MARQUETTE, MI--   A group of Marquette activists is holding a vigil at Mattson Lower Harbor Park Friday evening for immigrants held in U.S. detention camps.

It’s part of a nationwide event called Lights for Liberty: A Nationwide Vigil to End Human Detention Camps. Advocates will speak about human rights, asylum laws, and the Native experience.

Activist Marge Forslin says people still remember Native families in the UP getting torn apart just decades ago.

“We have empathy for people who did nothing wrong but got the short end of the stick,” she says. 

MARQUETTE, MI--   On Friday detectives assigned to the Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team (UPSET) received information about meth components and firearms in a residence on Fair Avenue in the City of Marquette. 

Detective from UPSET executed a search warrant at the residence and arrested a 38-year-old male and 27-year-old male for charges related to manufacturing meth.  Detectives seized an overwhelming amount of meth components, finished meth product, and two firearms at the residence.

MARQUETTE, MI--   The trail for the UP200 and Midnight Run sled dog races is in great condition.

That’s according to “Ikey,” the UP200 race headquarters coordinator. She says Wednesday’s warmth and overnight cold has really packed it down and made it a smooth run for the dogs. Ikey says even Iditarod mushers love to race in the U.P.

“They said that we are so much like the Iditarod, with the area, the land layout, the weather, and we are a qualifier for them to get into the Iditarod, as well,” she says.

MARQUETTE, MI--   A bright morning turned into a cold, misty afternoon Sunday, but marchers in Marquette didn’t let that dampen their spirits.

Hundreds of women, men, and children holding signs congregated at the Marquette Commons between 1 and 2 p.m. They were there to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the Women’s March, held in cities across the country to speak out against oppressive policies.

APPLETON, WI (AP)--   Book World says it's closing all of its 45 stores in seven states, citing a shift in consumer preference to online shopping.

The company's senior vice president Mark Dupont says 325 employees will lose their jobs as a result. Book World—which has a store in Marquette—plans to begin liquidation sales on Thursday. Dupont says the company timed the closures and liquidation to coincide with the holiday shopping season. The sales will continue until all inventory is sold. Dupont expects that will be done by January.

MARQUETTE, MI--   A trial date has been set for a Marquette woman facing eight felony counts, including assault with intent to murder. 

Amber Suggitt, 32, was arrested in February after a shot was fired into a wall at a Fair Avenue residence during a domestic dispute. She was ultimately also charged with kidnapping, first-degree home invasion, assault with intent to commit sexual penetration, and four counts of felony firearms.

Suggitt was found competent to stand trial in June.

A pretrial hearing is scheduled for October 16 and trial for February 26.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Marquette has been named the 19th safest college town in America by the SafeWise Report.

The SafeWise website says the city encourages young people to get involved in public safety issues. The Marquette Police Department has a youth services bureau that offers educational programs about everything from bicycle safety to youth violence prevention.

MARQUETTE, MI--   A portion of Third Street in Marquette will be filled with classic cars Saturday.

The inaugural Classic Cars on Third Car Show will be held from noon to 4 p.m. between Park and Ohio streets.

First through third place will be awarded in 17 different categories, along with awards for best of show, people’s choice, and mayor’s choice. The awards will be handed out at 3:30.

All proceeds from the car show will benefit the Marquette Women’s Center in remembrance of Jessica Drummond, a victim of domestic violence. 

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MARQUETTE, MI--   The City of Marquette is seeking donations for a statue to honor a much-loved member of the community.

Phil Niemisto, 87, has been cleaning the windows of downtown buildings and tending flowers in the pocket park on Washington Street for years. The City Commission recently renamed the spot Phil Niemisto Pocket Park, and now a GoFundMe page has been established to commission a statue of Phil to put on a bench among the flowers. 

MARQUETTE, MI--   The City of Marquette is hosting a forum on community relations with law enforcement. 

Set by the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards, the meeting aims to gather input from residents on how to strengthen public trust and confidence in police. 

Last October Governor Rick Snyder directed the commission to produce a set of recommendations by May 1 on how to bolster trust between law enforcement and the communities they serve.

The forum takes place Monday at 6 p.m. in room 122 of NMU’s Jacobetti Complex.