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Kindergarten Round-Up in Hancock

Many kids in the Copper Country are preparing to go back to school in the next few weeks, including Barkell Elementary in Hancock which just wrapped up their Kindergarten Round-Up yesterday. The assembly is designed for those starting kindergarten and Young-Fives to get acclimated to their new teachers and classrooms. …

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Ballast Tests at Isle Royale National Park

Tests on ballast water on Isle Royale National Park’s Ranger 3 vessel are wrapping up as part of a study in identifying invasive species. After an outbreak back in 2007, Park Superintendent Phyllis Green formed a team of U.S. Geological scientists to treat the water ballasts that may carry things …

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Hancock City Council Meeting Preview

Today’s Hancock City Council meeting will start off with two public hearings. The first will discuss a proposed $480,000 Michigan State Housing Development Authority grant application for the Homebuyers purchase and Homeowner rehab projects. The second will be closing out a MSHDA grant for just under $300,000 which funded seven …

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MI Among Worst in Jobless Rates

Michigan has tied three other states for the third highest jobless rate in the nation. Michigan’s unemployment rate in July was 7.7 percent, the same rate as Nevada and Rhode Island. Only Mississippi, at 8 percent, and Georgia, at 7.9 percent, had higher unemployment rates last month. Gongwer News Service …

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Compromise Coming for E-Cig Bill

A compromise may be emerging at the state Capitol on a measure to prevent minors from smoking electronic cigarettes in Michigan. The House and Senate had passed a ban on e-cigarettes in June but they did not tax it like other tobacco products. That did not sit well with Governor …

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MPSC Offering Tips for Propane Customers

Governor Rick Snyder recently urged propane customers in Michigan to get their tanks filled before the heating season starts. Now the Michigan Public Service Commission has issued a new consumer tips sheet on selecting a propane provider. The tips sheet covers pricing agreements, delivery arrangements, fees and other charges, the …

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Trolley Tours at the Carnegie Museum

Have you ever wanted to ride an old-fashioned trolley around Houghton? The Carnegie Museum is holding their second round of trolley tours this Thursday and this time the tour will be looking at the geology of the Houghton area. The tour will begin at the Carnegie Museum and will be …

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Studies Show Biking Helps Economy

The Copper Country is well-known for its many biking trails and not only is it good for your health but it helps the economy as well. According to a study commissioned by the Michigan Department of Transportation, bicycling is responsible for a $668 million annual impact on Michigan’s economy. The …

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Marquette Organizations Fighting to Keep Glacial Copper

The largest piece of glacial copper in the world is on display in the Upper Peninsula, and a community group is raising money to protect it. The 28-ton piece of copper in Marquette’s Presque Isle Park has been on loan to the community, but the owners want to be paid …

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Senate Approves “Rape Kit” Bill

A Michigan Senate committee has approved bills designed to ensure that sexual assault investigations are completed with proper speed. The legislation creates the Sexual Assault Evidence Kit Tracking and Reporting Commission to help track and provide progress reports on investigation into those assaults. One bill in the package requires the …

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