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Editorial

NMU student’s effort supporting local businesses

We absolutely applaud and support a fundraising effort being coordinated by a Northern Michigan University student who took on the project for one simple reason: He loves the Marquette-area community and wants to do something to help during these troubled times. “Unite Marquette” was the ...

Parade, reaching out to residents is commendable idea

With the COVID-19 pandemic hitting the state in March, residents have been battling the virus for nearly six months now. During these long months, many of us have faced previously unimaginable challenges, losses and hardships. Beyond that, many of us have faced some degree of isolation ...

Vista roof collapse in Negaunee impacts entire community

In an instant, the roof of the Historic Vista Theater in Negaunee collapsed on Wednesday morning. It’s heartrending to look at the photos of the collapsed area of the grand old structure. For nearly 100 years, the Vista has stood on Iron Street, the main drag through Negaunee. It opened on ...

Glendon resignation a real loss to Marquette district

There’s an old saw that holds, approximately, “There are few jobs more thankless than serving on a local school board.” The good people who volunteer to stand for election subject themselves and their families to a wide variety of harassments and abuses concerning the public education ...

Delta County bust: Puppy mill horror must be stopped

Puppy mills are horrific places and if anyone needs proof of that, they should visit the Delta Animal Shelter’s Facebook page and look into the face of a dog recently rescued from a suspected local puppy mill. It began with troopers from the Michigan State Police Gladstone post checking on ...

NMU’s BEAR Center receives financial shot in arm

Money may not be able to buy happiness but it certainly can help bolster a program designed to help people dealing with behavioral challenges and to train and provide research opportunities for budding professionals. That’s what we expect will happen with Northern Michigan University’s ...

Construction of new Beacon House is launched

Groundbreakings by their very nature suggest a beginning, a starting point beyond which the participants haven’t ventured. And while that might have been technically true of the ceremony Friday that launched construction of the new Beacon House in Marquette, rest assured visitors to ...

Recycling practices have become very important

Single-stream recycling is coming to Marquette County on Oct. 1, according to a recent Journal article. This change means residents of the Marquette County Solid Waste Management Authority’s constituent municipalities will soon be able to recycle their cardboard, paper materials, plastics and ...

Bell Hospital recognized in national ratings process

Congratulations to UP Health System-Bell on its latest achievement. For those who missed it, Bell on Wednesday announced that it has been awarded five stars in patient experience ratings by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The press release from Bell explains these ratings ...

Additional jobless benefits are better than nothing

There is some additional relief on the horizon for Michigan residents — not what many were hoping for, but still better than nothing. Michigan has applied for federal funding to provide an additional $300 a week in unemployment benefits amid the coronavirus pandemic — less than the $600 ...

New sheriff’s department app will come in handy

Maybe the last thing you need on your smartphone is another app, but this one might be worth it. The Marquette County Sheriff’s Office recently launched a new app to provide free access to local law enforcement information. The app is available on Apple IOS and Android mobile device ...

Lang a great choice to get Negaunee DDA up and running

The city of Negaunee had the right idea recently when it hired Mona Lang to get its Downtown Development Authority up and running. Lang, the recently retired Marquette DDA executive director, worked in that capacity for well in excess of 20 years. Negaunee, meanwhile, is reconstituting its ...

State of Michigan, others providing free face masks

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is putting her masks where her mouth is, so to speak, in rolling out a new component of the Mask Up Michigan effort. The state, conjunction with several other entities, will provide up to 4 million face masks to Michigan residents who want and need them. Low-income ...

Hope Starts Here Challenge a great way to give back

When a person is diagnosed with a brain tumor, it can be a life-changing situation that impacts many facets of life for the person and their loved ones. Due to this, Upper Michigan Brain Tumor Center — a collaboration between Northern Michigan University and UP Health System-Marquette — ...

Local LWV chapter reaches milestone goal

Congratulations go to the League of Women Voters of Marquette County for reaching a goal in a most timely matter. This year, the League of Women Voters is celebrating its 100th anniversary as well as the centennial of women across the country winning the right to vote with the passage of the ...

As school approaches, kids sound off on reopening

Parents have weighed in on reopening schools. Teachers have weighed in. Public health experts, too, along with cities, states and President Donald Trump. But what about the kids themselves? As the grown-ups fret, kindergartners to high schoolers faced with a range of scenarios for virtual ...

Naloxone kits could end up being lifesavers

NMU Pharmacy has received 492 naloxone kits from the Michigan Department of Human and Health Services. The kits will be distributed free of charge at NMU’s Fall Festival on Tuesday. Janice Nolan, a pharmacist at NMU Pharmacy, noted that data has shown suspected overdoses increased ...

Police asking for help in solving local homicide case

From time to time, police agencies in Superiorland and elsewhere ask for the general public’s help as they are working to solve cases. The kinds of cases can and have varied a great deal, touching on everything from stolen property to telephone/internet scams to missing persons. The very ...

Return of NMU students going to be different

It should come as a surprise to absolutely no one that the Marquette County Health Department is asking local residents to be extra mindful, cautious and considerate in terms of spreading COVID-19 now that students are starting to come back to Northern Michigan University. Because virus cases ...

Lions Pediatric Cancer Program supporting kids, families

A childhood cancer diagnosis can come with a range of physical, emotional, social and financial challenges for the child and their family. Due to this, the Lions Pediatric Cancer Program was developed as a way to support children and families who are impacted by such a diagnosis. The ...