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Labor Day Fest Wraps Today

After a soggy start on Friday and Saturday, the sun shone on the Ontonagon Labor Day Festival parade yesterday. Officials from Highland Copper Company were honored as the grand marshals. Highland is pursuing new copper mining operations at White Pine, and at the Copperwood Project, about 18 miles southwest of …

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U.P. Man Shot in Minnesota

Law enforcement authorities in Minnesota are continuing their investigation into the death of an Upper Peninsula man. 21-year-old Chaz Michael Havenor was shot by two officers from the police department in Ramsey, Minnesota, about 30 miles north of Minneapolis. The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension says the Ramsey officers approached …

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Labor Day Traffic Patrols Continue

Stepped up holiday weekend traffic enforcement on Michigan’s highways will continue until midnight tonight. Michigan State Police and many local law enforcement agencies will be fielding extra patrols. The focus is pulling over drunk drivers, those driving dangerously, and those not wearing seatbelts. Last year, nine fatal traffic crashes killed …

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Minimum Wage Increases Today

Minimum wage employees in Michigan get a raise today. The revision in the state’s wage laws that was signed into law this spring mandates that hourly wage workers begin receiving $8.15 per hour, beginning today. Employees who earn tips must now be paid at least $3.10 per hour. Employers must …

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UPPCO Sale Finalized

The sale of the Upper Peninsula Power Company announced in January has been completed. Balfour Beatty Infrastructure Partners has bought UPPCO for nearly $300 million from Integrys Energy Group. State and federal regulators have approved the sale. UPPCO general manager Keith Moyle will remain with the company as chief operating …

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No Construction during Holiday Weekend

A major local construction project will hault its work in an effort to ease travel during the holiday weekend. The Michigan Department of Transportation says starting today at 3 p.m., work on M-26 near Ripley will have two lanes open between the Portage Lake Lift Bridge and Dollar Bay with …

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Special Guest for Parade of Nations

The 25th annual Parade of Nations celebration at Michigan Tech is two weeks away and a special guest will be speaking at the event. Arun Gandhi, grandson of legendary civil rights activist Mahatma Gandhi, will give a public talk about the lessons he learned from his grandfather on September 12th …

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Bill Seeks to Expemt Parents, Teachers from Sales Tax

In an effort to bring down the price of school supplies, a state lawmaker is proposing a school supply tax holiday. House Republican Joe Graves of Genesee County says his proposal will give both parents and teachers a break from paying Michigan six percent sales tax on essential school supplies …

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Road Salt Prices Expected to Increase

If this upcoming winter in the Copper Country is anything like last year’s, it’s going to have a bigger effect on your money. The County Roads Association of Michigan says the price of salt has risen steadily over the past decade while revenues have been on a downward slide. The …

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Holiday Weekend Driving Enforcement

Law enforcement officers from 150 local police departments, sheriff’s offices and the Michigan State Police are continuing stepped up drunk driving and seat belt enforcement through the Labor Day holiday weekend. The federally funded extra patrols are part of the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign, which began August …

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