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UP State Bank opening first Houghton branch

Upper Peninsula State Bank hopes to have its first branch in the Copper Country operating by the end of June. The financial institution will be opening a location on Razorback Drive in Houghton. President and CEO David Williams says his bank really believes in its name. It wants to represent …

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Michigan’s first gentleman tests positive for COVID-19

Marc Mallory, husband of Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, has tested positive for COVID-19. In a statement released late Tuesday, Press Secretary Bobby Leddy says, “After the positive test, Governor Whitmer took a rapid test, which came back negative, and is awaiting the results of a PCR test out of an …

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Spring turkey season application process open

The Department of Natural Resources is accepting license applications for the spring turkey hunting season through February 1st. Forms can be completed online through eLicense or affiliated retailers. A $5 fee is assessed for processing. Michigan ranks fourth in the country for the size of its turkey harvest each year. …

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Weather forecast forces change of plans at 31 Backpacks

31 Backpacks traditionally holds its weekly sessions on Wednesday evenings, but forecasts call for up to a foot of snow beginning this evening. To get ahead of Mother Nature, the organization will instead have its pack tonight at Glad Tidings Assembly of God Church in Hancock. The group’s efforts are …

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Rep. Markkanen says recent unemployment fraud report findings unacceptable

Two reports show Michigan taxpayers shelled out billions in illegitimate unemployment insurance claims in 2020 as economic shutdowns drove record numbers out of the labor force. In November, Michigan’s Inspector General warned during an audit that $3.9 billion handed out during the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic went to …

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Portage Lake Library tax assistance program event canceled by AARP

The COVID-19 pandemic is putting a popular financial assistance program on ice again this year. It’s almost tax season and the Portage Lake District Library commonly offers assistance to filers in conjunction with the AARP. With that off the table, the main branch is moving to ensure that significant resources …

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Lake State releases annual banned words list

New Year’s means it is time to take stock of your common vocabulary. Lake Superior State University has a list of ten words or phrases you should cut out of everyday conversation. Without further ado (which almost assuredly was on a list at some point) here are this year’s linguistic …

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Adventure Mine investigating mystery mineral

Greenland’s Adventure Mine is trying to figure out a natural riddle. What is bright blue and found underground in the UP? The question has drawn national attention and Keweenaw Report wanted to know what the process looks like when trying to identify an unknown crystal. A. E. Seaman Mineral Museum …

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Keweenaw Bay Fire buys truck

Northern Baraga County has a more nimble fire truck answering calls. The Keweenaw Bay Fire Department purchased the used vehicle from an agency in Alabama, and it was decaled in Fort May, New Jersey to be repurposed for local use. The 1989 Ford F-350 is smaller than other equipment being …

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COVID activity ends 2021 at multi-month low

The final COVID-19 update for last year from the Western Upper Peninsula Health Department brought generally positive news for the area. In the five- county district, there were only 134 cases for the week between December 23rd and December 29th. The results show a continuing downward trend from pandemic records …

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