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Houghton Election Commission approves new precinct boundaries

Beginning in August, the City of Houghton’s two precincts will mirror the new county commissioner districts. Clerk Ann Vollrath says staff have specifically asked for the change. Talking to precinct workers, they are begging for us to not have it that way, because it’s so hard on Election Day. They’re …

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Local reactions to gray wolf decision

A federal judge in northern California has ruled that gray wolves must be reinstated on the threatened and endangered species list, overturning a regulatory decision made late in the Trump administration. The opinion is drawing a range of reactions. State representative Greg Markkanen says the judge is not aware of …

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Update; Cold temperatures causing problems for water lines

UPDATE; Hancock City Manager, Mary Babcock has declared the “Let Run” over. If you were running your water due to freezing pipes or for prevention, it is time to stop letting your water run. The City of Hancock declared a “let run” for area residences on Friday. The policy suggests …

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Western UP Health Department testing for PFAS locally

Per- and polyflouroalkyl substances, better known as PFAS, have been found in shallow groundwater depositories near the Houghton County Memorial Airport. The Western Upper Peninsula Health Department has announced further testing to determine the scope of the problem. So far, 21 homes have agreed to take part in the water …

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Baraga County approves camera system for the jail

The Baraga County Board of Commissioners heard from representatives of Heartland Security and Sydaptic, Inc. about proposals to provide a security camera system for the jail. Sheriff Joe Brogan said there are several places along the exterior and interior of the building that do not have good coverage. Right now …

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Civil Air Patrol reshuffles UP ranks

A Saturday ceremony at Hancock Central High School saw a changing of the guard for the Civil Air Patrol in the Upper Peninsula. The organization has individual squadrons overseen by a group commander. Lieutenant Colonel Donald Poe is leaving the post and being replaced by Major Jeffrey Burl, also a …

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Winter Carnival’s national scope unknown

There are two things that can be said for sure about Winter Carnival. It draws Yoopers and Michigan Tech families and alumni to town. Does it bring in visitors without that bond to the Copper Country, though? It’s an issue that still needs to be looked at, says Brad Barnett. …

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Michigan Tech gets coastal management grant

Michigan Tech is one of 11 recipients of Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy grants pertaining to coastal management. Out of $1.1 million allocated, the university will receive $75,000 with the purpose of the funds meant to help develop a toolkit for the new “Resilient Coast” website. According to …

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Houghton County to have three elections in May

Residents of the City of Houghton, Village of Lake Linden, and Village of Calumet will all have a reason to go to the polls during May’s special election. Two of the races are related to municipal positions. Houghton needs to fill a vacant seat on its city council. There was …

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St. Albert’s snow chapel hosting mass this weekend

St. Albert the Great Catholic Church will allow parishioners and visitors a unique experience yet again for Winter Carnival. Father Ben Haase says the snow chapel they create has never been entered into the month-long competition but it requires roughly the same amount of work. It also takes a similar …

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