UP snow-weary residents: Clear snow from vents
HOUGHTON, Mich. (AP) — Authorities in the Upper Peninsula are urging people to clear snow from vents that release exhaust from home appliances.
UP getting $19.2M in funding to fix roads from June storms
HOUGHTON, Mich. (AP) — The Federal Highway Administration has announced the western Upper Peninsula will receive $19.2 million in emergency relief funds to repair damage from flooding brought on by heavy rains last June.
The FHA announced the funding Tuesday as part of more than $705.7 million in funding to help 34 states and three territories make repairs to roads and bridges damaged by storms, floods, and other unexpected events.
Snow statue building resumes after delay due to cold
HOUGHTON, Mich. (AP) — The construction of snow statues for Michigan Technological University's annual Winter Carnival has resumed after being put on hold last week due to the extreme cold.
WLUC-TV reports work is underway again at the Upper Peninsula school.
DNR officers conduct snowmobile patrols in Upper Peninsula
HOUGHTON, Mich. (AP) — Conservation officers are conducting snowmobile patrols in Michigan's Upper Peninsula to promote safety and enforce state laws.
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources says weekend patrols started Jan. 11 along the state-managed trail system in Houghton County and on Jan. 12 in Ontonagon County.
Michigan Tech researchers contribute to carbon report
HOUGHTON, Mich. (AP) — Two Michigan Technological University researchers contributed to a new report showing how carbon is being released or stored in North America.
Rodney Chimner and Evan Kane — respectively, a professor and associate professor in the School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science — contributed to the Second State of the Carbon Cycle Report. The report, which attempts to catalog and track carbon as it circulates in North America, is updated every 10 years.
Teen artists can apply for week-long stay at Isle Royale
HOUGHTON, Mich. (AP) — Young artists interested in developing their talent through a wilderness experience can apply for the Teen Artist Exploration program at Isle Royale National Park.
Two youths will be selected for 2019. Each will spend a week at the Lake Superior park next summer.
They will explore their chosen art form, go hiking and canoeing or take boat tours. An artistic mentor will provide coaching.
UP businesses court young talent home for Thanksgiving
HOUGHTON, Mich. (AP) — Come home for the turkey. Maybe return again for a job.
That was the message in Michigan's northwestern Upper Peninsula as employers courted young professionals who were home for Thanksgiving. The Daily Mining Gazette says 11 companies participated in Return North, an event held Friday in Houghton County.
Parts of Michigan bracing 1st major snowfall of season
HOUGHTON, Mich. (AP) — Parts of Michigan are bracing for the first major snowfall of the season.
The National Weather Service issued a warning for parts of the Upper Peninsula, including Keweenaw and Houghton counties. Forecasts call for 9-14 inches (23-36 centimeters) of snow starting Thursday night and ending Saturday morning, with winds gusting up to 35 mph (56 kph).
Another tax plans fails in bid to expand crowded UP jail
HOUGHTON, Mich. (AP) — A crowded jail is a difficult topic in an Upper Peninsula county.
The Daily Mining Gazette reports that voters for a third time have rejected a property tax to add more beds at the Houghton County jail. Local leaders had proposed an addition behind the courthouse that would have raised capacity to about 90 inmates.
Officials planning to move Canadian wolves to Isle Royale
HOUGHTON, Mich. (AP) — Officials plan to relocate several gray wolves from the Canadian province of Ontario to Isle Royale National Park this winter.
It's the next step in rebuilding the depleted wolf population at the Lake Superior park. Only two remained until crews took four more wolves to the island from Minnesota this fall. Park spokeswoman Liz Valencia says the goal is to get four from Ontario in coming months.
Crews racing the weather to build Upper Peninsula skatepark
HOUGHTON, Mich. (AP) — With the designers of the Houghton Skatepark on scene for construction, they hope to beat the weather.
"If the frosts start coming in early, then it's a little bit of a problem. But we're hoping to take actions to be able to get it done before the winter," said George Zadrozny, heading the construction for Spohn Ranch Skateparks, which designed the park. "We wouldn't have shown up if we didn't think we could make it happen."
Isle Royale wolf relocation project wraps up for the year
HOUGHTON, Mich. (AP) — Officials at Isle Royale National Park say they've wrapped up the first phase of a multi-year effort to rebuild the gray wolf population.
