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Copper Country Today

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A weekly in-depth interview series highlighting the people who make Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula a great place to work, play and live.
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CCT 09-12-21 Superior Search and Rescue
Darian Reed talks about Superior Search and Rescue's expanding drone operations and their expansion into Ontonagon County.
27:49
September 12, 2021
CCT 09-12-21 UP Kids
Alysa Sutinen from UP Kids talks foster care and adoption. Both are more affordable than most believe, and there is a desperate need to help kids.
23:45
September 12, 2021
Copper Country Today 09-05-21
New hours means an open house at UP Health's Express Care Calumet location Tuesday, September 7th. Angela Luskin has more.
11:38
September 6, 2021
Copper Country Today 09-05-21 Capturing Kids Hearts
Vern Hazard discusses his 20 years of experience with the Capturing Kids' Hearts Program. The organization has actively mentored area districts on how to build better relationships with their students in recent years.
39:57
September 6, 2021
Copper Country Today 08-29-21 Community Night Out and Trails Fest
From Copper Harbor to Houghton/Hancock, lots of fun is planned this Labor Day weekend. Tara Arens from the Chamber and Christopher Guibert from the Copper Harbor Trails Club talk Community Night Out on September 4th and Trails Fest happening the 3rd through the 5th.
22:53
August 30, 2021
Copper Country Today 08-29-21 KISMA
MTU Associate Professor Sigrid Resh and student Connor Ford discuss the Keweenaw Invasive Species Management Area and its efforts to keep unwanted plants out of the tri-county area. The organization had nine students working for it this summer covering three projects.
29:19
August 30, 2021
Copper Country Today 08-22-21 Mary Jennings Rozsa Schedule
Seventy shows are being planned for this academic year at the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts and other department venues like the McArdle Theatre. Director Mary Jennings runs down the highlights.
21:04
August 23, 2021
Copper Country Today 08-22-21 Eric Waara Downtown Houghton
Houghton City Manager Eric Waara talks the new pier and the Governor's visit to check in on its construction progress, along with the future of the parking deck.
29:60
August 23, 2021
Copper Country Today 08-15-21 Pasty Fest
Leah Polzien from Main Street Calumet talks Pasty Fest happening this Saturday.
23:25
August 16, 2021
Copper Country Today 08-15-21 White-nose syndrome
Eastern Michigan University's Dr. Allen Kurta is the state's preeminent bat expert. He talks the effect of white-nose syndrome on local species and if he anticipates any impact should a proposed wind farm be approved.
28:00
August 16, 2021
Copper Country Today 08-08-21 Hancock Dog Park
Deb Mann and John Diebel of the Hancock Recreation Committee talk exciting news regarding the new Hancock Dog Park. There are two different opportunities for you to help out, one just by voting. Find out more information at this link or listen to the episode!
23:60
August 9, 2021
Copper Country Today 08-08-21 MTEC SmartZone's new CEO
David Rowe took over the helm at the MTEC SmartZone just last week. Find out more about the organization and the upcoming QuickStart event.
27:29
August 9, 2021
Copper Country Today 08-01-21 Dissecting Anatomy of a Murder
Ave Maria Law School Professor Eugene Milhizer is at Portage Lake District Library Wednesday night at 6 PM. Hear a preview of what he'll be talking about.
25:40
August 2, 2021
Copper Country Today 08-01-21 Canal View
Kim Salmi and Adam Laplander from Canal View - Houghton County talk about Tuesday's millage renewal, and what the funds will be going towards if the measure is approved by voters.
25:42
August 2, 2021
Copper Country Today 07-25-21 Summer Learning and Adventure Programs
Karen Eddy of Barkell Elementary School and Stacy Bussiere of Hancock Central High School/Middle School talked about the district's new summer programs. Northern Lights Summer Learning has 150 elementary students enrolled, a smashing success. Northern Lights Summer Adventure has featured fishing, paddleboarding, a hike at Mount Bohemia, and trips to Pictured Rocks and the Porkies are still on tap.
24:58
July 26, 2021
Copper Country Today 07-25 Keweenaw National Historical Park
Ranger Lynette Webber talks about the reopening of the park's Visitor Center, and some of the activities available for guests, including tours at several of the heritage sites that partner with the park.
26:02
July 26, 2021
Copper Country Today 07-18-21 Lake Superior Day
The third Sunday in July is marked as Lake Superior Day in Copper Harbor. Learn about the schedule of events and about Michigan Tech's Center for Science and Environmental Outreach. They'll have the research vessel Agassiz on hand through their Ride The Waves program sponsored by General Motors.
21:47
July 18, 2021
Copper Country Today 07-18-21 Powwow
Alden Connor Jr. and Raistlin Awonohopay of the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community talk the Powwow. It is back on after a one-year COVID hiatus the weekend of July 23-25. Learn about the schedule of events and just how important music and dance are to Ojibwe culture.
