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Five-year U.P. Case Wraps Up

After five years of legal wrangling, a drug kingpin pleaded guilty yesterday in U.S. District Court in Marquette. It closes the door on one of the largest marijuana smuggling cases in Upper Peninsula history. 47-year-old Pedro Kobasic of Chicago – who has several aliases – entered federal court yesterday under …

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Lundin Says Eagle Mine On Track

The owner of the Eagle Mine in Marquette County says early production is meeting expectations. Lundin Mining’s third-quarter corporate report indicates that 72-thousand (metric) tonnes of ore has been removed. That has produced about three-thousand (metric) tonnes of nickel concentrate, and one-thousand (metric) tonnes of copper concentrate. The first rail …

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Former Senator; Bridge Exec North Dies

Former State Senator and longtime Mackinac Bridge administrator Walter North has died. North served the 37th District… including the eastern Upper Peninsula and the northern part of the Lower Peninsula… from 1994 through 2002. North spent the first part of his life in the Battle Creek area, before relocating to …

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Another Early Holiday Sales Season

If it seems like Christmas is coming earlier this year, at least in the minds of retailers, you are right. Halloween is now over, and Thanksgiving is still a month away but you’re already seeing decorations and merchandise for Christmas across Michigan, which signal the start of another holiday shopping …

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Winter Hazards Awareness Week

Winter weather conditions are already upon us and the state of Michigan wants to remind residents to get ready by means of an annual event that begins this week. Winter Hazards Awareness Week lasts from November 2nd through the 8th. Matt Zika from the National Weather Service says many U.P. …

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Low Voter Turnout Not Just From Apathy

As we near election day, one decision that voters face, outside of whom to vote for, is whether or not to even vote at all. Northern Michigan University political science professor Tom Baldini says one of the major reasons for the low turnout is that it’s not always convenient to …

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Incumbents Struggle in KBIC Primary

Incumbents did not fare well in the KBIC Tribal Council primary election held Saturday. A recount will be required in the Baraga District. Challenger Doreen Blaker led the field with 127 votes. Incumbent Robert “R-D” Curtis placed second with 112. Former Council member Elizabeth “Popcorn” Mayo was third, with 106 …

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House Fire in Houghton

Firefighters responded to a house fire earlier today in Houghton. Officials say the call came in just after 2 p.m. to a residence on Calverley Avenue The two occupants were able to get out of the house before responders arrived. Firefighters were able to keep the fire isolated to one …

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GM Donates Two Checks to MTU

More funds are coming Michigan Tech’s way through a very special partnership. A ceremony was held yesterday as representatives from General Motors were on campus to present the university with a special gift. The General Motors Foundation wrote two big checks to Michigan Tech that total $125,000. The donations are …

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MTU Muck Run

Get out your best costume and be prepared to get it messy as the annual MTU Muck Run will be held at the MTU Trails tomorrow morning. The 5K run begins at 10:00, and could include rain, mud, or even snow. There will be prizes for the winners, and a …

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