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Houghton County Board Meeting Recap

A full docket was on hand for the Houghton County Board of Commissioners meeting yesterday. The board approved a purchase agreement of a lot near the airport for the construction of a commercial facility for a local bus company. The Houghton County Medical Care Facility presented their upcoming structural changes …

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Man Pleads to Lesser Charge in Bat Assault

An Ontonagon man accused of assaulting another man with a baseball bat has pled guilty to a lesser charge. A trial was originally scheduled to begin last week in Ontonagon County Circuit Court for 28-year-old Nicholas Yakovich, who is charged with felonious assault. Instead of going before a jury, Yakovich …

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Houghton City Council Meeting Preview

Two public hearings are scheduled to kick off today’s Houghton City Council meeting. The first will be in regard’s to the 2014-2015 budget and the other is regarding the Capitol Improvement Plan. Both will be also up for adoption by the council. Also, the council will look to approve a …

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Dianda Sponsors Liquor Licensing Bill

The Michigan House has passed a bill which changes the way the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs calculates the cost of a liquor license for first-year business owners. Representative Scott Dianda, who is sponsoring the bill, says it is a piece of common-sense legislation aimed at helping out …

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Protecting Firearms Records

The State House has given final legislative approval to a package of bills protecting the privacy of firearms owners. The bills exempt firearms records from disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act. One of the sponsors says the private records of law-abiding residents who are practicing their Second Amendment rights …

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Kidnapping Trial Underway

The trial is underway for a Canadian man accused of trying to kidnap a then-12-year old girl in the Upper Peninsula more than two years ago. 42-year old Mohammed El Fechtali of Quebec is charged with attempted kidnapping and enticing a child for immoral purposes. Police say the man allegedly …

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Ticket Scalping Bill on Hold

It appears there won’t be movement anytime soon on a measure to legalize ticket scalping in Michigan. The Michigan Senate Government Operations Committee on Tuesday took testimony on the proposal, but has opted not to vote on it until members had a chance to look closer at the issue. The …

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Break-In Suspect Arrested

A suspect in a series of break-ins on the north side of Houghton this past weekend is in police custody. A witness says the suspect was apprehended early Saturday morning after he reportedly cut himself on one of the windows he attempted to break into. The witness was returning to …

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MTU Construction Adjusts Traffic

Construction at Michigan Tech for their new Welcome Center has caused a lot of congestion in front of the Memorial Union Building. Therefore, traffic changes, which are effective starting this week, have been announced. All traffic on Houghton Ave. will become one-way, from the stoplight at MacInnes Dr. to Hubbell …

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Little Brothers Fundraiser

Little Brothers – Friends of the Elderly will be hosting a fundraising concert featuring Trees with Lindsay Tomasic and Jesse Fitzpatrick tomorrow at 6 p.m. at the Continental Fire Company in Houghton. This is the premiere fundraising event for Little Brothers – Friends of the Elderly and will include delicious …

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