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Houghton County Board to Discuss ARPA Funds This Morning

The Houghton County Board of Commissioners will hold a special meeting this morning. The only item listed on the agenda is a discussion about $6.8 million in American Rescue Plan funds. The meeting will begin at 10:00 in the commission room at the county building. See the agenda and remote …

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Hancock Teamsters Ask for Contract Renegotiation – City Council Preview

Hancock city employees who belong to the Teamsters Union want to renegotiate their contract. Union officials issued the request two weeks ago, and it will be among the items considered by the city council at its meeting tonight. The session will start at 6:00 at city hall. See the agenda …

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Local COVID-19 Case Rate Holds Steady

The number of diagnosed COVID-19 cases held steady in the Copper Country again last week.  Michigan Department of Health and Human Services figures show 49 confirmed cases in Houghton, Keweenaw, Baraga and Ontonagon Counties last week, compared to 51 the week before. Statewide, diagnoses continued to ebb, with the average …

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Finlandia University Set to Expand Course Availability for Their Finnish & Nordic Degree Program

Finlanida University plans to expand their course offerings for a unique academic program at the school. This coming spring semester the university will offer two classes, typically taught in the fall, from Finlandia’s Finnish and Nordic Studies degree program. Dr. Hilary-Joy Virtanen, a university associate professor and chair of the …

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State Historic Preservation Office Announces Next Year’s Lighthouse Grants are Open

With five large fresh water seas, Michigan’s fascination with the state’s over 100 lighthouses is prevalent in any coastal town. In the western Upper Peninsula, there are 22 lighthouses located along the Lake Superior coast from Ontonagon, Houghton, Keweenaw, Baraga counties, Isle Royale National Park and the lonely Stannard Rock …

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C.R. England Trucking Acknowledges Employee Involved in Last Week’s Semi Truck Accident in L’Anse

Baraga County Prosecutor Joseph O’Leary stated this afternoon that Johnson was allowed to leave the state after posting bail, to go home with his parents to Illinois. O’Leary said he expects to bring more charges before the court. And an investigation into the trainee’s knowledge of Johnson’s state while driving …

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Calumet Village Council Nears Manager Decision

The Calumet Village Council is moving toward hiring a new village manager. The council was scheduled to interview one candidate at a special meeting yesterday. A second candidate is set to be interviewed at a special session today at 6:30.  The council’s regular monthly meeting will follow this evening’s interview. …

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Winter Storm Brings Winds, Rain, Snow

Warmer-than-expected temperatures contributed to lower-than-expected snowfall totals during the first winter storm of the season. On the Keweenaw Peninsula, most of the precipitation Monday fell as rain. Inland areas, where temperatures were slightly cooler, were hardest hit. The National Weather Service reports that southern Baraga County received about six inches. …

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Community Reception Scheduled for New NMU President

Community members and alumni will have a chance to meet Northern Michigan University’s new president at a reception this afternoon. Brock Tessman will be introduced at the Northern Center in an event that will run from 4:30 until 6:30. The NMU Marching Band and the NMU Jazz Combo will perform. …

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Illinios Man Arraigned in Baraga County 97th District Court

The man charged with operating a vehicle while intoxicated resulting in a death, from last week’s incident in L’Anse has been arraigned in Baraga County 97 district court. 22 year old, Dawaun Johnson, is charged with one count of an OWI – resulting in the death of Allan Dantes Junior. …

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