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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HOUGHTON COUNTY, MI--   An Illinois man was injured in a snowmobile accident in Houghton County over the weekend. 

Sheriff’s deputies say it happened Saturday just before 11 p.m. on Trail #3 near South Range. They say a 43-year-old man ran off the trail and crashed into a tree.

He was taken to UPHS-Portage for treatment of unknown injuries.

Alcohol is believed to be a factor in the accident.

Michigan Department of Natural Resources

ONTONAGON COUNTY, MI--   The Department of Natural Resources and Ontonagon County Road Commission are teaming up to protect the shoreline along the east access road to Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park. 

Work began in August to place boulders between County Road 107 and Lake Superior. Recent violent storms have eroded unprotected areas of shoreline. DNR officials say about 80 percent of the 1.6-mile stretch of affected county road has less than 20 feet of shoreline between the lake’s edge and the road.

MARQUETTE, MI--   The Northern Michigan University Board of Trustees Friday approved $5 million in investments for academic programs and essential services in the U.P.

The money will be used to establish the Northern Michigan Center for Rural Health on campus. It aims to create an integrated health care network to serve U.P. residents and create related academic programs. The initial network partners are NMU, the Bay Mills and Lac Vieux Desert Indian Communities, the U.P. Diabetes Outreach Network, the Family Health Center in Houghton and the Michigan Center for Rural Health.

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PENTLAND TOWNSHIP, MI--   Three people were injured in a head-on collision in Luce County Thursday.

Michigan State Police from the Sault Ste. Marie Post and deputies from the Luce County Sheriff’s Office responded around 3:30 p.m. to M-117 in Pentland Township. They say the northbound vehicle was driven by Eric Nalette of Newberry. The southbound vehicle was driven by Derek Orban and occupied by Jeramie Schultz, both of Alpena.

ELY TOWNSHIP, MI--   Snow caused a Marquette County Road Commission plow to roll over in Ely Township Thursday. 

The Marquette County Sheriff’s Office and Michigan State Police were dispatched to US-41 near County Road CN just after 3 p.m. They say a plow driven by a 53-year-old Ishpeming man was clearing snow near a guardrail. The snow pulled the truck, with the wing plow engaged, off the side of the road. The truck spun around and ended up on its side down an embankment.

The driver was not injured.

SAULT STE. MARIE, MI--   The Sault Ste. Marie Area Public Schools District was shut down Thursday, not because of snow but because of a threat.

On the district’s Facebook page Superintendent Tim Hall says late Wednesday night officials received a notification from the Michigan Intelligence Operation Center of a threat. Early Thursday morning they worked with law enforcement to close the district. Officers, a K9 and administration searched and cleared each building.

The following schools are on a two-hour delay Friday, December 13, 2019:

Forest Park

North Dickinson

Tahquamenon Area Schools

Three Lakes Academy

West Iron County

LANSING, MI--   The Michigan House of Representatives has approved a resolution celebrating the Upper Peninsula’s 183rd birthday on Saturday.

December 14 marks the Frostbitten Convention of 1836. The event granted Ohio a strip of land including Toledo, while Michigan was given territory that would become the Upper Peninsula.

Michigan delegates gathered at the Frostbitten Convention to approve the new proposed territorial boundaries, setting up the pathway for Michigan’s statehood a few weeks later.

MANISTIQUE TOWNSHIP, MI--   A Manistique Township home has been damaged by fire, but no one was injured in the incident.

Wednesday at 8:30 a.m. Manistique Public Safety and Volunteer Fire officers were dispatched to a residence on West Kendall Road. They found the fire had started in the crawlspace of the single-story house. An occupant was trying to thaw frozen water pipes with a propane torch when insulation under the floor ignited.