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DNR Expresses Concerns Over Limestone Mine Site Sale

Six Department of Natural Resources division heads are rejecting a proposed land deal in the eastern Upper Peninsula that would be the largest public land sale in state history. The six sent the recommendation to DNR Director Keith Creagh opposing the sale of more than 10,000 acres of public surface …

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Mackinac Bridge To Accept Credit Cards At Toll Booths

Some good news for those of us who routinely head downstate–crossing the Mackinac Bridge should be a little easier thanks to a software upgrade at the toll booths. The upgrades allow customers to use credit cards at the booths and review Mac Pass account information online. The software upgrades, necessary …

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Casperson Land-Use Bill Vetoed By Snyder

Governor Rick Snyder has vetoed a bill that would have prohibited the state from making land-use decisions based on biodiversity. Supporters of the bill say it was to protect landowner rights. But the governor says biodiversity “is essential to how our world-class natural resources are managed.” The veto was applauded …

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Ontonagon Bridge Gets New Name

A bridge in Ontonagon County has a new name to honor veterans. The bridge, which is located on M-64 over the Ontonagon River, will now officially be known as the Ontonagon Veterans Memorial Bridge. The change was made after Governor Rick Snyder signed a bill this week introduced by State …

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Waiting Rooms Ready For Bridge Closure

You don’t want to get caught on the wrong side of the canal this Saturday night when they close the Portage Lake Lift Bridge for maintenance. But if you do, there are places you can go to wait it out. The bridge connecting Houghton to Hancock will be closed from …

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State Revenues Coming Up Short

State revenues for the current and upcoming fiscal years are coming up way short of expectations, according to the House Fiscal Agency. The HFA is forecasting a $454 million shortfall in the current 2014-15 fiscal year, with much of the shortfall being blamed on tax credits, with businesses cashing in …

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Maki Library Invites Public To See Expanded Sections

The Sulo & Aileen Maki Library is pleased to announce the reception of a grant from the Finlandia Foundation to support the expansion of the library’s Finnish studies collection. A majority of the new materials will be on display in the Maki Library in February during regular scheduled hours. The …

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U.P. Habitat Workgroup Reconvenes

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has announced that the Upper Peninsula Habitat Workgroup has reconvened with new members and a renewed mission focused on improving and conserving critical U.P. winter deer habitat. The workgroup, comprised of natural resource professionals, private landowners and sportsmen’s groups, is led by Natural Resources …

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Couple Recognized By NPS

On December 8, 2014, National Park Service Staff at Keweenaw National Historical Park presented the Midwest Region Outstanding Partner Award for 2014 to Liz and Ed Sheridan. This award is presented annually to an organization or person (in this case, two people) that provides an exemplary high level of support …

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Asian Carp Approaching Lake Michigan

An environmental coalition says that new test results from the U-S Fish and wildlife Service show that DNA of the Asian carp has been detected in the Chicago Area Waterway System, less than one city block away from Lake Michigan. The Alliance for the Great Lakes, along with several other …

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