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Rural health essay scholarship contest held

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

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 ...

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 ...

GCC Copper Country Center moves to distance delivery for two weeks

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

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 ...

Absentee ballots mailed today, early voting begins in Michigan

Today, election clerks across the state will open their offices for early voting and mail absentee ballots to domestic voters who have requested them. While some clerks have already begun doing both, today is the 40th day before the Nov. 3 election, when they are required by the state ...

MSU Extension holiday support program for caregivers

MSU Extension is offering a FREE on-line series entitled Powerful Tools for Caregivers for six consecutive Tuesdays starting Nov.17, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. EST via Zoom. The entire six-week series (Nov. 17- Dec. 22) provides caregivers support and tools to help caregivers in a variety of ways. ...

Copper Country Mental Health September board meeting to be held virtually

Due to Executive Order 2020-21, the Sept. 30 Copper Country Mental Health Services Board meeting will be held virtually with Board Members and Staff attending remotely through Zoom conferencing.
 Public Participation:
 There will be two options for public participation in this meeting: ...

Finlandia introduces new online certificates

HANCOCK — Finlandia University is excited to announce new online certificate offerings in Marketing, Sports Management, and Teaching & Learning: Professional Development. “Our online certificates are filled with innovative adult learning opportunities designed by experts in their ...

Deer check and CWD/TB testing changes for 2020 hunting season

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources advises deer hunters to be prepared for big changes to DNR deer check stations this fall. Staffing and financial shortages, due to both funding associated with long-term declines in the hunter base and the COVID-19 pandemic, will result in ...

Aspirus urges flu shots early in 2020-21 season

As Aspirus prepares for the 2020-21 flu season, health experts urge everyone that while a flu shot is always recommended, this year getting a flu shot is more important than ever. Amid the existing COVID-19 pandemic, two serious viruses will be circulating concurrently. Both COVID and ...

Potential COVID-19 site exposures for Houghton County

The Western Upper Peninsula Health Department (WUPHD) has identified possible exposure sites in Houghton County. Local residents visiting these sites may be at a higher risk for exposure as employees or patrons were present while infectious, and masking and social distancing guidelines were not ...

DNR wants your input on plans for forest management

How do you use and enjoy Michigan’s nearly 4 million acres of state forests? How important are forests to you? The Michigan Department of Natural Resources wants to know. The DNR's Forest Resources Division is conducting a public survey to help guide creation of a new 10-year plan to keep ...

MDARD updates state’s two Hemlock Woolly Adelgid quarantines

LANSING – The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) revised both the state of Michigan’s interior and exterior Hemlock Woolly Adelgid (HWA) quarantines. The new quarantines are effective on Sept. 24. “These quarantines are designed to protect the 170 million ...