Editorials

State DNR closely monitoring status of deer disease

Chronic wasting disease isn’t something to be taken lightly, and we’re glad to see the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and hunters throughout the state have wisely turned their attention toward it. Back in October, a white-tailed deer tested positive for the deadly disease in ...

Knights Tootsie Roll collection a success

Bouquet: Every fall, the Bishop Baraga Council 1585 of the Knights of Columbus of Iron Mountain-Kingsford conducts a Tootsie Roll collection at various stores in the area. The response to the drive was great! As a result, the Knights of Columbus has distributed funds to these local ...

A special thanks to those who drive the snowplows

Bouquet: ’Twas the day before Monday When all through my house ... Things seemed very quiet — Until I looked out. The snow kept on falling, So fluffy and white. Surely it must have been snowing all night. I must get on my warm winter clothes; Outside I’ll be going to ...

Reminders offered to liquor licensees

The consumption of alcoholic beverages during the holiday season will mean increased sales and bigger crowds for local restaurants, taverns, bars, and other businesses. The Michigan Liquor Control Commission is offering tips to its 19,000 liquor license holders to help ensure a safe and ...

State police student training could save lives

Michigan may not get the kind of killer — literally in many cases — weather events that many parts of the country often experience. But we get more than our share of blistering winter storms and the occasional flood — just ask the folks in the western Upper Peninsula and Copper Country ...

Protect yourself from influenza this holiday season

As part of National Influenza Vaccination Week, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is reminding Michigan residents it’s time to get that flu shot. National Influenza Vaccination Week, which started Sunday and extends through Saturday, promotes awareness about the ...

Thank you, Mr. Casperson, for serving the UP

There was a surprise gathering at Northern Michigan University’s University Center on Nov. 24 to honor and thank Sen. Tom Casperson. He served in the Michigan House of Representatives for six years, from 2002 to 2008. In 2010, he was elected to the Michigan Senate and was re-elected for a ...

Enjoyed community chorus performance

Bouquet From Edward and Joan Laarman, Niagara, Wis.: In 2015, we moved from a university town — Iowa City, Iowa — to Niagara. As expected, we have enjoyed living in a small town, surrounded by the beauty and recreational opportunities of the north woods. However, we also knew that we ...

‘Tis the season for holiday scams

Shoppers looking for a good deal this holiday season should also be aware of increasingly aggressive and creative scams designed by criminals to steal money and personal information. According to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center, Michigan ranked 16th in the number of alleged scam ...

Take time to learn more about the dangers of meth

One of the less-celebrated designated days in November comes Friday, which is marked on the calendar as National Meth Awareness Day. Far too many in Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula need little reminder of the dangers this powerful drug can pose and the havoc it can ravage on users and their ...

Michigan should consider raising limits for deer hunt

A cherished Michigan tradition ends Friday with the closing of the annual firearms deer hunting season in Michigan. While the number of hunters has declined steadily over the past two decades, deer hunting is an important piece of Michigan’s outdoors economy, generating more than $2 billion a ...

Proposal 1 passage raises multitude of challenges

Now that voters have passed Proposal 1 that legalizes recreational marijuana in Michigan, now what? The proposal allows anyone older than age 21 to possess and grow personal-use quantities of cannabis and related concentrates and allow licensing activities related to commercial marijuana ...

Not hard to find a good cause for Giving Tuesday

We’ve had Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday, all aimed at encouraging holiday spending. Now comes a different day making a pitch to part you from your money. But this gift is not for family, or even yourself. In fact, you might never know exactly who benefited from your ...

Appreciated help at Community Connect

Bouquet From Charlene Bigelow, Kingsford: Our family wants to extend a very sincere thank you for the recent Community Connect event on Friday, Nov. 9 at the Northern Lights YMCA. The information booths were very helpful on where to go to reach out for help. I came home and thoroughly read ...

Holiday gatherings a chance to learn family health history

Family gatherings can provide the opportunity for more than just catching up on what’s happened for the year. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services encourages discussing chronic illnesses and other health problems that can run in families when together for such events as ...

Some steps to avoid Thanksgiving going up in smoke, flames

It’s that time of year when people get themselves fired up to cook — and the State Fire Marshal puts out the call for caution while laboring on that the Thanksgiving feast. Thanksgiving Day is the leading day for home cooking fires, State Fire Marshal Kevin Sehlmeyer advised. In ...

Higher gas prices in Marquette area need to be addressed

We haven’t had to do an editorial on gasoline for a while. But based on recent prices in our area, it looks like it is time once again to question why gas is more expensive in the Marquette area, a situation several of our subscribers have also noted, and felt important enough to call us ...

Community support critical for local hospitals

The planned retirement of John Schon as CEO for Dickinson County Healthcare System is the next chapter in what has turned out to be a very sad story of the struggles of the Iron Mountain hospital. Everyone is always looking for someone to blame when things go awry. The truth of the matter is ...

Thanks to all who came together for Community Connect

Bouquet: Thanks to this community’s generosity, the Community Connect Event was a hit. The amount of winter clothing, blankets, children’s clothing, small kitchen appliances, pillows, boots, hats, mittens, personal hygiene items, cleaning supplies, sheets, towels, etc., was more than any ...

No better day to give up smoking

Today, the third Thursday of November, annually is the Great American Smokeout, when those who smoke are encouraged either to use the day to quit or at least make a plan toward breaking the habit. Tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in ...