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Michigan court rules Secretary of State violated law

Michigan Court of Claims Judge Christopher Murray rendered a decision that will not fully appease either side in the state’s most prominent lawsuit regarding the 2020 general election. Allegan County Clerk Robert Genetski and the Michigan GOP were seeking a full forensic audit of all absentee ballots to see if …

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Firesteel River bridges being replaced

The Michigan Department of Transportation restarted a project Tuesday on M-26 to replace bridges over the east and west branches of the Firesteel River. Some earth work was done last fall before construction was halted for the winter. It poses some interesting challenges for planners due to the lack of …

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COVID-19 update

COVID-19 is picking up across the state, but not locally. Metro Detroit and north to Port Huron and into the “thumb” of the Lower Peninsula is spiking. The Copper Country remains in check. Houghton, Baraga, and Keweenaw Counties combined for 14 cases over the weekend. That compares to 41 new …

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Early spring brings fire risk

Brush fires broke out last weekend in parts of the Lower Peninsula. The risk has been classified as high as far north as Menominee and Escanaba. With sunny, warm conditions expected across the Copper Country all week, it won’t be long before the snow is gone and it becomes our …

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Houghton finds way to host Band Festival

Houghton High School Principal Cole Klein gave a report to the district’s Board of Education on Monday night, congratulating the band programs for grades seven through 12. He said it was a challenge just to practice, having to be spaced throughout the auditorium rather than sharing a stage together. Wind …

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Two people arrested for selling meth throughout Copper Country

On Friday, March 12th, troopers from the Michigan State Police Calumet Post and deputies from the Houghton County Sheriff’s Office arrested one man and one woman for selling methamphetamine throughout the area. Both are thought to have distributed the narcotic in Houghton, Baraga, and Keweenaw Counties. 30-year-old Joe Julio of …

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Downtown hotel renovation more than cosmetic tweaks

When the Franklin Square Inn makes its debut as a Hampton Inn property, new guests will encounter significant changes. Jennifer Julien says that parent company Hilton designs the hotel chain with upscale sensibilities in mind. The lobby ceiling is required to be a certain height, but the current building is …

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Michigan Tech helping to monitor the Straits of Mackinac

The Mackinac Bridge Authority Board and Finance Committee met Friday, approving the installation of a high frequency radar to help monitor water surface currents. The MBA’s Kim Nowack thanked Guy Meadows of Michigan Tech’s Great Lakes Research Center for the proposal. She says that it will be particularly useful if …

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Vaccines will soon be available for all adults

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services announced Thursday that COVID-19 vaccines will be rolled out for all adults in the coming weeks. Beginning on March 22nd, those with preexisting conditions and other factors that put them at high risk from the virus become eligible statewide. Risks include anything …

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UPDATE: House fire on College Avenue, no injuries

Firefighters battled a blaze at a Houghton home for hours Sunday evening, closing College Avenue in both directions. The residence is tucked between Franklin Square and Prospect Street, which was also shut down. Houghton Fire Chief Mike Reynolds says the fire is believed to have started in the kitchen area. …

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