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Michigan Tech is Celebrating 101 Years of Robots with Various Events During October

Coined in 1920 the term “robot” is a newer term in language, and was first used in Czech playwright Karel Capek’s hit R.U.R., or Rossum’s Universal Robots. University of Michigan Science Historian and Professor, Howard Markel, has said the word comes from an old Slavic term, rabota, meaning forced labor. …

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Houghton Council to Consider Transit ADA Policy Tonight

The agenda for tonight’s Houghton City Council meeting appears to be a light one. The council will be asked to approve an updated Americans with Disabilities Act policy for Houghton Transit. The policy includes a complaint process that citizens can use if they feel the policy has been violated. The …

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Gas Price Increase Blamed on Refinery Fire

Gasoline prices in Michigan continue to surge. Yesterday, the statewide average price of a gallon of unleaded regular jumped to $4.12 per gallon. That’s 13 cents higher than it was on Monday, and 32 cents higher than a week ago. The average price in Houghton County climbed to $4.18 per …

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Additional Details Released About Mongozid Crash

Additional information has been released about the death of an 18-year-old L’Anse man in a single-car crash late last week. Virgil Mongozid was reported missing Thursday. After searching through the weekend, his pickup truck was found by Keweenaw Bay Indian Community Tribal Police Sunday afternoon in a wooded area off …

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Volunteer VA Medical Drivers Needed

Drivers are needed to help transport local veterans to appointments at the Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center in Iron Mountain. Officials at the Center say there is a critical lack of drivers in Houghton, Keweenaw and Baraga Counties.  It’s a volunteer job, with no pay. Chief of Voluntary Services …

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L’Anse Council OK’s New Marina Dock

The L’Anse Marina will get a new floating dock – but not until late next summer. At last night’s meeting, village council members accepted a $97,423 bid from Floatation Docking Systems of Cedarville to build the structure, which will replace the nearly 30-year-old dock presently in place. Half of the …

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U.P. Legislators Rip State Preservation Office

Upper Peninsula legislators are unhappy with the State Historic Preservation Office and the State Historic Preservation Review Board.  Yesterday, the board determined that land along the Menominee River near the site of a proposed mine in Menominee County should be added to the federal registry of historic places.  The move …

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Body of Missing L’Anse Man Recovered from Truck

The body of a missing L’Anse man was discovered yesterday in Baraga County. On Thursday, Northern Michigan University public safety officers contacted the Baraga County Sheriff’s Department and KBIC Tribal police about the well-being of 18-year-old Vergil Mongozid.  Mongozid had allegedly been involved in some kind of incident at NMU …

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Ontonagon Man Killed in Crash

An Ontonagon man was killed in a traffic crash late Thursday night.  Sheriff’s deputies report that 33-year-old Brennan Sharlow was a passenger in a vehicle that veered off Norwich Road south of Domitrovich Road, skidded 400 feet through a ditch, and hit a tree. Sharlow was killed. The driver suffered …

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Gas Prices Jump After Refinery Fire

Gas prices have taken an upward spike in the Copper Country, and across the state. AAA Michigan reports that the current price for a gallon of unleaded regular in the Marquette area has risen to $4.09. That’s 33 cents higher than last week. The statewide average is at $3.97 per …

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