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Press Releases

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 ...

Calumet Theatre open for guided and self-guided tours

CALUMET — The historic Calumet Theatre is open for tours this summer. Guided tours are available every Wednesday 1 to 4 p.m., July 8 through Aug. 26. Cost: $6 Adults/$3 Children. Self guided tours are available Thursday and Friday, noon to 4:30 p.m. now through July 24. Cost: $4 Adults/$2 ...

Houghton-Keweenaw County local youth wins prestigious 4-H State award

HOUGHTON — Over 70 outstanding Michigan 4-H members from 30+ counties state-wide gathered in a virtual awards ceremony hosted by Michigan State University (MSU) in June to celebrate their accomplishments through the Michigan 4-H State Awards Recognition Program. During the event, 31 youth ...

League shares candidate interviews

The League of Women Voters of the Copper Country has links to video interviews posted on the website http://www.lwvccmi.org and on the group’s facebook page. Interviews include two candidates in the August 4 Republican Primary for Houghton County Sheriff and three candidates in the August 4 ...

COVID-19 case diagnosed at Finlandia University

HANCOCK — A member of the Finlandia University campus community (defined as faculty, staff, and students) has tested positive for COVID-19. This case is included in the most recent numbers released by the Western Upper Peninsula Health Department. The Western Upper Peninsula Health ...

Copper Country Firefighters History Museum open with new self-guided tour

CALUMET — The Copper Country Firefighters History Museum is now open for the summer season, Monday through Saturday 1 to 4:30 pm. New this year is a self-guided tour with many new exhibits. The Italian Hall Exhibit on the second floor within view of the actual site is always popular and ...

UGLFHC COVID-19 drive through testing, 7/14 through 7/16

Upper Great Lakes Family Health Center (UGL) and local health departments have coordinated efforts to provide COVID-19 drive through test sites at the following locations: • Covington – Tuesday, July 14 from 9:15 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. EST: Covington Multi-Purpose Building, 12898 Hwy M-28, ...

Potential COVID-19 site exposures for Houghton County

HOUGHTON COUNTY– The Western Upper Peninsula Health Department (WUPHD) has identified sites visited by individuals who later tested positive for COVID-19. Local residents visiting these sites may be at a higher risk for exposure if larger crowds were present and masking and social distancing ...