northern Michigan

Michigan tribes help lead the charge against COVID-19 with mass vaccination efforts

BY: - April 20, 2021

As COVID-19 has killed Native Americans at a higher rate than any other group, tribes in Michigan — and across the country — have moved quickly once vaccines were available, administering shots to as many of their citizens as possible. In many areas, they’ve also extended vaccinations to non-Native populations. That process is bolstered by […]

State and local police: No financial relationship with Enbridge for Line 5-related security

BY: - March 30, 2021

Environmentalists have been waging high-profile protests against Canadian oil company Enbridge’s Line 3 pipeline replacement in Minnesota for months. The national climate change newsletter, heated, reported this month that Minnesota sheriffs’ offices have entered into financial arrangements that environmental and Indiginous activists say incentivize law enforcement to crack down on those opposing Enbridge’s Line 3. […]

After being reshaped by extremism, Houghton County faces an uneasy, uncertain future

BY: - March 10, 2021

With an average of 200 inches of snowfall a year, Houghton County is a winter lover’s dream. At the end of January, the weather was warmer than usual in the western U.P. But it didn’t stop the “sled heads” — as locals call them — from driving to area hotels with their snowmobiles in tow.   […]

How Cafe Rosetta became the nexus of Houghton County’s conflict over the COVID crisis

BY: - March 9, 2021

Sitting on the corner of Fifth Street and Scott Street in Calumet’s business district sits a nondescript building, the entrance of which is pushed back under the roof by about 15 feet, obscuring the view. It stands in the shadows of looming large brick buildings created during the Upper Peninsula village’s heyday as a center […]

‘It’s become toxic’: Houghton County wrestles with its past, Trump and coronavirus

BY: - March 8, 2021

There’s an unwritten, and unquestioned, rule in the Upper Peninsula, including in the far-western area where Houghton County lies between the shores of Lake Superior. Generally, folks stay out of each other’s business and leave each other alone. But if there is a problem, and one can help, it’s an expectation. It’s known as the […]


Rick Haglund: Can rural economies be saved?

BY: - January 30, 2021

As part of her $5.6 billion COVID-19 recovery plan, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer recently announced she was creating an Office of Rural Development to tackle the lack of broadband internet, talent, public infrastructure and other deficiencies in struggling rural communities. In Washington, President Joe Biden is being urged to appoint a rural czar who would lead […]

Doctors are ‘angry and frustrated’ about health risks of Trump’s Michigan rallies

BY: - November 2, 2020

Michigan health care workers on Monday blasted President Donald Trump’s decision to continue to hold large campaign rallies in Michigan, including events in Traverse City and Grand Rapids, despite a rise in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in the state and recently released research that links hundreds of COVID-19 deaths and tens of thousands of cases […]

Can Democrats win back the Michigan House after a decade?

BY: - October 25, 2020

Updated, 4:12 p.m., 10/25/20 During a presidential election year, most of the attention is on the top of the ticket and top-tier congressional races. But control of Michigan’s House of Representatives is also at stake on Nov. 3.   Republicans currently hold a 58-51 voting advantage and have targeted several Democratic districts in areas where President […]

Whitmer enacts restrictions in U.P., citing uptick in COVID-19 cases

BY: and - October 2, 2020

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Friday ordered Michigan’s Upper Peninsula back to Phase 4 of the MI Safe Start Plan after the region experienced a spike in COVID-19 cases through late September. Under the latest order, people who can work remotely are required to do so, school districts are to mandate face coverings in classrooms with […]

Proud Boys attend James campaign event in northern Michigan

BY: - September 2, 2020

A handful of Proud Boys — the self-described “western chauvinists” who are classified a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) — volunteered at a recent event held in Antrim County for GOP U.S. Senate nominee John James. James is challenging U.S. Sen. Gary Peters (D-Bloomfield Twp.) this fall. About six men in […]

New company offers U.P. propane alternative to Line 5

BY: - September 1, 2020

Updated, 7:30 p.m., 9/1/20 with comment from Enbridge State environmental activists are lifting up a new potential source of propane for Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, in the hopes that it will give more leeway for Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to shut down Canadian oil company Enbridge’s controversial Line 5 pipeline. Line 5 has transported Canadian oil under […]

Pence pledges to ‘make America great again, again’ in Traverse City

BY: - August 28, 2020

Vice President Mike Pence made his pitch to Michigan voters during a brief campaign rally in Traverse City on Friday, promising to “make America great again, again” if given four more years in the White House. Pence argued that the 2020 election will determine who is responsible for helping the economy recover from the effects […]