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Recreation License Sales Continue to Grow in Michigan

Hunting and fishing license sales in the state show a strong and growing outdoors culture. According to the state’s Michigan Wildlife Council over 640,000 people purchased hunting licenses. And over 1 million fishing licenses were sold this year as well. Out of state license purchases increased over 10 percent from …

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Redistricting Commission approves state and federal maps

Michigan’s elected officials finally know what their next race will look like, for now at least. Yesterday the Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission formally announced maps for federal and state elections for the 2022 cycle. The boundaries brush off concerns of potential civil rights violations. Several majority minority districts are …

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Ariens testing snow removal equipment in Hancock

No, it’s not your imagination. Hancock sidewalks through the downtown area are immaculately groomed lately. Ariens has selected the city as a testing ground for snow removal equipment. The Wisconsin manufacturer is famed for its bright orange paint scheme, and is considered one of the leaders in the industry. Houghton …

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Exciting Day for Snowmobiles as Access Across the Canal Opens

Mats are down and snowmobilers rejoice, as the Portage Lake Lift Bridge is now in place for crossing over the canal this winter. The span across the Keweenaw Waterway has been disrupted in the beginning of the snowmobile season by construction work by MDOT. Yesterday snow groomers laid out the …

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Houghton High senior pushing for adaptive sports opportunities

Maria Velat was a captain on the Houghton High School cross country team as a sophomore, with hopes of pursuing sports in college. All of that changed dramatically with the rapid onset of transverse myelitis. In a matter of days, she went from participating in meets to being unable to …

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Calumet Theatre adopts new insurance policy

Calumet Theatre Company Board President Dan Jamison says the operating entity for the venerable historic building has agreed to a new insurance policy for the venue. Not only is the coverage more comprehensive than its predecessor, it is specifically tailored for the entertainment industry. Jamison says a copy has been …

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Sign partially dismantled on Sharon Avenue

A new business advertisement may have been too hot for a prime location on Sharon Avenue. The Fire Station Cannabis Company has partially dismantled a large sign near the intersection of Sharon and Ridge Road. Houghton City Manager Eric Waara says it isn’t gone for good yet. Waara says he …

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Pennsylvania man kills one, wounds another in Marenisco

At around 1:15 AM Christmas Eve a 30-year-old Pennsylvania man allegedly shot two men at a cabin in Marenisco, killing one. Gogebic County Sheriff’s Office is the lead investigative agency, and put out a press release on the incident detailing the charges. Nicholas Millard of Spring Mills, Pennsylvania faces four …

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Giving Tuesday results

Thursday and Friday afternoons were busy ones at the Portage Health Foundation offices in Hancock, as representatives from several nonprofits picked up their Giving Tuesday donations. Twenty-two organizations took part, receiving almost $650,000 once the match from PHF was figured in. The total was roughly $50,000 more than last year. …

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