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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A two-spirit Native couple competes in the TV show Amazing Race Canada.

IRONWOOD, MI--   The Ironwood Department of Public Safety is asking residents who are missing items from their cars or garages to step forward.

Officers have received several reports from citizens who said their property was stolen.

Michigan State Police received a tip and shared it with Public Safety officers. On Wednesday they, along with the Gogebic County Sheriff’s Department, Hurley Police Department and Iron County Sheriff’s Department, executed a search warrant at an Ironwood home. Property from several of the thefts was recovered.

MARQUETTE TOWNSHIP, MI--   The traffic configuration at the Marquette Township roundabout construction project is set to change on Monday. 

Traffic at the County Road 492/US-41 intersection will shift to the north side of the highway using the north side of the new roundabout. The west entrance to Walmart will be restricted to in only. Traffic will exit Walmart at the east drive.

A similar shift will take place at the Brickyard Road/US-41 intersection on Tuesday, September 24. Highway traffic will be restricted to one lane in each direction at Brickyard Road.

BARAGA, MI--   A L’Anse woman has been sentenced in the death of her 2-year-old nephew.

On December 23, 2017 Genevieve Meyers, 37, brought an unresponsive Walker Meyers to Baraga County Memorial Hospital. She was his legal guardian.

The toddler was flown to Milwaukee Children’s Hospital, where he died of his injuries. Medical experts determined the toddler’s death was due to abuse.

Meyers pleaded no contest to 2nd degree murder in August. She was sentenced in Baraga County Circuit Court to 22 years, 6 months to 40 years in prison.

BARAGA, MI--   A Baraga County Circuit Court judge has ruled in favor of a farmer who was accused by the Department of Natural Resources of raising exotic, illegal pigs. 

The DNR designated Russian boar and related hybrids as invasive species in 2010, saying they were escaping from farms and ranches and causing environmental damage. Officials claimed eight of Roger Turunen’s pigs were prohibited under an Invasive Species Order.

WASHINGTON, D.C.--   State Senator Ed McBroom is asking for an exemption for the D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans so it can continue to receive services from Medicare and Medicaid. 

The federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services require skilled nursing facilities like Jacobetti to equip each resident room with its own bathroom. Currently, 105 of the 186 beds at the facility, all occupied by men, do not meet CMS certification requirements because the bathroom facilities are shared by two residents.

MARQUETTE, MI--   The United Way of Marquette County is off and running with a goal to raise $400,000 during this year’s campaign. 

The organization works with 24 partner agencies, like the Alzheimer’s Association, Dial Help, and Marquette County Habitat for Humanity.

United Way Executive Director Andrew Rickauer says giving to the United Way helps your friends, neighbors and coworkers.

“So many people are affected. Last year over 16,000 people were impacted from programs that were funded by the United Way,” he says. 

Native filmmaker Jeff Barnaby brings zombies to a First Nations reserve.

MARQUETTE, MI--   The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy has awarded grants to several Upper Peninsula entities for electronics recycling.

The money will fund electronics drop-off locations and community collection events in rural areas.

A grant is headed to the Superior Watershed Foundation. It will help purchase two Alger County storage buildings for permanent collection locations in the county.

Northern Michigan University

MARQUETTE, MI--   Enrollment for undergraduate and graduate students at Northern Michigan University has increased by 137 over last fall. 

The 10th day enrollment report indicates 7,732 students are enrolled, a 1.8 percent increase from fall semester 2018. The number of first-time graduate students rose by 71. That’s a 63.4 percent increase over last year.

The number of new, first-time freshmen decreased by seven. Maintaining the new freshmen rate gives NMU an 18.2 percent increase over a three-year period, which bucks state and national trends.