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Portage Lake Lift Bridge construction extended into December

Tower work will keep crews busy on the Portage Lake Lift Bridge at least through the week of December 6th. Weather will play a huge factor in how much construction is possible before winter finally halts things. Delays for pedestrians, bicycles, and motor traffic will occur intermittently for a half …

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31 Backpacks readying for long Christmas break

For 16 straight days, area students will be away from the classroom to celebrate Christmas, New Year’s, and all of the other holidays that make this time of year so special. For 31 Backpacks, that’s quite the challenge. Founders Laurel and Melissa Maki say they do not know the identities …

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Michigan Tech campus retrofitted to protect birds

There’s no shortage of glass panes on campus buildings at Michigan Tech, and each window was a potential hazard for area birds. Students from the Michigan Tech Sustainability House teamed up with members of the Copper Country Audobon Society to help mitigate these risks by installing film over the glass. …

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November 30th is Giving Tuesday

Before you head to the stores on Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, or fire up the laptop for Cyber Monday, consider setting aside a bit of that holiday budget for your favorite nonprofit. Giving Tuesday is scheduled for November 30th, and there are plenty of great organizations in the area …

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Lac La Belle Lodge continuing stand on principle

Lac La Belle Lodge Owner Troy Westcott says he respects and appreciates everything Black Bear, Inc. has done for his business. The company operates Mount Bohemia Ski Resort, which has brought in thousands of visitors from across the country to brave its unique backwoods downhill experience. Westcott says he is …

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Little Brothers needs Thanksgiving volunteers

Little Brothers – Friends of the Elderly are looking for volunteers at their Calumet, Ontonagon, and Baraga locations to pull off Thanksgiving meal deliveries. Program Director Sarah Hoffman describes the roles that are available. If they want to do cooking, we could really use help in Baraga, Ontonagon, and Calumet …

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Isle Royale National Park staff educate area students

Isle Royale is a wonder for adults, but even more so for kids. Being a long boat ride across Lake Superior, it is also one of the natural resources that area students may not know much about. Isle Royale and Keweenaw Parks Association Membership Outreach Manager Susanna Ausema talks about …

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O Tannenbaum: Tree returns to L’Anse

L’Anse is getting a Christmas tree this year. The village has long been known for its elaborate Christmas decorations, but it’s been several years since the display has included a tree. At last night’s council meeting, village staffers confirmed that a nearly 30-foot high tree will be set up at …

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Houghton asked to consider support for ranked voting

Resident Craig Waddell asked Houghton’s Election Commission to consider the use of ranked voting at Monday’s meeting, and said a motion to consider support for the concept should be a part of the special election being held next May. The vote is being called to fill an open seat on …

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Houghton schedules special election

The City of Houghton’s Election Commission voted unanimously to schedule a special contest slated for May 3rd to fill the open council seat created by Dan Salo’s resignation. Salo is planning to winter in warmer weather beginning this year. The council had a chance to select one of eight applicants …

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