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Minnesota man drowns in Portage Canal

Monday afternoon at 4:00, Hancock Police Department was called out to a dead body on the canal shoreline in the 1400 block of Jasberg Street. It had been in the water for about a week and its condition made a positive identification difficult. That same day, two women had contacted …

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Circle Power Hits Standstill with Scotia Wind Farm

The winds are gone from circle power’s sails. On July 30th EGLE rejected the company’s proposal to build 12 wind turbines in the Stanton and Adams township area. Hugh Mcdiarmid of EGLE says that the threat to bats and raptors is too great to approve the Scotia wind farm at …

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Houghton clears way to begin parking deck replacement planning

Following action at the last Houghton City Council meeting, the group is already making plans to start the process that will decide what replaces the downtown parking deck. The goal is to have public input, and to ensure that happens, the body is turning to a familiar face. Pat Coleman …

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Calumet Elementary School getting new windows

The original portion of the Calumet Elementary School is about to get an exterior upgrade. At Tuesday’s Board of Education meeting, the district voted to approve the replacement of the double hung windows in the wing at a total cost of $112,898. Superintendent Chris Davidson says the need was identified …

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One taken to hospital after M-26 crash

A 15-year-old child was transported to UP Health System – Portage Wednesday afternoon after a sedan and pickup truck collided on M-26 in Portage Township. The Houghton County Sheriff’s Department responded at 3:45 to the incident near Erickson Drive. A 16-year-old was behind the wheel of the car. The teen …

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UPDATE: Wisconsin man rescued in Keweenaw County

On Monday afternoon Keweenaw County Sheriff deputies responded to a call about a man floating near High Rock Point near the tip of the Keweenaw Peninsula. The call was made by a couple who were kayaking in the area when they noticed the subject floating in the water off shore. …

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Calumet fire cleanup update

Village of Calumet Acting Manager Dave Geisler provided an update Tuesday on the cleanup efforts on Fifth Street following the devastating fire in late May. The Environmental Protection Agency has developed a plan to rehabilitate the site, but is searching for funding. It is unknown how long that process will …

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Houghton County Commission Purchases Equipment, Annexes Land for Jail

New land has been annexed in Houghton county. The Sharon avenue lot that currently exists in Portage Township, will move into the city of Houghton’s jurisdiction. The land from the lot will be set aside until plans can be developed for the county to build a new jail and county …

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Boat parade part of Community Night Out

Fun on shore and on the canal looks to be part of the itinerary for the Community Night Out happening Saturday, September 4th. The Keweenaw Chamber of Commerce says the last event before the fireworks will be a boat parade. Katie Schlief says no registration is required. You can start …

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Understanding white-nose syndrome

White-nose syndrome is an extinction level threat to several Upper Peninsula bat species. The effects are reverberating well beyond ecological considerations. The northern long-eared bat will most likely not survive, says Dr. Allen Kurta. tri-colored bats and little brown bats have seen their populations crater by as much as 90 …

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