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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 ...

Newspaper ad clients report scam

HOUGHTON - Daily Mining Gazette publisher Michael Scott has received reports from advertisement clients of a scam, in which a party called a client asking if he or she would like to run an ad in an upcoming publication.A DMG sales representative received a phone call from a client saying he had ...

After-school art classes sneak in academics

CALUMET - When Calumet Great Explorations after-school students got to the Calumet Art Center Tuesday, their focus was on their projects, making paintings of local minerals and finishing up weaving projects. Before the end of the day, the last of their nine-week session, they'd also written ...

Quincy Report: MDOT updates Hancock residents, business owners on road project

HANCOCK - Representatives of the Michigan Department of Transportation gave an overview of the upcoming Quincy Street reconstruction Tuesday, and answered many questions of residents and business owners in attendance.At the community room of the First United Methodist Church on Quincy Street, ...

Residents get Quincy project plan, schedule

HANCOCK - Exactly what is going to be done during the reconstruction of Quincy Street in Hancock was explained Tuesday by Al Anderson during a public meeting about the project.In the community room of the First United Methodist Church on Quincy Street, Anderson, MDOT construction manager, Aaron ...

KCF Gold event raises $33,000

HOUGHTON - The Keweenaw Community Foundation held its annual Keweenaw Gold fundraiser awards dinner March 22 at the Continental Fire Club in Houghton and raised over $33,000, which will go toward supporting endowments and administration.The theme of this year's event was "Our Community Rocks," ...

Skateboard group to hold deck art auction fundraiser

The Houghton Skatepark Group is sponsoring a Skateboard Deck Charity Auction at the Keweenaw Brewing Company this Thursday from 7-9 p.m. The event will feature work from more than local artists.Quincy Woodwrights, a Houghton-based skateboard deck manufacturer, donated boards to interested ...

10 things to know today: Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:1. WHO HAD MOST TO LOSE IN LATEST PRIMARYDonald Trump emerges from Wisconsin as a damaged Republican front-runner following a crushing loss to rival Ted Cruz.2. PRESIDENT WARMING UP TO BEING ...

Late winter blast standard UP weather: meteorologist

HOUGHTON - It may look like December outdoors, but it's really not unusual for the ground to be snow-covered in early spring in the Upper Peninsula, according to Dave Petrovich.Petrovich, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Negaunee Township, said although it's April, ...

Court butterfly royalty with monarch habitat

HOUGHTON - The monarch is king of the North American butterflies and a world traveler that migrates as far as Canada and Mexico.In the U.P., said amateur butterfly enthusiast Tim Isley, monarch caterpillars feed on milkweed before going through their chrysalis stage in a cocoon, and re-emerge ...

10 things to know today: Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:1. WISCONSIN NEXT PRIZE IN PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGNHeading into the vote, Cruz leads the polls on the Republican side while Sanders has the edge in the Democratic race.2. WHERE 'PANAMA PAPERS' ...

Art on the Range: Gallery opening pioneers local arts scene

SOUTH RANGE - Until Friday, South Range had never been known as a hotbed for the arts. As far as anyone knew at the grand opening of the Wide-Eyed Gallery, it was the first gallery opening on the Range.That led to a bit of confusion trying to put things together, said artist/chiropractor/ ...