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Editorial

Thomas Theatre Group program serves people with special needs

You have to admire a program operated by the new theater company in the area that makes it easier for people with special needs to go to the movies.The company, the Thomas Theatre Group, operates a state-of-the-art facility at 1525 Commerce Drive, in Marquette Township. Area movie goers we talk ...

RAP hotline does good work for many years

A program maintained by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources designed to catch and convict poachers has done good work while getting very little publicity over the years.According DNR statistics, the Report All Poachers or RAP initiative produces about 6,500 criminal complaints each ...

DNR doing its job with close monitoring of proposed mine project

Within a couple of weeks, Michigan Department of Natural Resources Director Keith Creagh could decide to approve a Canadian company's bid to use more than 10,000 acres of state land for limestone and dolomite mining in the eastern Upper Peninsula.We're pleased to see that Creagh is taking his ...

Ishpeming Ski Club carries on area’s ski jumping tradition

The annual ski jumping tournament at Suicide Hill proved that the exciting sport is still alive and well in the community after being practiced there for 128 years.Although experiencing ups and downs since Norwegian immigrants first piled up snow on hills around Ishpeming to launch off of in ...

Sled dog weekend is just around corner

The excitement is building for the 25th running of the U.P. 200 Sled Dog Championship. Events, include the U.P. 200, Jack Pine 30 and Midnight Run.The races kick off two weeks from today, with the U.P. 200 and Midnight Run starting Friday, Feb. 13 at 7 p.m. and approximately 8:30 p.m., ...

NMU botched handling of Kyle-Carter status

Recent events surrounding the Northern Michigan University hockey program had the entire community talking about what happened. Certainly, it was the topic of conversation at many gatherings for days following the announcement that coach Walt Kyle and assistant athletic director Bridget Berube ...

Presque Isle smoking ordinance raises questions

Fire safety and health and environment issues are important issues to consider, especially when it concerns one of the area's premier attractions: Presque Isle Park.How to keep these issues in check, however, is debatable.The Marquette City Commission is looking at developing an ordinance to ...

Vets initiative by Benishek long overdue

Given the amount of bad, though revealing, press that the Veterans Administration has dealt with in recent times, any news that suggests the people inside the Beltway are finally getting the message and putting together meaningful programs to support veterans must be viewed as very good ...

Third Street plans a good move for site, city

We like plans being made by a handful of businesses located along North Third Street in Marquette and the Marquette Downtown Development Authority to improve the structures' facades plus complete other work.The three buildings are located at 927 N. Third St., Vango's Pizza and Cocktail Lounge; ...

Obama, Snyder addresses generated little interest

On Tuesday, viewers on television and the Internet had the opportunity to hear directly from Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and President Barack Obama as the two leaders detailed accomplishments and priorities moving forward in separate addresses.Unfortunately, very few people watched.Viewership for ...

SmartZone steps continue to be taken

We were pleased to report last week that the city of Marquette's Local Development Finance Authority entered into an agreement with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation to designate the city as a SmartZone.The step is one in a series of steps needed to complete the SmartZone process ...

Noquemanon has something for everyone

We have arrived at the weekend when one of the best events of the winter blesses the community: the Noquemanon Ski Marathon.Skiing, snowshoeing, skijoring and snow biking are all on the agenda as part of the Noque, now in its 17th year. In fact, from the Junior Noque today to Saturday's big ski ...

Contest could help ice arena receive upgrades

Marquette has been home to ice rinks for more than a century, beginning with such natural skating surfaces as the old Cinder Pond where early rough and tumble hockey games were played.A major improvement to skating and the sport of hockey came in 1921, when the famed Palestra ice arena was ...

FOIA reform measure adds much transparency

Holding Michigan government more accountable just got a bit easier.Gov. Rick Snyder recently signed into law HB 4001, which creates the most significant reform in Michigan's Freedom of Information Act since it was originally crafted in 1976 in the wake of the Watergate scandal.Basically, the ...

Church’s Free Store providing valuable, needed service

A program maintained by Grace United Methodist Church in Marquette is doing a lot to help people struggling financially.It's called the Free Store and it is exactly what its name implies: It provides goods to people having a hard time to make ends meet."Every person living in this country ...

MLK Day a time to reflect on man’s accomplishments

Today is Martin Luther King Day, set aside to honor the life accomplishments of the man who is most closely associated with the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s.A number of activities are planned locally and that's something we're glad to see. Despite Dr. King's contributions and ...

Electrical agreement represents much work, compromise

News was issued by Gov. Rick Snyder and Attorney General Bill Schuette Tuesday of a major development in the Upper Peninsula's electric crisis. Four key agreements in principle were reached which would fit together interlocking pieces to resolve one of the most significant problems the region ...

Federal grants will support U.P. natural resources

Upper Peninsula forest lands will benefit from a round of federal grants announced this week.In fact, Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota are in line to receive money for land, water and forest conservation projects.The U.P.'s slice of this particular federal pie is part of $5 million granted to ...

Volunteers needed for next week’s Noquemanon

In one week, one of the winter's most iconic events will begin.It's not too late to help with this wonderful weekend of fun known as The Noquemanon Ski Marathon.The Noque is seeking volunteers to help with activities when some 1,000 competitors from all over the country flock to Marquette ...

Coordinated efforts protected vital U.P. land tract

The natural beauty of the southern shore of Lake Superior and the adjacent lands in the Upper Peninsula are becoming more widely known, and efforts to protect them in their natural state are expanding, as well.One of the more recent preservation projects includes a diverse coalition of ...