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Bars Can Now Stay Open Later

Some Michigan bars would be allowed to stay open later on weekends, under legislation approved by the state Senate. Just hours after being reported out of a Senate committee, the upper-chamber passed a bill that would allow establishments licensed to sell alcohol in central business districts to stay open until …

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Reward Offered in String of Break-ins in Houghton County

Police have released two surveillance photos of suspects who might be involved in a string of auto repair shop break-ins in Houghton County. Over two dozen auto repair shops throughout the county have agreed to combine resources and offer a reward worth $12,250 for information leading to the arrest and …

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Bankruptcy Hearing for AG MO-CP, LLC

A creditors meeting was held yesterday in Marquette at U.S. District Bankruptcy Court for a land-holding company involving the founders of one the largest construction companies in the Upper Peninsula. At issue is one of 33 limited liability corporations formed by the founders of the Moyle Construction Company in Houghton …

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Health Insurance Unchanged for Houghton City Employees

The city of Houghton has decided to opt out and continue its current practice in regards to how it pays for health insurance for its employees. City Manager Eric Waara says this has been the preferred choice for the city for quite some time. The other options were to pay …

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UPSET makes drug arrests in Iron County

The Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team arrested four individuals on multiple drug counts Wednesday in Iron River. Three males and one female were taken into custody. They were charged with delivery/manufacturing of controlled substances including Ritalin, Oxycodone, Morphine and Heroin. All four individuals reside in the Iron River area. UPSET …

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Road Commission Doing More With Less

A year later and people in the Western U.P. are still talking about the historic winter that dumped hundreds of inches of snow on the Copper Country. And an early start to the winter means an early start to planning for the removal of the snow. The Houghton County Road …

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Delay in Electric Rate Price Hikes

There’s been a delay in a federal order that would have meant large electric rate increases for many Upper Peninsula homes and businesses as early as this week. The Midcontinent Independent System Operator has been requiring Marquette’s Presque Isle Power Plant stay open, and was requiring all U.P. utilities to …

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No Red Flags for Eagle Mine

A much debated topic in the U.P. is mining and the ramifications on the environment and quality of life for generations to come. An independent organization known as the Community Environmental Monitoring Program or CEMP in conjunction with the Superior Watershed Partnership held a public meeting last night to deliver …

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MDOT Responds to Dianda Statement

The director of MDOT has issued a public reply to a local state lawmaker who said he’d probably oppose a fuel tax bill that will be brought forward during the lame-duck House session that began this week. MDOT director Kirk Steudle has said to State Representative Scott Dianda that new …

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Bill to Lower Weight Limits on Trucks Rejected

The Michigan Senate rejected a bill yesterday that would reduce Michigan’s 164,000-pound gross weight limit for trucks to 80,000 pounds. The measure failed by a vote of 15-22, with most Republicans voting in opposition. It has long been debated whether Michigan’s 164,000-pound limit spread over 11 axles is a major …

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