Editorial

Wildcat fans to rock Berry center this weekend

Calling all Northern Michigan University hockey fans. This weekend NMU host the first round of the WCHA playoffs going up against Alaska-Fairbanks. The playoffs will be the best-of-three series including a Sunday game if necessary. NMU is on spring break so most of the students won’t be at ...

Forecasting tool for cold-weather shipping a good project

Research being conducted now should provide both the U.S. Coast Guard and the commercial shipping industry with a valuable new tool in navigating the Great Lakes during cold-weather months. University of Michigan researchers, using a $10,000 grant from the Graham Sustainability Institute, are ...

Drivers: move over and slow down, please

Michigan’s new “Emergency Vehicle Caution Law” — also known as the “Move Over Law” — took effect this month. Drivers now must slow to 10 mph below the posted speed limit when passing any stopped emergency vehicle: ambulances, police cruisers, fire trucks or wreckers. Anyone who ...

Isle Royale historic designation entirely appropriate

Isle Royle has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places, something we suspect a great many people thought had already happened. The nomination covers not only the main island proper but more than 450-plus islands and surrounding waters in Northern Lake Superior. Isle Royale has ...

Lakeshore Boulevard relocation project has much promise

Lakeshore Boulevard stretches for miles along the Lake Superior shoreline in the city of Marquette, from south of Founders Landing and the Lower Harbor ore dock all the way north to Presque Isle and the city’s Upper Harbor. It’s not uncommon for tourists and locals alike to be seen ...

Time to cheer for your favorite local sports teams

Despite the endless snow and the bitter cold of recent days, this, for many, is a most wonderful time of the year as many sports seasons have their exciting finales. Tonight, for instance, will find champions crowned in boys basketball districts. Local teams in the hunt are Marquette, who ...

Great health care going on at UP Health System-Bell

Most of the ink and airtime locally that’s devoted to the health care industry is about UP Health System-Marquette. And not unreasonably, with the huge hospital construction project ongoing and the fact the Marquette facility is a regional referral center. But that doesn’t mean top health ...

Trump campaigns while assaulting Constitution

WASHINGTON — As Donald Trump brazenly attempts to rob Congress of its constitutional power of the purse, he seeks to divert public attention by assailing the large field of 2020 Democratic presidential candidates. He is eager to turn the run-up to the next national election into a premature ...

Keeping printed words alive

In a world where new discoveries in technology are being made every day, our attention spans have only grown shorter. One local resident has found a way to confront that in her own special way. Melissa Derby, who lives in K.I. Sawyer, has started a “pass-along” book program to get used ...

First U.P. shooting range good for area

If all goes to plan, Sands Township will be the site of the first public shooting range in the Upper Peninsula. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources had been looking into constructing and operating such a range for some time. Its first official attempt to get one OK’d failed to get ...

Whitmer won’t appear on national ballot in 2020

As the 2020 presidential race heats up and declared candidates start looking around for viable running mates, some experts are predicting that the Democratic Party ticket will include a woman. After all, record numbers of women were elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2018 and it ...

Spread Goodness Day all about little acts of kindness

Readers are reminded that March 15 is just around the corner, when Spread Goodness Day is being observed this year. Not familiar? The first Spread Goodness Day was observed last year. Organized and promoted by local resident Anna Dravland, the day is set aside to, simply put, emphasize ...

Depression a malady that impacts lives of many residents

Ever have a downright terrible day? You’re concerned about financial problems at home, and your boss is pushing you to get that project done earlier than expected, then your car breaks down and you’ve got no way to take your kid to her basketball game. Sounds like a day that might make you ...

Cambensy on right track with new mining legislation

Minerals extraction is among the bedrock ways Upper Peninsulans have made livings going back a century and much more. At one time, thousands of U.P. residents were employed in mining, either directly or indirectly. Working iron ore and copper mines dotted the landscape and unemployment ...

Trenary Outhouse Classic a truly unique experience

The Trenary Outhouse Classic, which is running under the slogan, “Legend or Myth? You Decide...” will hold its 26th annual event on Saturday. Festivities kick off at noon, and races will begin at 2 p.m., although attendees are encouraged to come out early for a Yooper-style outhouse ...

Campus tech mulled at new Beaumier Center exhibit

For older adults, it’s a blast from the past. For young people, it’s a chance to learn about how far we’ve come. It’s the new exhibit at the Beaumier Upper Peninsula Heritage Center on the campus of Northern Michigan University. “From Chalk to Light Boards: Technology at NMU” ...

Alternative high school finds new ways to learn

The teen years aren’t easy. Periods of transition usually come with issues, and being in that age group is challenging, particularly in an educational setting. Marquette Alternative High School is for students who would be better served in a less-traditional secondary school setting. That ...

Iron Mountain VA facility cited for doing great work

It wasn’t all that long ago that we were using this space to criticize the Department of Veteran Affairs for running shoddy and substandard VA hospitals around the country. Several national investigations had found horrifying deficiencies at several big regional hospitals including but not ...

Whitmer speech dress gets much downstate attention

By now, many readers are aware of the media dust up that took place last week about the clothing Gov. Gretchen Whitmer wore to her first State of the State address, specifically her blue dress. One of the local television stations in that part of the state, Fox 2, did a story following the ...

Reuse of old pier in Lower Harbor has great deal of promise

Not too long ago, Marquette’s Lower Harbor was a dirty, industrial site — a blemish on Lake Superior’s shoreline that stood out like a spot of black mold on an old green pepper. With some imagination though, along with collaboration and a healthy dose of financial investment, the harbor ...