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Circuit Court sides with City of Houghton

An opinion in Kamin vs. City of Houghton was released Friday morning by the 12th Circuit Court. Judge Charles Goodman ruled in favor of the Houghton Planning Commission related to a dispute over its approval of a site plan for a potential Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant on an outlot between …

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Snowmobilers urged to stay off portion of canal

It’s a common sight in winter to see snowmobiles criss-crossing the canal once the water freezes, but this year there are unusual dangers associated with the activity. The City of Houghton suggests that you stay on the designated trail system, which features a crossing on the lower level of the …

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Health Department issuing free masks

The latest COVID-19 report from the Western Upper Peninsula Health Department shows a significant decline in case count. For the seven-day period ending Wednesday, Houghton County dropped from 513 the week prior to 215. Baraga County fell to 75 cases and Keweenaw edged down to 19 from 23. The results …

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Sparkplug Award nominees announced

The Keweenaw Chamber of Commerce, Keweenaw Young Professionals, Portage Health Foundation, MTEC Smart Zone, and Keweenaw Economic Development Alliance have released the nominees for this year’s Sparkplug Awards. Accolades are handed out in five separate categories, such as Community Contributor of the Year, Excellence in Customer Service, First Responder of …

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Children’s COVID vaccination clinic today

The Western Upper Peninsula Health Department is teaming up with the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community to offer a youth COVID-19 vaccination clinic today between 2:00 PM and 6:00 PM. According to last week’s COVID-19 update, Baraga County is trailing the rest of the region in vaccination rate for the age …

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Ten indicted for meth ring, several from Baraga County

The United States Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Michigan has gotten an indictment returned from a federal grand jury implicating several area residents in a methamphetamine ring. Ten individuals in total are charged with distribution or possession with the intent to distribute meth. The arrests all occurred in …

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Hancock students get outdoor ice rink

Outdoor exercise is important in all four seasons. Physical Education teacher Stacy Bussiere wanted to reinforce that concept for her students at Hancock School District. What started as an idea has turned into a $5,000 project and a functioning ice rink located next to the auditorium. Principal and Athletic Director …

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Local organization highlighted by Department of Justice

The United States Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Michigan, which covers the Upper Peninsula, announced a new emphasis on combating human trafficking. The press release included praise for an organization operating in the Copper Country. The directive comes from United States Attorney General Merrick Garland. Many of the …

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Baraga Correctional Facility hosting open house events

The Baraga Maximum Correctional Facility is hosting three open houses beginning on February 8th until early April, meant to entice potential job seekers. Prisons across the state are suffering from a staff shortage and looking to hire. Applications will be accepted on site. The announcement recommends dress attire along with …

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“Sink the Sled” returns

Houghton Rotary hopes all eyes will be on the Portage Canal this spring. They’ve placed a sled on the ice and will closely monitor how long it stays afloat before the spring thaw chips away at its frozen support. A webcam has been trained on the snowmobile, time stamped for …

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