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Free heart screenings returning to UP Health

Dr. Keith Wright from UP Health Portage will be checking the community’s cardiovascular pulse again this February. The free screenings have become an annual tradition in conjunction with American Heart Month. Health and Fitness Manager Angela Luskin says the exams are more comprehensive than a traditional physical. Those people can …

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Area middle school shifting to remote learning

Remote learning will be the only option available to Washington Middle School students in Calumet beginning at 2 PM Wednesday through the end of the month. Mitigation efforts have not been successful so far in stemming a rising number of confirmed and probable COVID-19 cases, according to an email sent …

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UP Health System – Portage not allowing inpatient visitors

A new zero visitor policy has been implemented at UP Health System – Portage for inpatient units. The release did not give a reason for the change and it is unclear if it is COVID-19 related. At last check, the hospital census showed six patients with the virus, zero in …

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Finlandia celebrates Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

COVID-19 restrictions kept Finlandia students from engaging in volunteer work for the Martin Luther King holiday, as has become the custom. However, the university is making up for it by hosting social justice educator Jen Fry Tuesday night. A former Division II athlete, Fry does most of her speaking at …

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2020 was a deadly year on Michigan roads; area results mixed

Less congestion on the highways and byways of the State of Michigan led to a significant increase in fatal car accidents even as overall traffic plummeted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Those trends were partially mirrored locally. Sergeant Russell Larson from the Calumet post was able to crunch some numbers …

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Houghton-Portage Township School Board reelects officers

Monday’s Houghton-Portage Township School Board meeting was generally quiet, with officers set to remain in their current posts for the last part of the current two-year cycle. President Nels Cristopherson said he remembers when individuals were able to stay in the same position so long it created dynasties and made …

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Hospital bucks Baraga County regarding COVID-19

Baraga County Memorial Hospital has socially distanced itself from the controversial “Manifesto” issued by the Baraga County Board of Commissioners last week. Adopted in secret, and posted without public notice on Sheriff Joe Brogan’s political campaign Facebook page, the “Baraga County Manifesto” states that the county will refuse to take …

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Michigan Tech releases name of student involved in fatal crash

In a statement released internally to Michigan Tech students last night, the university identified the student who passed away following a multi-vehicle accident on US-41 near Purple Road Saturday. Charlotte Jenkins was a third-year computer engineering student from Fenton, MI, about an hour northwest of Detroit. She was returning to …

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Skating track nearly ready at Kestner Park

A new amenity at Kestner Park in Houghton is set to turn the waterfront into a winter wonderland. City Business Director Susie Negro says the finishing touches on the inaugural skate track are just about complete. It’s a learning process though, so expect a no frills experience this year. And …

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Hancock looking for applicants for new city board

The City of Hancock passed sweeping changes to its rental ordinances last year, and those are beginning to be implemented. An official posting is asking for applicants for the new Rental Code Board of Appeals. The five-member board is designed to have input from all perspectives regarding rental units in …

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