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Nurses aid students teach themselves healthy behaviors

Copper Country Intermediate School District (CCISD) HOSA officers will be leading members in healthy behaviors this year. These students who are in the nurses aid and health careers classes are all members of the International HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America) organization. ...

Medical marijuana in UP: Who’s in, who’s out?

HANCOCK — Upper Peninsula cities have made their decisions on medical marijuana facilities, choosing to opt-in or opt-out. In a survey of the 24 cities within the U.P., John Haeussler of the Hancock City Council has compiled a list of statues as they stand now. Most cities were able to ...

Planning ahead: South Range showcases plans for a new playground in town

SOUTH RANGE — A new playground is in the works, possibly even including a community garden. The South Range Village Council is planning a community playground, hopefully, to be ready by summer this year. The proposed addition to the village was discussed at Thursday's meeting.  The ...

PHF seeks proposals for youth mental health needs

HANCOCK — The Portage Health Foundation, along with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, is seeking proposals for grants to address the growing mental and behavioral health needs of adolescents.  The foundation plans to award up to $300,000 during this round of funding for projects in ...

Child’s death investigated

CALUMET — Troopers from the Michigan State Police Calumet Post and Baraga Detachment are investigating the December death of a 3-year-old L’Anse child. A guardian brought the child to Baraga County Memorial Hospital on Dec. 23 unresponsive. The child was later transferred to Milwaukee ...

KBOCC begins search for next president

The Keweenaw Bay Ojibwa Community College (KBOCC) is currently seeking a new president. According to KBOCC chairman of the board of regents, Robin Chosa, the current president, Debra J. Parrish, has been there for “a very long time.” “Debra has been the president since the college ...

South Range discusses vacation time and snowmobile issues

SOUTH RANGE — It was business as usual at the village council meeting Thursday.  The meeting included discussion of land offers, bills, reworking employee vacation time and a discussion of snowmobile issues that could re-appear at a later date.  Notably, the monthly meeting times have ...

‘Unethical illegal and corrupt’: Ex-zoning chief responds to ouster

CALUMET — The passing of a resolution by the Calumet Village Council condemning Nathan Anderson’s actions in leading a protest rally on the night of Dec. 13 led to Village President Dave Geisler removing Anderson from his appointed position as chairman of the Zoning Board of Appeals. In a ...

Trustees object to council’s process

CALUMET — Village Council Trustee Peggy Germain spoke up at the Dec. 19 regular monthly meeting, voicing her disagreement with the way the council conducts business. She made her comments when the council discussed a resolution condemning village residents, led by Nathan Anderson, for ...

AG candidate campaigns in UP

HOUGHTON — One of Michigan’s attorney general candidates spoke to Houghton County Democrats Wednesday night. Patrick Miles was most recently U.S. district attorney for the state’s Western District, which includes the Upper Peninsula. “We live in dangerous times, and after serving ...

Preparation promotes safe winter driving

HOUGHTON — A Copper Country winter requires extra caution and planning from drivers. With that in mind, a local police chief offered a few reminders and suggestions for motorists. “Even if the road is plowed or sanded that’s not necessarily a guarantee that the road is clear,” said ...

DNR deer study stalks CWD

ONTONAGON COUNTY — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources will soon begin capturing and collaring white-tailed deer in the western Upper Peninsula as part of a multi-year study to quantify movement patterns of deer, especially migration between winter and summer ranges. Completing the ...

Shelter Home offers body shelter for winter weather

L’ANSE — The Baraga County Shelter Home offers vital shelter and clothing to those in need, particularly during the winter, and is mostly “known for collecting things for women and children in domestic issues,” said Rebecca Dove, the shelter’s advocate. The shelter home maintains a ...

Several Finnish cultural events surround Heikinpaiva festivities

HANCOCK — Heikinpaiva enthusiasts can look forward to Finnish cultural events to last close to a month. The scheduled festivities run from Jan. 10 to Feb. 5 and include more than the traditional events of wife-carrying, polar bear dive and parade. These classics take place on Jan. 27, but ...

UPPCO seeks public input on plans

HANCOCK — Upper Peninsula residents will have a chance to meet with officials from the power utility and hear about future plans throughout this month. The Upper Peninsula Power Company (UPPCO) is hosting four forums around the peninsula for customers and stakeholders. The meetings will ...

Condemnation resolution uses social media sources

CALUMET — A Village Council resolution passed Dec. 19 accused its own Zoning Board of Appeals chairman of enticing protestors to a pro-medical marijuana rally by offering them free marijuana, basing its accusation on social media reports. ZBA Chairman Nathan Anderson denied the ...

Hancock connects to China

HANCOCK — Highlighting recent investment in the area with the creation of Evergreen Technology, parent company FuTianBao Group featured the Hancock firm at an industrial summit in China. The summit hosted many similar Chinese-based companies and research. FuTianBao sees major research ...

UP looks like berry good ground for Saskatoons

MASS CITY — Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and...Saskatoons? Michigan farmers grow a variety of fruits, but more obscure varieties are being eyed for commercialization. MSU crop researchers focusing on novel berry varieties are looking at their viability for Upper Peninsula ...

Mill fire roars in icy air: Blaze burns down Twin Lakes lumberyard

ELM RIVER TOWNSHIP — The cause of a fire that destroyed the J&A Penegor sawmill at Twin Lakes on Thursday night is still unknown. The fire was reported at approximately 6 p.m. Thursday by a neighbor living across the road from mill and next to the fire hall, according to a source who ...