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MTU Ranked Among Best Universities

Once again, Michigan Tech has moved up in the annual US News & World Report ranking of the best undergraduate colleges and universities, placing 56th, in the top third, of 170 public universities. Michigan Tech’s undergraduate engineering programs ranked in the top half nationwide, 73rd of 157 programs ranked. Among …

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Dianda Wants More Electric Facilities in the U.P.

This week, Representative Scott Dianda introduced a resolution that encourages legislative support for the construction of new electricity generating facilities in the Upper Peninsula. Currently, U.P. residents are paying increasingly large sums to keep the Presque Isle Power Plant open and operating. With a capacity of more than 400 megawatts, …

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Standoff Suspect Arrested in Bessemer

A 38-year-old Bessemer man is in police custody after a seven-hour standoff in Gogebic County. Deputies say they received reports of gunshots in the vicinity of the suspect’s residence at 10:40 p.m. CDT Tuesday. The responding officers secured the perimeter and waited for backup. The suspect was visible both in …

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More Hunting in Seney

There could soon be more hunting opportunities in the Seney National Wildlife Refuge in the Upper Peninsula. The refuge says it is proposing new areas and seasons for deer and black bear and other species. The new rules would take effect with the start of Michigan’s 2015 hunting seasons. They’re …

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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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