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Michigan’s New Auto Insurance Law and the Effects on Catastrophic Claim Victims

Since July 1st, 2021, 42 medical care facilities have shut down across the state. In home care from family was slashed to 56 hours a week, and medicare reimbursement is capped at 45%. Lawmakers had two years to contemplate the effects the auto insurance law change by Public Acts 21 …

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Sailboat runs aground at Manitou Island

The United States Coast Guard was called out to Manitou Island after a sailboat’s rudder became stuck on the lake bed Thursday. Initially, an attempt was made to tow the 30-foot vessel, but the weather made that too risky of an endeavor. Spokesman Jacob Lovell says it was resecured and …

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Missing Ontonagon boat found in Houghton County

Early Wednesday morning, the Ontonagon Sheriff’s Office received a complaint of a missing boat. The watercraft had been tied up at Hamilton’s Marina on the Ontonagon River the prior evening. A notice went out to be on the lookout for the vessel, and it was discovered Thursday washed ashore near …

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UPDATE: Missing Teen in Ontonagon Township

Kayden Pragacz has been located after returning home to his parents, according to Michigan State Police. ************************************************************* A teen is missing in Ontonagon Towpship. Michigan State Police are asking for information or assistance in locating 16 year old Kayden Pragacz. Pragacz was last seen around 7 pm last night about …

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Houghton COVID cases moderating

Some good news on the COVID-19 front, as cases in Houghton County were significantly lower in the most recent reporting period. For the seven days ending on August 25, only 37 cases were recorded. That compares to 50 from the week prior. The positivity rate also fell, down to 6.67%. …

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Calumet wraps up manager’s interviews

Calumet’s Village Council completed its Zoom interview round on Wednesday, with four candidates participating in total. You can read about the first night here. The second evening featured a local candidate who has asked to remain anonymous for the time being. The other interviewee was a masters student from Central …

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Antibody treatments effective in COVID-19 fight

Aspirus Keweenaw says the Regeneron antibody treatment continues to show effectiveness against COVID-19, including a recent set of cases at Canal View – Houghton County. The therapy has been offered since November 2020 by Asprirus Health across its network of hospitals and clinics. Director of Pharmacy Jessica Bessner says patients …

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L’Anse Schools Captures Kids Hearts

L’Anse school teachers joined Vern Hazard over the last two days for a training session. Faculty learned from Hazard the importance to building relationships with students and the positive effects they can have. Darren Koskuhl said that being present is the most important thing for both at work and home. …

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M-26 at the Silver River down to one lane until fall 2022

The trip between Eagle River and Copper Harbor is going to have a traffic snarl for at least a year. The Michigan Department of Transportation has closed the east lane of M-26 as it passes over the Silver River in northern Keweenaw County. Spokesman James Lake says the historic stone …

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Lakeshore Center dock collapses

The waterfront platform that runs along the north side of the Lakeshore Center in downtown Houghton collapsed just after 5:00 Wednesday evening. It is currently blocked off from pedestrian traffic and much of the concrete is now submerged having fallen down the bank of the Portage Canal. The water line …

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