Ontonagon School Board working through restrictions

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As with school boards all over the western Upper Peninsula, the COVID-19 pandemic has an impact on the students, teachers, administration, and support staff. That was the topic of concern for the Ontonagon Area School District (OASD) Board in their most recent meeting. “OASD has ...

MTU halts in-person instruction for two weeks

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HANCOCK — Michigan Technological University became the latest educational institution to move to virtual learning for two weeks in response to rising COVID-19 rates and community spread in the area, which also included the second COVID-19 death in the Copper Country. The move to online ...

Hancock Library moves to curbside services during school closures

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The Hancock Library will be closed to public patrons and students beginning Monday, Sept. 28 and will instead offer curbside pickup of library materials. Curbside services will be offered during the library's regular open hours. The library will remain closed for the duration of the school's ...

Rural health essay scholarship contest held

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The Northern Michigan University Center for Rural Health is partnering with the Michigan Center for Rural Health on an essay scholarship contest for Upper Peninsula high school seniors. Students who will begin college in fall 2021 and plan to pursue a healthcare career are eligible to submit an ...

Houghton County Schools temporarily move to online classes

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HOUGHTON COUNTY – The Western Upper Peninsula Health Department (WUPHD) is announcing that all Houghton County Schools will be going to on-line only classes beginning Monday, Sept. 28. On-line classes will continue for a two-week period with in-person sessions resuming Monday, Oct. 12. The ...

GCC Copper Country Center moves to distance delivery for two weeks

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HOUGHTON — The Gogebic Community College Copper Country Center in Houghton, in cooperation with the Western Upper Peninsula Health Department, is taking actions of limiting access to facilities and virtualizing classrooms and work environments. “All GCC classes held at the Copper Country ...

Volunteer opportunities available at Dial Help

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Dial Help is located in Houghton and is the only crisis center in the Upper Peninsula. The agency was originally founded by volunteers concerned about issues in their community in 1971, and volunteers remain an important part of operations. Although there is funding for paid staff, volunteered ...

Governor Whitmer proclaims Sept. 26 as Hunting and Fishing Day


LANSING — Today, Governor Whitmer proclaimed September 26 as Hunting and Fishing Day in Michigan to recognize the importance of hunting and fishing in our state, and to bring awareness to conservation efforts by hunters and anglers. “With access to beautiful forests, the Great Lakes, and ...

Houghton students pull buckthorn

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HOUGHTON — When learning about invasive species, Houghton High School students don’t have to go far to see real-world examples. Students in Sarah Geborkoff’s environmental science class spent Friday morning pulling invasive common buckthorn trees growing near the trailhead of the ...

Tough start to day

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Adria Lampinen/For the Gazette A Pontiac Vibe collided with a Chevrolet Sonic at the corner of Campus Dr. and U.S. 41 in Hancock Friday morning. No injuries were reported by the time Saturday’s edition went to print.

Houghton employees receive $2K hazard pay

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HOUGHTON — Houghton employees will receive one-time $2,000 hazard pay bonuses in lieu of pay increases as part of agreements approved by the Houghton City Council Wednesday. The council approved memorandums of understanding with Department of Public Works employees, the police supervisory ...

UPSET: Meth seized in traffic stop

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HANCOCK — Up to $15,000 of methamphetamine and other drug equipment was seized Thursday as part of an ongoing investigation, the Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team (UPSET) said Friday. The traffic stop came in Bruce Crossing after detectives received a tip that two suspected meth ...

Baraga residents have two choices for county clerk

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In the upcoming general election, Baraga County residents will have the choice between two candidates for county clerk. Wendy Goodreau has been the clerk since the beginning of 2001, and is running on the Republican ticket, and Tammy Magaraggia is challenging her on the Democratic ...

UP Honor Flight plans three flights for 2021

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HOUGHTON — In a normal year, Upper Peninsula veterans would have been headed to the nation’s capital Wednesday as part of the U.P. Honor Flight. Because of COVID-19, Wednesday’s flight, which would have been Mission 19 for the Honor Flight, was cancelled. So was the scheduled Mission ...

Houghton cancels Treat Street 2020

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HOUGHTON — Houghton will not have its annual Treat Street this year, though regular Halloween night trick-or-treating will continue. The annual event draws thousands of people to Shelden Avenue in Houghton, which is closed to traffic for several hours as trick-or-treaters line up at local ...

COVID-19 numbers increase in local schools

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HANCOCK — In a Wednesday email, Superintendent Steve Patchin stated that to date, four Hancock Public Schools students that have tested positive for COVID-19. No staff have tested positive. Currently, and no students have been identified as testing positive for COVID-19 at Barkell Elementary. ...