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--   Governor Gretchen Whitmer has signed Executive Order 2020-101, extending the validity of watercraft registrations that expired after February 1, 2020 to July 31, 2020.   

LANSING, MI--   The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) has changed the way it reports data on COVID-19 testing.

The change makes the data more accurate and relevant as the state continues to expand diagnostic testing to help slow and contain the spread of COVID-19. The update to the website separates out the results of two different types of tests – serology and diagnostic. Michigan – along with some other states – has not separated data for diagnostic and serology tests. 

NATIONAL MINE--   Michigan State Police from the Negaunee post are investigating a suspicious house fire.

Troopers were dispatched early Friday morning to a house in National Mine. When they arrived the residence was completely engulfed.

Three women who had reportedly been in the residence were arrested on unrelated charges.

The MSP Fire Investigator is looking into the cause of the fire.

Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to call the Negaunee Post at 475-9922 or use the Michigan State Police Mobile App to leave a tip.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Many Marquette County parks are reopening Friday. 

In the City of Marquette walking and biking will be allowed in all parks, including Presque Isle Park. Playgrounds and restrooms will remain closed. Sugarloaf mountain’ will also reopen. Social distancing and hand sanitizing signage will be installed at the trailhead.

Chocolay Township will not open the ball fields, tennis courts, pickle ball courts, or play equipment at this time because they need additional maintenance.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Although Governor Whitmer’s executive order allows Upper Peninsula employees who can’t work remotely to return to offices, the Marquette County Courthouse is allowing visitors by appointment only. 

The same will hold true for the Ishpeming Service Center.

All Marquette County courts are accepting filings and holding proceedings. Remote options are being used for court appearances, when possible. Those who are scheduled to appear in-person for a court hearing should contact the court to confirm their physical presence is required.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Retailers, restaurants and bars in the Upper Peninsula and parts of northern Lower Michigan are reopening Friday.

That’s due in large part to the region’s low COVID-19 infection rate.

Doctor Kevin Piggott is medical director of the Marquette County Health Department. He says the U.P. was weeks behind the first case reported in the Detroit area.

DAFTER TOWNSHIP, MI--   A 29-year-old man has been seriously injured in an ATV crash in Chippewa County. 

Troopers from the Sault Ste. Marie Post were dispatched Wednesday around 8:15 p.m. to a camp on West 11 Mile Road in Dafter Township. They found a man lying unconscious next to a four-wheeler.

Investigation revealed the rider lost control of the ATV, which struck a tree.

The man was taken to War Memorial Hospital, then flown to Spectrum Hospital in Grand Rapids in critical condition.

MARQUETTE, MI--   A Marquette man has been arrested for trying to rob a city business.

Around 6:25 a.m. Thursday the Marquette Police Department responded to a complaint at the Freedom gas station. The suspect reportedly handed an employee a note that said he was armed and to give him money. The attendant refused to comply and the suspect left the store.

Moments later the suspect was arrested on the 400 block of Washington Street without incident.

LANSING, MI--   Today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer 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. 

ONTONAGON, MI--   A former priest with the Marquette Diocese is headed to trial in two counties on criminal sexual conduct charges.

Gary Jacobs, 74, of Albuquerque, New Mexico was bound over to Dickinson County Circuit Court Monday on a charge of second-degree CSC, and bound over in Ontonagon County Wednesday on eight counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and two counts of second-degree CSC.