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Get ready for Earth day

HOUGHTON — On Apr. 22, the Michigan Tech Sustainability Demonstration House (SDH) will be hosting a special Earth Day Dinner at the McNair Dining Hall on Tech’s Campus. This event open only to MTU students and faculty will focus on plant-based diets, healthy composting habits such as ...

Ontonagon fires Erickson again

ONTONAGON — The Ontonagon Village Council voted to raise property taxes on the economically depressed community. However, that was not the issue that forced the council to hold a special meeting Wednesday afternoon. To accommodate the expected turnout of concerned residents, the council met ...

Local superintendents: Numbers don’t justify two-week pause locally

HOUGHTON — With local COVID-19 numbers well below the state average, local superintendents said at this point they are not going along with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s request this morning for voluntary two-week pauses on youth sports and in-person instruction in high schools. Whitmer also ...

Poked for a cause: Finlandia hockey team promotes getting vaccine

HANCOCK — In the early afternoon Wednesday, several members of the Finlandia Lions men’s hockey team crowded the entryway to the UP Health System Home Care and Hospice building in Hancock. The buzz around the group was one of excitement and a little nervousness. For the student athletes, ...

Hancock OKs lot sale

HANCOCK — The first of 13 vacant lots at Spruce Haven has sold. The Hancock City Council approved a purchase agreement for Spruce Haven’s Lot 1 for $20,500 at its meeting Wednesday, down $500 from the initial asking price. The subdivision is located near the UP Health System — Portage ...

WUPHD holding vaccination clinics at SDC

HOUGHTON — The Western Upper Peninsula Health Department (WUPHD) will hold mass community vaccination clinics using the Johnson & Johnson vaccine at the Student Development Complex (SDC) at Michigan Tech on April 15 and April 29. The WUPHD is scheduling appointments for these and other ...

Detroit going door-to-door to push need for vaccinations

Officials in Detroit are putting together plans to knock on doors across the 139-square-mile city to convince residents to get vaccinated for COVID-19. Detroit expects by the end of April to have crews start visiting homes to speak with residents about the importance of protecting themselves ...

A chance to learn: Students visit MTU in internship program

HOUGHTON — A Watersmeet High School student met with professors and college students at Michigan Technological University Tuesday as part of an internship program aimed at promoting Native American interest in STEM fields. “My science teacher actually brought it up in class, and I ...

Bookworm set to start new chapter: Downtown bookstore to close this weekend

HOUGHTON — The sign on the front door says it all. It reads, “We would like to thank everyone who has supported us for the past 17 years. It has been a joy serving and getting to know all our wonderful customers ...you will be missed.” The Bookworm, which is located at 815 Shelden ...

Michigan continues to fail its residents

HOUGHTON — Between 2002 and 2018, the Michigan Legislature withheld some $8.6 billion in revenue sharing from local governments, leaving cities, villages and townships to adjust their drastically reduced budgets, which has included across the board cuts to essential services such as police ...

Lake Linden-Hubbell teacher receives state honor

LAKE LINDEN — The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) has named Heather French, an English and visual arts teacher at Lake Linden-Hubbell Middle School/High School, the Region 1 Teacher of the Year. French and nine other teachers from across the state are now finalists for the 2021-2022 ...

CCISD, MDHHS to host drive-through testing

HOUGHTON — This Saturday, the Copper Country Intermediate School District, with assistance from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, will be hosting a rapid testing event at Houghton High School. The clinic will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the school, located at 1603 ...

Livestock exhibitors plan for Houghton County Fair

HANCOCK — The Houghton County Fair Livestock Exhibitors are already planning for the 2021 Houghton County Fair. The market beef steers were registered by Feb. 15 and eight youth from Houghton County plan to participate. At this time of the year, the exhibitors are training their animals ...

Michigan Congress shifts its debts to local governments

HOUGHTON — If the state of Michigan is nothing else, it is consistent in its ability to shift the state’s debts onto local governments. For instance, an mlive.com report stated: “Over the past decade, lawmakers and governors from both political parties have used some $6.2 billion in ...

COVID variant found in Houghton County; vaccine eligibility widens

HANCOCK — The B.1.1.7 variant of COVID-19 has been discovered in five Houghton County cases, the Western Upper Peninsula Health Department announced Monday afternoon. The B.1.1.7 variant, believed to have originated in the United Kingdom, is about 50% more contagious. The WUPHD received ...

All Michigan residents ages 16 and up eligible for vaccine

LANSING, Mich. — All people ages 16 and older in Michigan became eligible for COVID-19 vaccines on Monday, as the state passed the halfway point in its goal of inoculating 70% of that population by year’s end. More than 35% of roughly 8.1 million residents had received at least one shot ...

UP jobless rate dips, reflecting statewide trend

IRON MOUNTAIN — Dickinson County’s jobless rate of 5.1% in February ranked as the second-lowest in the Upper Peninsula, according to data released by the Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget. The overall jobless rate in the U.P. in February was 6.6%, down from 7.6% in ...

High-powered Michigan friends push for accused Capitol rioter’s release

Powerful friends are pushing for the release of an Upper Peninsula man accused of storming the Capitol, including a county sheriff unconcerned that FBI agents seized a cache of weapons from the convicted felon’s home. Friends and supporters of Calumet resident Karl Dresch — including ...

Final broadcast: Jan Tucker retires after nearly 60 years in local media

ONTONAGON — As Jan Tucker’s retirement approached, people sent her memories of the radio show. One woman came by Tucker’s house with a folder full of yellowing recipes her aunt had jotted down from her radio program in the ‘60s. Another remembered waking up in the morning as a child ...

Sheriff: UP man charged in Capitol riot not a risk to public

CALUMET, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan sheriff is speaking up for an Upper Peninsula man who was charged in the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol. Karl Dresch “stepped over the line” by going into the Capitol but he’s not a “dangerous man or dangerous to the community,” Houghton County ...