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Holiday travels

MARQUETTE— “Snow-covered and slippery.” The phrase seems to commonly be used to describe Upper Peninsula roads from Halloween to Easter. And then comes another common utterance “It’s fine. I have four-wheel drive and good winter tires.” Experts say there is no technology, no type ...

Giving Tuesday approaches

MARQUETTE — Giving Tuesday, a global day for giving that encourages people to contribute to charities and causes they believe in, is less than a week away — and area nonprofits and foundations are working to get the word out about the value of giving locally and the many ways to do ...

Marquette man dies in Kalkaska County crash

KALKASKA — A Marquette man is dead as the result of a two-vehicle accident that occurred Monday on U.S. 131 near Wood Road in downstate Kalkaska County. Jerel Michael-Douglas Glenn, 29, died after the Chevrolet Impala he was driving southbound on U.S. 131 veered across the centerline into ...

Art, toys and gifts sold at Marquette shop

MARQUETTE — The gift store at 130 W. Washington St. in downtown Marquette really is three shops in one. Carol Papaleo is owner of Art U.P. Style Gallery/Grandma’s Corner/Scandinavian Gifts, which features Papaleo’s unique art, educational toys and gifts from the Nordic region in that ...

Deer numbers up so far this firearm season

MARQUETTE — Favorable hunting conditions such as snow and cooler temperatures are keeping the white-tail deer moving during the firearm season so far, the Michigan Department of Natural Resources reported on Monday. The DNR reported all stations in the western Upper Peninsula are up, while ...

Local industrial arts teacher nets national award

REPUBLIC — Having an excellent teacher has paid off for Republic-Michigamme Schools woodworking students again. Matthew Barbercheck had more than sawdust and power tools waiting for him in his wood-shop classroom on Thursday. The teacher, and the school netted $50,000 as one of 15 ...

LifePoint completes merger with RCCH HealthCare Partners

MARQUETTE — LifePoint Health Inc., which owns and operates UP Health System along with other regional health care systems across the nation, announced Friday the completion of its merger with RCCH HealthCare Partners, which is owned by funds managed by affiliates of Apollo Global Management, ...

Connecting with nature

Editor’s note: This is part two of a two-part series about Tory’s Woods Conservation Preserve. The first part of the series, which ran as Nov. 12’s edition of Living Green, provided background information about the preserve, its ecological significance and how it came to be protected ...

Mining for opportunity

ISHPEMING — For nearly a century, mining was a male-dominated profession. In fact, women in the early 20th century were generally barred from working underground in the mines. Local historians say there are even stories of women dressing as men to gain work in the industry. A lot has ...

Good news for UPAWS

NEGAUNEE — A boy and his bunny — plus a generous contractor — have brought good news to the Upper Peninsula Animal Welfare Shelter. And more good news is possible if the community helps out. The story of a little boy named Will, who with his family adopted a bunny named Oreo, won in ...

Helmet Head Project gives away free skiing gear to kids

MARQUETTE — A line wrapped around the outside of the Marquette Mountain chalet Sunday afternoon as hundreds of people waited to get their heads measured for a proper fitting and free helmet for the upcoming ski season. The Helmet Head Project began 20 years ago, originally funded by then ...

A personal battle

MARQUETTE — Kimberly Robbins underwent a total hip replacement surgery in 2015 to address injuries she sustained while serving in the U.S. Army. Like many who undergo an agonizing surgery, the Upper Peninsula native was prescribed medication to cope with the pain. “Immediately ...

Murder in a nutshell

It’s not often that you have the chance to step into the shoes of a forensic investigator. But on Wednesday evening, attendees of a Northern Center for Lifelong Learning class had an opportunity to think like detectives and piece together evidence found by investigators in a real-life ...

GOP seeks last-ditch laws in states where its power slipped

By DAVID EGGERT Associated Press LANSING — With their grip on power set to loosen come January, Republicans in several states are considering last-ditch laws that would weaken existing or incoming Democratic governors and advance their own conservative agendas. In Michigan, where the ...

Siblings both bag bucks on opening day of season

Far left, Lars Gentz, 13, of Marquette, shot his first buck ever on opening morning. It was a six-point deer. Not to be outdone, his older sister Gabrielle Gentz, 19, came home from Michigan Tech University to hunt. She shot a three-point buck, also on opening morning. (Submitted photos)

Results mixed in recent count day

MARQUETTE — Local results have come in from the recent count day, which was Oct. 3 for all school districts in Michigan. Count day is when all public schools tally the number of students attending their schools. Count information is important to districts since each student translates into ...

Homeless, but not friendless

MARQUETTE — Being homeless, especially when cold weather hits, is a miserable experience. Now add epilepsy to the mix. Fortunately for Jill Bouza, she has a constant companion in her seizure dog, a 7-year-old rat terrier named Jasper. She also has Room at the Inn and its Warming ...

BLP, Salvation Army kicks off Generating Change program

MARQUETTE — A little change goes a long way. Customers of the Marquette Board of Light and Power can now seek assistance for their electric bills through the company’s new Generating Change program from November until March by filling out an application through the Salvation Army in ...

Officials try to account for hundreds missing in fire’s wake

By KATHLEEN RONAYNE and SUDHIN THANAWALA Associated Press CHICO, Calif. — With 63 people confirmed dead in the Northern California wildfire, authorities Friday tried to winnow down a slapped-together list of the missing more than 600 names long, hoping many of them got out safely in ...