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Canal Run Registration Open; 40th Anniversary Event

The Canal Run is celebrating 40 years on Saturday July 18, 2015. Be a part of history and celebrate this great community event by participating or volunteering.  Registration is open for the 5-mile walk, 5-mile run, 10-mile walk, 10-mile run or the half marathon! This is the Keweenaw’s premier running event, with chip timing, a commemorative Canal Run t-shirt, free professional photo downloads and much, much more. For more information, go to http://hancockcanalrun.com

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Health & Safety Fair; Free Skin Cancer Screening June 6

U.P. Health System Portage will hold its annual health and safety fair on Saturday, June 6, 2015, starting at 9 am. The event will include free skin cancer screening, as well as free screenings for total cholesterol, blood glucose, hemoglobin, bone density, blood pressure and many more. There will be tons of giveaways, chair massages, healthy food samples, great raffles, and a car seat clinic. The event runs from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. (skin cancer screenings through 1 pm). Please schedule an appointment for the skin cancer screenings by emailing aluskin@portagehealth.org

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Swedetown Trails Spring Prep and Clean-up

The Swedetown Trails Club has scheduled a spring prep and clean-up for Saturday, May 9, from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm, followed by a pot-luck lunch at the chalet. There will be specific tasks to work on in groups.  Bring a friend, a dish to pass, beverage of choice, and tools if you have them. The club will provide the main dish, juice, water, beautiful trails, even more friends, and extra tools.

Swedetown Trailelves are looking for dedicated people or groups to adopt specific trails for the summer. Please consider adopting a trail so we can keep Swedetown Trails in great shape. To adopt contact trailelves@googlegroups.com. Adopting a trail means that you will work to keep that section of trail clipped back and clear for biking and foot sports during the non-snow months. You do not need to be able to run a chainsaw, just use loppers, toss branches off trails and maybe wield a weed wacker.

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Green Film Series to Show “Symphony of the Soil”

The next Green Film Series selection is “Symphony of the Soil,” to be shown Thursday, April 16, at 7 pm in Hesterberg Hall of the Michigan Tech forestry building. the series is presented by the Keweenaw Land Trust. Continue reading →

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Swedetown Will End Grooming for the Season March 29

Considering trail condition, weather and low numbers of skiers, Swedetown will end grooming for the season on Sunday, March 29. First day of grooming for the season was November 11, 2014, after a 24″ snowfall. Remember that? From zero to mid-winter conditions in one fell swoop! That’s 4.5 months of skiing at Swedetown this season.

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Green Film Series Continues March 19: DamNation

The March showing for the 2015 Green Film Series is DamNation, to be shown on Thursday, March 19 ay 7 pm in Hesterberg Hall at the Michigan Tech forestry Building. DamNation examines the changes in national attitude from pride in big dams as engineering wonders to growing awareness that our future is bound to the health of our rivers. Continue reading →

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Spring Grooming and Skier Courtesy

As spring conditions come to the Keweenaw, the grooming pattern changes from the typical winter early morning effort to an evening affair. Groomers will refresh the skate lanes daily and occasionally re-set the classic tracks.

Early evening grooming allows the trail to “set up” overnight, meaning that the day’s ruts are removed and the snow re-freezes in that corduroy pattern we love to see. This process also allows the trail to maintain snow for as long as possible, while providing excellent spring skiing.

A groomed trail is not necessarily ready for skiing. When groomers are out in the early evening, it is tempting to follow them Continue reading →

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