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White Gold: Snow brings tourism to Onto.

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SILVER CITY — With the Porcupine Mountains, Lake Superior and an abundance of snow, Ontonagon is a hotspot for winter tourists. The heavy snowfall this season is exactly what snowmobilers and skiers come for. “Occasionally people look at the snowfall amounts and decide not to come, but ...

Nurses aid students teach themselves healthy behaviors

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Copper Country Intermediate School District (CCISD) HOSA officers will be leading members in healthy behaviors this year. These students who are in the nurses aid and health careers classes are all members of the International HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America) organization. ...

Medical marijuana in UP: Who’s in, who’s out?

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HANCOCK — Upper Peninsula cities have made their decisions on medical marijuana facilities, choosing to opt-in or opt-out. In a survey of the 24 cities within the U.P., John Haeussler of the Hancock City Council has compiled a list of statues as they stand now. Most cities were able to ...

Geologists didn’t always get copper mining right

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Native copper was, to state it bluntly, a geologic fluke. It did not occur in commercial quantities anywhere on Earth except in the Lake Superior copper district. Although its existence in the region had been known in Europe and the American colonies since the French had discovered it in the ...

PHF seeks proposals for youth mental health needs

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HANCOCK — The Portage Health Foundation, along with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, is seeking proposals for grants to address the growing mental and behavioral health needs of adolescents.  The foundation plans to award up to $300,000 during this round of funding for projects in ...

Child’s death investigated

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CALUMET — Troopers from the Michigan State Police Calumet Post and Baraga Detachment are investigating the December death of a 3-year-old L’Anse child. A guardian brought the child to Baraga County Memorial Hospital on Dec. 23 unresponsive. The child was later transferred to Milwaukee ...

KBOCC begins search for next president

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The Keweenaw Bay Ojibwa Community College (KBOCC) is currently seeking a new president. According to KBOCC chairman of the board of regents, Robin Chosa, the current president, Debra J. Parrish, has been there for “a very long time.” “Debra has been the president since the college ...

South Range discusses vacation time and snowmobile issues

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SOUTH RANGE — It was business as usual at the village council meeting Thursday.  The meeting included discussion of land offers, bills, reworking employee vacation time and a discussion of snowmobile issues that could re-appear at a later date.  Notably, the monthly meeting times have ...

Trustees object to council’s process

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CALUMET — Village Council Trustee Peggy Germain spoke up at the Dec. 19 regular monthly meeting, voicing her disagreement with the way the council conducts business. She made her comments when the council discussed a resolution condemning village residents, led by Nathan Anderson, for ...

Coding club scratches itch for kids to learn

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L’ANSE — Brian Perry, CS First coding club teacher for L’Anse Area Schools District, hopes for the expansion of coding clubs in the district. CS First is a Google program focused on increasing student access and exposure to Computer Science (CS) education through after school and ...

AG candidate campaigns in UP

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HOUGHTON — One of Michigan’s attorney general candidates spoke to Houghton County Democrats Wednesday night. Patrick Miles was most recently U.S. district attorney for the state’s Western District, which includes the Upper Peninsula. “We live in dangerous times, and after serving ...

Preparation promotes safe winter driving

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HOUGHTON — A Copper Country winter requires extra caution and planning from drivers. With that in mind, a local police chief offered a few reminders and suggestions for motorists. “Even if the road is plowed or sanded that’s not necessarily a guarantee that the road is clear,” said ...

DNR deer study stalks CWD

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ONTONAGON COUNTY — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources will soon begin capturing and collaring white-tailed deer in the western Upper Peninsula as part of a multi-year study to quantify movement patterns of deer, especially migration between winter and summer ranges. Completing the ...

Shelter Home offers body shelter for winter weather

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L’ANSE — The Baraga County Shelter Home offers vital shelter and clothing to those in need, particularly during the winter, and is mostly “known for collecting things for women and children in domestic issues,” said Rebecca Dove, the shelter’s advocate. The shelter home maintains a ...

Several Finnish cultural events surround Heikinpaiva festivities

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HANCOCK — Heikinpaiva enthusiasts can look forward to Finnish cultural events to last close to a month. The scheduled festivities run from Jan. 10 to Feb. 5 and include more than the traditional events of wife-carrying, polar bear dive and parade. These classics take place on Jan. 27, but ...

UPPCO seeks public input on plans

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HANCOCK — Upper Peninsula residents will have a chance to meet with officials from the power utility and hear about future plans throughout this month. The Upper Peninsula Power Company (UPPCO) is hosting four forums around the peninsula for customers and stakeholders. The meetings will ...