Upper Peninsula

A frozen pipe, a deep hole and a curious woman in the Upper Peninsula - it all adds up to a case for the Michigan Supreme Court. The court is hearing arguments Wednesday in a dispute between the city of Sault Ste. Marie and resident Alice Brown. She sued the city after falling into a 6-foot (2-meter) hole that was excavated to repair a water pipe near her home.

Marquette Mayor Tom Baldini has died after taking the top office for the city in Michigan's Upper Peninsula just last month. He was 74 years old. Mayor Pro-Tem Dave Campana says Baldini died Tuesday after suffering a stroke over the weekend. Baldini was a high school government teacher in Marquette for nearly 20 years before becoming an aide to then-Gov. James Blanchard in 1984. 

Strong storms have damaged campsites at Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

Storms on Friday and Saturday followed a severe storm on Oct. 24 that caused an initial round of damage at the park and elsewhere.

Park visitors are being encouraged to use caution on some roadways. Campsites in the park's higher elevations were blanketed in snow this weekend and more snow was in the forecast this week.

Elsewhere in the Upper Peninsula, the Oct. 24 storm caused high waves, strong winds, flooding, power outages and school closings.

A study of alternatives for generating more electricity in Michigan's Upper Peninsula shows that establishing a transmission link with Canada or drawing more power from the Lower Peninsula would cost more than they're worth.

Gov. Rick Snyder requested a feasibility analysis of connecting the eastern U.P. to Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, or to an existing transmission line near Gaylord. The study was led by the Midcontinent Independent System Operator, which oversees the electrical grid in the central United States and part of Canada.

State regulators have approved a utility's plan to build two natural gas-fueled power plants in the Upper Peninsula. The Michigan Public Service Commission on Wednesday endorsed Upper Michigan Energy Resources Corp.'s plan to build the plants in Negaunee and Baraga Townships at a cost of $277 million.

Authorities say two people are missing after apparently being swept into Lake Superior as high waves and winds whipped Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

The U.S. Coast Guard used a helicopter to search for the man and woman for several hours after they were reported missing Tuesday afternoon at Presque Isle Park in Marquette. The search was suspended, however, due to dangerous weather conditions. Names of those involved weren't immediately released.

A city in Michigan's Upper Peninsula has created a new fund to grow and leverage money for public art. 

The Marquette City Commission unanimously passed the new public art policy in recent weeks. The policy establishes the Public Art Fund and an official oversight body. The seven-member Marquette Public Art Commission will administer an annual contribution of $30,000 from the city's general fund to be put toward commissioning, purchasing and maintaining public art in the city.

An Upper Peninsula lodge built with federal aid during the Great Depression is up for sale. The Keweenaw County Board has received a $1.5 million offer for Keweenaw Mountain Lodge, which includes land, rooms, a nine-hole golf course and a string of cabins. James Henderson, president of Adoba Hotels, says he "loves historical properties."

The lodge is in Copper Harbor, Michigan, at the northernmost point of the state. Keweenaw County Board chairman Don Piche says four potential buyers have visited the site or requested a tour. The county can't afford to subsidize the property.

Property owners at a remote Upper Peninsula lake have defeated the federal government and won the right to use a powerboat. In a 2-1 decision Wednesday, a federal appeals court says Dave and Pamela Herr are entitled to reasonable use of Crooked Lake because they are lakefront owners

The court says Michigan law allows property owners like the Herrs to use all of a lake. In 2013, the U.S. Forest Service said it would enforce boat restrictions on 95 percent of the lake, which is part of a designated wilderness area.

Fishing season opens in Michigan's Upper Peninsula

May 15, 2017

Drop a line: Fishing season is starting in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. The state Department of Natural Resources says the seasons for walleye, northern pike and muskellunge open Monday for all Upper Peninsula waters. That includes the Great Lakes, inland waterways and the St. Marys River, which runs between Sault Ste. Marie and the city of the same name in Ontario.