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Editorial

Foundation working to improve community

It's hard to believe that the Community Foundation of Marquette County has been making the area a better place to live for more than a quarter century.That's the case, though, as the foundation celebrated 26 years of service to the county Tuesday evening during a gathering at Northern Michigan ...

Senior Citizens Expo a much-needed event

With age comes wisdom - and lots more to think about in the way of health, lifestyle choices, finances, etc.That's why it's important to have events such as the Senior Citizens Expo.The Mining Journal sponsored the annual event, which took place Tuesday at the Holiday Inn of Marquette.The ...

KBIC trail should spark economic development

A trail that's being planned by the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community that would run along the southern rim of Keweenaw Bay from Zeba to Sand Point should boost tourism and the general economics of the area.The 12-mile stretch would cost about $14 million and would be built with significant support ...

Interest in new mineral leases intriguing

The simple fact that a Vancouver, British Columbia, firm has requested a direct mineral lease on property in northern Marquette County had plenty of people in Superiorland buzzing last week with no clear consensus on how the Michigan Department of Natural Resources should proceed.North ...

Township transitions highlight need for citizen participation

The Marquette Township Board has gone through significant changes recently.In late July, Dennis Liimatta, who had served as township supervisor for more than six years, told the board he had a job offer as superintendent of Grand Blanc Township.After Liimatta submitted his resignation, the ...

EMS conference underscores service’s importance

The Mining Journal wants to thank everyone involved with providing emergency medical services to our area for their dedicated service.With the EMS conference taking place this weekend at Northern Michigan University, we felt it important to voice our appreciation for the dedicated work that ...

First weekend of autumn loaded with fun activities

The calendar says autumn but the weekend's forecast says summer, with expected temperatures in the '70s in Superiorland. That means it's a great chance to get out to walk, run or ride a bike in the beauty that surrounds us.If you're going to walk, why not Walk to End Alzheimer's? This annual ...

New Gwinn hiking trail a plus for community

Hiking is among the most popular recreational activities in the Upper Peninsula, and we are blessed with numerous trails to enjoy the sport on.There are short trails that offer hikers a quick hike through town or access to scenic spots, as well as lengthy pathways that run the farthest points ...

Rare, vintage snowmobile worth museum visit

The Upper Peninsula and snow. Although it gives people fits in the winter, there's no denying the connection between the two and the fact that snow is part of our winter sporting and recreation heritage, with cross-country skiing and snowshoeing at the forefront.Count snowmobiling in with those ...

Fundraiser to help student receive art award worthy

The story of a vision-impaired Lakeview Elementary School student who was awarded the top prize in her age group in an art competition should serve as an absolute inspiration.Madalyne Vorase created a self portrait that won first place out of 300 other participants in her age group in the ...

NMU project a great use of donated funds

New construction on the campus of Northern Michigan University should enjoy wide support, especially considering the funding for the construction is coming from the person the facility will be named after.On Saturday, people gathered on campus for the groundbreaking of the Beaumier Alumni ...

City utility increases unfortunate but understandable

Beginning next month, utility customers in the city of Marquette may have to dig a little deeper into their pockets when they pay their bills.That's because the Marquette City Commission last week approved a 7 percent rate hike for the city's three utilities - water, wastewater and ...

Condo development expansion project a positive

Plans developing in Marquette Township to expand an established condominium complex has few downsides that we can see.Last week, the township Board of Trustees OK'd preliminary plans to expand the Blue Heron Bluffs II condo complex.At the meeting, township Planner Jason McCarthy said the site ...

Another successful U.P. Honor Flight goes into books

Applause and cheers echoed through the terminal of Reagan National Airport Wednesday as the 74 veterans taking part in Upper Peninsula Honor Flight made their way toward the gate holding the jet that would bring them home.Some veterans were moved to tears by the spontaneous display from a group ...

New launch ramp a big improvement

Being nestled on the shore of Lake Superior, Marquette is a paradise for boaters. Any day of the week during pleasant weather you can see watercrafts of varying types on the nearshore waters around Marquette.These crafts include everything from kayaks and canoes to sailboats and fishing boats, ...

NMU, MSU, UP Health System partnership a plus

A partnership between Northern Michigan University, Michigan State University's College of Human Medicine and UP Health System-Marquette should provide positive connections, growth and development for each institution.The Community Research Partnership will see specific types of research ...

Playground project demonstrates great teamwork

We like the teamwork and spirit of community demonstrated at a location in the city of Negaunee Saturday when a group of Neganee residents, ably assisted by members of the Negaunee High School Miners football team and interested others, came together to construct a new playground.The project is ...

Vajda moved city forward; Angeli will continue its progress

This past week, the Marquette City Commission accepted Bill Vajda's resignation from his post as city manager. As the city's chief administrator, Vajda's role in Marquette over the past five years has been busy.He's paved the way for several projects, including, and possibly most noteworthy, ...

Leading by example is powerful, positive force

"If you think you can do something, but you're scared - do it anyway," were the words of a local 9-year-old quoted in Thursday's edition of The Mining Journal.We think Ella Pond, of Marquette, is wise beyond her years, and we commend her mother, Breanna Pond, a local gynecologist, for setting a ...

Events of Sept. 11, 2001 will never be forgotten

Today is the 14th anniversary of one of the most harrowing days in United States history: the terrorist attacks that took nearly 3,000 lives here on American soil.The events of that day are etched in the memory of anyone old enough to recall the hijacked planes crashing into the World Trade ...