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Editorial

Severe winter of 2013-14 has lingering effects

As the summer season draws near, thoughts of picnics, swimming, boating and other warm-weather activities come to mind, with any thoughts of the winter season far behind us.However, Marquette city officials have been thinking about winter weather - and not even from the winter of 2014-15, but ...

Presque Isle marina project a good one for city

What's a summer in Marquette without a marina? Or, in fact, any sizable town on a Lake Superior shore?The Presque Isle Marina is scheduled to receive improvements this summer, including a new boat launch, skid piers and a parking lot. Toward that end, the Marquette City Commission recently ...

War against sea lamprey is worth waging

If you live on or near the shores of any of the Great Lakes, the subject of invasive species is one you very likely pay close attention to.In recent times, the issue of Asian carp has been in the forefront. The federal government, assisted by several states - principally in the Great Lakes ...

Marquette girls softball team has great season

Congratulations go out today to the Marquette Senior High School girls softball team, which played in the state regional tournament this past weekend at Saginaw Valley State University.The squad fell to a tough Lapeer team, 2-1, to end its season with an overall 28-7-2 record. It was the first ...

Local veterans step up, support county committee

At Tuesday's meeting of the Marquette County Board, area military veterans demonstrated their seemingly undying willingness to serve.In this case, having already given military service to their country, nearly a dozen vets volunteered for a single appointment to the county's Veterans' Affairs ...

Volunteers needed to fill out ranks for Petunia Pandemonium

Along the edges of U.S. 41 in south Marquette, where only a few months ago there were snowbanks piled higher than we care to recall, the bright colors of spring have replaced the white heaps to usher in a new season.Friday marked the beginning of the 27th annual Petunia Pandemonium here in ...

Reach & Rise doing wonderful work in community

We are steadfast in the belief that there can never be too many programs to help children which is why we are fans of Reach & Rise, a program that was launched almost two years ago by the YMCA of Marquette County.The Reach & Rise mentorship program pairs adults with "at-risk" ...

Deposit discovery just the start of a long process

When Rio Tinto started staking out its Eagle Mine in northern Marquette County, many people thought it was the start of another mining boom in the Upper Peninsula.It appears that might be the case, too, with current Eagle Mine owner Lundin Mining Corp. announcing this week that it has found ...

Marquette a very good place for millennials

Marquette might be a nice place to retire, but apparently it's also a good place for millennials to seek jobs.The consumer finance website NerdWallet analyzed data from the U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey. A subsequent study showed the city ranked 23rd on the best places in the ...

Marvin Gibson sets shining example with Boy Scouts

One has to absolutely love Marvin Gibson, the Superiorland resident who made news this week relative to his work with Boy Scouts of America.Gibson, who is from Marquette, was honored Sunday for 70 years of service to scouting."This is what it's all about, it's working with the kids," a self ...

Presque Isle Park erosion problems a top concern

Mother Nature has been doing its work at Presque Isle Park, eroding some shoreline sections of the popular recreational site.A decade ago, the Marquette City Commission launched a study of island erosion areas which found that the west side of the island - which is actually a peninsula - was ...

Just getting started is ‘100 Deadliest Days’ for teens behind wheel

According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, we have just recently entered the "100 Deadliest Days," of summer, that period between Memorial Day and Labor Day when fatal teen automobile crashes historically climb.The foundation has just released a report showing nearly two-thirds of ...

Safety always first when recreating on, near water

There's no doubt about it, Marquette's beaches are a popular attraction during the summer months.People from all around flock to the shores of Lake Superior to enjoy a wide array of activities, from the more intense things like beach volleyball and Frisbee to the leisurely ones like simply ...

Commission made correct decision in park tobacco issue

The Marquette City Commission made the right decision Tuesday in regard to a tobacco policy at Presque Isle Park.Commission and the city's Presque Isle Advisory Committee have been wrestling with controlling smoking in the city park for many months, with input from citizens and a health-focused ...

Beautification effort in Ishpeming right on track

There's nothing wrong with putting in a little effort to clean up a city, and Ishpeming is one of those cities, making itself a more beautiful place in which to live and visit.The city is working with volunteers to clean up the city, with the Downtown Development Authority putting in benches ...

Good advice on energy savings given to MAPS board

Members of the Marquette Area Public Schools Board of Education last week received some good advice from a Marquette Senior High School student on ways to save money on energy costs.The student, Evan Bonsall, noted that, "It's not something that simply applies to people who use a lot of energy ...

Memorial Day a time to pause and consider

It's never a very good idea, we believe, to become too technologically proficient at war.While we quickly agree that high tech can reduce casualties and minimize what's known as collateral damage - innocent civilians who had the bad fortune to be in the wrong place at the wrong time - seeing ...

Memorial Day a time to pause and consider

It's never a very good idea, we believe, to become too technologically proficient at war.While we quickly agree that high tech can reduce casualties and minimize what's known as collateral damage - innocent civilians who had the bad fortune to be in the wrong place at the wrong time - seeing ...

We’ll take 99 percenters any day of the week

Certainly at this point most people here and elsewhere know about the deadly shooting and related violence that took place recently in Waco, Texas, where a handful of rival biker gangs went toe-to-toe reportedly over territorial issues.One week ago, nine people were killed and another 18 or so ...

Red noses signify much more than Rudolph

The red nose is becoming known for more than just Rudolph.The international fundraising campaign Red Nose Day is a program by the nonprofit Comic Relief, Inc. It aims to combine laughter and charity to benefit kids in poverty.Some of the charities that benefit from the fund include the Boys and ...