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Editorial

Blueberry Fest poster design contest a fun, artistic activity

Although today's sloppy, late winter conditions might not look a lot like it, the warm days of summer are just ahead.If you're in the city of Marquette, that means a string of popular festivals and gatherings.One of the nicer ones that we've come to look forward to is the Blueberry Festival, ...

Fellow Flowers movement growing stronger by the day

Two native central Upper Peninsula women are blossoming on the national stage, evidenced by being featured on the "Today" show last Saturday.Tori (Koski) Sager, who grew up in Baraga, and MaryEllen "Mel" (Poutanen) Charbonneau, a Negaunee native, were the subject of a story by Erica Hill of ...

Mill permit revision process went way it was supposed to

In any large industrial operation there needs to be the proper environmental checks and balances.Regulatory agencies at the state and federal levels are charged with overseeing these controls, and how they carry out their mission is fairly straightforward and spelled out in the laws governing ...

Beware IRS scams as tax filing deadline approaches

The tax deadline of April 15 is fast approaching, so many people most likely are scrambling to file their returns in time. However, there's something they also should keep in mind: the possibility of an Internal Revenue Service scam.Marquette City Police have been seeing a recent surge in scams ...

Rolling Stone has no one to blame but itself

There is very little anyone can say in defense of Rolling Stone magazine's handling of the sexual assault story it published last year, which sent the University of Virginia campus and fraternity Phi Kappa Psi into turmoil."A Rape on Campus" by Sabrina Rubin Erdely was brimming with bad ...

New on-campus archive source will spark memories

An exhibit at the Central Upper Peninsula and Northern Michigan University Archives should interest men and women of a certain age, and, the university is betting, a great many others with an interest in local history, especially of the cultural and political types.The college's tumultuous era ...

Warming temps has made area ice covers hazardous

With springtime weather hitting the local area over the past couple of weeks, rain, sunshine and rising temperatures have been undermining the thickness and integrity of what was once solid ice over Lake Superior in the Marquette and Munising areas.Law enforcement and fire department officials ...

Journal’s annual Progress Edition a positive comment on community

It's that time of year when my pride as Publisher of The Mining Journal reaches a new high for the year.On Tuesday, we published our annual Progress Edition. This year's edition included 128 pages of good news about the Central Upper Peninsula.The annual Progress Edition is filled with positive ...

Hidden Talent tour brings message to Upper Peninsula

If you're a Detroit Tigers fan, watch the team on television and pay the least amount of attention to the commercials in the broadcasts, you know who Richard Bernstein is.A Detroit-area lawyer whose firm is among prime Tigers sponsors, Bernstein out of private practice these days, now serving ...

Despite disagreement on commission, trip to Tennessee worthwhile

A trip to Tennessee by the Marquette City Commission and some administration is a step in the right direction - literally - given the scope and importance of the pending hospital construction project.Duke LifePoint, of course, is located there, prompting the venture.Following discussion Monday, ...

Traffic study will be well worth time, trouble

Just as most motorists in the area are well aware that the spring pothole season is upon us, the Marquette City Commission is also talking about it.The commissioners did more than just talk about it this week, too, as they approved funding for a traffic study on one of the more well-traveled ...

Disabled workers an untapped resource in state

Employers who are having trouble finding qualified workers for their businesses should consider tapping into an overlooked resource: disabled people.That was the message in the spotlight during Tuesday's Marquette stop of the MI Hidden Talent tour, which, as its name says, is aimed at finding ...

Superior Trade Zone should spark new development

It might have been little more than a formality at this point but a state board has given its approval for local governments in Marquette and Delta counties to join forces to provide business incentives in a coordinated way through the Superior Trade Zone.The Michigan Strategic Fund board ...

State wage trends positive but more needs to be done

Passing almost unnoticed last week was a dollop of good economic news, sort of, for wage earners living in the state of Michigan.According to the U.S. Department of Commerce's Bureau of Economic Analysis, the per capita income in Michigan rose about 4 percent, a bit above the national average ...

Dissolving county road commission a novel, bad idea

Some local citizens, including one former Marquette County Commissioner, have recently suggested the idea of dissolving the Marquette County Road Commission, handing the responsibility of governing the county's road and transportation system over to the Marquette County Board.The county board ...

Hunt finishes epic Iditarod race in Alaska

Congratulations go out to Dr. Tim Hunt, a local veterinarian who recently participated in - and completed - the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race in Alaska.Hunt finished 45th at 2:45 p.m. EDT one week ago in a total of 12 days, zero hours, 37 minutes and 22 seconds.Hunt was mushing in his second ...

U.P. power easily evident in March Madness games

Madness? Nope. March has brought happiness to many Upper Peninsula athletic teams.For instance, the Marquette Sentinels City Insurance girls hockey team is competing for a national title at the USA Hockey Tier II Girls 19-Under national tournament in Lansing.Winners of the state championship, ...

Transformation of old Coast Guard property moves on

Another step is being taken in the long journey to have the old U.S. Coast Guard property on Marquette's Lower Harbor transferred to the city.This action involves the Coast Guard mitigating some relatively minor environmental concerns on the property, mainly associated with lead-base paint that ...

Body camera bill leaves much to be desired

Having police officers wear body cameras generally is a good idea. It's an official recording of what transpires during an incident, which can be invaluable when an officer's actions are called into question and evidence is needed.However, recently introduced legislation regarding body cameras ...

Fast action by local physician saves life of cross-country skier

What are the odds that a previously-healthy cross-country skier, competing in a regional race, would suffer a heart attack as he approached the finish line and have his life saved by another racer who happened to be a physician coming up from behind?Awfully long, we'd say. But, remarkably, ...