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Bridgefest looking for vendors

The Bridgefest committee is welcoming vendors to submit registration forms to be a part of the fun on Father’s Day weekend. Merchants are allowed to sell their wares on Friday, June 18th, and Saturday June 19th. Food vendors will be notified of their inclusion in the festivities after a review …

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Hancock exploring alternative to lengthening school year

Hancock’s school board met Monday night and one of the topics discussed was a recent proposal from State Superintendent Michael Rice to lengthen the school year from 180 days to 200. The hope is that it would allow for students to catch up after a year of COVID-19 related interruptions. …

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Calumet cleaning up government books

Calumet Village Manager Caleb Katz gave an update during Tuesday’s council meeting about efforts to get obsolete and redundant government regulations off the books. He said he had been focusing recently on reducing the number of fees pertaining to taxi services and pet licensing in the village. Katz said the …

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Keweenaw County COVID-19 levels revised down

It stuck out like a sore thumb on the February 11th COVID-19 update. Keweenaw County supposedly had registered eight new cases in half a week. Looking back at prior updates, the county was routinely between zero and four for the past month. Sometimes what looks suspicious is just that, as …

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UP Catholic school enrollment holding up well

Compared to national trends Upper Peninsula Catholic schools are doing just fine. The Associated Press ran an article last week touting the eye-popping drop in Catholic school enrollment across the country. The total student body fell by 6.4%, the worst one-year decline in at least 50 years. Superintendent at the …

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Passionate for paczkis

The Copper Country doesn’t have a Hamtramck or Poletown district, but it has fallen in love with a Fat Tuesday staple popular in the Motor City. Econofoods and Roy’s Pasties in Houghton are two of several bakeries pumping out the Polish confection known for its distinctive round shape. Roy’s owner …

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Natural Resources Commission approves deer hunting changes

Changes approved at last Thursday’s Natural Resources Commission meeting will make it easier to do antlerless deer hunting within a couple hours’ drive. Deer Management Units in the South-Central UP will participate in a new universal antlerless permit program. Mid-zone units, which do not include the Copper Country, are saddled …

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Houghton School Board allows new retirement plan option

Employees of the Houghton-Portage Lake School District will have a new alternative to help them save for retirement thanks to a unanimous vote by the Board of Education Monday night. One employee from the district had asked for a 457(b) plan to be made available. The district already offers a …

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COVID-19 update – Numbers remain relatively low

Monday’s Western Upper Peninsula Health Department update continued to show relatively low COVID-19 activity in the area. Houghton County had registered an increase in probable cases the past two reports and those played a factor in a modest jump in confirmed cases this time around. Houghton had 25 new cases, …

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Chance to participate in Calumet redevelopment

Leah Polzien from Main Street Calumet was the guest on this weekend’s edition of Copper Country Today discussing how you can help play a hand in redeveloping the village’s historic downtown. The group teamed up with the Keweenaw Economic Development Alliance for an informational meeting on Thursday, February 4th to …

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