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H-PT parents complain about tighter mask requirements

HOUGHTON — Several parents came to Houghton-Portage Township Schools’ board meeting Monday to ask the district to return to more lenient face-covering requirements. Tom Rajala, who has three children in the school district, said his eighth- and 10th-graders are also now taking virtual ...

Houghton County absentee ballot arrival delayed

HOUGHTON — The arrival of Houghton County’s absentee ballots have been delayed until Tuesday or Wednesday next week, Houghton County Clerk Jennifer Kelly announced Wednesday. The clerks in every city and township will get the ballots out as soon as possible to those who have requested ...

Seasonal Affective Disorder: Annual depressions worsened by weather change

Fall in the Copper Country can be a rough time for many. The weather gets colder, the days get shorter, and people may start feeling down unexplainably. The explanation may be Seasonal Affective Disorder, also known as SAD. In an article on HCA Midwest Health’s website called “Could It ...

Tech, Finlandia hold voter registration drives

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

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

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

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 ...

Field of dreams

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

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

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

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

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

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 ...

K-12 COVID news continues

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 ...

Residents of Cole’s Creek Road left out to dry

People throughout Houghton County are dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects, but a small group of residents are now coping with all of those troubles without running water in their homes. They point the finger at the Houghton County Road Commission for cutting off their water ...

Adult-use marijuana retailer opens in Houghton

HOUGHTON — The Copper Country’s first recreational marijuana retailer opened for business this week. Northern Specialty Health in Houghton began recreational sales this week after receiving state approval earlier this month. It had previously only sold medical marijuana. “It feels ...

Historic cemetery the target of vandals

CALUMET TOWNSHIP — The Hecla Cemetery has again become the target of vandals, where family plots have been used as party sites, monuments have been defaced, headstones have been toppled, and graves have been used as fire pits, including building a bonfire on a headstone. Ruth Gleckler, ...

Michigan voter information is available to the public

LANSING — Voter information is not confidential in Michigan. According to the National Conference of State Legislators, states have varied requirements on who is eligible to request a list of voters, what information the list contains, what information is kept confidential, and how ...

Houghton Elementary School teacher tests positive for COVID

HOUGHTON — A Houghton Elementary School teacher has tested positive for COVID-19, Houghton-Portage Township Schools announced Thursday. The teacher’s class had already been asked to stay home starting Wednesday after the Western Upper Peninsula Health Department determined the teacher ...