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Editorials

Saying thanks for supporting events in region

Bouquet From Mike Stec, chief of the Goodman Fire Department: The members of the Goodman Fire Dept would like to extend a huge thank you to all of the businesses, organizations and individuals who donated prizes, money and volunteered their time to help make our annual Fourth of July ...

MAPS helping out with mental health services

Life has always been complicated, but that doesn’t mean it has to be handled the same way it’s always been handled. When it comes to mental health resources, much more attention is needed, especially in rural areas such as the Upper Peninsula. According to a recent article in the online ...

Be aware of hazards of high water levels on the Great Lakes

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers strongly urges individuals to use caution around breakwaters, piers or jetties in the Great Lakes and to adhere to posted warning signs. Do not swim near or jump off any structure — the life you save may be your own. Many accidents and incidents near harbor ...

NMU on right track with medicinal plants program

An academic partnership Northern Michigan University announced recently that it had formed with Shimadzu Scientific Instruments Inc. in support of NMU’s medicinal plant chemistry program seems to be one of those rare win-win situations. The collaboration includes an in-kind donation to ...

Mining committee bill a good move

We were very pleased to see that Gov. Gretchen Whitmer recently signed House Bill 4227 into law, officially creating the Committee on Michigan’s Mining Future. Introduced in February by state Rep. Sara Cambensy, D-Marquette, the committee will be responsible for making advisory legislative ...

‘Adopt and amend’ a bad policy for Michigan Legislature

The will of the people is one of the most crucial tenets in American democracy, but apparently to many politicians in Michigan, and perhaps elsewhere, power and control seem to be more important concepts. The “adopt and amend” tactic used last year by Michigan’s Republican-controlled ...

DICSA appreciated help with IM center situation

Bouquet From Kristin Sommerfeld, executive director, Dickinson Iron Community Services Agency: The Dickinson Iron Community Services Agency, or DICSA, is a non-profit Community Action Agency serving primarily Dickinson and Iron Counties through numerous programs designed to help people with ...

More drivers, passengers in state buckling up

Michigan motorists, give yourself a pat on the back — or on the belt across your chest and waist. The seat belt use rate rose this year, from 93.4% in 2018 to 94.4%, according to recently released results from a statewide, grant-funded observation study by Michigan State University. Yes, ...

Employment’s glass ceiling needs to just disappear

Women have been in the workforce for decades in one capacity or another, but often have been in traditional roles, and when they did manage to break the “glass ceiling,” their paychecks weren’t always as big as their male counterparts’ take-home pay. Women in Michigan still earn just ...

Ways to beat the heat when summer temperatures soar

While it might seem short, summer in the Upper Peninsula usually has the benefit of being pleasantly warm rather than hot. However, in recent days the region has seen temperatures consistently in the 80s and should hit the mid-90s on Friday. With that in mind, the Michigan Department of ...

Soda map flap underscores the region’s UP pride

If there’s one thing Yoopers have, it’s pride in their identity. Even though we’re part of the same state, we don’t always like being grouped in with the Lower Peninsula of Michigan, where “trolls” from “below the bridge” run amok. And we especially aren’t fond of anyone ...

How the free press helped free America

EDITOR’S NOTE: This item originally was published the week of Independence Day. “Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.” — Thomas Paine, “American Crisis” This week, as I ...

Thanks to all who helped make parade a success

Bouquet From Jayna Huotari, Iron Mountain, chairwoman of the 2019 Iron Mountain-Kingsford Fourth of July parade: The Promotions Committee of the Menominee Range Historical Foundation extends appreciation to all of those involved in helping make the Iron Mountain–Kingsford Fourth of July ...

Pioneering falcons could find new homes in UP

Peregrine falcons, known for being high-speed hunters able to fly as fast as 200 mph, are more common than in the past. The bird had been removed from the federal endangered species list but remains an endangered species in Michigan. DDT and other environmental contaminants were the culprits ...

This fair season, take care around pigs

A pig in a pen might not seem a dangerous animal, but there’s still reason for caution when encountering swine during the upcoming fair season. Experts at the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services advise that people be aware of the potential risk at these events for swine to ...

Ways to avoid getting sick while enjoying summer

As Michigan residents enjoy camping, swimming and eating fresh, home-grown food this summer, health officials are reminding everyone to reduce their risk of exposure to bacteria and viruses that can cause illness. The Dickinson-Iron District Health Department is kicking off a month-long ...

Be wise when using fire in the outdoors

Summer is at its midpoint in Michigan, with people planning campfires, cookouts, fireworks and all kinds of other outdoor activities. While many parts of the state have gotten enough rain to reduce the risk of wildfires, it’s important to put safety first when enjoying the outdoors. Check ...

State legislature must fix ‘dark store’ problem

Is “your fair share,” particularly when it pertains to taxes, a subjective phrase? It’s a question we ask as yet another financial challenge bares its head in Marquette Township. Michigan-based retail giant Meijer Inc., which became a part of the community here in spring 2018, is ...

Thanks to those who helped with Memorial Day

Bouquet From Denise Formolo, veteran service officer, Dickinson County Office of Veterans Affairs, Iron Mountain: The Dickinson County Office of Veterans Affairs Office would like to give a special “thank you” to everyone who helped to make the Memorial Day program a success. We ...

Take care to guard against spreading invasive species

Independence Day in the Upper Peninsula saw scores of people taking to the region’s waterways. Let’s hope those having fun on boats or other forms of watercraft in the Upper Peninsula region took care to make sure they didn’t have any foreign riders on board with them. This is Aquatic ...