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Free Michigan COVID-19 Test Sites Growing

The  Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is expanding the number of free COVID-19 testing sites available.  Partnerships with Walgreens and the Michigan Primary Care Association will add 77 new sites, and bring the total number of free testing locations across the state to nearly 100. The Walgreens stores …

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Federal Dollars will Help Fight U.P. Opioid Crisis

Some federal money is heading to the Upper Peninsula to help fight the opioid crisis. Michigan State University will administer the $392,462 United States Department of Agriculture Rural Health and Safety Education grant. MSU will work with 15 coalitions in the U.P. to implement an opioid misuse prevention program, provide …

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Michigan Census Performance Rated High

With the official count now closed, Michigan appears to have performed fairly well in the U.S. Census. Federal officials say our self-response rate of 70 percent – those who either reported their household information online, or by mail – was the eighth-best in the nation. Keweenaw County didn’t help much …

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Chassell Man Faces Meth Charges

A Chassell man faces multiple drug charges, following his arrest by officers from the Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team. Officials say 34-year-old Jon Lister was taken into custody Friday, after a two-month investigation. He was arraigned on five counts of Delivery of Methamphetamine. Bond was set at $5,000.

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Sheriff’s Department Cracks Down on School Bus Violators

Houghton County Sheriff’s deputies will be watching extra closely this week for drivers who ignore the flashing red lights on school buses. Sheriff Brian McLean says his department is taking part in a national effort called Operation Safe Stop. Extra patrols will be assigned to monitor school bus routes. McLean …

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Joe Nichols Show Delayed Again

The much anticipated show by country music star Joe Nichols at the Calumet Theatre has been rescheduled again. Theatre Executive Director Marlin Lee said the November 14th date just became untenable… “We kept hoping that restrictions would ease, because this is a show that is going to be a sellout, …

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NMU 2020-2021 Budget Shrinks Slightly

Northern Michigan University’s budget for the 2020-2021 fiscal year will shrink by about one percent. The board of trustees approved the spending plan on Friday. Despite the overall shrinkage, money for scholarships and fellowships will increase by nearly $300,000. The board also ratified a new two-year contract with 130 members …

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Coles Creek Road Residents Plead for Water

Some Coles Creek Road residents who have been without water for a month brought their case to the Houghton County Board of Commissioners last week. The homes were served by a small, off-the-books private water system using an Artesian well that had been in place for decades. A contractor working …

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