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US Dept. of Agriculture aids L’Anse sewer rebuild

The next phase of the L’Anse sewer system rebuild is proceeding. At Monday’s meeting, the village council approved $2.7 million in contracts for work on the collection system, the sewer plant, and several lift stations. Village Manager Bob LaFave thanked the federal government for stepping up when the bids came …

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Copper Country Senior Meals benefitting from grant

The Portage Health Auxiliary has awarded a $2,500 grant to Copper Country Senior Meals to improve the agency’s ability to keep food heated. New containers can be connected to the delivery vehicle directly, allowing temperature to be maintained for a prolonged period of time. Copper Country Senior Meals says including …

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Fallout in Lansing after nursing home death audit

A report from the state’s nonpartisan Office of the Auditor General says that an additional 2,386 people died in Michigan nursing homes while a controversial Executive Order was in effect in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic. The document was first leaked mid-month and is already causing fallout. State …

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Baraga Elementary remote only for this week

Principal Lori Wisniewski has sent a letter home to parents, regretfully informing them that Baraga Elementary will be reduced to remote learning for this week, to return to in person instruction on January 31st. She says staff shortages and illness due to omicron are to blame. Changes in quarantine protocol …

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Hancock hosting skating party and Barnelopet on same day

Hancock’s Laurn Grove Ice Rink is going to look a little like Rockefeller Plaza on Sunday, February 13th when the city hosts a skating party. Refreshments will be provided and all are welcome. Municipal officials just ask that you leave the sticks and pucks at home. The facility is located …

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Guardians of the Keweenaw Ridge react to latest Scotia Wind Farm push

Rochester, Michigan based Circle Power updated plans last fall to locate all twelve turbines of its proposed Scotia Wind Farm within Adams Township. Originally, the proposal was to have a portion in neighboring Stanton Township as well. After both municipalities put a moratorium on any potential development for at least …

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Erroneous press report cause of Calumet Theatre insurance change

Calumet Theatre Company Board President Dan Jamison says he was as surprised as anyone when the venue’s insurer pulled its coverage in December. While shopping for a new policy, the building was closed to performances for the month, hosting its grand reopening with a showing of It’s A Wonderful Life …

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Houghton waiting on state approval before redrawing precincts

Houghton City Clerk Ann Vollrath says she is waiting on final state approval of the new county commissioner districts before modifying where residents go to the polls. When they’ve done that and the Election Commission has that in order, we will make a precinct boundary in the City of Houghton …

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MIOSHA releases notification on worker death in Baraga

The Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration has confirmed that a local man was killed on the job last week. Raymond Bellaire was 61 years old and employed at Besse Forest Products in Baraga. The notification describes the accident. “A 61-year-old loader operator had a hydraulic line break. As he …

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Opportunity to support Copper Dog race tomorrow

The Otter River Kennel and Michigan Tech’s student mushing club will be offering free dog sled rides at Calumet’s Aggasiz Park, off Fourth Street, Saturday beginning at noon. The Elks Lodge is hosting the annual spaghetti dinner fundraiser, which starts an hour later. Organizer Doug Harrer says all proceeds go …

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