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Editorials

Expert on suicide speaks with emotion at NMU

Call it a symptom of a troubled world, call it the result of stress, pressure, depression and anxiety, call it something near an epidemic but it seems just about everyone knows someone or knows of someone who has taken their own life. Nearly 46,000 people died by suicide in 2020, according to ...

The freedom to read

Across the nation, libraries are facing more attempts to ban books. It seems partly due to political and cultural divides, as well as the emergence of graphic, or illustrated, novels. The American Library Association say the challenges are usually to protect others — frequently children ...

Support local businesses — now more than ever

Support your local businesses, now more than ever Even in the best of times, it can be challenging for owners of small businesses to thrive. The problem can be particularly difficult in a small town when customer numbers often are limited, especially during the non-tourist season. Residents ...

DNR promotes effort to plant 50M trees in Michigan by 2030

Want to help Michigan with cleaner air and water? Want to provide cooling summer shade and a haven for wildlife? Start with a tree. Pick one out at your local nursery, plant it and then pin it on the Michigan Department of Natural Resources’ interactive map. The DNR invites residents to ...

New nurses’ contract at UPHS-Marquette a positive development

Hats off to the Michigan Nurses Association and UP Health System-Marquette which announced over the weekend that a new contract had been successfully concluded. Talks started in the spring and proceeded, by all accounts, apace since that time. Union personnel approved the agreement late ...

Coalition needs help in fighting invasive species in region

As spring advances toward the official start of summer on June 21, all things green and growing have re-established themselves in the region. Unfortunately, that means invasive species as well as native plants. So the Wild Rivers Invasive Species Coalition is gearing up efforts to keep ...