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Going to the U.P.: Looking for good news

The five-hour drive to Hancock gave me a scenic view of the U.P. Few towns, a lot of forests, little traffic and abundant scenery. By L’Anse I passed the copper sculpture of Bishop Baraga, the Snow Shoe Priest, and then turned north towards Houghton where I crossed over on the lift bridge ...

Announcement of UP Poet Laureate 2021-22 top five finalists

The official top five finalists for UP Poet Laureate 2021-2022 are: — Tyler Dettloff (Bay Mills/Marquette/Sault Ste. Marie) — April Lindala (Marquette) — Beverly Matherne (Ishpeming/Marquette) — Rosalie Senora Petrouske (Munising/Marquette) — M Bartley Seigel (Houghton) ...

Going to the U.P.

In 1971, I was offered a Professorship in Music, teaching Organ, Theory of Music, Choir, Drama, etc. etc., at Suomi College in Hancock, Michigan. It was a small, two- year, Finnish Lutheran-Junior College in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. It sounded exciting, but I immediately realized that I ...

A little local color

Editor’s Note: Public, festive displays were perhaps more important than ever this year, and a few Copper Country residents really put the effort in, either extra, or perhaps as always. We’ve shared a few favorites, but if you have a neighbor you think deserves a little extra recognition ...

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn’t happen this week

Here’s a look at false and misleading claims circulating online as news about COVID-19 vaccines and uncertainty around coronavirus relief in the U.S. dominate headlines. None of these are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here ...

31 Backpacks provides for students when state help lapses

HOUGHTON — The nonprofit organization 31 Backpacks was founded, because its co-founders, Laurel Maki and Melissa Maki, identified a critical need within the Copper Country Intermediate School District: Many K-12 students throughout the CCISD are of low-income families and received free or ...

Copper Country man gifted ‘Hearing for the Holidays’

Tom Talvensaari has had hearing aids for 35 years. But his insurance doesn’t cover them anymore, unless he can drive to Marquette every time he needs them serviced, or to see an audiologist. “So he has hearing aids now. They’re older,” said Melissa Collard, Talvensaari’s audiologist ...

Despite COVID, Hancock finds way to celebrate Christmas

HANCOCK — Normally, hundreds come to downtown Hancock on the Friday after Thanksgiving to meet Santa Claus. This year, he came to them. Riding atop a Hancock fire truck, Santa Claus drove through every neighborhood in Hancock Friday night. About 70 people watched in socially-distanced ...

Snowy owl dies after water rescue

HOUGHTON — A snowy owl was saved from the Portage Lake Shipping Canal by Houghton police Sunday, though it later died. The department received a call of an injured owl which jumped into the canal at Bridgeview Park, said Nate Kinnunen of the Houghton Police Department. By the time officers ...

Black Friday was not always the start of holiday rush

HOUGHTON — Believe it or not, Black Friday was not originally applied to the first official day of the holiday shopping rush. Rather, it was applied to the U.S. gold market crash of Sept. 24, 1869. What is easier to believe is that the financial crisis was the result a financier, Jay Gould ...

Turkey and football, or a day of national thanks and unity?

HOUGHTON — To millions of Americans today, Thanksgiving is an annual day of football games and a turkey feast. But it was not always a national holiday and —well — most historians agree that it had little to do with the Pilgrims back in 1621. Author Dina Gilio-Whitaker, in her ...

Little Brothers delivers Thanksgiving meals

HANCOCK — Marie Ross usually donates to Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly. Until this year, she hadn’t taken part in its Thanksgiving home meal delivery. But because of COVID-19 concerns, her family couldn’t travel to Hancock for the holiday as usual. COVID-19 forced the ...

Santa speaks: Santa talks Christmas Walk, Christmas Eve plans

Editor’s note: The following story features a fictional interview with Santa Claus. Visiting all the homes in the world in one night is a dangerous thing to do in 2020, but Santa Claus is doing his best to be careful as he’s preparing for Christmas Eve this year. On Friday, he will be ...

COVID numbers keep rising in greater Copper Country

HANCOCK — Ontonagon County tops the state in both the rate of new cases and in the percentage of tests coming back positive, while Baraga County is in the top five for both categories. State data show Ontonagon County with a seven-day average of 35% positive tests, based on an average of ...

White Pine Mine tailings pond disappearing, still inspected as dam

While it comes as a surprise to some, the state of Michigan still requires the registration and inspection of the human-made tailings ponds at the White Pine Mine. This makes the Tailings Pond No. 2 dam the longest in Copper Country. It is 5.5 miles long, and ranges in height up to 70 feet, ...

Mask UP: Whitmer asks Michigan Legislature for statewide mask law

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer urged Michigan lawmakers Thursday to enact a statewide law on mask wearing, as the state continues to shatter coronavirus case records and hospital admissions steadily rise. A state emergency order already requires people to wear masks in indoor ...

Another lawsuit filed in Michigan

HOUGHTON — An amended lawsuit has been filed in Michigan State Court regarding as many as tens of thousands of ballots that were improperly completed by Wayne County election board officials and Democratic election observers, according to a Friday release from the Amistad Project. “As ...

What the Center for Technology and Civic Life is

According to Influence Watch, the Center for Technology and Civic Life (CTCL) is: “a Chicago, Illinois-based center-left election reform advocacy group formed in 2012. The organization pushes for left-of-center voting policies and election administration. It has a wide reach into local ...

The Zuckerberg effect? Funding appears to fuel Trump’s lawsuits

Editor’s note: This is the first installment of a series of articles that will examine donations seen as used to influence the election results. HOUGHTON — President Donald Trump’s attorneys are suing Michigan and Pennsylvania for what amounts to permitting hundreds of millions of ...