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Copper Country native, now in Sweden, helping address U.P. energy needs

COPPER HARBOR — A Copper Country native now working in Sweden is working with Michigan Technological University on research that could eventually lead to lower energy prices here.  Through a visiting research position at Tech, Nelson Sommerfeldt is studying ways to get lower-cost renewable ...

Hospitals prepare for COVID-19

LAURIUM — Local hospitals are putting protections in place and making arrangements to expand capacity for when the COVID-19 outbreak begins to impact the Copper Country. Aspirus Keweenaw Hospital limited entrances to its hospital to either into the clinic through the retail pharmacy, or ...

Local businesses respond to outbreak threat

HOUGHTON — While Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced Thursday that small businesses negatively impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak can now apply for low-interest loans, businesses in the Copper Country that have not been ordered closed are trying to hang on. Mike Kowalczyk, co-owner of Otter ...

Laurium address coronavirus fears at home

The Laurium Village Council met for their regular March Meeting on Tuesday evening. During the course of the meeting, councilors attended to necessary paperwork, approved the purchase of four computers to replace models that were no longer running, and addressed response to coronavirus ...

Small businesses cope with coronavirus

HOUGHTON — Plenty of local businesses fall outside the statewide restrictions put on restaurants, bars, gyms and other spaces to limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus. But even they are looking for ways to accommodate customers and deal with a less hospitable retail climate. Black Ice ...

Whitmer extends tax foreclosure deadline

LANSING, Mich. — Governor Gretchen Whitmer today signed Executive Order 2020-14, extending the deadline for Michigan residents to pay back taxes and avoid foreclosure on their property during the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Executive Order 2020-14, which takes effect ...

COVID-19 Bulletin (Friday)

A digest of press releases, updates and debunked rumors concerning the progress of prevention and treatment for COVID-19. Complete versions of many of these releases are available at mininggazette.com. For current and up-to-date information regarding the Coronavirus visit ...

Baraga County makes temporary closures

L’ANSE — The Baraga County Board of Commissioners approved temporary orders and closures for county offices to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus at a special meeting Thursday. Starting 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Baraga County will limit public access to the courthouse. Anyone with essential ...

Houghton, Keweenaw counties declare state of emergency

HOUGHTON — Houghton and Keweenaw counties declared a state of emergency Wednesday night in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The action allows each county to request assistance from the state, and potentially allows them to receive disaster assistance if it becomes available. It also ...

Local courts implement coronavirus precautions

HOUGHTON — Houghton, Baraga and Keweenaw county courts implemented emergency measures as a precaution against the COVID-19 virus Wednesday. The measures come in response to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s declaration of a state of emergency and a Michigan Supreme Court order authorizing trial ...

Patrons say goodbye to Dog House

HOUGHTON — In accordance with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s order to close all bars and restaurants as of 3 p.m. Monday, a century-old, downtown business shut its doors on Monday, perhaps for the last time, said owner/operator Kent ”Foof” Wilkinson. Like so many other similar ...

COVID-19 Bulletin

A digest of press releases, updates and debunked rumors concerning the progress of prevention and treatment for COVID-19. Complete versions of many of these releases are available at mininggazette.com. For current and up-to-date information regarding the Coronavirus visit ...

Daily Mining Gazette office closed until April

HOUGHTON — The Daily Mining Gazette office in Houghton will be closed to the public through April 5 in an effort to help stop the spread of the coronavirus. The newspaper will continue to be published and delivered to homes and newsstands Monday through Saturday. The paper’s website will ...

H-PT gives coronavirus update

HOUGHTON — Houghton-Portage Township Schools Superintendent Doreen Kramer gave an update on what district operations look like during the school shutdown to minimize the chance of COVID-19 exposure. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced Thursday night K-12 schools would be closed until April 6. ...

COVID-19 Bulletin

A digest from local, state and federal official press releases concerning the progress of prevention and treatment for COVID-19. For current and up-to-date information regarding the Coronavirus visit Michigan.gov/Coronavirus or CDC.gov/Coronavirus. Monday - The Western Upper Peninsula Health ...

Kids relying on school lunches will have access to food

HANCOCK — Superintendent Steve Patchin told the board at Monday’s regular meeting that schools have been mandated to distribute food to their students. The way the program is set up, he said, the school sent out a sign-up list to all the parents on Monday, allowing them to opt into the ...

Canadian with COVID-19 flew into U.P. airport

CHIPPEWA COUNTY, Mich. — Passengers on one Delta flight into the Chippewa County International Airport over the weekend are being asked to self-isolate after a woman on the flight tested positive for the coronavirus. According to Algoma Public Health (APH), in Northern Ontario, Canada, a ...

Ontonagon hires varsity football coach

ONTONAGON — In light of the Ontonagon Area School District (OAS) being closed till at least April 5, the OAS School Board met. “OAS students have been provided with some educational enrichment activities to allow parents to keep their students academically engaged at their leisure during ...

Game on: Finlandia names esports director

HANCOCK — Eventually, esports will be an NCAA sport, and part of the Olympics, Finlandia University’s new esports director predicts.  Right now, Thomas Goodman is helping Finlandia stake a claim in the sport’s early days. Goodman was named director last week for the program, which will ...