NMU faculty reach tentative one-year contract with administration

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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

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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

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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

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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 ...

Finlandia to resume on-campus visits

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First and foremost, Finlandia's top priorities throughout the decision-making process for the Safe Open Plan for Fall 2020 include: — the health, safety and welfare of students, faculty, staff, and our neighbors in the Hancock community; — limit and mitigate the spread of COVID-19 ...

Many Dial Help services still available during COVID-19

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HOUGHTON — Dial Help is the local non-profit crisis center that has been serving the Upper Peninsula since 1971. Although some programs are temporarily on hold, such as school-based supports and educational classes, many are still active. Because of the generosity of funders and donors, these ...

PLDL begins Step Three of reopening: Grab-and-go services

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HOUGHTON — The Portage Lake District Library is moving into step three of their phased reopening, which includes limited access to the building by patrons. The service is available beginning Monday, June 29, and will include a return to the regular schedule of open hours at PLDL. The library ...

Online directory of resources for the tourism and hospitality industry


In response to the ongoing Novel Coronavirus/COVID-19 Pandemic, Michigan State University Extension’s Tourism Team has created an online directory of resources for the tourism and hospitality industry. It includes best practices for safe operation and sanitation recommendations from trusted ...

Chippewa County shooting

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TROUT LAKE — On Saturday at approximately 1:15 a.m., Michigan State Police Sault Ste. Marie Post Troopers were dispatched to a Chippewa County, Trout Lake Twp. residence following a 911 call requesting assistance for a gunshot victim. Upon arrival at the residence, a male subject was ...

Activists ask Houghton council to defund police

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HOUGHTON — Local activists asked the Houghton City Council to consider shifting police funding to other resources, while Chief John Donnelly praised the department’s training and community involvement.  Defunding the police has been one of the most frequent suggestions raised by ...

4th of July celebration planned

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HOUGHTON — The creator of the “All Business is Essential” campaign is planning a Fourth of July party for the community on his property in Tamarack City.  The event will start 6 p.m., Friday, July 3. He will host the event on 10 acres of private property at the Point in Tamarack ...

Importance of voting, running for local offices


“I’ll see you in November,” is phrase coming up more and more in U.S. politics as election season comes around again. The U.S. presidential election is not the only race voters should be interested in. Every voter has an interest in state and local level governments, too. Whitehouse.gov ...

Organizers ‘floored’ by public participation in recycling event

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HOUGHTON — The organizers of Saturday’s inaugural Waste Reduction Drive came up with the idea, they figured it would go one of two ways: really good or really bad.  They were “floored” by what they saw.  “This event has shown me how sustainably-minded our community is,” said ...

Houghton Lions Club has a new name

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At their first group meeting since March, the Houghton Lions club changed its name to Houghton - Hancock Lions, installed new officers for the 2020/21 fiscal year and set the date for the annual Matt Manderfield Chicken Barbecue for Friday, Aug. 7.

Ford Dam sprouts bush

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In their 2006 report, engineers gave the Ford Dam a very positive review. “The overall condition of the earthen dam appears to be good,” the report concluded. It noted the high hazard potential of the dam, with U.S. 41 and a fiber optic cable run along the crest at risk of being washed ...

The condition Blacks found themselves in during the 1980s


Editor’s note: This story is the sixth in a series looking at racial disparity in Michigan. This is also the first of a two-part look at how drugs became pervasive in Detroit in the mid-to-late 1980s. The late 1980s and 1990s was a very tumultuous time in Detroit, also known as America’s ...