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Volunteers Needed For Spring Break “Big Pack”

For public schools in the area, spring break begins next weekend and while some students will be traveling with their families to a favorite destination, many students in the Copper Country don’t have that luxury. In fact, for 31 Backpacks, the break from school presents a different concern all together. …

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Funding For Western UP Outdoor Recreation Projects Approved

More than $800,000 has been approved by the state for outdoor recreation projects in Baraga, Keweenaw, and Gogebic Counties. State Representative Greg Markkanen said this funding will go toward a half dozen projects that range from trail construction to park upgrades and land acquisition. “Our state’s outdoor recreation and tourism …

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State Police Warn About Scam Calls

Upper Peninsula residents are receiving calls from people claiming to be the Michigan State Police.  The phone number on the caller ID appears to be a local number and has “Michigan State Police” listed as a name.  The caller asks to update credit card information.  The Michigan State Police warns …

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“Let Run” Order Continues Despite Milder Temps

Even with spring-like temperatures the last couple of days, residents at risk for having their pipes freeze up should still be letting their water run. That was the message from Houghton City Manager Eric Waara Wednesday at the regular meeting of the city council. The early spring thaw actually drives …

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Portage Health Auxiliary To Open Grant Application Period March 15

Grant applications will be accepted by the Portage Health Auxiliary starting March 15th for funding for health and well-being projects. This funding is for non-profit organizations in Baraga, Houghton, Keweenaw, and Ontonagon Counties. The grant application period will continue through April 15. Last fall the auxiliary awarded over $20,000 in …

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Meet Bleau–CLK School’s New Therapy Dog

Bleau with CLK student Kadence Stites Students at CLK Schools have a friend to turn to when they need a little encouragement–and maybe their face licked. Bleau is a school therapy dog, who came to the school thanks to a Trauma Grant from the Portage Health Foundation. The School Board …

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Rep. Markkanen invites residents to March office hours

Rep. Greg Markkanen of Hancock announced his March office hours for residents of the 110th district.             “I am looking forward to another month of office hours,” Rep. Markkanen said. “We have seen a great turnout so far and the office hours have been an excellent resource for both the attendees …

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Grant Approved To Renovate Copper Range Depot

The city of Houghton will receive over $600,000 in grant money for architectural and engineering work for the Copper Range Depot. The Michigan Strategic Fund approved a number of projects across Michigan that will spark economic development. “Like many U.P. communities, we have historic landmarks left standing from the mining …

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Hancock Man Arrested After Shooting Snowbank

A Hancock man is facing possible charges after opening fire at a snowbank. Officers from the Hancock Police Department were dispatched to the 1200 block of Ingot Street shortly after midnight Tuesday morning for a report of numerous gunshots. When the officers arrived, they found a 37-year-old man standing outside …

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