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First View of Houghton Lakeshore Redevelopment Could Come Tonight

Houghton residents could get a first look at proposed plans for the Lakeshore Drive redevelopment project tonight. The city council will hold a joint virtual meeting with the Downtown Development Authority and the planning commission. The real reason for the meeting is to fulfill a requirement for grant-ready status. But, …

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Protests Fizzle as Michigan Electors Confirm Biden Victory

Michigan’s 16 presidential electors followed the law yesterday afternoon, and cast their votes for president-elect Joe Biden and vice president-elect Kamala Harris. Threats of violence that obliged legislative leaders to close the capitol building and state offices to other activities did not materialize, with less than a dozen demonstrators outside. …

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UP Energy Task Force Meets This Morning

The U.P. Energy Task Force will meet online this morning. The Task Force submitted its recommendations on propane supply and pricing earlier this year, and is now in the process of developing recommendations for electrical power and other types of energy. Its final report is due March 31st, 2021. The …

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Swoyer, Pietila Honored by WCHA – Tuesday Sports Wrap

MTU Two Michigan Tech hockey players have been honored by the Western Collegiate Hockey Association. Colin Swoyer was named Defenseman of the Week. He had two assists in the Huskies’ shutout of Bemidji State Sunday. Blake Pietila was named Goaltender of the Week. He stopped 31 shots Sunday, and earned …

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Election Produces No Change on KBIC Council

There will be no change in the membership of the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community Tribal Council next year. Unofficial results from Saturday’s election were released this morning. In the Baraga District, incumbent Doreen Blaker was the top finisher, with 270 votes. Incumbent R.D. Curtis was returned to office with 174 …

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Huntington Bank Announces Mega Merger

Huntington Bank is merging with another big financial institution. The Ohio-based holding company will combine with the Detroit-based TCF Financial in an all-stock merger reported to be worth $22 billion. The Huntington name will continue. The TCF identity will disappear. Huntington operates a branch in the former D&N Building in …

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2021 Minimum Wage Hike Unlikely

Minimum wage workers in Michigan will probably not get a raise next month. The base minimum wage was supposed to increase from $9.65 an hour to $9.87 an hour on January 1st. However, the law that mandates that also says that the increase will not take effect if the state’s …

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Lake Linden Man Hurt in Crash

A 46-year-old Lake Linden man was injured in a single car crash in Torch Lake Township Friday afternoon. Houghton County Sheriff’s deputies say the man lost control on the Bootjack Road around 4:30. The car overturned. He was taken by ambulance to Aspirus Keweenaw. Neither his identity nor his condition …

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“Cash Mob” Promotion Aims to Boost Local Restaurants

An effort is underway to assist some local restaurants that are struggling because of the Pandemic Order restrictions. The Keweenaw Chamber of Commerce and the Keweenaw Convention and Visitors Bureau have organized the “Twelve Days of Christmas Cash Mob” promotion. Each day will feature a different business. Patrons on those …

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Fundraising Continues for Gundlach Shelter Move

Phase Three of the Barbara Kettle Gundlach Shelter’s “Build a Bedroom” fundraiser is underway. The shelter is trying to raise $15,000 to help remodel the new building they’ll soon be moving into. The first two phases brought in nearly $6,000. The latest effort is a raffle for two Baskets of …

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