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Wisconsin governor orders masks statewide amid coronavirus surge

By SCOTT BAUER Associated Press MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers has issued a statewide mask mandate amid a spike in coronavirus cases, setting up a conflict with Republican legislative leaders and some conservatives who oppose such a requirement and successfully sued to kill ...

Feeding America mobile event set

MARQUETTE — Silver Creek Church and Silver Creek Thrift are teaming with Feeding America West Michigan to host a mobile food distribution event from 3-6 p.m. July 16. This will be a drive-thru event so participants are asked to follow the directions given by the parking lot attendants. ...

Alzheimer virtual groups offered

MARQUETTE — The Alzheimer’s Association Michigan Chapter has announced its free virtual support groups, education programs and social engagement programs for July. “Persons with dementia, their caregivers and all those impacted by dementia need our help and support now more than ...

Marquette City Band to perform

MARQUETTE —The Marquette City Band, directed by Stephen Grugin, will present “A Fourth of July Concert” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the band shell in Presque Isle Park. The benches in the park have been spaced six feet apart and the audience members are requested to maintain proper social ...

Walk With Ease program to be held

MARQUETTE — Whether one needs relief from arthritis pain or just wants to be more active to improve overall health, Upper Peninsula Commission for Area Progress is offering the Arthritis Foundation’s Walk With Ease program. Anyone who can be on his/her feet for 10 minutes without ...

Gwinn offers food service program

GWINN — Gwinn Area Community Schools announced it will run the Summer Food Service Program for children. Free meals will be available to children 18 years of age and under or persons up to age 26 who are enrolled in an educational program for the mentally or physically disabled recognized ...

MDOT lifts some traffic restrictions for holiday travel

MARQUETTE — The Michigan Department of Transportation is lifting traffic restrictions to ease Fourth of July travel. While AAA recently forecast summer travel being down 15 percent this year, vehicles are expected to make up 97 percent of the favored mode of transportation. AAA also ...

Help at a time of need

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 ...