29:28
July 18, 2021
Copper Country Today 07-12-21 Guardians of the Keweenaw Ridge
A new nonprofit has formed in response to the proposed wind development in Adams and Stanton Townships.
23:22
July 12, 2021
Copper Country Today 07-11-21 Gail Ploe
Gail Ploe of the 906 FACE Project talks about a recent community survey on narcotic addiction. Over 50% of respondents (460+ in total) say they know someone who died from an overdose.
27:35
July 12, 2021
CCT 07-04-21 Isle Royale
New superintendent Denice Swanke gives us an update on how the summer season is unfolding at Isle Royale.
25:10
July 7, 2021
CCT 07-04-21 International Frisbee Tournament
Hancock City Councilor Ron Blau is also a longtime guts frisbee player. He stops by to preview this weekend's International Frisbee Tournament. If you want to play, it is not too late!
25:55
July 7, 2021
CCT 06-27-21 Goodwill
Gary Lishinski and Amy Juntenen talk about a lesser known Goodwill program aimed at helping disabled members of the community reach their full potential. They are hoping to find businesses and organizations willing to present to the group and host them for a visit.
22:11
June 29, 2021
CCT 06-27-21 Strawberry Festival
The return of the Copper Country Strawberry Festival is sure to be extra sweet this year. Judy Evert and Barb Worrall talk about the efforts of the Chassell Lions Club throughout the year, plus they dish on strawberry shortcake and more.
29:20
June 29, 2021
Copper Country Today 06-20-21 Pine Mountain Music Festival
The 30th Anniversary show is this Saturday for the Pine Mountain Music Festival. Learn more about what to expect for this year's performance with Diane and Charlie Eshbach.
27:11
June 21, 2021
Copper Country Today 06-20-21 Dial Help
With mental health in the spotlight, Dial Help is sharing tips with how you can help someone who is severely depressed, and potentially suicidal.
23:51
June 21, 2021
CCT 06-13-21 SAIL
SAIL's summer work program for students with disabilities begins this week. Learn how you can participate in the program as a Summer Job Coach.
25:28
June 14, 2021
CCT 06-13-21 Ed McBroom
State Senator Ed McBroom discusses a wide range of topics, including the potential overhaul of the Wolf Management Council and State Board of Education. 
25:25
June 14, 2021
06-06-21 CCT Keweenaw ATV Club
Daryl St. John and Mike McMahon of the Keweenaw ATV Club talk about the history of the trail system, its recovery from the Father's Day Flood, and how you can participate.
25:47
June 8, 2021
06-06-21 CCT Salvation Army
Peter Mackin of the Salvation Army discusses the transition to a service center at the Hancock location. It helped the organization tackle the immense challenges related to filling the needs of those displaced by Calumet's Fifth Street Fire.
25:43
June 8, 2021
Copper Country Today 05-30-21 UP Energy Task Force
Only one topic this week. Michigan Tech faculty member Roman Sidortsov took part in the Upper Peninsula Energy Task Force and he stops by to explain what this year's Phase Two report contains. We also recap spring 2020's examination on propane supply.
50:50
June 6, 2021
CCT 05-30-21 Greg Markkanen Legislative Update
State Representative Greg Markkanen gives a legislative update and talks about supporting the Enbridge Line Five pipeline.
26:00
May 30, 2021
CCT 05-23 Sarah Mills on Wind Farms
Sarah Mills, a lecturer at the University of Michigan and member of the Graham Sustainability Institute, talks about the future of wind projects in the Western Upper Peninsula. What are the effects on the budgets of local government? How many jobs come with a new wind farm? Find out the answers to those questions and more.
25:27
May 30, 2021
Huron Island Lighthouse Restoration
Refuge Manager Sara Siekierski talks about the road map to restoring the Huron Island Lighthouse, located east of the Abbaye Peninsula. You can get personally involved through the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community or the Huron Island Lighthouse Preservation Association. You can reach the association by phone or mail.  P.O. Box 381 L'Anse, MI 49946 906-524-6593
25:31
May 23, 2021
Portage Lake District Library's Rabbit Island collaboration
The Portage Lake District Library is teaming up with the Rabbit Island School again this summer. Find out the details with Executive Director Dillon Geshel.
25:30
May 23, 2021
CCT 05-09 Portage Health Foundation
Kevin Store from the Portage Health Foundation discusses how the organization is beginning to find a cohesive purpose behind all of the projects it becomes involved with. We recap some of their most recent efforts and what can be expected in the future.
39:54
May 16, 2021
CCT 05-09 National Charrette Institute
Director Holly Madill talks about the history of the National Charrette Institute. It has developed a specific process to help local governments involve all necessary parties and the public to join together to solve an area's most complicated problems.
