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MacInnes’s Final Council Meeting

It was only the second meeting of the year for the Houghton City Council but it was a memorable one because it was the last for Scott MacInnes. He has officially stepped down as City Manager of Houghton, holding the position since 1997 and many others along the way as …

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MTU Students Honored With Snowiest Distinction

Accuweather.com recently compiled a list of the top ten snowiest colleges in the United States and the #1 spot was in our own backyard. Michigan Tech was named the snowiest campus in the U.S. according to the list. BlueKey Honors Society President Jack Lubinksi says it’s about time. Also on …

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U.P. Teens Needed for App-Designing Competition

Michigan Congressman Dan Benishek is looking for the brightest young minds in the U.P. for a national competition to design a smartphone app. High schoolers 13 years or older are encouraged to apply for the 2014 House App Contest. Interested students may enter individually or as a team. Benishek says …

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MI Unemployment Down in December

Michigan’s unemployment rate in December declined over the month by four-tenths of a percentage point to 8.4 percent. The December jobless rate matched the lowest for the year in both April and May, which were the lowest monthly rates in the state since July 2008. According to the Michigan Department …

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Michigan Gets Average Grade for Highway Laws

Michigan falls in the middle of the pack in a new report on highway safety laws from the group Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety. In their 11th annual report, Michigan received a classification of “yellow” with the report saying Michigan needs to fill gaps in its laws. One reason …

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Pacifier Holder Recall

Playtex is recalling 1.4 million pacifier holders because of concern that a small child could choke if a part of the clip broke off. The clips are used to connect a pacifier to clothing, diaper bags or strollers. Playtex has received 99 reports of the holder cracking or breaking, but …

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Final Meeting for Scott MacInnes

Tonight is a very significant city council meeting as City Manager Scott MacInnes officially steps down. MacInnes has been employed by the city of Houghton since 1974 and worked his way up to becoming City Manager in 1997. During his tenure, he has held every administrative position in the city. …

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Keweenaw Heritage Grants Program Available

The Keweenaw National Historical Park Advisory Commission along with the National Park Service have announced the start of their Keweenaw Heritage Grants program for 2014. They will be offering up to $100,000 in grants which are subject to a 1-to-1 match. According to the parameters of the program, projects or …

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No Changes for UPPCO Yet

The utility provider that owns UPPCO says nothing will change for employees or customers for now as a result of the company’s pending sale, but changes may be coming several years from now. Integrys Energy Group has agreed to sell UPPCO to Balfour Beatty Infrastructure Partners for nearly $300 million. …

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Possibility of Minimum Wage Increase

Several reports suggest President Obama is considering using an executive order to raise the minimum wage for federal contractors. It could be seen as a step toward putting pressure on Congress to raise the federal minimum wage for all workers. U-S Senator Carl Levin of Michigan says he believes there …

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