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MDHHS investigates adenovirus cases

Public Health, Delta & Menominee Counties, Marquette County Health Department and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) are investigating a cluster of severe respiratory illnesses associated with adenovirus infection in individuals residing in Michigan’s central ...

Breathing Pavement: Surface offers flood protection

HOUGHTON — When precipitation falls to the ground, some materials like sand allow it to seep in quickly, but for traditional pavement that’s not the case. Enter permeable pavement. With traditional asphalt or cement paving, the materials are not porous, which often results in pooling on ...

Appointed Calumet council member addresses issues

CALUMET — Roxanne King was appointed in June as the newest member of the Village Council as a replacement for Sharon Abramson. “I think it was based on the fact that I have an accounting background,” said King, 59. She is serving a shortened term but is running in November’s ...

Get With Program: New students taught Tech traditions

HOUGHTON — New students were invited to the lawn in front of the Walker Arts and Humanities Center to get their first exposure to Michigan Technological University (MTU) traditions Thursday at the third annual “A Taste of Tech Traditions” event as part of orientation week. MTU alumni ...

Tourism Comeback: Business picking up after flood hit

HOUGHTON/KEWEENAW — Even for those not directly impacted by summer flooding, the damage to tourism has produced a trickle-down effect for many industries. With tourists changing plans, local businesses across the board have been impacted, said Dianne St. Amour, president of the Keweenaw ...

Mining waste open house offers info, answers questions

LAKE LINDEN — Members of the state’s Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) team overseeing the cleanup of abandoned mining waste at sites around the Torch Lake area reported progress and answered questions from the public at a Wednesday open house. Although several sites have already ...

Beyond ecology, invasive species pose threat to health of humans

Sigrid Resh, coordinator of the Keweenaw Invasive Species Management Area (KISMA), would like you to think twice when planning landscaping: Some plant species that are still being sold by local nurseries are invasive species, and they might even be enabling the spread of Lyme disease. Japanese ...

Moving Out: Still no weather signal for fall

HOUGHTON — Warmer temperatures are possible for next week, but the 2018 fall season is not yet signaling what Copper Country residents can expect as far as a long-range pattern. The month of September could go either above normal or below in both precipitation and temperature, said ...

Tech Inquiry author decries Internet shaming

HOUGHTON — On Dec. 21, 2013, Justine Sacco was about to board a plane in New York when she dashed off a last-minute tweet. She checked Twitter in the minutes after for favorites, or a chuckle in the responses. None of her 170 followers had obliged. When she landed in South Africa, her tweet ...

CWD’s rapid spread rate calls for more monitoring

In the Michigan counties where chronic wasting disease (CWD) has already been found, and the counties adjacent, the state Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has set up CWD management zones, where hunters are required to have their deer tested. Baiting and feeding deer is also banned in an ...

UPSET raid nabs 2 on meth charges

ONTONAGON — Two people were arrested Saturday on felony arrest warrants for delivery of methamphetamine, according to a release from the Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team (UPSET). The warrants were issued by the Ontonagon County Prosecutor’s office. A 39-year-old Ontonagon ...

Man arrested for uploading child porn

HOUGHTON — A Michigan Technological University student faces three felony counts after being arrested for allegedly uploading child pornography on campus on Monday. According to District Court records, Nathaniel Shapiro, 27, of Houghton, is charged with three counts of using a computer to ...

Storm brings funnel clouds

HOUGHTON — Thunderstorms on Monday evening downed power lines and trees, and funnel clouds were observed in Houghton and Baraga counties, but many of the roads repaired from the June 17 flash flood were still intact. The National Weather Service in Negaunee received reports of the funnel ...

Houghton gets clean results in latest water tests for lead

HOUGHTON — Houghton got another clean round of lead and copper testing from the state Department of Environmental Quality, a year after tests showed elevated lead levels in three homes. The 90th-percentile level for lead was 4 parts per billion — well below the 15 parts per billion that ...

New CWD regs won’t affect UP — for now

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has set up new restrictions and testing requirements on Michigan deer hunters in an effort to slow the spread of chronic wasting disease (CWD), which threatens the stability of deer herd populations across America. The disease is especially ...

PHF lays out flood relief plan

HANCOCK — More than $500,000 raised by the Portage Health Foundation (PHF) for flood relief has been spent on or earmarked for specific projects so far, Executive Director Kevin Store said during a Monday press conference on its flood relief assistance efforts. The foundation has worked ...

After soggy opener, fair fair weather

HANCOCK — After a soggy opening day, Houghton County residents packed the Houghton County Fair Saturday for rides, food, exhibits and a monster truck rally in the evening. Saturday had been “very busy,” said fair board member Carol Freeman, who was supervising the exhibit tent. ...

Dance to Porkies Music: 14th annual festival held over weekend

ONTONAGON — The 14th annual Porcupine Mountain Music Festival held this weekend was once again a hit with locals and travelers alike. Pursuing favorite bands, a beautiful venue and good music, only occasional uncooperative weather dampened the excitement. Carol and Ken Starner from Big ...

Ontonagon readies for 62nd Labor Day

ONTONAGON — The Labor Day festival has been held here for 62 years and is an important part of the community, because while it is full of tradition, it also features new ideas. The 2018 events run from Friday through Sunday and include parades, an auto show, street vendors, rock skipping ...