Editorial

NMU on right track with medicinal plants program

An academic partnership Northern Michigan University announced recently that it had formed with Shimadzu Scientific Instruments Inc. in support of NMU's medicinal plant chemistry program seems to be one of those rare win-win situations. The collaboration includes an in-kind donation to equip ...

‘Adopt and amend’ a bad policy for state of Michigan

The will of the people is one of the most crucial tenets in American democracy, but apparently to many politicians in Michigan, and perhaps elsewhere, power and control seem to be more important concepts. The “adopt and amend” tactic used last year by Michigan’s Republican-controlled ...

Golf scramble to raise cash to benefit U.P. Children’s Fund

The seventh annual Grant Henriksen Memorial Golf Scramble to benefit the U.P. Children’s Fund is coming up soon and we hope as many people as possible participate in this effort to help a most worthy cause. The U.P. Children’s Fund strives to help make life a little easier for families in ...

Nostalgia: Fondly remembering how things used to be

Today is one of those days when people of a certain age can’t help but become a bit nostalgic for times past, for today is the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing On July 16, 1969, U.S astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins sat atop the mighty Saturn V rocket ...

Hiawatha music fest promises great weekend

Midsummer is upon us, and with it comes the 41st annual Hiawatha Traditional Music Festival. The event will feature traditional music performances, dances, workshops and more. Starting Friday, attendees from all walks of life will converge upon Tourist Park in Marquette, in what Festival ...

Employment’s glass ceiling needs to just disappear

Women have been in the workforce for decades in one capacity or another, but often have been in traditional roles, and when they did manage to break the “glass ceiling,” their paychecks weren’t always as big as their male counterparts’ take-home pay. Women in Michigan still earn just ...

Hietamaki a trail blazer in labor relations, politics

Although no one we know keeps track of such things, the phrase “trail blazer” certainly is among the most misused and overused these days. But without reservation, we believe it applies to Carolyn Hietamaki, the head of the Marquette County Democratic Party who passed away at her home in ...

Soda company flap underscores region’s pride in Yooper identity

If there’s one thing Yoopers have, it’s pride in their identity. Even though we’re part of the same state, we don’t always like being grouped in with the Lower Peninsula of Michigan, where “trolls” from “below the bridge” run amok. And we especially aren’t fond of anyone ...

How the free press helped free America

EDITOR’S NOTE: This item was originally published the week of Independence Day. “Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.” — Thomas Paine, “American Crisis” This week, as I do ...

Final thoughts on retirement from Journal

It is with mixed emotions that I write this publisher’s perspective column about my retirement from The Mining Journal. The first thing I want to do is say a huge thank you to all of our subscribers and advertisers that have supported me and The Mining Journal for the past 27 years. If it ...

Negaunee’s Pioneer Days to go out with a bang tonight

If you’ve never been to watch the fireworks over Teal Lake, it’s a beautiful sight to behold, with the colorful explosions reflecting off the water as hundreds upon hundreds of people look to the skies at dusk. Pioneer Days in Negaunee wraps up today with a parade, community picnic, a ...

Jimmy V Award winner Rob Mendez is an inspiration to us all

Life is synonymous with struggle; if you are alive, you will inevitably face plenty of it. Many of us become bogged down by it, and let it get the best of us. But every once in a while, a person comes along to reminds us that we need to be grateful for each and every gift we are given in life, ...

Cambensy’s mining committee bill a good move for state

We were very pleased to see that Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed House Bill 4227 into law Monday, officially creating the Committee on Michigan’s Mining Future. Introduced in February by state Rep. Sara Cambensy, D-Marquette, the committee will be responsible for making advisory legislative ...

Pioneering peregrines could find new homes in Upper Peninsula

Peregrine falcons, known for being high-speed hunters able to fly as fast as 200 mph, are more common than in the past. The bird had been removed from the federal endangered species list, but remains an endangered species in Michigan. DDT and other environmental contaminants were the culprits ...

Thanks for cleaning up our beaches

Congratulations Marquette on cleaning up after yourself following the July Fourth celebration. In past years there have been some real messes left on the beaches following Independence Day festivities. It was embarrassing to say the least that Yoopers would leave that kind of a mess behind. ...

WALDEN institute a place of comfort

You’re recovering from cancer, which in itself is a remarkable thing. The journey ahead, though, might not always be easy. Nature can help. The True North Treks Foglia Foundation WALDEN Institute has opened in Au Train to help young adults who are cancer survivors connect with nature, ...

‘Dark store’ issue is nettlesome problem that must be fixed

Is “your fair share,” particularly when it pertains to taxes, a subjective phrase? It’s a question we ask as yet another financial challenge bares its head in Marquette Township. Michigan-based retail giant Meijer Inc., which became a part of the community here in spring 2018, is ...

Fire safety must be paramount during summer months

Although the area has received sufficient rain this spring and summer to keep wildfires at bay, history tells us that conditions can — and do — change very quickly. Experts at the Michigan Department of Natural Resources remind us that safety must always be paramount when using fire ...

Bob Moore was a special member of community

The Greatest Generation is vanishing before our eyes. They are the people who set an amazing example of patriotism when this country needed them the most, sacrificing much to make sure good triumphed over evil during World War II. We would be remiss if we didn’t salute one especially ...

Always keep in mind true meaning of Independence Day

Independence Day, better known to some people as the Fourth of July, is a federal holiday that commemorates the signing of the Declaration of Independence of the United States on July 4, 1776. It’s historically significant because the Continental Congress declared the 13 American colonies ...