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Ahmeek Fire gets coveted FEMA grant

Ahmeek’s Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department has won a sought-after grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Captain and Administrator Michael Defina says that the department only gets money through the efforts of its members, which makes the nearly $214,000 coming its way a true lifeline. With a budget annually …

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Keweenaw Co-op moving downtown

The former Keweenaw Buick GMC location at 612 Quincy Street is about to have a new tenant. For the first time since 1986, the Keweenaw Co-op is on the move. The organization has signed a purchase agreement for the building, but so far has not said when the relocation will …

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Public losing faith in COVID-19 vaccines

A growing percentage of the general public is being driven away from vaccines of all kinds due to concern over the COVID-19 immunizations. UP Health Systems Pediatrician Colleen Vallad-Hix said During Michigan Tech’s COVID town hall Thursday that many in this new group were previously open to administering shots protecting …

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Fair Board presents first-ever Agnes Ahola Award

The Houghton County Fair Board handed out more than just silver plates Friday afternoon.  The group also presented the Agnes Ahola Award for the first time. It is meant for someone who has gone above and beyond for the annual event. The committee took pains to hide their decision from …

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Tech students ready to enjoy an “Afternoon on the Town”

Houghton’s business community gets the chance to introduce itself to Michigan Tech freshmen on Saturday in an event called “an Afternoon on the Town.” There is a virtual option, featuring 45 establishments. Molly Fitzgerald from the University’s Student Leadership and Involvement Office says students registered for the in-person tour will …

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Michigan’s New Auto Insurance Law and the Effects on Catastrophic Claim Victims

Since July 1st, 2021, 42 medical care facilities have shut down across the state. In home care from family was slashed to 56 hours a week, and medicare reimbursement is capped at 45%. Lawmakers had two years to contemplate the effects the auto insurance law change by Public Acts 21 …

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Sailboat runs aground at Manitou Island

The United States Coast Guard was called out to Manitou Island after a sailboat’s rudder became stuck on the lake bed Thursday. Initially, an attempt was made to tow the 30-foot vessel, but the weather made that too risky of an endeavor. Spokesman Jacob Lovell says it was resecured and …

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Missing Ontonagon boat found in Houghton County

Early Wednesday morning, the Ontonagon Sheriff’s Office received a complaint of a missing boat. The watercraft had been tied up at Hamilton’s Marina on the Ontonagon River the prior evening. A notice went out to be on the lookout for the vessel, and it was discovered Thursday washed ashore near …

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UPDATE: Missing Teen in Ontonagon Township

Kayden Pragacz has been located after returning home to his parents, according to Michigan State Police. ************************************************************* A teen is missing in Ontonagon Towpship. Michigan State Police are asking for information or assistance in locating 16 year old Kayden Pragacz. Pragacz was last seen around 7 pm last night about …

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Houghton COVID cases moderating

Some good news on the COVID-19 front, as cases in Houghton County were significantly lower in the most recent reporting period. For the seven days ending on August 25, only 37 cases were recorded. That compares to 50 from the week prior. The positivity rate also fell, down to 6.67%. …

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