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L’Anse municipal utility earns respect of its peers

The relationship between the Village of L’Anse and its electric power supplier remains strong. At last night’s council meeting, WPPI senior vice-president Tom Paque said the co-op seems to have weathered the COVID-19 pandemic. I mean, there was a lot of concern. How much load are we going to lose? …

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Insurance claims being accepted for fuel spill damage

A public notice printed Tuesday in the Daily Mining Gazette invites anyone affected by June’s tanker spill at Santori’s Corner to file an insurance claim. On the 24th of that month, 6,500 gallons of diesel and gasoline leaked onto US-41, some of it reaching the Portage Canal via Hancock’s stormwater …

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Coast Guard restricts canal traffic

Recreational boats will not enjoy the right-of-way passing under the Portage Lake Lift Bridge during peak hours until the end of September at least. The canal is a federal waterway, meaning the Michigan Department of Transportation, and county and local officials had to seek an exemption to give vehicular traffic …

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UPDATE: Rabbit Bay Road Sauna Fire

The Bootjack Fire Department responded to a call at approximately 6:30 pm on Saturday, to a fire in Torch Lake Township. Fire Chief Dan Sarazin said that the fire started in a sauna on Rabbit Bay Road. 25 mile an hour winds ramped the fire’s flames, eventually spreading from the …

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Baraga Commissioners support UPSET

Baraga County has extended its support of the Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team West through 2025. At last night’s county board meeting, commissioner Dan Robillard said the drug investigation unit is worth the investment. It’s beneficial to the law enforcement in this area, and the whole Western Upper Peninsula, with …

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Inaugural Verna Mize Triathlon a success

A host of volunteers and twelve business sponsors helped to make the first ever Verna Mize Triathlon a memorable one for the racers. Organizer Mary Kaminski says 26 people took part, including 10 kids doing the “Mini Mize.” The event was timed to coincide with Michigan Tech’s Alumni Reunion, and …

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Many absentee voters abstain from election

A lot more ballots went out than were returned for last week’s elections in Houghton County. Keweenaw Report reached out to City of Houghton Clerk Ann Vollrath and Hancock’s Linda Kalinec, both of whom highlighted the issue. The only item on the ballot in Houghton was the county-wide millage renewal …

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Meet Tech’s new Dean of Students

Michigan Technological University’s new Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students is hitting the ground running. Wallace Southerland III was hired in May following a long tenure with Salisbury University, a branch of the University of Maryland system. Southerland began his role at Tech on July 1st and …

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Tour Da Yoop Eh passing through this week

The 2021 edition of the Tour Da Yoop Eh bike race is off and riding. The 10-day circuit totals around 1,200 miles, but there are options to compete in only sections of the race. The Copper Country’s portion of the event begins Tuesday. Section Four will bring riders from Ironwood …

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Six-alarm fire in Rabbit Bay

Bootjack Fire Department put out a request for mutual aid to fight a house fire at about 6:45 Saturday evening. A sauna ignited first and it eventually spread to the residence located at 45502 Rabbit Bay Road in Torch Lake Township. The narrow dirt street caused some congestion as six …

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