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Challenger offers experience as an employee in cnty government

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PORTAGE TOWNSHIP — After 27 years as a county employee, Roy Britz is seeking to represent the county in a new capacity. Britz, of Portage Township, is running against Houghton County Board Vice Chairman Tim Palosaari in Tuesday’s Republican primary for District 5. The winner will face ...

Funding relief: Next steps mapped out for federal disaster response

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HOUGHTON COUNTY — Houghton, Gogebic and Menominee counties were declared a “major disaster” by president Donald Trump Friday morning after June 17 flash flooding destroyed homes, businesses and infrastructure. The approved declaration is for public assistance and included funding for ...

Future fair fun: New and update attractions helped fair attendance

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ONTONAGON — What better way to spend a summer weekend than a trip to the fair to enjoy deep fried treats, cute farm animals, competitions and taking a spin on a carnival ride? The Ontonagon County Fair has seen dwindling participation in recent years, only to abruptly reverse course this ...

Jazz Central returns again in August

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CENTRAL, Mich. — The Keweenaw County Historical Society is hosting its annual Jazz Central, which will take place at Central Mine, Friday, Aug. 10, from 6-10 p.m. It is a live music concert fundraiser in, and for, the ghost town of Central mine. The Central Committee receives funds from ...

Lone bid approved for Pointe Abbaye

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L'ANSE — The Baraga County Board approved the sole bid for phase one of Point Abbaye park improvements. The $68,500 bid from MD Contracting in Baraga will pay for a new, enlarged parking area, a new accessible vault toilet, a campsite with a fire ring, picnic table and tent pad and some trail ...

Porkies bring a musical mix

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ONTONAGON — The Porcupine Mountains Music Festival has everything but the crowds. Located in the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park, the Aug. 24-26 festival offers a chance to see nationally touring performers from a kaleidoscope of musical styles. Pop, rock, bluegrass and folk music ...

Fed relief funding for flood coming

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HOUGHTON, Mich. (AP) — President Donald Trump has approved Michigan's request for a disaster declaration following severe flooding in June in parts of the Upper Peninsula. The White House issued a statement Friday saying Trump declared that a "major disaster" exists in the state and ordered ...

New Tech president outlines priorities

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HOUGHTON — In his first Michigan Technological University Board meeting Thursday, President Richard Koubek outlined four issues he wanted the university to address in the coming year: •Affordability •Demographics •Online education •Agility For affordability, he said, the ...

Two choices in GOP Senate primary

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The primary elections for 2018 midterms are on Tuesday. Republicans are faced with a choice of who will run against Democrat Scott Dianda in November, Ed McBroom or Mike Carey. Both candidates put the cost of school busing, electricity and auto insurance high on their list of issues to ...

State funding shortfall forces Hancock Schools referendum

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HANCOCK — Voters will decide Aug. 7 whether to approve a 1.5-cents-$1,000-in-property-value millage for the Hancock Public School District to fund school repair, security upgrades and new technology purchases. The sinking fund assessment will be for 5 years ending in 2022. “The sinking ...

South Range to keep up blight enforcement

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SOUTH RANGE — The village will continue blight enforcement in the coming months, the Village Council was told at a recent meeting. Clerk Jason Coffey updated the council on the ongoing blight enforcement work. As of the July, meeting letters were sent out to residents on a few select ...

Severe crash injuries brings traffic charge

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HOUGHTON — A 28-year-old Calumet man who struck a motorcycle with his car near Golf Course Road in Osceola Township has been arraigned. Justin Beigh was arraigned Wednesday morning on charges of a moving violation causing serious impairment of a body function, according to a release from ...

Flood Insurance: Rain gardens can help ease flooding

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HOUGHTON — Installing a rain garden to control stormwater runoff is a relatively simple process but includes crucial considerations like soil type and slope of the terrain. Rain gardens can help control where runoff ends up, sending it back into the ground instead of into a storm sewer or ...

‘Big Latch On’ invites nursing moms to gather together

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HANCOCK — All nursing moms are invited to join in the 2018 “Big Latch On,” a synchronized community breastfeeding event this Saturday, at the Jutila Center in Hancock. The Big Latch On takes place at 10:30 a.m. and gives moms the chance to meet with other moms and help break the world ...

New voting machine model makes debut in Tuesday’s election

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HOUGHTON — Houghton County Clerk Jennifer Lorenz has a box of brightly colored signs under her desk telling voters to have patience. They will be displayed Tuesday, when voters in Houghton County and across the Copper Country will get their first experience in using new voting machines. ...

“Mind-Body Connection: Exercise for Better Mental Health”

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When I was in my final year of college I was doing the sorts of things all my classmates were: finishing final requirements for my degree and thinking (and worrying) about getting a job. I was also planning my wedding and a cross country move. I felt overwhelmed, anxious, and was having ...

State candidate wants to return money, power to local level

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HOUGHTON — Keith LaCosse, 110th District state House of Representatives candidate, wants governmental power transferred from the state back to the counties and municipalities, which will require the state to comply with the constitution and provide revenue sharing of taxes collected by the ...