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CopperDog 150 Activities Planned

Plans are well underway for the 2017 CopperDog 150 dogsled race. Kids can ride a dogsled for free Saturday at Agassiz Park in Calumet. Musher Tom Bauer will provide the rides between 1:00 and 3:00. The first 100 kids will receive free photo keepsakes. Refreshments will be available, including custom …

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KCF Hockey Grant Deadline Near

The Keweenaw Community Foundation has $2,800 it would like to hand out to help youth hockey programs in the area. KCF spokesperson Laura Smyth says the money is being disbursed from the Copper Country Youth Hockey Endowment Fund, and can be used to support existing programs, or start something new. …

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Dealing with Christmas Overspending

As the joy of Christmas fades, the reality of Christmas bills begins to set in. If you racked up too much debt on a high-interest credit card or two, Mia Moilanen at the Michigan Tech Employees Credit Union says you might be able to lower payments by transferring the balance …

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UPHS-Portage Cited

UP Health System-Portage is one of 27 hospitals in Michigan and 769 across the nation that will be penalized by the government because of a high rate of avoidable patient complications. Such complications can include infections contracted in the hospital, blood clots and bedsores. Kaiser Health News reports that investigators …

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Calley Visits UP

Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley visited Kingsford yesterday. He toured Lakeshore Systems, Inc., which provides high-definition surveillance and 24-hour monitoring for both private and defense clients. Calley said the growth of the defense industry in Michigan is being held back because of a lack of qualified employees. He cited engineering, welding …

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Utility Services Return to Normal

Life is back to normal in L’Anse, after natural gas service to the village and the surrounding area was cut off by a car crash early Friday morning. SEMCO rushed repair crews to the area from as far away as Port Huron and Holland. They turned off the gas meters …

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NMU Confirms Civil Rights Investigation

Northern Michigan University has confirmed that the United States Justice Department is investigating a civil rights complaint filed against the school. At issue is a university policy that prohibited students from discussing some mental health issues, including thoughts of suicide, with other students. That policy has since been changed. An …

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Drunk Driving Arrests, Crashes Fall

When it comes to the number of drunk driving arrests in Michigan, the Copper Country tends to rank about in the middle. The website MLive reviewed arrest data for 2015 for every county in the state. They created an apples-to-apples comparison by averaging that number per 10,000 drivers. The lowest …

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US-2 Section Dedicated to Fallen Hero

A stretch of US-2 in Norway now bears the name of a fallen local hero. Among the bills Governor Rick Snyder signed as the lame duck legislative session came to a close last week was a measure designating the road as “Kenneth J. Moraska Memorial Highway.” Moraska was a Norway …

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