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Lawmakers Want to End “Smurfing”

It’s called “smurfing.” And state lawmakers are trying to crack down on it. The Michigan Legislature is considering a package of bills that target the purchase of ephedrine or pseudoephedrine. The drug is used in the illegal manufacturing of methamphetamine. And part of the effort now moving through the Michigan …

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Fuel Economy Rates Increase

Researchers at the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute say fuel economy of new vehicles sold in the U.S. set another record high last month. According to researchers, the average fuel economy of cars, light trucks, vans and SUVs purchased in May was 25.6 mpg, up 0.4 mpg from April …

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Licensing Dietitians and Nutritionists

A move is underway in the Michigan Legislature to repeal the state law allowing for the licensing of dietitians and nutritionists. Supporters say that since no rules have ever been put in place regarding licensing of dietitians there’s no reason to allow for the state licensing of those professions. Opponents …

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Security Guards Need Training

A Michigan State University study finds security guards aren’t adequately prepared to handle their jobs. The study, conducted by MSU criminologists and published in Security Journal, found security guards were ill prepared to handle troublesome customers, deal with fights and even protect themselves. Private security guards interviewed say they need …

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Lake Trout Fest Survives Rain

The Baraga County Lake Trout Festival recovered from an hour of steady rain, and went into the books as another successful event on Saturday. The extended shower came after the conclusion of the Pequaming Run and Half Marathon, and pretty much wiped out the Tour da L’Anse bike events. By …

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Names Released in Motorcycle Accident

Police have identified two Keweenaw residents as those killed in a crash in Ishpeming yesterday afternoon. 64-year-old Gary James Kappler of Ahmeek and 52-year-old Diane Palosaari of Mohawk were struck at the intersection of Lakeshore Drive and U.S. 41 while riding on a Harley Davidson that was hit by a …

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Houghton County MERS Update

It seems that the Houghton County MERS retirement account may be in worse condition than originally thought. According to Houghton County Controller Eric Forsberg, when the smoothing process isn’t taken into consideration, the county is actually 55% funded as opposed to 63% that was stated in the MERS report. However, …

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Grand Opening of Navy Street Boardwalk

A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Navy Street Park Boardwalk Project in Hancock will take place this morning at 10 a.m. Among those that will be in attendance are Hancock Mayor Lisa McKenzie and State Representative Scott Dianda. The boardwalk, which was completed in the fall of 2013, is 362 …

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Baraga County Lake Trout Festival

The biggest event of the summer in Baraga County takes place tomorrow as the 9th annual Baraga County Lake Trout Festival kikcs off tomorrow morning at 5 with the Keweenaw Bay Classic Fishing Tournament. Among the other events going on will be an arts & crafts fair, a kids carnival …

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Health and Safety Fair

Get ready to learn and have fun this weekend with Portage Health’s annual Health and Safety fair. It will be held at the main campus in Hancock tomorrow from 10am to 2pm. This year’s event will include fun activities for kids, the annual child safety seat clinic, free health screenings, …

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