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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MARQUETTE, MI--   Ten days into the firearm deer season, Department of Natural Resources deer check stations in the U.P. are seeing an average 12 percent increase in numbers over last year.

Preliminary results as of the end of the day Saturday also indicate a 2 percent increase over the ten-year average.

Officials say about 90 percent of the deer checked have been bucks. About 85 percent of those are 2.5 years or older.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   A group of voters has filed almost 14,000 signatures to try and oust Republican state Representative Larry Inman. 

Inman is facing a federal trial for charges that include bribery and lying to law enforcement.

Chris Cooke is Inman’s attorney. He says the petition makes it sound like Inman has been convicted.

“I think you can’t violate somebody’s constitutional right against a presumption of innocence, stick that on a recall petition, as if he’s been convicted of a crime. I just think that’s patently unfair in our society.”

MARQUETTE, MI--   Executives from five U.P. companies have graduated from a program that provides international growth strategies. 

Developed by the U.S. Department of Commerce, ExporTech is a national program designed to help manufacturers and service-based companies expand into global markets. It features three day-long workshops spanning ten to 12 weeks. Training and individualized mentoring is provided from a range of experts on topics including export financing, payment risk, compliance, sales and distribution, and country selection.

MARQUETTE, MI--   A Negaunee resident has been arrested on suspicion of drunken driving, following a crash in Marquette Township. 

The Marquette County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched Friday just before 4 p.m. to US-41 near Commerce Drive. Deputies say a Nissan Versa driven by a Negaunee resident tried to cross the highway from the crossover through the eastbound lanes when it failed to yield to traffic. The Versa was struck in the rear passenger side by a Ford F150 driven by a Marquette resident.

IRON MOUNTAIN, MI--   Two people are seriously injured, following an ATV crash in Iron Mountain.

Police say the accident happened Sunday around 2 p.m. near the intersection of South Forest and West E streets. Officers say two men in their 30s were riding in a 4-wheeler when a snowplow attached to the front made contact with the pavement. That caused the ATV to flip forward and throw both men headfirst onto the pavement. Neither man was wearing a helmet.

MENOMINEE, MI--   The Michigan State Police has served search warrants at Menominee businesses they say dispensed marijuana without a license.

The MSP Marihuana and Tobacco Investigation section executed two search warrants Wednesday at the Hush Lounge and related businesses. Troopers seized cash, records, narcotics, and guns.

At this time no arrests have been made. The case remains under investigation.

The State of Michigan requires all marijuana dispensaries to be licensed.  Funding for such investigations is paid for by licensing and regulatory fees. 

Native comedian/writer Ryan McMahon is the focus of this week's episode.

ESCANABA, MI--   The Escanaba Department of Public Safety is investigating a drowning in the Escanaba Harbor.

Thursday around 1:30 p.m. Delta County Central Dispatch received a call about a body floating in the water near Water Plant Road. Officers found a man floating face down just east of the Harbor Master building.

Police have identified the man as Anthony McCullough, 55, of the Hannahville Indian Community. McCullough was pronounced dead at the scene.

MENOMINEE, MI--    The adopted son of a man found dead in his Harris Township home has been charged in the man’s murder.

Gary Phillips-Donovan, 35, of Bark River was arraigned Wednesday in Menominee County District Court on a charge of open murder.

Michigan State Police from the Gladstone Post were called to 74-year-old Michael Donovan’s Harris residence Tuesday afternoon. He was found dead in his detached garage with severe trauma to his face and head. An autopsy indicates Donovan died of blunt force trauma.

MARQUETTE, MI--   The U.S. Department of Agriculture is funding various U.P. projects through its Distance Learning and Telemedicine grant program. 

Ortele LLC is getting nearly $100,000 to address opioid misuse and provide continued professional education and general medical care. Its Wayne County hub will connect to sites in Gogebic, Mackinac, Luce and Marquette counties. It will serve 44,000 rural residents.