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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LANSING, MI--   As Michigan businesses begin to reopen, employers are urged to utilize the State’s

LANSING, MI--   Governor Gretchen Whitmer has signed executive order 2020-96 to reopen retail businesses and auto dealerships by appointment statewide on Tuesday, May 26, as part of her MI Safe Start plan. 

The governor’s executive order also lifts the  requirement that health care providers delay some nonessential medical, dental, and veterinary procedures statewide  beginning on Friday, May 29. And the order authorizes small  gatherings  of 10 people or less starting immediately, as long as participants practice social distancing.

STEPHENSON, MI--   Michigan State Police are investigating a two-vehicle accident that happened in Menominee County Sunday.

Troopers from the Gladstone Post say it happened in front of the Cedar River Plaza in Stephenson. A northbound vehicle tried to turn left into the plaza parking lot, and turned into the path of a southbound vehicle.

The diver of the northbound vehicle sustained severe, but non-life-threatening injuries. He was taken to Bay Area Medical Center in Marinette for treatment. His infant daughter was properly restrained in the back seat and wasn’t injured.

GLADSTONE, MI--   Two people were injured in a single-vehicle rollover crash in Gladstone Tuesday morning. 

Around 9:15 a.m. troopers from the Gladstone Post were dispatched to US-2 near Lakeshore Drive. They say Richard Dutton, 77, of Rapid River was northbound when he suffered a medical issue. His vehicle unintentionally sped up before Dutton lost control of it. The vehicle crossed the median and southbound lanes and rolled six or seven times.

CALUMET, MI--   Michigan State Police from the Calumet Post are looking for information on the theft of a 2004 ATV.    

The Yamaha Raptor was taken from a residence in Franklin Township sometime after 9 p.m. on May 20 and 4:30 p.m. on the 21st.

The ATV is white with a red frame. The VIN is #JY4AJ11Y44C007273.

Officials say it was not in running condition and was likely hauled in a trailer or truck.

Anyone with information about the incident or vehicle is asked to contact the Calumet Post at 337-5145.

LANSING, MI--   Approximately 350,000 Michigan families will continue to have access to additional food assistance benefits in the month of May in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) announced today.

The additional food assistance was initially approved for March and April – and now that is being extended for May. 

BATES TOWNSHIP, MI--   Serious injuries are reported following an ATV crash in Iron County Saturday.

Michigan State Police from the Iron Mountain Post say it happened around 8:40 p.m. on a private trail near Bates-Amasa Road in Bates Township. Troopers say Mathew Stoychoff, 41, of Hudson, Iowa lost control of his ATV while negotiating a curve at a high rate of speed. The ATV hit a tree. Stoychoff was ejected into another tree.

Stoychoff was taken to Aspirus Hospital, Iron River, then airlifted to Wausau, Wisconsin for further treatment.

HOUGHTON, MI--   Several organizations are collaborating to provide Keweenaw businesses with reopening kits. 

The kits are designed to help small businesses obtain a basic level of supplies to meet state requirements in order to safely open their doors. They include disposable face masks, food service-grade gloves, disinfectant spray, hand sanitizer, laminated safety signage, floor tape for social distance markings,  checklists, employee screening, and other guidance for a safe reopening, and a “Keweenaw Safe, Keweenaw Strong” decal. 

MARQUETTE TOWNSHIP, MI--   The Marquette County Sheriff’s Office has developed a suspect in a pedestrian hit and run crash in Marquette Township on May 7. 

Deputies received a tip last week and found a van abandoned in a wooded area on County Road KB near Brown Deer Road in Powell Township. The van was towed to the Michigan State Police Forensic Lab in Marquette for processing.

Police say a suspect has been identified. The investigation continues and a report will be forwarded to the Prosecutor’s Office for review.

LANSING, MI--   Following the completion Friday of testing prisoners at Michigan Reformatory in Ionia for COVID-19, the Michigan Department of Corrections has completed its goal of testing every prisoner in its system.

The department had been testing symptomatic prisoners since late March and had done well more than a thousand tests. In mid-April, the MDOC started the mass testing of several facilities on its own as a continuation of its proactive measures to slow the spread of the virus in its facilities.