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2014 Houghton County Fair

Elephant ears. The ferris wheel. Farm animals. All of this and much more as the 63rd annual Houghton County Fair kicks off today and will continue throughout the weekend. This year’s fair theme is “Transportation Moo-ves The World” and the event will feature a major change as Spectrum Entertainment will …

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Rosza Center Season Preview

The Rozsa Center at Michigan Tech held a press conference Wednesday to give people a sneak peek on its upcoming season of shows. The event was held on stage to give those in attendance a feel for what performers go through during their acts. Among the shows scheduled are Macbeth, …

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No Charges for Munising Officer

No charges will be filed against the Munising City Police officer who shot and killed a man last month. 46-year-old Timothy Mitchell of Munising died at the scene of the shooting in the Wetmore area of Alger County moments after a high speed chase ended. Marquette County Prosecutor Matt Wiese, …

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MI Has Generous Health Plans for Employees

A new report shows that health plans for state employees in Michigan are more generous when compared to the average for state workers in the rest of the country. The study was conducted for the Pew Charitable Trusts and the John D-and Catherine T-MacArthur Foundation. It also says that premiums …

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Kindergarten Round-Up in Hancock

Many kids in the Copper Country are preparing to go back to school in the next few weeks, including Barkell Elementary in Hancock which just wrapped up their Kindergarten Round-Up yesterday. The assembly is designed for those starting kindergarten and Young-Fives to get acclimated to their new teachers and classrooms. …

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Ballast Tests at Isle Royale National Park

Tests on ballast water on Isle Royale National Park’s Ranger 3 vessel are wrapping up as part of a study in identifying invasive species. After an outbreak back in 2007, Park Superintendent Phyllis Green formed a team of U.S. Geological scientists to treat the water ballasts that may carry things …

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Hancock City Council Meeting Preview

Today’s Hancock City Council meeting will start off with two public hearings. The first will discuss a proposed $480,000 Michigan State Housing Development Authority grant application for the Homebuyers purchase and Homeowner rehab projects. The second will be closing out a MSHDA grant for just under $300,000 which funded seven …

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MI Among Worst in Jobless Rates

Michigan has tied three other states for the third highest jobless rate in the nation. Michigan’s unemployment rate in July was 7.7 percent, the same rate as Nevada and Rhode Island. Only Mississippi, at 8 percent, and Georgia, at 7.9 percent, had higher unemployment rates last month. Gongwer News Service …

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Compromise Coming for E-Cig Bill

A compromise may be emerging at the state Capitol on a measure to prevent minors from smoking electronic cigarettes in Michigan. The House and Senate had passed a ban on e-cigarettes in June but they did not tax it like other tobacco products. That did not sit well with Governor …

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MPSC Offering Tips for Propane Customers

Governor Rick Snyder recently urged propane customers in Michigan to get their tanks filled before the heating season starts. Now the Michigan Public Service Commission has issued a new consumer tips sheet on selecting a propane provider. The tips sheet covers pricing agreements, delivery arrangements, fees and other charges, the …

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