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Houghton County Leaves District Two Seat Open, for Now

The new Houghton County commissioner for District Two is – nobody. At yesterday’s meeting, the four remaining commissioners decided to hold off on filling the seat left vacant by the recent death of Albert Koskela.  State law requires that a replacement be appointed within 30 days, but, with a primary …

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Calumet HS Assistant Principal/AD to Retire

Longtime Calumet High School assistant principal and athletic director Sean Jacques is retiring. The CLK Board of Education accepted Jacques’ retirement notice with regret at last night’s meeting. It will take effect July 1st. The board also accepted with regret the resignation of high school and middle school physical education …

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Term Limits/Financial Disclosure Amendment Heads to November Ballot

Michigan voters will have a chance to relax the state’s strict legislative term limits in the November election. In a surprise move yesterday, both the state House and Senate passed resolutions that will allow the proposal to be placed on the ballot without the need for supporters to turn in …

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Portage Health Foundation Accepting Applications for the James Bogan Health Administration Scholarship

James Bogan led Portage Health, now UP Health Systems – Portage,  as someone who pursued community, curiosity, and leadership. And since he left the hospital system, the Portage health Foundation, has awarded a resident of the western Upper Peninsula with a 5,000 dollar scholarship given in Bogan’s name. The scholarship …

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High Winds Cause Electrical, Fire Problems

Yesterday’s high winds caused problems across the Western Upper Peninsula. A windblown tree partially blocks Golf Course Road in Baraga County. Power outages were reported in a number of locations. At one point, UPPCO reported 4,500 customers without power across its service area, and crews worked through the night. WE …

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L’Anse Hopes for MSP Return – Village Council Wrapup

The L’Anse village council has thrown its support behind an effort to reestablish a presence by the Michigan State Police in Baraga County. The former L’Anse State Police post. There was a post in L’Anse from 1935 through 2011, when budget problems forced the state to shut it down. Last …

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Lampricide Treatments Scheduled this Week

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service personnel are scheduled to apply lampricides in several area streams beginning today. In Baraga County, Fossum Creek south of Skanee and the Little Carp River in Baraga Township will be treated. In Houghton County, lampricides will be applied to Dover Creek – also known as …

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Slight Change to Next Week’s Visit from Finland

Finland’s Ambassador, Mikko Hautala will not make it next week during a scheduled visit to the Keweenaw Peninsula. He will be replaced by Ambassador Okko-Pekka Salmimies. Due to rising tensions between Finland and Russia, Hautala will travel to Washington D.C. to meet with U.S. officials. Salmimies will join the other …

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