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Copper Country Firefighters History Museum open with new self-guided tour

CALUMET — The Copper Country Firefighters History Museum is now open for the summer season, Monday through Saturday 1 to 4:30 pm. New this year is a self-guided tour with many new exhibits. The Italian Hall Exhibit on the second floor within view of the actual site is always popular and ...

UGLFHC COVID-19 drive through testing, 7/14 through 7/16

Upper Great Lakes Family Health Center (UGL) and local health departments have coordinated efforts to provide COVID-19 drive through test sites at the following locations: • Covington – Tuesday, July 14 from 9:15 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. EST: Covington Multi-Purpose Building, 12898 Hwy M-28, ...

Potential COVID-19 site exposures for Houghton County

HOUGHTON COUNTY– The Western Upper Peninsula Health Department (WUPHD) has identified sites visited by individuals who later tested positive for COVID-19. Local residents visiting these sites may be at a higher risk for exposure if larger crowds were present and masking and social distancing ...

African American Michigan: The 1980s and 90s in Detroit

Editor’s note: This story is the seventh in a series looking at racial disparity in Michigan. This is also the second of a two-part look at how drugs became pervasive in Detroit in the mid-to-late 1980s. In Detroit, which is home to the majority of Michigan’s Black population, the ...

MTU announces two positive COVID cases

HOUGHTON — Two members of the Michigan Technological University community tested positive for COVID-19 last week, the university announced Monday. The two cases appear to be unrelated, the university said. They are the first positives for Michigan Tech. As of Monday, 90 other tests have ...

BLM protesters march despite heat

HOUGHTON — The start of the Fourth of July weekend saw lower turnout for Friday’s Black Lives Matter march on the Portage Lake Lift Bridge. Friday’s protest in 90-degree weather drew about 10 marchers instead of the customary 30 to 40 that have shown up since protests began after the ...

Party on the Point plans revised

TAMARACK CITY — Friday’s Party on the Point was downsized in scope and overt political themes following concerns from community members and local officials. The event starts at 6 p.m. Friday, with fireworks beginning at dusk. It was created by Neuvokas Corp. CEO and “All Business is ...

Michigan Senior Project Fresh 2020 mailing coupons

MSU Extension will be distributing the Michigan Senior Project Fresh coupon via mail due to the COVID-19 restrictions. If you previously participated in this program, we have your contact information on file. Due to limited supply, there will be a random draw. If you are selected, you will be ...

Virtual race raises funds for KLT stewardship activities

HANCOCK — Miss the Horsetail Scramble? This August we are hosting our first virtual run! Whether you and your family want to explore our nature areas with a casual hike, or you are trying for your personal best on familiar trails, Run Wild with KLT has something for you! It is important to ...

Walk With Ease workshop available online for free through UPCAP

ESCANABA — Whether you need relief from arthritis pain or just want to be more active to improve your overall health, Upper Peninsula Commission for Area Progress (UPCAP) is offering the Arthritis Foundation’s Walk With Ease program. If you can be on your feet for 10 minutes without ...

UGL COVID-19 mobile testing

UPPER PENINSULA, MI – Upper Great Lakes Family Health Center (UGL) and local health departments have coordinated efforts to provide COVID-19 drive through test sites at the following locations: • Marenisco – Tuesday, July 7th from 9:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. CST — Marenisco Medical ...

Virtual field explorations – Using the backyard as a science classroom

As the long-term impact of the pandemic on teaching and learning for K12 students and teachers in the Western UP became apparent, the Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative (LSSI) sprang into action. LSSI staff quickly began brainstorming how best to assist teachers with preparing online lessons ...

Calumet Theatre reschedules country star Joe Nichols performance

CALUMET — Country superstar Joe Nichols performance at the historic Calumet Theatre has been rescheduled from Aug. 14 to Saturday, Nov. 14. The date change is necessitated by current State of Michigan Safe Start Phase 5 restrictions, which currently allows only 25% audience capacity for ...

NMU faculty reach tentative one-year contract with administration

MARQUETTE — After months of negotiations, leaders of the NMU Chapter of the American Association of University Professors agreed to a one-year contract on June 25. If approved by the membership, the contract will freeze salaries and give university administration an option to impose one ...

Copper Range Historical Museum reopening

SOUTH RANGE — The Copper Range Historical Museum, located at 44 Trimountain Avenue, South Range, will be open in July and August on a limited basis (Mondays and Fridays only), following COVID-19 guidelines. It will start on Monday, July 6, and the final day will be Friday, Aug. 28. Operating ...

Copper Country Strawberry Festival 2020 canceled

CHASSELL — Due to the coronavirus and in the interest of public safety, the Chassell Lions Club canceled the traditional Copper Country Strawberry Festival this year. The Lions are exploring alternative options to celebrate the spirit of the Festival. Please stay alert for future notices.

Health, Wellness, and Technology Survey

Upper Peninsula Commission for Area Progress (UPCAP) is seeking older adults to participate in a Health, Wellness, and Technology Survey. Due to COVID-19 guidelines, UPCAP’s programming is going online and virtual. The survey will help determine what future health and wellness programs UP ...

Stay safe while gathering during the holiday weekend and summer events

HANCOCK – The Western Upper Peninsula Health Department (WUPHD) encourages residents to continue practicing safe steps to reduce the chances of getting or spreading COVID-19 during this holiday weekend and as summer weather continues. The more low risk choices people make during a gathering, ...