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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The following schools are closed Tuesday, April 11, 2017:


Christ the King Preschool

Father Marquette

Gwinn and Headstart

Ishpeming and Headstart

Marquette and Headstart

Marquette-Alger RESA

Mid Peninsula

Munising and Headstart

Munising Baptist



NMU – a decision on night classes will be made by 2 pm

North Star Academy

Powell Township

Redeemer Lutheran


Superior Central

Wells Township

ISHPEMING, MI--   Residents in the Ishpeming area who remain without power or heat are encouraged to go to the Ishpeming Salvation Army, which has opened as a warming center. 

City officials say please bring your own pillows and blankets. An evening meal will be served tonight and breakfast tomorrow.

The Salvation Army is at 222 E. Division Street.

Officials ask residents to let their friends and neighbors know.

HOUGHTON, MI--   Planned maintenance work on the Portage Lake Lift Bridge scheduled for Monday, April 10, will result in several brief full bridge closures (up to 15 minutes) throughout the day. 

The closures are expected to occur between 9 and 11:30 a.m. and also between 1 and 3:30 p.m. The closures will likely result in delays for motorists.

These closures may extend into Tuesday, April 11.

Later in the week, on Wednesday, April 12, and Thursday, April 13, there will be single-lane closures on the bridge for cleaning and washing the bridge.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Marquette County emergency responders, utility companies, and the County Road Commission are working to clean up the region, following a severe storm that passed through the area

early Monday morning.

UPPCO and the Marquette Board of Light and Power say more than 2,000 residents are without power as of 6:30 a.m.

Several roads are closed in the Negaunee and Ishpeming areas because of downed trees, power lines, and other debris blocking roadways.

They include:

US-41 at County Road 496

Cooper Lake Road

Stoneville Road

The following schools are closed Monday, April 10, 2017 because of power outages/downed trees:

Christ the King Preschool


Ishpeming Headstart



Powell Township


HANCOCK, MI--   The Consul General of Finland to New York is giving the keynote address at Finlandia University’s spring commencement.

Manu Virtamo will speak at the April 30 ceremony, which is also celebrating Finland’s centennial anniversary of independence.

Virtamo has been with the Foreign Service of Finland for the past 36 years, spending time in Washington D.C., Japan, and Los Angeles. He also worked as International Secretary for the Student Union of Helsinki University and the Center Party of Finland.

HANCOCK, MI--   A body has been found in the Portage Canal, and sources say it’s a Hancock man declared missing in January. 

Kenneth Ryan Clark, 33, was reported missing on January 13 when he didn’t show up for dinner and had left his wallet and cell phone behind. His family has been posting flyers and asking for information on his whereabouts.

The body was found floating in the canal Saturday afternoon.

MARQUETTE, MI--   State Representative John Kivela has stepped in to address a persistent hostile working environment at the Marquette Department of Health and Human Services office. 

At a press conference at the Marquette Courthouse Thursday Kivela said he’s met with officials and employees in Marquette and Lansing since last summer to address continuing complaints of harassment, bullying, and intimidation of employees by managers.

MARQUETTE, MI--   A juvenile involved in a social media prank that allegedly prompted an 11-year-old Marquette boy to take his own life has been charged in the incident.

On March 14 the Marquette Police Department was called to a residence on a report of an attempted suicide. They found an 11-year old male unresponsive. The youth was taken to UPHS Marquette, then transferred to the University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor, where he died Tuesday as a result of his injuries.

CRYSTAL FALLS, MI--   The alleged assault of a Forest Park student did not rise to the level of a crime.

That’s according to Iron County Prosecutor Melissa Powell, who released a statement on the incident 

Thursday morning:

"On or about March 10, 2017, Crystal Falls resident, Tim Daniels, filed a Complaint with the Crystal Falls Police Department alleging his nine year old son was assaulted by a school bus driver when the driver allegedly picked the child up and carried him from the bus to a spot near the school’s bike rack.