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COVID disappears as restrictions set to be lifted

All COVID-19 restrictions are being lifted on Tuesday, June 22nd, over a week earlier than expected. The new guidance means there will be no curbs on activity indoors or out, for vaccinated or unvaccinated individuals. Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s announcement comes as the area has seen activity drop to nearly zero. …

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Fire danger until late Friday

Cool weather settles in across the Keweenaw this weekend, but until then it is hot and dry, raising fire danger across the area. The last significant rainfall was seen last Thursday, which should help to mitigate problems somewhat. The watch covers Houghton, Baraga, Keweenaw, and Ontonagon Counties, citing low humidity …

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Sheriff looking for missing Alston man

The Houghton County Sheriff’s Department is searching for Howard Maki of Alston in Laird Township. The 80-year-old is six feet tall and weighs 175 pounds. He was last seen driving a 2001 silver Isuzu Trooper in Hancock on Monday, June 7th, over a week-and-a-half ago.. Maki suffers from dementia. If …

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Tigers, Brewers Slammed – Friday Sports Wrap

Twilight League Baseball In Copper Country Twilight League baseball last night… • Garnet Garage pounded Houghton Building Supply-Stanton 21-1. College Volleyball The Finlandia University volleyball team has added a new recruit. Cassandra Derry comes from Saint Louis, Michigan. NBA In NBA tournament second-round play last night… • The Bucks shut …

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Father’s Day Flood’s legacy found in subtle places

Houghton City Manager Eric Waara and Kevin Harju of the Houghton County Road Commission tell a very similar story about the days and months immediately after the Father’s Day Flood. It is filled with small victories and creating daily “battle plans.” Waara says the city’s Public Works Department had already …

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Stanton Township crafting new wind ordinance

Stanton Township held a public hearing Wednesday night on a proposed wind farm, with most speaking out against the idea. Between there and neighboring Adams Township, Circle Power hopes to install a combined 12 turbines. Supervisor John Mattila says that a new ordinance is set to be drawn up thanks …

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Girl Scout cookies sell out locally

There’s a surplus of girl scout cookies across America, but don’t expect to find any unsold boxes in the Copper Country. Thin mints, tagalongs, and the rest sold briskly according to a press release from the Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes, which covers the Upper Peninsula and much …

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Garden being installed at Gundlach Shelter Saturday

The second garden in a pilot program made possible by the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, the Portage Health Foundation, and the Western Upper Peninsula Planning & Development Region office (WUPPDR) will be installed Saturday. The first got put in at Horizons Alternative School in Mohawk on the …

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Hancock Council swiftly passes new budget

At Wednesday night’s Hancock City Council meeting a budget was unanimously adopted after an opportunity for public comment on the document came and went with no participation. Several members of the council commended City Manager Mary Babcock on the process used to arrive at the final document. Babcock says the …

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Tigers Complete Sweep of Royals – Thursday Sports Wrap

Slow Pitch Softball In Copper Country Slow Pitch Softball League play last evening… • Pat’s Foods/Buckos fell to Auto Pro/Thermoanalytics 24-6, then lost to Downtowner Two 15-10. • McGann’s/Northern Auto defeated Sayen’s Auto/Coca Cola 20-12, then downed A&S Industrial/Loukus Tech 24-5. Fast Pitch Softball In Copper Country Women’s Fast Pitch …

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