Editorials

Plans to replace Line 5 propane production should be put in place

Enbridge, the company that owns controversial Line 5, has stated for years the pipeline couldn’t simply be removed from service because of the key role it plays, despite numerous calls for it to be shut down due to concerns about potential leaks in the Straits of Mackinac. After today’s ...

DNR: Fire danger too high to try outdoor burning

The delayed spring of 2018 managed in April to keep snow cover high enough and temperatures low enough in the Upper Peninsula to hold down the fire danger. But a week of warmer and dry weather has all but eliminated the snowpack and left last year’s grasses and brush like tinder, before ...

Superior Health Foundation grants support entire UP

Kudos to the Superior Health Foundation which again has come through with grants that will help Upper Peninsula residents in myriad ways. At SHF’s Spring Grants Celebration, some $106,000 in health-centered funding was announced. Nearly $86,000 went to large grants for six organizations ...

A caring community

Bouquet From Sara Thoune of Powers: Recreation Lanes recently hosted a fundraiser on my behalf. I would like to acknowledge them and also thank: — The VA family of employees, your spouses and your children, for the emotional, physical, and financial support, and for teaching and ...

Drug ‘Take-Back’ Day on Saturday

Residents are urged by the Michigan State Police to discard expired, unused and unwanted pills during National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday. This is one of two annual events held in partnership with the Drug Enforcement Administration and other law enforcement ...

DNR seeks public input on forest roads and ORVS

Historically in the Upper Peninsula, forest roads have been open to off-road vehicle use. Michigan officials are now inviting public feedback on an inventory that designates Upper Peninsula forest roads as either open or closed to ORVs. An online map with the proposed classifications will ...

Let experts handle campus assault investigations

With so much attention focused on the failures of Michigan State University to stop the serial abuse of young women by sports doctor Larry Nassar, it's a good time to highlight the shortcomings of campus sexual assault investigations. The university’s office for handling Title IX assault ...

Two remarkable women will be missed

Barbara Bush and Vel Phillips made our country a better place We lost two outstanding Americans this past week — nationally, former first lady Barbara Bush, and here in Wisconsin, the trailblazing civil rights champion Vel Phillips. Mrs. Bush was the wife of a former president and the ...

Teen’s support of Beacon House inspires, motivates

If you or anyone you know has ever battled a serious illness or debilitating medical condition, then you likely have an understanding of the stress and grief it can cause in a person’s life. The Beacon House, the Upper Peninsula’s only hospitality house, is intended to help at least a ...

Dickinson road crews are much appreciated

Bouquet From Bobbie Jo Riske, Iron Mountain: Thank you! To our hard working, awesome road crews in Dickinson County. When it snows, they are there, out on our roads, doing whatever it takes to clear them and get them ready for us to travel on. Plowing, sanding, salting — they are at it ...

High school students invited to explore college credit courses

The Dickinson-Iron Intermediate School District will host a workshop next month to explain how students can earn college credits while still in high school. The May 22 workshop is part of a statewide series hosted by the Michigan Department of Education. “Students and their families will ...

Focus on safety for a successful spring turkey season

The snowbanks suggest it’s winter, but the calendar says spring. Likewise, spring turkey hunting is underway in Wisconsin, while the Upper Peninsula opener is Monday. Hunters may encounter snow, which is somewhat unusual, but the key factors for a happy season remain the same. “The ...

Nominations invited for U.P. Service Awards

Every day, volunteers across the Upper Peninsula give their time, talent, voice and resources to help make the U.P. a special place to live. Individuals, community groups and businesses play key roles in addressing critical community issues such as hunger, homelessness, the environment and ...

VA supports survivors of military sexual trauma

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and the Department of Veterans Affairs uses this month to raise awareness of veterans who are survivors of military sexual trauma (MST). Military sexual trauma is not a diagnosis, but rather it is sexual assault or sexual harassment that a veteran ...

Proposed watercraft fee won’t have desired impact

We sincerely hope the state drops its interest in setting up a new user fee system to cover paddle boats, canoes and kayaks. The Michigan State Waterways Commission, the public entity that oversees such matters, voted in February in favor of registering “all rigid-hulled kayaks and canoes ...

Great participation in Iron Belle Challenge

Bouquet From Ray Rustem, Michigan Department of Natural Resources youth programs specialist: More than 25,000! That’s how many miles that Scouts in Michigan have hiked during the first three Iron Belle Challenge events in 2015, 2016 and 2017. We’re asking Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Girl ...

Holocaust speaker’s words a reflection on terrible tragedy

At the annual Holocaust Memorial Service held Tuesday night at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Marquette, Martin Lowenberg was the featured speaker in recognition of Yom HaShoah, also known as Holocaust Remembrance Day, which occurs on the 27th day of the Jewish month of Nissan. Lowenberg ...

Prepare for severe weather; storm spotter training offered

Despite winter’s grip lasting well into April, the warmth of spring and summer will eventually return. With the arrival of the new seasons, come threats from spring and summertime severe weather. While the overall number of severe weather events were below average last year, severe ...

Prevent oak wilt; don’t prune oak trees in spring, summer

Have an oak tree on your property? To keep it healthy, don’t prune it from mid-April through the summer. That’s a key time for infection with oak wilt, a serious disease that can weaken white oaks and kill red oak trees within weeks. Oak wilt, caused by a fungus, has been reported ...

Be ready for a tornado

Voluntary tornado drills will take place Wednesday and Thursday as Severe Weather Awareness Week is observed in Michigan and Wisconsin. The average lead time for tornadoes to develop is 10 to 15 minutes, which means people need to be ready to react quickly when a warning is ...