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USDA Distributes $3.24 Million in Wildfire Grants, Michigan DNR Receiving $300K

The USDA has award 3.24 million dollars in forest service’s eastern region, in order to support 17 fire related projects in the Northeast and Midwest. Michigan’s DNR will receive a portion of those grant funds. The projects are funded through the forest service’s Cohesive Fire Strategy Grant Program. Which supports …

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City of Houghton DDA, TIFA to Meet Today

The City of Houghton’s Downtown Development Authority and Tax Increment Finance Authority will hold a special meeting this morning. Members will discuss a report on the goals and directions of the organizations, and will consider their respective 2022-2023 budgets and the 2022 Mini Façade Grants. There will be an opportunity …

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PHF Awards Recreation Grants

Six local recreation projects will get boosts from Portage Health Foundation grants. $105,714 will support two projects each in Keweenaw and Ontonagon Counties, and one project each in Houghton and Baraga Counties. Grants were awarded to: • Camp Josh, in Ontonagon County, which focuses on creating outdoor recreation opportunities for …

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Keweenaw County Clean-Up Planned

The Keweenaw Outdoor Recreation Coalition has scheduled its annual Keweenaw Clean-Up this Saturday. Volunteers will pick up trash on roads, trails, and beaches throughout Keweenaw County.  Some of the trash collected in 2021. Photo courtesy of KORC. Taken by Steve Brimm. If you’d like to help, meet at the Mariner …

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GCC Ends Management of Porkies Ski Hill

Gogebic Community College is ending its partnership with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources to operate the winter sports complex at Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park. GCC took over the facilities in 2012, with the goal of rebuilding the operation. College President George McNulty notified the state two years ago …

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Search Begins for State Christmas Tree

Last year’s 63-foot spruce was donated by Carla Fletcher and her family from Marenisco. Courtesy of the State of Michigan. The search is underway for Michigan’s official 2022 Christmas tree.  Officials are looking for a spruce or fir tree, at least 60 feet tall, with a maximum crown of 24 …

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Sundae in the Park Opens New Mohawk Location

Editor’s Note; Sundae in the Park’s Mohawk hours are 6 AM to 8 PM Monday through Friday. Last Friday, Sundae in the Park held a soft open for their newest location in Mohawk. Tom and his wife Suzanne Fouts, already run the Sundae in the Park at Fort Wilkins and …

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League of Women Voters Held Bans Off Our Bodies March Over the Weekend

Over the weekend the League of Women Voters joined in another demonstration, protesting the leaked draft opinion from the Supreme Court. Saturday’s march was scheduled to take place along with many other Bans Off Our Bodies’ marches in other cities and states. Women, men and children gathered to show their …

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Construction to Cause More Lift Bridge Delays

Watch for more lifts and lane closures on the Houghton-Hancock Bridge this week. Contractors will be working on the curbs and the electrical system. Outside lanes on both sides will be closed much of the week. Some lifts will be performed during the daytime, but shouldn’t last more than 10 …

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Marquette County Highway Projects Begin Today

Two Marquette County highway construction projects are scheduled to begin today. Contractors will rebuild US-41/M-28 from the Front Street roundabout south to Furnace Street. The six-tenths-of-a-mile rebuild will cost $3.7 million. One lane will usually be left open for traffic, but occasional detours may be necessary through late October.  The …

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