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Eilola to Lead Baraga County Commission

Veteran Gale Eilola will take over as chair of the Baraga County Board of Commissioners. Eilola was voted into the top spot at last night’s meeting. Returning commissioner Brad Dakota was elected vice-chair. Eilola and Dakota are the only two holdovers from the previous board. Craig Kent and Chad Cichosz …

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L’Anse Old-Timers Hockey Tourney to Return – Village Council Report

L’Anse is bringing back its Old Timers Hockey Tournament. The L’Anse Winter Classic will be played March 4th and 5th, and will be a fundraiser for Meadowbrook Arena.  The last installment of the tournament was played in 2015. It will be sponsored by the Baraga County Next Gen Team, which …

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MSP Encourages Fifth Graders to Participate in the 2023 National Missing Children’s Day Poster Contest

Michigan State Police Missing Children’s Clearinghouse encourages kids to get creative with a national poster contest, focusing on awareness for missing children’s cases. The 2023 National Missing Children’s Day Poster Contest promotes child safety, annually, by offering an opportunity to create a poster centered around the topic. The contest encourages …

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UPHS – Portage Encourages Flu Shot and Vaccine Updates as Infectious Diseases Trend Upward in the Community

The flu and respiratory illnesses are continuing to trend upward throughout Michigan and the western Upper Peninsula. Upper Peninsula Health Systems Portage continues to encourage residents, especially those working in medical facilities, receive their annual flu shot, and update other vaccinations. Throughout the flu season, the Center for Disease Control …

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DNR Takes Comments About Baraga County Mineral Rights Lease Request

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has opened a public comment period on requests to lease metallic mineral rights for parcels in Baraga, Iron, Dickinson and Marquette Counties. The requests have been filed by the Keweenaw Land Association.  Targeted areas include:• Nearly 600 acres in several separate parcels south and …

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Hancock Sets Solar/Wind Ordinance Hearing; DDA Meets Tonight

The City of Hancock Planning Commission has set the date for a public hearing on the city’s proposed Solar and Wind Power Ordinance. Comments will be received January 23rd at 6:00 in the city council chamber at City Hall. Written comments can be mailed or dropped off at City Hall, …

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Polar Bear Organizer for Heikinpäivä Needed, as Festival Returns

Heikinpäivä activities begin this week.  After two years off because of COVID-19 issues, the mid-winter celebration is back. Opening events include a two-part inkle band weaving class that starts Wednesday, and additional enrichment classes through the month. While the schedule includes many of the traditional activities, Jim Kurtti of the …

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Great Lakes Ice Cover Lags Behind

Ice cover is developing slowly on Lake Superior this winter. The latest map issued yesterday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration shows just four percent of the lake surface frozen – mostly in shallow areas near Duluth, Ashland, and Thunder Bay. That’s just a third of the amount of …

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Gas Prices Tick Up Again

Gasoline prices continue to rise. AAA Michigan’s ongoing survey puts the statewide average price of a gallon of unleaded regular at $3.32 this morning. That’s 14 cents higher than a week ago, and basically the same price as a month ago. Prices on the Keweenaw Peninsula continue to be among …

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Brunet Named 2023 Hankookin Heikki

A veteran Heikinpäivä organizer will reign over this year’s event as the 2023 Hankookin Heikki. Mary Aho Brunet was awarded the honor this year, as the mid-winter festival returns after a COVID-19 hiatus.  Jim Kurtti from the Finnish Theme Committee said Brunet will be featured in an event she usually …

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