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Housing Assistance Available

More than 1 million Michigan homeowners could qualify for down payment assistance of up to $7,500 toward the purchase of a new or existing home through a new program launched by the Michigan State Housing Development Authority. MSHDA Executive Director Scott Woosley says the MI Next Home program targets existing …

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Road Spending to Increase

The proposal in Lansing to immediately spend 100 million dollars extra for winter road maintenance for local governments has been increased, at the expense of some Medicaid-related dollars. The Republican controlled House Appropriations Committee has changed language in the bill, and has increased the spending to 215 million dollars. In …

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Retail Sales Take a Hit Due to Weather

Cautious consumers and lingering bitter cold and snow are being blamed for a significant decline in retail sales in Michigan last month, and seriously dampening expectations for the entire year ahead, based on new survey results from the Michigan Retailers Association. According to the M-R-A’s January “Michigan Retail Index,” 46% …

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Dollar Bay-Tamarack Millage Approved

All the votes are in and the Dollar Bay-Tamarack City School District has approved the 10-year renewal of the district’s base operating millage that would bring $18 million to the district. According to the Houghton County Clerk, 70 voted “yes” and 22 voted “no”. If the millage had not been …

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Isle Royale Wolf Dies

Michigan Tech biologist Rolf Peterson says one of the few remaining gray wolves of Isle Royale National Park has been found dead after escaping to the mainland across a Lake Superior ice bridge. Peterson announced yesterday that the 5-year-old female’s body was discovered earlier this month along the shoreline on …

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CopperDog 150 Still Needs Help

The CopperDog 150 is this Friday night and there are a couple more volunteers positions that they need to be filled. Crossings for Friday night that need to be filled are at Big Traverse Road and Gas Plant Road. For Sunday morning, they need volunteers at Gratiot Lake Road and …

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Ontonagon Accident Turns Fatal

A Greenland Township accident that took place ten days ago has turned fatal. 42-year-old Daniel Laurich of Ontonagon passed away Friday. He had been on life support for six days at Aspirus Wasau Hospital in Wisconsin. Laurich failed to stop at the intersection of M-38 and M-26 in Ontonagon County …

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U.P. Olympian to Speak at Finlandia

With the U.S. Olympics in Sochi all wrapped up, a U.P. native is returning home. Nick Baumgartner, originally from Iron River, will be speaking tonight at the Paavo Nurmi Gym of Finlandia University on his recent Olympic experience as well as his experience at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics and the …

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Debbie Dingell to Run for Husband’s Seat

Debbie Dingell is non-committal but a Democratic party official says she will seek the U.S. House seat currently held by her husband, who on Monday announced plans to retire. She is one of Michigan’s longtime representatives on the Democratic National Committee and a former president of the General Motors Foundation. …

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Huge GM Recall

General Motors is expanding its recall of compact cars due to an ignition problem that is being connected to 13 deaths. The recall now affects nearly one-point-four million vehicles. In addition to nearly 800,000 Chevrolet Cobalts and Pontiac G5 cars that were recalled earlier this month, GM is also recalling …

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