Three females and one male were trapped on the Minnesota mainland in recent weeks and flown to the Lake Superior park. A fifth wolf died during transit.
Michigan Tech to receive federal mine safety training grant
HOUGHTON, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Technological University in Houghton will receive nearly $253,000 in funding from the U.S. Labor Department's Mine Safety and Health Administration.
The grant is part of more than $10 million awarded to 46 states, the Navajo Nation, Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Marina Islands to support safety and health courses and other programs.
Wolf dies after capture for relocation to Isle Royale park
HOUGHTON, Mich. (AP) — Officials say a gray wolf captured in Minnesota for relocation to Isle Royale National Park has died.
The National Park Service plans to move 20-30 wolves from the U.S. and Canadian mainlands to the Lake Superior wilderness park in the next few years to rebuild a once thriving population.
A 4-year-old female and a 5-year-old male were successfully flown there and released this week.
State officials offering forums in UP about college aid
MENOMINEE, Mich. (AP) — State officials are making a rapid tour of the Upper Peninsula to help families learn about financial aid for college.
Workshops begin Monday at Menominee High School in Menominee and Bay College West in Iron Mountain. Treasury Department representatives also will be in Ironwood, Houghton and Sault Ste. Marie this week.
As Lake Superior rises, alder trees die in wetlands
HOUGHTON, Mich. (AP) — Experts say alder trees in Lake Superior wetlands are dying due to high water levels.
Trench and sandbags at Michigan Tech tell people about WWI
HOUGHTON, Mich. (AP) — They're digging history at Michigan Technological University in the Upper Peninsula.
To commemorate the centennial of the end of World War I, a trench has been dug on campus to replicate the trenches that were used in the battlefields of Europe. Sandbags are being used to support the wall and to show how soldiers shielded themselves from enemy fire.
Chris Mattila, a Michigan Tech civil engineer, supervised the project.
Michigan to share cost of matching funds for flood recovery
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The state of Michigan plans to help share the cost of providing matching funds for federal disaster relief to communities in the Upper Peninsula affected by severe flooding in June.
Gov. Rick Snyder's office announced Friday that he's authorized the state to match about $3.7 million of the 25 percent of matching funds local grant recipients are required to pay under the Federal Emergency Management Agency's public assistance program.
Michigan Tech students help community before new year
HANCOCK, Mich. (AP) — Nearly 200 college students in the Upper Peninsula have been serving their community before hitting the books.
Students from Michigan Technological University in Houghton visited schools Monday for yard work, gardening, window washing and more. It wasn't hard to find jobs: Local school leaders offered plenty of chores.
George Stockero, superintendent of the Copper Country Intermediate District, replied by saying, "We'd be happy to have you."
Michigan university unveils autonomous maritime research
HOUGHTON, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Technological University recently unveiled its Maritime Autonomy Research Site, which the university hopes will spur new developments in unmanned research vessels.
The site, located at the Great Lakes Research Center, is believed to be the first freshwater testing spot of its kind.
Snyder appealing FEMA decision to deny individual assistance
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder is asking the federal government to reconsider a decision by the Federal Emergency Management Agency to deny individual assistance to three counties in the Upper Peninsula.
Houghton, Gogebic and Menominee counties suffered severe flood damage from storms that occurred on June 16 and 17.
Historical Society raises money to help flood recovery in UP
SOUTH RANGE, Mich. (AP) — The Historical Society of Michigan has raised $10,000 to help two groups recover from major flooding in the western Upper Peninsula.
The Houghton County Historical Society is getting $8,000 after its storage building flooded in June. Water and sediment also filled the storage basement at the Copper Range Historical Society, which is receiving $2,000.
Michigan university opening unmanned vessel testing site
HOUGHTON, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Technological University is opening a location where researchers can try out new technologies that would enable greater use of unmanned research and survey vessels.
The Maritime Autonomy Research Site is on Lake Superior's Portage Canal in the Upper Peninsula city of Houghton. Officials say it will be the first freshwater testing spot of its kind in the world.
HOUGHTON, Mich. (AP) — President Donald Trump has approved Michigan's request for a disaster declaration following severe flooding in June in parts of the Upper Peninsula.
The White House issued a statement Friday saying Trump declared that a "major disaster" exists in the state and ordered that federal agencies help state, local and tribal officials. The update also makes federal funding available for hazard mitigation measures.
HOUGHTON, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has declared a second state of disaster for Houghton County following July flooding in parts of the Upper Peninsula that were still working to recover from June's severe flooding.
