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Community Blood Drive at the Calumet Colosseum Next Tuesday

Hockey gives blood, next week that is. On Tuesday the U.P. Regional Blood Center will hold a community blood drive at the Calumet Colosseum. Blood supplies across the Upper Peninsula are in critical need, and blood drives serve great importance in communities. As a single donation can help up to …

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Jerry Rota, Closes the Doors on the Vansville Bar and Donates Wall Dollars to the Keweenaw Snowmobile Club

 After nearly 60 years in business, Jerry Rota decided to retire and close up shop on the Vansville Bar, on US-41. While in business, many patrons posted dollar bills on his walls and ceiling. Rota wanted to take the money and put it back into a community that had given …

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Bill to Honor Anderson at Baraga Post Office Advances

The process of renaming the Baraga Post Office after a pioneering female legislator has taken a step forward. The bill sponsored by Michigan Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow was recently passed by the United States Senate. It moves on to the U.S. House of Representatives for consideration. If approved, …

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Halloween Arrives Saturday in Lake Linden

The Halloween season begins Saturday evening, as the Lake Linden Campground hosts its annual Spooktember event. The public is welcome, and you do not need to be registered at the campground. Refreshments will be available between 6 and 8. A costume parade for children and adults starts at 7, with …

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Regional Unemployment Level Dips Slightly

Employment increased slightly in the Upper Peninsula last month. The latest report from the Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget shows that the number of workers on the job grew to 128,800. That’s 700 better than July, and 3,300 better than August of 2021. The raw unemployment rate for …

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COVID-19 Cases Rise Locally, but Remain Moderate

COVID-19 diagnoses rose in the Copper Country last week, but the numbers remain modest. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services reported 49 new confirmed cases in Houghton, Keweenaw, Baraga and Ontonagon Counties, up from 33 in the previous week.  Statewide numbers edged downward, with an average daily diagnoses …

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Houghton Receives $1Million Grant from MEDC for Placemaking after Demolition

Houghton is getting plans ready for the upcoming demolition of the downtown parking deck. While the demo itself has not been scheduled yet, the city has begun pulling together funds. Houghton has agreed to a bond of up to one and a half million dollars for the demolition. “Essentially passed …

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Michigan Veteran’s Affairs Agency Investing $1.2 Million in Veteran Suicide Prevention

The Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency (MVAA) is investing one point two million dollars in veteran suicide prevention. The funds will help implement new programs and gather data on Michigan’s more than 500,000 veteran. The over a million dollar investment is the largest by the agency since at least 2000. According …

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Hancock Puts Move to Rename Beach on Hold

A move to rename the Hancock Beach in honor of former mayor and city manager Barry Givens was tabled last night by the city council. Barry’s widow, Laura, spoke in favor of the idea, which had been proposed by the city’s Recreation Commission… I believe it would be a great …

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Hancock DDA Completes Purchase of Former Hardware Store – City Council Report

The Hancock Downtown Development Authority now owns the former Risto’s Hardware building on Quincy Street. At last night’s city council meeting, City Manager Mary Babcock reported that the purchase closed yesterday morning. After some initial cosmetic improvements… We will be looking at what we can do in the storefront that …

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