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More Kids Than Slots Available, The Copper Country Great Start Collaborative is Seeking Solutions to Issues in Houghton County’s Rural Childcare Network

Childcare providers are the economic cornerstone of any region. The importance of the industry means any issue it faces impacts the surrounding community. There are thirteen-hundred kids still in need of child care in Houghton County alone.  The region only has 300 childcare slots currently available. Director for the Copper …

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Expect More Evening Single Lane Closures on the Portage Lake Lift Bridge Next Week

More evening single lane closures on the Portage Lake Lift Bridge can be expected next week. MDOT will address mechanical and electrical work, that will require tests take place next Tuesday and Wednesday nights. Test lifts will occur at the top of the hour, and at each half hour mark. …

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Laurium Pushes Blight Fight – Village Council Wrap

Laurium is taking active steps to clean up the village. At last night’s meeting, village council members received an update about the latest effort to combat blight. Village President John Sullivan and Police Chief Kurt Erkkila recently met with county officials, to refine the procedures the village will use to …

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Hancock to Advance New Zoning Ordinance Tonight

Hancock’s new zoning ordinance could take a big step toward approval tonight.  The city has been working for months on the first major rewrite of the zoning rules in a half century. At its meeting this evening, the city council is set to introduce the result formally. Barring any last-minute …

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Local COVID-19 Numbers Rise Slightly

After a big jump two weeks ago, COVID-19 numbers in our edged upward over the past week. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services reports 112 new confirmed cases in Houghton, Keweenaw, Baraga and Ontonagon counties. That compares to 101 cases in the previous week, which was dramatically higher …

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Keweenaw County Public Safety Day Returns to Mohawk Park on Saturday

Public Safety Day is coming up in Keweenaw County this weekend. The Keweenaw County Sheriff has invited all their friends to meet them in the Mohawk Park, and show off their fancy equipment and emergency vehicles. Local fire departments, law enforcement, ambulances, and new this year, Keweenaw Search and Rescue, …

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M-26 Roadwork Starts in Dollar Bay – Tamarack City

Road work began yesterday in the Dollar Bay – Tamarack City area. The 4.6 mile stretch of resurfacing construction costs one million dollars, and is a part of the state’s record 3.5 billion dollars spent on road work across the state this year. The 6th Street to Tamarack Hill Road …

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Calumet, Laurium Village Councils to Meet Tonight

The Calumet Village Council could learn more tonight about how energy-efficient – or inefficient – its historic village hall and theatre complex is. U.P. Engineers and Architects is scheduled to make a presentation about the building’s thermal envelope. A thermal envelope is the structure that keeps the outside out, and …

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Finnish War Artifacts Displayed in Hancock

One of North America’s largest collections of Finnish war materials, memorabilia and artifacts will be open for public viewing through the rest of the summer. The Price of Freedom Museum is located on the sixth floor of Finlandia University’s Jutila Center in Hancock. The museum is part of the archival …

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UPSET West Executed a Warrant in Mohawk Last Friday

A one year investigation by the MSP UPSET West team into a Mohawk man concluded late last week. UPSET West executed a warrant on 43 year old Gregory Knuuttila’s home, after a traffic stop was conducted Thursday. During the past year, Knuuttila, had been transporting large quantities of methamphetamine to …

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