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Proud Equestrian Program a success thanks to support

Bouquet From Maureen Garvaglia, Proud Equestrian Program: The 2017 4-H Proud Equestrian Program was a huge success! We had 37 riders, the largest number of participants in PEP history. We would like to thank our committee members: Maureen Garvaglia, Sally and Gary Arcand, Sharon, Lexi and ...

Don’t watch eclipse from behind the wheel

In case you haven’t heard, Monday will bring the first total solar eclipse visible in the United States since 1979. With that has come the usual warnings not to look at the eclipse, to avoid risking injury. Especially if driving. The Wisconsin Department of Transportation advises that ...

Beware the invasive, nasty wild parsnip

It looks very pretty alongside roadsides and fields, like Queen Anne’s lace but with brighter green stems and flat, round flower tops of daffodil yellow rather than white. As with road signs, yellow should signal caution with wild parsnip. This benign-looking invasive species packs a ...

Be careful when going into the water

The natural beauty of northern Wisconsin and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula would seem to make it the last place to have to worry about clean water in lakes and rivers. Yet even here, unfortunately, people need to be cautious about when and where they choose to go into the water — especially ...

State smart to target retiree benefits

Michigan is making headway in its government pension reforms, and retiree benefits at the local level are up next. Gov. Rick Snyder says this is a priority for him in his last year and a half in office, and local leaders should get on board. If they don’t, the Legislature should intervene ...

Federal report on Asian carp contains good ideas, plans

Although it took longer than expected and the delay caused some to suggest the Trump administration was playing politics with the health of the Great Lakes fishery, a federal report containing a series of recommendations on how best to battle the invasive Asian carp in a key access in Illinois ...

Thanks from youth coalition in Marinette, Menominee counties

Bouquet The Healthy Youth Coalition of Marinette and Menominee Counties recently was awarded $22,000 in proceeds from the fifth annual Hugh Bretl Drug Awareness Tournament to continue our prevention programming in the schools and community for our youth and their families. The event was held ...

Good day and reasons to call 811 before digging

Today is Aug. 11 — an annual reminder to always dial before you dig. National 811 Day is observed on this date each year to stress the importance of calling that number before putting tools to ground, be it a professional excavator or homeowners. Millions of miles of cable, pipes and ...

Checking trees for the latest threatening pest

The Upper Peninsula and northern Wisconsin already has endured the onslaught of spruce budworm and the recently arrived and still spreading emerald ash borer. With August being national Tree Check Month, state and federal officials now advise to be on the lookout for the next potentially ...

Time to enjoy fair season in the region

The annual round of regional fairs — and all the wonderful traditions they represent — officially kicks off today with gates opening on the Iron County Fair in Iron River. The procession of people bringing livestock, produce, canned goods, craft items, sewing and other talents will file ...

Pictured Rocks now can be considered money — literally

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in Alger County will soon get national recognition of an unusual variety when a particularly scenic stretch of beach appears on a special quarter. Set for unveiling in 2018, the design representing Pictured Rocks depicts Chapel Rock and the white pine tree ...

NY Times travel editor enjoys UP

Yoopers don’t need validation: we know how awesome the Upper Peninsula is. Still, it’s nice when someone from the outside “gets” the area and all it has to offer, scenery-wise, cuisine-wise and activity-wise. And that’s what just happened when New York Times Travel Editor Steve ...

Grateful for emergency care

Bouquet From Tracey Laitinen, Barbeau, Mich.: I would like to submit a thank you and commend the folks that assisted myself and my family during an unfortunate accident I had last weekend in your area. Saturday night I jumped into a pool to save my son and in doing so dislocated my ...

Viral hepatitis illnesses on the rise

“Hepatitis” means inflammation of the liver. The liver is a vital organ that processes nutrients, filters the blood, and fights infections. When the liver is inflamed or damaged, its function can be affected. Heavy alcohol use, toxins, some medications, and certain medical conditions can ...

Eagle Mine seeks Upper Peninsula minerals leases

Intriguing. That’s how we’d characterize a request from Eagle Mine to lease the mineral rights on thousands of Upper Peninsula acres including a small number of acres in Marquette County. According to Meagen Morrison, social responsibility adviser at Eagle Mine, most of the Marquette ...

Proposals sought to keep invasive carp out of Great Lakes

Asian carp were introduced into Southern fish farm ponds in the 1970s and have since spread across the United States. They are now on the verge of invading the Great Lakes. Once established in an ecosystem they are virtually impossible to eradicate, according to the National Wildlife ...

School panel has important assignment

Two of 24 teachers from districts across the state selected to serve on a committee to guide implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act are from the Upper Peninsula. Chris Woods is from Calumet while Gina Pepin is from Escanaba. They will join 22 others from K-12 public schools in ...

McCain continues to show heroism

Politics in our country has taken a decidedly unpleasant, unproductive turn during recent years. Once, we Americans were able to agree to disagree. We could have sometimes dramatically opposing views on the issues, debating them fiercely, without shattering our sense of being one people with ...

Appreciate all who made way for tractor ride

Bouquet From Vance Jones, Randville: A special thank-you to the Kingsford and Iron Mountain police departments for help with traffic during our annual tractor ride to the VA. Also to the public for watching out for our slow-moving tractors. We do this ride to honor our veterans and this ...

A week to learn how to STOP invasive species

Emerald ash borer. Round goby. Purple loosestrife. Rusty crayfish. Zebra mussel. Glossy buckthorn. Wild parsnip. Phragmites grass. Only a short part of a very long — and, unfortunately, still growing — list of species not native to Michigan that have more than managed to make themselves ...