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Passionate for paczkis

The Copper Country doesn’t have a Hamtramck or Poletown district, but it has fallen in love with a Fat Tuesday staple popular in the Motor City. Econofoods and Roy’s Pasties in Houghton are two of several bakeries pumping out the Polish confection known for its distinctive round shape. Roy’s owner …

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Natural Resources Commission approves deer hunting changes

Changes approved at last Thursday’s Natural Resources Commission meeting will make it easier to do antlerless deer hunting within a couple hours’ drive. Deer Management Units in the South-Central UP will participate in a new universal antlerless permit program. Mid-zone units, which do not include the Copper Country, are saddled …

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Houghton School Board allows new retirement plan option

Employees of the Houghton-Portage Lake School District will have a new alternative to help them save for retirement thanks to a unanimous vote by the Board of Education Monday night. One employee from the district had asked for a 457(b) plan to be made available. The district already offers a …

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COVID-19 update – Numbers remain relatively low

Monday’s Western Upper Peninsula Health Department update continued to show relatively low COVID-19 activity in the area. Houghton County had registered an increase in probable cases the past two reports and those played a factor in a modest jump in confirmed cases this time around. Houghton had 25 new cases, …

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Chance to participate in Calumet redevelopment

Leah Polzien from Main Street Calumet was the guest on this weekend’s edition of Copper Country Today discussing how you can help play a hand in redeveloping the village’s historic downtown. The group teamed up with the Keweenaw Economic Development Alliance for an informational meeting on Thursday, February 4th to …

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Keweenaw Research Center roars to life

A sudden onset of fresh snow helped the Keweenaw Research Center spring into action seemingly overnight. The KRC works with upwards of 200 clients each year, mostly in the winter, and Project Manager Russ Alger said they had about 75 companies bring products to the 100-acre testing grounds all at …

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High speed chase through Ontonagon Friday night

A man who had stolen a vehicle in Wisconsin the day before led police on a high speed chase through Ontonagon County Friday night. A call came in to the Ontonagon County Sheriff’s Office about a man driving recklessly and failing to pay for gasoline. A deputy spotted the vehicle …

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Café Rosetta charged another $2,500

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development filed new civil contempt charges against Café Rosetta this week. That culminated in a hearing Friday afternoon at Ingham County’s 30th Circuit Court. Judge Wanda Stokes levied another fine in the amount of $2,500 against the business. Co-Owner Amy Heikkinen appeared in …

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UPDATE: One fatality confirmed from Friday’s multivehicle crash

UPDATE: Houghton County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed that 73-year-old David Sundberg from Ahmeek died as a result of injuries sustained in Friday’s crash. Icy roads and speed combined to help cause a multivehicle crash on Memorial Drive near Canal Road Friday afternoon. Just after 12:30 PM, a 73-year-old man from …

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Pfizer vaccine drought a concern

The Western Upper Peninsula Health Department is warning people about a potential bottleneck for their second vaccine dose. Both shots need to be the same brand to be effective so for Copper Country residents who got the Pfizer vaccine the first time around, they must get that again. Same goes …

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