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Calumet starts another athletic gofundme

The bills are piling up for Calumet High School’s athletic department. A week after funding a five-day trip to the state championship game for its boys’ hockey program, another team is poised to make a run. The undefeated girls’ basketball squad already visited The Soo for a playoff win. Monday …

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Driver loses control of vehicle in downtown Ontonagon

Early Thursday morning, a driver did damage to a variety of property in Ontonagon’s downtown area after he lost control of his vehicle. He was driving north on River Street approaching Quartz when his car clipped the side of a pickup truck. He would later hop the curb, hitting a …

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Tornadoes are rare, but summer weather still dangerous

Severe weather awareness is top of mind this time of year, and the Copper Country is no stranger to potential dangers. Meteorologist Matthew Zika of the National Weather Service in Marquette says the entire UP averages only one tornado a year. In its place, we tend to see a phenomenon …

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Keweenaw Natural Areas celebrates fundraising milestone

Today’s mail is bringing in the final donations to Keweenaw Natural Areas for their recent fundraising effort to purchase property stretching along the Gratiot River and along Lake Superior. President John Griffith speculates that the group will fall $25,000 below the quarter million they were trying to raise, but that …

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COVID accommodations ending

For several government bodies at the state and local level, Thursday marks the return to pre-pandemic operations. Cities and townships have been able to hold public meetings virtually since last March, but that ended at midnight. Gatherings will need to be in-person to satisfy the Open Meetings Act from now …

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Houghton Council reviews budget wish list

Houghton’s City Council met via Zoom Wednesday night to give members a chance to lay out a wish list of items they would like to see added to the budget for next fiscal year, or beyond. Manager Eric Waara reminded them that there will be federal funds coming in over …

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Isle Royale reopening April 16th

Separate announcements from the National Park Service and the Keweenaw Convention and Visitors Bureau are heralding the reopening of Isle Royale National Park. Boating access points, trails, and campgrounds on the island will be available for public use beginning Friday, April 16th. Park staff need to evaluate the condition of …

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Women advised to delay mammogram after vaccine

The Society of Breast Imaging has issued new guidance for women who have recently received the COVID-19 vaccine. After getting the Johnson and Johnson version, or the second dose of the Pfizer and Moderna options, it is recommended that you avoid mammograms for four to six weeks. Western UP Health …

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IRS warns about scam targeting colleges

The Internal Revenue Service posted a warning on its website Tuesday about a tax refund scam that targets college employees and students through .edu email addresses. The messages ask recipients to click a link provided in the body that redirects to data fields asking for sensitive information like your social …

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Mud season use can damage recreation trails

Michigan’s Department of Natural Resources is reminding bikers and hikers to treat trails gingerly in the coming weeks. As snows recede, water pools on dirt trails creating muddy conditions. The soft ground is malleable and can be damaged when used by mountain bikers or even those on foot. The DNR …

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