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BBB Warns About School Books Scam

The Better Business Bureau in Michigan is warning school administrators to watch out for phony invoices that ask for payment of more than 600 dollars for school books. The billing comes from an outfit calling itself the Scholastic School Supply, a name similar to a legitimate supply company, although the …

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Big Jump in Pothole Claims

Damage claims submitted to the Michigan Department of Transportation due to potholes over this past winter jumped 249% from 2013. According to M-DOT, 744 claims were submitted for this winter after they announced in February that drivers could seek reimbursement if a pothole was proven to be the cause of …

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Gay Rights Legislation Introduced

Legislation has been introduced in the Michigan House of Representatives to effectively expand the state’s civil rights law to the LGBT community. Sponsors say the measure protects Michigan residents in cases involving employment, housing and public accommodations if they’re discriminated against because of the “sexual orientation” or “gender identity or …

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MI Online Economic Development One of the Best

The state of Michigan’s online presence for economic development and site selection services has won praise as one of the best in the nation. Sigala Inc., a California-based development and consulting firm, recently released a report looking at how well each state’s economic development agency did in promoting the state …

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Airport Terminal Study Nixed

A proposal to do a feasibility study to determine if the Houghton County Airport needs a new terminal will not proceed… at least, not for now. The County Board declined to approve funding for the request at last night’s meeting. Discussions about a major revamp or replacement of the terminal …

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Koskela Charges Ala Unqualified for County Board

The simmering feud between current Houghton County Board of Commissioners chair Scott Ala and former chair Al Koskela bubbled to the surface at last night’s meeting. Koskela submitted a proposal designed to limit the mileage stipend paid to commissioners who attend meetings to the distance from their official residence to the meeting …

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HoCo Roof To Be Patched, Studied

The leaky roof on the Houghton County Arena will get a patch this fall, and could undergo significant repairs as early as next summer. Last evening, county commissioners gave Lake State Roofing the go-ahead to do some immediate emergency work. Longer term, commissioners agreed that the 40-year-old arena needs a …

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County Approves $9.1MM Budget

For the first time in a decade, Houghton County is facing a fiscal year with a little… just a little… breathing room. County commissioners passed a 9.1-million dollar budget last night. That’s based on a projected 4.4-percent increase in revenues. The only dissenting vote came from Board Chairman Scott Ala… …

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Parade of Nations Founder Honored

The founder of the Parade of Nations and Multicultural Festival was honored last night at the opening of an exhibit about the event’s history at the Carnegie Museum. Betty Chavis was presented with a quilt that included panels made from many of the t-shirts that have been featured each year… …

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Keweenaw-Bound Shipwreck Discovered

The remains of a ship that sank 115 years ago while on its way to the Keweenaw have been discovered. Researchers from the Great Lakes Shipwreck Society located the remains of the Nelson in 200-feet of water off the coast near Grand Marais. The Nelson was a three-masted schooner, but …

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