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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Diane St. Martin

MENOMINEE, MI--   Police say they’ve found the body of a missing Menominee girl.

Seventeen-year-old Kristin Hope Gromoske was last seen November 8 leaving her mother’s apartment on 1st Street. Her mother became concerned about Kristin after someone picked her up.

The Menominee Police Department, Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Marinette County Sheriff’s Office and Marinette City Police searched the Menominee River Tuesday near Stephenson Island. Around 3 p.m. they found Gromoske’s body.

The incident remains under investigation.

HARRIS TOWNSHIP, MI--   Officials have released the name of the man killed in Harris Tuesday.

Michigan State Police from the Gladstone Post say the victim is identified as Michael Donovan, 74, of Menominee County. He was found in a Harris Township residence around 12:30 Tuesday afternoon.

Police are treating the incident as a homicide. An autopsy is scheduled to determine the cause of death.

HARRIS, MI--   Michigan State Police are investigating a homicide in Menominee County Tuesday. 

Troopers from the Gladstone Post were dispatched to a residence in Harris around 12:30 p.m. Investigation revealed a man appeared to have died as a result of foul play.

His name has not been released, pending notification of next of kin.

The Marquette Crime Lab was contacted and responded to the scene. State Police are investigating the death as a homicide and have a suspect in custody. They say they have no reason to believe any other suspects are at large.

LANSING, MI--   The U.S. Department of Agriculture has designated 43 Michigan counties primary natural disaster areas, following adverse weather conditions. 

Seven Upper Peninsula counties are included in that designation.

Officials with the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development say farmers in the state were affected this year by everything from severe cold and early snowfall to historic rainfall events. They say the weather impacted both planting and harvest, producing a devastating effect on agricultural community.

Upper Peninsula Health System

MARQUETTE, MI--   Upper Peninsula Health System has named Janell Larson as the new Director of Marketing and Communications. 

Larson earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration at Central Michigan University. She brings 21 years of experience in the marketing field.

The Engadine native worked at Marquette General Hospital as a Community Relations Coordinator of Sales and Marketing. Larson most recently served as Director of Marketing at UP Rehab Services since 2009.

CALUMET, MI--   Residents in the Calumet area who receive a letter from Publisher’s Clearing House saying they’ve won cash should be extremely careful. 

Michigan State Police say it’s likely a scam. Troopers have received reports saying the mailings include a check to allegedly cover taxes, legal fees and administrative fees. Instructions advise the recipient to contact a claims manager before depositing the check.

Michigan Department of Natural Resources

MARQUETTE, MI--   Initial numbers indicate the number of deer coming through U.P. check stations is down a bit from the same time last year.

Department of Natural Resources wildlife biologist David Jentoft says on average, check stations are down about 14 percent from 2018. DNR spokesman John Pepin says a number of factors—such as snow depth, the day of the week of opening day, and temperatures—can affect comparisons between given years. When compared with the 10-year average, some deer check stations were up.

GRAND RAPIDS, MI--   Eight defendants have been sentenced to federal prison for their roles in dealing crystal meth in the western Upper Peninsula.

The following were sentenced by U.S. District Judges Robert Jonker and Janet Neff:

Northern Michigan University

MARQUETTE, MI--   A Northern Michigan University wrestler is headed to the Olympic Trials. 

Olympic Training Site Greco-Roman wrestler Spencer Woods finished second at the Bill Farrell Memorial held in New York City this weekend. Woods competes at 77 kilograms. He won four straight matches, outscoring his opponents 24-6. His performance secured him the opportunity to compete in the Olympic Trials April 4-5 in University Park, Pennsylvania.

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.