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Editorial

Community owes debt to retiring Gail Anthony

It’s with mixed emotions we congratulate Gail Anthony upon the announcement of her retirement from her post as CEO of the Community Foundation of Marquette County. We are, of course, happy for her but we’re also going to miss her leadership in the position, which is a vital one in this ...

Getting out the vote absolutely vital this election

Leaders of both major political parties agree on one thing: The presidential election scheduled for Tuesday is among the most important in American history. Its outcome will shape our government, economy, even our society for many years to come. Your life and that of your children and ...

Superior Watershed Partnership justly recognized

The Superior Watershed Partnership has won the 2020 Lake Superior Magazine Achievement Award, and if anybody needs convincing that the organization is truly deserving of the honor, they need look no farther than the beach grass that grows along some parts of the Lake Superior shoreline. SWP ...

Reasons from health department for spread of virus not a surprise

All of us should have been paying very close attention to a notice the Marquette County Health Department put out late last week, which detailed the reasons that COVID-19 pandemic cases have spiked in recent weeks and months. In a news release issued on Friday, the agency listed these ...

Winter clothing drive for area youth needs community support

With temperatures growing colder and winter fast approaching, many area residents are already finding a use for their jackets, hats, scarves and other cold-weather apparel. But some area residents are in still need of these essentials as the winter season approaches. Due to this, Project ...

Virus forces NMU to limit campus access

It has come to this: Northern Michigan University, as of today, is restricting visitors to campus. In an announcement issued Thursday, officials said NMU will restrict guests on campus for a two-week period to mitigate risks associated with rising COVID-19 cases in Marquette County, other ...

Drop absentee ballots off at local clerk’s office

With Election Day less than two weeks away, Michigan’s top elections official said this week that the presidential battleground state’s 1.5 million people with absentee ballots still in-hand should put them in a drop box or take them to their local clerk’s office rather than risk sending ...

Support for local arts needed during pandemic

As with many areas of society, local arts and culture has had its struggles this year. The COVID-19 pandemic resulted in Art Week — one of Marquette’s biggest creative events — being canceled, and other art-related events didn’t come off as planned, or at all. So, we’re happy to ...

Local unemployed vets have chance for new jobs

There’s an event coming up this week we’d like local veterans who are searching for employment to be aware of. The Upper Peninsula Veteran’s Community Action Team is hosting a virtual job fair for vets from 1-4 p.m. Thursday. This event is free of charge and is a great opportunity for ...

SHF silent auction to battle breast cancer commendable

There’s an ongoing fundraiser that we’d like readers to be aware of. An online silent auction to benefit the Superior Health Foundation’s Breast Health Fund started last week and will continue until 5 p.m. Oct. 25. The Manistique Area Schools is assisting in the Painting the Peninsula ...

Area residents are able to make difference through volunteering

The COVID-19 pandemic has altered many aspects of our lives, but there are still ways to give back to our community. And there’s a great opportunity to do so next weekend, as Make a Difference Day — a national day of volunteering — falls on the fourth Saturday of October each year. ...

‘Clean Slate’ legislation needed to help people move forward

Truly rehabilitated people have a right to start over and begin a new life. Michigan will automatically expunge qualifying felonies after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed bills Monday in Detroit that supporters say will affect hundreds of thousands of people’s ability to work, the Associated ...

Online romance scams proliferate in Michigan, elsewhere

They’re called catfishers and their nefarious online activity is known as catfishing. No, the above has nothing to do with wetting a line in your favorite stream or brook. It does, however, have everything to do with gullible but well-meaning people being bilked out of their money. And ...

UPAWS well worthy of support during these challenging times

The Upper Peninsula Animal Welfare Shelter, located at 615 S. State Highway M-553 in Sands Township, is a critical resource for animals without current “forever homes” and the community at large, especially amid the COVID-19 pandemic. However, numerous fundraising events for the shelter ...

Sustainability series is a wonderful way to prepare for future

We hope the general public takes note of what’s happening at Northern Michigan University next week. NMU’s EcoReps student organization has planned a series of events to mark “Sustainability Week: Facing the Future” starting Monday and going through Oct. 16. NMU announced the ...

Time to stop playing politics with COVID-19

The Upper Peninsula has seen a massive uptick in COVID-19 cases over the past three months. Back on July 8, the U.P. had 219 reported cases. As of Wednesday morning, that number has reached 2,939 cases. And this trend seems to be continuing its upward trajectory. Michigan’s seven-day ...

‘Forever chemicals’ need to be addressed

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel has sent a letter to Congressional leadership calling on Congressional committee leaders to protect service members, defense communities and the general public from PFAS, — or per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances — contamination associated with defense ...

A safe (and fun) Halloween means some planning

With Halloween just a few weeks away and no end to the COVID-19 pandemic in sight, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a statement advising against many of the more traditional holiday activities, and asks that families consider more low-risk ways to celebrate instead. ...

Postal Service needs help

Talk for months about how inefficiency and lax security in the U.S. Postal Service may affect the upcoming presidential election has had an unfortunate side-effect: It has distracted attention from the agency’s very real, deeply rooted dilemma. Talk for months about how inefficiency and lax ...

Local elections are critical; candidate forums can help inform voters

While much of the focus is on national politics as we get closer to the Nov. 3 election, it’s critical to stay informed and engaged regarding local elections, as these elected officials shape our communities and our everyday lives. Due to this, the Marquette County League of Women Voters, a ...