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2014 Festa Italiana

A great crowd showed up to the first ever Festa Italiana this past weekend at the Houghton County Arena. The festival featured traditional Italian music and entertainment as well as many different historical exhibits. Chairperson Deborah Mann says the festival was created through interest of local Italians.   With so …

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Wolf Hunting Legislation Decision Coming Soon

The Michigan Legislature could move forward as early as this week on a measure to ensure wolf hunting in the Upper Peninsula. The expected vote is the result of an initiated law, following the submission of petition signatures. If the legislature does not act on the pro-wolf hunting measure by …

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Charges Dropped on Domestic Violence Case

A man who barricaded himself inside his home has had his charges dismissed in Houghton County District Court. 28-year-old Joel Michaelson was originally facing one count of interfering with electronic communications, which was dismissed in June, and one count of domestic violence. The latter charge was dropped Wednesday. Michaelson was …

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Great Deer Chase

The Aspirus Keweenaw Great Deer Chase mountain bike races are coming to the Swedetown trails this Saturday. Kids races begin at 9 a.m. The 15 and 28 mile mountain bike races start at 11, leading out the Calumet Heritage Festival parade. Pre-race events include a guided pre-ride for the 15 …

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Benishek Looks to “Fix” Healthcare System

U.S. Congressman Dan Benishek recently introduced new legislation that would help protect patients and ensure that Americans do not lose their health insurance when they become sick. The bill would prevent insurance companies from cancelling an individual’s health insurance unless that individual had engaged in fraud or intentional misrepresentation with …

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DEQ Makes Grant Money Available

Roughly $2.6 million in grant money is being made available by the state Department of Environmental Quality. The DEQ is seeking applications for water quality projects to restore and protect wetlands, lakes and streams. Proposals must include at least a 25-percent local match in funding. The funding is coming from …

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Bill Looks to Repeal Fireworks Laws

A bill was officially introduced in Lansing this week to repeal Michigan’s new fireworks law, and restore Michigan’s pre-2011 fireworks regulations. State Senate Democrat Glenn Anderson of Westland, who sponsors the legislation, says because of “complaints, injuries and outcry” from local officials and citizens about the use of explosive and …

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MSHDA Director Resigns Amid Controversey

Michigan State Housing Development Authority Director Scott Woosley has resigned. The resignation comes on the heels of a newspaper report regarding his personal reimbursements as head of the authority. According to those documents, the MSHDA leader has submitted tens of thousands of dollars in bills, including those for expensive meals, …

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Tigers Lose Marathon – Monday Sports Wrap

Tigers Lose Marathon The Tigers blew a five-run lead, and fell to the Blue Jays 6-5 in 19 innings yesterday. Detroit scored all its runs through the first four innings. David Price pitched shutout ball into the sixth, when he gave up a two-run homer to Dioner Navarro. After the …

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MTU Alumni Weekend

Michigan Tech’s Alumni weekend is underway and along with guided tours, there is a lot to do for those returning to the campus. Class gatherings will take place this morning at 10 o’clock at the Memorial Union Building for the classes of 74, 84, 89, 94 and 2004. Later on, …

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