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Hearings for Two Charged in Child Sex Case Delayed

The preliminary examinations for two of the three Houghton County men recently charged with child sex crimes have been delayed. Yesterday, the hearing for 21-year-old Kahleb Thorsson Senia-Wicks of Calumet was pushed back to April 18th. 34-year-old Jeffrey David Redd of Laurium had his appearance moved back to April 4th. …

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H-PT School Board Approves Summer Projects

Houghton Portage Elementary School will have a fresh look when students return next fall. At last night’s meeting, board of education members approved a handful of maintenance and upgrade projects that will be addressed during the summer break. The list includes new carpeting in the elementary school hallways and some …

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Scenic MI Writes Letter to Local, State and Federal Officials in Non-Support of Scotia Wind Farm

Scenic Michigan, a coalition of Michiganders who want to see the state’s great landscapes protected, are concerned with how wind turbines in the Keweenaw may affect the area’s fall color and snowmobile tourism, and the protection of dark skies in the copper country. James Mehelcic, Secretary of the Guardians of …

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KBIC and Michigan Tech Celebrating World Water Day Tomorrow

Water is life, and a more than well known aspect of living around the great lakes. Tomorrow is the United Nations world water day. This year’s theme aims to celebrate an invisible and seldom thought of source of h2o. Ground water and its importance, is what many organization around the …

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Whitmer Rejects Gas Tax Suspension, Income Tax Reduction Bills

Michigan’s road tax on gasoline sales will stay in place, at least for now. Governor Gretchen Whitmer on Friday promised to veto a bill passed by the Republican-controlled legislature that was designed to suspend the 27-cent-per-gallon levy for six months. However, the bill did not earn enough support in the …

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Three Charged with Child Sex Offenses Due in Court

The first of three Houghton County men accused of sex crimes against children is scheduled to undergo his preliminary examination this morning. 21-year-old Kahleb Thorsson Senia-Wicks of Calumet will appear in 97th District Court. Senia-Wicks and 27-year-old Jason Wesley Davis of Calumet face charges of Child Sexually Abusive Activity, Use …

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Spring Road Restrictions Expand

Spring road restrictions are now in effect on all state trunk lines in the Upper Peninsula. That includes highways with the “US” and “M” designations. Restrictions on local roads in Houghton, Baraga, Keweenaw and Ontonagon counties took effect last Tuesday. Load restrictions are designed to limit road damage while the …

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Calumet Officials Search for Break-In Suspects

Calumet officials are looking to identify at least two people who broke into the Ruppe Department Store building recently. On Thursday, a neighbor noticed the building had been entered. Destination Calumet officials confirmed the break-in, but found no one inside. The building was secured, and neighbors were asked to keep …

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Rash of fire deaths are preventable

The State Fire Marshall is reacting with concern regarding a rash of deaths from house fires. The Copper Country has not been spared. Already in 2022, five have perished thanks to blazes that broke out in their residence within Houghton County alone. Stanton Township Fire’s Jon Stone says the incidents …

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31 Backpacks works around spring break

March is a tough month for 31 Backpacks. It started with Finlandia and Michigan Tech Universities going on vacation for a week, which depletes some of the weekly volunteers that help sort and prepare food supplies for less fortunate area students. Lending a hand were personnel from Michigan State Police’s …

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