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Calumet fire location treated as a crime scene

In a follow up to news first noted by Keweenaw Report, arson is suspected in the Calumet fire. The Houghton County Sheriff’s Office is warning people to avoid where the blaze broke out on Fifth Street Friday night. The area has been taped off and anyone found trespassing on the …

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Boil water advisory in effect for Calumet and Laurium

Due to Friday night’s fire in the Village of Calumet, Michigan American Water is reporting that their system suffered from a significant drop in pressure. That has resulted in a boil water advisory being put into effect. Twelve departments responded to the Fifth Street blaze, utilizing hydrants at every available …

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Three downtown buildings lost to fire in Calumet

At roughly 10:30 Friday night, a fire started at 108 Fifth Street in Calumet, the former site of the Evergreen Inn and Parkside Restaurants. The blaze quickly spread to two neighboring buildings engulfing everything to the Portland Street intersection. 12 fire departments responded, from Ahmeek down to Houghton. Houghton County …

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Worker shortage: The shrinking labor force

Michigan’s unemployment rate has dropped to 4.9 percent, with Houghton County at 5.4 percent unadjusted in March. Both are below the national average, but aided by a shrinking labor force. In February 2020, before economic consequences from the COVID-19 pandemic caused havoc in the area, Houghton County had 17,009 people …

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Koppers brings life-saving CPR machine to area

Koppers’ Hubbell location spearheaded a nearly $20,000 donation to Mercy EMS that will help save lives. The LUCAS chest compression machine, first designed in Sweden, has been rapidly adopted by EMS personnel throughout the world. Mercy’s Patrick Boberg says the equipment has been in use for over a month and …

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Sharon Avenue work begins next week

A culvert is scheduled to be replaced that runs underneath Sharon Avenue just east of M-26. The work begins next week and will see traffic detoured onto Razorback Drive from both directions. A left-hand turn signal was recently added to the Razorback/Memorial Drive intersection, which should help in ensuring backups …

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Greenhouse finally enjoying its time in the sun

It’s been a long time coming, but the Copper Country Intermediate School District is ready to debut the new location of its commercial greenhouse. An open house is scheduled for Saturday morning from 10:00 to noon. Coordinator Karyn Juntunen says the structure was originally located behind Copper Country Mental Health, …

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Houghton County registers first COVID death in months

Although COVID numbers continue to trend in the right direction, one new death was registered in Houghton County in the past week. It is the first one since March. There were 19 cases in the region’s largest county over the last seven days, a far cry from the beginning of …

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Markkanen calls on SOS to allow walk-in customers

State Representative Greg Markkanen issued a release Thursday morning requesting Secretary of State branches reopen to walk-in customers. The department has moved many services online, including registration and license renewals. It has also moved to open up self-service kiosks to allow residents to complete these same tasks if they have …

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Whitmer scraps “Vacc To Normal” metrics

As COVID-19 cases tumble statewide from nearly 9,000 per day at the spring peak to current levels between 1,200 and 1,500, restrictions are being lifted and the “Vacc to Normal” plan is no more. Michigan led the nation in new cases from late March through the month of April, but …

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