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Baraga Commissioners support UPSET

Baraga County has extended its support of the Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team West through 2025. At last night’s county board meeting, commissioner Dan Robillard said the drug investigation unit is worth the investment.

It’s beneficial to the law enforcement in this area, and the whole Western Upper Peninsula, with the way things are going.

The county’s $5,000 per year contribution is matched by money from the Portage Health Foundation.

Board members decided to proceed with soliciting bids for replacing the leaky courthouse roof. Some of the problems have been caused by wind damage, so insurance will cover a portion of the cost. Three retired sheriff’s department vehicles were sold to high bidders – a 2009 Ford pickup for $3,110, a 2014 Ford Taurus for $3,010, and a 2013 Chevrolet Capri for $3,568.

Commissioner Gale Eilola reported that last weekend’s Baraga County Fair was successful.

It was abbreviated, of course. We didn’t have any open exhibits, and that type of thing, but we had youth beef animals and sheep, chickens, and small animals. And the big crowd pleaser was the off-road race and the mud baja on Saturday.

Robillard reported that citizens have been expressing concern to him about blighted properties along US-41 south of L’Anse. He noted that the county has no authority to deal with the issue. Zoning and blight mitigation is controlled by L’Anse Township.

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