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Local gun shop sees sales spike

HANCOCK — Just as grocery stores have been stripped bare by Americans concerned by coronavirus, guns and ammunition have started flying off the shelves, the Associated Press (AP) reported on March 16. Retailers say the buying frenzy is being fueled by consumers who are worried that people ...

Houghton responds to COVID-19

HOUGHTON — The Houghton City Council dealt with a pared-back agenda in its first meeting to be conducted remotely due to COVID-19 concerns.  More than 30 people logged onto Zoom to take part in the meeting.  Gov. Gretchen Whitmer issued an executive order last week allowing governmental ...

Local law enforcement comments on shelter-in-place order

HOUGHTON COUNTY — Rumors and reports are circulating that people are coming to the area from downstate Michigan, as well as out-of-state, to escape the Coronavirus outbreak in their home areas. Lt. Nick Roberts of the Houghton City Police said that while his department has not received ...

Anderson: Census necessary for area to get fair share of funding

HOUGHTON — So far, the local response rates for the U.S. census fall below the state average.  If the trend continues, it could have an adverse effect on how much state and federal money comes back to the area, said Glenn Anderson, 2020 census Complete Count committee chair for Houghton ...

MTU virologist discusses virus differences

HOUGHTON — Influenza and coronaviruses both travel between the infected wrapped in a stolen bit of the previous host cell’s outer, lipid-based layer called an envelope. That layer protects the viruses from harsh environments, and works as a kind of disguise to help them inject themselves ...

Houghton delays votes on marijuana ordinance

HOUGHTON — The Houghton City Council has delayed votes on ordinances that would allow and regulate recreational marijuana in the city until in-person meetings can resume.  The three ordinances had been scheduled to be on the agenda for Wednesday’s meeting, the city’s first to be ...

Supply disruptions create pasty shortage

KEWEENAW COUNTY — Disruptions in supply chains have Pasty Central to suspend the making and sales of pasties, at least through the second week of April, said Charlie Hopper, general manager. The reason, he said, is not being able to receive meat from his supplier. “It looks like we’re ...

WUPHD reports first death attributed to COVID-19

GOGEBIC COUNTY — The Western Upper Peninsula Health Department (WUPHD) received notification today of the first local death attributed to COVID-19. The individual was an elderly male Gogebic County resident with underlying health issues. The Health Department continues to investigate the ...

Vacation towns to feel the pinch

COPPER HARBOR — Michigan’s northernmost town has no businesses that are defined as essential under Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s orders to suspend operations of all non-essential businesses. The Copper Harbor Improvement Association, in publishing an announcement on the Copper Harbor ...

H-PT parents detail life with school out

HOUGHTON — In the second week of what will be at least a month-long shutdown of schools, Houghton Elementary School parents are keeping their children occupied, but hoping for an end.  Just over 200 meals were being distributed to students Wednesday, in the second installment of weekly ...

Meal program to continue at Hancock schools during break

HANCOCK — The Michigan Department of Education stated again Tuesday that school meals will continue to be served to children throughout the state during the “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order declared by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Monday. Hancock superintendent Steve Patchin, in a Tuesday ...

Lake Linden OKs repair bid

LAKE LINDEN — At its meeting March 19, the Lake Linden Village Council approved a bid from Bill Siler Contracting of $254,860.10 for repair work on Second Street. The work will fix damage to the street incurred in the June 2018 flood. The amount is within $4,000 to $5,000 of the amount the ...

Elder care facilities are managing virus thus far

HOUGHTON — People of all ages and living situations are concerned about COVID-19. The virus is believed to be most dangerous to people over the age of 65 and those with compromised immune systems and the best way to avoid it is to come into contact with as few people as possible. That puts ...

Gov. Whitmer calls for medical supplies

LANSING — In the face of critical shortages of medical supplies, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in a March 24 release called on Michigan residents and businesses to donate essential medical supplies, and personal protective equipment (PPE) to hospitals. The items most needed, she said, are: Hospital ...

Local governments to try holding meetings remotely

HOUGHTON — With the state barring large gatherings over COVID-19 concerns, local bodies of government are trying out holding their regular meetings through new means.  In an executive order March 18, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer allowed governments to hold meetings via telephone or ...

Governor’s Office: earlier memo caused confusion

HANCOCK — A statement from Gov. Gretchen Whitmer was issued on Monday morning regarding instructional time during school closure. The release stated that earlier on Monday, a memo issued by the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) required clarification. “Earlier today the Michigan ...

Whitmer issues stay-at-home order

LANSING — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced a three-week shelter-in-place order Monday morning, saying it was necessary to prevent an Italy-like trajectory for the state that would overwhelm hospitals and leave patients without the resources they need. The order directs all Michigan ...

Pasty.NET sees surge in demand for internet service

KEWEENAW COUNTY — Pasty.NET is seeing an unexpected spike in requests for new wireless connections, Charlier Hopper, general manager, said Monday morning. The requests began coming in over the weekend, which surprised him. “We normally don’t get requests for internet over the ...

Resources available to small businesses

In recent weeks, a stream of executive orders enacted to fight COVID-19 have had a mounting impact on businesses, in particular small businesses. From limiting the number of people in a given place to closing restaurants and bars to the order to “suspend activities that are not necessary to ...