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Houghton student looks to repeat as Poetry Out Loud finalist

HOUGHTON — One of last year’s finalists in the Michigan Poetry Out Loud competition is looking to repeat the feat this year. Adeline Frazier, a 10th-grader at Houghton High School, will compete at the state level again after winning the school level. This year’s contest was conducted ...

New COVID-19 cases declining

ESCANABA — As of Tuesday, the U.P. had 16,336 confirmed cases of COVID-19, an increase of 17 cases in 24 hours, 4,014 probable cases, 383 deaths and 93 probable deaths linked to the disease, according to state officials. The figure does not include prisoners in the Michigan Department of ...

Wisconsin wolf hunt target exceeded, season closed early

MADISON, Wis. — Hunters and trappers blew past Wisconsin’s wolf kill target in less than 72 hours, forcing a premature end to a hunt that initially wasn’t supposed to happen for another nine months and raising the ire of animal rights activists. The Department of Natural Resources ...

LMAS offers free COVID-19 testing Friday

NEWBERRY — The Luce-Mackinac-Alger-Schoolcraft District Health Department will conduct free COVID-19 testing at its Luce County Office from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Friday. Individuals do not have to be residents of Luce County to participate. Minors can be tested if accompanied by a parent or ...

Airport to again receive $1M grant

IRON MOUNTAIN — Dickinson County has again qualified for a federal grant of more than $1 million to help support Ford Airport through the pandemic. The county in 2021 is eligible for up to $1,012, 308, Controller Brian Bousley reported during the county board’s Zoom meeting Monday. The ...

Village clerk submits resignation

CALUMET — Kevin Weir, recently re-appointed to the village clerk position, submitted his resignation to the village council Friday, citing a number of reasons, including a lack of communication between government officials, which he said, is not new. He also cited the village council’s ...

Officials update vaccine effort

ESCANABA — Public Health Delta & Menominee Counties provided an update on COVID-19 vaccination efforts in the area. On Feb. 15, PHDM received 500 first doses of the Moderna vaccine. Two hundred of these doses were shipped to the Delta County office and 300 were shipped to the Menominee ...

Skiers enjoy Barnelopet

HANCOCK — The clang of bells welcomed skiers back as they crossed the finish line for this year’s Barnelopet Sunday. It was the 14th year for the children’s ski race, held at the Maasto Hiihto trails in Hancock. About 50 skiers participated in this year’s event, which is a typical ...

Fireplace blamed for house fire

MASONVILLE TOWNSHIP — Embers from a fireplace are being blamed for a fire that damaged a Masonville Township home Saturday, according to the Masonville Township. Fire Department. At 5:17 p.m., Masonville firefighters was dispatched to 7953 Alger Delta 43rd Road for a structure fire. Upon ...

Budget prep underway in city of Gladstone

GLADSTONE — The Gladstone City Commission held budget work sessions last week. While City Manager Eric Buckman said the commission won’t have solid numbers on upcoming projects until the middle of March, he was able to confirm that the General Fund will be coming in under ...

DNR offers tips for ice fishing safely

ESCANABA — This winter, Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) officers have assisted numerous anglers who’ve fallen through thin ice. DNR Public Information Officer John Pepin advised anyone who plans to go onto Lake Michigan to learn safety precautions before heading out. Though ...

DIDHD to get more vaccinations this week

IRON MOUNTAIN — The Dickinson-Iron District Health Department will accept new appointments this week for COVID-19 vaccinations for those within the Phase 1B Priority One and Two groups. The Phase 1B Priority One group includes those age 65 and older. The Phase 1B Priority Two group is first ...

UPDON spreads word about online health programs

MARQUETTE — The year 2020 was an unusual year, according to a release from the Upper Peninsula Diabetes Outreach Network, and COVID-19 brought sickness, death, job loss, quarantines and emotional distress. For many, the stress of last year led to overeating and weight gain. People also put ...

Holy Name High School—A Chesterton Academy to open

ESCANABA — This fall, students throughout the entire Upper Peninsula will be able to receive Catholic education at Holy Name High School. The high school’s official name will be Holy Name High School—A Chesterton Academy. Holy Name Catholic School Principal Joe Carlson explained some ...

Arrest made in Houghton County on drug charges

HOUGHTON — Following a four-month investigation, detectives from the Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team on Thursday arrested Shawn Bell, a 28-year-old male from Detroit, on a five-count warrant. The charges include delivery of methamphetamine, a 20-year felony; possession of MDMA, ...

Dangerous ice conditions near Grand Island

MUNISING — The Alger County Sheriff’s Office has issued a warning advising the public not to venture out on the ice on Lake Superior near Grand Island, an area also known as the Grand Island Ice Caves. Information was received advising that ice conditions on the east side of Grand Island ...

Not guilty plea entered in meth case

IRON MOUNTAIN — An Iron River man accused of methamphetamine possession has pleaded not guilty in Dickinson County Circuit Court. Damian Donati, 41, is charged with possession of a controlled substance, a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison. Donati is charged as a four-time ...

Esky school board reconfirms its COVID-19 learning plan

ESCANABA — The Escanaba School Board has reconfirmed its current Extended COVID-19 Learning plan. The plan determines how the district will provide education to students, through in-person, streaming or hybrid education models. Having an ECOL is required in order to receive state aid for the ...

Bay College West Campus offering dental assistant program

ESCANABA — Bay College West Campus, in collaboration with the John Fornetti Dental Center, is offering a nine-week Dental Assistant Program from March 29 to May 27. This 80-hour program consists of lectures every Monday and Thursday from 4 to 6 p.m. CT at Bay College West and clinicals every ...