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More Bridge Lane Closures

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HANCOCK/HOUGHTON — On Monday, the Portage Lake Lift Bridge was closed for maintenance, according to a written statement from the Michigan Department of Transportation. The maintenance resulted in closures Monday of up to 15 minutes from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and between 1 p.m. and 3:30 ...

Gov. candidate calls for culture of accountability

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HOUGHTON — Contrasting his public health experience with the CEO-style leadership he said has hurt the state, gubernatorial candidate Abdul El-Sayed spoke with Houghton County Democrats Monday night. Abdul El-Sayed spent two years as executive director of the Detroit Department of Health ...

PLDL hosts local author Neva

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The Portage Lake District Library invites everyone who loves to hear stories that are close to home for an evening with local author Kristin Neva. Neva will entertain participants with stories from her most recent book that show “Truth in Fiction: The Copper Country in the Pages of Snow ...

Strong winds cause damage in Marquette area

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MARQUETTE — An early morning storm with wind gusts reaching more than 70 mph ripped through some of the most densely populated areas of Marquette County, causing sweeping power outages, road closures and severe damage along its path. Todd Kluber, a meteorologist at the National Weather ...

UPEC celebrates Earth Day

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Upper Peninsula Environmental Coalition will sponsor an educational hike in the Sylvania Wilderness on Earth Day, Saturday, April 22. This 2-5 mile hike on designated trails will be an opportunity for the public to interact and engage with wilderness. Sylvania Wilderness Area is an 18,327 ...

10 things to know today – Tues., April 11, 2017

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By The Associated Press Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. TILLERSON WARNS RUSSIA ON ASSAD ALLIANCE The U.S. secretary of state tells Moscow to side with Washington and likeminded countries on Syria, or embrace Iran, ...

Body recovered from Portage Canal

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HOUGHTON — At approximately 1:50 p.m. on Saturday, Houghton Police were dispatched to the Kestner Waterfront in response to a call in reference to a body floating on the water between the city dock and the shore. Members of the Houghton Police Department, the Hancock City Police, Michigan ...

MTU teachers attend robotics workshop

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HOUGHTON — Even teachers sometimes have to be taught, and that’s what happened Saturday at Michigan Technological University when four local teachers took part in a robotics programming workshop. The workshop was given by Aleksandr Sergeyev, Tech associate professor of robotics training ...

Public invited to Hope House shelter meeting

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HOUGHTON - Anyone interested in supporting the Hope House Emergency Shelter in the Keweenaw is invited to a meeting this evening. Local volunteers will share what they learned from some central Upper Peninsula shelters at a meeting from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday at Hope Fellowship Church ...

High school honors veterans

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HOUGHTON – Members of the Houghton High School Interact Club gave up enjoying the beautiful weekend to take time to honor Houghton County military veterans with a dinner, which took place from 4-7 p.m. Saturday in the multipurpose room of the high school on Gundlach Road. “The dinner is ...

Sheriff declares emergency at jail

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HOUGHTON – Pursuant to county jail overcrowding act 325 Sheriff Brian McLean this week updated county officials of overcrowding at the Houghton County main jail. Under this act, if the number of jail inmates exceeds 100 percent of the rated design capacity of the facility for seven ...

10 things to know today – Mon., April 10, 2017

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By The Associated Press Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. WHAT TRUMP SECURITY ADVISER IS URGING RUSSIA TO DO H.R. McMaster is calling on the Kremlin to re-evaluate its support for Assad, leaving open the possibility ...

Aspirus celebrates new Emergency Department

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ONTONAGON - Aspirus Ontonagon Hospital will have an open house Thursday to celebrate the new emergency department and inpatient care unit. “We are really excited to celebrate these new unit renovations with the community because it’s all about bringing the highest levels of care and ...

Houghton anatomy students visit Tech

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HOUGHTON — Houghton High School anatomy students visited Michigan Technological University Friday for a taste of college biology and physiology coursework Friday morning and afternoon. “We bring them up here and try to give them some hands-on activities and hopefully inspire some ...

UPEC: Drilling damages park

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HOUGHTON — According to members of the Upper Peninsula Environmental Coalition (UPEC) and its Mining Action Group, exploratory drilling turned part of the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park into “an ugly, mile-long mudhole.” UPEC issued a press release Tuesday, critical of the ...

Report: Copper Country incomes worse off than rest of state

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HOUGHTON — A report released by the Michigan Association of United Ways stated 40 percent of Michigan households do not have sufficient income to pay for the necessities, which includes housing, childcare, food, health care, taxes and transportation. More than 1.5 million Michigan households ...

Fed hiring freeze creates uncertainty at KNHP

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CALUMET — On Jan. 23, three days after he was sworn in, President Donald Trump initiated a freeze on new hires for federal jobs, and there’s still some uncertainty how the freeze may or may not affect the Keweenaw National Historical Park. Although no one at KNHP was authorized to speak ...

KBIC seeking construction workers for casino project

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Keweenaw Bay Indian Community President Chris Swartz encouraged people to apply for a variety of construction jobs the tribe wants to fill for upcoming projects, including the multi-million dollar renovations of its casinos. "If you need a job … come here," Swartz said at the tribal council ...