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COVID-19 update for October 6th

The latest Western Upper Peninsula Health Department COVID-19 update shows a new seasonal high for cases in Houghton County, but levels still well below last year. Houghton now has a higher case rate per 100,000 people than a majority of the region. Houghton’s 113 cases compare to 19 in Baraga …

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Pat Coleman discusses results of public engagement session

Over 60 people participated at The Bonfire restaurant in late September, to begin to map out the future of Houghton’s downtown parking deck. Pat Coleman is an urban planner with over 40 years of experience, particularly for cold weather cities. He has worked with the municipality before on recreational plans, …

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No charges for state troopers in Hubbell shooting

Michigan State Police troopers who shot Ashley Novak in Hubbell on April 12th will not have any charges filed against them. Attorney General Dana Nessel says personnel from the Calumet Post responded to Novak’s home following a social media post. She had a pistol pointed at her temple with the …

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Menominee man facing decades in prison for child pornography

Thirty-two-year-old Aaron Kuchinka of Menominee was arraigned earlier this week on charges of child abuse and possession of child sexually abusive material, among other alleged crimes. The investigation was conducted by the Michigan State Police Internet Crimes Against Children unit. After obtaining a search warrant following an anonymous tip, MSP …

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Hancock Renews Trash, Munetrix Contracts, Approves Paving Contracts

The city of Hancock introduced their newest employee last night at city council. Sadiq Abdi will hold the position of CEDAM Fellow, in this position he will help City Manager Mary Babcock with administration tasks around city hall. Hancock also received the 2021 assessors’ report. That report notes that over …

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USA Hockey officiating seminar Saturday

Beginners are invited to drop the puck on a hockey officiating career this Saturday at Calumet High School. Lessons will be provided for Level One refereeing up to more advanced certifications. You can expect to spend at least four hours at the session, and more than that for the lower …

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Western UP tree tapped for Christmas at the Capitol

The Michigan Department of Technology, Management, and Budget scoured statewide for the 2021 Christmas tree, eventually settling on a selection from near the Wisconsin border. A 63-foot spruce from Marenisco will stand proudly outside of the Capitol Building in Lansing beginning on October 30th. Adornment will start next month and …

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State Superintendent asked about FBI school board directive

Earlier this week, Attorney General Merrick Garland put out a memo to United States Department of Justice employees, particularly the ranks of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, to actively pursue threats, intimidation, and harassment of local school board members. When asked on Tuesday about the move, State Superintendent Michael Rice …

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New Calumet manager learning the ropes

Amber Goodman is still learning the day-to-day operations of her new job as Calumet village manager, but she hopes to be a quick study. Goodman has worked for a decade in higher education and health care, having received her Masters in Business Administration recently from Ohio University. She steps into …

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UP Human Trafficking Task Force hosting three presentations

Baraga, Ontonagon, and Houghton Counties will all get the chance to hear from the Upper Peninsula Human Trafficking Task Force next week. The nonprofit works with law enforcement, schools, youth organizations, and others to try and tackle a growing problem in the region. President Stephanie Krieger says the biggest obstacle …

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