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C.C. Firefighters Honor Bianco, March 13th Heroes

The longtime chief of the L’Anse Fire Department was named Firefighter of the Year at the 2022 Copper Country Firefighters Tournament Saturday. Mike Bianco has been a member of the L’Anse Fire Department for 39 years, and has served the past 14 years as chief. He will be retiring from …

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Michigan Abortion Rights Hang in Balance Following Roe v Wade Overturn

Protests erupted across the state over the weekend, following the release of the United States Supreme Court’s decision overturning the Roe v Wade decision that protected a woman’s right to an abortion. Demonstrators took to the Houghton-Hancock Bridge Saturday afternoon to express their feelings.  At this point, nothing has changed …

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Forensic Audit Clears Antrim County 2020 Presidential Vote

Yet another investigation into the results of the voting in Antrim County in the 2020 presidential election has turned up no evidence of fraud. Antrim gained national attention when a clerical error briefly made it appear that Joe Biden was winning the heavily-Republican county. The mistake was quickly corrected, and …

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Finlandia Giving Day Surpasses Goal

Results are in from Finlandia University’s annual Giving Day campaign.  On June 14th, the Alumni Board conducted its annual effort, with a goal of raising $10,000 to help students purchase textbooks.  With the receipt of some late donations, the goal was reached, with 44 gifts totaling $10,300.  Since 2019, the …

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Gina Thorsen Named First Female CEO of Stormy Kromer

Gina Thorsen will be officially named the new CEO of Jacquart Fabric products today. Jacquart is the parent company of Stormy Kromer. Thorsen is passed the torch by her father, Bob Jacquart, and she will be the first CEO of the 100 year old Stormy Kromer brand. During the past …

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Governor Whitmer Signs Bipartisan Childcare Reform Package, Includes Markkanen Regulatory Childcare Bill

Yesterday Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed into law a bipartisan child care reform package of bills. The reforms hope to expand access to quality, affordable childcare, and builds upon the bipartisan budget, that included expanded funding for childcare centers. The package is split in two main topics; regulatory reforms, and expanding …

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Juhannus Celebration Heads to Conclusion

Juhannus concludes this weekend.  The Finnish-themed summer celebration will feature a traditional dance tonight. Visiting violinist Sara Pajunen will join the local Thimbleberry Band to provide music beginning at 7:30 at the Finnish American Heritage Center. Northwind Books will host a Juhannus Market today between 10:00 and 4:00, and tomorrow …

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Copper Country Firefighters Compete Saturday

Fire departments will compete for local supremacy Saturday. The Houghton Fire Department will host the 68th Annual Copper Country Volunteer firefighters tournament. Houghton City Manager Eric Waara tells us competition will begin at noon on the grass at Ray Kestner Waterfront Park… It’s going to be a lot of fun …

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Local COVID-19 Levels Hold Steady

COVID-19 levels held steady in the Copper Country last week. Health department officials confirmed 64 new cases, up slightly from the 60 reported in the previous week. Statewide levels continue to ease back from the most recent peak, and are now at less than half the level reported a month …

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Carp? Copi? A Fish by Any Other Name…

How do you keep invasive Asian carp from invading the Great Lakes? Call them by a different name. The state of Illinois is trying to rebrand the voracious invaders, to make them seem more palatable. The term “Asian carp” includes several species, including bighead, grass and silver carp.  Illinois wants …

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