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COVID Cases Drop from Last Week, Houghton Records 128 Cases

The Western UP Health Department reports 244 new COVID cases in the five county region on the October 20th report. This week’s case count is 29 cases lower than the previous week. Though Baraga County had the highest increase in cases between the two most recent reports. Last week Baraga …

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Snow emergency starts soon

Overnight parking on City of Houghton streets and downtown parking facilities is banned from 2:00 to 7:00 beginning on November 1st and continuing until April 30th, 2022. The infraction will set you back $35, but Police Chief John Donnelly says it could be worse. When crews are pressed into action …

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Rabid bat discovered in Houghton County

For the first time in a decade a rabid animal has been identified in Houghton County. A bat was discovered on a porch at a home in the City of Houghton. As the temperature drops, bats begin to look for places to hibernate for the winter. You are encouraged to …

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UPSET arrests continue to pile up

Three men have been arrested this week in Ontonagon County in connection to drug crimes. The Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team (UPSET) and troopers from the Michigan State Police post in Wakefield picked up two men from the Village of Ontonagon thanks to unrelated investigations. 29-year-old Benjamin Hess and 30-year-old …

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Markkanen bills aim to help interstate logging

A package of bills sponsored by Representative Greg Markkanen is designed to help facilitate logging trucks delivering into Wisconsin or vice versa with traffic coming into the state. All three passed out of the House Transportation Committee unanimously earlier this week. Saw mills and wood processing facilities dot the border, …

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Hancock Aligns Itself with State Dangerous Building Codes

Last night the Hancock city council was introduced to David Rowe. Rowe is the new CEO for the Smartzone in Houghton, just across the bridge. Rowe introduced himself and spoke briefly about what Smartzone hopes to accomplish over time. And expressed that himself and the organization want to continue a …

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National Drug Take Back Day is Saturday

The second National Drug Take Back Day for 2021 is this Saturday, sponsored nationally by the Drug Enforcement Administration. Prescription pills and other medications are welcomed. Michigan Tech Public Safety will be participating. For most local agencies you don’t have to wait to clear out your bathroom cabinet. At the …

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Calumet dealing with blight

The issue of blight came up during the Calumet Village Council meeting Tuesday. Trustee Rob Tarvis identified two properties that have drawn the ire of residents lately. The worst is an apartment complex near 4th and Pine. Tarvis says that illegal dumping is a concern there as well. They’ve been …

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Finlandia University Gallery reception tonight

There is an opening reception at the Finlandia University Gallery tonight at 7 PM for a new exhibit featuring the works of Gerald Immonen. According to the university, “Immonen also has paintings in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, New York; the Museum of Art, …

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Tadych’s Econofoods being bought by Minnesota company

The sign on the outside won’t change, and operations inside will look similar to customers who shop there, but a shakeup is coming to Tadych’s Econofoods. The Houghton location is one of six stores being bought by Minnesota-based Coborn’s, Inc. Vice President Dennis Host says Coborn’s will hopefully be able …

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