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STEM Festival Returns Today

Students from across the region will take part in the revived Western U.P. STEM Festival today. Formerly known as the Western U.P. Science Fair, the event will take place at Michigan Tech’s Memorial Union Building.  The festival offers hands-on activities for K-8th grade students, their families, and the public. Nearly …

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Celebrate St. Urho’s Day

Today is Saint Urho’s Day. The tongue-in-cheek holiday was reportedly created in 1956 by Finnish-American Richard Mattson, of Virginia, Minnesota. Mattson was asked by a co-worker why the Finns didn’t have a headline saint, similar to the Irish Saint Patrick. Mattson made up a story about the mythical Saint Urho, …

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Finlandia Foundation National President Anne-Mari Paster Assures the Community Preservation Efforts are Underway

Finlanida Foundation was founded in 1953 with the goal of connecting Finnish Americans across the country. 70 years later, the foundation is the largest supporter of Finnish cultural identity in the united states. And provides scholarships and grants to support those efforts, as well as through live and online cultural …

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Keweenaw Bay Indian Community Chief Judge William Jondreau Dies at Age 55

Keweenaw Bay Indian Community Chief Judge William “Bill” Jondreau has passed away at the age of 55. Yesterday KBIC Tribal Council President, Doreen Blaker, announced that Judge Jondreau died this past Monday. Throughout his career, Jondreau served the Keweenaw bay Indian community in many capacities, and was heavily involved in …

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Finlandia University Officially Votes to Dissolve, Plans Education & Employment Fairs for Later this Month

Finlandia’s board of trustees officially voted to dissolve the institution after the semester ends yesterday. Officials have made contact with experienced legal consul, and the Office of the Attorney General of Michigan to begin the wind down process. Finlanida University President Timothy Pinnow and the university’s board of trustees stated …

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Hancock City Council Preview March 15th, 2023

Hancock officials are expected to approve several action items during tonight’s council meeting. The Hancock city council will consider working with local realtor, Kristine Weidner, to sell seven more parcels in the Spruce Haven Estates. Additionally the city council will consider increasing the city campground nightly rates. Waterfront campsites and …

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Houghton Residents Plan Rally Against Walmart

The dispute between the city of Houghton and Walmart over property taxes is expected to heat up once again. Recently city officials announced that the retailer moved to have their case with the Michigan State Tax Tribunal, out of abeyance, and into court. Walmart wants to have its location’s property …

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Houghton County Commission Will Review the U.P. Environmental Health Code

The Houghton County Commission tabled further action on the Upper Peninsula Environmental Health Code until next month. After a lengthy discussion that included comment Western Upper Peninsula Health Director Tonya Rule, commissioners agreed to take additional time to review the codes. One of the steps in our approved process, we …

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Northern Michigan University and USA Weightlifting Agree to End Program After the End of the Semester

Northern Michigan University and USA Weightlifting announce they will discontinue the program after the current semester finishes. The weightlifting program at Northern Michigan University began in 2003. And today includes eleven men and eight women competing under the coach, Tyler Depundyt. USA Weightlifting and the university’s Athletic Director cited changing …

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Work in Transition Speaker Series Opens with Anthropologist James Suzman

Anthropologist James Suzman will open the Institute of Policy, Ethics and Culture’s Speaker Series examining the changing dynamics of labor. As a part of the four part series, Suzman’s opening discussion will dive into the deep cultural history of work and labor. He will be joined by Social Science Adjunct …

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