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Army Corps of Engineers releases winter water level forecast

Last month Lake Superior fell below its long-term average, adjusting for seasonal cyclicality, for the first time in seven years. The most recent forecast from the Army Corps of Engineers – Detroit District expects that to continue until at least March. The office in charge of monitoring the Great Lakes …

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Houghton council member steps down

Wednesday night marked the final Houghton City Council meeting for Dan Salo. Chief of Police John Donnelly, City Manager Eric Waara, and several other members paid tribute to him throughout the session. Mike Needham used part of his closing remarks to address Salo. I saw your wife sitting there when …

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Check out the 2022 Winter Carnival logo

Next February marks the 100th anniversary of Michigan Tech’s Winter Carnival. The logo was unveiled recently, drawn by Rachel May, and it brings the annual event back to its roots. A ferris wheel, a roller coaster that looks like something out of New York’s Coney Island, and a merry-go-round sit …

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Michigan Tech employees must get COVID vaccination

A letter from the Office of Michigan Tech President Richard Koubek sent late last week to university students and staff revealed that COVID vaccinations will be mandatory by January 10th for all employees. The missive referenced a recent executive order from the Joe Biden Administration that applies to all federal …

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Planning Commission Recommends Approval for 100 Pearl St. Development

Houghton approved the site plan for the 100 Pearl Street apartment complex last night. The plan will build new high density apartments near Michigan Tech’s campus, close enough for students to walk to classes or even downtown. The architect in charge of the project, Barry Polizn, says that the plan …

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More overnight closures on the lift bridge

Only one lane is closed on the Portage Lake Lift Bridge, now affecting traffic headed north, but soon work will require 30 minute waits again in the overnight hours. Crews are racing to complete repairs before winter ends construction season. Contractors will need to raise and lower the bridge between …

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10-digit dialing now required

Earlier this week, ten-digit dialing became mandatory in the Upper Peninsula, which is covered entirely by the 906 area code. The change has been suggested since the summer as the Federal Communications Commission tried to ease the region into the switch. The dial code 988 has been set up to …

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Bricks being replaced on Shelden Avenue

Crews will be on Shelden Avenue in Houghton replacing selected bricks that are beginning to deteriorate on the downtown stretch. Manager Eric Waara says it is the first time maintenance work has been done since the business district was resurfaced in 2009. The work will be done when weather allows …

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Health Department not offering flu shots

At Monday’s Western Upper Peninsula Board of Health meeting, Chief Health Officer Kate Beer said that there will not be any flu shot clinics put on by the department this fall. In-house clinics are just not viable for us right now, we don’t have the staff. We’re gonna have to …

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State Christmas tree being harvested Saturday

Maybe you are ready to skip Halloween and Thanksgiving, and proceed straight to Christmas. Saturday is the first opportunity, if you are willing to make a short trip. The Michigan Department of Technology, Management, and Budget selected a blue spruce in Marenisco as the state’s Christmas tree, which will be …

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