-sought criminal justice measure and mostly finalized a budget after their months-long impasse that included an unprecedented amount of ...

Founders of Goldfish Swim School happy they took the plunge

Michigan News

BIRMINGHAM — Nearly 15 years ago, Jenny McCuiston and her husband brainstormed a plan to open a swim school for children. A longtime swimmer and instructor, McCuiston, 39, saw a need to create a bright and inviting space for children to take swimming lessons. That led them to open the ...

Michigan’s population rise slows; congressional seat at risk

Michigan News

DETROIT (AP) — Michigan’s population grew by less than 3,000 residents last year, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau that signals the state remains on track to lose one congressional seat following the 2020 count. The figures from the once-a-decade census released Wednesday ...

Explosion sends 6 to hospital

Michigan News

DETROIT (AP) — Six people were hospitalized after an apparent gas explosion at a house on Detroit’s west side, authorities said. No deaths were reported. The cause of the blast remained under investigation, authorities said. Deputy Fire Commissioner David Fornell said responders were ...

From the tropics to snow

Front Page News

NEGAUNEE — It doesn’t seem to matter where they’re from — if you expose teenagers to snow, there’s a good chance they’ll make snowballs. Especially if they’re from a tropical climate. Marquette Senior High School students and exchange students from Costa Rica — who are ...

Police Log

Local

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following information is collected from Marquette City Police Department dispatch log books recorded at the time the calls were received. The incidents reported may have proven to be unfounded once police investigated. Some log entries may be edited or omitted due to space ...

Clearing trails

Local

CURTIS — Some snowmobile trail sections in the Curtis area of Mackinac County have been temporarily closed by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources because of hazards posed by recent weather conditions. After recent snow and ice storms, followed by a warming trend, hazards posed ...

LEDs light Luminary Ski for first time in 2019

Region

By JOSHUA VISSERS Houghton Daily Mining Gazette HANCOCK — Thursday night, hundreds of people took to the Maasto Hiihto ski trails in Hancock to ski or snowshoe a loop marked out by small lights through the dark forest. “The attraction tonight is the lights,” said event organizer and ...

Detroit tops list of hard-to-count cities ahead of census

Michigan News

DETROIT (AP) — When the U.S. Census Bureau starts counting people this year in Detroit, obstacles are bound to arise: The city has tens of thousands of vacant houses, sparse internet access and high poverty — factors that will make it the toughest community to tally. Other Rust Belt ...

Redmen, Redette nicknames to be focus of meeting

Front Page News

MARQUETTE — The Marquette Area Public Schools Board of Education will meet at 5:30 p.m. Monday in the Marquette Senior High School Little Theater, with the district’s nickname issue likely being a center of focus. The public comment periods are expected to attract discussion on the issue ...

Program helps recycle the holidays

Region

By JORDAN BECK Escanaba Daily Press ESCANABA — The holiday season has come and gone, and some people in the area have begun the process of taking down their Christmas decorations. Local residents will once again be able to take advantage of Christmas tree pick-up services offered by ...

‘Pulling together’

Region

SAULT STE. MARIE — Chippewa County officials have expressed their gratitude over agencies and residents pulling together during the recent storm. According to a news release from the Chippewa County Board of Commissioners, county residents had begun to see their power disrupted beginning ...

Bulletin Board

Community

Genealogy assistance offered MARQUETTE — Peter White Public Library continues to partner with Marquette County Genealogical Society to help navigate print and electronic genealogy resources at PWPL. Those with an interest in family history are welcome to work individually with an ...

Tesla stock hits record as 2019 sales rise more than 50%

Michigan News

DETROIT (AP) — Shares of electric car maker Tesla Inc. hit a record closing price Friday after the company reported that its global deliveries rose more than 50% last year. The announcement Friday pushed Tesla’s shares up nearly 3% to a record close of $443.01. The stock has more than ...

Former supervisor interviews for manager position

Front Page News

MARQUETTE — The fourth candidate vying for the Marquette Township manager position is a face familiar to many residents and municipal leaders alike. Former township Supervisor Dennis Liimatta sat for an in-person interview with the Marquette Township Board on Friday. The board opted not ...

Help kids learn to handle money

Community

Q: Do you have any suggestions for helping our kids learn how to handle money in practical ways? Jim: I think there’s a financial application that many of us overlook as parents: Paying for extracurricular activities. We all know they can take a big bite out of the family budget, but it’s ...

New at Peter White Public Library

Community

Local history books, many written by Upper Peninsula authors, are gathered together in the Michigan Non-fiction section on the library’s top floor. If you want to know about the history of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, Russell M. Magnaghi, long-time history professor at Northern Michigan ...

Whitmer rejects proposal that would assist rural counties

Michigan News

By GRAHAM JAEHNIG Houghton Daily Mining Gazette HOUGHTON — A House bill that would have doubled the time frame for property financing from 15 to 30 years for county road commissions was vetoed by Governor Gretchen Whitmer on Dec. 18. A Dec. 19 press release from the Michigan House ...

Negaunee police sergeant moves up the ranks

Front Page News

NEGAUNEE — After 25 years of service to the city, Negaunee Police Chief Jay Frusti handed over the reins to a fellow Negaunee Police Department veteran on Friday. Pat Ketola, who has been an officer at the NPD since 1999, will take the helm as interim police chief, according to a press ...

Overcoming fear in 2020 a top goal

Community

Fear is a monster that stalks us all, bringing depression, stifling abilities, draining energy, diminishing courage and robbing life of adventure and success. Some fears are real and others are imaginary. Most of us have been troubled by some supposed impending tragedy that never arrived. In ...