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The U.S. Court of Appeals ruled today to keep wolves in the Great Lakes on the endangered species list after U.S. Fish and Wildlife ruled enough animals lived in Wisconsin, Michigan and Minnesota to remove them from the list in 2011. In 2014, a Federal Judge put them back on the endangered species list after […]

Highland Copper subsidiary Orvana Resources U.S. Corporation halted exploratory drilling on February 19, 2017, in the Porcupine Mountains State Park due to unusual warm weather for the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Winter drilling is required by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources because the ground must be frozen. The ground in the western Upper Peninsula […]

State Representative John Kivela once again seeks re-election to represent the people of Michigan’s 109th State House district. He has served on Michigan’s State Legislature representing the people of the 109th since 2012. He seeks his third term to serve the Upper Peninsula district that includes Alger, Luce, Marquette, and Schoolcraft Counties. John Kivela graduated […]

A wildfire burning since June on Poverty Island is sixty percent contained according to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. The fire started by lightning strike on June 26, 2016 and so far burned around 127 acres. Fire fighting efforts focused on saving a historic lighthouse. By using controlled burns to remove vegetation, fire fighters […]

Eagle Mine today announced a Preliminary Economic Assessment on an area about a mile east of the location currently mined as a potential newly discovered deposit of nickel and copper ore estimated at 1.18 million metric tons. While a feasibility study won’t be completed until the end of the year, Lundin Mining will begin building […]

The August 2 primary will be here soon, and in Michigan’s first congressional district two candidates from Kalkaska will appear on the Democratic Party primary ballot: Lon Johnson and Jerry Cannon. Michigan’s first US House District is the largest district in the state. Lon Johnson is the former chair of the Michigan Democratic Party. In […]

The Pere Marquette National Memorial will be revitalized in part from a donation made by Enbridge Energy Partners. The money will be used by the Michigan Historical Society to rebuild part of the memorial destroyed by fire in 2000. The national memorial is dedicated to the memory of Father Jacques Marquette; he founded the first […]

Today the Michigan DNR announced “surplus” public land for sale by sealed-bid auction beginning January 12 to February 10, 2016. Available land includes parcels in the Eastern Upper Peninsula and the Northern Lower Peninsula. Due to these parcels being isolated from other land managed by the DNR, they’re considered of little use for public recreation […]

Back in August when Communications Director for Eagle Mine, Dan Blondeau, sent love letters to Up North Progressive, he also offered the opportunity to go out on a date and tour the facility. Since then, mysterious emails arrive periodically with the offer to tour Lundin Minings’ operations in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The Up […]

Do you hunt in Michigan? Have you encountered or seen feral swine while in the field? Michigan State University is conducting a study on the impact of invasive wild boars in Michigan. They need hunters to complete a survey as part of their research. Feral Swine are a serious problem in the United States. In […]