Editorial

Nation must never forget price paid on Normandy beaches

Seventy years ago today was the start of the end of World War II: D-Day.The Invasion of Normandy began on that day in 1944, launching the largest seaborne invasion in history as Allied forces stormed Western Europe.When it was over, thousands of troops had perished in the terrible battle on the ...

Fish die-offs final remnant of long, hard winter

Just about everyone will agree that the winter of 2013-14 was one of the harshest in several years.Now, however, the long lingering snow is gone, the massive ice floes on Lake Superior have blown off shore (for now) and temperatures are rising, and winter is only a fading memory - almost.For ...

Motorized use an experiment for Heritage trail

There will be some some changes to the Iron Ore Heritage Trail this season, with westbound parts of the trail to differ from its traditional use.The Iron Ore Heritage Recreation Authority plans to add five more miles of trail, spending about $400,000 this summer ($281,00 of which will come from ...

Railroad corridor acquisition a plus for western UP

State officials near Ontonagon are looking at buying about 13 miles of inactive railway to make vital connections in a section of the western Upper Peninsula's trail system.The property being sought includes an out of use railroad bridge over the Ontonagon River, which would give trail users ...

Heels for Healing shows how Yoopers help each other

It seems like Upper Peninsula residents are always ready to rally around a family in need, no matter the situation.Tami Bott, principal of Cherry Creek Elementary School, is fighting a tough battle with cancer right now, and her teachers, staff, students and fellow community members are hoping ...

Remaining ice floes are bringing attention to Marquette

From New York to Houston and beyond, a whole lot of attention has been paid in recent days to the remaining ice floes of Lake Superior and, in particular, Marquette.Photos published in the Mining Journal showing people enjoying the ice made their way via the Associated Press to newspapers and ...

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 ...