Upper Peninsula

After paying $7,500 fine, U.P. eatery hit with contempt order for defying COVID measure

BY: - February 9, 2021

Ingham County Circuit Court Judge Wanda Stokes has found Cafe Rosetta, and owner Amy Heikkinen, in contempt of court for refusing to obey an injunction she issued just last week for the Upper Peninsula restaurant.  The order arises out of enforcement action taken by local and state health officials in the wake of the Nov. […]


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 […]

Former Sen. Casperson dies

BY: - November 30, 2020

Tom Casperson, a Republican former member of the state House and Senate, died Sunday of lung cancer. Casperson, of Escanaba, worked at his family’s log trucking business before representing the Upper Peninsula in the state House from 2003 to 2010 and in the Senate from 2011 to 2018. He twice ran for the 1st Congressional […]

Leaked White House report: U.P. COVID-19 surge holds Michigan back from full recovery

BY: - October 21, 2020

A recent private report uncovered from the White House Coronavirus Task Force shows there is concern over the COVID-19 outbreak in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, where cases have been increasing for weeks. Multiple counties in the western part of the U.P. are reporting high and increasing cases after a surge of cases in northern Wisconsin, and […]

Officials: COVID-19 hospitalizations have shot up 80% in recent weeks

BY: - October 13, 2020

State and local public health officials expressed concern Tuesday about how COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are beginning to rise in Michigan during a press briefing Wednesday afternoon. Hospitalizations have gone up 80% in recent weeks, officials warned.  At the briefing, officials pleaded that Michiganders continue taking precautions to prevent a potential second wave of the […]

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 […]

LaFave on having COVID-19: ‘I’m not gonna have a big rally in the meantime. I’ll wait a little bit.’

BY: - September 29, 2020

State Rep. Beau LaFave (R-Iron Mountain) has tested positive for COVID-19 and is self-quarantining. The lawmaker, who has been one of Gov. Gretchen Whimter’s most vocal critics about her emergency coronavirus orders, shared the news in a Facebook post.  Although LaFave has criticized mask wearing, he told the Advance in a phone interview Tuesday that […]

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 […]

Proposed U.P. mine faces mounting troubles

BY: - August 24, 2020

A controversial proposed open pit metallic sulfide mine on the Michigan-Wisconsin border has suffered major financial and permitting setbacks due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and increasing public concerns over the safety of tailings dams to store mine waste. The proposed Back Forty Mine would be located next to the Menominee River, which flows into […]

State COVID-19 report: 523 new cases, 6 deaths

BY: - July 22, 2020

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Wednesday that 75,248 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and  have 6,141 died from the virus — an additional 523 cases and six deaths since Tuesday. DHHS also notes that an additional 8,482 Michiganders have been identified as “probable” cases for COVID-19, as well as […]

Nearly 450 new COVID-19 cases recorded in Michigan

BY: - July 9, 2020

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Thursday that 67,683 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 6,024 have died from the virus — an additional 446 cases and nine deaths since Wednesday. Thursday’s numbers continue a weeks-long trend of increased daily cases in the state, after a period of decline had […]

As Grand Rapids, U.P. see coronavirus uptick, Whitmer says: ‘Mask up!’

BY: - July 9, 2020

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Thursday stressed in a news conference that the state has experienced an “uptick” in COVID-19 cases — particularly in the Grand Rapids region. With public schools scheduled to start in eight weeks and summer in full gear — including family reunions, holiday celebrations and people looking to get out of the […]