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See a moose? Report it

MARQUETTE, MI-- Department of Natural Resources officials are asking people who come across moose to tell them where they saw it. The DNR has been monitoring the animal since it was reintroduced to the U.P. in the 1980s. Estimates of the population are made through aerial surveys of the moose’s core range in the Western U.P., and observation reports are useful in determining the survey sample area. Residents or visitors who see a moose anywhere in the U.P. are urged to fill out a Moose...
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Marquette County ranks high on best mortgage list

MARQUETTE, MI-- Marquette County is third on the list of top places to get a mortgage in Michigan. That’s according to SmartAsset, a New York financial technology company that recently released its second annual study on the Best Places to Get a Mortgage. The study determines the top markets by comparing the likelihood of mortgage approval by county, as well as mortgage rates, average five-year borrowing costs, and property taxes. Marquette County comes in behind only Leelanau and Livingston...
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MARQUETTE, MI--   Mother Nature is cooperating this year for the running of the UP200 and Midnight Run sled dog races. 

Upper Peninsula Sled Dog Association Ron Hewson says the trails are looking good.  Warmth over the past week melted the snow a little, which makes for a good, crusty base.  He says upcoming cold temperatures will provide the perfect racing conditions. 

Hit by a string of scandals over food safety controls, McDonald's business in Japan has reported its worst annual results since it went public 15 years ago. The company reported a net loss of 34.704 billion yen – around $303 million.

In 2015, sales at McDonald's Japan stores were down around 15 percent from 2014, the company says. The Japanese unit has now reported a net loss for two years in a row, the result of a sequence of scandals.

HOUGHTON, MI--   A Hancock woman accused of stabbing a man last August has been sentenced to jail. 

Sarah Youmans, 41, was originally charged with assault with a dangerous weapon but pleaded no contest in January to attempted assault with a dangerous weapon.

She was sentenced Monday to a year in the Houghton County Jail with credit for 171 days already served.  

New Hampshire voters go to the polls Tuesday, and they will resolve a lot of questions. Here are four things the first-in-the-nation primary will tell us:

1. How much damage did the last debate do to Marco Rubio?

Rubio came into New Hampshire with a head of steam. He quickly moved into second place in the polls, and there was even some hope he could overtake Donald Trump in the Granite State. But then, the needle got stuck on his talking points in the ABC debate on Saturday, earning him the worst reviews of his — until now — charmed presidential run.

Erika Christakis' new book, The Importance Of Being Little, is an impassioned plea for educators and parents to put down the worksheets and flash cards. Ditch the tired craft projects (yes you, Thanksgiving Handprint Turkey) and exotic vocabulary lessons, and double-down on one, simple word:

Play.

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FLINT, MI (AP)--   Residents of Flint have filed lawsuits against almost anyone who may have had a role in supplying the city with water that contained dangerous amounts of lead.  

The lawsuits name Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, the former Flint mayor, rank-and-file public employees and others. The complaints accuse them of violating civil rights, wrecking property values and enriching themselves by selling a contaminated product.

The company that built a 17-story apartment building that collapsed during Saturday's earthquake in Taiwan no longer exists — but three of its former executives have been arrested as prosecutors look into allegations of shoddy building practices.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Part of a Chippewa County snowmobile trail is closed until further notice. 

The Department of Natural Resources says the 2½-mile-long segment of Trail No. 8 in the northwestern portion of the county is unsafe for riders.  Recent warm temperatures have melted ice and caused water to back up near the mouth of the Tahquamenon River.  Water has pooled over part of the trail in a lowland area. 

The closure is about 1.4 miles south of the village of Paradise and extends south to the Tahquamenon River. 

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