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Lift Bridge work tonight

Contractors for the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) will continue work requiring closures of the Portage Lake Lift Bridge between Houghton and Hancock Wednesday. The contractor anticipates restricting access to the span twice between 9 p.m. and midnight Wednesday. These closures will result in delays for vehicle, pedestrian, and bicycle …

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Governor Whitmer hosts first COVID briefing since June

The specter of omicron, already hitting hard across the Northeast and down the Atlantic seaboard to Florida, led senior Michigan officials to hold a press briefing Tuesday morning. Included was Governor Gretchen Whitmer, who spoke on the virus in an official capacity for the first time since June. Recently appointed …

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MTU Students Share Holiday Travel Tips During the Pandemic

Could the covid-19 pandemic be an opportunity? Michigan Tech University students are taking of advantage of an opportunity to learn. Kinesiology Professor and MTU Covid Town Hall host, Steven Elmer challenged students in that field to create a resource hub from trusted sources. The project benefited people on and off …

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Toys for Tots distributes gifts

Lots of kids in Girl and Boy land across the Copper Country could be forgiven if they thought they had been transported to Toyland this past weekend. The Marine Corps League – Keweenaw Detachment made its annual gift distribution tied to the Toys for Tots program. Jim Mattson says this …

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Torch Lake Sewer Authority getting $3 million upgrade

The United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development Program is investing millions in the area’s sewer infrastructure. Announced last Thursday, there are four projects across the Upper Peninsula, including in Houghton and Ontonagon County. Torch Lake Sewer Authority is receiving $3 million. Assistance for Carp Lake Sewer Authority totals about …

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Little Brothers searching for drivers

Christmas is Saturday and that means another holiday meal delivery for Little Brothers – Friends of the Elderly throughout the Keweenaw. Program Director Sarah Hoffman says the organization is still accepting registrations from those who would like a dinner. The Houghton location is filled, but Hoffman says there are ways …

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Newcomers voted onto Tribal Council

There were some major upsets in the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community general election Saturday. In the Baraga District, longtime council president Warren “Chris” Swartz lost his reelection bid. Newcomer Sue Ellen Elmblad was the top vote-getter in the Baraga District, with 233 votes. Incumbent council member Kim Klopstein will continue, …

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Elaine Bacon Literacy Project continues to do a world of good

Michigan Technological University already provides English as a Second Language classes for visiting professors and students, but family members do not have the same opportunities. Many countries require foreign language classes as early as elementary school, a step in the right direction if they want to eventually go abroad. Beth …

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Athletes bristle at continuous testing

After shuffling three games of its weekend schedule due to the number of players testing positive for COVID-19, the National Football League is calling an audible. The sport is dropping compulsory testing for vaccinated athletes, and will only hold out players who are showing significant symptoms from the disease. Young …

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Nearly 500 participate in mid-year commencement ceremony

For the first time in two years, a graduation ceremony was held on campus at Michigan Tech. Taking place inside the Student Development Complex at the Wood Gym, nearly 500 students received their diplomas at the bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral levels Saturday morning. Masks were required for all in attendance, …

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