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Rapid COVID tests available locally

The Community Action Agency in Houghton has rapid tests on hand to help detect COVID-19. The kits are free and usually take about 15 minutes to generate results. Each package contains two tests, meant to be taken 36 hours apart. Antigen tests are also being conducted at the Western Upper …

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Curling open house this Sunday

The Drill House in Calumet is turning into an open house on Sunday afternoon. From noon to 3:00, the Copper Country Curling Club is showing off its unique facility to anyone who might have an interest in the sport. President Gary Lassila says history buffs will find something to enjoy …

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Some veterans now automatically qualify for a CDL

Veterans can now more easily transition from the frontlines abroad to the frontlines of our domestic economy. Commercial Driver’s Licenses, known as CDLs, are one of the most sought after certifications by employers in the country. They are required to operate large or heavy equipment, anything from front loaders to …

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CDC rewrites COVID isolation rules, WUPHD adopts

The Western Upper Peninsula Health Department announces that it is adopting new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines on isolation requirements related to COVID-19. The previous time frame was 10 days and that is being shortened to only five for anyone who tests positive, regardless of vaccination status. The …

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Hancock Receiving $90,000 from EGLE to Stop Erosion on Waterfront

The city of Hancock received a grant recently, that will help prevent further erosion of the city’s shoreline. The 90,000 dollar grant from EGLE will look to slow the rate of erosion on the city’s waterfront, east of the Ramada Inn. City Manager Mary Babcock says full details between EGLE …

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The Music Doesn’t Stop

Good Times Music recently received a grant from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation in the amount of 25,000 dollars. The grant is a part of the MEDC’s Match on Main program. The program allows the money to go toward updating the customer service experience for a store front. As well …

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Recreation License Sales Continue to Grow in Michigan

Hunting and fishing license sales in the state show a strong and growing outdoors culture. According to the state’s Michigan Wildlife Council over 640,000 people purchased hunting licenses. And over 1 million fishing licenses were sold this year as well. Out of state license purchases increased over 10 percent from …

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Redistricting Commission approves state and federal maps

Michigan’s elected officials finally know what their next race will look like, for now at least. Yesterday the Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission formally announced maps for federal and state elections for the 2022 cycle. The boundaries brush off concerns of potential civil rights violations. Several majority minority districts are …

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Ariens testing snow removal equipment in Hancock

No, it’s not your imagination. Hancock sidewalks through the downtown area are immaculately groomed lately. Ariens has selected the city as a testing ground for snow removal equipment. The Wisconsin manufacturer is famed for its bright orange paint scheme, and is considered one of the leaders in the industry. Houghton …

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Exciting Day for Snowmobiles as Access Across the Canal Opens

Mats are down and snowmobilers rejoice, as the Portage Lake Lift Bridge is now in place for crossing over the canal this winter. The span across the Keweenaw Waterway has been disrupted in the beginning of the snowmobile season by construction work by MDOT. Yesterday snow groomers laid out the …

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