25:11
May 16, 2021
Civil Air Patrol
Kevin Cadeau and Commander Jeffrey Burl stop by to talk about the Copper Country Civil Air Patrol Squadron. The group was involved in the search for Cam Besonen. They also talk about various educational opportunities and their new cadet program for 12 to 21 year olds. If you are interested in learning more, the group meets Monday evenings at the Houghton County Memorial Airport. In-person gatherings will begin again after the COVID-19 pandemic is over.
24:59
May 9, 2021
Senior Design - Mechanized Swing
All kinds of guests in this segment from May 2nd. Advisor Aleksandr Sergeyev along with Michigan Tech students Heather Harris, Joe Barbercheck, Seth Cherry, and Cole Kubick discuss a special Senior Design project for a disabled girl in Alabama.
26:30
May 9, 2021
CCT 04-25 Dial Help Sexual Assault Awareness Month
April was National Sexual Assault Awareness Month. I talked with Dial Help about how they are leveraging the spotlight to raise the profile of such a serious issue locally.
25:39
May 2, 2021
CCT 04-25 Houghton County Recycling
Brad Austin from Recycle 906 talks about building a regional center in Marquette and how the new single-stream program in Houghton County fits into those plans. You can visit the transfer station in Atlantic Mine Tuesday through Thursday during normal business hours.
32:18
May 2, 2021
CCT 04-18 Segment B The Perils of Addiction
Dr. Zach DeYoung from Upper Great Lakes Family Health Center discusses his experience treating addiction in the Copper Country.
33:20
April 25, 2021
CCT 04-18 Segment A Local 4-H'er elected to State Youth Leadership Council
I sit down with Micaela Geberkoff from Houghton High School on being elected to the Michigan 4-H State Youth Leadership Council. Only 12 people are selected each year.
25:32
April 25, 2021
Michael Lutz - Omega House
Fresh off of a recent fundraiser, Omega House Executive Director Michael Lutz discusses the organization's history, the various programs it offers, and why community support is important to Omega House. 
25:32
April 14, 2021
Heather French - Lake Linden/Hubbell Middle School-High School
Fresh off her nomination as Regional Teacher of the Year, Heather French talks about the process to crown  a winner statewide. She talks about her teaching philosophy and how she handles teaching multiple subjects for multiple age groups, as well as what makes the Copper Country a great place to teach.
25:28
April 14, 2021
CCT 04-04-21 Segment B Severe Weather
Matthew Zika from National Weather Service - Marquette talks about what kinds of weather events threaten the Copper Country in spring and summer. He also talks about forecasting and advances in meteorological technology, plus how you can help provide data ranging from temperature to snow and rainfall totals.
25:42
April 5, 2021
CCT 04-04-21 Segment A MTU Jazz Program
Director of Jazz Studies at MTU Adam Meckler has big plans for the program. He's hoping to build on a rich history by adding some new faculty members. There's now a third ensemble, specializing this year in New Orleans brass music. Learn more about Tech Jazz and how you can keep up on their exploits in the coming months.
39:15
April 5, 2021
03-28 CCT Segment B : Real Estate Market
Gretchen Janssen and Karen Lahti from RE/Max Douglass Real Estate in Houghton talk about the importance of the spring and summer for the area's housing market and today's historically tight conditions.
25:44
March 28, 2021
03-28 CCT Segment A : Barbara Kettle Gundlach Shelter Home
Executive Director Mary Niemela discusses moving to a new location in Calumet and how the public can help transform the space into a welcoming shelter for those dealing with domestic abuse.
25:30
March 28, 2021
CCT 03-21-21 Segment B UP and Moving!
Michigan Tech Associate Professor Steve Elmer and graduate student Isaac Wedig talk about their work to get UP and Moving! off the ground. The program is designed to help create workouts that can be done from home with minimal equipment. They talk about their research on the benefits of regular exercise and how it might be important in the fight against COVID-19.
27:03
March 22, 2021
CCT 03-21-21 Segment A Veterans Service Offices
Houghton County Veteran Service Officer Joe Battisfore and Keweenaw County's Derek Parkinen discussed splitting off a new branch in Allouez. They also talked about how they can help veterans with medical benefits, a new home loan, and much more.
25:31
March 22, 2021
Coast Guard Cutter Mesquite; Maple syrup
Grant Dossetto talked with Eric Smith of WNMU on his recent presentation about the wreck of the Coast Guard Cutter Mesquite and its final resting place in Keystone Bay. Joe Miller from Superior Sugar Bush dishes on how maple syrup has gone from a hobby of his to a commercial enterprise. His trees have been tapped for almost a month now.
