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Michigan Trail Gets New Name

The name of the statewide hiking and biking trail that will stretch from Belle Isle Park in Detroit all the way to Ironwood finally has a name. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources received over 9,000 suggestions and the name that was selected was Michigan’s Iron Belle Trail. DNR Director …

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New CFO at U.P. Health System-Portage

A new face will join the leadership team at U.P. Health System Portage. Steve Bishop will become the new Chief Financial Officer effective today. He most recently served as the assistant CFO at Portneuf Medical Center in Pocatello, Idaho. Bishop will oversee all the finances at the hospital. He says …

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Dead Bats Found in Keweenaw County

The white-nose syndrome effecting bats in Michigan has taken its first victims this winter. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has announced that members of the public have found dead bats outside the opening of an abandoned copper mine near Mohawk in Keweenaw County and reported it to DNR field …

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Michigan Tech Bans E-Cigs

For decades, Michigan Tech has had policies on tobacco use and a few months ago, discussions began about banning the use of e–cigarettes as well. And due to the fact that many health organizations really don’t know how to classify it, that leaves the Tobacco–Free Task Force with their hands …

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B&E Suspect Sentenced

The man who had 12 cases relating to various Keewenaw County breaking and entering incidents was sentenced Friday in 97th District Court in Eagle River. 52-year-old Jeffrey Koski of Copper City will spend a minimum of three years and seven months to a maximum of 15 years behind bars. He …

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Early Poll Shows Little Support for Tax Hike

Governor Rick Snyder started his campaign to sell the sales tax increase from six to seven percent in his State of the State message, but new polling data is not very encouraging. A poll that came out yesterday shows a vast majority of Michigan voters would rather tax marijuana to …

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Civics Test for High School Students

High-school students would have to pass a civics test similar to an immigration citizenship exam in order to graduate under a new education reform bill unveiled in the state House last week. Republican Representative Peter Lucido from Shelby Township says U.S.-born citizens should have the same basic understanding and appreciation …

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Good Year for MTEC SmartZone

2014 proved to be a very successful year for the MTEC SmartZone. The local business incubator announced this week that they created 83 jobs last year. They were also recognized by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation for the milestone. CEO Marilyn Clark says she is very pleased with the results. …

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Heikenpaiva Festivites Begin

Althought the official Heikenpaiva Day is next Saturday, special events have been going on this week and will continue next week as well. Today, the Kivajat Finnish Dancers are sponsoring a fund-raiser entitled “Dreaming of Finland; Old-Time Copper Country Dance,” with music by Oren Tikkanen and the Thimbleberry Band. David …

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WUPHD Receives Grant from KCF

Big news from the Western U.P. Health Department. They will be receiving a special grant from the Keweenaw Community Foundation that will support breastfeeding in their local daycare centers. A counselor from the WIC program will be visiting centers in Houghton and Keweenaw counties to provide education on how they …

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