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Houghton man arrested for possession of methamphetamine

A three-month investigation culminated with the arrest of a Houghton man Thursday in Ontonagon County for Possession with Intent to Deliver Methamphetamine. The felony charge carries a potential of 20 years in prison. The 39-year-old is believed to have been bringing in large amounts of meth from out of state. …

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Hotel bookings already piling up

The Keweenaw Convention and Visitor Bureau website has been racking up traffic in what could prove to be a prelude to a great tourism season. Executive Director Brad Barnett says that a good portion of it has turned into questions. A lot of it is lodging related, right? They want …

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Mask guidance shift celebrated by Senator Peters

UPDATE: Michigan Health and Human Services policy is now in line with that of the CDC. Mask requirements have been dropped for fully vaccinated adults. The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shifted their guidance on masks dramatically Thursday. The federal agency advised that those who have been …

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Potential new jail site staying with Portage Township utilities

A purchase agreement is in the hands of the owners of the First Apostolic Lutheran Church on Sharon Avenue for their review. Houghton County is in the process of buying the site to potentially move the Sheriff’s Department and jail operations there. It is required that the county seat, the …

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COVID-19 retreating in Baraga County

Thursday night’s COVID-19 update brought more good news for the Copper Country. Released by the Western Upper Peninsula Health Department and Copper Country Strong, reports now come out only once a week. Over the past seven days, there have been 53 cases on a combined basis in Houghton, Baraga, and …

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South Range VFW may shake up its organizational structure

Non-Veterans of Foreign Wars members could be eligible to join the organization that runs the Range Lounge in South Range. That is one of many issues up for debate at tonight’s Range Town Vets meeting. Commander Robert Paavola says if no changes are made, the post itself will struggle to …

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Memorial Day travel expected to rebound

AAA expects fireworks to start the summer travel season in Michigan. Last year suffered from COVID-19 restrictions, with fewer than 700,000 people on the state’s roadways for Memorial Day weekend. Forecasts have that ballooning back above one million, a 53 percent jump. The increase is even more dramatic for airports. …

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Awards keep rolling in for Zander Worm

The winner of the Michigan SkillsUSA automotive service competition is beginning to reap the rewards of his hard work. Calumet High School’s Zander Worm has received a scholarship and prize package after being the national winner of the TechForce Foundation’s FutureTech Rock Awards. The applicant pool initially totaled over 400. …

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Houghton County designing giving protocol

Bequests are common in the area, whether it be to charities or our two universities. Houghton County is working on setting up a similar program that would go towards local government. Administrator Ben Larson says the creation of an Enduring Gifts Fund has been sanctioned since before he took over …

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Council approves sewer and water work

A week removed from a special session to address the new pier, Houghton’s City Council looked at a different kind of water infrastructure Wednesday night. Improvements for both the water system and sewer system passed unanimously. The bills total a little over $1.5 million. City Manager Eric Waara says the …

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