52:50
March 15, 2021
UP French Canadian History, KNA purchase of Gratiot River land
On this week's Copper Country Today, Grant Dossetto spoke with Northern Michigan University historian Russell Magnaghi about the historical contributions of French Canadians in the Upper Peninsula. He was also joined by John Griffith of Keweenaw Natural Areas to talk about the group's attempt to purchase land on the Gratiot River between Conglomerate Falls and Lake Superior. Copper Country Today airs throughout Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula Sunday mornings at 7:00 on WOLV 97.7 FM, 8:00 WCCY 99.3 FM and 1400 AM, and 9:00 on WHKB 102.3 FM. The program is sponsored by the Portage Health Foundation.
52:50
March 5, 2021
Finlandia Nursing, Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team
On this week's Copper Country Today program, the Finlandia Health Sciences program is settling into its new home at the former Hancock school. Todd VanDyke talks with Fredi de Yampert and Lori Sullivan about the program and the move. Grant Dossetto gets a drug enforcement update from the Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team. Copper Country Today airs throughout Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula Sunday mornings at 7:00 on WOLV 97.7 FM, 8:00 WCCY 99.3 FM and 1400 AM, and 9:00 on WHKB 102.3 FM. The program is sponsored by the Portage Health Foundation.
52:51
February 26, 2021
Upper Peninsula Poet Laureate M. Bartley Siegel; Exchange Students with Lauren Scherr
On this week's Copper Country Today program, Todd VanDyke meets the U.P.’s new poet laureate, M. Bartley Siegel. And, has the COVID-19 pandemic affected the status of high school foreign exchange students? Grant Dossetto talks with Lauren Scherr from from International Cultural Exchange Services. Copper Country Today airs throughout Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula Sunday mornings at 7:00 on WOLV 97.7 FM, 8:00 WCCY 99.3 FM and 1400 AM, and 9:00 on WHKB 102.3 FM. The program is sponsored by the Portage Health Foundation.
52:50
February 21, 2021
MainStreet Calumet, New Power Tour
On this week's Copper Country Today, a grassroots effort is forming that could save some historic buildings in Calumet. Leah Polzien from Main Street Calumet brings details. And, after a very cold week, Todd VanDyke talks energy costs and solutions with Melissa Davis from New Power Tour. Copper Country Today airs throughout Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula Sunday mornings at 7:00 on WOLV 97.7 FM, 8:00 WCCY 99.3 FM and 1400 AM, and 9:00 on WHKB 102.3 FM. The program is sponsored by the Portage Health Foundation.
52:51
February 8, 2021
Copper Island Academy, CopperDog 150
On this week's Copper Country Today program, a local charter school is being organized. Todd VanDyke talks with Nora Laho and Steve Aho from the Copper Island Academy. And, there will be a CopperDog 150 this year, but it will be different. Doug Harrer fills us in. Copper Country Today airs throughout Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula Sunday mornings at 7:00 on WOLV 97.7 FM, 8:00 WCCY 99.3 FM and 1400 AM, and 9:00 on WHKB 102.3 FM. The program is sponsored by the Portage Health Foundation.
52:51
February 5, 2021
MTU Winter Carnival; Houghton-Keweenaw Communities That Care
On this week's Copper Country Today program, we get a Winter Carnival preview with Scott Sviland from the MTU Blue Key Society. Todd VanDyke talks with Hannah Butkovich from Houghton-Keweenaw Communities that Care about how the pandemic has affected their programs for middle and high school kids. Copper Country Today airs throughout Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula Sunday mornings at 7:00 on WOLV 97.7 FM, 8:00 WCCY 99.3 FM and 1400 AM, and 9:00 on WHKB 102.3 FM. The program is sponsored by the Portage Health Foundation.
52:51
January 28, 2021
Gail Ploe, FACE Program; Jeff Ratcliffe, KEDA
On this week's Copper Country Today program, Todd VanDyke talks with Gail Ploe from the Western Upper Peninsula Health Department about a new effort that is trying to build support programs for family members and others close to those who are battling addiction. Jeff Ratcliffe from the Keweenaw Economic Development Alliance checks in with an update on how small businesses in the Keweenaw are faring as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. Copper Country Today airs throughout Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula Sunday mornings at 7:00 on WOLV 97.7 FM, 8:00 WCCY 99.3 FM and 1400 AM, and 9:00 on WHKB 102.3 FM. The program is sponsored by the Portage Health Foundation.
52:51
January 23, 2021
Houghton Lakeshore Development; Western U.P. Health Department
On this week's Copper Country Today program - where does Houghton stand now with the big parking deck? City manager Eric Waara lays it out. When can you get your COVID vaccine? Kate Beer from the Western Upper Peninsula Health Department brings the latest. Copper Country Today airs throughout Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula Sunday mornings at 7:00 on WOLV 97.7 FM, 8:00 WCCY 99.3 FM and 1400 AM, and 9:00 on WHKB 102.3 FM. The program is sponsored by the Portage Health Foundation.
