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State forest fuelwood permits available now at no cost

For the second year in a row, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources will offer free permits to cut fuelwood from dead and downed trees in approved areas of Michigan’s state forests. This year, fuelwood season began March 1 – earlier than in previous years to help people who might be ...

Florence J. Garnell

HOUGHTON — Florence J. Garnell, a former resident of Birmingham, passed away Monday, March 1, 2021, at the Franklin House of Portage Pointe in Hancock where she had been a resident patient for the past eight years. Florence was born on July 7, 1926, in Houghton Canal, a daughter of Alex and ...

DNR says fish kills may be common during spring thaw

After ice and snow cover melt on Michigan lakes this early spring, it may be more likely for people to discover dead fish or other aquatic animals. While such sights can be startling, the Department of Natural Resources reminds everyone that it is normal, since winter conditions can cause fish ...

FinnU signs articulation agreement with NMU for clear pathway to MSW

HANCOCK — Finlandia University is excited to announce a new articulation agreement between FinnU and Northern Michigan University that will provide a clear pathway for students interested in pursing a Master’s of Social Work degree. “We developed this partnership so that any students in ...

Finlandia campus leaders give update at Community Partners meeting

HANCOCK — Finlandia University President Philip Johnson gave an update to community partners on Wednesday, Feb. 3, on the state of campus. Dr. Johnson, in partnership with other university leaders, talked with a group of community leaders about a number of different topics including the ...

COVID-19 Numbers

Location Cases Deaths U.S. 23,653,919 394,495 Michigan 538,377 13,824 U.P. 15,347 347 Gogebic Co. 773 16 Ontonagon Co. 288 15 Houghton Co. 1,856 27 Keweenaw Co. 95 1 Baraga Co. 480 29 Iron Co. 824 32 Marquette Co. 3,321 52 Dickinson Co. 2,061 56 Menominee ...

USDA seeks applications to restore wetlands

EAST LANSING — The U.S. Department of Agriculture is seeking applications from Michigan landowners who want to restore wetlands on their property. Applications submitted by March 12 will be considered for selection for the current fiscal year. Land that formerly contained a wetland but was ...

Kenneth M. O’Connor II

HOUGHTON — Kenneth M. O’Connor II, 79, a resident of Houghton, passed away Wednesday January 6, 2021, at the Omega House in Houghton. The Memorial Chapel & Plowe Funeral Homes of Houghton are assisting the family with the arrangements which will be announced at a later time.

Farinacci, Knight lead US past Slovakia in world juniors

EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — John Farinacci scored twice, Spencer Knight made 16 saves and the United States beat Slovakia 5-2 on Saturday night in the world junior championship quarterfinals. The Americans will face Finland in the semifinals Monday night. Defending champion Canada will play ...

Good Samaritan Raymond Brice

To the editor: Slightly rattled after the blowout from hitting a football size rock on the west branch of Firesteel bridge and watching the vehicles flash by until one stops and asks, “do you need a hand?” After my “yes,” a young fella runs back with his tool and basically changes ...

Restrictions keeping prep hockey on hold

HOUGHTON — In the span of 14 months, the Copper Country went from Hockeyville USA to no hockey. To say the least, it hasn’t been easy. Among area high school coaches and players the vote is unanimous — it stinks. But that’s sports in 2020. Hockey practices had already begun when ...

Sierra Jarvi

CALUMET — Sierra Jarvi, 15, a resident of Calumet, passed away on December 2, 2020, at Aspirus Keweenaw Hospital in Laurium. The Erickson Crowley Peterson Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements. Online condolences can be left for the family at ericksoncrowleypeterson.com.

Alfred V. Thornton

WARREN — Alfred V. Thornton, born in Calumet, on October 18, 1938, passed away suddenly on November 26, 2020. He was a resident of Warren, while spending his summers in Calumet, since his retirement. He is survived by: his loving wife Eytoile of 60 years, his son Al (Karen) Thornton, his ...

COVID-19 outbreak pushes Steelers vs. Ravens to Tuesday

NEW YORK (AP) — The Baltimore Ravens’ bout with a COVID-19 outbreak has forced the NFL to postpone the team’s trip to Pittsburgh for a second time. The league announced Friday the Ravens (6-4) against the unbeaten Steelers (10-0) will now take place on Tuesday night. The game was ...

Reach those who teach

To the editor: As teachers and retired teachers, we want to recognize the creativity, resilience, patience and flexibility of our fellow educators. None of us has seen anything in our lifetime that resembles the challenges of teaching during a pandemic. Teachers must keep students motivated ...

Releasing some steam

To the editor: I was disappointed seeing some of our citizens during their “protest march” buy into the “National Idiocy”: the liberal “Destory Everything” mentality. Many didn’t even know what they were protesting for. Defund the police? Garbage. Better to defend the police. I ...

Gladwin tops Hancock, 33-14

GLADWIN – Often times the playoffs pit unfamiliar teams against one another, but not usually until later rounds. First-round games are usually local affairs for teams from Mid-Michigan. If they are not a rematch from the regular season, there are often common opponents from which to draw ...

Let’s pretend

To the editor: Let’s pretend we can control the whole world’s climate by throwing American money at it, and sacrificing American jobs to it... although efforts to date have succeeded only in consuming that money and those jobs. Let’s pretend the USA is the worst country in the history ...