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MCACA Arts Minigrants for 2021

HANCOCK - The Copper Country Community Arts Council (CCCAC) is the administrator for the Regional Re-granting program of the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA). The CCCAC facilitates funding opportunities for the arts in the six counties of the Western Upper Peninsula; ...

Swedetown Trails Club: Trails have great snow

CALUMET — With more than 60 inches of snow, all the ski trails at Swedetown are open and in good to excellent condition. Snow bike trails are being packed for riding. For all trails a daily or seasonal membership is required. Memberships help to offset expense of trail grooming and ...

Going to the U.P.: Looking for good news

The five-hour drive to Hancock gave me a scenic view of the U.P. Few towns, a lot of forests, little traffic and abundant scenery. By L’Anse I passed the copper sculpture of Bishop Baraga, the Snow Shoe Priest, and then turned north towards Houghton where I crossed over on the lift bridge ...

Announcement of UP Poet Laureate 2021-22 top five finalists

The official top five finalists for UP Poet Laureate 2021-2022 are: — Tyler Dettloff (Bay Mills/Marquette/Sault Ste. Marie) — April Lindala (Marquette) — Beverly Matherne (Ishpeming/Marquette) — Rosalie Senora Petrouske (Munising/Marquette) — M Bartley Seigel (Houghton) ...

Going to the U.P.

In 1971, I was offered a Professorship in Music, teaching Organ, Theory of Music, Choir, Drama, etc. etc., at Suomi College in Hancock, Michigan. It was a small, two- year, Finnish Lutheran-Junior College in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. It sounded exciting, but I immediately realized that I ...

DNR’s Western UP Citizens’ Advisory Council to meet virtually

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources’ Western Upper Peninsula Citizens’ Advisory Council will meet virtually in a web conference Thursday, Jan. 7. Among the agenda items, discussions are scheduled to include updates on deer regulation recommendations, wolf delisting and status of ...

Local health department begins administering COVID-19 vaccine

HANCOCK – The Western Upper Peninsula Health Department (WUPHD) began vaccinating priority groups Tuesday with recently received Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine. As limited supplies of the COVID-19 vaccine have started to arrive in the area, residents are asking “When will COVID-19 vaccine be ...

UP Environmental Coalition 2020: The year in review

Upper Peninsula Environmental Coalition’s Livestream Series “This Is It!” Presents: “UPEC 2020: The Year in Review” with hosts Horst Schmidt and Evan Zimmermann, President & Vice President of UPEC on Wednesday, Dec. 30 at 7 p.m. EST, livestreamed via Facebook and Zoom (links ...

Baraga County Chamber of Commerce announces openings

BARAGA — Baraga County Chamber of Commerce announces openings on the Board of Directors. Beginning Feb. 3, 2021, the Chamber will fill the vacant seats on their Board of Directors. The Chamber Board is charged with the organizational planning, monitoring, and managing the financial resources ...

Virtually graduated

There was no formal commencement ceremony this year, but Michigan Technological University still tried to make mid-year graduation special. More than 350 undergraduates and almost 330 graduate students were recognized on Saturday, according to a press release from MTU. Three ROTC cadets were ...

MDHHS: Schools and indoor entertainment venues can re-open

HANCOCK — The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) Friday updated its epidemic order to allow indoor activities where people can remain masked. In a Friday release, the MDHHS said masks have been scientifically shown to slow the spread of the coronavirus. The update ...

Heikinpaiva taking one-year hiatus

HANCOCK — The City of Hancock’s Finnish Theme Committee pondered every possibility, but after months of thoughtful planning and consideration, the group decided that it couldn’t conduct the annual Heikinpäivä celebration in a manner that would provide a fulfilling cultural experience ...

Houghton County methamphetamine co-conspirators sentenced to prison

MARQUETTE — Three Houghton County co-conspirators have been sentenced to prison for their role in conspiring to distribute more than 50 grams of crystal methamphetamine in the Upper Peninsula. Ryan Lee Timko, 34, of Houghton, Michigan, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Paul L. Maloney to ...

PLDL and Hancock Library ease into reopening plans

The Portage Lake District Library is again moving into Phase 3 of their reopening plan, which includes limited access to the building by patrons. The service is available beginning Monday, Dec. 21, and will include a return to regular open hours. On Nov. 16, in response to the MDHHS Epidemic ...

$394,514 in donations received for #GivingTuesday

The Copper Country community proved why it is Copper Country Strong this year by raising $394,514.28 in support of 18 non-profit organizations that serve Baraga, Houghton, Keweenaw and Ontonagon counties. The funds were raised as part of Portage Health Foundation’s (PHF) fourth annual ...

CCISD stories spread across state lines

The Copper Country Intermediate School District Board of Education held its regular monthly meeting virtually on Tuesday, Dec. 15. Superintendent Stockero shared with the board that two Copper Country stories have made their way to other states and the CCISD had received calls asking about ...

Health Department statement regarding epidemic orders

HANCOCK – The Western Upper Peninsula Health Department (WUPHD) has released the following statement regarding Epidemic Orders issued by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS). The mission of the Western Upper Peninsula Health Department is to lead the community toward ...

Ontonagon Village faces myriad unresolved issues

The Ontonagon Village Council will meet via tele-conference tonight. The question remains whether issues addressing the council, village residents, and village businesses will be resolved. The issue that has been in front of the council for over 2 years has been the village’s financial ...