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Press Releases

DNR to begin work on Houghton to Chassell rail-trail

Trail restoration work along the Houghton to Chassell rail-trail in Houghton County is scheduled to begin Monday. Segments of the trail were impacted severely during the 2018 Father’s Day flood, which also caused millions of dollars of damage to other DNR-managed trails in the ...

WUPHD lifts algal bloom public health advisory

HANCOCK – The Western Upper Peninsula Health Department (WUPHD) received test results from samples collected by the Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) indicating that the algal bloom in Portage Lake, Portage Canal, and Torch Lake in Houghton County did not contain ...

UP Michigan Works hosts first virtual job fair

On July 21 from 1 to 4 p.m., Upper Peninsula Michigan Works! (UPMW) will be hosting its first-ever virtual job fair. Using software provided by the State of Michigan for use by Michigan Works! organizations around the state, UPMW will provide Upper Peninsula job seekers and employers with a ...

Houghton County Fair Board votes to postpone fair until 2021

The Houghton County Fair Board voted to postpone the traditional 2020 Houghton County Fair, August 27 through 30. The 2021 Fair dates will be August 26 through 29, 2021. During the COVID-19 crisis, the fair board has continued to plan ahead. As of last week, the board learned new information ...

AG Nessel, Better Business Bureau warn of fake ‘Face Mask Exempt’ cards

LANSING – Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel and the Better Business Bureau Serving Eastern Michigan & the Upper Peninsula are warning Michiganders about fraudulent cards that falsely claim to exempt the holder from wearing face coverings in businesses and other areas where such ...

Calumet Public School Library is open, following COVID-19 precautions

CALUMET — While library staff is excited to be able to serve you in person again there are some new safety precautions that you will be encouraged to follow. — Face masks are required for entry, per Governor’s Executive Order 2020-147. This will help keep both patrons and staff as safe ...

Local methamphetamine dealer sentenced to 324 months’ imprisonment

MARQUETTE — Jonathan Collins, 41 years old, was sentenced on July 10 to serve 324 months’ imprisonment by U.S. District Judge Paul L. Maloney. Collins pled guilty in December 2019 to possession with intent to distribute 50 grams or more of a mixture or substance containing a detectable ...

BHK receives CARES Act funding, plans slow and safe reopening

Nationally, $750 million has been designated for Head Start programs through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to support preventative, preparedness, and response activities related to the coronavirus. Funds will be released directly to all 1,600 Head Start and ...

Application now live for Michigan Agricultural Safety Grant Program

LANSING - The application process is now open for $15 million in grants for Michigan farms and agricultural processors to mitigate risks of the COVID-19 virus across the state's food production industry, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) and the Michigan Department of ...

U.P. Energy Task Force to discuss electric utilities, online July 15

The U.P. Energy Task Force is scheduled to meet Wednesday, July 15, to discuss the role electric utilities play in providing power to residents and business in the Upper Peninsula. On the agenda are presentations by representatives from the City of Escanaba Electric Department, Marquette Board ...

Northern Michigan University local graduates announced

MARQUETTE — Northern Michigan University announces its graduates. The following students from our area satisfied their degree requirements in May. Certificate Atlantic Mine — Noah Halley, CER-Electrical Line Technician; Dawson Rajala, CER-Electrical Line Technician Baraga — Brandon ...

Zero visitor protocol reimplemented at UP Health System – Marquette

MARQUETTE – For the safety of our patients, our employees, and our medical staff, UP Health System - Marquette is re-implementing certain visitor restrictions in response to the recent increase in COVID-19 cases and per Governor Whitmer's Executive Orders for the State of Michigan. As of July ...

Houghton, Painesdale church community welcomes new Methodist pastor

HOUGHTON and PAINESDALE - Grace United Methodist Church (UMC) and Albert Paine (UMC) welcomed a new pastor this week. Pastor Eric Falker brings with him a variety of experiences and interests, from his engineering degrees, to his musical talent, to his international family. An outdoor ...

Michigan Senior Project Fresh 2020 coupons being mailed

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 ...

Great Lakes Coast Guard units assist more than 300 over holiday weekend

CLEVELAND - Coast Guard units throughout the Great Lakes reported their busiest Independence Day weekend in at least five years Sunday, conducting more than 100 search-and-rescue cases and saving or assisting more than 300 people throughout the region. Despite those successes, at least two ...