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Old face, new position: Village Council appoints new member

CALUMET — The Village Council voted unanimously to appoint former clerk Rob Tarvis to the council Tuesday at its regular monthly meeting. In his letter of interest to the council, Tarvis related that he has been a resident of the village since 2004, and had previously served as village ...

Hancock gives preliminary OK for property sale

HANCOCK — The Hancock City Council gave preliminary approval for the sale of the former Neil’s Taxi property on Franklin Street Wednesday night. The sole proposal submitted to the city came from Andrew Lahti Contracting. Lahti plans to convert the space to three 1,400-foot townhouses ...

County board votes down resolution recognizing US rep’s work

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Elected officials in northern Michigan have voted down a resolution to recognize the service of a Republican congressman to his district. The seven-member Grand Traverse County Board voted 3-3 Wednesday on the resolution for U.S. Rep. Jack Bergman, the Traverse ...

Michigan restaurants seek to tie limits to positivity rate

LANSING, Mich. — Michigan restaurants on Wednesday proposed tying indoor capacity limits to the percentage of COVID-19 tests that come back positive, contending that clear guideposts would help the hospitality industry navigate the pandemic. Bars and restaurants, which reopened for indoor ...

Class struggles: K-12 students experience more than low grades

HANCOCK — The mental health of K-12 students as a result of COVID-19 pandemic measures continues to be a concern across the nation, as well as locally. In a Feb. 12 email to parents of the Hancock School district, Superintendent Steve Patchin touched on just some of what students have ...

Biden’s $15 wage proposal: Job killer or a boon for workers?

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden’s effort to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour could provide a welcome opportunity for someone like Cristian Cardona, a 21-year-old fast food worker. Cardona would love to earn enough to afford to move out of his parents’ house in Orlando, ...

UP Honor flight plans September trips

GLADSTONE — It might be a year and a half later than they envisioned, but Upper Peninsula veterans will get to see some of the country’s most hallowed landmarks this September as part of the UP Honor Flight. Flights were canceled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. For this year, the ...

Solution search: H-PT working to ease COVID stress

HOUGHTON — As the COVID-19 pandemic drags on, Houghton-Portage Township Schools is taking steps to check in on students who may have a hard time coping with the ongoing stress. At the high school, the student council is focusing on raising awareness of and supporting the high number of ...

Police chase suspect arraigned

ONTONAGON — A Wisconsin man was arraigned in 98th District Court Monday after allegedly leading police on a chase through Ontonagon County at more than 100 mph. Travis Kosey, 26, of Rothschild, Wisconsin, was reported driving recklessly after having failed to pay for gasoline Friday night. ...

Ice on Lake Superior up nearly 25% amid subfreezing temps

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — Ice coverage on Lake Superior has increased by nearly 25% over the past week thanks to the long stretch of subfreezing temperatures. The lake was experiencing historically low percentages of ice in January. But that changed Monday when nearly 32% of the lake had ice, a ...

Highlights of COVID-19 relief bill progressing in House

WASHINGTON — A Democratic-led effort to pass a $1.9 trillion pandemic relief package has passed its latest challenge with House committees advancing measures that will soon be combined into a single bill expected to clear the full House by the end of February. Democrats beat back hundreds ...

Senators speak about votes: Stabenow, Peters address impeachment

WASHINGTON — After Saturday’s U.S. Senate vote to acquit former President Donald Trump after his impeachment for allegedly instigating the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol, Michigan’s Senate delegation said his guilt remained clear. All 50 Democrats, including Gary Peters and Debbie ...

Talk of extending the school year

HANCOCK — Michigan State Superintendent of Education, Michael F. Rice, wants to extend the 2020-21 school year, as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic. Rice brought up the topic to state legislators during a joint meeting of the Senate Education and Career Readiness Committee and the ...

Multi-vehicle crash claims one life

HOUGHTON — A three-vehicle personal injury accident (PIA) on Friday afternoon caused the death of one driver, injured another, and closed M-26 between the Portage Lake Lift Bridge and Sharon Avenue for several hours. According to the Houghton County Sheriff’s Office, deputies were ...

Seigel humbled, honored to be UP Poet Laureate

HOUGHTON — In recent weeks, the country has been introduced to the likes of Amanda Gorman, the national poet laureate, who read poems for the inauguration of President Joe Biden and for the Super Bowl. While he is not expecting to be seen and heard on quite that scale, M. Bartley Seigel is ...

Cafe Rosetta fined $2,500 for violating court order

LANSING — Cafe Rosetta received another $2,500 fine Friday for continuing to flout COVID-19 restrictions while operating last week. Ingham County Circuit Court Judge Wanda Stokes levied the fine after a hearing Friday for Cafe Rosetta owner Amy Heikkinen to explain why she shouldn’t be ...

26 rescued from ice floe in Lake Superior

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — Twenty-six people fishing on Lake Superior were rescued when an ice floe broke away from the Minnesota shoreline, stranding them in frigid weather. The Duluth Fire Department got a call Tuesday morning from a resident who saw ice shanties floating away. Crews brought ...

AG Nessel warns consumers of new credit card scam

LANSING – Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel is warning consumers of a new scam that’s been reported by at least one resident to the Department’s Consumer Protection team. The complainant reportedly received a call from a scammer who insisted that a new Michigan law has passed which ...

CDC to release new guidance telling schools how to reopen

Amid mounting tensions about reopening schools, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention planned to release long-awaited guidance Friday on what measures are needed to get children back into the classroom during the pandemic. President Joe Biden requested updated the guidance when he ...

Cold snap leads to roadway mishaps

HOUGHTON — The week since the winter storm started has been a rough one for Houghton motorists, Police Chief John Donnelly said at Wednesday’s City Council meeting. In the past two weeks, the department has responded to 22 calls for health and safety and 18 crashes, most coming in the ...