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Africa faces an ‘existential threat’ as virus cases spread

Coronavirus

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Some African countries will have more than 10,000 coronavirus cases by the end of April, health officials projected Thursday, as the continent least equipped to treat serious infections has an “enormous gap” in the number of ventilators and other critical items. ...

Gov. Whitmer: Michigan schools closed for academic year

Front Page News

LANSING — More than 1.5 million Michigan students will not return to K-12 school buildings the rest of the academic year due to the coronavirus pandemic and instead will learn remotely, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer ordered Thursday. All public and private schools are more than halfway through a ...

COVID-19 case reported in Luce County resident

Coronavirus

LUCE COUNTY -- The Luce-Mackinac-Alger-Schoolcraft Health Department announced the first confirmed positive case of COVID-19 in a Luce County resident. A positive case was previously reported in an inmate at Newberry Correctional Facility, but because of a change in reporting at the state ...

Virus treatment at UPHS-Marquette

Front Page News

MARQUETTE — UP Health System-Marquette confirmed that it has identified and isolated multiple patients who tested positive for COVID-19 and were transferred to the hospital from other facilities. UHPS-Marquette said in a statement Wednesday that it is working closely with Upper Peninsula ...

Virus impact: Funeral services postponed to later date

Front Page News

MARQUETTE — Due to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe,” order, funeral homes must conduct business with precaution, and some services will be conducted at a later date to reduce the spread of the coronavirus. Funeral services are now limited to 10 people and funeral ...

Fifth positive virus case verified in county

Front Page News

MARQUETTE — An employee of the D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans has tested positive for COVID-19. “We had a staff member test positive and the great thing for us is the staff member hasn’t been in the building since the 5th of March,” said Ron Oja, administrator at the D.J. Jacobetti ...

Eagle Mine air quality

Local

MARQUETTE — Permit requests for the Eagle Mine and Humboldt Mill were the subject of a virtual public meeting held by the Michigan Department of Environment and Great Lakes on Monday. Eagle Mine officials have proposed adding an on-site aggregate and sand storage area immediately north of ...

Sugarloaf Mountain closed through April 13

Local

MARQUETTE — Area closures keep coming. The Sugarloaf Mountain Natural Area in Marquette Township will be closed through at least April 13 to minimize the unintentional spread of COVID-19 since maintaining at least 6 feet between individuals from other households on stair structures and ...

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 ...

Alex Mars honored at HATS Off recognition ceremony

Spotlight

MARQUETTE — Alex Mars was one of 350 high-achieving students in Michigan who were honored on March 22 at the 21st annual HATS Off Recognition Ceremony, a statewide awards ceremony to recognize the top-scoring students who participated in Northwestern University’s Midwest Academic Talent ...

Man charged in wife’s beating death

Michigan News

HAZEL PARK (AP) — A suburban Detroit man has been charged with first-degree murder in the killing of his wife. Jeff Sherwood, 45, was arraigned Monday in the killing of his 64-year-old wife, Susan Klepsch. She died of blows to the head and neck, according to the Oakland County medical ...

MDE to request federal waiver for nutrition programs

Michigan News

LANSING — The Michigan Department of Education announced it will request a federal waiver of statutory and regulatory requirements in the Child Nutrition Programs, in accordance with federal guidance. The Michigan Department of Education is requesting the waiver on behalf of all Child ...

St. Clair tragedy, Part I

Superior History

In the mid- to late-19th century, men had land and mineral interests in more than one region of the Upper Peninsula. Among those men was Marquette resident Judge Joseph Edwards. Edwards came to the Upper Peninsula from Youngstown, Ohio in 1851 for his health, first settling in Ontonagon, he ...

Trump resists national shutdown, leaves it up to states

Coronavirus

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is resisting calls to issue a national stay-at-home order to stem the spread of the new coronavirus despite his administration’s projections that tens of thousands of Americans are likely to be killed by the disease. One by one, though, states are ...

Masks, apps: World races to avoid hidden virus carriers

Coronavirus

NEW YORK — The worldwide race to protect people against unwitting coronavirus carriers intensified today, pitting governments against each other as they buy protective gear and prompting new questions about who should wear masks, get temperature checks or even be permitted to go outside. ...

RATI moves operations to Lakeview Arena

Front Page News

MARQUETTE — In response to the COVID-19 crisis, Room at the Inn has relocated its shelter operations to Lakeview Arena at 401 E. Fair Ave. in Marquette. RATI Executive Director Nick Emmendorfer, in a March 19 Facebook post, asked for the community’s help in finding a space large enough ...