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Editorial

Virtual art a great way to give students experience

For students at Northern Michigan University’s School of Art and Design, every semester ends with a senior exhibition. This event allows graduating seniors to present their final projects in the DeVos Art Museum on campus. This makes sense. For such majors, their work is visual, and what ...

Drive-through virus testing to be offered in Marquette area

We were pleased to see information reported by Mining Journal professional staff last week that the Superior Walk-in and Family Health Center plans to start offering limited drive-through COVID-19 testing at its clinic along U.S. 41 in Marquette Township for six hours per week starting on ...

Brookridge employees recognized for great work during crisis

First responders and workers on the frontlines at hospitals, clinics, assisted living communities, nursing homes and other caregiving facilities are facing tremendous challenges right now. They are confronted with the absolutely enormous, exhausting and essential task of protecting ...

Song of hope guaranteed to bring tear to eyes

Through the difficult days of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Upper Peninsula residents have shown time and again care and concern for their neighbors in a variety of ways. From hearts in windows to food offerings for hungry families placed on tables in front of a closed bar to meals ...

Former First Lady of NMU leaves lasting memories

Northern Michigan University lost one of its shining lights on Monday after the passing in Jacksonville, Florida, of June Jamrich, the wife of former NMU President John X. Jamrich. “The Northern community is sad to learn of Mrs. Jamrich’s passing,” NMU President Fritz Erickson said in a ...

More coronavirus testing needed before state reopens

Many business owners are losing patience with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s “Stay Safe, Stay at Home” order to limit the spread of COVID-19. They have no or little income coming in, putting their livelihoods in jeopardy. Even people who don’t own businesses probably are feeling a little ...

‘Old Ish’ vandalism a particularly nasty thing to do

The area’s been through this before, with previous vandalisms of the Father Marquette and Phil Niemisto statues in the city of Marquette. Now the city of Ishpeming is a victim with the recent vandalism to the “Old Ish” statue on Main Street. According to RoadsideAmerica.com, the statue ...

State must be reopened but at the right time

Trust us when we say we want the economy opened back up as much as anyone. We believe the Marquette area, just like the rest of the state and nation, is chomping at the bit to get things back to as close to normal as they could be. That said, opening up things too soon could spark a ...

Road relocation project should be worth the wait

The stretch of Lakeshore Boulevard between Wright and Hawley streets is a beloved section of road, what with its proximity to Lake Superior and providing a view of the Lake Superior and Ishpeming Railroad Ore Dock. Right now, though, it looks like a war zone following a Nov. 27 storm that ...

Dog enrichment grant great for UPAWS

For a dog, being in a shelter, in most circumstances, is better than being on the street. At least it has a roof over its head, food and water. But as with people, basic needs will get you through the day, but life is much more enjoyable with a little enrichment. So, it’s good to hear the ...

Davis Campana a good addition to city commission

It wasn’t the most orthodox way of picking a new member of the Marquette City Commission, but we believe the result is good for the city. The meeting was unorthodox anyway, being the second one held virtually through Zoom because of the social distancing urged during the COVID-19 ...

Idling of Tilden Mine during virus outbreak not a surprise

Even casual observers of the business scene could see the decision made by Cleveland-Cliffs Inc. Monday afternoon to idle the Tilden Mine in National Mine coming from a mile away. The company, in an announcement sent to local and business media, blamed problems caused by the COVID-19 outbreak ...

Small biz groups supporting Whitmer executive order

We join small business groups from across the state of Michigan in backing the tough decision made by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to extend the “Stay Home, Stay Safe” executive order until April 30. Whitmer reportedly wanted a longer period while Republicans supported something shorter. What ...

UPHS-NMU partnership helpful during pandemic

Many places are struggling during the COVID-19 crisis, but during a pandemic, a hospital has particularly difficult challenges. Fortunately, many groups have come out in support of Upper Peninsula Health System-Marquette, including Northern Michigan University. NMU donated two drying ovens ...

Political unity should be key focus in COVID-19 decision

It was a given that Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s COVID-19 emergency declaration would be extended. The question was: By how long? On Tuesday, Michigan residents got their answer. The Republican-led Michigan Legislature lengthened the Democratic governor’s declaration by 23 days — through ...

Take a Marquette Moment to say ‘Howdy’

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s Stay Safe, Stay at Home” order is needed in these COVID-19 times, but staying connected with other people is important as well. That’s when it’s time to take a moment – a Marquette Moment. The Marquette City Commission recently approved a proclamation for ...

Area grocery stores being responsible during pandemic

Just about everybody has had to adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes essential industries such as grocery stores. That’s understandable; people need food. Not everyone has a backup freezer where they can store weeks or even months worth of food. Some local gardeners grow their ...

Better times coming: Working together, we can get through this

The last few weeks have been full of uncertainty for many of you here in Superiorland when it comes to the COVID-19 coronavirus, and we wanted today to provide you with an update on how we’ve been covering the crisis here at The Mining Journal and the resources we have made available so you ...

Ending school year a difficult choice for Gov. Whitmer

It’s a tough decision to make, but it’s the right one. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Thursday issued Executive Order 2020-35, which dictates that all K-12 school buildings close for the remainder of the school year, unless restrictions are lifted, which seems unlikely considering the ongoing ...

Community is commended for helping Room at the Inn

It could have just been a “tough luck” situation for a population that’s seen its share of tough luck. Fortunately, the community has stepped up to help people who need emergency shelter amidst the COVID-19 crisis, in which social distancing is playing a bit part to curtail the ...