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Winter Carnival Adds Alumni Statue Contest

With many Winter Carnival activities at Michigan Tech either canceled or scaled back because of COVID-19 concerns, a new event has been added. Alumni are invited to take part in their own statue contest. The competition is open until the end of January. Winners will be announced on February 4th …

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Houghton County COVID Numbers Rising

The upswing in positive COVID-19 tests continues in the Western Upper Peninsula.  The latest report from the Western U.P. Health Department includes 101 newly confirmed positive cases since the previous update was posted late Monday. 49 more probable cases were also noted. 77 of the confirmed cases are in Houghton …

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Aspirus, BCMH Announce Vaccine Plans

Local health care providers are gearing up to provide COVID-19 vaccines to the public. Beginning Monday, people age 65 and older, and designated essential workers, are eligible to be inoculated. That doesn’t mean you’ll get a shot right away – supplies remain limited. Essential workers younger than age 65, such …

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Michigan Lawmakers Target Trump

U.S. Senator Gary Peters has added his voice to those demanding the immediate removal of President Donald Trump. The Michigan Democrat yesterday called on Vice President Mike Pence and the cabinet to invoke the 25th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, saying Trump violated his oath of office when he incited …

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Man Arrested for Capitol Bomb Threat

A Charlotte man has been arrested for allegedly calling in a bomb threat yesterday at the Michigan Capitol. The building was cleared for about two hours, until state police investigators determined there was no actual threat. There were few people inside to begin with. The building was closed because the …

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COVID-19 Vaccine Program Expanding Locally

Michigan’s COVID-19 vaccination effort is expanding. Beginning Monday, those age 65 and older will be able to get their shots. So will some younger essential workers, including school staff, first responders, and jail and prison staffers. In a news conference yesterday, Governor Gretchen Whitmer said that vaccine supplies are still …

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Square One: Veridea Exits Houghton Development Project

The Houghton Lakeshore Drive redevelopment project is back to step one. Last night, the Veridea Group of Marquette, which had been selected as the city’s development partner, officially withdrew. City Manager Eric Waara read the company’s letter at the beginning of a special city council work session devoted to the …

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Hancock Non-Union Employees Get Pay Boost

Hancock’s non-union city employees will be getting a raise. At last night’s meeting, the city council approved a 2.75 percent increase for 2021. City Manager Mary Babcock said the raise was in line with those granted to union workers… “The police union gets a 2.75, and the DPW got a …

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Michigan COVID-19 Vaccination Program to Expand

Michigan’s COVID-19 vaccination effort is expanding. Beginning Monday, those age 65 and older will be able to get their shots. So will some younger essential workers, including school staff, first responders, and jail and prison staffers. In a news conference yesterday, Governor Gretchen Whitmer said that vaccine supplies are still …

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Hancock Council to Consider Rental Ordinance Changes Tonight

The Hancock City Council begins its new schedule of twice-monthly meetings tonight. The council recently decided to expand the number of gatherings, in hopes of trimming back the length of the meetings, which have frequently stretched out to three hours or more. Tonight’s agenda includes a public hearing regarding some …

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