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Lane Closures Continue as Bridge Project Nears End

Watch for another lane closure on the Houghton-Hancock Bridge again this week, as the lengthy repair project closes in on the finish line. Contractors for the Michigan Department of Transportation will shut down the outside southbound lane through Friday. They’ll be doing some minor concrete patching, and working on the …

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State Grants Will Help Bolster Ranks of First Responders

Five Copper Country governmental units will receive a half-million dollars from the state to help train and recruit first responders. Grants were awarded to: • The City of Houghton, for $141,200 • Keweenaw County, for $82,172 • Ontonagon County, for $100,000 • The Village of Baraga, for $96,980 • The …

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State Parks Raise Seasonal Workers’ Wage

Summer employees at Michigan State Parks are getting a raise. Faced with a worker shortage, the Department of Natural Resources has boosted the starting pay of its seasonal workers to $15 per hour. That’s a significant increase from the previous starting level, which was as low as $10.20 per hour, …

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State Police Seek Identification Help

Michigan State Police Troopers are asking for the public’s help in identifying a person of interest in an investigation. The surveillance photos below were taken April 8th in Crystal Falls. If you know who he is, call the MSP Iron Mountain post at 906-774-2122, or email sleeterj@michigan.gov, or websterw@michigan.gov. Image …

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SmartZone Hires Marketing Manager

The MTEC SmartZone has hired a new Development and Marketing Manager. Amanda Jackson is a Calumet native, with a degree in Graphic Communications from Northern Michigan University, and more than 14 years’ experience in marketing and grant writing in various fields. Here is the release from the MTEC SmartZone: HOUGHTON, …

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Ottawa National Forest Visitor Center Begins Summer Hours

The Ottawa National Forest Visitor Center will begin its summer operating hours today. The center will be open weekdays from 9:00 until 5:00 Central Daylight Time.  Located in Watersmeet, the center provides information about the local area and recreation opportunities, along with educational exhibits, a small reading library, and an …

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WUPPDR Partners with Taste the Local Difference for a Farm to School Program

The Covid pandemic put a lot of things into perspective for educators, including the need for a sustainable local food supply, and the rising cost of food. The Western UP Planning and Development Region saw the need. And the organization is partnering with local schools, farmers and an organization called …

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Calumet Woman, Lake Linden Man Nabbed on Meth Charge

Two Houghton County residents have been arrested on drug charges. Officials with the Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team say the pair was taken into custody Wednesday, after a two-week investigation. They are identified as a 22-year-old Calumet woman, and a 38-year-old Lake Linden man. UPSET detectives had developed information that …

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Seaplane Base Zoning Hearing Postponed

A planned public hearing by the Portage Township Planning Commission regarding plans to base a seaplane business at the former Onagaming Yacht Club was postponed last night. Illness threatened the commission’s quorum. The proposal has generated opposition from some residents, who have voiced concerns about noise and disruption to wildlife …

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Porcupine Mountains Music Fest Adds Performers

The Porcupine Mountains Music Festival has filled out the line-up for its return in August. Late additions to the list of performers include Copper Country native Erik Koskinen, perennial favorite Charlie Parr, along with funky bluegrass band Armchair Boogie, slide-guitar wizard Luke Winslow-King, “folk-rock diva” Lilli Lewis and Massachusetts-based singer-songwriter …

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