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Toys for Tots distributes gifts

Lots of kids in Girl and Boy land across the Copper Country could be forgiven if they thought they had been transported to Toyland this past weekend. The Marine Corps League – Keweenaw Detachment made its annual gift distribution tied to the Toys for Tots program. Jim Mattson says this …

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Torch Lake Sewer Authority getting $3 million upgrade

The United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development Program is investing millions in the area’s sewer infrastructure. Announced last Thursday, there are four projects across the Upper Peninsula, including in Houghton and Ontonagon County. Torch Lake Sewer Authority is receiving $3 million. Assistance for Carp Lake Sewer Authority totals about …

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Little Brothers searching for drivers

Christmas is Saturday and that means another holiday meal delivery for Little Brothers – Friends of the Elderly throughout the Keweenaw. Program Director Sarah Hoffman says the organization is still accepting registrations from those who would like a dinner. The Houghton location is filled, but Hoffman says there are ways …

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Newcomers voted onto Tribal Council

There were some major upsets in the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community general election Saturday. In the Baraga District, longtime council president Warren “Chris” Swartz lost his reelection bid. Newcomer Sue Ellen Elmblad was the top vote-getter in the Baraga District, with 233 votes. Incumbent council member Kim Klopstein will continue, …

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Elaine Bacon Literacy Project continues to do a world of good

Michigan Technological University already provides English as a Second Language classes for visiting professors and students, but family members do not have the same opportunities. Many countries require foreign language classes as early as elementary school, a step in the right direction if they want to eventually go abroad. Beth …

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Athletes bristle at continuous testing

After shuffling three games of its weekend schedule due to the number of players testing positive for COVID-19, the National Football League is calling an audible. The sport is dropping compulsory testing for vaccinated athletes, and will only hold out players who are showing significant symptoms from the disease. Young …

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Nearly 500 participate in mid-year commencement ceremony

For the first time in two years, a graduation ceremony was held on campus at Michigan Tech. Taking place inside the Student Development Complex at the Wood Gym, nearly 500 students received their diplomas at the bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral levels Saturday morning. Masks were required for all in attendance, …

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New trail connecting Hancock and Lake Linden

More big news for recreational opportunities between Hancock and Lake Linden. The Department of Natural Resources is already committed to repairing damage from the Father’s Day Flood for the snowmobile and ATV/UTV trail next year. The Houghton County Recreational Authority is planning a route for hikers and cyclists, according to …

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Finger joint work done on lift bridge

The Michigan Department of Transportation says that all work on the finger joints attaching the movable portion of the Portage Lake Lift Bridge with the fixed sections is complete. Maintenance continues underneath the deck, and when that is done, the span will be lowered and locked into position for the …

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Match on Main grant program benefits Houghton business

A Houghton business is one of 41 across the state to be selected as a Match on Main grant winner through the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. Governor Gretchen Whitmer made the announcement on Thursday. Included in the list is Good Times Music located on Shelden Avenue in the downtown business …

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