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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MUNISING, MI--   A teenaged boy has been rescued from thin ice in Alger County.

Tuesday around 9:20 p.m. Sheriff’s deputies received a call from James Zielinski, 17. He said he was on ice near the Munising City Dock on Munising Bay and the ice was beginning to crack.

City Police responded and saw Zielinski on the bay about 50 feet east of the dock. The Alger County Rescue 21 team was able to reach Zielinski with a Rapid Deployment Craft and bring him to shore.

EMS personnel treated Zielinski for low body temperature. He was then released to his father.

MARQUETTE, MI--   The City of Marquette’s Clerk’s Office and Senior Center are holding an election and voter information forum next month in anticipation of the upcoming presidential primary election. 

February 13 from 9 a.m. until noon staff will be in Room B of the Senior Center to assist in voter registration. Interested residents will be able to get and vote absentee ballots for the March 10 presidential primary. They can also request to be added to the city’s permanent absentee voter list.

Chocolay Raptor Center

MARQUETTE, MI--   The Chocolay Raptor Center is releasing a rescued and rehabbed eagle back into the wild Tuesday.

The juvenile bald eagle was seen feeding on a deer carcass for two days in December. When Department of Natural Resources officers approached it didn’t fly away, indicating something was wrong. The eagle was taken to a rehab facility near Rhinelander, where officials found it was suffering from lead poisoning.

Two months of therapy have made the raptor healthy again. Because it was found in the U.P. it has been brought back to Marquette for release.

NEGAUNEE TOWNSHIP, MI--   A Marquette man was injured in a snowmobile accident in Negaunee Township over the weekend.

Sunday around 11 a.m. the Marquette County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to an area along the power lines about a quarter mile west of Hoist Road. They say Todd Miskovich, 41, of Marquette jumped a snow drift with his machine and fell off. He injured his right leg.

Miskovich was transported to UPHS-Marquette for treatment.

Deputies say speed and alcohol were not factors in the crash.

HURLEY, WI--   A woman has died in a snowmobile accident in Iron County, Wisconsin. 

Sunday just before 2 a.m. Emergency Dispatch received a call that a snowmobile had gone off Trail 17 outside of Hurley and the driver was unresponsive.

Hurley Police officers and Iron County Sheriff’s deputies responded and began lifesaving measures. Hurley Snowmobile Rescue took the 47-year-old woman to Aspirus Grand View Hospital in Ironwood, where she was later pronounced dead.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

CRYSTAL FALLS, MI--   The Iron County Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate the death of an inmate. 

January 11 around 7:50 a.m. deputies discovered a deceased inmate in the county jail. He is identified as Jonathan Parker.

Officials conducted an investigation and concluded Parker took his own life.

The Michigan State Police has been asked to do an independent investigation of the death.

No further details have been released at this time.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Northern Michigan University is honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a number of campus events Monday.

Starting at noon an Equity March will begin at the Forest Roberts Theatre lobby and proceed to the Lodge. A program afterward will include speakers and Poetry without Borders.

MARQUETTE, MI--   RTI Surgical of Marquette is closed due to a chemical leak.

The Marquette Fire Department was dispatched Saturday around 8 a.m. to North River Park Circle on a report that a heat treat furnace had filled the building with a chemical smell. Firefighters found employees had evacuated the building and were outside. The area involved was filled with an orange plume and a clear liquid was on the floor.

PORTAGE TOWNSHIP, MI--   Two people have died in a house fire in Portage Township. 

Michigan State Police from the St. Ignace Post were dispatched Saturday around 8:30 a.m. on a report that multiple fire departments were battling a structure fire. They learned two occupants were unable to get out of the house.

Fire officials later located two deceased residents inside the home. Their names are not being released at this time.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation by the MSP Fire Marshal Division.

LANSING, MI--   Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel Friday announced criminal sexual conduct charges have been filed against two more priests by her department’s Clergy Abuse Investigation Team.

Multiple charges have been filed in three Upper Peninsula counties against Gary Allen Jacobs and Roy Joseph, both former priests associated with the Catholic Diocese of Marquette.