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Monday single-vehicle crash snarls Yooper Loop

A red pickup truck found itself in a precarious spot Monday afternoon, creating a traffic hassle for commuters on M-26 and US-41 just west of the Portage Lake Lift Bridge. Lieutenant Nick Roberts of the Houghton Police Department says it was a mechanical issue that caused the crash, not driver …

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Hancock Council approves land purchase agreement

Kristine Weidner is already paying dividends for the City of Hancock. Less than a month after she was brought on to aggressively market 13 undeveloped lots in the Spruce Haven neighborhood, one has sold and an offer is in on a second. Prior to this, it had been years since …

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Redistricting town hall set for the 20th

The League of Women Voters of the Copper Country is hosting a virtual town hall April 20th with Portage Lake District Library to discuss Michigan’s experiment with the bipartisan redistricting commission model. It is part of a series being held across the state. Valorie Troesch says the panel is a …

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American Legion Spaghetti Dinner is Sunday

The Alfred Erickson American Legion Post #186 will be hosting its biannual spaghetti dinner on Sunday, beginning at noon. Commander Rod Guilbault says the meal is the primary revenue generator for the group and it would not be able to continue operations without it. Last spring’s dinner had to be …

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Oakland University becomes first Michigan college to mandate vaccination

All students living on campus at Oakland University in Rochester in the fall will be required to have received a full complement of COVID-19 vaccinations to attend school. That is sure to raise a host of questions that will be settled in a court of law. Dan Hurley, Chief Executive …

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Holiday slows COVID testing

From Friday to Monday, there were only 11 new cases of COVID-19 in Houghton, Baraga, and Keweenaw Counties. That represents a significant drop from the same time period a week prior, and is fairly common during holiday periods. Meanwhile, vaccination rates continue to skyrocket and that should only improve now …

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Hancock Planning Commission hears results of zoning code diagnostic

Kim Littleton presented to Hancock’s Planning Commission Tuesday night for shy of one hour, alongside Ericka Malone of OHM. He hinted at major changes to the city’s zoning ordinance, a set of regulations that dates back to the 1970’s. The alterations would bring zoning in line with Hancock’s comprehensive plan, …

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Hancock Planning Commission hosting special meeting

OHM Advisors is presenting Tuesday evening before a special meeting of Hancock’s Planning Commission. The consulting firm will address survey work they have been doing regarding the city’s zoning ordinances. Taking part in the Michigan Economic Development Corporation’s Redevelopment Ready Communities grant program requires the review. OHM’s Ericka Malone says …

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Rapid testing event Saturday

The Copper Country ISD will be hosting a rapid response COVID-19 testing event Saturday from 10 AM to 4 PM at Houghton High School. A nasal swab will still be utilized but it is self-administered and results are ascertained in as little as 15 minutes. Whether positive or negative, your …

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UP Energy Task Force makes recommendations

Area homes are saddled with higher average electricity rates than those found in other parts of the state. A recent report from the UP Energy Task Force says in some cases, they are the highest in the country. Governor Gretchen Whitmer set up a panel to look at ways to …

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