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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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New Health Insurance Subscribers Added

65,000 Michigan residents are waking up this morning  with medical insurance that they didn’t have yesterday. A U.S. Department of Health and Human Services report published in the Detroit News shows that 123,208 state residents signed up by December 15th for coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace. 47 percent of …

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Historic U.P. Bridge Renamed

One of the Upper Peninsula’s best-known bridges has a new name. The Cut River Bridge on US-2 in Mackinac County is now known as the “Heath Michael Robinson Cut River Memorial Bridge.” Robinson was a U.S. Navy SEAL from the Petoskey area who was killed in action in Afghanistan in 2011. …

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12 Dogs of Christmas Underway

With the holiday season winding down, the Copper Country Humane Society is kicking off the 12 Dogs of Christmas campaign which is done in partnership with Houghton Community Broadcasting. Each weekday, a new dog will be introduced with a short bio and people can decide if they would like to …

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National Flu Epidemic Declared

Cases of influenza are growing rapidly across Michigan, including in the Upper Peninsula, as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention declares a national flu epidemic, with widespread outbreaks in 22 states, so far. The CDC reports that nationally 15 children have died already this season of complications from the …

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U.P. Legislators Get Bills Signed by Governor

Governor Rick Snyder signed a number of bills into law Tuesday in Lansing, including a couple sponsored by U.P. legislators. A bill sponsored by State Representative Ed McBroom was signed which allows for the Michigan Department of Natural Resources to issue shooting permits in areas where bears are damaging crops. …

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Dianda’s Bill Vetoed

While some bills were approved, many were vetoed including one bill sponsored by Representative Scott Dianda. The bill was looking to remove the prohibition on prorating licensing and transfer fees associated with liquor licenses. It was approved by both the state House and Senate but Governor Rick Snyder shot it …

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