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Mystery Dog Illness Identified

The illness that has been sickening and killing dogs in the northern Lower Peninsula has been identified as canine parvovirus.  Initial screening tests had come up negative for parvo, but more sensitive tests performed at the Michigan State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory detected the virus. The number of dogs that …

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Project Lifesaver Credited for Rescue of Hancock Township Resident

A missing Hancock Township resident was located quickly Tuesday through Houghton County’s Project Lifesaver program. Courtesy of Project Lifesaver International website. Houghton County Sheriff Josh Saarinen said it took deputies just 28 minutes to track the signal from the individual’s transponder to their location, about seven-tenths of a mile away, …

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Michigan Releases Top 50 In Demand Jobs Through 2030

Michigan has released the state’s top 50 in demand jobs. Recently the state’s department of labor and economic opportunity highlighted Michigan’s career outlook during a conference with the department of technology management and budgets. The data compiled by the departments will help residents find high paying, in demand jobs. The …

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The DNR Will Pay to Help Source Native Red Pine Cones in the Upper Peninsula

Are you a tree identification aficionado? Collecting a bushel of red pine cones will earn you $100 and help the Michigan Department of Natural Resources plant trees in state forests. Red pine is a fast-growing tree species that is used to make many types of forest products including lumber, posts …

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Houghton to Consider Small Property Sale

The Houghton city council will discuss selling a small piece of the land currently occupied by the big parking deck tonight. The owners of 326 Shelden Avenue would like to buy a 10-foot strip immediately to the north of their present building. Braveworks Developers plans to modify the building, which …

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Isle Royale Fire Contained

The Mount Franklin wildfire on Isle Royale has been contained. The firefighting crew from Minnesota that had arrived August 14 left yesterday. A park official will monitor the area to make sure the blaze does not rekindle. The fire remained confined to the six acres that were involved when it …

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Local COVID-19 Cases Ebb

COVID-19 numbers fell a bit in the Copper Country last week. The Michigan Department of Health and Human services reported 73 new cases in Houghton, Keweenaw, Baraga and Ontonagon Counties. That compares with 90 in the previous week, and 91 the week before that. Statewide numbers also slipped a bit, …

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Gas Price Slide Continues

Gasoline prices continue to drop. AAA Michigan’s survey showed the statewide average for a gallon of unleaded regular at $3.90 as of yesterday. That’s a nickel less than a week ago, and 59 cents less than a month ago, but still 81 cents higher than a year ago. Locally, the …

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The American Bird Conservancy and Houghton-Keweenaw Conservation District Working on Forestry for Michigan Birds Project

Raptors, songbirds, or waterfowl, the Keweenaw Peninsula is home to all kinds of birds. At the end of the week, The American bird conservancy and the Houghton Keweenaw Conservation District have partnered to provide a workshop aimed at improving bird habitats. Forestry for Michigan Birds is an initiative, to help …

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A Missing Sidnaw Man was Found Safe Yesterday Near the Railroad

A missing Sidnaw Township man was found yesterday. On Sunday Michigan State Police troopers, Houghton and Baraga County Sheriff deputies, and Superior Search and Rescue were dispatched for reports that a 68 year-old man was missing from his residence on Firetower Road, near Sidnaw Road in Sidnaw Township. Yesterday at …

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