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U.P. Folklife Award nominations open

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The Beaumier U.P. Heritage Center is accepting nominations for the 2020 Upper Peninsula Folklife Awards through June 1. The annual awards honor individuals and organizations for their notable efforts in preserving and promoting the folk culture of the region. The Beaumier Center requests ...

Governor Whitmer details six phases of Her MI Safe Start Plan

Business

LANSING — Today, after announcing that Michigan's manufacturing workers will return to work on Monday, May 11, Governor Gretchen Whitmer detailed the six phases of her MI Safe Start Plan to re-engage Michigan's economy. The governor has worked with leaders in health care, business, labor, and ...

MTU researcher: New COVID-19 vaccine method promising

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HOUGHTON — One of the contenders in the race to develop a vaccine against the novel coronavirus uses a technique not found in conventional vaccines, said a Michigan Technological University researcher.  Caryn Heldt, director of the Health Research Institute and a James and Lorna Mack ...

Governor acted within Michigan law

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LANSING — Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s granting herself an extension of emergency powers without legislative approval is legal, according to a number of Michigan legal experts, including a downstate corporate attorney. Roger Kershner, based in Royal Oak, said, in an email to the Daily ...

African American Michigan: The War for Freedom

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Editor’s note: This story is the second in a series looking at racial disparity in Michigan. Africans and African Americans in Michigan had a lot to fight for in the American Civil War. The black population in Michigan fought for freedom in two ways; they played major roles in the ...

Republicans push back against Whitmer

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HOUGHTON — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has received national and state backlash and criticism for her April 30 unilateral extension of her own emergency powers through May 29, 2020. The Washington Post published an article on May 1, which stated: “What played out in Michigan on ...

MTU professor works to improve future of vaccine purification

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HOUGHTON — A Michigan Technological University professor is working on improvements to the vaccine purification process that could, within a decade, make it easier to ramp up production of future vaccines.  The current process for vaccines, including those being developed for COVID-19, ...

Non-resident of Gogebic County tests positive locally for COVID-19

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GOGEBIC COUNTY – The Western Upper Peninsula Health Department (WUPHD) is investigating a positive COVID-19 case in Gogebic County in a non-resident. The person recently traveled from an urban area to visit family. WUPHD is currently interviewing the person and informing any close contacts ...

Gogebic Community College plans to open for Fall Semester 2020

Press Releases

To facilitate student needs, Gogebic Community College has announced plans to open campus for classes for the Fall, 2020 semester which begins on Monday, Aug. 24. “At this time, GCC is making plans to open our campus in Ironwood, as well as in the Copper Country, to serve students in the ...

MDHHS receives $25 million from CARES Act

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LANSING — Michigan will help its aging adults stay healthy and live independently with nearly $25.3 million received from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Among other things, the CARES Act provides supplemental funding for programs authorized by the ...

Politics as usual over power grab

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HOUGHTON — Efforts to protect Michiganders from the spread of COVID-19 have broken down into a battle along party lines between the Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, and other legislative Democrats, and the GOP-led legislature. The showdown occurred when both chambers denied the governor’s request for ...