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More Help Available for UP COVID Affected Businesses

The Pure Michigan Small Business Relief Initiative has allocated a half-million dollars to assist small businesses in the Upper Peninsula that have been disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 virus.  Grants of up to $15,000 will be awarded on a “first-in” basis to qualified businesses. The application window opens December 15th. …

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Non-Profits Hope for Giving Tuesday Support

Today is Giving Tuesday, a day now celebrated internationally as an opportunity to support charities and service organizations. Mike Babcock from the Portage Health Foundation says the goal is to refocus us on a purer meaning of the holiday season… “It’s meant to change the conversation back from money, and …

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Chassell Man Dies in Crash

A Chassell man is dead following a single-car crash in Portage Township Sunday night. State police troopers say 50-year-old Rodney Barnes was southbound on Superior Road near Haapapuro Road when he apparently lost control on the icy pavement. His vehicle slid into a ditch, rolled over, and hit a tree.  …

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$1.5M Possible for Lake Linden Trail Repair

There could be more money coming to help repair damage done to our local trails by the 2018 Father’s Day Flood. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has recommended that $1.5 million dollars from the Land and Water Conservation Fund be allocated to help rebuild the ATV and snowmobile trail …

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Former Legislator Casperson Dies

Former Michigan legislator Tom Casperson has died. The Escanaba Republican spent six years as the 108th District State Representative, then served two terms as the 38th District State Senator. He was term limited in 2018, and it was about that same time that he was diagnosed with lung cancer that …

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Baraga County Slammed by COVID-19

The increasing number of COVID-19 diagnosis in the Western Upper Peninsula is now being reflected in a rising death rate.  The latest update from the Western Upper Peninsula District Health Department includes reports received from last Tuesday through Friday. It includes 159 more confirmed positives, and 13 deaths. Baraga County …

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Lift Bridge Work Begins Today

Work is scheduled to begin today on repairs and improvements to the Houghton-Hancock Bridge.  Over the next nine months, the Michigan Department of Transportation plans to replace the motors that lift the bridge deck, paint the interiors of the machine rooms in the bridge towers, and replace the finger joints …

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Firearm Deer Season Closes Today

Michigan’s firearm deer season ends this evening. Hunting concludes at 5:49, which is 30 minutes after local sunset. Michigan’s deer check stations have been closed for most of the season, because of COVID-19 concerns, so we haven’t received any official updates about how the hunt has gone. Sales of licenses …

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