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Canada, US and Mexico agree to extend border restrictions to July 21

TORONTO — The U.S., Canada and Mexico have agreed to extend their agreements to keep their shared borders closed to non-essential travel until July 21 during the coronavirus pandemic. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the agreement extends the closure by another 30 days. The ...

2020 NPS Hall of Fame inductees announced

NEGAUNEE — A sense of community and a successful school district go hand in hand. In that spirit, Negaunee Public Schools is naming music, arts, sports, and social leaders to its inaugural NPS Hall of Fame. “Conversations have taken place about how important our alumni, staff and ...

Marquette County Sheriff’s Office deputy tests positive for COVID-19

A deputy in the Marquette County Sheriff’s Office Corrections Division has tested positive for COVID-19, according to a press release from the Marquette County Sheriff’s Office. The sheriff’s office was notified of the positive test result on Sunday evening, officials said in the ...

Companies agree to extend utility shutoff protection

MARQUETTE — SEMCO Energy Gas Co., the Upper Peninsula Power Company and the Upper Michigan Energy Resources Corporation have agreed to extend shutoff protections for some customers through June 12 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The three companies are among eight privately owned ...

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 ...