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Aspirus celebrates new Emergency Department

ONTONAGON - Aspirus Ontonagon Hospital will have an open house Thursday to celebrate the new emergency department and inpatient care unit. “We are really excited to celebrate these new unit renovations with the community because it’s all about bringing the highest levels of care and ...

Houghton anatomy students visit Tech

HOUGHTON — Houghton High School anatomy students visited Michigan Technological University Friday for a taste of college biology and physiology coursework Friday morning and afternoon. “We bring them up here and try to give them some hands-on activities and hopefully inspire some ...

UPEC: Drilling damages park

HOUGHTON — According to members of the Upper Peninsula Environmental Coalition (UPEC) and its Mining Action Group, exploratory drilling turned part of the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park into “an ugly, mile-long mudhole.” UPEC issued a press release Tuesday, critical of the ...

Report: Copper Country incomes worse off than rest of state

HOUGHTON — A report released by the Michigan Association of United Ways stated 40 percent of Michigan households do not have sufficient income to pay for the necessities, which includes housing, childcare, food, health care, taxes and transportation. More than 1.5 million Michigan households ...

Drill site in state park is now ‘off-limits’: Company

Highland Copper Co. indefinitely suspended mining exploration in the Porcupine Mountain Wilderness State Park Tuesday, after the Upper Peninsula Environmental Coalition's Mining Action Group raised concerns about condition of the land and questioned the state's response to the muddy ...

L’Anse robotics team does well first time out

L’ANSE — The L’Anse High School FIRST Robotics team is a rookie, but Cara Wightman said she’s pleased with how the students have performed the first time out. Wightman, who is the team’s coach, said the LHS team is called the Aluminum Sting in recognition of the school’s nickname ...

Highland’s most recent drill site not in state park

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources reiterated Highland Copper’s most recent copper exploration along a Gogebic County Road in the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park is county land and not under its jurisdiction. “None of Highland Copper’s exploratory work has since been ...

Tech hosts panel on economics of climate change

HOUGHTON — While people may have become familiar with graphs of rising temperatures, they less often see it phrased in terms of the economic cost. Michigan Technological University's Economics Club hosted a panel discussion on the economics of climate change Thursday featuring academics ...

Numerous needles reportedly found

HOUGHTON — In response to numerous reports of discarded needles appearing as the snow melts, a Houghton County Sheriff’s Office deputy recently posted a warning on the office’s Facebook page. Deputy Tyler Harju said he wanted to make sure people are aware of the danger, hoping no one ...

Winter erosion damages Pictured Rocks overlook

MUNISING — The Log Slide Overlook located about 7 miles west of Grand Marais in the eastern side of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore is closed. Winter has taken a toll on the viewing platform overlooking the Log Slide and Lake Superior. Heavy snow, ice and sand deposits followed by erosion ...

Mroz stepping down at Tech

HOUGHTON — Michigan Technological University President Glenn Mroz plans to step down and return to the faculty at the end of the 2017-18 academic year, he announced in an open letter to the university Wednesday. Mroz informed the university Board of Trustees Tuesday of his decision to step ...

Sunken fishing boat spills diesel near South Entry

CHASSELL — The U.S. Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit from Duluth is cleaning up diesel fuel leaking from a commercial Indian fishing boat that sank Saturday in the Portage Canal. Lt. Patrick Lammersen, who supervises pollution responders, said they were informed of the situation around 1 p.m. ...

Bridge Jam: Wednesday gate snafu stalls traffic

HANCOCK/HOUGHTON — Traffic on the Portage Lake Lift Bridge was stopped for about 50 minutes Wednesday due to a problem with the barrier gates on the bridge. Dan Weingarten, Michigan Department of Transportation communications representative in the Ishpeming Transportation Service Center, ...

World Water Day competition instills value of water recovery

HOUGHTON — Making water cleaner was the aim of the Dirty Water Competition at Michigan Tech. “This was the first time we planned a hands on World Water Day event with university students, the community and local middle and high school students,” said Joan Chadde, director of the Center ...

Showdown over Court nominee

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Senate showdown is at hand over President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, and it could change the Senate and the court for years to come. The confrontation will play out Thursday as 44 Democrats and independents try to block the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch ...

Big Muddy: Drilling impacts Porkies SP

HOUGHTON — A local environmental group alleges the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) isn’t doing its job to protect the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park from the impact of recent copper exploration. “It looks like hell — far worse than I was expecting,” said ...

Light Winter: Low snow totals in Copper Country

Although there were three periods of heavy snowfall in the Copper Country, the total for the season is actually below historic normal amounts. Todd Kluber, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Negaunee Township, said the largest snowfall totals measured by an NWS weather spotter ...

State delivers funding for U.P. broadband accessibility

HOUGHTON — Northern Michigan University has scored a $6.5 million Investment Fund Award from the Michigan Strategic Fund to extend high-speed broadband across the Upper Peninsula. As the project moves forward, NMU President Fritz Erickson focused on the educational potential it will ...

Weather does its spring swing

There’s a saying that April is the cruelest month because of the swings in weather conditions, and for the next several days, that saying will prove to be true in the Copper Country. Todd Kluber, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Negaunee Township, said rising and falling ...

McConnell: Has votes for filibuster-buster

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is claiming he has the votes necessary to thwart a planned Democratic filibuster of President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, as a showdown draws near that could change the Senate, and the court, for generations. “They seem ...