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Editorial

Giving books a good home a noble undertaking

Unwanted books are a sad thing. However, thanks to efforts from several caring K.I. Sawyer residents, that literary population is on the decrease. Melissa Derby is founder of Read UP Bookmobile, a book exchange program that promotes literacy in the Upper Peninsula. Derby got the idea for ...

Arts and culture very important to area’s vitality

If a community, any community, can find its beating heart in its economic energy, employment opportunities and business acumen, it could be argued, we believe, that a community’s non-religious soul is centered in its arts and culture community. There is something singularly wonderful in ...

Sawyer residents, businesspeople planning for future

Give the folks who live and work at K.I. Sawyer credit. Rather than simply sitting and stewing about the challenges their particular area faces, people are meeting those challenges head on, starting with identifying what the issues are and potential solutions. That process includes focus ...

State initiative to support international skiing a great idea

Big money always talks and this past week it was talking about world class skiing. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and other high-ranking folks in the sports world and business communities gathered at the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame in Ishpeming Wednesday. Their reason? To announce a major push ...

New business recognizes importance of people’s pets

If anyone needed any additional proof that people’s pets are important to them and the animal’s passing is very often devastating, the establishment of a Negaunee business should confirm the role Fido and Boots can play. Compassionate Pet Care of the U.P. is, as far as we can see, the ...

Classic Cars on Third Car Show great fundraiser

Saturday marks the third annual Classic Cars on Third Car Show, a chance to check out some beautiful machines, but more importantly, an opportunity to honor a young woman who was taken from this Earth too soon. The show is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday on North Third Street in downtown ...

Demolition of Marquette Mall a sign of times

The proverbial “all good things must come to an end” has again reared its ugly head, this time with a location that used to be one of Marquette’s most visited and beloved landmarks. The Marquette Mall, once home to over 50 establishments, including a cinema, a restaurant, an arcade and ...

It’s time to rethink Gwinn schools sinking fund millage

Even though your wants and needs might be urgent, sometimes it’s better to stand back and wait a bit before pressing forward. The Gwinn Area Community Schools Board of Education on Monday decided not to pursue asking for a sinking fund millage in the Nov. 5 election. That’s a wise move. ...

None dare call it ‘conspiracy’

After the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, investigators discovered that the lone man assigned to guard the president, John Parker, had abandoned his post to watch the play from an adjacent box at Ford’s Theater. Worse, at intermission, Parker adjourned to a nearby saloon to have drinks with ...

Study suggests carp would do well in Lake Michigan

If anyone among us thought the fight to keep the Asian carp out of the Great Lakes was all but won, a new report just out in recent days should put a stop to those thoughts. The University of Michigan research paper found that the species would likely flourish if it ever made it to Lake ...

Local volunteers do great job cleaning up Lower Harbor

A group of intrepid volunteer divers supported by volunteers and others on shore spent a good part of Saturday at Marquette's Lower Harbor, bringing a wide variety of objects to the surface for disposal, including but not limited to tires large and small, car batteries and metal ...

Climate change getting harder to deny, ignore

The scientific research and evidence surrounding climate change is continuing to grow and the devastating impacts that information predicts should not be ignored any longer. Whatever your position on climate change — whether you believe it, consider it a hoax, think it’s the natural ...

State senior citizens summit should be worth attending

A gathering set for next Monday on the campus of Northern Michigan University that is expected to include state Rep. Sara Cambensy and state Attorney General Dana Nessel should be worth attending. Dubbed a senior citizens summit, a press release sent out by Cambensy’s office indicates at ...

O2S provides best in mountain bike racing

The Ore to Shore Mountain Bike Epic is always a highlight of summer in the Upper Peninsula. Saturday will be the 20th anniversary edition of Michigan’s largest mass start, point to point MTB event. The O2S is not just a race but a whole set of races: the 48-mile Hard Rock, which has a 10 ...

Stanaway a great choice for U.P. Vet of the Year honors

Bernie Stanaway Jr., the current commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3165 in Negaunee, has been named 2019’s Upper Peninsula Veteran of the Year, and we believe there are few candidates more worthy of this recognition than him. When Stanaway joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 1992, ...

Local garden aficionados worthy of state recognition

First impressions can be deceiving, but they also can be revealing. Visitors traveling from the east into the city of Marquette didn’t used to have the sights they do now, which in the summer are masses of flower blooms. They are a result of Petunia Pandemonium, spearheaded by the ...

Participate in process — get out and vote today

With significant numbers of people reportedly feeling disenfranchised from the governments that represent them at multiple levels, voters in Superiorland and elsewhere will have an opportunity today to cast ballots in the 2019 August primary election. If past performances are any indicator ...

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 ...