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--   Registered nurses have returned to work at UPHS-Marquette. 

Hospital doors were open Tuesday morning to the nurses, who went on a 48-hour strike last Thursday through Saturday to protest low staffing levels. The hospital brought in contract nurses to replace the picketing RNs, and when local nurses tried to return to work Saturday morning they found themselves locked out.

Hospital administration says it had to give replacement nurses a five-day contract and claims it told the nurses’ union about the plan.

ESCANABA, MI--   The Escanaba River Bridge on US-2 is closing for work next week. 

The Michigan Department of Transportation says both lanes will be shut down next Monday at 9 a.m. so the old railroad bridge can be removed. M-DOT says in order to expedite the work and minimize closure time, crews will work at night.

During the closure northbound traffic will be detoured via Delta County Roads 426, 420, and 531, then M-35. The detour is reversed for southbound traffic.

The closure will end at 6 a.m. Friday, October 20.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Marquette Police are looking for the culprit in a vehicle hit-and-run in the city. 

Officers responded to the 1200 block of Division Street Monday around 7 a.m. They say a vehicle legally parked on the street was struck by another vehicle and extensively damaged.

Witnesses say around the time of the accident they saw a light-colored pickup truck, possibly white or silver. The suspect vehicle may have damage to the front passenger side.

Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to call the Marquette Police Department at 228-0400.

SCHOOLCRAFT COUNTY, MI--   State police are telling drivers in Schoolcraft County to be on the lookout for a fake officer making traffic stops. 

WLUC-TV says police have received multiple reports of a man in a brown uniform and gold badge stopping motorists. He has no patches or name tag, though he claims he’s a recently hired deputy with the Schoolcraft County Sheriff’s Department.

Witnesses say he’s driving a dark car—possibly a Dodge Charger. It may have a black brush guard on the front, a red and blue flashing light bar inside the windshield, and a spotlight.

GLADSTONE, MI--   A Gladstone woman is jailed in connection with the death of her 15-month-old daughter. 

Saturday around 5:50 p.m. officers from Gladstone Public Safety were called to Thorntree Apartments for an unresponsive child. Officers performed CPR and took the baby to St. Francis Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

GLADSTONE, MI--   Police are investigating the death of a baby in Gladstone.

Saturday around 5:50 p.m. officers from the Public Safety Department were dispatched to a residence on a report of an unresponsive 15-month-old child. Officers performed CPR on the child, which was taken to OSF St. Francis Hospital and pronounced dead.

Authorities say the case is ongoing and a report has been forwarded to the Delta County Prosecutor’s Office for review. 

SANDS TOWNSHIP, MI--   A Gwinn man was injured in a single-vehicle accident in Sands Township Saturday night. 

The Marquette County Sheriff’s Office says it happened just after 10 p.m. on M-553 near Glasses Curve. The 21-year-old driver was southbound in a Ford Explorer when he lost control of the vehicle. It left the roadway, went over an embankment, drove into a ravine, and came to rest in a forested area.

The man sustained non-life-threatening injuries and was taken to UPHS-Marquette for treatment.

He was issued a citation for careless driving.

ALGER COUNTY, MI--   A Marquette County man is hospitalized, following a crash in Alger County.

Troopers from the Negaunee Post say it happened Sunday around 1:15 a.m. on M-94 near Rumley Road. Investigation indicates the 46-year-old driver had been eastbound when he lost control of his vehicle, went off the roadway, and overturned.

The man was taken to UPHS-Marquette with serious injuries.

Troopers say alcohol is suspected to be a factor in the crash, which remains under investigation. 

MARQUETTE, MI--   Three NMU student organizations are hosting public activities to celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day.

The events aim to recognize 525 years of indigenous resistance against colonization. They’ll be held from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday between West Science and Jamrich Hall.

MARQUETTE, MI--  The following is a release from the Michigan Nurses Association:

Nurses employed by UPHS-Marquette, a Duke LifePoint hospital, concluded a 48-hour strike on Saturday at 7AM. At issue is the hospital’s refusal to guarantee minimum nurse staffing levels at all times to protect patient safety.

“From the beginning, management has failed to plan for and ensure long-term, consistent RN safe staffing. Patients deserve better,” said Scott Balko, Operating Room RN and President of the UPHS Marquette RN Staff Council/MNA.