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Prescription Drug Take Back Day Saturday

If you have unused, unwanted or expired prescription drugs around the house, Saturday is your chance to get rid of them. National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is a national effort to collect such medications. There are two goals. The first is to keep them out of the environment. Throwing medications …

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Gas Prices Edge Higher

Heading into the weekend, gasoline prices are slightly higher in our region than they were a week ago. AAA Michigan’s survey shows Marquette at $2.29 per gallon of unleaded regular. That’s three cents above last week, and five cents higher than a week ago. It’s 28 cents lower than a …

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Copper Country COVID-19 Cases Trend Back Up

After a bit of a respite, COVID-19 numbers in the western Upper Peninsula have begun to edge back upward. Last night’s report from the Western U.P. Health Department includes 67 confirmed positives across the five-county area since the last figures were released Monday evening, plus an additional 30 probable cases. …

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Hospital Leaders Plead for COVID Compliance

Michigan’s hospital administrators are pleading for state residents to continue to take precautions against the coronavirus. The Michigan Health and Hospital Association issued a statement yesterday, on behalf of Chief Medical Officers and Chief Clinical Officers of Michigan Healthcare Systems and Hospitals. The organization notes that COVID-19-related hospitalizations have increased …

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Trump, Jr., Rallies Local GOP

Copper Country Republicans turned out yesterday to welcome the oldest son of President Donald Trump to the Copper Country. Donald Trump Jr. made a brief campaign stop at the Houghton County Memorial Airport. He hit on all of the campaign’s usual talking points, including unverified accusations that Democratic candidate Joe …

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New Hancock Rental Code Passed, then Paused

The City of Hancock has new rental property rules, although they won’t take effect right away. At a four-hour meeting last night, the city council voted unanimously to adopt the ordinance that has been in the works for months.  Last night’s discussion uncovered a couple of lingering issues. The first …

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CCISD to Develop Student Mental Health Program

The Copper Country Intermediate School District will be part of a significant effort to provide services for students with mental health issues.  The District will receive $2 million from the state over the next five years through a Michigan Department of Education grant entitled Project AWARE.  The money will be …

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Whitmer Notes COVID Increase

Michigan’s COVID-19 rate continues to skyrocket. Yesterday afternoon, Governor Gretchen Whitmer noted that the average daily diagnosis rate now is three times higher than it was in June, and has doubled in the last three weeks. The governor noted that the spike began after the state Supreme Court ruled that …

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