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Father’s Day Flood: Preparing for the next one

The Father’s Day Flood has often been called a once-in-a-millenium storm. Six inches of rain fell in the Keweenaw in only a couple of hours, overwhelming local drainage and eventually washing away critical infrastructure. Meteorologist Matthew Zika from the National Weather Service says the designation is only an average. We …

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Debris fished out of L’Anse sewage treatment plant

The long-awaited repaving project for L’Anse and Baraga Avenues in the Village of L’Anse should begin in about two weeks. At last night’s council meeting, manager Bob LaFave said two contractors will be working on the project, so the work should be completed quickly. Their completion date has to be …

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Copper Country Firefighters convening in Twin Lakes

For the first time, Twin Lakes is hosting the Copper Country Firemen’s Association tournament when the event returns on June 26th. Chief John Reynolds says he expects around 30 departments to take part in the festivities from Houghton, Baraga, Ontonagon, and Keweenaw Counties. Organizers have gotten creative given the new …

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Munising ship captain receiving Coast Guard award

The United States Coast Guard is honoring a captain at Shipwreck Tours in Munising Wednesday morning for her efforts to save the lives of two kayakers last fall. The quickly changing conditions on Lake Superior September 20th proved a danger as 30 mph winds whipped up waves over four feet …

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Baraga County Fair going with three-day schedule

Baraga County will be taking over management of several ORV trails. At last night’s county board meeting, commissioner Lyle Olson said that control is being transferred from the private group MI-TRALE to the Baraga County Trails Commission. They are giving us the Twin Lakes trail, the Covington trail, and the …

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Remembering the Father’s Day Flood

June 17th marks the three-year anniversary of the devastating flooding that hit the Keweenaw on Father’s Day of 2018. Meteorologist Matthew Zika says the situation facing forecasters was one of uncertainty that night. We knew there was going to be locally heavy rain somewhere, fifty miles either side of the …

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Secretary of State reducing number of branch visits needed

Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson joined Todd VanDyke Monday morning on KBear 102 to discuss in-person visits at the local branch office. Benson says the goal is to limit the need for them as much as possible, not just in the aftermath of COVID and the long backlog that …

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Portage Lake District Library announces summer reading program

Registration for the summer reading program at the Portage Lake District Library should be a quackin’ good time. It starts Thursday, hosted by the Hancock Public Library at the farmer’s market. Books of a Feather is the name of the event fitting in nicely with this year’s theme, Tails and …

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Hancock summer events series kicks off in full this week

Downtown Hancock will be bustling Thursday and Friday as the summer calendar hits full stride. The Farmers Market and Hancock Tori fill up Quincy Green weekly from June 17th until September 30th. Vendors will be selling their wares and fresh produce from 3:00 to 6:00 PM. Friday marks the return …

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Minigrants boost school gardens

COVID-19 has changed the plans of the Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative, Keweenaw Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, and Keweenaw Land Trust. Initially envisioned as a collaboration for last year, Joan Chadde says that instead, a series of minigrants have been awarded to several area schools and organizations. Eleven groups received $75 each …

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