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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LAKEFIELD TOWNSHIP, MI--   Police are investigating a fatal house fire in Luce County.

Tuesday around 5:45 p.m. State Police from the Sault Ste. Marie Post and Newberry Detachment were dispatched to a residence on County Road 417 in Lakefield Township. After the fire was extinguished a deceased individual was found among the debris.

Officials say no foul play is suspected at this time, and the fire remains under investigation.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Demolition of a portion of NMU’s University Center has begun. 

President Fritz Erickson did the honors Tuesday morning and kicked off the initial phase of the demolition of the Explorers Wing.

SHEBOYGAN, WI--   Finlandia University is mourning the loss of former President Robert Ubbelohde. 

Ubbelohde joined Finlandia—then Suomi College—as the Dean of Faculty in 1988. Shortly afterward he was named President and Professor of Philosophy until his retirement in 2004.

Ubbelohde was instrumental in converting Suomi College into Finlandia University—a baccalaureate degree-granting institution. The change happened in July of 2000.

Funeral arrangements are set for Thursday at 11 a.m. at St. Peter Lutheran Church in Sheboygan, Wisconsin.

Ubbelohde was 75.  

International Bridge Authority

SAULT STE. MARIE, MI--   Two peregrine falcon chicks have hatched on the International Bridge in Sault Ste. Marie. 

The International Bridge Administration’s new FalCam caught the chicks hatching Thursday morning. Last year the same pair of endangered raptors hatched four chicks. A total of 24 falcon chicks have hatched on the bridge since 2010, when officials started counting.

Watching the birds has become a popular pastime—the IBA says since the FalCam went online, website usage has increased 46 percent.

To see the falcons, go to

LANSING, MI--   The Department of Environmental Quality has issued a wetlands permit for the Aquila Resources Back Forty Mine in Menominee County. 

Officials say last month the Environmental Protection Agency and Aquila resolved several objections the EPA had raised about the project. The DEQ says it used that EPA-supported framework to draft the permit.

MARQUETTE, MI--   A former NMU professor has entered a plea in an assault case. 

Amber Suggitt, 33, was arrested in February 2017 after a shot was fired into a wall in a Fair Street residence.  Suggitt was arrested and charged with assault with intent to murder, kidnapping, first-degree home invasion, assault with intent to commit sexual penetration, and four counts of felony firearms.

Suggitt has pleaded no contest to one count each of kidnapping, torture, and assault with intent to commit sexual penetration. A jury trial scheduled for this week has been canceled.

MACKINAC COUNTY, MI--   A Mackinac County man is in custody, after he aimed a gun at deputies.

The Sheriff’s Office was called Sunday around 6:30 p.m. to a residence on a report of a felon in possession of a firearm with children in the home. When deputies arrived at the home a man appeared and leveled a long gun at them. One of the deputies fired at the man and struck him in the hand.

The suspect was taken to McLaren Northern Michigan Hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries.

MARQUETTE, MI--   The Community Foundation of Marquette County has released a list of this year’s grant recipients.

Officials say 115 applications produced 79 grants for non-profit projects within Marquette County. They include the Liberty Children’s Art Project, the Peninsula Arts Appreciation Council, and Teaching Family Homes of Upper Michigan.

Funding was secured through investments from donor gifts over the past 30 years.

The Foundation will award checks to recipients at a picnic Tuesday. It takes place at 5:30 p.m. at the Presque Isle Park Pavilion.  

Northern Michigan University

MARQUETTE, MI--   Northern Michigan University has been named one of the top five Best East Coast Colleges for Skiers by Powder Magazine.

Though mixing schools in the East with one in the Midwest might not make geographical sense, the editors

give a nod to Lake Superior and its snow-making ability. The article says Marquette Mountain’s proximity to campus means students can hit the slopes between classes or after hours.

It also mentions the Midwest’s only true powder skiing at Mount Bohemia in Keweenaw County—about 2.5 hours away.

ESCANABA, MI--   Several Delta County residents have been arrested on drug charges.

Saturday around 1 a.m. Escanaba Public Safety officers executed a search warrant in the city of Escanaba. Seven people were arrested on various charges including maintaining a drug house, possession of methamphetamine, possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, possession of analogues, and possession of a concealed weapon. Two of the subjects had outstanding warrants out of Marquette County.

Officials say additional charges will be forthcoming.