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KBIC Receives Law Enforcement Grants

The Keweenaw Bay Indian Community is receiving more than a million dollars from the federal government to support its law enforcement efforts. $720,000 from the Tribal Victim Services Set-Aside Program will be used to expand victim support services. $298,735 from the Adam Walsh Act Grant Program will help with implementation …

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Volleyball Wins for Calumet, Houghton, LL-H

High School In high school volleyball last night… – Calumet swept Negaunee 3-0 (25-19, 25-14, 25-11). – Houghton downed Iron Mountain 3-1. – Hancock v Westwood – no report. – At a triangular last night at Lake Linden, the Lakes earned a 3-0 (25-11, 25-13, 25-8) conference win over Watersmeet, and a 2-0 (25-13, …

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Whitmer Plans Vape Order Appeal

Governor Gretchen Whitmer will ask the Michigan Supreme Court to validate her ban of flavored, nicotine-based vaping products. After Judge Cynthia Stephens of the Michigan Court of Claims issued a preliminary injunction against the ban this afternoon (see our story here), Whitmer’s office issued the following statement: “This decision is …

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State Vaping Ban Overturned

Michigan’s emergency ban on flavored nicotine vaping products has been overturned. Judge Cynthia Stephens of the Michigan Court of Claims today granted a request for a preliminary injunction from two e-cigarette businesses. One of the businesses is 906 Vapor of Houghton, owned by Mark Slis. Her order mandates that the …

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15 Nonprofits to Gain PHF Match on Giving Tuesday

15 local nonprofits will benefit from matching funds provided by the Portage Health Foundation on Giving Tuesday this year.  Giving Tuesday will be held on December 3rd, following the infamous spending events known as “Black Friday” and “Cyber Monday.” It’s designed to help focus our thoughts back toward the true …

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State, Unions Reach Tentative Labor Deal

Seven unions that represent state workers have reached tentative deals for new contracts. Reports indicate that the agreements call for three percent salary increases in each of the next two years, with no increases in employee health insurance contributions. A state spokesman said specifics won’t be released until after the …

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LL-H, Baraga School Board Hold Quiet Meetings

Both the Lake Linden-Hubbell and Baraga Boards of Education held relatively uneventful meetings last night. The Lake Linden-Hubbell Board approved several personnel appointments. Superintendent Brad Codere told us that Wendi Heikka was hired as an elementary paraprofessional. Brett Poissant was named eight grade basketball coach, and Robert Stenger was appointed …

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L’Anse Upgrades Accounting System

The Village of L’Anse is spending $25,000 to update its accounting system. The village council approved the move last night, which was forced on the village because of an upcoming computer operating system update that will render its current program obsolete. The owner of the company that provided the current …

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Copper Queen Whiskey Supports Calumet Theatre

The makers of Copper Queen Whiskey have given $1,000 to the Calumet Theatre. Italian immigrant Narisco Bianchi launched Copper Queen in 1914, describing it as a “high grade” blended whiskey. It – along with many alcoholic beverage brands – disappeared when Prohibition began. Earlier this year, Iron Fish Distillery from …

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