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Vehicle Fire Briefly Closes M-26

M-26 in eastern Houghton County was closed briefly Saturday afternoon because of a truck fire. The Twin Lakes Fire Department was called out around 4:30. They found a gravel truck burning on the northbound lane shoulder two-and-a-half miles south of Twin Lakes State Park. Traffic was stopped for about 20 …

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UPSET West Arrests Two from Detroit in Atlantic Mine

Yesterday the UPSET West team arrested two Detroit residents for delivery of heroin. Detectives arrested 33 year old, Kellen Werdlow, and, 28 year old, Johnathon Knuckles, after a one month investigation into the two bringing the narcotic to Houghton County in large quantities for several months. Detectives got wind that …

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Houghton High School Presents Night Chills at the Calumet Theatre

Houghton High School’s drama club are performing in a special location this weekend. Students perform Night Chills, tonight, and throughout the weekend in the calumet theater. The show is directed by the notable David Crowley, who plays a duel role, performing also as the legendary Edgar Allan Poe. Night Chills …

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Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive Happening Tomorrow

Mail Carriers fight brutal elements all year round, and they are even fighting against hunger. For over 30 years the US Letter Carriers union has held a notional food drive, encouraging local post offices to collect non perishable food items. And donate them to any local food pantry. Tomorrow during …

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UP Highway to Commemorate Fallen State Trooper

A stretch of highway in the southern Upper Peninsula will be dedicated to the memory of a fallen Michigan State Police trooper today. The five-mile segment of US-41 and US-2 between Bark River and Hyde, west of Escanaba, will be christened the Darryl M. Rantanen Memorial Highway.  Rantanen was killed …

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COVID-19 Uptick Continues

The latest COVID-19 surge is creeping into the Copper Country. While levels still remain relatively low, the state health department reported 61 new confirmed cases in Houghton, Baraga, Keweenaw and Ontonagon Counties in the past week. That compares to 45 in the previous week. Forty-nine of the new cases were …

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Farm Markets Continue to Sprout

The list of farm markets in the Copper Country continues to grow. South Range is the latest municipality to join the club. Their market will be held Tuesdays between 3:00 and 6:00 at the parking lot at the ballfields. It will open May 31st. There is no charge for vendors …

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Spring Clean-Up in Hancock

The City of Hancock will hold its annual spring cleanup today and tomorrow. City residents may drop a wide variety of unwanted items off at the Public Works Garage on Tomasi Drive today between 8:30 and 6:30, and tomorrow between 8:00 and 3:00.  Senior citizens and handicapped residents can arrange …

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Weight Restrictions Lifted for State Highways

The Michigan Department of Transportation has lifted spring weight restrictions on all state trunk lines in the Upper Peninsula. In our area, that only affects highways with the M- or US- designations. Restrictions remain in effect for all other roads in the Copper Country. Houghton County Road Commission Engineer Kevin …

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Hancock to Install Pickleball Courts in Laurn-Grove Park

A growing community of people have been using the tennis courts at Terrace Park for pickleball. As one of the fastest growing sports right now, and with an excited sector of the population, Hancock will have some resurfacing done at the Laurn Grove Park. In order to fill a desire …

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