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State lists more than 1K new virus cases in 3 days

IRON MOUNTAIN — State data Monday showed the Upper Peninsula added more than 1,000 confirmed COVID-19 positives in the past three days but only one new death, a likely indication of the highly transmissible omicron variant taking hold in the region. Figures on the Michigan Department of ...

Betty White Challenge to have local benefits

HOUGHTON — The Copper Country Humane Society will be among the groups benefiting from an online challenge organized in honor of the late TV star Betty White. The social media challenge sprung up as a way to honor White, who died on Dec. 31 at the age of 99. People are asked to donate to an ...

Finlandia U. artist exhibit goes virtual

HANCOCK — With soaring COVID numbers in the Copper Country, the Finlandia University Gallery in the Finnish American Heritage Center made the difficult decision to hold the opening reception for the 31st Contemporary Finnish American Artist Series Exhibit on Zoom. Rita, a longtime friend of ...

Audubon survey in IM area reveals 36 bird species; raptors generally scarce

IRON MOUNTAIN — The 2021 Audubon Christmas Bird Count for the Iron Mountain area again provided a snapshot of what avian species are spending the early winter here — and what might be conspicuously absent or rare. With the count generally centered on one day — Dec. 18 — it’s ...

Forecast for the rest of winter season favors snow, average temps

IRON MOUNTAIN — The National Weather Service is neutral on the temperature outlook through March but predicts about a 45% chance of above-normal precipitation in the Iron Mountain-Kingsford area. There’s about a 1-in-4 chance of below-normal precipitation locally as La Nina conditions in ...

MTU gets funding to expand state sequencing for virus

HOUGHTON — Michigan Tech University is one of four Michigan universities that will receive CDC funding over the next two years to boost the state’s capacity to collect and analyze genetic data about COVID-19 and other infectious diseases to improve the state’s ability to respond. Tech, ...