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Trimming to Take Place Near Elm River

Aerial tree trimming around electrical transmission lines is planned for this month in parts of the Upper Peninsula. American Transmission Company says a helicopter and heavy-duty air saw will be used to trim trees along a 138,000-volt transmission line between the Perch Lake Substation in Marquette County’s Republic Township and …

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More Legislation Coming Against Fireworks

Another effort is beginning to repeal Michigan’s recent change in the consumer fireworks law. State House Democrats Andy Schor of Lansing and Dian Slavens of Canton have introduced bills that reinstate Michigan’s fireworks law back to it’s pre-2011 regulations, which prohibited firecrackers and aerial fireworks of any sort. The lawmakers …

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Standoff at KBIC Court – Shalifoe Suspends Both Tribal Judges

A legal dispute within the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community developed into a physical standoff today, as Tribal Council President Donald Shalifoe issued an order suspending Chief Judge Bradley Dakota and Associate Judge Violet Friisvall Ayres. The argument began last week, when Ayres issued a temporary restraining order voiding the results …

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2014 Festa Italiana

A great crowd showed up to the first ever Festa Italiana this past weekend at the Houghton County Arena. The festival featured traditional Italian music and entertainment as well as many different historical exhibits. Chairperson Deborah Mann says the festival was created through interest of local Italians.   With so …

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Wolf Hunting Legislation Decision Coming Soon

The Michigan Legislature could move forward as early as this week on a measure to ensure wolf hunting in the Upper Peninsula. The expected vote is the result of an initiated law, following the submission of petition signatures. If the legislature does not act on the pro-wolf hunting measure by …

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Charges Dropped on Domestic Violence Case

A man who barricaded himself inside his home has had his charges dismissed in Houghton County District Court. 28-year-old Joel Michaelson was originally facing one count of interfering with electronic communications, which was dismissed in June, and one count of domestic violence. The latter charge was dropped Wednesday. Michaelson was …

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Great Deer Chase

The Aspirus Keweenaw Great Deer Chase mountain bike races are coming to the Swedetown trails this Saturday. Kids races begin at 9 a.m. The 15 and 28 mile mountain bike races start at 11, leading out the Calumet Heritage Festival parade. Pre-race events include a guided pre-ride for the 15 …

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Benishek Looks to “Fix” Healthcare System

U.S. Congressman Dan Benishek recently introduced new legislation that would help protect patients and ensure that Americans do not lose their health insurance when they become sick. The bill would prevent insurance companies from cancelling an individual’s health insurance unless that individual had engaged in fraud or intentional misrepresentation with …

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DEQ Makes Grant Money Available

Roughly $2.6 million in grant money is being made available by the state Department of Environmental Quality. The DEQ is seeking applications for water quality projects to restore and protect wetlands, lakes and streams. Proposals must include at least a 25-percent local match in funding. The funding is coming from …

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Bill Looks to Repeal Fireworks Laws

A bill was officially introduced in Lansing this week to repeal Michigan’s new fireworks law, and restore Michigan’s pre-2011 fireworks regulations. State Senate Democrat Glenn Anderson of Westland, who sponsors the legislation, says because of “complaints, injuries and outcry” from local officials and citizens about the use of explosive and …

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