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Tech, Finlandia hold voter registration drives

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HOUGHTON — Students at Michigan Technological University and Finlandia University got help registering to vote or answering their questions about their voter status on campus Tuesday for National Voter Registration Day. Michigan Technological University set up booths at the entrance to ...

Dark Money continues to influence Michigan elections

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LANSING — In November, 2018, Michigan voters overwhelming approved Proposal 2, a constitutional amendment that would significantly change the way Michigan’s political lines are drawn for congressional and state legislative districts. As the proposal grew from an idea to an approved ...

Two potential COVID exposure sites announced in Houghton County

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HANCOCK — The Western Upper Peninsula Health Department has identified two Houghton County businesses as possible exposure sites for COVID-19 this month. The WUPHD listed: • Nutini’s Supper Club, at 321 Quincy St. in Hancock, on Sept. 9 through Sept. 16. • Downtowner Lounge, 100 ...

U.P. Honor Flight looking ahead to 2021

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MARQUETTE — Originally slated for May 20, Mission XVIII of the Upper Peninsula Honor Flight was to be pushed back to today, Sept. 23, due to COVID-19. Unfortunately, with no end to the pandemic in sight just yet, Mission XVIII once again had to be pushed back, this time to 2021. The 18th ...

Deer check and CWD/TB testing changes for 2020 hunting season

Outdoors

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources advises deer hunters to be prepared for big changes to DNR deer check stations this fall. Staffing and financial shortages, due to both funding associated with long-term declines in the hunter base and the COVID-19 pandemic, will result in ...

DNR wants your input on plans for forest management

Outdoors

How do you use and enjoy Michigan’s nearly 4 million acres of state forests? How important are forests to you? The Michigan Department of Natural Resources wants to know. The DNR's Forest Resources Division is conducting a public survey to help guide creation of a new 10-year plan to keep ...

Finlandia introduces new online certificates

Business

HANCOCK — Finlandia University is excited to announce new online certificate offerings in Marketing, Sports Management, and Teaching & Learning: Professional Development. “Our online certificates are filled with innovative adult learning opportunities designed by experts in their ...

Potential COVID-19 site exposures for Houghton County

Business

The Western Upper Peninsula Health Department (WUPHD) has identified possible exposure sites in Houghton County. Local residents visiting these sites may be at a higher risk for exposure as employees or patrons were present while infectious, and masking and social distancing guidelines were not ...

Aspirus urges flu shots early in 2020-21 season

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As Aspirus prepares for the 2020-21 flu season, health experts urge everyone that while a flu shot is always recommended, this year getting a flu shot is more important than ever. Amid the existing COVID-19 pandemic, two serious viruses will be circulating concurrently. Both COVID and ...

Field of dreams

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Photo provided by Joe and Char Masini Joe Masini showed his support for incumbant President Donald J. Trump by creating a message in his field along M-203 near McLain State Park that is big enough to be seen easily from the air.

Baraga schools closed Monday after positive COVID test

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BARAGA — Baraga Area Schools appeared on track to reopen Tuesday after a one-day closure due to a staff member’s positive COVID-19 test. The district closed Monday to allow time for contact tracing. Its building includes both the junior/senior high school and the Philip J. LaTendresse ...

Hancock Schools reports student tested positive

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HANCOCK — As the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases continues to increase in Houghton County, Superintendent Steve Patchin reported Monday morning that a Hancock Schools student tested positive for COVID-19. “Following directions of the Western U.P. Health Department, we are taking ...

What the Cohort Model includes

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HANCOCK — In a Monday email, Superintendent Steve Patchin said that in light of a Hancock school student having tested positive for COVID-19, Hancock Public Schools, among other steps to mitigate the spread of the virus, is following the state of Michigan’s Cohort Model from the Return to ...

Candlelight vigil held for RBG

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HOUGHTON — “Be like Ruth! Be like Ruth!” The cry came up from about 50 people who held a candlelight vigil in downtown Houghton Sunday night in memory of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Ginsburg, who had served on the court since 1993, died at the age of 87 Friday of ...

Copper Country shows international spirit despite pandemic

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The first Parade of Nations scavenger hunt came to a close with a “drive-thru” awards table on Saturday, where participants received stickers and shirts, and winners collected their gift cards. “The team was me, my mom, and my brother,” said Sarah Stackhouse, part of the 2nd-place ...

Heated comment in Ontonagon continues

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The question of the Village of Ontonagon’s financial condition, over-sight by the village council, and management of the finances continues to be the topic of discussion during public comment at village council meetings. At the last meeting, it was the Director of the Village’s Cane ...

K-12 COVID news continues

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PAINESDALE — Another Houghton-Portage Township Schools employee tested positive for COVID-19, while Jeffers High School is changing its mask policy in the wake of the temporary closure after a positive test there. A staff member at Houghton Middle/High School tested positive, the district ...

Finlandia to host Voter Registration Day event on Sept. 22

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HANCOCK — On Sept. 22, Americans will celebrate National Voter Registration Day with a massive cross-country effort to register voters well in advance of Election Day this November. Finlandia University is proud to be a National Voter Registration Day partner. On Sept. 22, FinnU will engage ...

Spooky Halloween at the Theatre

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CALUMET — Bring the whole family for a frighteningly fun time at your historic Calumet Theatre, as we present Spooky Halloween at the Theatre. The event happens Friday, Oct. 30 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. There will be food, lots of free treats, games and a costume contest for the kids with prizes, and ...

Copper Country Life Chain event

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HOUGHTON — Announcing the Copper Country Life Chain our Nation: Sunday afternoon, Oct. 4 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Those concerned about the life of the unborn in our country will form a "Life Chain" along M-26 from the Copper Country Mall toward the Bridge. This silent, prayerful stand is to ...