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Tech Men, Women Dump Northwood – Sunday Sports Wrap

High School North Central won the Eight Player Division Two state football championship Saturday, outscoring Portland Saint Patrick 70-48. Luke Gorzinski rushed for 313 yards and four touchdowns for the Jets, and threw for 156 yards and three more scores. The 118 points set a new record for an eight-player …

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Copper Country Today – January 17, 2021

On this week’s Copper Country Today program – where does Houghton stand now with the big parking deck? City manager Eric Waara lays it out. When can you get your COVID vaccine? Kate Beer from the Western Upper Peninsula Health Department brings the latest. Listen to this week’s program here. …

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Tech Hoops Splits with Northwood – Saturday Sports Wrap

College Hockey The Northern Michigan University hockey team dropped a 5-1 decision at Bowling Green last night. Vincent de May scored the Wildcats’ only goal in the second period. Those teams play again this evening in Ohio. There is no Michigan Tech hockey again this weekend. Because of COVID-19 issues …

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Rooms still available for Winter Carnival

It’s a rite of passage for many families with Michigan Tech freshman. You start looking for hotel rooms to visit during Winter Carnival in November or December only to find out that you needed to be booking six months earlier. That might not be the case this year. Keweenaw Convention …

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31 Backpacks expanding into Baraga County

Meal assistance is critical for at-risk students on weekends, during holidays, and when schedules are upset by COVID-19 closures. The nonprofit group 31 Backpacks, which began in Calumet back in 2012, will be expanding south to offer services to the entirety of the CCISD coverage area. 31 backpacks went from …

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Player safety at center of shifting high school sports schedules

Houghton High School Athletic Director John Sanregret says he remains an “eternal optimist” in regards to getting in prep sports for the district. He says with a chuckle that he thought they’d manage to play last spring’s schedule. Hope is still there to get in hockey and basketball in 2021, …

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Western UP COVID-19 update

A new update from the Western UP Health Department shows COVID-19 activity remains centered in Houghton County. Fifty-seven new cases have been confirmed there since Monday, compared to just nine in Baraga (3) and Keweenaw Counties (6) combined. For the three-county area, there was one death since the last report …

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Economic momentum building in the Keweenaw

A strong summer season is consolidating into lasting economic gains for the area, says Keweenaw Economic Development Alliance Executive Director Jeff Ratcliffe. He summarized the findings to wrap up the organization’s virtual breakfast on Thursday morning. Ratcliffe said the positive momentum began with “strong” tourism and construction seasons. He notes …

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Wings Blanked in Opener – Friday Sports Wrap

High School The high school basketball season will stretch into April this year. The Michigan High School Athletic Association released its revised schedules for basketball and hockey yesterday. Both reflect the delay caused by the state’s Epidemic Order. Non-contact practices for hockey and basketball can begin tomorrow. If the Epidemic …

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State funding reinstated for Houghton pier

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation has recommitted to provide a grant for the construction of a new pier in Houghton. The project was originally approved in 2019 with construction scheduled for spring 2020. The MEDC redirected those funds towards COVID-19 relief before it could begin.  The new agreement will see …

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