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Baraga Deputies to Get New Body Cameras

Baraga County Sheriff’s Deputies will be getting new body cameras. At this week’s meeting, county commissioners approved a lease agreement with Lenslock for seven cameras. Much of the cost will be offset by a grant from the Michigan Municipal Risk Management Authority, which carries the county’s liability insurance policy. In …

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L’Anse Seeks Village Council Member

L’Anse is looking for a new member of the village council. Councilor Kerri Sikkila recently stepped down, after accepting a new job that limited her ability to attend meetings. Anyone interested in applying should contact the village office as quickly as possible. The term expires at the end of 2024. …

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Giving Tuesday Non-Profit Spotlight: Big Brother Big Sisters of the Western Upper Peninsula – U.P. Kids

Big Brothers Big sisters in the western Upper Peninsula provides opportunities for kids to experience and learn from role models. The national program has had a local western Upper Peninsula chapter during the past decade-plus years. Many may be familiar with the group’s most known role model program that pairs …

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Giving Tuesday Non-Profit Spotlight: Copper Country Angel Mission

When the Copper Country Angel Mission joined Giving Tuesday Copper Shores was still the Portage Health Foundation. Now in 2023 Copper Shores Community Health Foundation and the Copper Country Angel Mission continue building upon their already strong relationship. President of the Copper Country Angel Mission board of directors, Sherry Middlemis-Brown …

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H-STEM Complex and Alumni Gateway Nearly Complete

Construction projects on Michigan Tech’s Campus are nearly complete. During the past year, the university has been hard at work with contractors erecting the new H-STEM Complex and an Alumni Gateway on the west end of campus. Michigan Tech facilities management says that the H-STEM building is on schedule to …

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Baraga County Chamber Commerce Selected as a Neighborhood Champion of Shopping Small

Baraga County champions small businesses serving the community. The Baraga County Chamber of Commerce has been selected as a Neighborhood Champion in the Shop Small Movement sponsored by American Express. The Neighborhood Champions Ambassadors program promotes the importance of shopping small. In the past areas selected as Neighborhood Champions have …

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Houghton County Road Commission Earns a Goose-Egg Award

The Houghton County Road Commission receives a worker’s safety award from the County Road Association Self-Insurance fund. Houghton County’s Road Commission has received the coveted goose egg award from the County Road Association Self-Insurance fund. The award is given to a county road commission in Michigan that goes 12 months …

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Baraga County Leaders Changing How Law Enforcement Interacts with Mental Health Crisis Calls

Baraga County leadership is changing how law enforcement agencies interact with citizens going through a mental health crisis. During the past year Baraga County Sheriff Joesph Brogan, county commissioners, and Baraga County Memorial Hospital’s leadership have worked together to bring a new mental health response program to the community. Avel …

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Houghton County Swears in Dan Helmer to Prosecutor’s Office

Houghton County has sworn in its newest county Prosecutor. Yesterday the County Clerk Jennifer Kelly swore in Dan Helmer to his office as the Houghton County Prosecutor. Helmer hails from Marquette. He spent the past several years as an assistant prosecutor in Kent County, home to Grand Rapids. He earned …

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Giving Tuesday Non- Profit Spotlight: Hancock Trails Club

The past year has been very busy for the Keweenaw Nordic Ski Club, now the Hancock Trails Club. In 2023 besides completing several trail improvements, the club completed a name change. Earlier in the year, the KNSC became the Hancock Trails Club, to reflect the changing needs of the community …

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