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Houghton County Hazard Mitigation Plan available for review

The Western Upper Peninsula Planning and Development Region (WUPPDR) has recently made updates to the Houghton County Hazard Mitigation Plan. Hazard mitigation is any action taken before, during or after a disaster to eliminate or reduce the risk to human life and property from natural, ...

Keweenaw Holiday Hoopla Fundraiser

HOUGHTON — Mark your calendar and join us on Wednesday, Dec. 11 for the fifth annual collaborative holiday celebration with a cause! This year, Keweenaw Chamber of Commerce, Keweenaw Young Professionals (KYP), Keweenaw Economic Development Alliance (KEDA), and The Continental Fire Company are ...

DNR seeks candidates for Snowmobile Advisory Workgroup

People interested in helping to shape and support Michigan's snowmobile program and trail opportunities are encouraged to apply for vacancies on Michigan's Snowmobile Advisory Workgroup. The Department of Natural Resources will accept resumes through Monday, Dec. 16, 2019. The snowmobile ...

Finnish Independence Day Program to honor women

It's been nearly 100 years since women in the U.S. earned the right to vote, exactly 100 years since the U.S. began official diplomatic relations with Finland, and 175 years since Minna Canth, Finland's most famed champion for women's rights, was born, and Finlandia University's Finnish ...

The Keweenaw Bay Indian Community announces their recent gaming distributions

Since 1993, the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community has been making bi-annual payments from gaming proceeds of their casinos to local units of government and to the State of Michigan. These payments are 2% and 8% respectively and are derived from the net win from all Class III electronic games of ...

Recent thefts in Calumet area

The Houghton County Sheriff's Office is requesting help from the public regarding recent thefts in the Calumet area. On Nov. 2, a red 1970's era Suzuki moped was taken from a yard on Allouez Street in Florida location. The moped has a square headlight, chrome handlebars and black duct tape on ...

Discuss family health history when gathering with loved ones this Thanksgiving

LANSING — Relatives share more than green eyes or blond hair. Chronic illnesses and other health problems also tend to run in families. Because of this, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is encouraging potentially lifesaving conversations this Thanksgiving as part ...

Motorists’ reminder to be mindful of road conditions

The Michigan State Police wants to remind motorists to take it slow and adjust to weather and road conditions when traveling to your destination. Historically, during this travel period, troopers see an increased number of serious traffic crashes due to unpredictable weather and heavy travel. ...

Finnish-American Heritage

HANCOCK — Johannes and Hilkka Juntunen, recent immigrants from Finland who’d been scratching out a living in the western U.P., walked into a Copper Country bank in 1962 with $50 in their pockets, hoping to get a loan to improve their lives in their new homeland by starting their own ...

Hancock School Public Library’s first-ever Book Club Open House

Do you want to join a Book Club? Is your Book Club looking for new members? Do you want to start your own Book Club? Are you looking for new titles for your Book Club to read? Have you heard about the Book Club Kits now available at the Hancock School Public Library and been wondering what they ...

State Fire Marshal urges fire safety over Thanksgiving weekend

State Fire Marshal Kevin Sehlmeyer urges fire safety by encouraging Michiganders to follow a few simple precautions when preparing their meal on Thanksgiving Day, the leading day for home cooking fires. Consumers who use portable deep fryers to cook turkeys should know the dangers involved and ...

The 2019 Legacy of Faith Catholic Service Award

Two couples from Marquette and a woman from Ontonagon have been selected to receive the 2019 Legacy of Faith Catholic Service Award. The recipients are Bob and Sandy Jurkovich of St. Peter Cathedral, Sally Luft and her deceased husband, Cliff, of St. Michael Parish and Doreen Parker of Holy ...

The Baraga County Community Foundation is celebrating 25 years

The Baraga County Community Foundation is celebrating 25 years of incorporation in 2019 and 25 years of Grant Making in the year 2020! A community foundation is designed to enhance community living through its grant making and resources capabilities and is operated mainly through volunteer ...

Annual exams help keep an eye out for diabetes-related vision problems

UPPER PENINSULA, Mich. - When you have diabetes, seeing an eye doctor at least once a year for a comprehensive dilated eye exam is an essential task for good health. Diabetes raises your risk for several eye diseases that can steal your sight. Most of them start stealthily with few, if any, ...

Simple Kindness for Youth and Giving Tuesday

This Giving Tuesday, Simple Kindness for Youth (SKY) will celebrate giving with the help of Portage Health Foundation, who is matching donations dollar-for-dollar up to $100,000 to SKY and 14 other non-profits in our four-county area. Giving Tuesday, taking place Dec. 3, is a global day of ...

Nominations sought for 2020 Governor’s Service Awards

LANSING — The Michigan Community Service Commission is pleased to announce that nominations are being sought for the 2020 Governor's Service Awards. The Governor's Service Awards are given annually by the governor to individuals, organizations and businesses to acknowledge their commitment to ...

Overdose deaths decrease slightly in 2018, the first decline in six years

LANSING — After several years of increases in overdose deaths, in 2018 Michigan experienced a decrease overall, including a slight decline in opioid-related overdose deaths, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) announced today. In 2018, there were 2,599 overdose ...

MRA emergency rules require new vaping tests, prohibit vitamin E acetate

The Marijuana Regulatory Agency (MRA) promulgated emergency rules today for marijuana products intended for inhalation to address the public health crisis of e-cigarette, or vaping, product use-associated lung injury (EVALI) to ensure the public health, safety, and welfare of adult-use and ...