DETROIT, MI (AP)--   The U.S. Justice Department is asking for more time to comply with an order that would likely lead to the release of hundreds of Iraqi nationals who are under deportation orders. 

In a court filing Wednesday, the government says it can't schedule bond hearings by Feb. 2 without delaying hearings for others who are not part of the case. It wants 30 more days to comply with a decision by Detroit federal Judge Mark Goldsmith.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Republican businessman Sandy Pensler has given $5 million to start his campaign for U.S. Senate in Michigan. 

Spokesman Tom Shields confirmed the contribution Wednesday, saying Republicans "now have an impressive candidate with real business experience and the resources" to challenge Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow.

The development follows Republican Bob Young's exit from the race last week.

Pensler, whose company owns four manufacturing plants, had previously said he planned to spend millions of his money on the campaign.

NEGAUNEE, MI--    The Upper Peninsula Luge Club is helping residents beat the winter blues with its upcoming Heikki Lunta Festival in Negaunee. 

Event coordinator Mike Ilmonen says Heikki Lunta—Finnish for “Hank Snow”—is an urban legend created a few years ago when an Upper Peninsula event needed some white stuff to fall. He says the second annual event will feature a parade on Iron Street Friday, January 19. On Saturday events will include a human foosball game, ice turkey bowling, and a toilet-on-skis “Crapper Dash.” A bonfire and fireworks will also be held Saturday night.

HOUGHTON COUNTY, MI--   A Wisconsin man has been killed in a snowmobile crash in southern Houghton County. 

State Police from the Calumet Post responded Wednesday to Trail #8 near M-28. Troopers say a snowmobile driven by Jamie Steen, 41, of Curtiss, Wisconsin was northbound when he failed to negotiate a curve. He lost control of the machine, left the trail, and struck a tree.

Troopers say speed was a factor in the crash.

The accident remains under investigation. 

The following schools are closed Thursday, January 11, 2018:

All Saints Catholic Academy (daycare is open)

Arvon Township


Baraga County BHK

Bark River-Harris

Bay College Escanaba and Bay West


BHK Baraga County Headstart

BHK Houghton/Keweenaw Headstart

Big Bay de Noc

Bishop Baraga Catholic 

Breitung Township


Copper Country Christian

Delta Schoolcraft ISD

Dickinson-Iron Tech


Ewen-Trout Creek

Year in Review 2017

Jan 10, 2018

A panel of area journalists looks back on the year’s key news stories.

Marquette Arts & Culture Center / Lake Superior Art Association

An exhibit from photographer Michael Zuhorski is on display at the Marquette Arts & Culture Center until January 27th, 2018.  He stopped in to our studio to speak with Kurt Hauswirth about the exhibit, "Eyes Make the Horizon," which highlights Zuhorski's intention to create a body of photographs that respond to his sustained presence in the Northern Great Lakes.

MARQUETTE, MI--   The United Way of Marquette County is now accepting applications for groups wanting to be part of the fall 2018 campaign. 

Nonprofit agencies and organizations have until January 22 to apply. Only

501(c)3 health and human service organizations are eligible. They must provide services related to identified need areas such as youth programs, medical assistance/ health care programs, and elderly citizens and adults with disabilities.

For an application call the United Way at 226-8171, or email a request to 

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   There’s been a shakeup at the agency responsible for Michigan energy policy. 

People are being re-assigned as the agency’s leader leaves state government for the private sector. Sources inside and outside the Snyder administration say the departure of Valerie Brader makes the timing right for a re-organization.

Governor Rick Snyder has signed an executive order re-assigning staff to the state Public Service Commission. That’s the agency that regulates utilities in Michigan.

Nicholas Assendfelt is with the energy agency.

SAULT STE. MARIE, MI (AP)--   A frozen pipe, a deep hole and a curious woman in the Soo — it all adds up to a case for the Michigan Supreme Court. 

The court is hearing arguments Wednesday in a dispute between the city of Sault Ste. Marie and resident Alice Brown. She sued the city after falling into a 6-foot hole that was excavated to repair a water pipe near her home.