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The 110th District contains Baraga, Gogebic, Houghton, Iron, Keweenaw, two western townships of Marquette and Ontanogan Counties. State Representative Scott Dianda is running for his third term to represent the people of Michigan’s 110th State House district. He has served on Michigan’s State Legislature since 2012. Scott Dianda has lived in the Upper Peninsula for […]

Sheriff Scott Celello is the Democratic Party candidate you need to vote for in Michigan’s 108th State House district on November 8. Counties in this district are Delta, Dickinson and Menominee. Born and raised in Iron Mountain, Scott Celello graduated from Iron Mountain High School and attended St. Norbert College. Work experience includes the oil […]

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 […]

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 […]

Three weeks ago the Michigan Department of Natural Resources announced Eagle Mine wanted approval for a mineral lease for 40 more acres in Michigamme Township, Marquette County, in the Upper Peninsula. The parcel in particular – NE1/4 NE1/4, Section 8, T50N,R29W. – contains the headwaters of Anderson Creek and the Yellow Dog River. The region […]

Dan Blondeau, the communications representative for Eagle Mine left two comments on the blog last week. Both of them are rather condescending and confrontational, but more importantly, they shed light on the issue with County Road 595. Both were left on the second installment of Eagle Mine Saga and were in response to a reader’s […]

Let’s recap Eagle Mine’s activities in Marquette County so far. First, the Marquette County Road Commission, being funded by a 501(c)(4) “social welfare” group called Stand U.P., sued the Environmental Protection Agency on July 8 over their temper tantrum with County Road 595. This road, running through Wildcat Canyon, would impact 26 acres of wetlands […]

A recent press release from Save The Wild UP, dated July 23, 2015, states that in January, the Humboldt processing facility for Eagle Mine put in a request for a new permit with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality to continue putting wastewater into local watersheds around the plant. The permit also asked to nearly […]