Upper Peninsula Companies Receive State Technical Training Grants

Nearly 15,000 job-seekers and workers will receive training for in-demand technical jobs through grants totaling $17.1 million awarded under Michigan’s Skilled Trades Training Fund, the Talent Investment Agency announced on Monday.

The training program was established in 2013 by Gov. Rick Snyder and the Michigan Legislature to help employers develop the talent they need to fill thousands of available skilled trades jobs. The fiscal year 2017 funding is on track to create 3,873 jobs and retain 11,022 positions by providing additional training,


St. Francis Hospital Kicks Off ‘Lights Of Love’ Campaign

The brightly-lighted trees along U-S 2 west in Escanaba are more than mere holiday ornaments. They’re part of the O-S-F Saint Francis Hospital auxiliary’s Lights of Love campaign.

You can “buy” a light for three dollars in honor or in memory of a loved one. And the money that’s raised allows the O-S-F Auxiliary to help the hospital buy new equipment. The Auxiliary has donated tens of thousands of dollars to the hospital over the years to help with its technology needs.


Michigan Treasury Wants You To Pay Use Tax On Holiday Gifts

With the kick-off of the holiday shopping season getting under way, the Michigan Department of Treasury reminds Michiganders to account for “use tax” when sales tax is not factored into the final price of items purchased online.

Michigan’s use tax generally applies to purchases made when a retailer does not collect sales tax. This often happens when individuals purchase items through online or mail-order retailers or television shopping networks without physical locations inside the state of Michigan.


High Winds, Snow, Falling Temperatures Hit Upper Peninsula

High winds caused some power outages across the Upper Peninsula on Saturday.

The Upper Peninsula Power Company says that at one point, more than one thousand customers lost power Saturday afternoon near Ishpeming. There were also some outages reported in Delta, Alger, and Houghton Counties.

But by 6:00 Saturday night, there were less than 100 customers still affected by outages, scattered across the U.P.

The National Weather Service says that winds gusted to as high as 64-miles-per hour in AuTrain in Alger County,


Two Escanaba Homes Damaged, Garage Destroyed By Fire

Escanaba Public Safety responded to 1618 Stephenson Ave for a garage on fire on Saturday at 2:32 p.m.

Upon officers arrival there was visible smoke and flames coming from a garage that was next to the house. There was also a metal carport next to the garage that was attached to the house. The carport, garage and their contents were a total loss. There was also an outside storage shed and 2 ice shacks that sustained damage.


Sault Ste. Marie International Bridge Rated In Good Condition

The Sault Ste. Marie Bridge Authority board of directors heard reports on bridge inspections and remaining plaza work at the board’s regular meeting Thursday.

The SSMBA board reviewed and officially accepted the results of the annual bridge inspection and fracture critical inspection. A team of bridge engineering experts from the firm of Hardesty and Hanover (H&H) of Okemos, Mich., conducted the two-week-long annual inspections of the bridge this fall and presented their findings at Thursday’s meeting.


Menominee Family Health Center Has New Physician Assistant


Upper Great Lakes Family Health Center (UGL) welcomes Physician Assistant, Joshua Hulkonen, to the Menominee Family Health Center.

Hulkonen is returning to the Upper Peninsula after completing his Masters of Science in Physician Assistant (MSPA) from Marywood University in Scranton, PA.  Previously, he worked at UP Health System – Portage in Hancock, MI, while earning a Bachelor of Science degree from Michigan Technological University.

“As a certified Physician Assistant (PA), I can make healthcare more affordable and accessible,


Northern Michigan Welcoming Home Diabetic Basketball Star

The Northern Michigan men’s basketball team is proud to welcome Sports Hall of Fame member Ted Rose back to campus on Saturday. The Wildcats will honor Rose at halftime during their game against Southwest Minnesota State, which is scheduled for 3 p.m.

“It is truly an honor to have Ted Rose back on Northern Michigan’s campus,” head coach Bill Sall said. “In the distinguished decades of Wildcat basketball, he is one of the best.”


Governor Talks ‘Pure Michigan’ Tourism With Chinese


Governor Rick Snyder participated in two press conferences on the last full day of his China investment mission on Saturday, addressing travel and business journalists on tourism and investment opportunities in Michigan and Detroit. Joining Snyder at the press conferences was Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan.

“We are telling the Pure Michigan story, highlighting the diversity of our state – a state blessed with abundant natural beauty, authentic destinations, unique experiences, and friendly people.


UPPCO Offers Advice As Windy Winter Storm Arrives

The Upper Peninsula Power Company on Friday reminded customers that severe weather can strike quickly, creating a variety of dangerous situations. UPPCO offered the following suggestions to help stay safe during and after stormy weather:


  • Keep a battery operated portable radio, TV or Public Alert Device handy to hear local weather forecasts and other important news bulletins for your area.
  • Keep an adequate supply of water and non-perishable food items on hand.


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