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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New dean at Finlandia

Aug 11, 2017

HANCOCK, MI--   Erin Barnett has been named Dean of Students at Finlandia University. 

Barnett came to Finlandia in 2013 from Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, Kentucky, where she worked with the first-year college experience. In her final position there she was the Director of First Year Learning Communities and Courses.

At Finlandia Barnett advanced from Coordinator of Academic Support Services to Director of Academic Success and Student Life in 2014.

Barnett accepted the dean position in July.  

U.S. Coast Guard

SAULT STE. MARIE, MI--   A freighter has run aground in the St. Marys River in Sault Ste. Marie.

The Coast Guard reports the 629-foot Calumet ran aground on the northern side of Sugar Island Wednesday around 11:40 p.m. It wasn’t carrying any cargo. 

The freighter was coming from Essar Steel in the Soo, Ontario and was headed to Brevort, Michigan when it became stuck.

Officials say no injuries are reported and no pollution has been detected.

MARQUETTE, MI--   U.S. Senator Gary Peters is taking a five-day, seven-county motorcycle tour across the U.P. and Western Michigan next week.

It’s the second such #RideMI trip for the avid motorcyclist, who says he will meet with constituents to discuss his efforts to help grow Michigan’s small businesses, bolster the manufacturing sector, and expand critical infrastructure.

The tour begins Monday in Marquette County. He’ll make additional stops throughout the week in Baraga, Ontonagon, Gogebic, Iron, and Dickinson counties.

PORTAGE TOWNSHIP, MI--   The Houghton County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the possible theft of a boat. 

The Sylvan 17-foot open-bow boat is missing from Portage Township. It’s described as blue and white in color with a 115-horsepower Evinrude outboard motor on the rear, along with a 6-horsepower Mercury small outboard motor.

The vessel was docked on a shore station along the shoreline near 46189 US-41 in Houghton.

Anyone who sees the boat is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at 482-0055 or the Coast Guard at 482-3253.

GLADSTONE, MI--   A portion of bike trail in the Hiawatha National Forest has been closed until further notice. 

Active logging in the area has shut down a segment of the Valley Spur Mountain Bike Trail. Officials say loggers are removing American Beech trees killed by Beech Bark Disease. They say removal of the trees will make the trail safer for mountain bikers.

All riders are asked to stay off that portion of the trail until it reopens.  

ESCANABA, MI--   The City of Escanaba is conducting fire flow testing on seven area hydrants Thursday. 

Officials say they’re hopeful the activity will not create rusty water in residents’ homes. If water does become discolored they say crews will quickly purge the system. In order to do that, crews will need to flush rusty water from the main until it clears.

Any resident who has discolored water should wait an hour before flushing their own service line. If the water still contains rust after 20 minutes of flushing a residential line, please contact the water plant.

MANISTIQUE, MI--   A Manistique man has been arrested for a violent home invasion incident in the city early Tuesday morning.  

Manistique Public Safety was called around 11 a.m. to a home on the 600 block of Manistique Avenue on a report that someone had broken in and assaulted a woman who lived there. Officers determined it had happened in the early morning hours and that there was a second victim, who lived several blocks away on Garden Avenue.

ESCANABA, MI--   The Escanaba Department of Public Safety was called to another scrap yard fire on Monday.

Firefighters were dispatched around 3:30 p.m. to Coplan Iron and Metal Company on a report of an explosion and fire. Upon arrival officials found a pile of scrap vehicles emitting heavy smoke and flames. Coplan staff used heavy machinery to move the piles of scrap around to help firefighters extinguish the blaze.

The fire did not affect any buildings and no injuries were reported.

IRONWOOD, MI--   Work on the US-2 business route from the highway to the Wisconsin state line begins in Ironwood Wednesday.

The Michigan Department of Transportation is milling and resurfacing 1.3 miles. It will also make drainage structure repairs; upgrade concrete sidewalk ramps to Americans with Disabilities Act standards; make concrete joint repairs; and resurface 0.3 miles of US-2 from the state line to west of Tourist Park Road in Ironwood. 

Work will require lane shifts and closures under flag control.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Residents of the City of Marquette have a couple of races and one big issue to consider in Tuesday’s primary election.

Three seats on the City Commission are up for grabs. The candidates are Tom Baldini, Justin Brugman, Peter Frazier, Tony Ghiringhelli, Matthew Luttenberger, Jermey Ottaway, and Fred Stonehouse.

Two seats are available on the Marquette Board of Light and Power. Those candidates are Edward Angeli, Dave Carlson, Jorma Lankinen, John Prince, and Tom Tourville.