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MARQUETTE, MI (AP)--   An effort is underway in Marquette to get backpacks filled with supplies to help homeless people survive the winter.  

The Mining Journal reports that Marquette County has about 500 homeless people. The emergency kits are being assembled at Thrivent Financial in Marquette.

Thrivent consultant Theresa Sell says the effort started with a $250 grant from the company and grew with a Facebook plea to include backpacks to hold items such as hats, socks and food.

The Marquette-Alger Regional Educational Service Agency donated 50 backpacks. 

MARQUETTE, MI--   Marquette’s Tourist Park was the site of the 2nd Annual Pride Fest over the weekend. 

Upper Peninsula Rainbow Pride hosted the Saturday event, which celebrated people who are LGBTQ or any other orientation. 

A pride rally was held at the Marquette Commons Saturday morning, followed by a walk to Tourist Park. 

The event featured vendors, music, belly dancers, and drag shows until 11 p.m.

Pride Fest co-chair Pam Johnson said the event was even more special this year because of the Supreme Court’s decision to legalize gay marriage in the U.S.  

MARQUETTE, MI--   The City of Marquette has been named the 21st safest college town in America, according to The SafeWise Report.  

Security experts from SafeWise evaluated the most recent FBI crime statistics and coupled that data with their own research on safety-related programs and initiatives.  That culminated in 2015’s “50 Safest College Towns in America.” 

MARQUETTE, MI--   Supporters of an initiative to legalize marijuana in Michigan gathered at the Superior Dome in Marquette over the weekend.  

Volunteers will work to get signatures from residents throughout the U.P. to put the MI Legalize initiative on the 2016 ballot.

Longtime Marquette Scout honored

Jun 9, 2015
Dewey Jones

MARQUETTE, MI (AP)--   A Marquette man has been honored for 70 years of service to the Boy Scouts of America.

Marvin Gibson received a 70-year veteran's service pin from the National Scout Office in a ceremony attended by family, friends, scouts and district scout executives.

Gibson began his scouting career in 1945 when he joined the Cub Scouts. He went on to earn the Eagle Scout rank. He served as a scoutmaster in Marquette from 1956 to 1974.

His Scout activities have been limited lately because of health issues, but he still helps when he can.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Several injuries were reported in two accidents on US-41 South in Marquette Thursday.

City Police say the first, two-vehicle accident happened around 10 a.m.  Three children were taken to Upper Peninsula Health System Marquette with non-life-threatening injuries.  One of the drivers was cited for driving too fast for conditions. 

MARQUETTE, MI--   A suspect in a Marquette home invasion case has entered into a plea deal.  

Kyle Arrieta, 25, was one of two men accused of breaking into a house on the 600 block of Wincrest Drive in July and threatening the owner with a gun. 

On Thursday Arrieta pleaded guilty to armed robbery.  In exchange, first-degree home invasion and felony firearms charges were dropped.

Sentencing is set for March 6.

Trial begins Monday for Arrieta’s codefendant, 25-year-old Johnathan Roy, if he doesn’t plead to a lesser charge before then. 

U.P. students heading downstate for Lego competition

Nov 13, 2014

MARQUETTE, MI (AP)--   Students from teams at two Upper Peninsula schools will compete next month in a statewide science and technology competition in Flint. 

Teams from Bothwell Middle School in Marquette and Washington Middle School in Calumet will compete December 13 in the For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology Lego League Competition. The event is billed as a battle of ingenuity and good sportsmanship.

The U.P. teams were tops among 10 teams competing last weekend at Northern Michigan University.

A New Barbershop Chorus in Marquette

Mar 5, 2014

Pete Stevens-Brown talks with Stan Wright about this newly-formed barbershop chorus, which will be based in Marquette. A Facebook page has been set up for anyone interested in being involved in this effort.

MARQUETTE, MI--   JC Penney is closing its Marquette store.  

The retailer announced Wednesday that it will shutter 33 of its under-performing stores across the country as part of its turnaround efforts.  The company expects to save about $65 million annually through the move.  Around 2,000 positions will be eliminated. 

Officials say inventory in the affected stores will be sold over the next several months, with final closings expected in early May.