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Bridgefest Returns Today

Bridgefest opens today in Houghton and Hancock. After a two-year pause because of COVID-19 pandemic concerns, the celebration of the two cities, and the single, historic bridge that links them, returns with a full schedule of events. Activities begin this morning, with a ceremony acknowledging the Houghton-Hancock Bridge’s recognition as …

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Late Losses for Tigers, Brewers – Friday Sports Wrap

Twilight League Baseball In Copper Country Twilight League baseball last night… • Houghton Building Supply-Stanton defeated Craig Heinonen Coldwell Banker 15-6. • REL-Mohawk Technology v Northern Driveline – no report. NBA The Warriors won the NBA title last night, defeating the Celtics 103-90 to take the championship series 4-2. Stephen …

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MDOT Director Paul Ajegba in Town to Check on College Avenue Project and Lift Bridge Ceremony

Michigan Deprtment of Transportation Director Paul Ajegba is in town today. He is in the area for the Portage Lake Lift Bridge’s dedication ceremony tomorrow and to check on the status of the College Avenue project. He and other local MDOT officials toured the construction project, starting off near where …

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Brief History of the Three Bridges to have Spanned the Portage Canal

Tomorrow morning Houghton and Hancock will receive plaques commemorating the Portage Lake Lift Bridge as a Civil Engineering Historic Landmark, from the American Society of Civil Engineers. Taking a look back, there have been two other bridges that have connected the mainland to the rest of the peninsula. The need …

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Houghton Approves City Budget; Authorizes Potential Bond Sale for Parking Deck Demolition

The City of Houghton has approved its 2022-2023 budget. The $17.8 million plan was adopted by the city council last night. The base property tax millage rate will remain unchanged, at 15 mills. The council also voted to authorize borrowing up to $1.5 million to tear down the aging big …

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Local COVID-19 Case Rate Holds Steady

The COVID-19 diagnosis rate in the Copper Country remained steady over the past week. Sixty-five new cases were confirmed to state officials in Houghton, Keweenaw, Ontonagon and Baraga Counties. That’s just two higher than in the previous week. Statewide, numbers continue to edge downward after the latest surge peaked a …

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Boogren Earns Endorsement in 109th House Race

Michigan House of Representatives candidate Joe Boogren has been endorsed by a major union. The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees announced its support this week. Boogren is facing Jenn Hill in the August primary for the Democratic nomination for the 109th House seat. That district was recently …

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Mobile Food Pantry Returns to Ontonagon Today

The Feeding America West Michigan Mobile Food Pantry returns to Ontonagon today. The Pantry will open at noon at the village fire hall. Organizers say they’ll have food, including fresh fruits and vegetables, for around 300 families. Distribution will take place in a drive-through format, on a first-come, first-served basis. …

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Ranger III Waterway Cruises Set

The Isle Royale National Park has scheduled two Keweenaw Waterway Cruises this summer. The trips on the Ranger III are set for July 7th and July 21st. Passengers must arrive at 11:45 for boarding, in advance of a 12:30 departure. Cruises to the Lower Entrance typically last up to three …

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Laurium Police Searching for Vehicle B&E Suspect

From the Village of Laurium: Laurium Village Police Department is looking for information on an individual(s) that have been breaking into vehicles in the Village of Laurium. Over the last several days there have been numerous reports of breaking and entering. “We are unsure of the intention for the break-in,” …

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