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MDCH to Help With Stamp Sands

Recently, stamp sands have sparked discussions at local city council meetings and now the Michigan Department of Community Health is stepping in to help. The DCH has finalized two Public Health Assessments for the Torch Lake Superfund site and surrounding areas located in Houghton and Keweenaw counties. The assessments focus …

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Robots That Help During Power Outages

Big disasters almost always result in big power failures. Now, a team led by Nina Mahmoudian, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering–engineering mechanics at Michigan Tech, has developed a tabletop model of a robot team that can bring power to places that need it the most. She says regaining power …

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Don’t Veer for Deer

One in every five motor vehicle crashes in Michigan involves deer. With the two most dangerous months for deer crashes approaching, a traffic safety coalition is unveiling a new video aimed at deer crash safety messages for young people. “Don’t Veer for Deer” will be distributed to driver education programs …

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Consumer Confidence Up

Consumer confidence posted a healthy gain in September due to more favorable prospects for the domestic economy as well as more favorable personal income expectations. That’s according to the Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan Surveys of Consumers. The September reading, the second highest in the last seven years, points toward renewed …

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Benefits Decreasing for MI Residents

Since the federal farm bill abolished the “heat and eat” program, which provided energy assistance to every person receiving food stamps, some families receiving food stamps in Michigan will see an average $76 per month reduction in benefits. Bob Wheaton, spokesperson for the Department of Human Services, told Gongwer News …

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U.P. Employment Rises in August

The number of Upper Peninsula residents with jobs grew by 2,200 in August. The increase in those working, combined with a slight decrease in the size of the overall work force, dropped the U.P.’s seasonally unadjusted unemployment rate to just 6.6 percent. Many of those jobs are seasonal, and will disappear as the …

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“Blue Economy Tour” Visits Houghton

The Blue Economy Tour stopped in Houghton today. This report about the meeting was supplied by University Research Corridor Officials. Members of Michigan’s University Research Corridor (URC) – an alliance between Michigan State University, the University of Michigan and Wayne State University – met today with higher education and economic …

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Benishek Receives NRA Endorsement

  First District Republican U.S. Congressman Dan Benishek has been endorsed for reelection by the National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund. Dr. Benishek received an A+ grade from the NRA-PVF for his support of the Second Amendment. “The responsible use of guns is a part of our way of life …

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Ontonagon REA Plans Airport Substation

There’s more power on the way to the Houghton County Airpark. The Ontonagon County Rural Electrification Association Board of Directors has approved plans to build a new substation on Boston Road, 1.5 miles away from the industrial park. Ontonagon REA CEO Debbie Miles says the new substation has been in …

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Hoppy’s Bar Named Best in State

The M-Live news website searched all over Michigan to find the best neighborhood bar. They checked big cities, and small towns, and then chose: Hoppy’s in Kenton. The M-Live judges cited Hoppy’s friendly, informal atmosphere… the characters who patronize the bar… owners Fred and Jane Osinski… and Hoppy’s famous Sloppy …

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