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Volunteer center now Saturdays only

PORTAGE TOWNSHIP — Owing to staffing shortages, the Volunteer Resource Center, formed in response to the June 17 flood, has cut back to Saturdays only. The center, located in the back of the former JCPenney building at the Copper Country Mall, is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays. ...

Spaghetti dinner helps family that lost home

HANCOCK — After the June 17 flood destroyed their Dollar Bay home, Steve and Colette Patchin were amazed at the level of community support, from setting up Gofundme sites to providing them rental housing. But they were still taken aback when they walked into Church of the Resurrection in ...

Critical need for blood at UP Health System

UP Health System Regional Blood Center servicing UPHS Marquette and 12 other hospitals across the U.P. is experiencing a critical need for A-negative, O-negative and O-positive blood types. If you are healthy, at least 17 years of age and have a picture ID please consider giving the “gift ...

Korean kids study at Tech

HOUGHTON — More than 100 from a South Korean high school took pre-college courses this week at Michigan Technological University in the latest iteration of a relationship stretching back several years. Gyeonggi Science High School for the Gifted in Suwon sent its junior class of 114 ...

More rain this week inflicts more flood damage

HOUGHTON — With the heavy rain on Wednesday night and Thursday morning, The Houghton County Road Commission reported an additional 18 roads that sustained damage. By the end of yesterday however, all of those road were made passible with the exception of Pewabic Street in Ripley and 8th ...

GLCC runs volunteer center

HOUGHTON — The Great Lakes Conservation Corps (GLCC) is currently coordinating the Houghton Volunteer Reception Center (VRC) and Donation Center seven days a week to assist local communities with disaster recovery. The volunteer center is located in the Copper Country Mall and is currently ...

Dianda asks Trump for fed disaster declaration

CALUMET — State Rep. Scott Dianda, D-Calumet, introduced a House resolution today asking President Donald Trump to declare a major disaster for the Michigan U.P. counties of Houghton, Gogebic and Menominee, which are still struggling to clean up and rebuild after widespread damage from ...

DNR council to discuss flood

HOUGHTON — The DNR's Western Upper Peninsula Citizens' Advisory Council will meet in Houghton Tuesday, exactly one month since flash flooding devastated many places in and around the Houghton-Hancock area, including state-managed trails and boating access sites. Among its agenda items, the ...

Parking at HS for vol photo

HANCOCK — Due to strong interest in the Copper Country Strong photo scheduled for Tuesday at UP Health - Portage hospital in Hancock, parking has been moved to Hancock High School. The Copper Country Strong photo is scheduled to take place at 12:15 p.m. Tuesday. Volunteers will assist ...

Taking shape: Blacksmith growing an artisan collective in L’Anse

L'ANSE — “I love working with metal,” said Payne Chassen, blacksmith, mixed-metal artist and the founder of Village 104 Collective in the heart of L'Anse. In her smithy, named Peninsula Hotworks, she uses reclaimed metal to create steel potted plants, trout decorations, custom-engraved ...

Moving forward: EDC hears biofuel, rail and dredging updates

ONTONAGON — The Ontonagon Economic Development Corporation (EDC) met Wednesday, revisiting three long-term projects: river dredging, reinstalling the rail system, and the SynSel biofuel plant plans. EDC member Pat Tucker and owner of Lost Bowl Development, holder of the former paper mill ...

Flooding closes M-26 in Osceola

OSCEOLA TOWNSHIP — M-26 at Tamarack City is closed due to flooding as a result of Thursday morning rains. “Eighth Street is overflowing with standing water,” said a Tamarack City Fire Department member, “and we’re re-routing everybody up Tamarack Hill right now.” Woodside ...

Post life as a laundress was not always pleasant

COPPER HARBOR — A private in the U.S. Army was not paid a livable wage in the 19th century, particularly if the private had a wife and family, as was the case of John Christopher, who was stationed at Fort Wilkins from 1867 to 1870. Christopher was wounded during the Civil War, and as a ...

Adams Township hears bond project plans

PAINESDALE — The Adams Township School Board got a first look at what the proposed bond extension improvements could look like if approved by taxpayers. The proposed bond would be an extension at the current rate for 11.45 years generating $5.3 million and to end in 2031. Project Manager ...

Lack of power does not stop show in Covington

COVINGTON — The Covington Summer Concert Series had a rocky start Tuesday night, not because of the type of music, but rather the electricity for the Covington Pavilion wasn't working. “We all took it for granted,” Joan Roberts, the event organizer, said. “It worked last ...

Fort Wilkins’ wife talks about life in Copper Harbor

COPPER HARBOR — In 1869, Copper Harbor was a bustling little settlement, that depended on commerce for its livelihood. That commerce was threatened the following year, however, when the War Dept. decided Fort Wilkins would be de-garrisoned in August, 1870. Compounding that was the closure of ...

Paddlecraft on pause: Incomplete project draws ire

ONTONAGON — The grant-funded paddle-craft landing on Rose Island remains incomplete, a state that drew objections from a few residents at Monday's village council meeting. “Not only was it not completed but it’s nothing more than a parking lot with a restroom overlooking a swamp,” ...

Historical interpretation requires dedication, determination

COPPER HARBOR — Historical interpretation is more than a summer job at a state park. It requires a love of history, a love of historical places, times, events, and people. For Josephene Vultaggio, it is largely the result of receiving much of her early education at home. “I think one of ...

Officials await decision by FEMA

HOUGHTON — The official request for a Houghton County Federal Disaster Declaration has left Michigan and is now in Washington, D.C. awaiting evaluation by FEMA. Information regarding damage and repair estimates were gathered by local, county and state officials and sent to the governor’s ...

Covington Concert Series

COVINGTON — The Covington Concert Series kicks off Tuesday at 7 p.m. with the Country Drifters at the Covington Pavilion, 12898 M-28. Admission is free, but donations are accepted to help pay for the event. “You don’t have to give any money,” said Lisa Karcher, one of the event’s ...