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Portage Township Debates Marijuana Policy

Portage Township has taken another tentative step toward creating an ordinance that would allow recreational marijuana commerce within its borders. At a lengthy meeting Monday, trustees couldn’t agree on whether to limit the number of marijuana businesses. Bill Fink explained that setting limits can cause problems…. “As soon as we …

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Food Distribution in Houghton Today

Feeding America West Michigan’s Mobile Food Pantry will make the first of three August visits to the Copper Country today. The Pantry will open at 2:00 at the Community Action Agency on Dodge Street. Around 300 packages of food, including fresh produce and dairy, will be distributed on a first-come, …

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Loukus Retires from CCISD Board

Copper Country Intermediate School District Board Treasurer Robert Loukus has retired. Board members accepted his decision with regret at Tuesday’s meeting. Loukus had spent seven years on the CCISD Board, after serving for a dozen years on the CLK Board of Education. Anyone interested in applying for the open position …

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Swimmers Rescued at Big Traverse; 12-Year-Old Boy Dies

UPDATE POSTED AUGUST 14TH: The Houghton County Sheriff’s Department has revealed that the 12-year-old boy who was originally believed to have been airlifted to the University of Michigan Children’s Hospital while still alive, actually succumbed to his injuries while being transported to the airport. Officials say he was from Commerce, …

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Health Department Asks Counties for More Support

The Baraga County Board of Commissioners has heard first-hand about a need for more money for the Western Upper Peninsula Health Department. At last night’s meeting, health officer Kate Beer said reductions in Medicaid reimbursement have reduced revenue. A growing unfunded liability for legacy retirement programs is hogging a larger …

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LL-H Board OK’s COVID Plan, School Will Start 9/1

The Lake Linden-Hubbell School District plans to begin classes on September 1st. Superintendent Brad Codere tells us kids will start with a three day week, before the long Labor Day weekend. At last night’s meeting board of education members approved their COVID-19 back-to-school plan. In-class and online learning options will …

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Houghton, Hancock School Boards OK COVID Plans

Both the Houghton and Hancock Boards of Education approved their fall school opening plans at their respective meetings last night. Administrators from both districts outlined steps that will be taken to disinfect their facilities, and maintain distancing to protect both students and staff. Both districts will allow students to attend …

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