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Fire at Ahmeek apartment building

Fire departments and law enforcement agencies from across Houghton and Keweenaw Counties responded to a blaze on the upper level of an Ahmeek apartment building Thursday night. The structure at 26 Senter Street houses at least three units, whose entrances can be seen from ground level. A ladder truck from …

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Houghton holding enforcement hearing for dilapidated College Ave house

The residence located at 915 College Avenue in Houghton, which burned for hours in March, is a potential hazard and the city wants to tear it down. Manager Eric Waara says he expects to hear from the owner that there are no plans to demolish the damaged structure that remains. …

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Ammo shortage threatens rifle season

A nationwide ammunition shortage is nearing its one year anniversary, and anxious hunters are worried about the upcoming season. Jason Chaudier, manager at Woodland Firearms and Supply in Baraga, says it has been difficult since the 2020 election. He believes it may have started over political and safety concerns, and …

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Halloween trick or treating hours mostly consistent with prior years

Sunday is one of the most anticipated days of the year for kids throughout the Copper Country. Usually, they can count on having to brave a snow storm while in costume for Halloween. That is not looking likely in 2021, but Houghton Police Chief John Donnelly says the calendar doesn’t …

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Army Corps of Engineers releases winter water level forecast

Last month Lake Superior fell below its long-term average, adjusting for seasonal cyclicality, for the first time in seven years. The most recent forecast from the Army Corps of Engineers – Detroit District expects that to continue until at least March. The office in charge of monitoring the Great Lakes …

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Houghton council member steps down

Wednesday night marked the final Houghton City Council meeting for Dan Salo. Chief of Police John Donnelly, City Manager Eric Waara, and several other members paid tribute to him throughout the session. Mike Needham used part of his closing remarks to address Salo. I saw your wife sitting there when …

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Check out the 2022 Winter Carnival logo

Next February marks the 100th anniversary of Michigan Tech’s Winter Carnival. The logo was unveiled recently, drawn by Rachel May, and it brings the annual event back to its roots. A ferris wheel, a roller coaster that looks like something out of New York’s Coney Island, and a merry-go-round sit …

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Michigan Tech employees must get COVID vaccination

A letter from the Office of Michigan Tech President Richard Koubek sent late last week to university students and staff revealed that COVID vaccinations will be mandatory by January 10th for all employees. The missive referenced a recent executive order from the Joe Biden Administration that applies to all federal …

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Planning Commission Recommends Approval for 100 Pearl St. Development

Houghton approved the site plan for the 100 Pearl Street apartment complex last night. The plan will build new high density apartments near Michigan Tech’s campus, close enough for students to walk to classes or even downtown. The architect in charge of the project, Barry Polizn, says that the plan …

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More overnight closures on the lift bridge

Only one lane is closed on the Portage Lake Lift Bridge, now affecting traffic headed north, but soon work will require 30 minute waits again in the overnight hours. Crews are racing to complete repairs before winter ends construction season. Contractors will need to raise and lower the bridge between …

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