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Editorial

Engage seniors: Reaching out to those in need

As the COVID-19 pandemic escalates around the state and nation, many people might find themselves wishing for a kind word or something pleasant to occupy their minds during this period of social distancing and isolation. Especially older adults who may have faced isolation and/or medical ...

Hearts of Hope is showing the love locally

These are indeed stressful days as the world deals with an unprecedented in modern times pandemic and people who are able are isolating themselves for the greater good. But there are glimmers of light everywhere, including on Facebook. That’s where three women started a group called Hearts ...

Pets don’t spread COVID-19, people shouldn’t spread fear

With all the information about COVID-19 that’s out there, what can you believe? Regarding cats and dogs, it’s pretty simple. If you’re healthy, keep petting and hugging them as you — hopefully — already have. There’s been so much emphasis, and rightfully so, on people having ...

NMU doing well in communicating with students

How do you communicate to thousands of students about the situation that is COVID-19, a situation that seems to change by the minute? It’s a good thing we live in an online world. Northern Michigan University has been communicating to its student body the latest information at ...

Most unusual circumstance is changing things

This isn’t just a “stay-at-home-because-you’re sick-but-come-back-to-work-tomorrow” situation. It’s a true lockdown of sorts. Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Monday issued a statewide stay-at-home order to curb the spread of the coronavirus, exempting essential workers. The ...

Great deal of community service seen amid virus crisis

It’s easy to become depressed by current events. The coronavirus has killed many thousands worldwide and certainly will kill many thousands more before it’s done. Its ultimate impact in the United States, at this writing, is unclear. Media, national, statewide and local, have correctly ...

Steps being taken to protect most vulnerable residents

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic spreading across the nation, it is critically important to ensure the people who are most vulnerable to serious complications from the disease are protected. Due to this, a Journal article in Thursday’s edition outlined the steps that nursing homes and ...

Deaths rock communities of Gwinn, L’Anse, Baraga

Once again, in the space of less than a week, we find it necessary to use this space to help our community grieve the loss of one of its best, or in this case, two of its best. Just days ago, we lamented the terrible passing of Ben Lauren, a member of the Forsyth Township Volunteer Fire ...

Use common sense during COVID-19 outbreak

While the coronavirus pandemic has led authorities around the globe to cancel concerts and sporting events, and even shut down daily activities in some places, Mexico City went ahead with Vive Latino — one of the most important music festivals in the country — this past weekend, according ...

Unscrupulous online activity taking advantage of virus

It shouldn’t come as a surprise to learn that hucksters, scammers and undesirable others are using the misery that is the coronavirus to turn an illicit buck — at the public’s expense, of course. According to a federal report, the internet is being used to market treatments and cures ...

Lauren died a hero in service to his community

There is little that anyone can say that adequately addresses the horror of what happened late Friday night at K.I. Sawyer when a member of the Forsyth Township Volunteer Fire Department lost his life fighting a fire there. Ben Lauren was just 23, a 2014 graduate of Gwinn High School and a ...

Efforts to raise cash for Alzheimer’s commendable

Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia have the potential to touch nearly every person’s life, as over 5 million Americans live with Alzheimer’s, with a projected increase to nearly 14 million by 2050. To bring these numbers into sharper focus, the report breaks it down ...

Never too late to spread goodness

It’s not too late. Heck, it’s never too late to do good. Today is a special day for that, Spread Goodness Day, launched by local resident Anna Dravland, but reaching much farther than just Superiorland. This nonprofit event inspires a global day of simple goodness by encouraging ...

Three’s a charm in the Gwinn schools on sinking millage

A hearty thank you goes out to voters in the Gwinn Area Community Schools District who passed a substantial sinking fund millage request earlier this week. The district asked for 1.5 mills, or $1.50 on each $1,000 of taxable valuation, for four years from 2020 to 2023. The millage will create ...

Finding a manager not always an easy task to complete

Sometimes government works slowly. This concept isn’t new, but circumstances can dictate how slowly it works, often beyond a governmental entity’s control. For instance, Marquette Township still is searching for a new manager to succeed the retiring manager, Randy Girard. The township ...

Death of columnist Susan Watson loss to journalism community

The journalism world lost one of its best over the weekend when word arrived that Susan Watson had passed on Saturday. Watson, a reporter, editor and finally a renowned columnist for the Detroit Free Press, was 76. She died from complications from sarcoidosis, an inflammatory disease that ...

Voters in Gwinn should approve Tuesday’s millage

For the third time in less than 12 months, Gwinn Area Community Schools residents will go to the polls Tuesday to consider a sinking fund millage request. On two previous occasions — in May and August — voters turned back sinking fund requests and school officials hope the third time will ...

Outdoor spring cleaning a shared responsibility

With several recent days in the 30s and 40s, many early signs of spring can be seen in Marquette County and around the Upper Peninsula. It can be delightful to watch the snow and ice melt away and expose dry ground as the air warms. However, soil and pavement are not the only things that ...

2020 Iditarod has plenty of U.P. talent on display

With the U.P. 200 being one of winter’s highlights in the area, the sport of mushing has become of particular interest to many local residents. We imagine they’ll be watching most eagerly the progress of two mushers with central U.P. ties as they participate in the 48th Iditarod Trail ...

Search and Rescue needs a trained dog

Marquette County is getting another cliff, but not in the geological sense. The Marquette County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday approved the purchase of a new search and rescue dog for the Marquette County Sheriff’s Office. The new dog, to be named Cliff in honor of Cleveland-Cliffs ...