52:50
January 16, 2021
Snowmobile Trails, U.P. Human Trafficking
This week on Copper Country Today, Todd VanDyke hits the trails with John Stachler from the Keweenaw Snowmobile Club. And, Stephanie Krieger from the U.P. Human Trafficking Task Force brings us up to date on a serious problem that all too often stays under the radar. Copper Country Today airs throughout Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula Sunday mornings at 7:00 on WOLV 97.7 FM, 8:00 WCCY 99.3 FM and 1400 AM, and 9:00 on WHKB 102.3 FM. The program is sponsored by the Portage Health Foundation.
52:51
January 10, 2021
"Tomorrow's Talent Series"; New Year's Resolutions
On this week's Copper Country Today program, a new effort is underway to introduce kids to great careers here in the Upper Peninsula. Cassy Tefft de Muñoz from Michigan Tech has details. Todd VanDyke asks Aspirus dietician Anna Mooi for some help in setting and keeping New Year's resolutions. Copper Country Today airs throughout Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula Sunday mornings at 7:00 on WOLV 97.7 FM, 8:00 WCCY 99.3 FM and 1400 AM, and 9:00 on WHKB 102.3 FM. The program is sponsored by the Portage Health Foundation.
52:51
January 2, 2021
Copper Country Humane Society; UPCAP Dementia Class
On this week's Copper Country Today, Joe Cooper brings an update from the Copper Country Humane Society. Host Todd VanDyke talks with Della Juliano from UPCAP, who provides advice for interacting with relatives who are dealing with dementia. Learn about a series of classes that begins soon. Copper Country Today airs throughout Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula Sunday mornings at 7:00 on WOLV 97.7 FM, 8:00 WCCY 99.3 FM and 1400 AM, and 9:00 on WHKB 102.3 FM. The program is sponsored by the Portage Health Foundation.
52:50
December 26, 2020
COVID-19 Forums; Portage Lake District Library
On this week's Copper Country Today, Steve Elmer and Kelly Kamm from Michigan Tech share the latest on the virus, and wrap up the fall series of COVID-19 Town Halls they hosted. And, the Portage Lake District Library has launched a new winter reading program. Todd VanDyke talks with Dillon Geshel about that, and other library updates. Copper Country Today airs throughout Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula Sunday mornings at 7:00 on WOLV 97.7 FM, 8:00 WCCY 99.3 FM and 1400 AM, and 9:00 on WHKB 102.3 FM. The program is sponsored by the Portage Health Foundation.
52:51
December 17, 2020
Dr. Bob Lorinser, Dr. Douglas Tice
On this week's Copper Country Today program, Todd VanDyke talks with new Western Upper Peninsula Health Department medical director Dr. Bob Lorinser about topics that include the new COVID-19 vaccine. And, orthopedic surgeon Dr. Douglas Tice from Aspirus shares advice about getting ready for the winter outdoor sports season. Copper Country Today airs throughout Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula Sunday mornings at 7:00 on WOLV 97.7 FM, 8:00 WCCY 99.3 FM and 1400 AM, and 9:00 on WHKB 102.3 FM. The program is sponsored by the Portage Health Foundation.
52:50
December 11, 2020
Copper Country Alcoholics Anonymous, Finnish Independence Day
On this week's Copper Country Today program, Todd VanDyke talks with two Alcoholics Anonymous leaders about maintaining sobriety in the holiday season during a pandemic. And, on Finnish Independence Day, Jim Kurtti from the Finish-American Heritage Center shares what freedom in the motherland meant to Finnish immigrants in the Keweenaw.  Copper Country Today airs throughout Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula Sunday mornings at 7:00 on WOLV 97.7 FM, 8:00 WCCY 99.3 FM and 1400 AM, and 9:00 on WHKB 102.3 FM. The program is sponsored by the Portage Health Foundation.
52:51
December 5, 2020
Dial Help's Work with Abused Children; Portage Health Foundation Giving Tuesday
On this week's Copper Country Today program, Todd VanDyke talks with Heather Saari from Dial Help, about a new approach they're taking to interact with abused children. Mike Babcock from the Portage Health Foundation shares how Copper Country residents can multiply their gifts to as many as 18 local nonprofits on Giving Tuesday. Copper Country Today airs throughout Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula Sunday mornings at 7:00 on WOLV 97.7 FM, 8:00 WCCY 99.3 FM and 1400 AM, and 9:00 on WHKB 102.3 FM. The program is sponsored by the Portage Health Foundation.
52:50
November 26, 2020
Little Brothers, Keweenaw Convention and Visitors Bureau
On this week's Copper Country Today program, how did the pandemic affect our summer tourist season, and what are the prospects for winter? Todd VanDyke talked with Brad Barnett from the Keweenaw Convention and Visitors Bureau. Little Brothers will serve Thanksgiving dinners - but much differently than usual. Cathy Kass-Aten explained how the organization is adjusting to the COVID-19 pandemic. Copper Country Today airs throughout Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula Sunday mornings at 7:00 on WOLV 97.7 FM, 8:00 WCCY 99.3 FM and 1400 AM, and 9:00 on WHKB 102.3 FM. The program is sponsored by the Portage Health Foundation.
