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Flu, Measles Among Highest Cases in 2013

Health officials say flu, measles and pertussis were among the diseases the state saw higher cases of during 2013. But according to figures released by the Department of Community Health, chickenpox, West Nile Virus and typhoid were among the diseases that had fewer instances last year. Flu cases diagnosed and …

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New In-Car Domino’s App

Ford Motor Company and Domino’s Pizza are about to take the concept of the “drive through” to a new level. They’ve come up with an app that allows you to order a pizza using simple voice commands through Ford’s Sync connectivity system. Julius Marchwicki, global product manager for Ford SYNC …

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Snow Plow Safety Advice

Snow plows will be hitting the roads bright and early but some drivers need to be cautious when driving near them as to not cause any damage to their vehicle or the plow. Road Commission Superintendent Ray Saatio says there are a few things people can do when they are …

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Chassell Man Charged in Snowmobile Accident

A Chassell man is charged with driving a snowmobile while drunk after falling through the ice of Portage Lake. The Houghton County Sheriff’s Department says he is 43 year old James Manderfield. He fell through the ice shortly before 12:30 Saturday morning near Dollar Bay. Manderfield was taken to Portage …

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Paper Mill Deal in U.P.

Two companies that operate paper mills in the Upper Peninsula have struck a deal. Verso Paper announced Monday that it plans to buy NewPage Holdings Inc. for $1.4 billion. The Memphis, Tennessee-based coated papers maker expects the acquisition of the printing and specialty paper maker to conclude in the second …

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Bigger Bonuses for Big 3 Hourly Workers

Hourly workers for Detroit’s Big Three automakers could see larger bonuses this year. Ford, General Motors and Chrysler could reward U.S. hourly workers with another huge profit-sharing check, as manufacturing operations approach peak efficiency. The automakers are expected to announce specifics next month in regards to per-worker profit-sharing totals and …

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Keeping Asian Karp Out of Great Lakes

A long awaited study from the Army Corps of Engineers says that the effort to keep the Asian carp out of the Great Lakes could cost at least 15 billion dollars. The study examined 13 aquatic nuisance species including the Asian carp, and describes eight options for keeping them from …

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Preparing for Cold Temperatures

The Michigan State Police say that if you have to leave your home today, make sure you dress in layers in preparation for the cold temperatures. Health experts say the most important thing to remember is to protect all exposed skin, and realize that frostbite and hypothermia are painless health …

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Salvation Army Opens As Emergency Warming Center

The Hancock Salvation Army says their office is now designated as an emergency warming center for people who don’t have a place to go to stay warm. To make arrangements for use of the facility, contact local law enforcement or the Salvation Army office (482-3420).

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Man Falls Into Portage Lake

The Houghton County Sheriff’s office is investigating an incident where a 43-year-old male snowmobiler fell through the ice on Portage Lake. The incident happened on Saturday near Dollar Bay. He was transported to Portage Lake Hospital and treated for his injuries. Alochol was believed to be a factor in the …

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