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Cattlefarmer Received Help from Taxpayers

Taxpayers have footed the bill for more than $200,000 to assist a single controversial cattle farmer in the western Upper Peninsula against wolf attacks. That’s according to newly obtained documents by Mlive.com. The documents detail a Department of Natural Resources memorandum that shows growing frustration with 68-year-old John Koski, well …

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Help for Low-Income Utility Customers

Assistance to low-income utility customers in the U.P. will be available due to a grant from the Michigan Public Service Commission. SEMCO, the Salvation Army, Superior Watershed and TrueNorth were among the 14 organizations across the state to receive funding and will now have a chance to help those effected …

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Preview of Houghton City Council Meeting

Tonight will be the first Houghton city council meeting of 2014 and there is much to discuss. Leftover from 2013 is a proposal to make amendments to the Houghton zoning code. The first two resolutions of the new year deal with deficit elimination plans, one for the Downtown Development Authority, …

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Unemployment Increases in U.P.

Seasonally unadjusted unemployment rates declined in most of Michigan in November, but the rates did increase in three regions. The U.P. was one of those three. Among the counties with a double-digit rate were Keweenaw, Baraga and Ontonagon. Houghton County’s unemployment rate was a little less than 8%. That news …

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Additional Revenue Coming to MI

The Michigan House Fiscal Agency is projecting $1.1 billion in additional revenue for the state through 2016. The HFA estimates show the state ending Fiscal Year 2013 with about $373 million more in the General Fund and more than $56 million more in the School Aid Fund. It projects $154 …

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Flu, Measles Among Highest Cases in 2013

Health officials say flu, measles and pertussis were among the diseases the state saw higher cases of during 2013. But according to figures released by the Department of Community Health, chickenpox, West Nile Virus and typhoid were among the diseases that had fewer instances last year. Flu cases diagnosed and …

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New In-Car Domino’s App

Ford Motor Company and Domino’s Pizza are about to take the concept of the “drive through” to a new level. They’ve come up with an app that allows you to order a pizza using simple voice commands through Ford’s Sync connectivity system. Julius Marchwicki, global product manager for Ford SYNC …

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Snow Plow Safety Advice

Snow plows will be hitting the roads bright and early but some drivers need to be cautious when driving near them as to not cause any damage to their vehicle or the plow. Road Commission Superintendent Ray Saatio says there are a few things people can do when they are …

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Chassell Man Charged in Snowmobile Accident

A Chassell man is charged with driving a snowmobile while drunk after falling through the ice of Portage Lake. The Houghton County Sheriff’s Department says he is 43 year old James Manderfield. He fell through the ice shortly before 12:30 Saturday morning near Dollar Bay. Manderfield was taken to Portage …

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Paper Mill Deal in U.P.

Two companies that operate paper mills in the Upper Peninsula have struck a deal. Verso Paper announced Monday that it plans to buy NewPage Holdings Inc. for $1.4 billion. The Memphis, Tennessee-based coated papers maker expects the acquisition of the printing and specialty paper maker to conclude in the second …

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