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Aspirus Handling Upward COVID Trend

Aspirus says it’s handling the COVID-19 load at its facilities in the Western U.P. and northern Wisconsin – for now. In Wausau on Friday, Aspirus President and CEO Matt Heywood said their testing results showed a marked increase in cases several weeks ago, and levels have remained high ever since. …

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Fatal Marquette Crash Blamed on Drunk Driver

Officials believe a drunk driver was responsible for a traffic crash in Marquette County that killed one man, and severely injured a child. The crash occurred on M-553, just south of Marquette Mountain, around 5:30 Friday afternoon. The preliminary investigation by the Michigan State Police indicates a southbound vehicle driven …

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Prescription Drug Take Back Day Saturday

If you have unused, unwanted or expired prescription drugs around the house, Saturday is your chance to get rid of them. National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is a national effort to collect such medications. There are two goals. The first is to keep them out of the environment. Throwing medications …

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Gas Prices Edge Higher

Heading into the weekend, gasoline prices are slightly higher in our region than they were a week ago. AAA Michigan’s survey shows Marquette at $2.29 per gallon of unleaded regular. That’s three cents above last week, and five cents higher than a week ago. It’s 28 cents lower than a …

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Copper Country COVID-19 Cases Trend Back Up

After a bit of a respite, COVID-19 numbers in the western Upper Peninsula have begun to edge back upward. Last night’s report from the Western U.P. Health Department includes 67 confirmed positives across the five-county area since the last figures were released Monday evening, plus an additional 30 probable cases. …

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Hospital Leaders Plead for COVID Compliance

Michigan’s hospital administrators are pleading for state residents to continue to take precautions against the coronavirus. The Michigan Health and Hospital Association issued a statement yesterday, on behalf of Chief Medical Officers and Chief Clinical Officers of Michigan Healthcare Systems and Hospitals. The organization notes that COVID-19-related hospitalizations have increased …

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Trump, Jr., Rallies Local GOP

Copper Country Republicans turned out yesterday to welcome the oldest son of President Donald Trump to the Copper Country. Donald Trump Jr. made a brief campaign stop at the Houghton County Memorial Airport. He hit on all of the campaign’s usual talking points, including unverified accusations that Democratic candidate Joe …

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New Hancock Rental Code Passed, then Paused

The City of Hancock has new rental property rules, although they won’t take effect right away. At a four-hour meeting last night, the city council voted unanimously to adopt the ordinance that has been in the works for months.  Last night’s discussion uncovered a couple of lingering issues. The first …

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