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Arts Minigrant Applications Being Accepted

Applications are now being accepted for this year’s Arts Projects Minigrants. The money comes from the Michigan Council for the Arts. The grants are administered by the Copper Country Community Arts Council. Non-profits, municipalities, libraries and K-12 schools in Houghton, Baraga, Keweenaw, Ontonagon, Gogebic and Iron Counties are eligible.  Grants …

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“A Healthier You” Session Tonight

UP Health System – Portage will kick off its series of community events for 2021 tonight at 6:00 with an online presentation called “A Healthier You.” Health professionals including dietitians, exercise specialists and physical therapists will explain how small steps can lead to big improvements in people’s health. Participants will …

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Tigers Sign Free Agent Outfielder – Wednesday Sports Wrap

MTU Michigan Tech’s Blake Pietila has been named National Goaltender of the Month for December by the Hockey Commissioners Association. A former MTU goalie has also been honored. Tony Esposito was named to the Western Collegiate hockey Association All-1960s Team yesterday. Esposito led the Huskies to the 1965 NCAA championship. …

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Iconic Houghton Miner Statue Damaged

You may have noticed that Downtown Houghton’s official greeter is missing in action. The Miner statue at Franklin Square that welcomes folks into the city’s downtown was hit by a car late Sunday night. The driver of the car wasn’t injured, but city officials say the miner was severely damaged. …

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Keweenaw Chamber Manager Departing

The manager of the Keweenaw Chamber of Commerce is leaving. Tara Arens confirmed the news on social media yesterday, saying she will depart at the end of the month. The Chamber will hold its annual meeting next Wednesday. The virtual gathering will include the election of three board members. Log-in …

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Whiskey Partnership Produces Calumet Theatre Donation

The partnership between the makers of Copper Queen whiskey and the Calumet Theatre has produced another dividend for the theatre. Copper Queen was originally brewed in Calumet in the early 20th century. Iron Fish Distillery in Thompsonville revived the historic brand two years ago, with a commitment to share proceeds …

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Local COVID Numbers Rising Again

COVID-19 numbers are headed back upward in the Western Upper Peninsula.  The latest report from the Western U.P. Health Department includes 77 new confirmed positives since the previous update was released December 28th. That’s more than the previous two weeks combined. 40 were in Houghton County, 16 in Baraga County, …

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Federal Court Denies Another Legal Challenge to Michigan’s Vote

Yet another legal attempt to throw out Michigan’s November election results has been thrown out of court. Yesterday, US District Judge James Boasberg denied a request for a preliminary injunction in the case of Wisconsin Voters Alliance et.al. v Vice President Michael R Pence et.al. A group of Michigan voters …

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Bergman to Oppose Michigan Electors

First District U.S. Representative Jack Bergman will oppose the certification of Michigan’s electors when Congress convenes tomorrow. In a statement released yesterday, Bergam said “Poll challengers have raised valid concerns about election integrity across our Nation that brings into question the results of the 2020 election and puts faith in …

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Whitmer Signs Judicial Reform Bills

Governor Gretchen Whitmer has signed into law a number of updates to Michigan’s judicial process. Among the changes…• Driver’s licenses will be suspended only for instances of unsafe driving. Suspensions based on situations such as unpaid tickets, failure to appear in court, or drug convictions will be ended. Proponents say …

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