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An inflatable Army helped D-Day to succeed

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DOVER — D-Day was an Allied codeword for the day selected for an amphibious landing; H-Hour was the planned time of day the invasion would begin. In this case, D-Day was the date selected for the invasion of northern France, the overall plan of which was named Operation Overlord. Operation ...

D-Day was a segregated operation

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On June 6, 1944, The American contingent of the Allied Forces landing on the Normandy beaches comprised 57,500 soldiers. Among them were the members of the 320th Anti-Aircraft Balloon Battalion, consisting of 1,500 soldiers and 49 officers. The 320th was originally organized for homeland ...

Sheriff details protocol for suicidal inmates

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HOUGHTON — The Houghton County Jail has procedures in place for dealing with inmates who attempt suicide or express suicidal thoughts, Sheriff Brian McLean said. At a recent meeting of the county’s jail task force, McLean described one period during which inmates made 13 suicide ...

Gas Lite General Store features mini golf

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The Gas Lite General Store has been a favorite part of Copper Harbor for decades. The store is now under new ownership, but the new owner, Stacy Gibson, has been a part of the Gas Lite family for years. She is interested in maintaining the traditions and practices that make the Gaslight so ...

Police: Crash on M-26 Monday was avoidable

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HOUGHTON — A two-vehicle property damage crash occurred on the intersection of Memorial Road and Fourth Street at approximately 5 p.m. Monday, which Lieutenant Nick Roberts, Houghton Police Department, said is a frequent spot for collisions, often for the same reason. The driver of a ...

Fire on deck: House fire results in little structure damage

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HOUGHTON — A discarded cigarette butt may be the cause of a fire that occurred at 306 Houghton Avenue Saturday afternoon. The resulting fire caused little damage to the home. At approximately 8 p.m., the Houghton Fire Department was dispatched to the home in response to a report of a fire ...

Family dispute ends in tragedy

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CALUMET TOWNSHIP — A family dispute ended in tragedy late last week, when one of the people involved died as a result of an apparent suicide, according to the Michigan State Police Calumet Post. Troopers on Thursday were dispatched to a wooded area near the Erickson-Crowley-Peterson ...

KBIC votes to buy weed farm

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The Keweenaw Bay Indian Community voted in favor of a major investment into a medical marijuana facility in a June 1 referendum. Unofficial results posted on the KBIC website show the vote passed 217-155. The vote approves the use of $4 million from the KBIC Elder’s Trust Fund to purchase ...

Residents enjoy Health and Safety Fair

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HANCOCK — Copper Country residents got important check-ups, looked inside operating rooms and fire trucks, and did plenty more activities at UP Health System — Portage’s 11th annual Health and Safety Fair Saturday. Screenings included cholesterol, blood pressure, and hemoglobin. There ...

Police department still a question in Calumet Village

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CALUMET — Village President Dave Geisler said there is currently no answer to the police department question, after Officer Blake Frantti submitted his resignation on May 10, and Chief Keith Anderson resigned three days later. Geisler said the topic will most likely be discussed at the ...

Skate Park nearly ready for opening

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HOUGHTON — Houghton’s skate park could have its official opening by the end of the month. Concrete work was completed this spring, while landscaping is being finished, said City Manager Eric Waara. “It was such a tough spring with snow and everything else, and now it’s at the ...

Agassiz Field is receiving a much-needed facelift

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CALUMET — The Agassiz Field renovation project is now underway, said Calumet-Laurium-Keweenaw School District Superintendent Christopher Davidson, with a hoped-for completion date of Aug. 29. “The timelines are to have to it ready to go by the first game,” Davidson said. “It’ll be ...

Baraga County to launch new Brownfield Authority

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Baraga County is launching a Brownfield Redevelopment Authority (BRA) to help with the redevelopment of blighted and vacant properties. “We don’t have any projects at the moment,” Baraga County Treasurer Anne Koski said. However, Koski said there are properties in the county that will ...

Agassiz Park clean-up first step in process

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CALUMET — A project to improve the village’s once iconic Agassiz Park started Wednesday morning, when resident volunteers were joined by approximately 300 students from Calumet High School to begin clean-up efforts of the park, along with the Theatre Park on Sixth Street. Executive ...

Grant for new patrol car approved

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HOUGHTON — Houghton County will get a new patrol vehicle thanks to a recently received a $24,400 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development. USDA looks at a set of criteria including the needs and priorities of the region, said Jason Allen, the state director for ...

County jail task force holds initial meeting

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HOUGHTON — What would a new jail look like? Where would it be built? And what would county taxpayers approve? Houghton County’s jail task force took the first steps towards answering those questions at its organizational meeting Monday night. “The intent, of course, is to hopefully ...

Middle school students pull knapweed

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HOUGHTON — Since 1911, when it was first found in Michigan, spotted knapweed has become one of the most prevalent invasive species in Michigan, choking out native plants. Houghton Middle School students are claiming some of that land back. Tuesday, students from Sarah Geborkoff’s science ...

American Legion turns 100

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HANCOCK — The American Legion celebrates its 100th anniversary this year, beginning just three months after the end of World War I. It began with just a handful of veterans, according the legion’s website. A group of 20 officers who served in the American Expeditionary Forces (AEF) in ...