Marquette County Courthouse Closed Due To ‘Electrical Issue’

Not much got done at the Marquette County Courthouse on Monday. An electrical transformer failure forced the building, as well as the Annex Building, to be closed at 11:00 Monday morning. The jail and sheriff’s department did stay open, however.

Marquette County Administrator Scott Erbisch says that by 4:30 in the afternoon, the problem was resolved, and the courthouse will be open for normal business Tuesday morning at 8:00.


Weekend Rain Causes Escanaba To Change Paving Schedule



Heavy rains over the weekend caused damage to parts of the roadway on Ludington Street in downtown Escanaba. Public Works Director Bill Farrell says that they did some preventative work last Friday, but the rains over the weekend now mean that crews have more work to do.

So, the city decided to finish the paving project on South 14th Street between Sixth and Eighth Avenues, and that was completed late Monday morning. 


Gwinn Man Hit By Car On M-553 In Sands Township

The 23-year-old Gwinn man hit by a car on M-553 in Marquette County’s Sands Township Sunday was listed in ‘fair’ condition at UP Health System – Marquette on Monday.  Local Three News reports that the incident happened on M-553 about a mile north of the intersection with Kelly Johnson Road at about 12:30 p.m.

23-year-old Jesse Tuimala of Gwinn had crossed the highway from the site of an auction to a vehicle parked on the east shoulder of M-553 and was returning to the event when he was hit by a northbound 2011 Subaru Outback driven by Wells Chapin,

Upper Peninsula State Fair Wraps Up In Escanaba


fair1After rain dampened things on Friday and Saturday, the U-P State Fair in Escanaba wrapped up Sunday night with big crowds taking advantage of Family Day, with its reduced admission price and extended hours. And there was a big fireworks display, set to music, for icing on the cake.

U-P State Fair Manager Vickie Micheau admits that Saturday was rough, but she said on Sunday that the week as a whole was positive. 


Community Comes Together To Raise $36K For Escanaba Teen

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16-year-old Dustin Berube of Escanaba woke up Saturday morning and prepared himself for the youth auction at the U.P. State Fair as he has done before. He entered his hog…weighing 273 pounds, with hopes of selling it at a price,  as many youth do, that would pay for the feed costs and put a little extra money in his own pocket.

What happened when Dustin’s sale number was called was a display of typical U.P.

Swimmer Rescued Off Rock In Choppy Lake Superior

Two swimmers got into trouble on Sunday during high surf out on Lake Superior.

Marquette City Firefighters say that one of the swimmers made it to the beach off of McCarty’s Cove at about 11:30 Sunday morning. The other swimmer, however, was stranded on a big rock off of the lighthouse point.

A city rescuer went out between the face of the cliff and the big rock, but couldn’t get to the stranded swimmer.


Dark Store: Governor Non-Committal; Documentary Made

The “dark store” issue is the topic of a documentary done by a Northern Michigan University journalism class. The 30-minute documentary is titled “Boxed In” and it included interviews with state lawmakers and local officials about how large box stores are using loopholes to win their appeals at the Michigan tax Tribunal.

It will premiere this Wednesday night at 7:00 at the Peter White Library in Marquette, and a showing will be offered next Wednesday,


New Boating Dock Opens In Fayette State Park


The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has opened a newly constructed boat dock for mooring along Snail Shell Harbor at Fayette Historic State Park in Delta County.

“This is a great improvement for visitors to Fayette Historic State Park,” said Ron Olson, DNR Parks and Recreation Division chief. “The old dock was removed during the fall of 2015. The new dock is quite beautiful.”

The old dock, which had been scheduled for replacement in 2015,


Marinette County Sheriff’s Department Looking For Suspect

The Marinette County Sheriff’s Department is looking for a suspect who fled police after crashing a stolen pick-up truck Friday night. Deputies tried to pull over the truck after getting a report that it was stolen in Adams County, Wisconsin, and had left a gas station in Pembine without paying.

The suspect wouldn’t stop, taking off at a high rate of speed, The chase ended on a dirt road…June Berry Road…near County Road “C” in the Town of Silver Cliff,

Sault International Bridge Delaying Some Improvements

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Capital projects at the Sault Ste. Marie International Bridge are being rescheduled in an effort take advantage of new technology and to save money. The Sault Ste. Marie Bridge Authority board, the bi-national body supervising operations of the International Bridge, had its quarterly meeting Thursday.

The board received updates on bridge maintenance projects,