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Center secures grant funding vouched by CCISD, MTU

HANCOCK - Finding grant money to fund the programs offered to schools is only one part of the process. Grant-awarding organizations only provide grants to a responsible depository.That is why the Western Upper Peninsula Center for Science, Mathematics and Environmental Education is housed at ...

10 things to know today: Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:1. HOW DIVIDED ELECTORATE FEELS ABOUT CANDIDATESPeople in the United States seem to share a lack of enthusiasm about their choices for president, an Associated Press-GfK poll finds.2. ...

Blood Typing: Device improves testing, saves time

HOUGHTON - Typing blood can be a time-consuming process, but Adrienne Minerick is developing a device that can do the typing immediately.Minerick is a Michigan Technological University professor in biomedical engineering. Her company has developed a hand-held device, which types blood and ...

Tech Consumer Products Day features spin on ‘Shark Tank’

HOUGHTON - Twenty-three teams of Michigan Technological University students had only 20 hours to come up with new spins for commercial products.After a long night of work, they presented their products at Michigan Tech's first Consumer Products Day.Groups picked up products from Dow Chemical ...

Travelers should check for Zika risk

HANCOCK - Copper Country residents do not need to worry about a Zika epidemic coming to the U.P., according to Western Upper Peninsula Health Department Medical Director Terry Frankovich, but travelers should consider precautions.Frankovich said while the virus could spread from the tropics to ...

Regional school agencies provide resources

By GRAHAM JAEHNIGgjaehnig@mininggazette.comHANCOCK - Programs like Family Science Night and the Western U.P. Science Fair and STEM Festival are just two examples of local school programs available to K-12 students, teachers and parents. But funding for the programs must come from somewhere, and ...

Appeal Denied: Appeals court upholds Nassiri conviction

HOUGHTON - The 2014 murder conviction of a Dollar Bay man who killed his wife the previous year will stand, the state Court of Appeals ruled Thursday.Nima Nassiri is serving 20 to 40 years for the second-degree murder of Sanaz Nezami on Dec. 7, 2013 in their home. He appealed his sentence on ...

Tech considers enhanced policy for family leave

HOUGHTON - In 2012, Michigan Technological University began a paid maternal leave policy, and now one university organization would like that policy to be expanded to a paid parental leave, according to Sam Sweitz.Sweitz, a Tech associate professor of anthropology and archeology and a member of ...

Center gets grants to provide school resources

HANCOCK - The Western Upper Peninsula Center for Science, Mathematics and Environmental Education is a valuable resource to schools throughout the five western counties of the U.P. Those counties are Baraga, Houghton, Keweenaw, Ontonagon, and Gogebic.The center offers programs to grades K-12, ...

Center provides resources by divvying grants

HANCOCK - In providing programs, services, and resources to K-12 schools throughout the western U.P., staff at the Western Upper Peninsula Center for Science, Mathematics and Environmental Education works "behind the scenes" and often without public knowledge of the center's existence.According ...

Weaver’s story shows how art sustains community

CALUMET - Lorri Oikarinen has been an artist working in Calumet for decades, and she thinks art can help the village achieve a measure of sustainability and strengthen the community.Oikarinen said she uses fiber as her artistic medium."I'm a weaver," she said.She also teaches fiber art at the ...

Man from Pelkie killed in crash at Tiger Stadium

DETROIT (AP) - A woman is charged in connection with a crash that left an Upper Peninsula man dead on the old Tiger Stadium site in Detroit.The Wayne County prosecutor's office says Thursday that 33-year-old Shayla Tucker faces arraignment Friday on a reckless driving causing death ...

Regional center gets grant to teach teachers to teach tech

HANCOCK - Five Upper Peninsula math and science centers have received one million dollars in funding to provide sustained professional development to middle and high school teachers. The program is called UP SMILE.The professional development program supports participating teachers in ...

First project: How to build 3-D printer

HANCOCK - Shawn Opplinger, director of the Western Upper Peninsula Center for Science, Mathematics and Environmental Engineering, said her department has received $200,000 in funding for a two-year program that will enable 25 participating middle and high school teachers to bring cutting edge ...

Local high schools participate in athletic head injury project

CALUMET - At the start of the 2015-16 school year, 70 member schools of the Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) across the state were invited to participate in one of two testing programs aimed at assisting in decision-making regarding the removal of athletes from activity after ...

Machine shops see shortage of local training

HANCOCK - Baraga County has historically high unemployment, says Alan Dantes, CNC Manager for L'Anse Manufacturing, but his company is almost always hiring. So where's the disconnect?"Just about every person I talk to thinks they need machinist training, but we don't have that in the U.P.," he ...

Township starts planning 150th anniversary

CALUMET TOWNSHIP - Celebrating the 150th anniversary of anything is usually a pretty big deal, and people in Calumet Township are considering ways to acknowledge that milestone for the township.Debra Aubin, Calumet Township treasurer and Sesquicentennial Committee member, said there will be a ...