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DNR Invasive Species as Hogs

The Department of Natural Resources is challenging a ruling that overturned its order declaring certain types of hogs as invasive species, but the department is rescinding a related declaratory ruling officials said has confused the issue. Marquette County Circuit Court Judge Thomas Solka had ruled last month that the department’s …

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Trial for Fake Fundraiser

An Ishpeming man will stand trial for running a bogus fundraiser. 40-year-old Scott Martin was bound over to Marquette County Circuit Court for trial last week on a charge of violating the state’s Charitable Solicitation Act. He faces a possible five years in prison if found guilty. Authorities say Martin …

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Mackinac Bridge Traffic Down

Traffic on the Mackinac Bridge dropped again last month. Robert Sweeney, Executive Secretary of the Mackinac Bridge Authority, says 195,514 vehicles crossed the span during March down 5.4% compared to 206,728 in March of 2013. Fare revenue is down 3.2% compared to last year. Officials say all revenue collected is …

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Folk and Food Fest Review

A new local organization held its first fundraiser this past weekend. Don’t Do It Yourself, better know as DDIY, hosted the Folk and Food Fest at Dee Stadium on Saturday. Vendors were set up around the room with different arts and craft from all over the Copper Country. President Kristina …

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Dianda Kicks Off Re-election

Democratic Representative Scott Dianda has announced that he is seeking re-election in the upcoming November election. For two years, Dianda has served the 110th district in the Western U.P. and one of the biggest issues he was proud to be a part of was the push to increase funding for …

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Former NMU Student Facing Embezzlement

A former president of the Northern Michigan University student union is facing embezzlement charges. 34-year-old Amber Lopota of Port Huron faces a felony charge of embezzlement of between $1,000 and $20,000 and a misdemeanor count of embezzlement of less than $200. She allegedly embezzled from the Associated Students of Northern …

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MTU Named Most Underrated in MI

Michigan Tech has been getting a lot of recognition lately. A few weeks ago Businessinsider.com, a business, technology and education news website, ranked the Huskies #11 on a list of the top 20 colleges in the nation with the smartest students. Then a few days ago, the same website named …

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ACLU of MI to File Lawsuit

The American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan is filing a lawsuit to back what they say are the legal rights of about 300 same-sex couples who were married last month during a brief window period when Michigan’s ban on same sex marriage was lifted by a court decision. On March …

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State 529 Accounts on the Rise

529 college savings accounts and prepaid tuition plans reached record levels in 2013. A year-end report from the College Savings Plans Network shows total investments top $227 billion. State officials say Michigan has three Section 529 plans, all of which offer taxpayers a state income tax deduction on contributions and …

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Sentencing for Copper Mine Trespassers

Two men charged with breaking into an abandoned Keweenaw County mine shaft were sentenced in district court Thursday. 21 year old Dylan Stubenrauch of Calumet and 21 year old Frederick Bryce of Allouez pled no contest in Keweenaw County District Court to one charge of trespassing. They were sentenced to …

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