The declaration announced Wednesday will allow the state to make additional resources available and open the Disaster and Emergency Contingency Fund to provide more financial assistance.
HUBBELL, Mich. (AP) — Officials say court documents were damaged during last month's severe flooding in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.
The Daily Mining Gazette reports a vault flooded containing circuit, family and probate court records on the Houghton County Courthouse's basement level. The county is insured for the loss and the records are being dealt with by a document restoration company.
HOUGHTON, Mich. (AP) — The groom wore a Batman shirt while the bride chose the Flash. Clint and Melanie Salmi are giving marriage a second try with help from an Upper Peninsula comic book shop.
The couple exchanged vows Wednesday at Black Ice Comics in Houghton. The Daily Mining Gazette reports that shop owner Shana Porteen became an ordained minister for the event.
ATLANTIC MINE, Mich. (AP) — Michigan National Guard members are wrapping up emergency work after severe flooding in Houghton County in the Upper Peninsula.
The Mining Gazette reports that as many as 75 soldiers have been working 12-hour days to make roads accessible again for emergency vehicles. The mission could end Friday.
HOUGHTON, Mich. (AP) — Michigan is asking the federal government for help paying for repairs to flood-damaged roads in the Upper Peninsula and says road damage is expected to exceed $28.7 million.
The Michigan Department of Transportation announced Tuesday that it's submitted a notice of intent to the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration requesting emergency relief funds for use in Houghton, Menominee, and Gogebic counties.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A third county in Michigan's Upper Peninsula has been added to the state's disaster declaration following severe flooding.
Gov. Rick Snyder on Thursday included Gogebic County in the declaration. Houghton and Menominee counties initially were named in the declaration that makes available all state resources in cooperation with local response and recovery efforts.
Congress members offer help after Michigan flooding
HOUGHTON, Mich. (AP) — Members of Congress from Michigan say they'll support any state request for federal disaster aid in the wake of flooding in the Upper Peninsula.
Democratic Sens. Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters joined Republican Rep. Jack Bergman in offering their help to Gov. Rick Snyder.
State and local agencies are assessing damage from last weekend's heavy rains in Houghton and Menominee counties. Floodwaters severely damaged roads and created dozens of sinkholes.
HOUGHTON LAKE, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State Police say autopsies show a couple found dead in a northern Michigan swamp died of hypothermia.
They announced the autopsy results Tuesday for 34-year-old Jeff Hurley of Prudenville and 19-year-old Alexandria Foust of Cadillac. They said toxicology reports show both had been under the influence of methamphetamine when they died.
Storms wash out roads in Upper Peninsula
HOUGHTON, Mich. (AP) — Storms moving across the Upper Peninsula washed out several roads in the Houghton and Hancock areas and created dozens of sinkholes across the Keweenaw Peninsula.
MLive.com reports that the storms that swept through the area early Sunday prompted officials in southern and central Houghton County to declare a Flash Flood Emergency.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A federal agency has approved $1.25 million in funding to help Michigan improve its shooting ranges.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service authorized the funding over a five-year period under a program that levies an excise tax on the sale of firearms, ammunition, archery equipment and hunting licenses.
It supports wildlife management, habitat improvement and hunter education in addition to shooting ranges.
HOUGHTON, Mich. (AP) — An official from Louisiana State University has been selected as the next president of Michigan Technological University.
The Board of Trustees of the school in Michigan's Upper Peninsula announced Friday that Richard J. Koubek will be its 10th president. Koubek is executive vice president and provost of Louisiana State University. He is scheduled to begin his tenure at Michigan Tech on July 1.
HOUGHTON LAKE, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say two bodies found last month in a northern Michigan swamp have been identified as those of a man and woman missing since November.
State police say the body of 19-year-old Alexandria Foust of Cadillac was identified this week and the body of 34-year-old Jeff Hurley of Prudenville was identified last week. Cause of death for both is pending reports on autopsies and toxicology tests.
Searchers find 2 bodies in northern Michigan swamp
HOUGHTON LAKE, Mich. (AP) — Authorities say search crews found two bodies in a northern Michigan swamp believed to be those of a man and woman missing since November.
HOUGHTON, Mich. (AP) — A man whose son died in the U.S. Army has honored him by buying comic books for customers at an Upper Peninsula shop.
