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Editorial

Another great year of sled dog races

We all need a little something to look forward to in the depths of winter. Luckily, mid-February in the Upper Peninsula comes with the promise of a beloved annual tradition: the running of the U.P. 200, Midnight Run and Jack Pine 30 sled dog races. This year marked the 30th anniversary and ...

Voter registration effort at NMU absolutely correct

As we approach the end of February, Northern Michigan University students are putting their civic hats on by offering tables around campus to help get as many students as possible registered to vote as part of a state-wide competition. Associated Students of NMU is participating in the Voter ...

Sled dog weekend has something for everyone

This is the time of year when Marquette and Alger counties go to the dogs ... and love every minute of it. The U.P. 200, Midnight Run and Jackpine 30 sled dog races are upon us, a time when teams of mushers will be racing and spectators will be watching in awe. Many activities are part of ...

Second Amendment sanctuary resolution opinion correct

Marquette County Prosecuting Attorney Matt Wiese has restated his position on the proposed Second Amendment Sanctuary County resolution, which came during the Feb. 4 meeting of the Marquette County Board of Commissioners. Previously, the board denied a public proposal to name the county a ...

Second Amendment sanctuary resolution opinion correct

Marquette County Prosecuting Attorney Matt Wiese has restated his position on the proposed Second Amendment Sanctuary County resolution, which came during the Feb. 4 meeting of the Marquette County Board of Commissioners. Previously, the board denied a public proposal to name the county a ...

Identity theft vexing state tax return process

Local and state media have reported that cyber scammers are pilfering residents’ identities and using the theft to steal income tax returns. It’s happened in recent years all across the state, including right here in Superiorland. In an effort to head off further thefts, the Michigan ...

Arts and culture a key part of vibrant community

We believe if economic factors, things like businesses and jobs and development, can be considered a community’s life blood, arts and culture should be viewed as a city’s heart and soul. Members of the Marquette arts and culture community last week got together last week to recognize ...

Cugini welcomed to area; much work awaits new manager

We welcome the city of Ishpeming's new city manager, Craig Cugini, who completed his first week at work on Friday. Cugini is a military veteran with over 25 years of government service including his most recent position as garrison commander at Fort Greely, Alaska, a Mining Journal story ...

Great opportunity to help raise funds in Republic Saturday

If you’re looking for something fun to do that will also raise funds for good causes, check out the sixth annual Memorial Tennis Ball Golf Tournament or TBGolf 2020 in Republic Saturday. At a new location — the Northern Lights Campground in Republic — the event has a renewed message ...

Dr. Mazzuchi a worthy recipient of Pellonpaa award

The second recipient of the Carl V. Pellonpaa Lifetime Achievement Award has been announced, and we can’t think of a more worthy recipient. Dr. Daniel S. Mazzuchi was named as the recipient of the Carl V. Pellonpaa Lifetime Achievement Award because of his dedication to the community and ...

Helping free fire hydrants: Community service starts young

Who thinks about needing fire hydrants in the winter? Junior hockey players. Marquette’s 12U A Homestead Graphics Junior Wildcat hockey team dug out fire hydrants on Jan. 28 along Fair Avenue to Lakeview Arena, specifically from Lakeshore Boulevard to the roundabout. The good deed started ...

Trump should not consider a Kilpatrick pardon

We hope President Donald Trump passes on calls that he commute the sentence of former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, convicted about seven years ago of 24 counts of using his positions as mayor and state representative to carry out a decade-long criminal racket involving extortion, bribery, ...

Public engagement, planning important for steam plant

Ever since the Marquette Board of Light and Power’s coal-fueled Shiras Steam Plant was retired last March after being placed in layup status in June 2018, many area residents have been wondering what the future might hold for the plant and its site along Lake Street in south Marquette. At ...

Health Fair will help to chase away any winter blues

Did anyone else feel like the month of January was twice as long as usual this year? It ends today and Saturday brings the start of the shortest month, although February gained an extra day as it’s leap year. For anyone looking for a seasonal spirit boost, we suggest checking out a ...

Gov. Whitmer keeping promises on state roads

Any Yooper who commutes knows all too well how tough our Michigan roads can be, especially in the winter months. When Gov. Gretchen Whitmer took office, she said she would be steadfast in dealing with this issue, and it appears she intends to keep that promise. According to an Associated ...

Permanent shelter an idea worth exploring further

The local homeless population has at least one option: Room At The Inn, whose current model requires homeless to rotate between nine area churches, with overnight locations moved each week. They also have the RATI’s Warming Center along West Washington Street. Wouldn’t it be a good idea ...

History lessons must be learned on shore erosion

Many of us dream about living near the edge of the lakeshore, overlooking the majesty of Lake Michigan. That dream for the few that do have homes and summer cottages on the shore is now turning into a nightmare. A combination of near-record water levels, winds and shore-battering waves has ...

Sawyer in running for spaceport designation, activity

A spaceport at Sawyer? A cosmodrome in our county? Some might say that sounds out of this world. But it’s certainly a possibility, as the Michigan Launch Initiative — a public-private partnership organized by the Michigan Aerospace Manufacturers Association and backed by private investors ...

Marquette badly in need of affordable housing options

There are plenty of nice places to live in the Marquette area. Whether you’re looking to rent or buy, just peruse the real estate ads on any given day and you'll find a great many desirable homes, assuming, of course, you have the cash. Put another way, Marquette needs an infusion of ...

Noquemanon among winter’s premiere events

Welcome to all the hundreds of competitors in the 22nd annual Noquemanon Ski Marathon, which takes place this weekend. Whether you come from far away or are a local participant, we wish you great luck as you take part in one of the key events of winter in Superiorland. Conditions may be a ...