If readers are paying attention, and even if they're not, most will notice a change in our city today.
That's because Northern Michigan University is back in session as of this morning, and almost immediately, the greater Marquette area is transforming from a slower-paced, northern tier community to one brimming with young people.
Similar processes are taking place in Houghton and Sault Ste. Marie.
We can't speak for everyone, but we regard the return of NMU students as a very good thing for the community.
Start with the all the obvious things, such as the tremendous infusion of cash these kids bring into local businesses. Talk to a lot of storekeepers in our area. They'll tell you NMU students are literally the lifeblood of their businesses.
Of course, the start of the fall semester means NMU athletic events will begin, too. Football, basketball, hockey, volleyball and many other sports will provide a great deal of entertainment for all of us to enjoy.
Then there are intangibles to consider, too. Having thousands of young people around town, jogging, walking, at the beach, changes the completion of the area, in a good way.
Almost overnight, the area becomes much more vibrant and alive.
Marquette, Houghton and Sault Ste. Marie have tremendous advantages over other locations in the Upper Peninsula. They are university towns, and as such, are much more interesting places to live.
We extend a hearty welcome to NMU students and wish them the best for the coming school year.