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BCMH stands with state on COVID orders

L’ANSE — Rebuking a public letter by Baraga County officials against the anti-COVID restrictions, Baraga County Memorial Hospital staff posted a statement indicating their agreement with the orders and urging residents to follow state public health orders and recommendations. BCMH posted ...

Houghton OKs pier project funds

HOUGHTON — After funding delays due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the project to build a new pier in downtown Houghton is back on. Wednesday, the Houghton City Council committed a $951,600, 25% match for the project, which involves building a pier and improving parking between the Portage Lake ...

No research at Isle Royale this winter

HOUGHTON — Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, no winter research will be conducted at Isle Royale National Park this year. Researchers from Michigan Technological University, State University of New York College of Environmental Sciences and Forestry, University of Wisconsin-Madison, University ...

Ontonagon Council addresses financial woes

ONTONAGON — While the actors have changed over the years, the movie is the same. The Ontonagon Village Council has had different council presidents, and trustees since Aspirus took over the management of Ontonagon Memorial Hospital. However when Aspirus became the owner of the hospital, ...

Capitol investigators try to sort real tips from noise

WASHINGTON — Potential threats and leads are pouring in to law enforcement agencies nationwide after the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. The challenge is now figuring out what’s real and what’s just noise. Investigators are combing through a mountain of online posts, street ...

Ontonagon Schools thank Mattson

ONTONAGON — After serving 14 years on the Ontonagon Area School Board, Nancy Mattson will no longer be a “staple” of the board. Mattson took over for Dean Juntunen as board president last year. Juntunen was on the board for over 20 years when he also decided not to run for ...

After COVID-inspired debate, Houghton County approves WUPHD funds

HOUGHTON — In November, the Houghton County Board unanimously approved funding for the Western Upper Peninsula Health Department. Tuesday, it approved funding again — only this time with a 3-2 vote, and only after several minutes of debate between commissioners. The uncertainty around ...

Trump impeached after Capitol riot in historic second charge

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump was impeached by the U.S. House for a historic second time Wednesday, charged with “incitement of insurrection” over the deadly mob siege of the Capitol in a swift and stunning collapse of his final days in office. With the Capitol secured by armed ...

COVID continues to interfere with CLK classes

CALUMET TOWNSHIP — While the COVID-19 pandemic continues to curtail international travel, it also continues to obstruct technology classes at Calumet High School, said Industrial Technology teachers Rob Bolshen and Corey Soumis. Two Finnish cultural projects have been repeatedly put on ...

Baraga County officials: We won’t enforce COVID restrictions

L’ANSE — In a letter Monday night, Baraga County officials said they would no longer enforce the state’s COVID-19 restrictions in the county. Described by the officials as a “manifesto,” the letter was posted Monday night on a Facebook page for Brogan’s recent sheriff campaign. ...

Huntzinger resigns from village council

ONTONAGON — What was expected, addressed at an Ontonagon Village Council Meeting, and had posts on social media, came to fruition. With no one on the ballot this past November, Jessica Huntzinger was elected to the council, but had never attended a single meeting. Huntzinger’s first ...

Michigan bans open carry of guns inside state Capitol

LANSING, Mich. — A state panel on Monday banned the open carry of guns in Michigan’s Capitol, a week after an armed mob rioted in the U.S. Capitol and following a plot last year to storm the statehouse. Moves to ban weapons at the statehouse have been pushed since April, when protesters ...

Snowmobile accident turns deadly

A personal injury snowmobile crash that occurred on Jan. 2 has become fatal, according to a release from the Keweenaw County Sheriff’s office. At 5:10 p.m. on Jan. 2, deputies from the Sheriff’s Office responded to the snowmobile crash on Trail No. 3, near Gratiot Lake Road, where ...

US ramps up vaccinations to get doses to more Americans

The U.S. is entering the second month of the biggest vaccination drive in history with a major expansion of the campaign, opening football stadiums, major league ballparks, fairgrounds and convention centers to inoculate a larger and more diverse pool of people. After a frustratingly slow ...

Local business failed to show cause

HOUGHTON — A show-of-cause hearing was conducted Friday morning in Ingham County Circuit Court intended to permit Cafe Rosetta, in Calumet, to show cause why an immediate injunction against the restaurant should not be issued. A number of issues relevant to the restaurant’s refusal to ...

LL-H moving to virtual classes for this week after COVID cases

LAKE LINDEN — The Lake Linden-Hubbell Public Schools will move to virtual learning for one week after several new COVID-19 positives in the district. Since the district returned from holiday break last week, there had been three confirmed positive cases among staff, three among students, ...

Chance of COVID: Possible virus exposure for lawmakers sheltering during riot

WASHINGTON — House lawmakers may have been exposed to someone testing positive for COVID-19 while they sheltered at an undisclosed location during the Capitol siege by a violent mob loyal to President Donald Trump. The Capitol’s attending physician notified all lawmakers Sunday of the ...