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      Marquette beach opens for first time in 10 years

      Tourist Park beach is open to the public for the first time in 10 years.

      Lifeguards were on duty starting Wednesday. In 2003, the beach was washed away when the Dead River flooded. The Marquette Board of Light and Power built the Dead River Dam, and over the past year and a half, part of the construction involved recreating the beach.

      It's the smallest of Marquette's three beaches, and the water tends to be warmer than Lake Superior. There were no visitors on Wednesday afternoon, but lifeguards expect that to change with nicer weather.

      "I mean this one is small, but you can still definitely enjoy it," said lifeguard Heather Mokszycki. "You can go have your campfire, go swim, and come back if you want."

      All Marquette beaches have lifeguards on duty from noon to 8 p.m., seven days a week.