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Townsend Drive project ending tomorrow

After a couple of delays, traffic will be returning to normal through the campus of Michigan Tech. The end of work on Townsend Drive comes at the perfect time as Homecoming and parent’s weekend create heavier traffic than normal in the area. In a press release, the Michigan Department of …

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Calumet plans tulip display for the spring

The new community garden in the Village of Calumet allows for the possible start of a new spring tradition. Over a dozen raised beds, fruit tree boxes, a fully equipped shed and more sprung up in the 400 block of Fifth Street over the summer. After an open house during …

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Michigan budget includes long delayed flood relief funds

The Republican legislature and Democrat Governor Gretchen Whitmer have agreed to a state budget that will finally make the Copper Country whole after 2018’s Father’s Day Flood. The Keweenaw ATV Club got word from Representative Greg Markkanen that roughly eight-million dollars are earmarked to repair the Lake Linden trail. Used …

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Finnish language classes restarting October 20th

When Suomi calls, you’ll be able to answer thanks to the Finnish American Heritage Center in Hancock. The organization is restarting its beginning language lessons Wednesday, October 20th, tentatively scheduled for a 5 PM start. The class runs for five weeks and each session is 90 minutes long. It is …

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Portage Health Auxiliary accepting grant applications

The Portage Health Auxiliary announces its fall grant application program. The group will consider proposals from non-profit organizations in Houghton, Baraga, Ontonagon, and Keweenaw counties. Applicants must show how their projects benefit youth or the elderly in particular, as that is a required tenet of the auxiliary’s mission statement. Forms …

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Baraga County budget shrinks

Baraga County’s budget for the upcoming fiscal year will be slightly smaller than last year’s. At a special meeting last night, county commissioners unanimously approved a plan calling for just under $4 million in general fund expenditures. That’s $250,000 less than last year’s expenses. County revenues are also expected to …

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Touching moment ends Boy Band Review concert

Boy Band Review took the stage Saturday for the first concert at the Calumet Theatre since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Marketing Director Bethany Jones says that the Chicago group chose the perfect date to visit the Copper Country. They crooned 90’s pop tunes from New Kids on the …

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Portage Lake District Library Front Entrance Moves for Pier Project

Because of the pier project in Houghton the library will have to make adjustments. The Portage Lake District Library will close their front entrance until further notice, due to the work on the pier project in down town Houghton. People going to the library will need to enter the building …

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National Voter Registration Day event at Michigan Tech

Houghton County Clerk Jennifer Kelly hosted a voter registration drive at Michigan Tech Tuesday afternoon. The need for such an event is not what it once was as the state now automatically signs residents up when they get their driver’s license. Kelly says it takes effort to stay off the …

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The City of Houghton and Life After the Parking Deck

The city of Houghton will hold a public forum tomorrow about the parking deck downtown. The special meeting will allow the public to engage with the city council and staff to decide what the city will do with the parking deck downtown. The parking deck located on Lakeshore Drive is …

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