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Great Ski Season So Far at Mont Ripley

When Hancock was named one of the snowiest cities in the country, it was great news for those who frequent the hills at Mont Ripley. This year did not bring in as much as snow as last year, but general manager Nick Sirdenis said heavy snowfall in mid-November forced them …

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Careful When Signing Up for Gyms

Losing weight is probably the most common New Year’s resolution, so Michigan’s Attorney General is urging consumers to use caution when signing up for health club and fitness center memberships. Attorney General Bill Schuette says his office’s Consumer Protection Division received 61 complaints from Michigan consumers against health clubs and …

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Snyder Inauguration

Governor Rick Snyder was officially sworn in yesterday for a second term as governor of the state of Michigan. Amid bone chilling temperatures, the ceremony was held at noon on the Capitol steps. During Snyder’s 18-minute upbeat speech, he listed his first-term accomplishments but he says his work is not …

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Campaign Begins for Tax Increase

Now that he has been sworn in for another four years, the campaign begins for Governor Rick Snyder to sell a one-cent increase in the state sales tax that will be on the statewide ballot in May. The governor is putting together a summitt meeting to figure out how their …

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Researchers to Study Healthy Michigan Plan’s Impact

Since its launch last April, more than 500,000 Michiganders have signed up for the new Medicaid health insurance option offered by the state, called the Healthy Michigan Plan. Now, University of Michigan researchers will study how well the new plan works, and advise state officials on how well it’s living …

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NWC Purchases Gratiot River Property

The North Woods Conservancy is celebrating an addition to its holdings along the Gratiot River. With the help of a matching grant and lots of year-end donations, the organization was able to complete the purchase of 75 acres immediately to the southeast of its existing Conglomerate Falls holdings in Keweenaw …

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Colosseum Project Wins State Funds

The State of Michigan will help with the next phase of the Calumet Colosseum restoration. The Department of Natural Resources has allocated $45,000 toward replacement of the hockey rink boards and safety glass. The money comes from the Recreation Passports you and I purchased when we renewed our license plates. …

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Copper Celebration Planned

Ontonagon County is planning to celebrate copper. The Ontonagon County Economic Partnership (OCEP) has announced plans to hold a festival called Copper Fest USA in the summer of 2016. OCEP hopes to involve a number of venues and organizations from across the county. Each participating entity would create and host …

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U.P. Employment Picture Brightens

The number of people working in the Upper Peninsula fell in November, but employment totals remain higher than they were a year ago. The State of Michigan reports that 136,700 people had jobs in the 11th month of 2014. That’s 1,200 fewer than in October, but 5,700 more than in …

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New Conservation Officer Training to Begin

Forty men and four women from across the state will report on Sunday to begin training as Michigan’s newest conservation officers. The recruits will fill positions with the Department of Natural Resources created by new funding from the legislature, new income from increased hunting and fishing license fees, and some …

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