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Next step in Sugarloaf parking expansion project approved

Coronavirus

MARQUETTE — Sugarloaf Mountain is a must-do for every Marquette visitor and the most popular destination for locals looking to catch a sunset or get outside on a nice day. Last year, over 60,000 people took the short trip to its stunning summit. As the number of visitors to the mountain ...

Governor wins legal fight with lawmakers over virus

Front Page News

DETROIT — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer prevailed Thursday in a high-stakes challenge from Republican lawmakers who sued over her authority to declare emergencies and order sweeping restrictions during the coronavirus outbreak. A 1945 law cited by Whitmer, a Democrat, is not limited to regional ...

Restaurants prepare to reopen

Local

ESCANABA — Restaurants, bars and other retail businesses in the Upper Peninsula and parts of the northern Lower Peninsula will be able to reopen starting Friday. Local restaurant and bar owners shared information on how they plan to resume business while keeping their customers and employees ...

City of Ishpeming receives crucial funding for projects

Local

ISHPEMING - It was a very good week for the city of Ishpeming, it was awarded two grants totalling nearly $2.5 million toward toward resident services. It will net $1.9 million in Community Development Block Grant funds to build a new senior center and $250,000 for water meter and radio read ...

Art competition deadline announced

Local

WASHINGTON — Each spring, the Congressional Institute and participating members of Congress sponsor An Artistic Discovery, a nationwide high school visual art competition that recognizes and encourages artistic talent in each congressional district. Since the pilot competition in 1982, more ...

Historical places tour canceled

Local

ISHPEMING — The Ishpeming Area Historical Society announces that due to the COVID-19 virus and to keep home owners and visitors safe, the Historic Places and Interesting Spaces Tour for 2020 will not take place. A decision on museum hours has yet to be made. Read about Ishpeming ...

Nature’s gifts: spring ephemerals

Local

“Springtime flowers bloom like colorful arrows piercing their way to the sun” — Teri Guillemets By SCOT STEWART Special to the Journal A walk through the woods in early spring just before or during the opening of the tree leaves above always offers surprises. American lady and ...

Presque Isle Marina now open

Local

MARQUETTE — The Presque Isle Marina is now open with no services. Slip rentals will be prorated due to the late start because of marina construction. City officials urge people to follow COVID-19 social distancing guidelines when placing boats in slips. Water at individual slips will not ...

Cannabis Lupus Cafe opening

Local

GWINN — The Cannabis Lupus Cafe in Gwinn is hosting its grand opening this weekend, “celebrating final state licensure and much needed access to legal cannabis in the Upper Peninsula,” according to a news release. The cafe, located in Suite 2 at 300 M-553 in Gwinn, will be “adhering ...

City commission meets remotely

Local

MARQUETTE — The Marquette City Commission will meet Tuesday virtually via Zoom video conferencing to comply with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s executive orders. The meeting will be streamed at 6 p.m. on Channel 191 and YouTube at youtube.com/user/cityofmarquettegov. The public will have three ...

Health board meets electronically

Local

MARQUETTE — The Marquette County Board of Health’s regularly scheduled meeting will take place electronically this month. The meeting will be at 6 p.m. Wednesday. The video and phone conference lobby will open at 5:50 p.m. To join in the webinar: ...

Need for blood is critical

Local

MARQUETTE — The U.P. Regional Blood Center is currently experiencing a severe critical need for O-, A-, A+, B- blood types. The U.P. Regional Blood Center has collection sites in Marquette, Hancock, Escanaba and is the primary supplier of blood to 13 Upper Peninsula hospitals. Currently, ...

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 ...

Structure fire results in arrests

Local

MARQUETTE — Troopers from the Michigan State Police Negaunee Post were dispatched to National Mine Friday morning for a report of a structure fire. Upon arrival, the residence was completely engulfed in flames, according to an MSP release. Initial investigation into the fire deemed the ...

Hit-and-run inquiry continues

Local

MARQUETTE — The Marquette County Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate a vehicle and pedestrian accident that occurred about 3:45 p.m. May 7 on County Road 550 between Partridge Bay Trail and Sugarloaf Mountain in Marquette Township. The initial release from the sheriff’s office ...

Whitmer OKs nonessential health procedures, small gatherings

Michigan News

LANSING — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Thursday further relaxed stay-at-home restrictions, saying a ban on nonessential health procedures would be lifted next week and that groups of up to 10 people can gather immediately ahead of the Memorial Day weekend. Retailers can reopen by appointment ...

Flood raises fears of pollution at Michigan toxic waste site

Michigan News

TRAVERSE CITY — It took seven years to settle on a plan for cleansing two rivers and floodplains polluted with dioxins from a Dow Chemical Co. plant in central Michigan. The work itself has lasted nearly twice as long, with plenty still to do. Now, scientists and activists fear some of the ...

Pandemic politics: Maskless Trump tours Michigan Ford plant

Michigan News

YPSILANTI TOWNSHIP, Mich. — Pandemic politics shadowed President Donald Trump’s trip to Michigan on Thursday as he highlighted lifesaving medical devices, with the president and officials from the electoral battleground state clashing over federal aid, mail-in ballots and face ...

USS Scorpion sinks in Atlantic Ocean, killing 99 men in 1968

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Today is Friday, May 22, the 143rd day of 2020. There are 223 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 22, 1968, the nuclear-powered submarine USS Scorpion, with 99 men aboard, sank in the Atlantic Ocean. (The remains of the sub were later found on the ocean floor 400 ...

Local educator wearies of schools being victimized

Coronavirus

As the Superintendent and K-12 Principal of a small public school in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan my world drastically changed late on the night of Thursday, March 12. Around 11 p.m., Gov. Gretchen Whitmer declared that due to COVID-19 all school buildings in Michigan would be closing ...