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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Courtesy Michigan DNR

LUCE COUNTY, MI (DNR) – The Michigan Department of Natural Resources today offered an updated assessment and details of properties lost in the Upper Peninsula’s Duck Lake Fire.

Thus far, 100 properties have been inspected for possible damage. Inspections are ongoing, and the entire fire has not been inspected. Of the 100 properties inspected, 31 properties have suffered losses. On the 31 properties that suffered losses – some with multiple structures — 95 structures were lost. Those include:

LANSING, MI (AP) – The Michigan Senate has passed legislation that would end pensions for newly hired public school employees and switch them into a 401(K)-style retirement plan.

The Republican-led Senate on Thursday passed the measure that includes many changes to the state’s Public School Employees’ Retirement System. The bill now goes to the House.

SAULT STE. MARIE, MI – U.S. and Canadian officials are planning a celebration next month for the 50th anniversary of the bridge that links Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan and its Ontario namesake. The Sault Ste. Marie Bridge Authority met Thursday in Michigan and heard a presentation about the June observances.

On June 28 authorities will light red and white industrial rope strands on the Canadian portion of the bridge. The U.S. side will get strands of red, white, and blue.

ISHPEMING, MI – The Tilden Mine is resuming iron ore pellet production after being stopped for about a week to replace an electric cable. Cleveland-based Cliffs Natural Resources’ says pellet production is scheduled to resume Friday night at the mine near Ishpeming.

Pellet production stopped May 10 after a high temperature reading was found in the cable.

Another shutdown is planned in early June for maintenance.

CARNEY, MI – Menominee County officials are investigating a fire at a Carney business Thursday night.

The county Sheriff’s Department says firefighters were called to Superior Cedar Products around 5 p.m. Thursday. High winds apparently encouraged the flames, which spread rapidly through the building. More than 100 firefighters battled the blaze, which flared up again and had to be brought back under control.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

MARQUETTE, MI – The 36th running of the Big Bay Relay will be held Saturday, and race officials want to make sure the runners are safe.

Participants will take off from the River Park Sports Complex in Marquette at 8 a.m. and run about 26 miles to the finish at Perkins Park. More than 40 teams are expected to take part.

Officials say runners will be wearing a reflective strap and running on the left side of the road, facing traffic. “Race in progress” signs will be posted throughout the course between 8 a.m. and 2 p.m.

MARQUETTE TOWNSHIP, MI (WNMU) – A Marquette teen is lucky to be uninjured, following a one-vehicle crash in Marquette Township.

The Marquette County Sheriff’s Office was called Monday around 1:30 p.m. to County Road 550 north of Middle Island Point Road.

Deputies say Cassandra Gasman, 17, of Marquette was southbound when she said she fell asleep, drove off the right side of the road, hit the ditch, and rolled the vehicle.


WALLACE, MI (WNMU) – Police have released the name of a man who went missing on the Menominee River last Thursday.

WLUC TV says Mark Geib, 48, of Wallace was apparently fishing from a bank on River Drive that night when he fell in after trying to retrieve a fish on his line.

Divers from the Michigan State Police and Marinette County, Wisconsin searched for Geib Friday morning through Sunday, but were unable to locate his body.

Officials are asking residents to keep an eye on the river, and the Menominee Marine Patrol says it will scan the area daily.


NEGAUNEE TOWNSHIP, MI (WNMU) – One person is injured, following a single-vehicle crash in Negaunee Township.

State Police from the Negaunee Post say the accident happened Monday around 4:20 p.m. on US-41 near Industrial Park Drive.

Troopers say a vehicle driven by Stephanie Godfrey, 32, of Marquette was eastbound when she lost control of her vehicle, veered across the westbound lanes and went off the north side of the road. The vehicle then traveled down a steep embankment and crashed into several trees.


UNDATED (WNMU) – AAA Michigan says gasoline prices are up about 9 cents per gallon over the past week to a statewide average of $3.94. The auto club says the average is about a $1.26 per gallon higher than last year at this time.

Of the cities it surveys, AAA Michigan says the cheapest price for self-serve unleaded fuel is in the Lansing area, where it’s $3.82 a gallon. The highest average can be found in the Marquette area, at $4.10.

AAA Michigan surveys 2,800 Michigan gas stations daily.