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Little Brothers: Calling all volunteers

HANCOCK — Some elders are alone for holidays like Easter without family to enjoy a traditional meal with. That's where you can come in. Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly is planning for their annual Easter meals and is in need of volunteers. “We serve over 800 elderly friends a ...

Outlining next steps for PHF

HOUGHTON — The Portage Health Foundation has put out four requests for proposals this year, Executive Director Kevin Store said at a community breakfast Thursday. The first was for mental and behavioral health, including substance abuse disorders, focusing on youth and adolescents. That ...

Trail Club seeks expansion help

Eagle River — Sam Raymond of the Copper Harbor Trails Club (CHTC) requested a letter of support from the County Board Wednesday evening for an application to the Michigan Natural Resource Trust Fund Development Grant for the Phase III of the Keweenaw Point Trail. If approved, the grant will ...

Portage Health Foundation gives community updates on grants

HOUGHTON — A series of recent interactions challenged Portage Health Foundation Executive Director Kevin Store to ask himself a few questions: Why are we doing this? Are we on the right path? Are we making a difference? “It would seem that it would be easy to give out money, but on one ...

DNR OKs Hancock beach plans: Dock could be done by October

HANCOCK — The Hancock beach dock is moving forward with hopes of completion by October, if not sooner. The Department of Natural Resources approved the plans in late February, City Manager Glenn Anderson explained during his reports at the city council's Wednesday meeting. “This is the ...

World Water Day events planned

HOUGHTON — Michigan Technological University's Great Lakes Research Center (GLRC) has several events planned for World Water Day. This year's theme is "Nature for Water." While World Water Day is traditionally celebrated on March 22, the Michigan Tech celebration is scheduled for March ...

Fast test to gauge risk of diabetes

LAURIUM — One in three American adults is at risk for developing Type 2 diabetes, a serious disease that can lead to complications like kidney failure, heart disease, stroke, blindness, and amputations. But type II diabetes doesn't have to be permanent-it can be prevented or delayed with ...

Laurium to purchase Houghton’s Zamboni

LAURIUM — The Village Council on Tuesday voted unanimously to purchase a Zamboni 440 ice resurfacer that is being sold by the city of Houghton for $9,500. The 1995 Zamboni will replace the village’s 1973 unit. Village Administrator Ed Vertin said he had heard from Houghton City Manager ...

Renewal: Ontonagon School District re-ups staff contracts, 3 teachers retire

ONTONAGON — Ontonagon Area School District (OASD) School Board renewed the contracts of their superintendent/principal, business services manager, and the assistant business services manager. It was the previous week that Superintendent/Principal James Bobula had a special evaluation ...

Trail expansion and protection discussed in Ontonagon

ONTONAGON — The Ontonagon County Board approved a number of small items at their Tuesday meeting. The board approved a $10,000 grant, an increase from $5,000 last year, for off-road vehicle patrol. “It will give us more patrol time,” explained Sheriff Dale Rantala. He thinks the ...

USDA looks to increase broadband access

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett Tuesday announced that USDA is accepting applications for grants to fund broadband infrastructure projects in unserved rural communities. “E-connectivity is essential to the economic vitality and quality of ...

Bergman recognized with award

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Chamber of Commerce honored Congressman Bergman with its annual Spirit of Enterprise Award Tuesday, given in recognition of his support for pro-growth policies in the first session of the 115th Congress. “It's a good time to be doing business in America, thanks ...

H-PT choir, band directors inform board on progress

HOUGHTON — Houghton-Portage Township Schools' band and choir directors gave the Houghton-Portage Township Schools on their recent performances. This was the choir program's first year as part of the Wisconsin Schools Music Association, said choir director Ann Campbell. Prior to that, it ...

Grad student speaks on state of contaminants in Great Lakes

HOUGHTON — Contaminants in bodies of water create issues all around the world as they move up the food chain to humans. Michigan Tech graduate student Emily Shaw spoke Monday on her research into poly-chlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), a major source of contamination in the Great Lakes ...

Wilson added to Baraga Elementary School teaching staff

L’ANSE — The L'Anse Area Schools District Board approved a first-year probationary contract for Christine Wilson as an elementary school teacher at its Monday meeting. Wilson, of Baraga, began as a student teacher for one of the school’s second-grade classes in September and ending in ...

Committee OKs Peters bills

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee Thursday approved two bipartisan bills introduced by U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) that support small businesses. Peters' bills will increase awareness of Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOPs) and help small ...

Immunization records notice

The Western U.P. Health Department will be destroying aging non-electronic immunization records. If you were born before 1993 and had immunizations at the health department, and you would like a copy of your record, please contact the local health department office by April 16, ...