Editorial

Gwinn teen battling medical issue runs benefit race

Good things happened in Marquette on Saturday with the running of the 2014 Upper Michigan Brain Tumor Center's Hope Starts Here ChallengeLet's start with the event itself, a collaboration between Northern Michigan University and Marquette General Hospital.Organizers tell us some $30,000 was ...

Long-term whitetail study should yield valuable results

A planned nine-year study, begun in 2009 and being undertaken by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources in collaboration with the Carnivore Ecology Laboratory at the Forest and Wildlife Research Center at Mississippi State University, is welcomed and should provide a great deal of ...

Earth’s resources are needed for survival

In response to Rosa Musket's points in her 5-4 op-ed, I offer the following counterpoints. Considering the Upper Peninsula's mining history of boom and bust, I doubt many today consider a single resource extraction company as more than a short term opportunity for jobs, taxes, etc.Three percent ...

Good advice: Don’t rush school bus seat bills just yet

Student safety is of the utmost importance for Michigan families, and it should be for school districts as well.Lawmakers in the state House have introduced several bills that would require shoulder belts in all new school buses. Yet studies related to the effectiveness of seat belts on buses ...

Marquette Food Co-op services to be enhanced

The Marquette Food Co-op had some great news to share this week, with an announcement from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation that the co-op will receive a $615,000 performance-based grant through the Michigan Community Revitalization Program along with a tax abatement from the city ...

Mother’s Day just around corner but still time to plan

It's not too late to be ready for one of the most important days of the year, in our humble opinion.That is of course Mother's Day which is Sunday.Moms deserve to be pampered every day but most especially on Mother's Day. That doesn't always mean material things, although a box of candy or a ...

Cold Water Challenge a fun activity with dangerous side

Did you see a video online of someone jumping into freezing water before learning that he or she dared you to repeat the act within 24 hours or you have to pay $100 to charity?Good, harmless fun, right?The Cold Water Challenge is something that's caught the eye of just about everyone who spends ...

Cliffs/Eagle Mine Fund wide ranging in giving

Thirteen community organizations will be able to accomplish more thanks to recent contributions from the Cliffs Natural Resources/Eagle Mine Marquette County Community Fund.More than $1 million will be distributed throughout the area from the second round of grant approvals for the fund, ...

Info sharing will support adoptions, foster care

A new web-based information sharing system launched in Michigan recently to streamline and improve the state's foster care and adoption system seems like a definite step in the right direction.The Department of Human Services initiated the online system last week in a "soft launch" of the ...

Many good things are happening at Sawyer

The Sawyer Community Alliance is celebrating its fifth year of existence in 2014, with plenty of progress to show for it.The area around Little Trout Lake has been cleaned up and a playground now exists for kids to use. A fishing event takes place there every year, a great way for families to ...

Melting ice on lakes and rivers pose problems, danger

The recent ice rescue by Marquette County Sheriff's deputies of a Republic Township man's dog illustrates the inherent danger and problems involved in trying to safely walk on river or lake ice at this time of year.Steve Nesbitt's Canadian husky had wandered across a roughly 300-foot section of ...

Stem gun violence

To the Journal editor:Once again, we have gun violence resulting in multiple deaths and injuries.On April 2 at Fort Hood, a soldier killed three, wounded 16, and committed suicide.Does justice require a new anti-gun violence law?Supporters of a new anti-gun violence law state there is a right ...

Farm grant will aid MSU research station in area

A Michigan State University research center in Superiorland is in line to receive a healthy financial boost, courtesy of a federal grant.The Upper Peninsula Research and Extension Center at Chatham, which has been around cince the late 1800s, is in line to get $500,000 from the U.S. Department ...

Years of hard work pays off for NMU graduates

Another May and another graduation season begins with the Northern Michigan University spring commencement exercises.It's hard to fathom it can be graduation time already - especially with the snowy and cold April weather we experienced - but indeed at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in the Superior Dome ...

Marina projects are good for city, boating community

Although Marquette's harbors are packed with ice and the weather damp and cold, it won't be long before area boaters are heading to Lake Superior to launch their crafts.With this in mind, the Marquette City Commission took action this week to get the city's two marinas in shape.Included was the ...

Feed a Neighbor project worthy of community support

The Feed a Neighbor project is one of those rare win-win propositions. The fifth annual Project Feed a Neighbor food drive is happening as you read this and it needs your help.Food pantries at the Ishpeming Salvation Army and the St. Vincent de Paul stores in Ishpeming, Negaunee and Republic ...

NMU board did good work in hiring process

In Friday's edition of The Mining Journal, we offered a warm welcome to Northern Michigan University's newest leader, Fritz Erickson, who was unanimously voted by the NMU Board of Trustees as the best person for the job.We'd like to the opporunity today to thank the board for its transparency ...

Crowded county board ballot good news for voters

The Marquette County Clerk's Office recently issued the ballot listing for this year's partisan candidate elections to the Marquette County Board, with an outstanding 17 candidates running for the six open seats on the panel.This is the greatest number of candidates to run for the county board ...

New road funding program doesn’t begin to solve problem

It took years of deterioration and the hardest winter in a generation, but Michigan legislators are finally facing up to the reality of the state's woefully inadequate road and highway funding system.That's good, but no one should be fooled into thinking that the new funding plan proposed in ...

Recruiting foreign business to invest in region makes sense

Anytime stakeholders from in and around the Great Lakes basin can come together to develop business projects that will benefit the area, we think that's probably a good idea.But add in a former Bush II administration financial heavy weight and one can almost hear regional cash registers ringing ...