52:50
November 20, 2020
COVID Update, Firearm Deer Season
On this week's Copper Country Today, Todd VanDyke talks with Kate Beer from the Western U.P. Health Department about how our spiraling COVID-19 numbers have forced changes in how authorities are dealing with the pandemic. And, on Opening Day, we get our annual deer hunt update from John Depue and Mark Pomeroy of the DNR. Copper Country Today airs throughout Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula Sunday mornings at 7:00 on WOLV 97.7 FM, 8:00 WCCY 99.3 FM and 1400 AM, and 9:00 on WHKB 102.3 FM. The program is sponsored by the Portage Health Foundation.
52:50
November 13, 2020
Rolf Peterson, Kristina Penfold
On this week's Copper Country Today program, wolves are no longer federally protected. What will that mean to the U.P population? Todd VanDyke talks with wolf expert Rolf Peterson. Kristina Penfold from the Copper Country Intermediate School District discusses how local schools are teaching kids with developmental disabilities. Copper Country Today airs throughout Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula Sunday mornings at 7:00 on WOLV 97.7 FM, 8:00 WCCY 99.3 FM and 1400 AM, and 9:00 on WHKB 102.3 FM. The program is sponsored by the Portage Health Foundation.
52:50
November 6, 2020
Barbara Kettle Gundlach Shelter, Main Street Calumet
On this week's Copper Country Today, the Barbara Kettle Gundlach Shelter celebrates 40 years serving victims of domestic violence, and prepares for a move. Todd VanDyke welcomes Mary Niemela, with the latest. And, a Red Jacket update - Todd talks with Main Street Calumet director Leah Polzien. Copper Country Today airs throughout Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula Sunday mornings at 7:00 on WOLV 97.7 FM; 8:00 WCCY 99.3 FM and 1400 AM, and 9:00 on WHKB 102.3 FM. The program is sponsored by the Portage Health Foundation.
52:50
October 29, 2020
Houghton County Clerk Jennifer Kelly; Third District Candidates Glenn Anderson, Dan Holcomb
On this week's Copper Country Today, Todd VanDyke talks with Houghton County Clerk Jennifer Kelly about her re-election bid, and about early voting procedures. Her opponent, Justin Kasieta, did not respond to our invitation to appear on the program. Todd also talks with the two candidates running for the third district county board seat - Democratic incumbent Glenn Anderson, and Republican challenger Dan Holcomb. Copper Country Today airs throughout Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula Sunday mornings at 7:00 on WOLV 97.7 FM; 8:00 WCCY 99.3 FM and 1400 AM, and 9:00 on WHKB 102.3 FM. The program is sponsored by the Portage Health Foundation.
52:50
October 25, 2020
Hancock City Council At-Large Candidates
On this week's Copper Country Today, Todd VanDyke talks with the four candidates running for one at-large Hancock City Council seat. We hear from incumbent John Haeussler, and challengers James De Clerck, Margo Pizzi and Robert Stites. Why are they running, and what is their vision for Hancock? Copper Country Today airs throughout Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula Sunday mornings at 7:00 on WOLV 97.7 FM; 8:00 WCCY 99.3 FM and 1400 AM, and 9:00 on WHKB 102.3 FM. The program is sponsored by the Portage Health Foundation.
52:50
October 17, 2020
Houghton City Council Election
This week on Copper Country Today, Todd VanDyke talks with the five candidates running for three open Houghton City Council seats in the November 3rd election. We hear from incumbents John Sullivan and Buck Foltz, and challengers Jan Cole, Brian Irizarry and Joan Suits. Find out where they stand on waterfront development and other issues. Copper Country Today airs throughout Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula Sunday mornings at 7:00 on WOLV 97.7 FM; 8:00 WCCY 99.3 FM and 1400 AM, and 9:00 on WHKB 102.3 FM. The program is sponsored by the Portage Health Foundation.
52:51
October 10, 2020
Greg Markkanen, Janet Metsa
On this week's Copper Country Today program, Todd VanDyke talks with candidates for the Michigan 110th State House seat - Republican incumbent Greg Markkanen, and Democratic challenger Janet Metsa. Copper Country Today airs throughout Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula Sunday mornings at 7:00 on WOLV 97.7 FM; 8:00 WCCY 99.3 FM and 1400 AM, and 9:00 on WHKB 102.3 FM. The program is sponsored by the Portage Health Foundation.
