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L’Anse tracks COVID through the sewer system

Testing performed on sewage confirms the presence of the COVID-19 virus throughout the Village of L’Anse and the surrounding area. At last night’s council meeting, waste treatment system lead operator Erin Lahti said sewage influent virus levels spiked after Labor Day, but have since moderated. The village is part of …

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Baraga County Chamber completes rebrand, plans hockey tournament

You may notice a sticker with a different kind of look in the windows of Baraga County businesses. The chamber of commerce has finished its rebranding efforts, highlighting Keweenaw Bay. President Debbie Stouffer says the choice to elevate one of the area’s premier natural attractions was a deliberate one. If …

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Horne Fire still active

Isle Royale staff are planning to release a final update on the Horne Fire for the season later this week. The National Park Service’s last statement placed the blaze at 521 acres in size with 85 percent containment. Liz Valencia says that the weather has turned wet and humid in …

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Finlandia University’s President Philip Johnson to Step Down at End of Year

Finlandia University President Philip Johnson will resign at the end of the 2021-22 school year. Last week, he gave notice to the school’s Board of Trustees, which was accepted with regret. Board President Julie Badel says Johnson’s leadership over the recent years will be missed. The university will begin the …

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Portage Health grant brings Project Lifesaver to the area

Houghton County Lieutenant Detective Charlie Klein’s hard work begins paying off this week. Following the search for Cam Besonen in April in Ontonagon County, something the sheriff there says were the worst days of his professional career, Klein began investigating options that could reduce the time it takes to find …

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Calumet farmers market moving indoors

A mild fall is eventually going to turn, and the Calumet farmers market is prepared. It is moving from its summer location in the green next to the theatre and municipal building to the drill shop. The building is near the Colosseum and the school, perhaps best known as the …

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CMX spared from air travel problems

Nearly a third of Southwest Airlines flights nationwide were delayed or canceled over the weekend and the problems threaten to worsen. Pilots and crew members are engaging in a mass sickout to protest vaccine mandates, alongside at least some air traffic controllers in Jacksonville, Florida. The Federal Aviation Administration is …

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Mackinac Bridge Authority meeting in Houghton next week

It’s a homecoming of sorts for the Mackinac Bridge Authority next Thursday. Several staff and at least one board member count themselves as alumni of Michigan Tech, and they’ll convene their next meeting on the campus at the Great Lakes Research Center in Conference Rooms 201 and 202. MDOT spokesman …

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COVID-19 update for October 6th

The latest Western Upper Peninsula Health Department COVID-19 update shows a new seasonal high for cases in Houghton County, but levels still well below last year. Houghton now has a higher case rate per 100,000 people than a majority of the region. Houghton’s 113 cases compare to 19 in Baraga …

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Pat Coleman discusses results of public engagement session

Over 60 people participated at The Bonfire restaurant in late September, to begin to map out the future of Houghton’s downtown parking deck. Pat Coleman is an urban planner with over 40 years of experience, particularly for cold weather cities. He has worked with the municipality before on recreational plans, …

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