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Potential new jail site staying with Portage Township utilities

A purchase agreement is in the hands of the owners of the First Apostolic Lutheran Church on Sharon Avenue for their review. Houghton County is in the process of buying the site to potentially move the Sheriff’s Department and jail operations there. It is required that the county seat, the …

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COVID-19 retreating in Baraga County

Thursday night’s COVID-19 update brought more good news for the Copper Country. Released by the Western Upper Peninsula Health Department and Copper Country Strong, reports now come out only once a week. Over the past seven days, there have been 53 cases on a combined basis in Houghton, Baraga, and …

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South Range VFW may shake up its organizational structure

Non-Veterans of Foreign Wars members could be eligible to join the organization that runs the Range Lounge in South Range. That is one of many issues up for debate at tonight’s Range Town Vets meeting. Commander Robert Paavola says if no changes are made, the post itself will struggle to …

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Memorial Day travel expected to rebound

AAA expects fireworks to start the summer travel season in Michigan. Last year suffered from COVID-19 restrictions, with fewer than 700,000 people on the state’s roadways for Memorial Day weekend. Forecasts have that ballooning back above one million, a 53 percent jump. The increase is even more dramatic for airports. …

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Awards keep rolling in for Zander Worm

The winner of the Michigan SkillsUSA automotive service competition is beginning to reap the rewards of his hard work. Calumet High School’s Zander Worm has received a scholarship and prize package after being the national winner of the TechForce Foundation’s FutureTech Rock Awards. The applicant pool initially totaled over 400. …

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Houghton County designing giving protocol

Bequests are common in the area, whether it be to charities or our two universities. Houghton County is working on setting up a similar program that would go towards local government. Administrator Ben Larson says the creation of an Enduring Gifts Fund has been sanctioned since before he took over …

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Council approves sewer and water work

A week removed from a special session to address the new pier, Houghton’s City Council looked at a different kind of water infrastructure Wednesday night. Improvements for both the water system and sewer system passed unanimously. The bills total a little over $1.5 million. City Manager Eric Waara says the …

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Plans released for Huron Island Lighthouse restoration

The United States Fish and Wildlife Service has released a modified plan for renovations of the Huron Island Lighthouse and surrounding structures. This comes after weighing four potential courses of action and receiving public input. Refuge Manager Sara Siekierski says the agency has opted for a Cultural Resources Management Plan …

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Calumet Theatre shakeup draws public comment

Tuesday’s Calumet Village Council meeting lasted around an hour, with extensive public comment dominating the session. Many residents asked for more information regarding the recent theatre decision to temporarily close and perform a slew of maintenance improvements over the next two months. The announcement was paired with the termination of …

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Houghton County Commissioners address recreational trails

At Tuesday’s Houghton County Board of Commissioners meeting, Tom Tikkanen commended State Representative Greg Markkanen and Senator Ed McBroom for bringing up a contingent of lawmakers from downstate to personally tour damage that remains from the Father’s Day flood. While the Department of Natural Resources has begun work on a …

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