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Editorial

Sustainability series is a wonderful way to prepare for future

We hope the general public takes note of what’s happening at Northern Michigan University next week. NMU’s EcoReps student organization has planned a series of events to mark “Sustainability Week: Facing the Future” starting Monday and going through Oct. 16. NMU announced the ...

Time to stop playing politics with COVID-19

The Upper Peninsula has seen a massive uptick in COVID-19 cases over the past three months. Back on July 8, the U.P. had 219 reported cases. As of Wednesday morning, that number has reached 2,939 cases. And this trend seems to be continuing its upward trajectory. Michigan’s seven-day ...

‘Forever chemicals’ need to be addressed

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel has sent a letter to Congressional leadership calling on Congressional committee leaders to protect service members, defense communities and the general public from PFAS, — or per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances — contamination associated with defense ...

A safe (and fun) Halloween means some planning

With Halloween just a few weeks away and no end to the COVID-19 pandemic in sight, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued a statement advising against many of the more traditional holiday activities, and asks that families consider more low-risk ways to celebrate instead. ...

Postal Service needs help

Talk for months about how inefficiency and lax security in the U.S. Postal Service may affect the upcoming presidential election has had an unfortunate side-effect: It has distracted attention from the agency’s very real, deeply rooted dilemma. Talk for months about how inefficiency and lax ...

Local elections are critical; candidate forums can help inform voters

While much of the focus is on national politics as we get closer to the Nov. 3 election, it’s critical to stay informed and engaged regarding local elections, as these elected officials shape our communities and our everyday lives. Due to this, the Marquette County League of Women Voters, a ...

Fire Prevention Month a good time to take inventory

On Thursday, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer proclaimed October as Fire Prevention Month — an effort to help spread the message of fire safety, protect Michigan residents, and save lives. Fatal fire data collected by MI Prevention — a statewide community risk reduction effort led by the Department ...

CCI purchase of Arcelor-Mittal looks to be positive

Cleveland-Cliffs Inc., already among the larger players in the iron ore and steel-producing businesses, is getting bigger. It was announced recently that the company, which owns and controls the active Tilden Mine in National Mine and idled Empire Mine in Palmer, plus other iron ore and ...

Wiese will do great work for PAAM

Marquette County Prosecuting Attorney Matt Wiese has been unanimously elected to serve as president of the Prosecuting Attorneys Association of Michigan. This is quite the honor. PAAM represents the state’s 83 county prosecuting attorney offices. According to the PAAM, Wiese has ...

Local program is unique way to battle suicide locally

The incidence of suicide has increased due to the COVID-19 pandemic across the country, with significant jumps among older Americans and veterans. Advocacy groups here in Superiorland and elsewhere have met this challenge with a variety of laudable responses, including one that received a ...

IPD personnel to receive funds for hazardous duty

Three cheers for the Ishpeming City Council, City Manager Craig Cugini and city Police Chief Steve Snowaert for doing the administrative work necessary to get a nice hazardous pay stipend for the city’s police department for its work during the pandemic. The council met last week and ...

PWPL opening doors to limited customer traffic starting Monday

It’s taken awhile but the Peter White Public Library in the city of Marquette is soon opening to the public. Closed to customer foot traffic since mid-March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the venerable institution will open its doors on a limited basis starting Monday. “We are definitely ...

National Public Lands Day well worth celebrating

Saturday marks National Public Lands Day, which is observed each year on the fourth Saturday of September. Since National Public Lands Day was established in 1994, it’s been marked by volunteers going out to restore and improve public lands throughout the nation. And although the COVID-19 ...

COVID-19 pandemic forces delay of Honor Flight

The coronavirus pandemic has altered all of our lives, seemingly putting many aspects of life on hold indefinitely. This has now come to include Mission XVIII of the Upper Peninsula Honor Flight. The flight was originally slated for May 20. However, the COVID-19 pandemic led to it being ...

Thanks to Lions Clubs for helping families who need it most

A parent’s worst nightmare is having a child become ill, especially with a life-threatening disease. September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and the Lions Clubs of the Upper Peninsula are doing their part to support multiple initiatives to help U.P. children and their families who are ...

Ginsburg passing leaves substantial legacy in nation

The Notorious RBG, as some admirers referred to her, has passed. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died Friday, at 87, of cancer. She was an icon to many Americans. Already, the battle over a successor has become heated, with ideology at the heart of the controversy. During the hours ...

U.P. sites among those left off historic list

It’s with regret that we report that a handful of sites in the state of Michigan — including several in the Upper Peninsula — have been removed from the National Register of Historic Places because, literally, they no longer exist. Specifically, the U.P. locations include the Beechwood ...

Marquette County Days of Caring a commendable community effort

Looking for a way to give back and connect with the community amid the COVID-19 pandemic? The United Way is introducing Marquette County Days of Caring, which kicks off Monday. The five-day event offers five ways to volunteer, give back and work toward a stronger community while maintaining ...

Still time to get involved with Yooper Uke Week

It’s not too late to get out of the house and have a different kind of fun by participating in the Hiawatha Music Co-op’s fifth annual Yooper Uke Week. There are outdoor events set for Saturday as part of this special week. Programs are free to all participants and are made possible ...

Heroes to be recognized by I.M. VA center

On Friday, the Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center will recognize three local heroes who were prisoners of war in conjunction with the National POW/MIA Recognition Day. The Iron Mountain-based VA medical center will be observing this day with a special luncheon for residents of its Community ...