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COVID Numbers Continue to Moderate

COVID-19 numbers in the Western Upper Peninsula continue to moderate.  The most recent report from the Upper Peninsula Health Department shows 43 more confirmed positives in the five-county region since the last report was issued late Monday, along with 37 more probable cases, 63 confirmed recoveries, and two deaths. 21 …

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Hancock Industrial Arts Teacher Honored

A Hancock High School has been honored with a prestigious national prize. Hancock High School image. Industrial arts instructor Gary Mishica is one of 17 educators nationwide being recognized by the Harbor Freight Tools for Schools Prize for Teaching Excellence. He and 14 of the other winners will each receive …

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Communities Plan Alternate Halloween Activities

With many Halloween celebrations canceled because of COVID-19 concerns, local organizations are developing substitutes. The Keweenaw Chamber of Commerce’s Fall Scarecrow Contest encourages Houghton and Keweenaw County residents to create scarecrows, and display them in front of their homes or businesses. Once the scarecrow is in place, take a photo, …

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Baraga County Board Salutes Koski

The Baraga County Commission opened its monthly meeting on Tuesday with a moment of silence for longtime road commissioner Roy Koski. Koski passed away October 1st, at age 90. His 39 years on the Baraga Road Commission stands as one of the longest terms of service in state history. At …

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Houghton Notes Summer Successes, Revises Downtown Zoning

Houghton has updated its downtown zoning, although actual changes are minimal. A new downtown zoning overlay ordinance passed by the city council last night brings the city into compliance with Michigan Economic Development Corporation requirements, to facilitate future applications for grant money. City Manager Eric Waara reported that the Downtown …

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Deadline Nears for PHF Giving Tuesday Applications

The Portage Health Foundation is taking applications from qualified non-profits for their Giving Tuesday matching donation program. This year, Giving Tuesday will be December 1st – right after the big Christmas spending days… “We try to put all the capitalism behind us on Giving Tuesday, to celebrate the non-profits that …

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