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Houghton County teen awarded $2,000 MSU Pre-College Achievement Scholarship

Micaela Geborkoff, a Houghton area student, has been awarded a $2,000 Michigan State University Pre-College Achievement Scholarship. Students in 8th to 10th grades for 2019-20 who attended an MSU summer pre-college program last year were eligible to apply for this award last fall. Micaela ...

2nd Annual Kalevalathon to be held on Feb. 28

Kalevalathon is back again for another year. Join students and faculty in celebration of Kalevala Day on Friday, Feb. 28 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Finnish American Heritage Center as they read the Finnish epic poem, the Kalevala. “February 28 is Kalevala Day in Finland, which ...

CCISD hears about Special Olympics basketball game at board meeting

The Copper Country Intermediate School District Board of Education held its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020. Maren Rouleau, Copper Country ISD Special Education teacher shared with the board an event that took place last week. Hancock High School held its first ever Special ...

FiberRama!

HANCOCK – The Copper Country Community Arts Center will host FiberRama, a sale of fabric, yarn, and art supplies will be on Saturday, Feb. 22 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. local fiber artists will also be demonstrating various fiber arts techniques from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. during the event. ...

Watercolor painting class, Earringpalooza, and Drawing with Felt for kids

HANCOCK - The Copper Country Community Arts Center has many classes offered late winter and spring. Classes with deadlines coming up soon include: Watercolor Winter Scenes with Madhura Mehendale, Earringpalooza-earring making class with Mavis Farr, and Drawing with Felt for 5th-8th grades with ...

CCISD open house brings in over 400 sophomores

The Copper Country ISD Career and Technical Education program recently held an Open House for over 400 Sophomore students from all local high schools. Students visited each of our 9 Houghton County course offerings.  Students were bused to Michigan Tech's Electrical Energy Resource Center ...

Hancock Library launches hosts after-school Code Club

The Hancock School Public Library is kicking off a new after-school club. Learn how to make apps, games and websites at their new Code Club. Code Club is hosted in the library every Tuesday, from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. beginning Feb. 18. Using a proprietary coding software called Prenda, ...

Western UP Science & Engineering Fair and STEM Festival coming in March

The 22nd annual Western Upper Peninsula Science & Engineering Fair and STEM Festival will take place on Wednesday, March 18, 2020 at the Memorial Union on Michigan Tech’s campus from 4:30 - 8 p.m. Students from Houghton, Baraga, Keweenaw, Ontonagon and Gogebic Counties in grades 4-8 are ...

CCISD Auto Tech students take home various awards in UP competition

ESCANABA – On Feb. 7, 2020, Bay Community College hosted the regional Skills USA Automotive competition where events showcased the best Career and Technical Education students from the Upper Peninsula. The Copper Country Intermediate School District’s Career and Technical Education Center ...

Introducing Dr. Jennifer Bow, Aspirus orthopedic surgeon

LAURIUM - Aspirus Keweenaw Hospital & Clinics proudly welcomes Orthopedic Surgeon Jennifer Bow, MD, MASc, FRCSC, FAAOS. Dr. Bow joins the Aspirus orthopedic and sports medicine team in providing the highest levels of comprehensive, patient-centered care and positive care experience. She is ...

Regional Spelling Bee results

Here are the results from the Regional Spelling Bee held at Lake Linden-Hubbell Jr/Sr High School. Please inform your students that the finals will be held on Wednesday, March 11, 2020 in Negaunee. The contact for that bee is William Hartman, Director NICE community education. A contact for ...

WUPHD awarded Overdose Prevention and Response Mentorship Grant

Western U.P. Health Department was recently awarded a grant from the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) to participate in an Overdose Prevention and Response Mentorship Program. The mentorship program will provide 19 health departments across the country the ...

Houghton County Fair representative win two first-place awards at state level

Eight representatives of the Houghton County Fair attended the annual Michigan Association of Fairs and Exhibitions in Grand Rapids. Houghton County Fair received a first place award in the Division 1 Fair photo competition. The picture was of a market steer exhibitor, Alia Palosaari of ...

Construction scholarships available through Marquette Builders Exchange

The Marquette Builders Exchange is awarding five (5) Scholarships of $1,000 each to qualifying U.P. senior high school students who are pursuing careers in the construction industry. Scholarship recipients must be registered and accepted at an approved college, vocational or trade ...

UP Health System – Portage earns 5-star rating for overall hospital quality

HANCOCK - UP Health System - Portage today announced that it has been awarded five stars in the latest round of Overall Hospital Quality Star Ratings released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). UP Health System - Portage's Overall Hospital Quality 5-Star Rating puts it in ...

Hancock Library seeking volunteer help

The Hancock School Public Library is currently seeking volunteers to help with various projects throughout the library. Volunteers are needed to help with everyday tasks such as shelving and straightening, as well as planning and preparing for library programs and storytime events. After many ...

Keweenaw Community Foundation welcomes new Executive Director, Erin Minne

HANCOCK — The Keweenaw Community Foundation is excited to welcome its new Executive Director, Erin Minné. Minné joins the Foundation with over 25 years of experience in the fields of philanthropy and fundraising, most recently holding the position of Senior Vice President of Advancement ...

Jerry Primeau retires after 50 years with Mercy EMS, Inc.

Jerry Primeau, CEO of Mercy EMS, Inc., retired from his role after 50 years of serving the community. His EMS career started in 1970 when he started working for Mercy Ambulance as a part-time, pay-per-call Ambulance Attendant while attending Michigan Technological University. In 1971, he ...