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Editorial

Search and rescue team seeking volunteer members

The Marquette County Search and Rescue Team is looking for a few good volunteer men and women to join them in helping protect the community through a variety of rescue operations. According to Marquette County Sheriff Greg Zyburt, the 30-person team is staffed with everyone from retired ...

Volunteering a positive for everyone involved

Grace LaValley may not have seen it coming, but the folks at the D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans might have. The 86-year-old woman has been volunteering at the state-run facility for over two decades, and last month she was recognized for that service by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the ...

Coast Guard personnel are always ready for rescues

Visitors and residents of the Upper Peninsula and Wisconsin are blessed to have ready access to one of the Great Lakes for pleasure or commerce, or some combination of the two. Further, we are blessed to have the U.S Coast Guard to step in and lend emergency assistance, as it was recently ...

Don’t ‘borrow’ trouble to pay for higher education

Student loans, and as a general proposition, student debt, has been in the news recently. Indeed, most Democratic candidates have included a discussion on student loaning and the accumulated debt in their individual speeches. As a part of a public information campaign, the Michigan ...

Ishpeming has found new city manager

The search for a city manager in Ishpeming may finally be over. The Ishpeming City Council voted 4-1 to offer the position to former Sandisfield, Massachusetts, Town Administrator Fred Ventresco during a special meeting Wednesday. Ishpeming’s Interim City Manager Jim Lampman or Mayor ...

Finally, there’s movement in sale of Cliffs-Dow tract

It’s been a long time coming, but something actually might happen with the former Cliffs-Dow property along Lakeshore Boulevard. The Marquette City Commission on Monday OK’d a resolution of intent to sell the 32-acre parcel to Veridea Group, a real estate developer involved in many major ...

Democratic debates are much-watch TV

Tonight and Wednesday evening, Americans will have another chance to hear what the 20 current candidates for the 2020 Democratic nomination to run for president of the United States have to say. Tonight, appearing at the first debate in Detroit will be: Steve Bullock, Montana governor; Pete ...

Political/moral leadership needed in drug prices battle

The various Democratic candidates for president and the man who currently holds the office, Republican Donald Trump, can find little to agree on these days. That shouldn’t surprise anyone as political polarization is arguably at an all-time high. That said, the one issue that everyone, it ...

9/11 compensation fund good but debt must be addressed

Most people old enough to see it happen remember where they were when the Twin Towers fell. For many of us Americans, Sept. 11, 2001, will forever be a day of tragedy, one which rouses fearful memories of our country’s vulnerability to terrorism, and painful memories for the tremendous loss ...

Criminal record expungement can mean great deal

Bravo to the Michigan Bar Association and the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law for taking on what we suspect will become a rather substantial effort to expunge the records of people convicted of petty offenses which now are standing in the way of them getting loans, jobs and entrance ...

Italian Fest marks 120 years with this weekend’s edition

The St. Rocco - St. Anthony Society of Ishpeming will mark the 120th anniversary of its Italian Fest with a bang on Saturday. The festival will begin at noon at Al Quaal Recreation Area with free admission. Along with the day’s activities, the Ishpeming Fourth of July Committee partnered up ...

Weekend in Marquette replete with things to do

After last weekend’s absolutely fabulous Hiawatha Music Festival comes another wonderful weekend for Marquette residents and visitors alike, this one with three events in the city. First up is the Blueberry Festival in downtown Marquette on Friday, which offers a full day of fun, including ...

MAPS helping out with mental health services

Life has always been complicated, but that doesn’t mean it has to be handled the same way it’s always been handled. When it comes to mental health resources, much more attention is needed, especially in rural areas such as the Upper Peninsula. According to a recent article in the online ...

NPS taking steps to improve rescue, safety

We like the proactive steps being taken by Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore officials to improve emergency rescue capabilities and services in and around the park. Through a partnership with the Superior High Angle Rescue Professionals, the park has increased its technical rope rescue team ...

NMU on right track with medicinal plants program

An academic partnership Northern Michigan University announced recently that it had formed with Shimadzu Scientific Instruments Inc. in support of NMU's medicinal plant chemistry program seems to be one of those rare win-win situations. The collaboration includes an in-kind donation to equip ...

‘Adopt and amend’ a bad policy for state of Michigan

The will of the people is one of the most crucial tenets in American democracy, but apparently to many politicians in Michigan, and perhaps elsewhere, power and control seem to be more important concepts. The “adopt and amend” tactic used last year by Michigan’s Republican-controlled ...

Golf scramble to raise cash to benefit U.P. Children’s Fund

The seventh annual Grant Henriksen Memorial Golf Scramble to benefit the U.P. Children’s Fund is coming up soon and we hope as many people as possible participate in this effort to help a most worthy cause. The U.P. Children’s Fund strives to help make life a little easier for families in ...

Nostalgia: Fondly remembering how things used to be

Today is one of those days when people of a certain age can’t help but become a bit nostalgic for times past, for today is the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing On July 16, 1969, U.S astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins sat atop the mighty Saturn V rocket ...

Hiawatha music fest promises great weekend

Midsummer is upon us, and with it comes the 41st annual Hiawatha Traditional Music Festival. The event will feature traditional music performances, dances, workshops and more. Starting Friday, attendees from all walks of life will converge upon Tourist Park in Marquette, in what Festival ...

Employment’s glass ceiling needs to just disappear

Women have been in the workforce for decades in one capacity or another, but often have been in traditional roles, and when they did manage to break the “glass ceiling,” their paychecks weren’t always as big as their male counterparts’ take-home pay. Women in Michigan still earn just ...