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Finlandia Makes College Testing “Optional”

Most students applying to Finlandia University in the future will no longer need to submit a college entry test score. Dean of Students Erin Barnett says the ACT and the SAT will be considered optional… The exception will be home-schooled students, some international students, and others for whom the high …

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Statewide Liquor Shortages Affecting Copper Country

The Michigan Liquor Control Commission is demanding action to resolve a growing problem with shortages of alcoholic beverages in the state. At Tadych’s Econo Foods, manager John Dittmann says they’ve been feeling the pinch… Dittmann says the shortages have also affected some of their specialty selections… The Liquor Control Commission …

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KMart Almost Gone from Michigan

Remember the mighty KMart retail chain? By early next year, the number of KMart stores in Michigan will be down to… one. KMart’s owner, Transformco, had announced a large round of closings in September that would have left Michigan with three stores. Last week, Transformco added its last two stores …

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Print Shop Hit by Car

A downtown Houghton business is beginning to recover after its building was hit by a car Saturday. Print Shop owner BJ Litsenberger tells us that a woman lost her brakes as she was driving down Pewabic Street toward Shelden Avenue around mid-day. Litsenberger says the driver did a good job …

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Baraga County Government Earns Energy Award

Baraga County was recently named as a leader in energy efficiency by the Michigan Energy Services Coalition.  County government was lauded for investing $1.47 million to upgrade lighting, replace heating and air conditioning systems, and install insulation and energy efficient windows and doors. In addition to replacing aging equipment, the …

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Shower of Water and Energy Savings at MTU

Sometimes, it’s the small things that add up. Tech Today reports that MTU Wadsworth Residence Hall building mechanic James Hanner noticed last summer that some of the shower heads in the building passed through a lot of water. Some of the ones he tested delivered eight gallons a minute. Hanner …

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Officials Hope to Secure Permanent Vet Center Office

As we celebrate Veterans Day, Houghton County continues to help local veterans through the Veterans Affairs Office at the airport. Veterans Service Officer Joe Battisfore says a local millage means their basic services aren’t threatened by the ongoing Michigan budget crisis. There is, however, concern about continuing local access to …

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Local Flu Vaccine Shortage Easing

Heading into the heart of the flu season, there have been shortages of the flu vaccine in our area. Kate Beer from the Western U.P. Health Department says the situation is being resolved… Beer says manufacturers have told her that future shipments will be delivered on time. They have received …

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Copper Country Honors Veterans Today

Today is Veterans Day, saluting those who have spent time in service to our country. Veterans Day is an official federal and state holiday, so many government offices will be closed. Some financial services may not be available, and there will be no mail delivery. Some local schools have scheduled …

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