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Snyder Signs 2015 Budget

Governor Rick Snyder has signed the state’s budget for the 2015 fiscal year. This is the fourth straight year that Michigan’s budget has been completed in June. The total budget, including all state and federal revenue sources, is $53.2 billion. The general fund budget is $10.1 billion, and the school …

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Deadline for Registering to Vote

Michigan residents have until Monday, July 7, to register in order to vote in the Aug. 5 primary. The polls will be open on Election Day from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. To register, applicants must be at least 18 years old by Election Day and be U.S. citizens. Applicants …

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MDOT Sends Reminder on Political Signs

As campaign signs again begin appearing along state highways, the Michigan Department of Transportation is reminding political candidates and property owners that political signs must conform to state regulations for placement. MDOT Director Kirk T. Steudle says they want to make sure these signs do not become safety hazards by …

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Gun Coalition Heading to Lansing

Michigan Moms Demand Action, which is calling on public policy makers to approve tougher gun regulations, is making its way to Governor Rick Snyder’s office today. The group says it will deliver more than 14-thousand postcards to the governor, saying simply: “Not One More,” which was the comment made by …

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PastyFest 2014 Recap

The turnout was great this past weekend for the 2014 PastyFest. Copper Country residents filled Agassiz Park in Calumet to enjoy the live music, arts and crafts and of course, the pasties. Calumet Controller Susan Dana, who was honored with a community service award, says this year’s crowd was one …

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Lt. Gov. Calley Impressed with U.P. Visit

This past weekend, Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley made a stop in the Copper Country to talk about job creation and economic growth in the area. Calley met with a few local lawmakers and business owners at GS Engineering in Houghton and was given a tour of the facility. He says …

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Nassiri Bound to Circuit Court

The Dollar Bay man accused of murdering his wife last December has once again been bound over to Houghton County Circuit Court. Nima Nassiri is charged with second-degree murder in the death of his wife, Sanaz Nezami, who died of traumatic brain injuries. A detective testified Friday that Nassiri said …

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“Mutt” Attracts Big Crowd

Around 350 people turned out Friday night for the world premiere of the movie “Mutt.” Producer Rick Allen said reaction was favorable. If you didn’t get to see the film this past weekend, Allen says there will be more showings. “Mutt” will then be submitted to film festivals… in hopes …

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Les Ross, Sr. Passes Away

An Upper Peninsula music legend has died. Les Ross, Senior, learned to play “Lumberjack-style” harmonica while growing up in a farm in Eben Junction. After decades of performing in the U.P., Ross achieved national stardom in 1998 when he released an album of traditional Finnish-American music. That led to television, …

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Finlandia Adds Psychology Degree

The Finlandia University Board of Trustees has approved the addition of a Philosophy Major in the Suomi College of Arts & Sciences. The four-year degree program has three components: philosophy core, topics in philosophy, and history of philosophy. Many of the new courses will allow students in other programs to …

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