52:50
October 1, 2020
Houghton County Commission Candidates; COVID-19 Update
This week on Copper Country Today, Todd VanDyke talks with three candidates running for the Houghton County Commission - Amber Broderson and Tom Tikkanen in the first district, and Al Koskela in the second. Kate Beer from the Western U-P Health Department discusses the recent spike in COVID-19 cases, and why schools have been told to stop face-to-face instruction for two weeks. Copper Country Today airs throughout Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula Sunday mornings at 7:00 on WOLV 97.7 FM; 8:00 WCCY 99.3 FM and 1400 AM, and 9:00 on WHKB 102.3 FM. The program is sponsored by the Portage Health Foundation.
52:50
September 25, 2020
Hancock City Council Third Ward Candidates
On this week's Copper Country Today, Todd VanDyke talks with the three candidates running for the third ward seat on the Hancock City Council:  incumbent John Slivon, and challengers Kurt Rickard and Tim Givens. We get a quick update about an exciting development at the Barbara Kettle Gundlach Shelter. And, we wrap up our series on Addiction in the Copper Country. Copper Country Today airs throughout Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula Sunday mornings at 7:00 on WOLV 97.7 FM; 8:00 WCCY 99.3 FM and 1400 AM, and 9:00 on WHKB 102.3 FM. The program is sponsored by the Portage Health Foundation.
52:51
September 18, 2020
Houghton County Sheriff's Candidates
On this week's Copper Country Today program, we began our coverage of the November election by meeting the three candidates who will appear on the ballot for Houghton County Sheriff - incumbent Brian McLean, Josh Saarinen and Roger Sullivan. We got an update on the Parade of Nations from Will Schuett at MTU.  And, our series on Addiction in the Copper Country continued. Copper Country Today airs throughout Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula Sunday mornings at 7:00 on WOLV 97.7 FM; 8:00 WCCY 99.3 FM and 1400 AM, and 9:00 on WHKB 102.3 FM. The program is sponsored by the Portage Health Foundation.
52:50
September 10, 2020
MTU COVID-19 Update; CCISD Superintendent George Stockero
On this week's Copper Country Today, Todd VanDyke talks with Steven Elmer and Kelly Kamm from Michigan Tech about the latest COVID news, and about a series of community COVID forums that will be presented this fall online, and on our station WOLV-FM, 97.7 The Wolf. George Stockero from the Copper Country Intermediate School District discusses the challenges of getting ready for an awkward start to the school year. And, our series on Addiction in the Copper Country continues. Copper Country Today airs throughout Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula Sunday mornings at 7:00 on WOLV 97.7 FM; 8:00 WCCY 99.3 FM and 1400 AM, and 9:00 on WHKB 102.3 FM. The program is sponsored by the Portage Health Foundation.
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August 28, 2020
State of the Great Lakes Report; Houghton County Fair
On this week's Copper Country Today, EGLE’s annual "State of the Great Lakes Report" is out. Todd VanDyke talks with Emily Finnell and Stefanie Swart about the Copper Country's greatest natural resource. Chris Miller checks in from the Houghton County Fair - find out what activities will take place. Our Addiction in the Copper Country series continues, as well. Copper Country Today airs throughout Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula Sunday mornings at 7:00 on WOLV 97.7 FM; 8:00 WCCY 99.3 FM and 1400 AM, and 9:00 on WHKB 102.3 FM. The program is sponsored by the Portage Health Foundation.
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August 22, 2020
Marlin Lee from the Calumet Theatre; Aspirus ophthalmologist Dr. Dustin Wasylik
This week on Copper Country Today, host Todd VanDyke talks with Marlin Lee about the pandemic’s effect on the Calumet Theatre, and shows that are still planned. Aspirus ophthalmologist Dustin Wasylik discusses children's eye health, as they head back to school. And, our series on Addiction in the Copper Country continues. Copper Country Today airs throughout Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula Sunday mornings at 7:00 on WOLV 97.7 FM; 8:00 WCCY 99.3 FM and 1400 AM, and 9:00 on WHKB 102.3 FM. The program is sponsored by the Portage Health Foundation.
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August 14, 2020
Houghton city manager Eric Waara; John Griffith from Keweenaw Natural Areas
On this week's Copper Country Today program, Houghton just finished a major downtown parking study. Todd VanDyke talks with city manager Eric Waara about what they learned. John Griffith from Keweenaw Natural Areas shares information about the drive to open more Copper Country land to the public. And, our special series on Addiction in the Copper Country continues. Copper Country Today airs throughout Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula Sunday mornings at 7:00 on WOLV 97.7 FM; 8:00 WCCY 99.3 FM and 1400 AM, and 9:00 on WHKB 102.3 FM. The program is sponsored by the Portage Health Foundation.
