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--   State Senator Ed McBroom has introduced a bill to allow shoreline property owners to perform certain work above the ordinary high-water mark without a permit. 

The Republican says shoreline erosion issues and concerns have risen along with water levels in recent months. The bill would amend the law to allow dredging, placing sand or soil, and constructing seawalls and other structures without a Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy permit if the work is above the ordinary high-water mark.

MARQUETTE, MI--   A Champion man has been sentenced to 25 to 50 years in prison in connection with a domestic violence case. 

Justin Langsford, 39, was convicted at an April bench trial of assault with intent to commit great bodily harm, domestic violence - 3rd offense, and for being a violent habitual offender - 4th or more.

Langsford was previously convicted of six felonies and 23 misdemeanors, including eight prior convictions for domestic violence.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Northern Michigan University is getting ready to test students and employees for COVID-19 before the semester kicks off August 17. 

During the Passport to Campus event August 3-16, the health center will perform molecular testing and everyone will get NMU-branded face coverings and/or their laptop and parking pass. The nasal swab samples will be processed and sent to a Chicago lab capable of analyzing large quantities quickly.

RICHMOND TOWNSHIP, MI--   Minor injuries are reported in a two-vehicle crash in Richmond Township.

Sheriff’s deputies say it happened Thursday around 9:50 p.m. on M-35 at Empire Mine Road. A pickup driven by Abby Drummond, 19, of Marquette was eastbound on Empire Mine Road when she failed to yield to a southbound vehicle at the intersection. She was struck by a Jeep driven by Douglas Dorie, 61, of Negaunee. The pickup was spun around and went into the ditch.

Dorie was not injured. Drummond was taken to UPHS-Marquette for treatment of minor injuries.

MARQUETTE, MI--   The Michigan Launch Initiative, an effort led by the Michigan Aerospace Manufacturers Association (MAMA), is moving forward with a vertical launch site and autonomous vehicle proving grounds to be located in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. 

MARQUETTE, MI--   The Michigan National Guard will assist with COVID-19 testing in six Upper Peninsula communities this week. 

On Friday testing will be held at the U.P. State Fairgrounds in Escanaba from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; in the St. Ignace Area Schools parking lot from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.; and the Kingsford Middle/High School parking lot from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

MARQUETTE, MI--   The Community Foundation of Marquette County has given a financial gift to the Education Foundation for Marquette Public Schools. 

Officials say $10,000 is going to the schools’ “1st to Finish” Children’s Savings Account program. It aims to support savings accounts for first graders in the school district. Community Foundation CEO Gail Anthony says studies show children with even a small savings account are more likely to attend and graduate from college, and have healthier credit as adults.

HUMBOLDT TOWNSHIP, MI--   An Ontonagon County man has been killed in a logging truck accident in Humboldt Township.

The Marquette County Sheriff’s Office says it happened around 12:40 a.m. Thursday at M-94 and US-41. It appears the 60-year-old driver parked his empty truck on the northbound shoulder of M-95 and got out. While he was outside the truck it rolled and struck him. The truck continued to roll and crashed into the east wall of the Corner Café.

Witnesses found the crashed truck around 12:40 a.m. and the deceased driver shortly afterwards.

LANSING, MI--   The following is a press release from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources:

Wednesday, Michigan Department of Natural Resources Director Dan Eichinger sent a letter to Enbridge Inc., following up on his request that the corporation enter into a written agreement with the State of Michigan to provide financial assurances to cover all damages and losses caused to property or individuals due to operation of the Line 5 dual pipelines through the Straits of Mackinac.

WHITE PINE, MI--   A White Pine man was arrested for drunk driving after he allegedly hit two vehicles and a house in Ontonagon County. 

Michigan State Police from the Wakefield Post and a sheriff’s deputy were dispatched around 12:30 a.m. Wednesday to a residence on Maple Street in White Pine. They say a 21-year-old man left the roadway at a high rate of speed before he hit two vehicles and a house. The vehicles had extensive damage and the home’s garage was severely damaged.

The driver was arrested for operating while intoxicated. He sustained minor injuries.