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HOUGHTON, MI--   Wolf pups have been born on Isle Royale National Park for the first time since 2014.

Officials from the park and the State University of New York documented the arrival of at least two pups in 2019 and two litters of an unknown number of pups this year.

Seven wolves were relocated from an Ontario island and the mainland to Isle Royale in 2019. One of the females was likely pregnant. This year’s pups were bred on the island.

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HOUGHTON, MI (AP)--   An Upper Peninsula firefighter marched the steps of an ice arena for more than two hours to honor the first responders who died on 9/11.

Cory Lightfoot of Houghton typically goes to Lambeau Field, the home of the Green Bay Packers, to walk the steps in an annual 9/11 anniversary event. But the event was canceled because of the coronavirus. So Lightfoot took 1,980 steps Friday at MacInnes Ice Arena at Michigan Tech University.

It’s equal to walking the 110 stories of the World Trade Center in New York.

HOUGHTON, MI--   Michigan Technological University students are helping their own during the pandemic. 

To help alleviate the financial impact of COVID-19 the university distributed $350 grants from CARES Act funds to eligible students. But some aren’t eligible to receive cares act funding, like international students. Visa restrictions prevent them from working off-campus and they can’t go home due to international travel restrictions.

HOUGHTON, MI--   Michigan Technological University has started testing for COVID-19.

Tech has partnered with local hospitals to offer the testing, which can get a result within hours. Previous tests had to be sent downstate and results could take a week or more.

The new lab has the capacity to test up to 40 samples per hour on two machines. More equipment and staffing are already planned.

State labs have helped verify the accuracy and protocols of the Tech facility.

HOUGHTON, MI--   In an effort to mitigate the potential spread of the coronavirus Michigan Technological University is suspending face-to-face instruction effective Monday, March 16.

President Rick Koubek says while completing classes virtually, students may return to campus or stay home. Distance instruction will last at least through April 17.

Koubek says all international university-sponsored travel is canceled through April 17. Tech employees are urged to reconsider university-sponsored domestic travel, as well.

HOUGHTON, MI (AP)--   Volunteers have planted hundreds of trees to regenerate a forest in an Upper Peninsula college town. 

The work was done at Tech Trails in Houghton, at Michigan Technological University. Professor Sigrid Resh says emerald ash borers have thinned the forest, leaving gaps that are filling in with invasive species.

Resh says one of those undesirables is the Japanese barberry, which becomes ground cover in many forests. Besides planting trees, volunteers also dug up barberry plants.

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HOUGHTON, MI--   A satellite built by Michigan Tech students is now orbiting Earth.

The nanosatellite Oculus-ASR is named for its role as an orbiting eye. It rode the SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket into space June 25. The mission of the Oculus is to assist the U.S. Department of Defense in monitoring the plethora of space objects circling the globe more efficiently and accurately.

SpaceX founder Elon Musk says the nighttime launch was the most difficult to date. The Falcon Heavy’s center core failed to land on a drone ship designed to retrieve it.

HOUGHTON, MI--   Michigan Technological University is holding its 30th Annual Bioathlon Competition Wednesday. 

More than 50 students from 13 high schools in the U.P. and Wisconsin will compete in the event, which aims to stimulate interest and problem solving in biology among high school students.

Four-person teams will compete in four different biological areas: dissection, medical laboratory science, field ecology and forensic science. Participants have not had formal class work in biology beyond the traditional sophomore high school general biology course.

HOUGHTON, MI--   A former astronaut will address graduates at Michigan Tech’s commencement ceremony on Saturday. 

Lt. Col. Gregory H. Johnson is a former test pilot who logged more than 60 combat missions in the Middle East as a fighter pilot with the US Air Force. In 2006 he was selected to pilot the Space Shuttle Endeavour on a mission to assemble the International Space Station. That mission launched March 2008. Three years later, Johnson piloted Endeavour’s final flight to the ISS, the second-to-last space shuttle flight ever. 

ANN ARBOR, MI (AP)--   Three universities and a nonprofit group have joined a regional consortium that studies problems facing the Great Lakes and nearby communities.

The Cooperative Institute for Great Lakes Research is based at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Its 12 members work with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on research and development activities.

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