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Editorial

Annual DNR land auction may offer opportunities

Looking for a deal on wooded property that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg? If so, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources might have just the ticket. Starting next Tuesday, the agency will hold its annual winter auction of surplus public land. This time around, the DNR will offer 147 ...

TKE members to complete run after tragic accident

We hope the streets of Marquette this afternoon were full of spectators cheering on a special group of young men, who are showing great strength through adversity. These young men are the Theta-Iota chapter of the Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity at Northern Michigan University. Each year, the ...

Holiday parade, tree lighting a great family event

With nearly 50 inches of snowfall for the season so far, we’ve already got the “white Christmas” part checked off in spades. After a visit from our favorite North Pole resident on Friday, our holiday spirit should be firing on all cylinders. The ninth annual Marquette Winter Snow Fun ...

County prosecutor’s office deserves some more help

Prosecutor’s offices typically are busy places, but the Marquette County office has been particularly active the past seven years. County Prosecuting Attorney Matt Wiese said the office had 427 authorized felony files in the county in 2012, with the number projected to rise to 681 this ...

Consider donating to Cheer Club this holiday season

The turkey has been carved, and the mashed potatoes and stuffing are just a distant memory now. That means The Mining Journal’s annual Cheer Club, a community toy and gift drive to give back to those in need, is in full swing. Community members are invited to donate toys at designated ...

Marquette Music Hall of Fame important to local music scene

The Red Room at the Masonic Center was rocking Saturday night as the Class of 2019 for the Marquette Music Hall of Fame was inducted. Musicians, teachers, a venue, a radio station and even a newspaper reporter were part of this year’s class, the third set of inductees for the hall, which is ...

Local book is a great reminder of where we come from

In a world dominated by electronic communication, where our connected devices use GPS to tell us where we are and how to get to our next destination, sometimes it’s easy to forget where we have been. The Champion-Beacon-Humboldt Historical Society has published a comprehensive two-volume ...

Big tech boost for homeless families is welcome news

Have you ever been asked ì”what would you do with a million dollars?î” For Goodwill Industries of Northern Michigan this was more than a party icebreaker question. The Traverse City-based organization was invited to apply for a grant — 5 weeks later, they had it — $1.25 ...

Consider what to be grateful for this Thanksgiving

William Arthur Ward, an inspirational writer from the mid 20th century said: “Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” Ward’s words are so very true. On this Thanksgiving Eve, let’s take a few moments to share a few random bits of ...

The Impeachment Pseudo-event

“The Image: A Guide to Pseudo-Events in America” is the title of a 1960s book by historian and librarian of Congress Daniel Boorstin. Pseudo-events, he wrote, are staged solely to generate news media coverage. Real events involve independent actors and have unpredictable outcomes. ...

Slow down on Commerce Drive in Marquette Twp.

Just because you can drive relatively fast doesn’t mean you should. Marquette Township officials are formally requesting a traffic speed and engineering study of Commerce Drive, a busy corridor between Werner Street to Wright Street, from the Marquette County Road Commission and the ...

Long wait in city of Ishpeming may be over very soon

It’s been far too long since the city of Ishpeming had itself a fully committed manager, but the wait may nearly be over. Mark Slown left the post almost six months ago, and after a botched attempt or two at hiring his replacement, it appears the Ishpeming City Council has finally found the ...

Snow-vember not too soon to discuss snow days

We heard that legislators were already talking about what to do about snow day debt. In November. Yes, it’s wild that we’re already thinking about surpassing the state-granted six cancellation days for reasons beyond their control,î like snow. But it’s also wild that many schools ...

Upper Peninsula football teams deserve our support

Upper Peninsula high school football fans will have an opportunity to watch two U.P. teams playing in the Superior Dome in Marquette in Michigan High School Athletic Association postseason action this weekend. Tonight, in a Division 7 semifinal, the Iron Mountain Mountaineers host the ...

Give the gift of reading this holiday season

With the holidays rapidly approaching, most of us have begun the process of brainstorming for potential gift ideas. Naturally, we feel there are few gifts greater than that of the written word, and we aren’t alone in that feeling. The Marquette-Alger Reading Council, which promotes literacy ...

Environment must still be considered going forward

Tired of hearing about climate change yet? Many people believe a lot more needs to be said. Noted climate activist Dr. David Suzuki spoke at the Nov. 7 celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Superior Watershed Partnership, which has been at the forefront of many climate-related activities ...

Homelessness still a very real issue in Marquette County

Sleeping outside in the elements can be a fun experience — if you’re camping, and you’ve got all the necessary gear and a nice summer breeze is rolling through the trees. That and a campfire and a few hotdogs can make for a pretty pleasant evening. But what if you’re sleeping outside ...

Another opinion: Same-day voter registration seems to be a big hit

We checked the box to vote for no-reason absentee ballots when the question came up in 2018. We weren’t alone. Michigan voters screamingly affirmed the “Promote the Vote” Proposal 3 question two-to-one, putting same-day voter registration and other changes in motion. Nov. 5’s ...

Expecting to witness a sea of blue and white for Hematites game

After a back-and-forth battle on Nov. 9 that was anyone’s game until the Hematites finally pulled away in the fourth quarter to top Lake Linden-Hubbell 30-18, Ishpeming is now headed to Mount Pleasant to face the Beal City Aggies (10-1) at 1 p.m. today for the MHSAA Division 8 regional ...

Wishing hunters a successful and safe season

An Upper Peninsula tradition began at dawn this morning when the firearm deer season opened, sending thousands of Yooper hunters to their camps and bringing thousands of Midwesterners to the area for a chance to bag an elusive buck. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has issued a ...