Upper Peninsula

Upper Peninsula customers won’t see an electric rate increase this week, as federal regulators wait for more information about the region’s electricity use. 

When mining company Cliffs Natural Resources switched to a cheaper source of power, there wasn’t much demand left for WE Energies’ Presque Isle Power Plant near Marquette.  But a regional regulator called MISO said the plant couldn’t shut down it would compromise the reliability of the grid.

Monie Shackleford

Another wave of snow near Lake Superior continues to bury an area already blanketed from last week’s early winter storms.  The the wintry conditions are getting mixed reviews.

The Lake Superior snowbelt region of Hurley and Ironwood were hit especially hard with nearly feet of snow in areas.  Gracie Tadlock was not quite ready for so much, so early.  

“There is a lot.  It came fast.  It is kind of overwhelming.  I was actually hoping it wouldn’t come here until December but…after 30 below for as long as we did last year, the snow will be okay.”

Ann Sahlstrom

In the small town of Ewen in the Upper Peninsula, a wilderness art camp is well underway.  

It’s called the Visitors Center Artists Camp.  This week about fifteen artists are gathered for the camp’s first run.  They’ll be firing ceramics and pouring metal using simple and sustainable methods, and having an arts festival at the end of the week.  WXPR’s Natalie Jablonski sat down with two of the organizers behind the project to hear about how it began.  



Residents in Ontanagon County Michigan will soon have more access to medical transport.  Aspirus MedEvac is establishing a paramedic ambulance service near Ontanagon Hospital. 

SONCO Ambulance will continue to serve the area. 

But as Aspirus EMS and MedEvac Operations Manager Robert Kirkley explains, the new paramedic services offer a higher level of care when the situation calls for it.

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Controversy continues over a proposed iron mine in Iron and Ashland counties.  

While Wisconsin hasn’t seen an open pit mine in a while, some neighboring states have.  Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is home to a pair of open pit iron mines that have been operating for several decades.   

Standing on the edge of Empire Mine is like looking into an amphitheater far too big for any performance.  It’s a mile wide and a mile across.  1200 feet deep.  I start wondering how many swimming pools it would take to fill it.