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Finlandia’s Johnson Applauds Tuition Grant Restoration

Some private college students across Michigan can breathe easier, now that the Michigan Tuition Grant has been reinstated.  In fact, students with financial need who attend Michigan’s private colleges will get more money under the supplemental budget agreement signed last month by Governor Gretchen Whitmer.  The tuition grant traditionally awarded …

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Slow Economic Growth Predicted for Michigan

Michigan’s economy is expected to slow a bit over the next three years. The Michigan Senate Fiscal Agency’s latest Economic Outlook and Budget Review is projecting growth of 1.8 percent this year, 1.7 percent next year, and 1.5 percent in 2022. That’s down from a 2.9 percent increase last year. …

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Michigan’s Population Edges Upward

Michigan’s population grew slightly last year, but remains shy of the all-time record. Estimates released by the U.S. Census Bureau place the number of people who live in the state at 9,986,857. That’s a slim 2,785 increase over 2018. Michigan’s population peaked in 2004 at just over 10 million. It …

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Michigan Minimum Wage Raised

Miminum wage workers in Michigan will see an increase in their next paychecks. On Wednesday, Michigan’s minimum hourly standard rose to $9.65 per hour. The base pay for tipped workers – such as restaurant wait staff – rose to $3.67 per hour.  In 2018, a citizen initiative to increase the …

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Tech Hoops Sweeps WSU – Friday Sports Wrap

High School In girls high school basketball last night, Calumet fell to Negaunee 50-35. Lizzie Torola led the Copper Kings with 10 points.. On the girls schedule tonight…  – Hancock entertains Westwood. – Lake Linden-Hubbell plays at Baraga. – L’Anse welcomes Ontonagon. In boys action last night… – Houghton got past Calumet 61-57. – …

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UP Health System Imposes Visitor Restrictions

All three of the UP Health System hospitals are restricting visitors because of a high level of respiratory illnesses and influenza. Visitors who are suffering from cough, fever, runny nose, sore throat, vomiting and or diarrhea will not be allowed to see patients at UP Health System Portage, Bell or …

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CCCAC Acceptimg Arts Minigrant Applications

The Copper Country Community Arts Council is accepting applications for local arts project mini-grants. The funding from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs provides up to $4,000 for locally developed, high quality arts projects. The CCCAC coordinates the grants for Houghton, Baraga, Keweenaw, Ontonagon, Gogebic and Iron Counties. …

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LSSU Bans Overused Words

“Quid pro quo” leads the list of words and phrases banned from the Queen’s English by the Unicorn Hunters at Lake Superior State University. The Latin phrase that’s been beaten to death in news coverage of President Donald Trump’s interaction with Ukraine received the most nominations this year. Other words …

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KCF Issues Annual Report, Looks for New Director

The Keweenaw Community Foundation is looking for a new Executive Director. The job description posted on the Foundation’s website says the position will require about 30 hours per week. The salary is $40,000 per year, but no health or retirement benefits are offered. They’d prefer someone with a business leadership …

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UPPCO Begins Winter Reservoir

The Upper Peninsula Power Company is ready to begin its winter drawdown of water levels at its hydroelectric facilities. In the Western Upper Peninsula, the Victoria Dam, Bond Falls and Lake Gogebic reservoirs will be lowered in January. The Prickett Dam reservoir will be lowered in February. The water levels …

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