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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FLORENCE COUNTY, WI (AP)--   A county in rural northeastern Wisconsin has declared itself a Second Amendment sanctuary, a move commissioners say is designed to send a "keep your hands off our guns" message to politicians. 

The Journal Sentinel says the nonbinding measure gives the sheriff the ability to "exercise sound discretion to not enforce against any citizen an unconstitutional firearms law."

Florence County Supervisor Edwin Kelley says a recent call by Gov. Tony Evers for gun control action has made his constituents nervous.

IRON MOUNTAIN, MI--   The Dickinson County Board of Commissioners and Dickinson County Healthcare System Board of Trustees have reached an agreement on the performance of autopsies at the hospital. 

DCHS has outsourced its pathology services to Medical Lab Associates of Marquette. Officials said the hospital had been performing such services without a contract and without reasonable volume, and a decision was made to control costs.

PENTLAND TOWNSHIP, MI--   Michigan State Police from the Sault Ste. Marie Post are investigating the break-in of a seasonal residence near Newberry. 

Troopers say sometime between February 9 and February 21 of this year someone forced their way into a residence on M-28 in Pentland Township. A World War II-era Japanese rifle with attached scope was taken from the home.

Anyone with information regarding the breaking and entering or the stolen rifle is asked to call Trooper Robbins of the MSP Sault Ste. Marie Post at 906-632-2217.

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Michigan Department of Natural Resources

BIG BAY, MI--   Registration for this winter’s Becoming an Outdoors Woman program is now open.

Sponsored by the Department of Natural Resources, the weekend event lets women improve their outdoor skills in a relaxed, noncompetitive atmosphere. Instruction will be offered in more than two dozen activities, including cross-country skiing, archery, winter camping and shelter building, fly tying, and wilderness first aid.

BOW participants stay and take their classes at Bay Cliff Health Camp near Big Bay. Food, lodging and most materials are included.

MARQUETTE, MI--   The City of Marquette has a new mayor. 

Jenna Smith was selected by the City Commission and sworn in Tuesday evening. She replaces Fred Stonehouse in the mayor’s seat and is the first woman to be in the position since 1980. 

Jenn Hill is the new mayor pro-tem.

Two new commissioners were also sworn in Tuesday. Andrew Lorinser and Evan Bonsall won seats in the November election. They replace Sarah Reynolds and Dave Campana, whose terms expired.

Diane St. Martin

MENOMINEE, MI--   Menominee Police are asking for the public’s help in finding a missing 17-year-old girl.

Officers say Kristin Hope Gromoske was last seen leaving her mother’s apartment on 1st Street Friday night. Kristin’s mother thinks she was picked up there and is concerned for her safety.

Kristin’s phone was detected to be in the Marinette/Menominee/Porterfield area Saturday.

Officials are asking anyone with information regarding Gromoske’s whereabouts to call the Menominee Police Department at 906-863-5568.

HANCOCK, MI--   Finlandia University is adopting a test-optional admissions policy.

Students will be able to opt out of providing scores from standardized tests like the SAT and ACT. Instead, they can be evaluated on their high school or college grade point average and rigor of previous coursework.

MARQUETTE TOWNSHIP, MI--   An Ishpeming man was ticketed for causing a two-vehicle accident in a new Marquette Township roundabout Tuesday. 

The Marquette County Sheriff’s Office says it happened around 2:40 p.m. on US-41 at the Brickyard Road roundabout. David Schneider, 31, of Ishpeming was eastbound in a Saturn sedan when he lost control of his vehicle. It hit a GMC pickup in the roundabout driven by Elliot Conroy, 21, of Ishpeming.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Peter White Public Library is collecting food because of overdue books. 

The “Food for Fines” program kicked off Monday. Library staff are collecting canned goods and other non-perishable items as part of the TV6 Canathon. One dollar of fines will be forgiven for each donated food item. Those whose books are returned on time can get a free film rental per donation.

Items can be donated at the check-out desk on the main floor during library hours.