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August 6, 2020
Keweenaw Outdoor Recreation Coalition; Dial Help Victims Services
On the August 2nd edition of Copper Country Today, Todd VanDyke talks with Jim Vivian and Gina Nicholas from the Keweenaw Outdoor Recreation Coalition about their efforts to make more land accessible for public use. Virginia Lambert and Paige Setter-Hallwachs from Dial Help share information about the services they offer the victims of crime and sexual assault, and how community members can volunteer to assist their efforts. Copper Country Today airs throughout Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula Sunday mornings at 7:00 on WOLV 97.7 FM; 8:00 WCCY 99.3 FM and 1400 AM, and 9:00 on WHKB 102.3 FM. The program is sponsored by the Portage Health Foundation.
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July 30, 2020
State Representative Greg Markkanen; Portage Lake District Library director Dillon Geshel
State Representative Greg Markkanen provided an update about issues in Lansing that affect the Copper Country, including preparations to reopen schools in the fall. Dillon Geshel from the Portage Lake District Library provided an update about the library's services, as activities resume following the COVID-19 shutdown. Copper Country Today airs throughout Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula Sunday mornings at 7:00 on WOLV 97.7 FM; 8:00 WCCY 99.3 FM and 1400 AM, and 9:00 on WHKB 102.3 FM. The program is sponsored by the Portage Health Foundation.
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July 24, 2020
Houghton County Clerk Jennifer Kelly, and Copper Country Community Arts Center director Cynthia Coté
On the July 19, 2020 edition of Copper Country Today, Todd VanDyke talks with Houghton County Clerk Jennifer Kelly about registration and early voting in the August 4th primary election. Cynthia Coté from the Copper Country Community Arts Center previews the Detroit Institute of Arts Inside Out exhibit that's coming to the City of Hancock. Copper Country Today airs throughout Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula Sunday mornings at 7:00 on WOLV 97.7 FM; 8:00 WCCY 99.3 FM and 1400 AM, and 9:00 on WHKB 102.3 FM. The program is sponsored by the Portage Health Foundation.
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July 15, 2020
Constitution Party presidential candidate Don Blankenship and vice-presidential candidate William Mohr
Todd VanDyke interviews Constitution Party presidential candidate Don Blankenship and vice-presidential candidate William Mohr. Copper Country Today airs throughout Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula Sunday mornings at 7:00 on WOLV 97.7 FM; 8:00 WCCY 99.3 FM and 1400 AM, and 9:00 on WHKB 102.3 FM. The program is sponsored by the Portage Health Foundation.
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July 9, 2020
Democratic 110th Michigan House candidate Casey VerBerkmoes; Ben Ciavola from the Houghton Waterfront Redevelopment Citizens Group
This week on Copper Country Today, Todd VanDyke talks with Casey VerBerkmoes, candidate for the Democratic nomination for the 110th state house seat. Ben Ciavola from the Houghton Waterfront Redevelopment Citizens Group explains why the group wants the City of Houghton to re-start the Lakeshore Drive Redevelopment process, and discusses the vote they’ve added to the August 4th ballot.  Our special series focuses on the Stigma of Addiction. Copper Country Today airs in Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula Sundays at 7:00 on WOLV 97.7 FM... 8:00 on WCCY, 99.3 FM and AM 1400, and 9:00 on WHKB 102.3 FM. It is sponsored by the Portage Health Foundation.
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July 4, 2020
Baraga County Sheriff candidates Joe Brogan and Jim Gabe
Meet Joe Brogan and Jim Gabe, the two candidates for Baraga County Sheriff running in the Republican primary August 4th. Because there is no announced Democrat, the primary winner will likely become the new sheriff. Copper Country Today is broadcast locally on Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula each Sunday morning at 7:00 on WOLV 97.7 FM, 8:00 on WCCY 1400 AM and 99.3 FM, and 9:00 on WHKB 102.3 FM. The program is sponsored by the Portage Health Foundation.
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June 24, 2020
Democratic State Senate Candidate Lawrence Dale, and Portage Health Foundation Director Kevin Store
On this week's Copper Country Today, Todd VanDyke talks with Lawrence Dale, a candidate for the Democratic nomination for the 110th Michigan State House seat, about his views. Portage Health Foundation Executive Director Kevin Store discusses what his organization is doing to assist the Copper Country in dealing with effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Copper Country Today airs Sunday mornings at 7:00 on radio station WOLV-FM, 8:00 on WCCY, and 9:00 on WHKB-FM, on Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula. The program is sponsored by the Portage Health Foundation.
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June 19, 2020
Democratic Congressional Candidates Linda O'Dell and Dana Ferguson
Interviews with contenders for the Democratic nomination for Michigan's First U.S. House district. Copper Country Today is brought to you by the Portage Health Foundation.
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June 12, 2020
Welcome to Copper Country Today!
This decades-old radio program is now live wherever you listen to podcasts! Today we'll hear from Todd Van Dyke as he introduces the show. Come back every weekend for the latest episode!  Thanks to Portage Health Foundation for sponsoring Copper Country Today. 
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