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Whitmer lifts stay-at-home order, keeps some places closed

LANSING (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer lifted Michigan's nearly 10-week coronavirus stay-at-home order Monday, letting restaurants reopen to dine-in customers next week and immediately easing limits on outdoor gatherings while keeping social-distancing rules intact. The governor moved regions ...

Protesters mass in Hong Kong before anthem law debate

HONG KONG (AP) — Thousands of protesters shouted pro-democracy slogans and insults at police in Hong Kong before lawmakers later today debate a bill criminalizing abuse of the Chinese national anthem in the semi-autonomous city. Police massed outside the legislative building ahead of the ...

Boating restrictions are off base

To the Journal editor: As a lifelong area resident and an avid fisherman, I ’m absolutely amazed at the absurdity of the boating restrictions. The non-motorized marine vessels being first and foremost on my mind. Me and a lifelong friend, (who I also care take for), cannot use a motor ...

Absurd case against coronavirus lockdown

An irony of the coronavirus debate is that the more successful lockdowns are in squelching the disease, the more vulnerable they will be to attack as unnecessary in the first place. A growing chorus on the right is slamming the shutdowns as an overreaction and agitating to end them. A good ...

Electrical fire battled

ISHPEMING — Firefighters extinguished a structure fire in Ishpeming on Saturday. Jason Annala, chief of the Ishpeming City Fire Department, said in a news release that the fire department responded to a possible electrical fire at 810 N. Third St. at 5:30 p.m. Saturday. When firefighters ...

MSU says health care grads can help; deaths rise to 259

DETROIT — Hundreds of new health care graduates from Michigan State University are available to respond to the coronavirus outbreak, the school said Tuesday. State officials have made a desperate plea for health professionals as the number of cases rises each day. MSU said the state has ...

First U.P. COVID-19 death reported in Gogebic County

GOGEBIC COUNTY — The Western Upper Peninsula Health Department received notification Thursday of the first U.P. death attributed to COVID-19, which is also the department’s first confirmed case, a press release from the WUPHD states. The individual was an elderly male Gogebic County ...

Symphony postpones performance

MARQUETTE — The Marquette Symphony Orchestra is postponing its April 18 performance. Further details are to be announced. The MSO urges our community to follow CDC guidelines during this challenging time.

House passes $2.2T rescue package, rushes it to Trump

By ANDREW TAYLOR, ALAN FRAM and LAURIE KELLMAN Associated Press WASHINGTON — Acting swiftly in an extraordinary time, the House rushed President Donald Trump a $2.2 trillion rescue package Friday, tossing a life preserver to a U.S. economy and health care system left flailing by the ...

Luce County announces first positive COVID-19 case

MARQUETTE — The Luce, Mackinac, Alger, Schoolcraft District Health Department announced its first positive case of COVID-19 this afternoon. This is the first confirmed case in the four-county district. The LMAS District Health Department was made aware of the case today. The positive case ...

Governor Whitmer Signs “Stay Home, Stay Safe” Executive Order

LANSING — Today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed the “Stay Home, Stay Safe” Executive Order (EO 2020-21), directing all Michigan businesses and operations to temporarily suspend in-person operations that are not necessary to sustain or protect life. The order also directs Michiganders to ...

First presumptive positive COVID-19 case reported in Chippewa County

CHIPPEWA COUNTY -- Testing through the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has identified Chippewa County’s first presumptive positive case of COVID-19. Specimens will be sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for confirmation testing. The Chippewa County Health ...

Changing lives, changing plans

Esme ulland-joy, 11 I remember waking up at 7:30 on Friday, March 13th. On a normal school day, I usually wake up around 6:20. At first, I remember being a little confused. The Snow Day Calculator app had said there was only an 11 percent chance of there being a snow day on Friday. I go ...

Outdoors North

“Someday I think I’d like to paint a seascape, if they ever get the ocean to stand still.” — Tom T. Hall Back in the shadowed corners and cobwebbed shelves of my mind rests a little cabin of modest construction that sat along the sandy shores of Lake Superior. Beach grass grew up ...

Olympic flame lands in Japan

MATSUSHIMA AIR BASE, Japan — The Olympic flame completed its difficult journey today from Greece to Japan. It signified a small, symbolic victory for the IOC and local organizers, who maintain the Tokyo Olympics will open on July 24 amid a chorus of doubters who believe they should be ...