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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 […]

The election scheduled for August 8, 2017 will provide voters an opportunity to make their voices heard on local issues in many Michigan counties. In the state house 1st and 109th districts, primary elections for new state representatives will take place. Former District 109 State Representative John Kivela died on May 9, 2017 after committing […]

The Michigan DNR confirmed there are cougars in the Lower Peninsula of Michigan today, releasing a photograph of the large cat strolling through a Clinton County neighborhood. This is not the first sighting of cougars in the Lower Peninsula, but it is the first time the DNR admitted it. The Michigan DNR to date confirmed […]

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 […]