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Lorinser Death Threat Under Investigation

The investigation continues into a death threat against Democratic First District U.S. House of Representatives candidate Dr. Bob Lorinser.  The threat was received by the Lorinser campaign via text message Thursday, in response to an invitation to a campaign appearance in Elk Rapids. It stated exactly when and where the …

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U.P.-Only Natural Resources Commission Proposed

State Representative Greg Markkanen has officially proposed that the Upper Peninsula be given its own Natural Resources Commission… We just feel that the NRC from downstate, coming from Ann Arbor, Detroit, are just totally out of touch with what’s going on across the U.P. Markkanen says the idea has been …

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Markkanen Proposes State Bird Change

State Representative Greg Markkanen is proposing that Michigan change its official state bird… The robin is a wonderful bird, don’t get me wrong, but the Kirtland warbler is unique to Michigan. Kirtland’s warbler was listed as an endangered species in 1967, after being driven nearly to extinction because of reduced …

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NMU Trustees to Interview Presidential Candidates Today

The four candidates to become the next president of Northern Michigan University will meet with the school’s board of trustees today. The candidates are:• Debra S. Larson, provost and vice president of academic affairs at California State University, Chico, and an Ishpeming native.• Brock Tessman, Deputy Commissioner of Higher Education …

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Community Blood Drive at the Calumet Colosseum Next Tuesday

Hockey gives blood, next week that is. On Tuesday the U.P. Regional Blood Center will hold a community blood drive at the Calumet Colosseum. Blood supplies across the Upper Peninsula are in critical need, and blood drives serve great importance in communities. As a single donation can help up to …

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Jerry Rota, Closes the Doors on the Vansville Bar and Donates Wall Dollars to the Keweenaw Snowmobile Club

 After nearly 60 years in business, Jerry Rota decided to retire and close up shop on the Vansville Bar, on US-41. While in business, many patrons posted dollar bills on his walls and ceiling. Rota wanted to take the money and put it back into a community that had given …

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Bill to Honor Anderson at Baraga Post Office Advances

The process of renaming the Baraga Post Office after a pioneering female legislator has taken a step forward. The bill sponsored by Michigan Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow was recently passed by the United States Senate. It moves on to the U.S. House of Representatives for consideration. If approved, …

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Halloween Arrives Saturday in Lake Linden

The Halloween season begins Saturday evening, as the Lake Linden Campground hosts its annual Spooktember event. The public is welcome, and you do not need to be registered at the campground. Refreshments will be available between 6 and 8. A costume parade for children and adults starts at 7, with …

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Regional Unemployment Level Dips Slightly

Employment increased slightly in the Upper Peninsula last month. The latest report from the Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget shows that the number of workers on the job grew to 128,800. That’s 700 better than July, and 3,300 better than August of 2021. The raw unemployment rate for …

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COVID-19 Cases Rise Locally, but Remain Moderate

COVID-19 diagnoses rose in the Copper Country last week, but the numbers remain modest. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services reported 49 new confirmed cases in Houghton, Keweenaw, Baraga and Ontonagon Counties, up from 33 in the previous week.  Statewide numbers edged downward, with an average daily diagnoses …

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