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Consulting from Copper Country

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HOUGHTON — It may be a little-known company on the street, but Monte Consulting was formed in 2001 by Matt Monte, whose website states that in those years, the company has developed innovative solutions that help its clients meet and exceed their business goals. “The work that we do is ...

Something for Everyone: CopperDog needs 500 volunteers

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Volunteering for the Copperdog 150 is not a a one-size-fits-all activity. "There's actually over 500 different volunteers," Krissy Kovachich said. Kovachich has been volunteering with the dogsled race since it began ten years ago, and this year is serving as the volunteer ...

Wars and destitution drove settlement of copper district

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Like nearly every other European immigrant, the German people were just sick of wars, the devastation they caused, the poverty, starvation, and disease they left in their wake, and being conscripted to fight in those wars for the goals and ambitions of some emperor or king. Like the Irish, the ...

Your financial adviser can do some ‘life coaching’

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Life coaches – not surprisingly – strive to improve the quality of life of their clients. And financial professionals essentially embrace the same mission. So, if you decide to hire a financial advisor, you should expect to receive some “coaching” as you work toward all your important ...

How do you know when you need to get help

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“Let’s take care of it,” my 93-year-old Dad likes to say when a challenge comes along. Those words, along with his encouragement, motivated me to meet many challenges over the years. Like most folks of the Greatest Generation, my World War II veteran father did much, propelled by a ...

Finlandia funding new school with redevelopment of old one

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Potential plans for the development of the former Hancock Middle School into the Finlandia University College of Health Sciences include the sale of the top floor to a developer to be turned into apartments in order to fund the rest of development. City manager Barry Givens is optimistic ...

Snowmobiler hurt on Schoolcraft trail

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LAKE LINDEN — An Ohio man was injured in a snowmobile crash Wednesday evening in Schoolcraft Township. The 65-year-old Ohio man was traveling northwest on the Sawmill Road about 6:55 p.m. Wednesday when he failed to make a lefthand turn and crashed into a group of trees, the Michigan State ...

Wolf leaves island

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ISLE ROYALE — One of the four wolves brought to Isle Royale National Park last fall to help restore the dwindling wolf population has crossed an ice bridge back to Minnesota, the National Park Service announced Wednesday. The female wolf was tracked via radio collar to an Isle Royale’s ...

City changes ‘let-run’ policy

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HANCOCK — The City Council voted Tuesday to reduce the requirements of qualifying for the city's let-run policy. The let-run policy allows people to use up to 11,000 extra gallons of water per month to keep pipes from freezing under certain conditions. The previous policy required ...

Making local match is catch in receiving fed funds for roads

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HOUGHTON — Local officials are thankful for federal money released for repairs of last year’s flood damage, but they are still looking for avenues for a local match. The U.S. Department of Transportation announced $19.2 million Tuesday for repairing or reconstructing federal aid routes ...

Agencies find it hard to bring scammers to justice

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HOUGHTON COUNTY — The Copper Country has been plagued in recent months by an increase in phone scammers, but this year, there has also been an increase in identity thefts. Local law enforcement agencies have investigated many of them but have failed to find any that have originated in the ...

Barnelopet ski race has trail tweaks due to flood

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HANCOCK — The annual Barnelopet ski race is scheduled for Sunday, according to John Diebel of the Keweenaw Nordic Ski Club. The race will be staged on the Maasto Hiihto ski trails. Registration is open for kids ages 3-17 years old, from 1-1:45 p.m. at the Four Seasons Chalet in Hancock. ...

All local Shopko stores closing

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HOUGHTON — All three Shopko locations in the Copper Country will close in May, the company announced Wednesday. Locations in Calumet Township, Houghton and L’Anse are among the more than 250 Shopkos that will be closing. Store closings in Escanaba and Marquette were also announced ...

Hancock seeks leader to spur development

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Hancock's Downtown Development Authority (DDA) voted unanimously on Monday night to begin the search for downtown coordinator. The coordinator would recruit new businesses, promote downtown events, handle social media and coordinate between the DDA, City Council, business and professional ...

Identity burglars enter by phone

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HOUGHTON COUNTY — The number of identity theft reports to some law enforcement agencies has been increasing recently, and in nearly every instance, it begins with people giving information to phone scammers. Sgt. Russell Larson of the Michigan State Police Post Calumet said he has noticed ...

Man held in father’s stabbing

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ONTONAGON — A Watersmeet man was arrested in Ontonagon County after allegedly stabbing his father Monday. The Ontonagon County Sheriff’s Department responded to reports of a stabbing at Merritt’s Travel Center in Mass City at 5:47 p.m. Monday. The victim, the suspect’s father, was not ...

Scammers can strike anywhere, anytime

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EAGLE RIVER — Undersheriff Curt Penala said the Keweenaw County Sheriff’s Office has seen an increase in the number of phone scam complaints and identity theft reports recently, something the Michigan State Police Calumet Post has also reported seeing. It does not however, seem to be an ...

Go Slow in Snow: Troopers ready to enforce new laws

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MARQUETTE —The Michigan State Police is cautioning motorists to slow down in winter weather, after several MSP patrol cars have been struck while in response to other accidents, according to a news release. From Jan. 26 to present, nine MSP patrol vehicles that were policing crashes with ...

UP getting $19.2M in flood relief

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HOUGHTON, Mich. (AP) — The Federal Highway Administration has announced the western Upper Peninsula will receive $19.2 million in emergency relief funds to repair damage from flooding brought on by heavy rains last June. The FHA announced the funding Tuesday as part of more than $705.7 ...