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 Marquette Food Co-op has donated more than $4,000 to the United Way of Marquette County through its Round Up at the Register program. 

During fundraising periods Co-op shoppers were asked if they wanted to round up the total of their purchases to the next whole dollar amount. The difference was donated to the United Way. 

Store officials say they collected 9,417 individual donations averaging 42 cents from shoppers over the 60-day campaign.

GLADSTONE, MI--   Four cats were rescued from a burning home in Gladstone Tuesday. 

Gladstone Public Safety was contacted around 12:45 p.m. by a resident who said he could see smoke coming from the roof of a residence on the 600 block of North 15th Street.  The fire—which is believed to have started in an attic area near the back entryway—was quickly extinguished once firefighters got inside the house.

Nobody was home at the time of the fire, but four cats were rescued and two received medical attention with an oxygen mask. The cats were returned to their owner.

GWINN, MI--   Forsyth Township Police are investigating a breaking-and-entering at a laundromat in Gwinn.  

Police say someone entered the Ultra Clean Laundry on East Stephenson Avenue and accessed the facility’s change-maker. A large amount of cash and hundreds of dollars in quarters were taken.

Officers believe the incident happened in the early morning hours of Sunday.

Anyone with information regarding the break-in or the use of a large number of quarters is asked to call Forsyth Township Police at 346-9224.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Al Roker of NBC’s The Today Show is coming to Marquette next week.

As part of the third annual Rokerthon the weatherman will broadcast from the Superior Dom as NMU students try to break the Guinness World Record for the largest game of freeze tag.  The event will be broadcast live on the Today Show.

NMU President Fritz Erickson says Northern was one of only five schools selected for the event, beating out schools like Ohio State, the University of Wisconsin, and Virginia Tech. 

GLADSTONE, MI--   The Gladstone Public Safety Department has suspended winter parking restrictions in the city of Gladstone. 

Due to recent warm weather and the soft conditions that exist in many of the boulevards and yards within the city, the winter overnight and side-of-street restrictions have been lifted. 

Normally, parking restrictions remain in place until April 1.  Residents are urged to be mindful of snow plowing and emergency access needs in the case of another late-season snowstorm. 

MARQUETTE, MI--   The Department of Natural Resources has awarded $100,000 in deer habitat improvement grants to 11 recipients in the U.P.

The money will be used to enhance whitetail habitat on non-state-managed lands.

The grant proposal recipients selected for 2017 are:

MARQUETTE, MI--   A preliminary hearing on firearms charges is set in Marquette Federal Court this week for Jason Sadowski. 

The Ishpeming man was exonerated on seven felony counts after the Michigan Court of Appeals ordered a new trial on charges he tortured two women at his martial arts studio.

RAPID RIVER, MI--    A former abused shelter dog is being hailed as a hero in Delta County, after she found a naked 3-year-old girl lying in a ditch in Rapid River.

SAULT STE. MARIE, MI--   The U.S. Coast Guard continues ice-breaking activities this week, in anticipation of the opening of the Soo Locks on Saturday. 

Wednesday morning a cutter will conduct spring breakout operations on the St. Mary’s River near Pipe and Drummond Islands.  It will open the Pipe Island Passage and circumnavigate Drummond Island along the International Boundary Line into the North Channel.

MARQUETTE, MI--   The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is seeking private landowners to help maintain and improve deer wintering habitat in U.P. counties. 

Officials say habitat quality is an influence in white-tailed deer population trends. 

Three meetings will be held to discuss cost-share programs available to aid in those improvement efforts. Each will be held from 6 to 8 p.m.

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