Editorial

Upcoming trail event is a good thing for everyone

After a long and hard winter - the longest and hardest the Upper Peninsula has endured in over 30 years - many Yoopers may be questioning why exactly they live here.Why trudge through snow for seemingly more months than sun? Why spend more time in a snowsuit than a bathing suit? Why, when the ...

Art award recipients worthy

Tonight, a group of worthy citizens will be saluted at the 18th Annual Arts Awards for the city of Marquette.We would like to add our congratulations for without art, our community would be a much lesser place.The awards being given tonight are: Community Impact Award, Grandparents Teach, Too; ...

Stream project offers many benefits

Anglers weren't the only ones enjoying wading in trout streams on a warm, sunny Saturday last weekend, with a group of volunteers hitting two northern Marquette County streams with nets and buckets instead of fishing rods.The dozen or so individuals were participating in the Yellow Dog ...

Duck family tale a fine example of why we live in U.P.

It may seem a small thing but really, it was a huge example of why people choose to live in an area like the central Upper Peninsula.The small thing was a flock of ducklings trapped in a storm drain. The huge example was set by concerned citizen Deb Cook and four city of Marquette employees who ...

It’s not too early to think about rip currents

Rip Current Awareness Week begins Sunday and although many people don't think of these dangerous currents during their normal waking hours, perhaps they should.To help weather forecasters alert the public to potentially hazardous swimming conditions, Michigan Sea Grant and the National Weather ...

Journal continues to closely monitor price of gasoline

If anyone assumes that because there have not been any recent editorials on the subject, that we quit paying attention to the price of gas in Marquette, rest assured that we have not. We continue to closely monitor the price of gas in our area and we are happy to report that during the past ...

Memorial Day much more than brats, beer

In light of the wars American soldiers continue to fight and die in today, today should mean as much now as it ever has to those of us lucky enough to call ourselves citizens of the United States of America.Memorial Day was created three years after the end of the Civil War, with an annual day ...

Letters to the Editor

Sacrifice honored To the Journal editor: So many people seem unaware that (today) is a day set aside by Congress for the specific purpose of remembering and thanking those who died while fighting for America. I’ve observed countless times on Memorial Day those who “thank a veteran,” ...

Senate water bill example of good party cooperation

A $12.3 billion water infrastructure bill that received final congressional approval Thursday gets our nod of support.The measure, as reported by The Associated Press, will increase the amount of money for improving ports and deepening sand-choked shipping channels in the Great Lakes region.And ...

Memorial Day weekend officially kicks off summer

Mother Nature is finally smiling on the Upper Peninsula, just in time for the Memorial Day holiday weekend: Temperatures will be in the 70s or higher and sunshine is in the forecast.We hope everyone finds some time to enjoy the great outdoors, be it on a hike, on a bike or with a backyard ...

Food Co-op makes great move for city, area

A Marquette fixture that started as a small food-buying group in 1971 is undertaking its next major transition today - opening its new store on West Washington Street.This tradition of the city is the Marquette Food Co-op, which held its ribbon-cutting this morning at its new headquarters at ...

Soo Film Festival a positive growth step for area

A little bit of Hollywood is coming to the Upper Peninsula this summer by way of the Soo Film Festival.Set for Aug. 1-2 in the famous Soo Theatre, the event will welcome Great Lakes films and filmmakers in a two-day event, bringing movies back to downtown Sault Ste. Marie, according to a ...

High school graduating seniors saluted

Upper Peninsula high school seniors are preparing to leave high school as graduation for hundreds of students is right around the corner.Since their first day of preschool or kindergarten, they have been preparing for this moment in time when they will step away from the high school classroom ...

Fishing surveys should provide DNR valuable info

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is attempting to engage the angling public in several fish surveys this spring, summer and fall, which will help provide information for those assessing conditions of fisheries or deciding future regulations on various bodies of water.We think the ...

It’s time to end state driver responsibility fee money grab

We can all debate what the role of state government should be, but one thing it definitely shouldn't be doing is imposing criminal penalties just to raise revenue.That's what Michigan has been doing since 2003, when it instituted "driver responsibility fees" - state penalties for certain ...

Farmers market starts today in Marquette

Although temperatures aren't supposed to get very deep into the 50s today, come hell, high water and snowflakes, the curtin goes up on the15th consecutive farmer's market season in downtown Marquette today.A page one story in Friday's Mining Journal authored by Journal staff writers Christie ...

Flights to D.C. honor area’s unsung heroes

Another successful Upper Peninsula Honor Flight has been completed.The flight took 78 veterans of World War II and the Korean War to Washington, D.C., to visit the monuments in their honor along with other landmarks.This was the first flight that had its majority from the Korean War set.The ...

City truck pact a move in the right direction

The city of Marquette and Lundin Mining Co. have taken a positive step to address the inevitable - hauling of ore from the Eagle Mine to the Humboldt processing plant.This step came in the form of an agreement between the city and Lundin's subsidiary, Eagle Mine LLC, that was unanimously ...

Practical learning experience a rare student opportunity

Albert Einstein was once quoted as saying, "The only source of knowledge is experience."While we're not certain we completely agree with the esteemed theoretical physicist's assessment, certainly doing things as a practical matter nicely augments what's taught in a formal classroom.Just ask a ...

Click It or Ticket an outstanding safety reminder

The first phase of the annual Click It or Ticket enforcement campaign by the Michigan State Police started Monday with ads and will grow into enforcement zones next week. We think this campaign to get drivers to use their seat belts is a good way for all of us to remember how important the ...