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Editorial

Veterans can be honored locally with brick purchased

Here’s a great way to show veterans you appreciate their individual and group sacrifices while adding to an existing memorial. The Marquette Veterans Memorial in Harlow Park is locally well known as a place of reflection and solitude. The memorial itself was dedicated on Veterans Day in ...

Presence of COVID-19 variant a cause for concern in the UP

These past couple of weeks, we have been blessed with what seems to be an early wave of spring — but it has been accompanied with another cause for concern. Additional cases of the B.1.1.7 COVID-19 variant have been confirmed in Marquette County by the Michigan Department of Health and ...

We need better child care and we need it as soon as possible

Even during the COVID-19 crisis, child care remains a concern. It has ramifications for Michigan’s economy, child care providers and the working families on which they rely. A recently released report from the Michigan League for Public Policy titled “Child Care Financing Reform: A ...

Munising News ending a run of 125 years

We note with sadness the apparent end of The Munising News, a weekly which has served Alger County for 125 years. Owners Willie and Nancy Peterson announced the paper and the Alger County Shopper, as well, will be ending their runs this month. Willie Peterson has been in the news business ...

UPHS-Marquette reports new scam, ‘spoofing’ in area

The experts call it phone spoofing, when, through the use of technology, third parties make it appear that the call they are placing is coming from a local number and entity. Spoofing is among the latest techniques used by flimflammers to bilk people out of their money and/or personal ...

NMU could be leader in region, state, if carbon neutral plan is embraced

Northern Michigan University has long been cherished as an institution that affords its students, staff and faculty a wide array of academic and research opportunities in a pristine location that offers a wealth of natural beauty and chances to recreate. However, a changing climate threatens ...

UPHS-Bell recognized for providing great medical care

In Marquette County, and indeed, the Upper Peninsula, the lion’s share of the attention on medical care facilities usually ends up focused on UP Health System-Marquette. And not unreasonably, we might note. The facility is designed as a regional referral center with many times the bed ...

Youngsters and seniors; area’s art project makes critical connections

Today’s Boomers and Beyond page (10A) features a story that is totally heartwarming. The story, submitted to The Mining Journal by Amelia Pruiett of the Marquette Arts and Culture Center, shares information about the Cherry Creek Intergenerational Art Project. The project was born as a way ...

NMU being a Voter Friendly Campus good for community

Do college students think about things such as voting in local elections? Don’t they have better things to do? After all, they aren’t really part of the “real world” yet, are they? Yes, they are, and apparently, many Northern Michigan University students feel the same way. NMU ...

Sen. Gary Peters recognized for Washington work

While most of officialdom in the nation’s capital and elsewhere has descended into partisan hell, U.S. Sen. Gary Peters, D-Bloomfield Hills, seems to have found a better way to do business. The understated lawmaker who was elected to his second six-year term in office last November, has ...

Here comes the sun, Sunshine Week 2021 that is

For most people, transparency in government is little more than an abstract concept that shows up from time to time in news reports but has little apparent impact on people’s daily lives. Of course, everyone wants to know what’s going on at city hall, when those goings on are important. ...

LGBTQ protections needed in state law

Sometimes it takes awhile for civil rights to be thoroughly protected. On second thought, that’s an understatement. Consider the length of time between slavery and the passage of the Civil Rights Act. That doesn’t mean we can’t speed up things a little. Earlier this week, an effort ...

Spreading goodness more important than ever after tough year

One small act of goodness can make a world of difference. When we share a smile, offer a kind word or help someone in need, those actions can be magnified and ripple outward, as they might inspire the recipient of an act of goodness to pass it on to another person. This simple yet beautiful ...

Pandemic has touched everyone, changed much in past 12 months

Today, March 11, officially marks one year since the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic. And when that inauspicious declaration was made, few people knew exactly what it would mean, or what we could expect in the weeks and months to come. This milestone marks a very ...

Please turn on those lights tonight

Tonight we hope our readers come together to take part in an event to remember those who have died in the COVID-19 pandemic. On Monday, it was announced Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist are marking the one-year anniversary of the first cases of COVID-19 being ...

Scammers are impersonating DEA agents this time

We’ve used this space on any number of previous occasions to warn readers that scams were afoot, everything from tax hustles to online flimflams. As a result, Mining Journal newsroom personnel have adopted something near a “nothing surprises us anymore” attitude about such things — ...

Bergman on right track in joining bipartisan group

Some weeks ago, the office of U.S. Rep. Jack Bergman, R-Watersmeet, announced the retired U.S. Marine Corps general had joined a bipartisan group dedicated to, among other things, creating a more efficient and better-working government in support of military members and their families. Under ...

8-18 Media news features lend a valuable youth perspective

There’s much we can learn from today’s youth. They can offer us fresh perspectives, as well as new ways of presenting ideas, which means adults can find themselves challenged and inspired by the viewpoints of a younger generation when they’re willing to learn from children and ...

Dunham’s Sports return is a welcome development for many

Area residents were pleased to learn this week that Dunham's Sports is returning to the Marquette market, after an absence of several years. The store is going to be located in the Westwood Mall along U.S. 41 in Marquette Township, in the space formerly occupied by Younkers. Company officials ...

Even with loosening restrictions, we must remain smart about virus

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Tuesday announced what is probably welcome news to many people: increased capacity limits in restaurants and expanded opportunities to visit residential care facilities. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services updated two of its epidemic orders to allow ...