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“Adopt a room” at the Gundlach Shelter Home

The Barbara Kettle Gundlach Shelter Home is nearly done with the moving process, and asking the public to put the “finishing touches” on the relocation. Executive Director Mary Niemela says the past year has been difficult to keep a high profile, at the same time the organization has asked for …

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Obesity, lack of activity contributing to COVID severity

The World Health Organization, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and various doctors have raised the alarm about obesity’s magnifying effect on the severity of COVID-19. An outsized percentage of COVID deaths have occurred in countries with high rates of obesity, helping to explain why western European societies and the …

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Hancock rescheduling City Council special session

The City of Hancock originally gave notice for a council special meeting that was set to happen Thursday night. Member John Haeussler relays via email it was learned that a subject being discussed requires a public meeting to receive input prior to the council taking action on submitting an application. …

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Houghton Community Broadcasting picks up two more merit awards

Your favorite radio stations wrapped up the Michigan Association of Broadcasters awards presentations with two additional merit plaques. KBear 102.3 nabbed a trophy Thursday for Best Special Show Broadcast for our deer hunters’ roundup coverage. On Friday, Keweenaw Report was recognized for its October 14th newscast. The lead segment was …

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Finlandia hosting a hybrid graduation

Finlandia University seniors will have an opportunity to walk across the stage at graduation this year. When they switch the tassel from one side of their cap to the other, they will be doing so only in front of fellow students and faculty though. The hybrid ceremony contains a video …

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Jobless rate declines as workforce continues to shrink

Michigan notched another decline in its unemployment rate for February, but for the wrong reasons. The Michigan Department of Technology, Management, and Budget reports, “The state’s labor force experienced a second consecutive month of labor force withdrawal, down by 42,000, in February.” Throughout the decades the definition of someone who …

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COVID cases up across Copper Country, down in Houghton County

Thursday’s COVID-19 update from the Western Upper Peninsula Health Department was a mixed bag. First, the good news is that cases in Houghton County dropped from the prior update, falling from 30 to 27. Baraga and Keweenaw Counties saw seven new cases though so the area total jumped to 34 …

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Aura Jamboree details 2021 plans

There will be no formal Aura Jamboree again this summer, but there will be music at the historic Aura Community Hall. In a recent letter to performers and supporters, Jamboree organizers said uncertainty about COVID-19 guidelines has forced them to cancel the indoor portion of the July festival, including the …

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Flagstar Bank data breach expands to customers

Michigan-based Flagstar Bank, which has a Houghton branch location, disclosed earlier this week that a ransomware attack was broader than it initially thought, and does involve customer data. For nearly a month, the company has been subject of extortion attempts from a hacker group named Cl0p, due to a data …

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Houghton council has efficient meeting

Despite an early interruption from pranksters, Houghton City Council was able to wrap up several orders of business in a little over an hour Wednesday night. The efficient meeting featured a discussion from manager Eric Waara about a range of issues. In regards to correspondence from a recent meeting, Waara …

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