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Health officials still cautious on COVID-19 vaccine

The Keweenaw Alliance hosted a virtual breakfast Thursday morning, with a significant amount of the discussion dedicated to the COVID-19 vaccine. Most of the news was positive. Western UP Health Director Kate Beer says that Houghton County has nine providers who can distribute the vaccine. The department is looking at …

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State Rep. Greg Markkanen disappointed in dining ban extension

A press conference at the state capitol Wednesday has bar and restaurant owners feeling nauseous. Governor Gretchen Whitmer and Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Chief Medical Executive Joneigh Kaldun announced an extension to the indoor dining ban which has been in place since November. The prohibition will remain …

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Great Lakes shipping season ends Friday

The Soo Locks will be closing to through traffic at 11:59 PM Friday for annual winter maintenance. The channel will be closed until March 25th to allow for various infrastructure improvements. The Army Corps of Engineers, in a release, says that work on the locks is unique compared to other …

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House impeaches President Trump for second time

President Donald Trump was impeached by the United States House of Representatives for a second time on Wednesday, a first in the nation’s history. Jack Bregman, a Republican who represents Michigan’s first congressional district, opted against the measure. He urged the body to return to an agenda designed to help …

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Houghton parking deck discussion put into cooling off period

The Lakeshore Drive parking deck was the focus of Houghton’s City Council meeting Wednesday night, both in public discussion and as an agenda item. During the comment period early in the session, developers Jon and Jennifer Julien asked for the panel to consider a proposal that they have been working …

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HS Hockey, Hoops Delayed Again – Thursday Sports Wrap

High School It will be at least another two weeks before high school basketball and hockey teams can begin play. The latest revision of the Epidemic Order from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services did open the way for several winter sports seasons to start – swimming and …

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Hancock High School rewrites exam plan

On Monday afternoon, Hancock Central High School principal Chris Salani sent a message to district families announcing that midterm exams were optional for this semester. To entice students to participate, the district has modified its policy so that grades cannot be harmed from sitting for the tests. On the flip …

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COVID Tensions Run High at County Board Meeting

Frustration with the state’s COVID-19 restrictions boiled over at last night’s Houghton County Board of Commissioners meeting. The fireworks began as commissioners considered endorsing a resolution that would have declared the county as a “sanctuary county” for businesses affected by the COVID-19 mandates, and that the sheriff and prosecutor would …

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Trade Group Says Indoor Restaurant Service Could Resume Soon

Indoor dining in Michigan restaurants could resume February 1st. The Michigan Licensed Beverage Association said yesterday that it expects Governor Gretchen Whitmer to confirm the date at a press conference today.  The announcement said the MLBA is disappointed that the indoor dining shutdown will remain in place for another half-month, …

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Locatelli to Continue as CLK Board Leader

The leadership of the CLK Board of Education will remain the same this year. At last night’s organizational meeting, Phyllis Locatelli was reelected president. Jason Wickstrom will continue as vice president, Melanie Parker as secretary, and Daniel Zubiena as treasurer.  At the regular meeting that followed, the board approved a …

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