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L’Anse judge upholds Fish’s armed-robbery sentence

L'ANSE - A Wisconsin man convicted of a 2013 armed robbery in Watton will not be resentenced on the charge.Bernard Fish, 49, of Shawano, Wisconsin, was sentenced to 20 to 40 years in October 2014 in prison for two counts of armed robbery. He is also serving five to 20 years for two counts of ...

KBIC Maawanji’iding this week

BARAGA - The 38th annual Keweenaw Bay Maawanji'iding, a cultural community celebration better known as Powwow, starts this week in Baraga.Drummers and dancers from Keweenaw Bay Indian Community and other tribes keep people entertained with traditional song and dance performances from Friday to ...

Citizens’ Advisory Council to meet

From local efforts to combat invasive species to a moose status review and management plan development for F.J. McLain State Park, the Western Upper Peninsula Citizens' Advisory Council has several interesting items scheduled for its meeting this month in Calumet.The meeting will be from 6 to 8 ...

10 things to know today: Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:1. IN BUMPY CORONATION, TRUMP TAKES THE CROWNThe roll call of states delivers Donald Trump the Republican presidential nomination, which he welcomed by saying: "This is a movement, but we have ...

Hancock to pursue new bus service

HANCOCK - The Hancock Public Schools Board of Education voted Monday to pursue a possible contract with a different transportation service than the one the district has been using for years.At the board's regular meeting, members voted to have Superintendent Monica Healy determine if Lamers Bus ...

Houghton wants residents’ input on bond

HOUGHTON - Two meetings will take place later in August and September before Houghton-Portage Township Schools' regular board meeting to get residents' ideas for an upcoming bond proposal.The district had a proposal on the May ballot including work on security and technology updates, energy ...

District asks for bond, bus levy

ONTONAGON - Ontonagon Area School District will ask voters to support a bond proposal and millage issue on the November 8 ballot.If passed, the bond proposal would levy one-half mill over seven years for the district to purchase four new buses.The millage rate for Ontonagon Township residents ...

10 things to know today

By The Associated PressYour daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:1. WHAT SOUNDED SIMILAR TO 2008Melania Trump's speech to the Republican National Convention contained two passages that match nearly word-for-word the speech that first ...

Dialogue opened, but will it take?

HOUGHTON - Students and university officials from Finlandia and Michigan Tech universities started a dialogue addressing racial and police violence Friday at Tech's Center for Diversity and Inclusion, and expressed hope the conversation would spread into the Copper Country at large.Renee Oats, ...

Stormy weather

In much of the country, thunderstorms and tornadoes are relatively common in the late spring and summer, but they are less common in the Upper Peninsula, and particularly on the Keweenaw Peninsula, thanks to the moderating effects of Lake Superior, according Jason Alumbaugh.At the beginning of ...

KBIC water walk remembers Spruce

BARAGA - Keweenaw Bay Indian Community is kicking off its 38th annual Powwow this year with a water walk in memory of Pauline Spruce."She helped me organize this," said Terri Denomie, who's coordinating the Keweenaw Bay Third Annual Pauline Spruce Water Walk. "We invite everyone to participate ...

Tech holds campus forum on violence

HOUGHTON - The meeting at Michigan Technological University Friday began with a moment of silence after a tumultuous week - for Alton Sterling, killed by police outside a convenience store in Baton Rouge; for Philando Castle, killed by police in a traffic stop in St. Paul; and for five Dallas ...

10 things to know today: Monday, July 18, 2016

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:1. FORMER MARINE KILLS THREE BATON ROUGE OFFICERS, WOUNDS THREE OTHERSAuthorities are investigating the motives of shooter Gavin Long, who was killed at the scene.2. WHAT TO WATCH FOR AS THE ...

Project to preserve history

HANCOCK - Many older people in the Keweenaw have memories of the past which Sara Thiam thinks are worth recording, and that's the purpose of her Upper Peninsula Digital History Initiative project.In May, Thiam said after a training session in February, four high school and college students ...

Writing contest expanded to four counties

EAGLE HARBOR - The 20th Annual Mac Frimodig Student Writing Competition is being expanded this year to high schools throughout the four-county area, according to Paul Freshwater, editor of the quarterly magazine Superior Signal. The topic was discussed Wednesday at the annual Superior Signal ...

Bastille Day truck attack

NICE, France - A large truck plowed through revelers gathered for Bastille Day fireworks in Nice, killing at least 84 people and sending others fleeing into the sea as it bore down for more than a mile along the Riviera city's famed waterfront promenade.The driver was killed by police and no ...

10 things to know today: Friday, July 15, 2016

By The Associated PressYour daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:1. AT LEAST 84 KILLED WHEN TRUCK MOWS DOWN BASTILLE DAY REVELERS IN NICEPresident Francois Hollande will meet with his defense council and travel to Nice after the third ...

Unlikely UP visitor

The strong weather systems, including a tornado, which struck the western Upper Peninsula early this week were unusual but not unheard of, according to Jason Alumbaugh, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Negaunee Township.He said the storms were the result of a weather ...

Adams seeks bids to keep post office open

PAINESDALE - The Adams Township School District will seek bids to keep the Painesdale Post Office open.The district owns the post office for which the school superintendent has researched options to fix problems with the aging facility, including its leaky roof.Superintendent Tim Keteri will ...

Houghton County Jail still a hole

HOUGHTON - Between 1990 and 2005, Houghton County Jail's population nearly doubled, according to the U.P. Regional Jail and Facility Reuse Study released by the Michigan Department of Corrections in 2010.The study, conducted over a two-year period, examined jails throughout the 15 counties of ...