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Hepokoski Family Given 2017 Hankooki Heikki Award

A mix of music, dance and drama–all were featured during a solemn ceremony celebrating Finland’s Independence Day. December 6th has been celebrated in Hancock as well by the area’s prominent Finnish population. Local actress Kris Kyro wrote and performed a play, along with actress and vocalist Kiersten Birondo, that talked …

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KBIC Breaks Ground On Marquette Casino

The Ojibwa Casino in Marquette celebrated the ground breaking of their $33.5 million expansion project for their gaming hall. Ojibwa Casinos General Manager Don Wren was among those at the ceremony. “We have a lot of people that are away from here, that are destination bound for this area and …

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Students Tour Local Auto Dealerships

Students can get a good paying job when they graduate without having to attend a four-year college and stay in the area–one way is by putting their automotive skills to work. That was the message shared by the Copper Country Intermediate School District and Michigan Works! as students from Automotive …

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Jason Carter Elected to Leadership Post of National Organization

By Mark Wilcox, Michigan Technological University News Writer Jason Carter, chair of the Department of Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology at Michigan Technological University, has been named president-elect of the American Kinesiology Association (AKA). Current AKA President Mary Rudisill, director of the School of Kinesiology at Auburn University, says, “The American …

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New UPSET West Team Will Need Support

The drug problem in the western U.P. continues to escalate and now law enforcement has a team in place to combat the growing epidemic. The Upper Peninsula Drug Enforcement Team’s newest addition—UPSET West—will focus on narcotics investigation in the region. First Lt. Randy Danison of the MSP Calumet Post said, …

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Chicago Heroin Suspect Arraigned

A Chicago area man arrested last week after a drug bust conducted by the Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team has been arraigned. 38-year-old Fountaine Gordon faces three felony drug charges, including delivery/manufacture of heroin or cocaine, less than 50 grams. Gordon was arrested on November 30th at the Super 8 …

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Hancock Woman Killed In Weekend Crash

A Hancock woman is dead following a rollover accident Sunday night. The Ontonagon Sheriff’s Department says the accident happened around 7:30 p.m. 29-year-old Mandy Kela was driving northbound on U.S. 45 when she lost control of the vehicle. Her vehicle reportedly spun 180 degrees and hit a ditch, where the tires …

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Candidates Sought For DNR’s U.P. Citizen’s Advisory Councils

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is now soliciting applications for open volunteer positions on the Eastern and Western Upper Peninsula Citizens’ Advisory Councils. The councils are designed to advise the DNR on regional programs and policies, identify areas in which the department can be more effective and responsive, and …

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