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Mary Pekkala is the Hankookin Heikki for 2020

HANCOCK — Shortly after she was announced as the Hankookin Heikki for 2020, Mary Pekkala made it known in casual conversation — with her trademark smile adorning her face — that she wasn’t eager to climb aboard the giant kicksled upon which many previous honorees had ridden in the ...

One website for the many languages of the Keweenaw

HOUGHTON — When Roland of Accra, Ghana saw the words on the screen, his face lit up. He relates: “We felt so happy and excited to know people can get information regardless of the language of their hearts. It is amazing how a simple thing like having a website in your native language can be ...

Creating sustainable communities workshop

Needless to say this is a very critical time in our history. A paradigm shift in thinking is needed to enable Upper Peninsula communities to become more sustainable and transition to renewable energy, produce more food locally and manage natural resources to lessen the impacts of climate change ...

Aspirus expands appointments for sports-related injuries to Laurium

LAURIUM — Aspirus Keweenaw Hospital and Clinics are making appointments for sports-related injuries more flexible and convenient for patients. Effective Jan. 8, 2020, Aspirus Sports Medicine Physician Dr. Colleen Dupuis will begin seeing patients at the Aspirus Laurium Clinic in Laurium on ...

UPPCO urges caution around hydroelectric reservoirs water levels being lowered

MARQUETTE — As winter settles in across the region, Upper Peninsula Power Company (UPPCO) will begin lowering water levels at its hydroelectric reservoirs in anticipation of melting snow and precipitation during the spring of 2020. UPPCO’s hydroelectric project licenses are issued by the ...

Five ways to make those resolutions stick

First you make 'em. Then you break 'em. Does that sum up your past history with New Year's resolutions? You're jazzed in January to get in shape, stop smoking, eat better--to achieve your goal. But by February, your resolution is kaput. Don't throw in the towel just yet, advises Taki Rida, ...

Two challengers facing Bergman

LANSING – U.S. Rep. Jack Bergman is running for re-election, while at least two Democrats will try to unseat him. Two Democrats have filed for the race so far, Dana Ferguson of Marquette and Linda O’Dell of Petoskey. Bergman, who was first elected in 2016, said he would like to serve at ...

Global talks, local voices

HOUGHTON — Earlier this month, The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change held its 25th Conference of the Parties in Madrid. The conference was attended by representatives from governments, nongovernmental organizations, and multinational corporations to try to settle some of ...

Ontonagon students perform Winter Concert

ONTONAGON — Parents and family members joined with their neighbors in attending last week’s Ontonagon Area Schools Winter Concert. Students in different classes performed in the Ontonagon School Gym. One comment was spoken by many leaving the concert, “this is special and is really good ...

St. Nicholas to Santa Claus: The original man and evolving traditions

Christmas is rapidly approaching and adults and children alike are preparing to receive and give gifts. Children, specifically, are waiting for Santa Claus with baited breath. But who is Santa Claus, and how did he become the jolly giver of gifts to the world? The legend of Santa Claus can be ...

Proprosals being sought Bond Falls Mitigation and Enhancement Fund Grant

MARQUETTE — Upper Peninsula Power Company (UPPCO) is now accepting proposals through Feb. 21, 2020, for the annual Bond Falls Mitigation and Enhancement Fund (MEF) grant. The goal of the MEF grant is to create tangible, measurable improvements to aquatic and terrestrial environments within ...

Finnish American Heritage Center to host Finnish fiddling workshops in January

The Community Pelimannit, a series of six Finnish fiddling workshops, will be held Jan. 6-23, 2020, hosted by Finlandia University's Finnish American Heritage Center. The Community Pelimannit ("fiddlers" in Finnish) offers the opportunity to experience the rich Finnish musical heritage of the ...

MCACA Arts Minigrants for 2020

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 arts projects in the six counties of the Western Upper ...

Calumet Visitor Center at Keweenaw National Historical Park closes for Winter

CALUMET — The Calumet Visitor Center at Keweenaw National Historical Park will close for the winter from Dec. 29, 2019 - April 2020. The facility will open for special events like Copper Dog 150 and educational events that are done in collaboration with community partners and organizations. ...

Group formation of new Isle Royale wolves leads to territorial aggression

HOUGHTON — The National Park Service (NPS) and research partners from the State University of New York - College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF) are using data from GPS collars on introduced wolves to monitor associations between individuals and identify possible pack ...

Face-to-Face Crisis Response available

Dial Help’s Mobile Response Team (MRT) was launched in 2017, offering face-to-face crisis support during regular business hours in the four-county area (Baraga, Houghton, Keweenaw, and Ontonagon). These hours have been expanded to seven days a week, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Organizations and schools ...

The 2019 Houghton County Fair year-end report

Attendance at the 2019 fair was estimated at 23,790 over the four days of the fair, up from 19,792 in 2018. The fair enjoyed good weather every day. The admission receipts for the fair, rides for the Skerbeck Entertainment Group carnival, and auction proceeds for the Junior Market Livestock ...

Family support course, Family to Family

A free course for families is available in Houghton from NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness.) Family and support people for individuals living with serious mental illness such as major depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, panic disorder, obsessive ...

Sharing American pride

Every year, the VFW holds an essay contest for middle school students, called the Patriot’s Pen, and for high school students, the Voice of Democracy. These contests encourage students to express their patriotism by giving a prompt that asks students to focus on the positives of our country, ...