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Editorials

DIDHD provides timeline on COVID vaccine rollout in UP

Many are wondering when the COVID-19 vaccine will be available to them. The COVID-19 vaccine has been distributed to many provider organizations across Michigan and continues to be distributed and received as supply allows. Your local public health department encourages all citizens age 16 ...

Weighing Christmas travel, safety a choice we all must make

We urge our readers, friends and relatives in the region and elsewhere who are thinking of traveling this Christmas to bear one thing in mind: We are not out of the COVID-19 woods yet, not by a long shot. Yes, the vaccine is slowly being distributed and cases and deaths seem to be dropping, ...

As winter officially arrives, some tips on avoiding frostbite

The weather forecast for the region calls for a definite downturn in temperatures Wednesday — a roughly 30-degree drop from upper 30s in the day to single digits overnight — with Christmas Eve and the holiday itself set for highs only in the teens. So some advice from the Michigan ...

’Tis the season for scammers, ID theft

The Michigan Department of Treasury has issued warnings to be alert for scams and identity theft schemes by criminals who may take advantage of the combination of holiday shopping, the approaching tax season and COVID-19 pandemic. The holiday shopping season — combined with the impending ...

Efforts to put out free meals shows Christmas spirit

Bouquet: In the spirit of the holiday season, two area churches again are stepping forward to offer a free meal to the community. The first will be Sunday evening at Grace United Methodist Church of Norway, a dinner of ham, cheesy potatoes, vegetable and dessert. Alas, Friday was the deadline ...

Inauguration that’s low key best way to go amid pandemic

What if you built an expensive, elaborate reviewing stand for a parade and on the big day, it overlooks an empty street? That is the question both President-elect Joe Biden and current President Donald Trump must answer within just a few weeks. Inauguration day for American presidents usually ...

AG warns of new scam targeting DTE Energy customers

The Michigan Attorney General’s Office is warning about yet another scam, this one related to DTE Energy. DTE Energy reported it recently became aware of customers receiving calls from someone claiming to be a DTE employee. The scammer requests immediate payment by bitcoin or preloaded ...

Bringing a new pet into household must be a family effort

Each Christmas season, children — and more than a few adults — across the Upper Peninsula, and indeed, country, include in their requests to Santa a dog, cat, rabbit or other living creature. They want a lovable, cuddly pet. They promise they will feed it, walk it, clean up after it, ...

The plan to get the COVID vaccine distributed in state

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has provided additional information about COVID-19 vaccination plans in the state, including priority groups for vaccination administration, the vaccine development and safety process and where Michiganders can find more details. Michigan ...

Small businesses need government, public’s support

It’s certainly turning out to be a holiday season like no other. Celebratory holiday dinners at local restaurants with family, friends and colleagues aren’t safe or possible under COVID-19 epidemic orders. Many people are opting to order online instead of doing their holiday shopping in ...

UP Blood Center appreciates drives in November

Bouquet: On behalf of the U.P. Regional Blood Center, I would like to thank Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church and First Lutheran Church in Iron Mountain for helping coordinate the blood drive in the month of November. As a result of their efforts, we collected 33 pints of blood. I would also ...

State offers grants for small businesses but more aid needed

In this time of COVID-19 pandemic precautions and shutdowns, the Michigan Strategic Fund has authorized $10 million in grants to help small businesses across the state that rely heavily on people actually visiting their store, shop or venues in number. The Pure Michigan Small Business Relief ...

AAA advises to drive safely while viewing holiday light displays

Enjoying holiday lights from a vehicle is a great way to get into the holiday spirit while maintaining social distance in these times of COVID-19 precautions. Whether heading to a community display or checking out decorations in the neighborhood, it’s important to stay safe on the road by ...

Getting flu shot more important now than ever

Although the COVID-19 pandemic and the highly anticipated vaccines have been at the forefront of many minds this year, the novel coronavirus makes it more important than ever to get a safe, effective vaccine that has been around for a long while: the flu shot. The flu shot is proven to reduce ...

Fight for government transparency goes on despite small victory

Government transparency won a small battle on Wednesday when the state House postponed a final vote on legislation that would remove public notices from newspapers. The final vote was delayed because it was clear the bills couldn’t garner the votes needed to pass. Among those who opposed ...

Older Driver Safety Awareness Week to begin today

National Older Driver Safety Awareness Week isn’t just relevant for aging drivers. Families, friends, health care professionals and law enforcement also play important roles in the lives of aging drivers, especially when the time comes to transition from driving to non-driving. Michigan ...

Thanks to students who made veterans Christmas cards

Bouquet: A big holiday thank you to teacher Denise Eichinger and her awesomely talented art students in the School District of Niagara in Niagara, Wis. They made 100 Christmas cards for area veterans in our local assisted living facilities, nursing homes and the Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical ...

Quality treatment, nice ‘new look’ lobby at DCHS

Bouquet: My daughter was admitted to the transfusion unit here at our Dickinson County Healthcare System recently. The care and compassion given was outstanding and I can’t forget to mention the food was enjoyable. Blood donors are special people and can’t be thanked enough. Walking into ...

Transporting that perfect Christmas tree safely home

Thanksgiving has passed and the Christmas season is in full effect. Families now are searching for a Christmas tree. News reports indicate interest in real trees is up this holiday season. But transporting that perfect tree home can be problematic. AAA is reminding drivers this holiday season ...

Former legislator Casperson recalled with affection

The Upper Peninsula has lost a former legislator described by another lawmaker as a “true leader.” People are expressing their sorrow over the Sunday passing of former state legislator Tom Casperson. The Republican lawmaker from Escanaba served the 108th District for six years in the ...