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Editorial

Newly formed CAP unit at Sawyer a smart move

The formation of a new Civil Air Patrol squadron locally is the right move at the right time, given the increasingly large number of tourists populating area woodlands and waterways. An orientation for the newly formed Marquette County Civil Air Patrol Squadron was recently held for youth ...

Lakefront property is expensive but city should buy

Mark Twain is credited with noting, approximately, “Buy land, they’re not making it anymore.” Although it’s not entirely clear in what context the esteemed author and humorist made the statement, it’s hard to argue with its accuracy. The same must be said for waterfront property. ...

Proposed legislation to restore judge position the right move

While 2020 was full of alarming numbers related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the year brought with it another dismal figure: felony filings in Marquette County more than doubled in less than 10 years, going from an annual average of 224 cases in 2011 to the 471 cases reported in 2020. This ...

Latest Michigan surge tests discipline, will of state residents

If the past 13 months have left you feeling like you’re living in the classic Bill Murray film, “Groundhog Day,” you’re not alone. But with the recent surge in our state, it’s definitely not time to let our guard down. The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ...

Sawyer airport to make good use of federal funds

Who wouldn’t want to receive $1 million? Sawyer International Airport recently was awarded this amount by the U.S. Department of Transportation. Sawyer was one of five airports to receive the approximate $1 million, with the others being Ford Airport, Delta Airport, Houghton County Memorial ...

Michigan needs surge in vaccines to battle virus surge

It’s not at all clear why the federal government isn’t putting the pedal down to get Michigan as much vaccine as it needs, given COVID-19 cases are going through the ceiling across the state. Statewide hospitalizations have quadrupled in a month and are nearing peak levels from last ...

Local restaurant steps up in unusual way

You absolutely have to love the folks that own and work at the Delft Bistro in downtown Marquette. That’s because they stepped up to help a World War II alum at the Jacobetti Home for Veterans in Marquette, who has recently recovered from COVID-19 after being in quarantine for more than a ...

Altran continues to do great work in Alger County

The past year has been full of changes for organizations and businesses of all types. However, here at The Mining Journal, we’ve seen many rising to the challenge with unique adaptations that have helped them continue to serve and support their communities. One example can be found with ...

Want to own a piece of the Mackinac Bridge? Here’s your chance

Although we’re not at all certain who might be interested, a sale involving state property in the eastern Upper Peninsula is worth mentioning, if for no other reason, its unusual nature. According to officials with the Mackinac Bridge Authority, 12 sections of the original steel grating ...

Restaurant Week a great opportunity to support local eateries

There has probably never been a more important time to support the local restaurants we love — and we will have plenty of opportunities to do so next week. Downtown Marquette’s annual Restaurant Week kicks off Sunday and while ongoing capacity restrictions will prevent the usual hustle ...

Pandemic precautions still needed to stem surge in Michigan

The COVID-19 pandemic has been going on for over a year now, and Michigan — and the rest of the world — has gone through many phases, from getting personal protective equipment, wearing masks and social distancing to testing and now vaccinations. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer took a tough stance ...

New Longtine book a look back at local history

As much as anything, the greater Marquette area’s history is tied to water, specifically Lake Superior. The big lake offered transportation, food and recreation to the earliest white settlers, as it always had to Native Americans. With all of that and much more in mind, local author Sonny ...

Drinking more than usual? So are a lot of other people

One of the significant and largely untold stories related to the COVID-19 pandemic relates to the amount of alcohol Michigan residents consume. According to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, the average Michigander consumed nearly 956 alcoholic drinks in 2020, an average ...

Fjeldheim retirement a real loss to NMU community at large

An amazing career at Northern Michigan University is coming to an end with the retirement of Sten Fjeldheim, which was announced earlier this week. Fjeldheim is the most decorated coach in NMU history, guiding the Nordic ski team for more than three decades and also leading the cross country ...

Alger County Animal Shelter’s caring mission worthy of support

Cats, dogs and all types of household pets have provided a much-needed source of comfort, joy and company for many area residents throughout this challenging year. And many people — in the area and beyond — have found themselves wanting to adopt a cat, dog or other furry friend amid the ...

All of us must do part to stave off fourth virus surge

Philosopher George Santayana once wrote, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” It appears that many Americans are fitting the profile. President Joe Biden and a top health official declared Monday that too many Americans are declaring virus victory too early. ...

Michigan DNR marks 100th birthday and counting

Celebrating 100 years of existence — a centennial, to use a fancier term — is a noteworthy hallmark for many organizations and agencies, assuming they get that far. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is one of those organizations. The original Michigan Department of ...

MSP correct in program to become autism sensitive

Give the Michigan State Police credit for trying to get ahead of addressing calls for service that may involve a person with autism. It’s called Action for Autism and it’s a program which provides training on autism awareness and equips officers with calming bags to carry in their patrol ...

Michigan on right track in online COVID dashboard

Thomas Jefferson was fond of using the phrase, “knowledge is power” in his correspondence. Historical researchers have found the term used on at least four occasions in Jefferson’s writings, although many believe Sir Francis Bacon originated it well over a century before. With that in ...

Human trafficking misery apparently active in Upper Peninsula

Although it’s easy to be lulled into a false sense of security while living in the beautiful, rural communities of the Upper Peninsula, a recent announcement from the Marquette County Prosecutor’s Office made it clear that residents need to remain vigilant, especially those who are ...