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EPA agrees to start Calumet fire cleanup in September

The Village of Calumet announced Wednesday afternoon that it has come to an agreement with the US Environmental Protection Agency to clean up the rubble left from the Fifth Street Fire by October. In a previous update, the village had warned that next spring was looking more likely. According to …

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MICARES advising tribes on renewable energy

The MICARES project partners with communities, and especially tribal groups, to help them tackle the transition to renewable energy. Associate Vice President of Research Development Kathy Halvorson says that when dealing with organizations like the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community she finds it helpful to adopt an approach that fits within …

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Calumet Village Council considering manager candidates

During the Village of Calumet’s council meeting last night the board elevated Rob Tarvis to President Pro Tem. Coming soon to the village will be a new manager. The committee in charge of finding candidates has approved four of nine applicants. The first round of interviews will be conducted over …

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M-26 reopens, Townsend Drive work delayed

Some good news greeting motorists in Houghton County on Wednesday morning. M-26 is fully reopened after a 15-day closure to replace a culvert at Quincy Creek, just north of Mason. MDOT crews were pulling barrels and other signage off of the road late Tuesday evening to get it back to …

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Man falls to death in Sturgeon River Gorge

At 12:15 Monday afternoon, a 75-year-old man died after falling into the Sturgeon River Gorge in Laird Township. Douglas Brent Welker of Pelkie slipped while hiking down a trail and stumbled over the edge of a 20-foot cliff. He hit his head at the bottom and passed away on scene. …

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Houghton-Portage Township Schools restarting driver’s ed program

It has been over a decade, but driver’s education is set to make a comeback in the Houghton-Portage Township School District. Superintendent Doreen Kramer says a new hire is a certified driving instructor and that provided too good of an opportunity to pass up. She says that it is difficult …

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Ahmeek and Lac La Belle Fire team up for rescue

Just after 12:20 Monday afternoon, a call came in about an injured person on Fish Cove Road in Keweenaw County’s Grant Township. A Facebook post from Ahmeek Village Volunteer Fire and Rescue does not mention the cause of the injury and the department could not be reached for comment. Lac …

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Gov. Whitmer touring Upper Peninsula

Tuesday marks the start of Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s “UP Jobs Tour.” She is expected to focus on small businesses throughout the region, including locally. The governor will be joined by representatives from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. Last week, both MTEC SmartZone CEO David Rowe and Houghton City Manager Eric …

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Gas prices stabilize

AAA is reporting that gas prices decreased five cents statewide last week to $3.25 per gallon. Marquette’s average, which measures all markets in the Upper Peninsula, is about a cent lower. The Copper Country has routinely trended well below that number. A check of the Gasbuddy app shows that prices …

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Census results may tell incomplete story

Houghton County was a bastion of growth last decade, around two percent, amid population declines throughout the rest of the Upper Peninsula, according to the Census Bureau. Recent data suggest the good news may be understated given the scope of newer residents calling the Copper Country home. At Monday’s Board …

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