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Coronavirus

Michigan launches $10 million COVID-19 in wastewater surveillance grant program

The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) today announced a $10 million grant for a three-month pilot program to fund local public health department efforts to coordinate with counties, universities, ...

State provides guidelines to gyms, fitness centers to open safely

LANSING — Following the newly launched Ambassador Program to help businesses reopen safely, the State of Michigan is requiring gyms, fitness centers, bowling alleys, roller rinks, ice rinks, swimming pools and similar businesses to follow updated workplace safety guidelines. The new ...

VA schedules free drive-up flu shot clinics for veterans

IRON MOUNTAIN – Flu vaccinations are now available for Veterans enrolled in VA health care at their regularly scheduled VA appointments. Veterans may also get vaccinated during free drive-up flu shot clinics at the Hancock VA Clinic on Tuesday and Wednesday, Sept. 22 and 23, from 8:30 a.m. ...

UIA update: Michigan workers provided additional $300

LANSING — The Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA) has started processing payments for Lost Wages Assistance (LWA) for eligible Michiganders. Due to the large volume of payments to be processed, workers will begin receiving LWA payments over the next week to 10 days. LWA is funded by the ...

Houghton looks to provide safe learning environment

HOUGHTON — So far, students are adjusting well to their return back to school, Superintendent Doreen Kramer said Thursday. “They’re doing a really nice job, being responsible and wearing their masks in the hallways, and when talking to others,” Kramer said. “They’re also wearing ...

On the hunt for Parade of Nations

The scavenger hunt replacing the 2020 Parade of Nations events is off to as smooth a start as can be hoped for a first-time event, but so far nobody has solved all nine hunts and claimed first prize. “Things are going well,” organizer Will Schuett said. “We’re seeing quite a few ...

Ontonagon holds Labor Day parade

ONTONAGON — By design, this year’s Ontonagon Labor Day parade didn’t have big marching bands or throngs of people in downtown. Instead, Ontonagon celebrated Labor Day with low-key attractions to help boost the community’s spirit after several months of COVID-19 restrictions. This ...

Hancock Schools: Bus routes and lunches announced

HANCOCK — In his weekly Friday email update, Superintendent Steve Patchin included the bus routes for this week, which can also be found on the school website. “We ask for your patience in this first week as we work on the timing of the runs,” he said. “Those not part of the route, ...

Beer: MTU surveillance testing accounts for most new COVID cases

HOUGHTON — Surveillance testing at Michigan Technological University accounts for the majority of new cases reported in Houghton County this week, while there does not appear to be evidence of community spread, said Kate Beer, health officer for the Western Upper Peninsula Health Department. ...

Welcome back: L’Anse students return to class

L’ANSE — After nearly six months, students are back at L’Anse Area Schools. “There was a lot of energy the first day of school,” Superintendent Susan Tollefson said. “It’s great to hear those voices in the building again.” L’Anse Area Schools, along with Baraga Area ...