Nicole Walton

News Director

Nicole was born near Detroit but has lived in the U.P. most of her life. She graduated from Marquette Senior High School and attended Michigan State and Northern Michigan Universities, graduating from NMU in 1993 with a degree in English.

Following a graduate school stint at Miami University of Ohio and moves to Indiana and Wisconsin, Nicole decided the U.P. was where she needed to be, so she moved back to Marquette and Public Radio 90’s news room. She’s been there ever since as host of NPR’s Morning Edition and now as News Director. Nicole’s stories have been heard on the Michigan Public Radio Network and National Public Radio.

Nicole lives in Marquette with two incredibly cute cats.

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MARQUETTE, MI--   The executive director of the Marquette Chamber of Commerce is resigning.

Jason Schneider says he’s accepted a position out-of-state that begins in May. He’ll stay with the Chamber up to April 13.

MARQUETTE, MI--   The Northern Michigan University flag is lowered to half-staff Friday to honor a student who died this week. 

Ben Johnson, 18, of Norway was involved in a traffic crash in Sands Township early Tuesday morning. He received fatal injuries.

Johnson graduated from Norway High School in 2017. He was a first-year NMU student pursuing a lineman certificate. Johnson played hockey for the Marquette Electricians travel team, and also played football, baseball, and soccer.

IRONWOOD, MI--   Another body has been found in an Ironwood building destroyed by fire Wednesday.

WLUC-TV says an autopsy has been scheduled to determine the identities of the two people who were killed in the blaze. One person remains unaccounted for, and three people are hospitalized for non-life-threatening injuries.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is now involved in investigating the cause of the fire, which is considered suspicious. It destroyed two buildings on East Aurora Street.

The following schools are closed Friday, February 23, 2018:


KBIC Morning Head Start

St. Thomas Aquinas



The following schools are on a 2-hour delay:

Arvon Township


Beecher Dunbar-Pembine

BHK Baraga County Headstart

Big Bay de Noc

Bishop Baraga

Breitung Township

Dickinson-Iron Tech

Forest Park

Goodman-Armstrong Creek

Holy Spirit

Iron Mountain

KBIC Early Headstart

SAULT STE. MARIE, MI--   Trial is set for a Chippewa County man accused of sexually assaulting a minor.

William Mastaw, 19, was arrested in October after Sheriff’s deputies executed a search warrant at his residence. They allegedly found child sexually abusive material.

Mastaw is charged with six counts of 1st degree criminal sexual conduct and one count each of kidnapping, child abusive commercial activity, and using a computer to commit a crime.

The assaults reportedly took place at several different locations over an extended period of time.

SANDS TOWNSHIP, MI--   Another person has been hurt in a Marquette County snowmobile accident. 

Sheriff’s deputies were called Wednesday around 12:25 p.m. to the Sands Township railroad grade, about 1.5 miles south of Station Road near Trail #8. Jeremy Beerman, 47, of Marquette was eastbound along the power lines when he unexpectedly came upon a ravine near the railroad grade. The snowmobile went airborne for about 60 feet before it landed on the other side.

The impact apparently injured Beerman’s back. He was taken to UPHS-Marquette for treatment.

DELTA COUNTY, MI--   A downstate man had to be airlifted to UPHS-Marquette following a snowmobile accident in Delta County. 

The Sheriff’s Office was called Wednesday around 5:40 p.m. to Trail #7 near Forest Road 2218. They say Kenneth Perrella, 67, of South Rockwood hit a dip in the trail and was ejected from his snowmobile.

Tri-Star EMS transported Perrella to a landing zone, where he was picked up by Valley Med Flight and taken to the hospital in Marquette.

The crash remains under investigation.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Travel Marquette has a new executive director.

The Board of Directors says Susan Estler has spent more than 20 years as a marketing professional, with a decade dedicated to destination marketing.

Estler attended the Parsons School of Design in New York. She has spearheaded marketing efforts in Florida, and most recently served as the executive director of Lackawanna County in Pennsylvania. She starts her job on March 2.

IRONWOOD, MI--   One person has died in an Ironwood building fire.

WLUC-TV says the fire at 102 East Aurora Street was reported at 2:38 a.m. Wednesday. The two-story building was a business called Chelsi’s Corner with apartments on the second floor. Several people were evacuated, but one person was killed.

Flames engulfed the building and spread to at least one other structure, which collapsed. Both are total losses. Ironwood Fire Chief Gregory Klecker now says the fire is suspicious.

CRYSTAL FALLS, MI--   The man arrested for breaking into an Iron River Township convenience store has been arraigned. 

Trevor McPherson, 26, of Iron River is charged with breaking and entering and larceny in a building. He was taken into custody after someone entered the Outpost convenience store last Wednesday and took cigarettes and alcohol.

A preliminary exam is set for March 5 in Iron County District Court.