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COVID update

The most recent Western Upper Peninsula Health Department COVID-19 report shows higher numbers than last week for the Tuesday through Thursday period. That was expected as the Easter holiday depressed reporting and public health officials are now catching up. In Houghton, Baraga, and Keweenaw Counties there were a total of …

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Local districts decline governor’s request to go virtual

At a Friday morning press conference, Governor Gretchen Whitmer asked all school districts and youth sports programs to voluntarily suspend in-person activities for two weeks. No area districts have come out in favor of that idea. Houghton-Portage Township Superintendent Doreen Kramer says that cases are not widespread enough in the …

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Calumet Theatre seeks grants for building improvements

Both the Village of Calumet and the Calumet Theatre applied for grants from the Keweenaw National Historical Park for aid in facilitating related building improvements. The theatre’s boiler failed in February, so the organization is seeking to replace it with a modern HVAC system. Manager Caleb Katz says the village …

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Two Sault Ste. Marie men sentenced for child sex crimes

The United States Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Michigan announced the sentencings of two Sault Ste. Marie men for sexual crimes involving children. 48-year-old Duane Richard Forrest received 50 years for photographing and videotaping sexual acts with two boys in their early teens. Judge Paul L. Maloney awarded …

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Ticks relatively new threat in Houghton County

As the weather warms and people take to the trails, the Western Upper Peninsula Health Department is reminding you to be vigilant in monitoring for ticks. At one time they were just a nuisance, but in the last decade area deer ticks have begun transmitting Lyme Disease. If you contract …

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Calumet Art Center opens new gallery, welcomes back entertainment

Sunday afternoon, starting at 1:00, the Calumet Art Center will give visitors a first look at a new photography exhibit featuring the talents of George Bailey. Board President Kristy Walden says they have put in incalculable hours to make the new Sanctuary Gallery a beautiful place to highlight art, and …

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Houghton Airport gets federal grant

United States Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters announced Thursday that Houghton County Memorial Airport was the recipient of $1,008,477 in grant funding from the US Department of Transportation. The money isn’t necessarily a surprise. The Airport Improvement Program is awarded based on the amount of people who fly at …

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Compassion for Karl Dresch

The Associated Press reported over the weekend that Houghton County Sheriff Brian McLean and Paul LaBine had written letters in support of Karl Dresch as he faces preliminary court hearings in Washington, D.C. Neither man is suggesting that Dresch is innocent, that’s for the criminal justice system to decide, but …

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Bookworm planning South Dakota sequel

A staple in the Houghton bibliophile scene is pulling up roots this weekend. The Bookworm is closing after a nearly 17 year run in the city. Owner Arthur Lampinen says the move will enable him and his wife to be close to her side of the family after they end …

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Teacher of the Year still doesn’t know who nominated her

Lake Linden-Hubbell’s Heather French says she is soaking up as much information as possible from her fellow Regional Teachers of the Year. The english and art instructor says a past winner helped facilitate an email chain between French and the nine others who enjoy the distinction for the 21-22 contest. …

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