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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Chippewa County, WI Sheriff's Department

UPDATE: Chippewa County, Wisconsin officials have identified the man as Jason Burgett, 42, of Wisconsin. He's lodged in the Chippewa County Jail on a $100,000 cash bond.


LAKE HALLIE, WI--   Police in Escanaba and the FBI think a Milwaukee man may be linked to the attempted armed robbery of the Northern United Federal Credit Union on July 5. 

Daily Press

GLADSTONE, MI--   The Gladstone City Commission is removing City Manager Darcy Long from his position. 

The Escanaba Daily Press says at a special Tuesday meeting Mayor Joe Thompson made a motion to provide in writing notice of removal from office “for misfeasance, malfeasance and nofeasance to Manager Long.”

The terms are types of failure to discharge public obligations.

Chippewa County Sheriff's Office

SAULT STE. MARIE, MI--   One of Chippewa County’s most wanted criminals has been arrested in Tennessee.

Sheriff Mike Bitnar says Joseph Ellsworth is wanted on seven felony warrants out of Chippewa and Mackinac counties. The warrants are for home invasion, multiple counts of breaking and entering, malicious destruction of property, and receiving stolen property. He’s accused of breaking into area churches and stealing money from them.

Arrangements are being made to bring Ellsworth back to the U.P. to face criminal charges.

LANSING, MI--   From the Michigan Department of Corrections:

Michigan Department of Corrections employees face a higher likelihood of symptoms related to Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, suicidal ideation, major depressive disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, and alcohol abuse compared to the general public, according to a study conducted by Desert Waters Correctional Outreach.

GLADSTONE, MI--   The Hiawatha National Forest has released maps of prime blueberry picking areas.

Official say U.S. Forest Service land managers clearcut and use low-intensity prescribed fire to mimic natural wildfire patterns. They also revitalize worn out blueberry bushes.

LAKE LINDEN, MI--   The Buffalo Reef Task Force is meeting later this month to discuss methods of managing copper mine tailings that threaten fish spawning habitat. 

Buffalo Reef sits just off the mouth of the Big Traverse River in Houghton County. The tailings, known as stamp sands, have been moving from Gay south along the shoreline and toward the reef. The sands threaten critical whitefish and lake trout spawning sites on the reef.

SAULT STE. MARIE, MI--   The U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration has awarded a $2 million grant to the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians for a manufacturing warehouse.

The grant—with a $350,000 local match—will help build a new 20,000 square foot manufacturing and warehouse facility. It will be tribally owned and operated and serve as an opportunity for local businesses to operate and grow their industries.   

Delta County Prosecutor's Office

ESCANABA, MI--   The man arrested for trying to rob the Escanaba Hardee’s Tuesday has been arraigned in Delta County District Court. 

Mark Wilson, 59, of Kalamazoo is accused of handing a restaurant employee a note saying he had a gun. It asked for money to be brought to him in the men’s bathroom. Employees called 911 after Wilson went into the bathroom.

Escanaba Public Safety officers cleared the restaurant and persuaded Wilson to come out of the men’s room. He was arrested without incident.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Northern Michigan University is among the top 200 colleges for indigenous students for 2019-20. 

That’s according to Winds of Change magazine, a quarterly published by the American Indian Science and Engineering Society. The list will appear in November’s special college issue. It’s the only resource of its kind for Native Americans, Alaska Natives and Native Hawaiians focusing on the STEM disciplines.

ESCANABA, MI--   Two Houghton residents were arrested after they were found asleep in their car with a baby in the back seat in the Escanaba Walmart parking lot. 

Public Safety officers were dispatched around 1:05 a.m. Monday to the scene. They had to make several attempts to wake the two adults, who seemed to be in distress. Rampart EMS evaluated all occupants but found no medical conditions.