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Despite COVID and rain, Bootjack Fun Run perseveres

BOOTJACK — Despite the COVID-19 epidemic, Saturday's second annual Bootjack Fun Run drew about 150 runners. Thunderstorms earlier in the morning may have turned away some of the 180 paid runners. However, the rain let up for most of the races, creating what runners said was a comfortably ...

Consultants present parking study results

HOUGHTON — Shared parking arrangements with private owners. Better signage and online information. More uniform on-street parking times. Consultants who performed a parking study of downtown Houghton presented their recommendations and findings in a Zoom meeting Wednesday. More than 30 ...

Upper Peninsula Power Company seeks proposals

Marquette - Upper Peninsula Power Company (UPPCO) is seeking qualifications and competitive proposals from qualified developers of utility scale renewable energy installations, following approval of its Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) by the Michigan Public Service Commission in February of this ...

Large absentee vote dominates primary election

HOUGHTON — Partway through Election Day, the number of absentee ballots cast locally dwarfed those cast in previous elections.  Tuesday’s primary was the first since voters received applications in the mail with which they could request absentee ballots for the August and/or November ...

High risk exposure sites lead to increasing positive cases in Gogebic County

The Western Upper Peninsula Health Department (WUPHD) is raising concerns over recent case count increases in Gogebic County. Cases in Gogebic County have been steadily increasing, with over 90 cases reported in the last 30 days. Overall numbers for the local health jurisdiction climbed by ...

ORV trail section closed temporarily in Keweenaw County

Logging operations on private property along a 15-mile-long section of the state-managed off-road vehicle B Route in Keweenaw County have forced temporary closure of the trail effective immediately. Michigan Department of Natural Resources Parks and Recreation Division trail officials said the ...

Historical Park Advisory Commission to meet virtually

The Keweenaw National Historical Park Advisory Commission will convene virtually for its regular quarterly meeting at noon on Wednesday, August 5 via Zoom. The meeting will include an update on the work of the Commission and the National Park Service during the last quarter as well as ...

Ontonagon School District preparing for students’ return

ONTONAGON — While the decision as to whether the students in the Ontonagon Area School District (OASD) will be attending classes in school or taking the classes online was not decided at the July School Board Meeting, the district is moving forward as if the students will be in school. “We ...

UP Health System – Marquette eases visitor restrictions

MARQUETTE – UP Health System – Marquette announced that it is transitioning from a zero-visitor protocol to limited visitor restrictions. The decision was made after careful review of state and federal guidelines. The updated restrictions, which will now allow most patients to have one ...

Junior Market Livestock events at the Houghton County Fairgrounds

HANCOCK — The Houghton County Fair Board and Livestock Committee would like to provide the current plans for the Junior Market Livestock Shows and Sale after the cancelation of the traditional 2020 Houghton County Fair. On Friday, August 28, youth livestock exhibitors that have ...

Ontonagon votes on firing manager

ONTONAGON — It was not until the Ontonagon Village Council came out of a closed session that the fireworks exploded.  The council’s most recent elected member, Sarah Hopper, made a motion to dismiss Ontonagon Village Manager Joe Erickson. Hopper got the support for her motion from Don ...

Corrections officer receives lifesaving award

HOUGHTON — A Houghton County Corrections officer with the Houghton County Sheriff’s Office received a plaque for a lifesaving award for saving the life of a small child. On the morning of June 30, 2020, Sheriff’s Officer Al Huhta, Corrections Officer Work Crew Supervisor, was working ...

P.E.O. Sisterhood awards 2020 Program for Continuing Education to MTU grad

The local chapter of the P.E.O. Sisterhood awarded its 2020 Program for Continuing Education (PCE) Grant to Nadine Sikora of Houghton. Sikora, a 2019 Michigan Technological University graduate in Sports and Fitness Management, will use the award this fall when she begins the Master’s Degree ...

Houghton-Keweenaw County 4-H 2020 Senior Scholarship awarded to Houghton teen

The Houghton-Keweenaw County 4-H Program is excited to announce the presentation of the annual Houghton-Keweenaw County 4-H Senior Scholarship to Noah Bach of Houghton. We congratulate Noah for his active participation in 4-H and outstanding application that highlighted the positive impact that ...

Planning Commission vacancy in Hancock

HANCOCK — There is a position available to serve on the City of Hancock Planning Commission. This term will expire on Feb. 15, 2023. Interested candidates must be a resident of the City of Hancock or own real property within the City limits. The commission meets the fourth Monday of every ...

UP Lions expanding help for Kids With Cancer

Upper Peninsula Lions are reaching out to help families with children who are battling cancer. Two fundraisers have raised more than $15,500—all of which will go directly to assist families. Graymont Community and Economic Development Fund announced on Tuesday, July 28, that it is awarding ...

Statement from WUPHD on increase of COVID-19 cases in Copper Country

The Health Officers and Medical Directors of the six health departments in the Upper Peninsula are reaching out to U.P. residents to inform them that in the past few weeks, the Upper Peninsula has seen a dramatic increase in positive cases of COVID-19. The region has gone from being considered ...

ORV route reopened between Hancock and Dollar Bay in Houghton County

A state-managed off-road vehicle route between the Portage Lift Bridge and Dollar Bay in Houghton County has been re-opened after work was completed to create an interim bypass trail route. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources announced the re-opening today after a county health ...

U.P. methamphetamine dealer sentenced to 21 years in federal prison

GRAND RAPIDS — U.S. Attorney Andrew Birge announced that Rodgers Lee Shealy was sentenced this week to 21 years of imprisonment by Chief U.S. District Judge Robert J. Jonker. Shealy pled guilty in August 2019 to conspiracy to distribute 50 grams or more of methamphetamine. Upon release, ...