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DNR Warns About Certain Baitfish

The Department of Natural Resources reminds the public that importing certain baitfish species is prohibited. The DNR has recently received numerous questions regarding the importation of baitfish into Michigan and points these inquiries to the Susceptible Fish Species list. The release, both intentional and unintentional, of live baitfish is one …

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Hancock City Council Meeting

At yesterday’s Hancock City Council meeting, the council received the draft final sewer flow report which showed that the district from Conrad-Shafter down to Portage Lake may have higher than normal sewage flow. The final report will be presented at the next council meeting. The council approved the establishment of …

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Portage Health Honored

Portage Health in Hancock has won a statewide award for its work to improve the rate of patients that receive breast cancer screenings. The hospital has received the 2014 Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Prevention Learning and Action Network. The hospital was also cited for its efficient use of …

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Hancock Canal Run

The deadline to register for the Keweenaw’s premier running and walking event is quickly approaching. The Hancock Canal Run takes place this Saturday along M-203, which will be closed for traffic during the event. The event includes a 5-mile run, 5-mile walk, 10-mile run, 10-mile walk and a half marathon …

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Right-to-Try Law for Terminally Ill

Legislation has been approved by a Michigan Senate committee that would give terminally ill patients the right to participate in experimental drug trials before the drugs are approved by the FDA. The measure, if given final approval, would make Michigan one of the few states enacting a so-called “right to …

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Medical Marijuana Dispensaries

State legislators have moved bills that would allow for the return of medical marijuana dispensaries in Michigan and the use of marijuana-laced foods. The Senate Government Operations committee on Wednesday approved legislation that would allow municipalities to permit dispensaries to sell marijuana to certified patients or caregivers, which is not …

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E-Cig Laws

E-cigarettes and alternative nicotine products would be categorized as smokeless tobacco and subject to a new tax, under legislation introduced Wednesday by Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville. The measure would establish a 15 cent per 1.5 milliliters and proportionate rate on all fractions of 1.5 milliliters tax on vapor products. …

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Keweenaw Chamber Hires Director

The Keweenaw Peninsula Chamber of Commerce has a new director. Cheryl Farhner has taken over the position which had been vacant for nearly three years, since the departure of Dallas Bond. Fahrner is familiar with the area. She grew up in Ironwood, and worked at the D&N Bank headquarters in …

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Houghton County Board Meeting Recap

A light but important docket was on tap for the Houghton County Board of Commissioners meeting yesterday. The board was given a presentation by MSHDA Executive Director Kim Stoker and they approved a MSHDA Grant application that Chairman Scott Ala says will greatly benefit the houses in the community. The …

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DNR Talks Forest Management

The Department of Natural Resources will render its final decision on proposed forest management treatments for 2016 in the Baraga management unit, which includes Baraga, Houghton, Keweenaw and Ontonagon counties. Each year, DNR personnel evaluate one-tenth of the state forest. The inventory provides key decision-making information for foresters and wildlife, …

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