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November Ballot Proposals Reviewed

With all the discussion about the numerous candidates in the election, a couple of state ballot issues have been somewhat overlooked. Proposition One would revise the formula for how money from the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund and the State Park Endowment Fund can be spent. Those formulas are set …

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Open Carry Ban at Polls Thrown Out

An order issued by Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel banning open carry for firearms at polling places on Tuesday has been struck down. Yesterday, Michigan Court of Claims Chief Judge Christopher Murray issued a preliminary injunction based on a technicality, saying that Nessel had not followed proper procedure in establishing …

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Pot, Gun Smuggling into Michigan Skyrocketing

Legalization of recreational marijuana use in Michigan was supposed to cut down on illegal drug trafficking. So far, it hasn’t. At a news conference in Detroit yesterday, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials announced that the amount of illegal pot they have seized coming into Michigan this year is 17 …

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Employee Sues Houghton County Clerk

An employee of the Houghton County Clerk’s office has filed a lawsuit against County Clerk Jennifer Kelly.  A release from the Eliason Law Office in Hancock says the four-count suit stems from an email sent by Kelly on October 19th about employee Beverly Smith. In the email, Kelly is said …

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Regional COVID-19 Cases Continue to Rise

COVID-19 cases in our region continue to rise. The latest report from the Western Upper Peninsula Health Department shows 97 new confirmed diagnoses and 21 more probable cases since the last summary was issued late Thursday.  Gogebic County leads the surge, with 46 confirmed positives and three deaths. Houghton County’s …

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Michigan Absentee Voting Soars

With a week remaining before election day, Michigan continues on a record-setting pace for absentee voting… “As of Friday, 3.1 million Michigan citizens had requested to vote absentee, which is three times the number of those who voted absentee in 2016.” On Monday’s Morning Coffee program on KBear 102.3, Michigan …

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PLDL Preschool Reading Program Goes Online

The Portage Lake District Library’s popular 1000 Books Before Kindergarten program has gone online. The project encourages families to read to youngsters, with a goal of reaching 1,000 books before they begin kindergarten. Families can set their own pace. Along the way, kids can get a sticker from the library …

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