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Coppo’s Plea Hearing Date Scheduled in 86th District Court

Houghton County Undersheriff Kevin Coppo’s plea hearing date has been set. Coppo will appear before 86th District Court Judge Michael Stepka on June 9th. Coppo was arrested back in March on charges related to drunken driving. His charges include operating a vehicle with blood alcohol content above 0.17%, failure to …

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Hancock Planning Commission Begins Review of Co-op Plans

The Hancock City Planning Commission got its first look at the plans the Keweenaw Co-op has developed for its new location last night. The Co-op has purchased the former Keweenaw Buick-GMC building on Quincy Street. Two additions are planned. The largest would add 4,000 square feet to the retail area, …

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Houghton Planning Commission to Meet Today

The Houghton City Planning Commission will meet this afternoon at the City Center. The agenda includes discussions of the downtown parking deck and the potential sale of some city-owned property. The session begins at 5:30, and the public is welcome. See the full agenda here.

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Trap Rock River Lamprey Census Begins Today

An effort is scheduled to begin today to estimate how many sea lamprey larvae are burrowed into the bottom of the Trap Rock River. A U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service assessment crew will survey the river and the area just offshore from the rivermouth. The information gathered will be used …

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Kenton Celebrates Hiram White’s Service in the Civil War, 105 Years Later

It’s not every day you celebrate a member of the Union Army. Last week, Kenton celebrated Hiram White, a soldier in the Union Army during the Civil War. White was a Sergeant in the 25th United States Colored Infantry Regiment, which was organized at Camp William Penn near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. …

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Keweenaw County Sheriff Seeking the Public’s Assistance for a Fuel Theft

The Keweenaw County Sheriff is searching for individuals involved in a fuel theft in Lac La Belle. A fuel spill was reported to the sheriff at 2:35 pm, at a commercial fishing operation’s leasing dock, last Thursday. The 275 gallon fuel tank was not in use by the fishing operation. …

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Lane Closures Continue as Bridge Project Nears End

Watch for another lane closure on the Houghton-Hancock Bridge again this week, as the lengthy repair project closes in on the finish line. Contractors for the Michigan Department of Transportation will shut down the outside southbound lane through Friday. They’ll be doing some minor concrete patching, and working on the …

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State Grants Will Help Bolster Ranks of First Responders

Five Copper Country governmental units will receive a half-million dollars from the state to help train and recruit first responders. Grants were awarded to: • The City of Houghton, for $141,200 • Keweenaw County, for $82,172 • Ontonagon County, for $100,000 • The Village of Baraga, for $96,980 • The …

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State Parks Raise Seasonal Workers’ Wage

Summer employees at Michigan State Parks are getting a raise. Faced with a worker shortage, the Department of Natural Resources has boosted the starting pay of its seasonal workers to $15 per hour. That’s a significant increase from the previous starting level, which was as low as $10.20 per hour, …

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State Police Seek Identification Help

Michigan State Police Troopers are asking for the public’s help in identifying a person of interest in an investigation. The surveillance photos below were taken April 8th in Crystal Falls. If you know who he is, call the MSP Iron Mountain post at 906-774-2122, or email sleeterj@michigan.gov, or websterw@michigan.gov. Image …

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