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10 things to know today – Thurs., Jan. 12, 2017

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Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. ‘180 DEGREES DIFFERENT’ Obama’s farewell address and Trump’s news conference give Americans a striking look at how dramatically the White House will change next week, an AP ...

More power to be generated locally

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L’ANSE — Parent company WEC Energy Group plans to invest hundreds of millions of dollars in the Upper Peninsula to build two energy stations for its latest subsidiary, the Upper Michigan Energy Resources Corporation or UMERC. A company representative told the Baraga County Board Monday ...

Rally at the Bridge

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HOUGHTON — The Affordable Care Act approved by Congress in 2010 is in jeopardy from President-elect Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress, but a rally planned for Sunday is intended to let people know there are millions of Americans who benefit from the health insurance ...

Range Bank opens new office on M-26

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Editor’s note: This article was paid for as part of an advertising package. Range Bank is pleased to announce the opening of a new full-service office on M-26 in Houghton. The new 4,000 square foot facility, which opened on Monday, Jan. 9th, replaces the bank’s current branch office ...

New boss same as the old boss: Koskela re-elected as chairman

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HOUGHTON — The Houghton County Board re-elected Chairman Al Koskela at its organizational meeting Tuesday. Koskela was the sole nominee, as was Vice Chairman Tim Palosaari. “I have confidence in the rest of the commissioners for doing that,” he said. “We’ve been handling it pretty ...

Baraga County Board fills positions

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BARAGA — The Baraga County Board re-elected its chairman and vice chairman and filled a few other position as well. Chairman Mike Koskinen and Vice Chairman Gale Eilola will continue to head the board, which tackled several appointments on its agenda for Monday’s meeting. Baraga County ...

Trump briefed on potentially compromising report: official

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Top intelligence officials last week told President-elect Donald Trump about an unsubstantiated report that Russia had compromising personal and financial information about him, a U.S. official says. The briefing about the document was first reported by CNN. A summary of ...

Court system can cost an individual thousands

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HOUGHTON — Court costs, legal fees, fines, jail bills, probationary costs, jury fees — and all other expenses associated with processing through the court system, can cost an individual into the thousands of dollars. In a year-long investigation, National Public Radio conducted a ...

Fact Check: Obamacare not in ‘death spiral’

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump says that President Barack Obama’s health care law “will fall of its own weight.” House Speaker Paul Ryan says the law is “in what the actuaries call a death spiral.” And Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says that “by nearly ...

SEMCO asks customers to clear meters of snow

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PORT HURON – During periods of heavy snow and when clearing your roof of snow, SEMCO is asking customers to remember to keep their meters clear of snow or ice. Here are a few ways to help protect gas meter equipment as well as gas appliances to avoid a potentially hazardous situation or ...

Peters meets with nominee for U.S. transportation secretary

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WASHINGTON, DC - U.S. Senator Gary Peters, a member of the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee and co-founder of the Smart Transportation Caucus, released the following statement after meeting with Elaine Chao, the nominee for U.S. Secretary of Transportation: "I appreciated the ...

10 things to know today – Wed., Jan. 11, 2017

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Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. WHAT PRESIDENT-ELECT FACES FROM NEWS MEDIA Trump is due to be queried about what role he believes Russia played in the election-year hacking of Democratic groups in his first news ...

Free snowmobile safety course offered

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AHMEEK — The Keweenaw County Sheriff’s Office is offering a free snowmobile safety course from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 21 at the Ahmeek village hall. At the end of the course, participants can earn a state snowmobile certification. The course is limited to 25 students. Registration must be ...

UP Power: Utility plans Baraga plant

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L’ANSE — WEC Energy Group plans to build an energy center in Baraga as part of its new utility, Upper Michigan Energy Resources Corporation, a company official told the Baraga County Board on Monday. State Rep. Scott Dianda, D-Calumet, was on hand for the company’s presentation, leaving ...

Fatal Crash: Head-on collision kills Chassell man

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FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP — A 21-year-old Chassell resident was killed Monday from injuries sustained in a head-on traffic collision on M-26 near Coal Dock Road, according to the Houghton County Sheriff’s Department. The victim was the driver of a 2002 Honda Accord that hit a 2005 Chevrolet ...

Rothenberger pleads not guilty

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HANCOCK — An Atlantic Mine man pleaded not guilty to possessing marijuana on school grounds in December during his Houghton County Circuit Court arraignment Monday. Niles Rothenberger, 30, was arrested in December outside Houghton Elementary School. Police reported finding 3.5 grams of ...

Accused Northwoods burglars waive hearings

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HOUGHTON — Two former Finlandia University students accused of stealing guns from the Northwoods Trading Post sporting goods store in Hancock in December waived arraignments scheduled for Monday, which allowed them to avoid making an appearance Houghton County Circuit Court. Jake Hugall, ...

Those who could not pay stayed

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HOUGHTON — Until last year, people too poor to pay their fines, costs and other legal expenses were permitted under Michigan law to be jailed. In March 2016, the Justice Department issued new guidelines to state and municipal court systems aimed at preventing indigent defendants from ...

New shipyard owners to present plans

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ONTONAGON — A special meeting of the Ontonagon Downtown Development Authority to hear from new shipyard owners may not be as exciting as expected. Lake Shore Systems, Inc. CEO Jessica Frost will present company plans in Ontonagon at 5 p.m. Thursday at the downtown Gogebic Ontonagon ...

Commission seeks input on what roads to fix

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RIPLEY — The Houghton County Road Commission receives federal funding for some of the roads in the county, but to receive it the county must submit a five-year development plan, according to Kevin Harju. Harju, engineer for the HCRC, said there will a public meeting at 1:30 p.m. Jan. 16 at ...