Editorial

Congratulations to UP Health System- Marquette on move

Congratulations go out to everyone associated with making the move from the old hospital to the new $330-million hospital along Baraga Avenue in Marquette. It was a monumental task to move all the patients in one day and get them settled into the new hospital. From what we understand for the ...

Let’s see what new DNR office means

In a recent edition came the news that Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's administration has created a new office within the Michigan Department of Natural Resources that aims to focus on the outdoors not just as a natural resource worth preserving, but also an economic resource worth promoting. The new ...

Foster care is an important service for children in need

Every child deserves a positive influence in their lives, and foster parents can be that role model kids need. Though May is Foster Care Awareness Month and we’re already a few days into June, that doesn’t mean you can’t think about becoming a foster parent. As a matter of fact, the ...

Petunia planting a great activity for all ages

Spring is (finally) in the Upper Peninsula air, and that means it’s time for Petunia Pandemonium. The 31st annual event will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday on the west side of South Front Street in Marquette. Volunteers of all ages, businesses, organizations, churches and Scout troops are ...

Inspiration Orchard worthy of time from volunteers

There’s still time to head to the corner of York and North streets in Ishpeming to help transform a once-blighted property into an orchard with berry bushes and fruit trees. Partridge Creek Farm is leading the effort, and had asked for the support of volunteers today at the site between 9 ...

Young people should pursue teaching

A story that we ran in Tuesday, May 21’s Mining Journal out of Lansing said only 25 percent of Michigan teachers recommend the job. On Sunday in The Mining Journal, Bryan DeAugustine, NICE Community Schools superintendent, wrote an op-ed in defense of a career in education. We agree with ...

Legendary QB Bart Starr will be sorely missed

Whether you are a Green Bay Packers fan, hate that team or don’t follow the NFL, you had to admire Bart Starr, the legendary quarterback who died Sunday at the age of 85. Did you ever hear anyone say a bad word about the man? Starr became a superstar under the tutelage of Vince Lombardi, ...

Schools must report bullying: it’s now the law

Schools must report bullying, it's Michigan law and common-sense leadership Laws are not optional. If they were, they'd be called guidelines. Yet a Lansing State Journal investigation showed the majority of mid-Michigan school districts are not following Matt's Law, which requires all ...

Remembering our nation’s veterans

Who remembers the young man — just a boy, really — who was cut to pieces by German machine gun fire on June 6, 1944, his lifeless body falling to the sand of Omaha Beach? His comrades in arms, those still left among us, remember. They recall his name, his hometown, the trouble he got into ...

Another great U.P. Honor Flight is in the books

Congratulations to all who put in countless hours of work planning the 16th mission of the Upper Peninsula Honor Flight. On Wednesday, a plane full of Vietnam, Korean War and World War II veterans left Escanaba just a bit after sunrise and winged its way to Washington, D.C. These veterans, ...

Judge Greeley will be missed, but his legacy will live on

On Monday, May 20 retired U.S. Federal Magistrate Judge Timothy P. Greeley was honored during an official portrait unveiling recognizing his retirement. When Greeley applied for the magistrate judge position in 1988 he was only 33 years old and he became the youngest federal judge in the United ...

Always use caution when flying drones

One of the hottest electronic items being purchased the last couple of years has been drones. Being able to fly a drone with a camera on it is very exciting and we understand why it is such a popular item. What comes along with the enjoyment of flying a drone also comes the responsibility of ...

Salmon in the Classroom a great addition to schools

It’s easier to understand how fish grow when you actually watch them. Throughout the school year, area schools have been participating in the Salmon in the Classroom program in which the Michigan Department of Natural Resources provides the fish eggs, and the Fred Waara Chapter of Trout ...

We must make it clear we want to help Palestinians

Israelis understand that, at least under President Donald Trump’s administration, they have a staunch, valuable ally. Now it is time to make it clear to the Palestinian people that Washington wants to help them, too. Many enemies in the Middle East desire to wipe Israel off the map. The ...

Marquette Police Department deserves congratulations

The Marquette Police Department, long known as a highly professional agency with top people all through the ranks, has recently gone where no Upper Peninsula police department has gone, achieving accreditation from the Michigan Law Enforcement Accreditation Commission. The feat places MPD ...

So far, a spaceport at Sawyer airport seems like good idea

Is K.I. Sawyer going to turn into Cape Canaveral? Probably not quite, but there is an effort underway to establish spaceport operations and command center facilities in northern Michigan, and Sawyer is in the running. Involved in the effort is the Michigan Launch Initiative, a ...

Development of the IOHT kiln project good for the area

History buffs and just anyone who enjoys the Iron Ore Heritage Trail have an opportunity to support an effort that aims to resurrect the historical Carp River beehive kiln and feature it on the new destination plaza along the IOHT. Anyone who frequents the Marquette area is familiar with the ...

Play written by vet of year provides valuable insight

We encourage everyone to try to get to the Vista Theater in Negaunee to experience “The Brain Trust,” a play written by Marquette County Veteran of the Year Bill Hager. As detailed in a story this week by Mining Journal Staff Writer Lisa Bowers, Hager has dedicated his time to service of ...

New security system will have big upside for Marquette jail

As of Monday, the Marquette County Jail is the Upper Peninsula’s first jail to have a full-body scanning security system. The jail has begun using a Soter RS X-ray body scanner, made by OD Security North America. The X-ray scanner was needed, Marquette County Sheriff Greg Zyburt said, as ...

Short-term rentals worth watching in Chocolay Township

Short-term rentals. Ask nearby residents if they have an opinion on them, and likely you’ll receive a variety of strong-worded answers. The Chocolay Township Board on Monday voted 5-2 in favor of a new ordinance regulating all rentals, which include short-term ones. Short-term rentals ...