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Houghton Earns High Ranking from Architectural Digest

The city of Houghton is basking in the glow of another top-shelf national ranking. Architectural Digest has rated Houghton as the eighth most beautiful small town in America.  The magazine cited Isle Royale National Park and Michigan Tech as significant amenities, and said the downtown “is filled with cafes, outdoor-apparel …

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Local Covid-19 Numbers Drift Upward

COVID-19 numbers rose slightly in our region last week. Numbers released by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services show 54 confirmed diagnoses in Houghton, Keweenaw, Baraga and Ontonagon Counties. That compares to 45 last week.  Houghton County fueled the jump, with a 63 percent increase. Cases in Baraga …

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US Attorney Appoints Election Oversight Officer

It won’t be just state and local officials watching over the integrity of the November election. U.S. Attorney Mark Totten has appointed Assistant United States Attorney Justin Presant to oversee issues that arise November 8th in the Western District of Michigan. As District Election Officer, Presant will deal with complaints …

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Houghton High School Student Council Collect Returnables for School’s Gremlin Card Program

Houghton High School students are collecting cans to help support a school wide reward program. Gremlin cards are earned by students through showing exemplary behaviors, goals, respect, integrity, and team work. The cards help cultivate a positive culture at the school, and students can exchange gremlin cards for various items …

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Surplus Outlet Celebrates 60 Years in Houghton

60 years in business is a great reason for celebration. Since 1962 Surplus Outlet in Houghton has served the copper country’s outdoor enthusiast. The small family business started with military surplus items, then began helping customers find the right outdoor and work wear gear in later years. Current owner John …

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Hancock Planning Commission Endorses Co-op Zoning Change

The Keweenaw Co-op’s move to downtown Hancock took another step forward last night. The Hancock Planning Commission gave its approval for the zoning permit needed for the grocer to move to the former Keweenaw Buick-GMC location on Quincy Street. The existing building will be expanded to accommodate the co-op. The …

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Gasoline Prices Easing

Gasoline prices continue to ease back.  AAA Michigan’s statewide average cost for a gallon of regular unleaded yesterday was $4.05. That’s 15 cents less than a week ago, but 16 cents higher than a month ago, and 76 cents higher than a year ago. On the Keweenaw Peninsula, prices were …

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L’Anse Council Salutes Holiday Fire First Responders

Members of the L’Anse village council took time at last night’s meeting to thank all those who battled the explosion and fire at the Holiday gas station October 13th… I commend our fire department. I commend all the fire departments that came to help, and I commend our water plant …

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Ranger III Fare Increases Proposed

NOTE: The link to the full proposed rate schedule initially provided by the Isle Royale National Park was incorrect. It has been updated. The cost to visit Isle Royale via the Ranger III could go up next year. Isle Royale National Park is proposing an increase in passenger and freight …

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Keweenaw County Sheriff Investigating Historic Society Structure Fire in Central

Keweenaw County Sheriff is investigating the cause of a structure fire in the old ghost town of Central. At approximately 9:00 PM yesterday a deputy with the Keweenaw County Sheriff’s Office responded to assist the Allouez Township Volunteer Fire Department with a structure fire in Central Location. An old house, …

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