The Daily Mining Gazette says the man wants to stay anonymous. But he told the newspaper that it was a "good way" to honor his son, who died two days before Christmas and was a big fan of Superman. His grave marker says "Man of Steel."
Houghton — The Great Lakes Research Center in Houghton has introduced local students to sciences in a hands-on, enjoyable way since the facility opened in 2012.
Michigan program lets students learn sciences hands-on
HOUGHTON, Mich. (AP) — Introducing local kids to sciences in a hands-on enjoyable way, the Great Lakes Research Center has been hosting after-school classes since the facility opened.
4 finalists picked in search for Michigan Tech president
HOUGHTON, Mich. (AP) — The search for a new president at Michigan Technological University is down to four candidates.
The Daily Mining Gazette reports that the finalists are from outside the Upper Peninsula university. They'll next be interviewed by Michigan Tech's governing board. No names have been released.
Professor wants ‘veterans’ in Michigan Tech building name
HOUGHTON, Mich. (AP) — A professor wants Michigan Technological University to add the word "veterans" to the name of a popular building at the Upper Peninsula campus.
Economics professor Paul Nelson says Michigan Tech's Memorial Union Building was built in 1952 and dedicated to students, alumni and faculty who served in the military. There are panels with names of students or graduates who died in wars.
Michigan city dumps excess snow in county fairgrounds
HANCOCK, Mich. (AP) — Welcome to the Keweenaw, where the snow needs to be hauled away to make room for more.
The Hancock Department of Public Works has several acres near the Houghton County fairgrounds to dump the excess snow and keep the road clear. It's a never-ending cycle, explained Bill Marlor of the Hancock DPW.
"The banks are pretty high.It's pretty impressive to look at all that snow," Marlor said.
Food donation is as good as cash at Upper Peninsula library
HOUGHTON, Mich. (AP) — An Upper Peninsula library is accepting food donations instead of cash for overdue book fines.
The Portage Lake District Library in Houghton will waive up to $10 in fines this winter if a borrower donates non-perishable food. The food goes to The Salvation Army, St. Vincent De Paul and Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly.
Dozens apply to become Michigan Technological president
HOUGHTON, Mich. (AP) — More than 50 people have applied to become president of Michigan Technological University in the Upper Peninsula.
Officials are expecting more people to emerge before the Jan. 15 deadline.
Flight from Chicago to Michigan makes emergency landing
HOUGHTON, Mich. (AP) — Officials say a passenger airplane heading from Chicago made an emergency landing in Michigan's Upper Peninsula after an alarm indicated possible smoke in a cargo area.
No one was injured in Wednesday night's landing of SkyWest Airlines flight 5061 at Houghton County Memorial Airport, located near the cities of Houghton and Hancock.
Searchers scour swamp for couple missing for nearly 1 month
HOUGHTON LAKE, Mich. (AP) — Volunteers have searched part of a northern Michigan swamp for a man and a woman who've been missing nearly a month.
WWTV-TV reports that 12 volunteers joined six members of the Wexaukee Amateur Radio Club during Saturday's search for 34-year-old Jeff Hurley of Prudenville and 19-year-old Alexandria Foust of Cadillac.
Search suspended for 2 missing in northern Michigan woods
HOUGHTON LAKE, Mich. (AP) — State police say a search for a man and a woman in the northern Michigan woods has been suspended after four days.
The search for 34-year-old Jeff Hurley of Prudenville and 19-year-old Alexandria Foust of Cadillac began Tuesday when their car was found stuck in mud in a wooded area of Missaukee County.
Higher fares sought for ferryboat rides to Isle Royale park
HOUGHTON, Mich. (AP) — Federal officials are proposing higher fares for trips to Isle Royale National Park aboard the Ranger III, the ferryboat that carries passengers between Houghton on the Michigan mainland and the park in northwestern Lake Superior.
The National Park Service says raising prices for the first time since 2013 would help maintain the vessel, pay staffing costs and provide services to the public.
Michigan nature trail dedicated to car accident victim
HOUGHTON, Mich. (AP) — Five years ago, Bob Wheeler built an outdoor classroom behind the Houghton Elementary School with his son, John. On Sept. 30, he helped dedicate an expanded trail and nature center in John's honor.
John was a volunteer at the school who died last November in a car accident. He was two weeks away from graduating from Michigan Technological University and had a job lined up in Wisconsin as a forester.