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WUPHD warns that signs point to more COVID-19 in the community

The Western Upper Peninsula Health Department says that it is doing routine wastewater testing in communities across its district to detect the presence of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that leads to COVID-19. From Bessemer to Copper Harbor, the virus is being found more frequently in feces sampled in those communities. Chief …

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Laurium has a new Planning Commission

Big changes are happening within the Village of Laurium government. Council President John Sullivan says that the Board of Trustees has several young members filled with ideas, energy, and optimism. One of the highlights is that we as a Village Council are relatively young — young in the fact that …

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Houghton Council to consider resolution against rental legislation

At Wednesday’s Houghton City Council meeting, the body is expected to consider a resolution decrying House Bill 4722. The proposed legislation could severely curtail the ability of municipalities to regulate short-term rentals like AirBNB and VRBO properties. It also could threaten to undo recent ordinances aimed at ensuring minimum quality …

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Veterans Gather in Hubbell to Celebrate and Remember

Veterans Day is every day at the Hubbell VFW Post. On Saturday Vietnam, Afghanistan and Iraq war vets came together with friends and family for a Veterans Day dinner and celebration. Dinner was served by volunteers from the Air Force ROTC at Michigan Tech. After a brief social hour, dinner …

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Keweenaw Mountain Lodge applying to be Dark Sky Preserve

The Keweenaw Peninsula could become one of the only places in Michigan to get a prominent stargazer seal of approval. The Keweenaw Mountain Lodge is currently in the process of applying to the international organization that certifies locations as dark sky preserves. There are several different requirements to come into …

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HOSA urging people to register as organ donors

Tomorrow’s nurses and doctors have an urgent job today. Copper Country Intermediate School District pupils under the Health Occupation Students of America banner have a local chapter that is competing to register the most new organ and tissue donors. The Gift of Life HOSA Challenge runs until Friday. On a …

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Hunting season begins today

Deer camps were busy over the weekend with the sound of preparation and revelry, all in anticipation of the beginning of 2021 rifle season. That officially got underway at daybreak this morning. David Miller, a conservation officer for the Department of Natural Resources, says this is the busiest stretch of …

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COVID-19 Cases Dip From Last Week, Transmission Rate Still at Highest Level

The Western UP Health Department shows that COVID cases fell from the previous week in the region by 12. This week around the five counties there were 328 total positive cases counted (last week there were 340 cases). Houghton County saw the largest dip in total, moving from 227 cases …

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Markkanen Wants to Get Started Again on Energy Bill

Back in February 110th District Representative Greg Markkanen introduced legislation that plans to lift the cap on energy distribution by residents using solar power generation. House Bill 4236 looks to amend sections of 2008’s Public Act 295. Markkanen says that his bill will open up opportunities for those that already …

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Roll Over Accident in Torch Lake Township

An Atlantic Mine man was injured in a roll over accident last night. Yesterday at around 9 pm deputies from the Houghton County Sheriff were dispatched to the rolled over vehicle. The incident occurred 0.3 miles north of Bluewater Drive in Torch Lake Township. The driver of the vehicle was …

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