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Mo waves the next vehicle forward as teachers and administration from the Escanaba Area Public Schools wait to place boxes in vehicles with breakfast and lunch items, some of which can be seen at left. Superintendent Coby Fletcher said several thousand meals, 850 boxes, were recently packed ...

Copper Country native, now in Sweden, helping to address U.P. energy needs

By GARRETT NEESE Houghton Daily Mining Gazette COPPER HARBOR — A Copper Country native now working in Sweden is working with Michigan Technological University on research that could eventually lead to lower energy prices here. Through a visiting research position at Tech, Nelson ...

DCH hospital outlines steps being taken to prepare for COVID-19

IRON MOUNTAIN — Dickinson County Healthcare System has detailed how it has prepared to handle an outbreak of COVID-19 should one develop in the region. While Dickinson County has yet to report a case of the coronavirus that led Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Monday to order residents ...

Taking time to think

By GARRETT NEESE Houghton Daily Mining Gazette HOUGHTON — By a 3-2 vote, the Houghton County Board of Commissioners recently voted down a revised resolution on becoming a Second Amendment sanctuary county, a month after tabling the original proposal. Commissioners Glenn Anderson, Roy ...

Warm spring predicted for U.P.

By JORDAN BECK Houghton Daily Mining Gazette ESCANABA — Thursday was the first official day of spring. According to the National Weather Service, the Upper Peninsula may see relatively warm temperatures over the coming months. Matt Zika, a meteorologist for the NWS Marquette ...

FIRST Robotics competition is postponed indefinitely

By JORDAN BECK Escanaba Daily Press ESCANABA — A FIRST Robotics competition scheduled to take place at Escanaba Area High School this week has been postponed indefinitely in response to the coronavirus outbreak. Event coordinator and Escanaba Robomos mentor Marie Young spoke about the ...

MSF grants funds to 2 UP universities

BY GRAHAM JAEHNIG Houghton Daily Mining Gazette HOUGHTON — The Michigan Strategic Fund (MSF) has approved more than $2 million in funding and extensions to university research grants and business incubators, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) announced. Michigan ...

Ontonagon village council holds hearing on community’s budget

By Houghton Daily Mining Gazette ONTONAGON — The Village Council held their annual public hearing on the village budget. While those in the packed the council chamber were happy to hear that there will be no increase in property taxes, the news on the water and sewer rates were not as ...

‘Under the Radar Michigan’ screening scheduled for Thursday

MARQUETTE — Everyone is invited to attend a screening of the latest episode of the award-winning PBS television program “Under the Radar Michigan” at an unveiling event hosted by Pure Michigan, the “Under the Radar Michigan” team and the Hannahville Indian Community. The premiere ...

Man dies in accident at plant

SAGOLA — An accidental death occurred at the Louisiana Pacific Plant along M-95 in Dickinson County on Friday, according to the Michigan State Police Iron Mountain Post. Troopers had responded to a medical call at the facility and a preliminary investigation determined that the man was ...

Girls Who Code

By GRAHAM JAEHNIG Houghton Daily Mining Gazette HANCOCK — A new after school program, Girls Who Code, started at Barkell Elementary School Monday, which was introduced last week by students of Michigan Technological University. The students, all female, are members of the Girls Who Code ...

Snow Trek program brings snowshoeing to masses

By CLARISSA KELL Escanaba Daily Press ESCANABA — The combination of warmer than usual winter temperatures and heavy snowfalls has created a winter wonderland perfect for snowshoeing in the Upper Peninsula. The winter activity has grown in popularity locally, especially with free ...

Blaze destroys home in Escanaba

By CLARISSA KELL Escanaba Daily Press ESCANABA — A north Escanaba home was destroyed after it caught fire late Monday night. Escanaba Public Safety Department officers were called to a kitchen fire at 1219 1st Ave. N. at 11:04 p.m. According to officers, all the occupants were ...

Man charged in crash that killed Vulcan resident

MENOMINEE — A Menominee man has been accused of driving under the influence of drugs in an Oct. 21 collision in Menominee County that killed a Vulcan resident. Kane Richard, 20, is charged with operating under the influence of drugs causing death and reckless driving causing death, both ...

Houghton to consider marijuana opt-in

By GARRETT NEESE Houghton Daily Mining Gazette HOUGHTON — In March, the Houghton City Council will consider an ordinance to allow recreational marijuana sales in the city. The ordinance introduced Wednesday would allow recreational marijuana retailers in the city. Other types of ...

Ash Wednesday services held across area

Father Darryl J. Pepin places ash on the foreheads of parishioners during mass at the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Bark River Wednesday morning. Wednesday was Ash Wednesday, which marks the beginning of the Lenten season. Many area churches held Ash Wednesday services ...

DNR: Warmer weekend weather may worsen area ice conditions

By Iron Mountain Daily News Staff IRON MOUNTAIN --While this weekend’s anticipated mild temperatures likely will provide a welcome break from this winter, it has the Michigan Department of Natural Resources warning the already dicey ice conditions this season may worsen. The National ...

Esky passes moratorium on hotels, motels

By JORDAN BECK Staff Writer Escanaba Daily Press ESCANABA — The Escanaba City Council approved a three-year moratorium on the construction of new hotels and motels in the city at its meeting Thursday night. The moratorium was proposed by Proxima Management, which is planning to build a ...

Calumet ordinance update to include marijuana facilities

By Graham Jaehnig Staff Writer Daily Mining Gazette CALUMET — The village council Tuesday assured an audience of approximately 40 that the marijuana ordinances will be back, and soon. They were temporarily repealed in order to update the Village Zoning Ordinance, said Trustee Roxanne ...

Phi Kappa Tau takes snow statue top spot

By GARRETT NEESE Houghton Daily Mining Gazette HOUGHTON — A Bronze Age tribute got Phi Kappa Tau the gold. The Michigan Technological University fraternity won its third Winter Carnival snow statue crown in the past four years. Its “Dongson Fishing Village” statue is located ...