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COVID-19 update: Delta variant surge continues

In a Thursday night update, the Western Upper Peninsula Health Department says the most recent COVID-19 resurgence is intensifying some from last week. Houghton, Keweenaw, and Baraga Counties have combined for 54 cases in the seven days ending August 18. There was also one death in Baraga County, which stands …

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Adams Township passes wind farm moratorium

The Adams Township Board joined Stanton Township in passing a moratorium on all commercial renewable energy projects. The measure will make it impossible to get the ok for the proposed Scotia Wind Farm for at least six months. Several government agencies have already weighed in on the project, denying approval. …

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Senator Stabenow Checks in on MTU’s Mass Timber Research

Senator Debbie Stabenow stopped in Houghton, MI on Wednesday. The Michigan Senator was checking on the progress that Michigan Technological University has made in the research and development of wood beams meant for tall building construction. Stabenow, who is a proud Michigander, says that the Timber Innovation Act that was …

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Public input wanted for the future of the Houghton parking deck

Houghton City Manager Eric Waara expects the public process to determine the future of the parking deck site downtown to commence next month. The city is teaming with Pat Coleman of North of 45 LLC to host up to three town hall/open house meetings, the first being mid-September. Waara does …

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Michigan Tech alumni close on Mount Horace Greeley land sale

A nearly two-year process to sell a prominent Keweenaw County peak has come to an end. Prosecuting Attorney Charles Miller says the sale of the former Calumet Air Force Station closed for $237,365. A group of Michigan Tech alumni placed the winning bid, led by Zach Garner of Perry, Michigan. …

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Rollover crash near the Quincy Mine grounds

Just before noon Thursday, a two-car accident led to a rollover of one of the vehicles. Kent, Washington’s Barbara Holmes made a left-hand turn into traffic at the intersection of US-41 and Campus Drive, near the entrance of the Quincy Mine Hoist Association. The 83-year-old was shaken up when her …

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Rep. Bergman: Afghanistan a “national embarrassment”

Congressman Jack Bergman isn’t mincing words when discussing the current chaos unfolding in Afghanistan. In a matter of days, the country’s leadership went into exile, the army collapsed, and now perhaps over 10,000 Americans are trapped behind Taliban lines. Bergman says the situation is worse than Saigon in 1975, as …

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Local paving happening in Houghton

Bacco Construction of Iron Mountain has already begun paving the segments of road covered in Houghton’s local streets project. Originally the plan was for milling to take place roughly three weeks prior to resurfacing. Manager Eric Waara says that milling requires specialized equipment, so all stretches impacted were done consecutively …

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Hancock trails suffering from water damage

At Wednesday’s Hancock City Council meeting, the board agreed to enter into a memorandum of understanding with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources to rehabilitate two segments of trails near the waterfront. The Navy Street Trail near Tezcuco is suffering from water amassing underneath it, creating instability. It will have …

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Gov. Whitmer’s UP Jobs Tour stops in Houghton

Governor Gretchen Whitmer brought her UP Jobs Tour to Houghton Wednesday afternoon. The appearance comes at a time where the post-pandemic economic recovery is fragile. Many businesses are trying to hire, but can’t find staff. The overall labor force has shrunk over the past twelve months, even with abundant opportunities …

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