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Weather permits return of Winter Carnival tradition

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HOUGHTON — A Winter Carnival tradition is resuming this year. The city of Houghton is building a snow house on Shelden Avenue in conjunction with the carnival. The first Winter Carnival snow buildings in the Houghton/Hancock area came in 2002, inspired by similar structures in Finland ...

Real team effort as FinnZone partnership launches

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HANCOCK — Finns have mentally slotted the regions of the U.S. into distinct roles, said Pasi Lautala, director of Michigan Technological University’s Rail Transportation Institute. The high-tech hubs of Texas and California are considered “Nokia land.” Florida is “Finn retirement ...

Wind farm group hopes to clear the air

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L'ANSE — The Renewable Energy Systems group is planning to have an open house on February 21 at the L’Anse American Legion from 6-8 p.m. RES Senior Development Manager, Mason V. Sorenson said the purpose is “for the community to talk about the project.” Sorenson believes there has ...

Under new management

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HANCOCK — Bruno’s Motors Inc. was purchased by Keweenaw Chevrolet of Houghton changing the ownership of a local fixture. “Effective as of today, we’re officially Keweenaw Buick GMC,” said Keweenaw Chevrolet General Manager Brandon Schlief. “We kept all the same great employees ...

Snowman world record attempt

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HOUGHTON — The University Student Government along with the Memorial Union Board at Michigan Tech are planning on breaking "the most snowmen built in one hour" world record on Feb. 10 at Sherman Field. Check-in begins at noon, and the big event will begin at approximately 1 p.m. No ...

Two-vehicle crash sends two drivers to hospital

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OSCEOLA TOWNSHIP — A two-vehicle property damage crash resulted in both drivers being injured, according to a release from the Houghton County Sheriff’s Office. At 2:16 p.m. Thursday, deputies responded to the crash, which occurred on M-26 near the Airport Park Road in Osceola Township. ...

Soup-a-Bowl this Saturday

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HANCOCK — The Finlandia University Young Women's Caucus for art will hold a fundraising event called Soup-A-Bowl from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. People can by $15 VIP tickets ahead of time by contacting avtembreull@finlandia.edu. The VIP tickets get you first pick of soup and Bowls ...

Experts brainstorm reef defense

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HOUGHTON — In moving forward to deal with the encroachment of Gay stamp sands on the Buffalo Reef in Keweenaw Bay, researchers, local experts, regulatory officials and other key representatives met Wednesday at Michigan Tech’s Great Lakes Research Center seeking more data, solutions and a ...

Get together:

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HANCOCK — The Hancock High School Student Council exercised its new right to convene during class hours when it called for a student assembly to begin at 10:15 a.m. Wednesday. On the agenda was an update on what the council has accomplished, issues and topics the council are considering, ...

Public offers stamp sand fixes

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LAKE LINDEN — A crowd of about 80 people gave ideas on everything from ways to remove Gay stamp sands from Grand Traverse Harbor, aka Big Traverse, to potential disposal sites during a Tuesday public hearing held by the Environmental Protection Agency. An EPA task force is charged with ...

Tracking accurate statistics on homelessness in area

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The Continuum of Care for Houghton, Keweenaw and Baraga Counties' uses the Project Homeless initiative as a spark for the conversation of what it means to be homeless. The event was used to do a headcount and accurately see who is living on the streets. COC also does a count in June or ...

Meth user pleads

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HOUGHTON — One of the people arrested in January at a suspected methamphetamine lab in Houghton pleaded guilty Wednesday in 97th District Court. Lawrence Frechette, 29, of Hancock, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of using amphetamine. He had originally been charged with possession ...

Heart to heart: free presentation

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HOUGHTON — Nearly one of every four deaths in the United States is caused by heart disease according to the CDC. That's around 610,000 people a year. To increase public knowledge, UP Health Systems is hosting a presentation on coronary artery disease, part of heart health month. The talk ...

Snowmobiler dies from Jan. 17 crash

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EAGLE RIVER — A 27-year-old female involved in a single-vehicle snowmobile personal injury accident Jan. 17 in Grant Township in Keweenaw County died Monday of injuries sustained in the crash, according to the Keweenaw County Sheriff’s Office. On Thursday, Keweenaw County Undersheriff ...

COC connects needy with essentials

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The Continuum of Care (COC) for Houghton, Keweenaw and Baraga counties invited the public to learn about services provided for people in need at the Department of Health and Human Services office in Houghton and the lobby of the Salvation Army in Hancock on Wednesday. They were there to ...

No-pressure exploring at medical device expo

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HOUGHTON — With the spring Career Fair just around the corner, Michigan Technological University students with an interest in medical technology got a lower-stakes way to meet with companies during the Medical Devices Expo Wednesday. Representatives from Phillips Medicine, Boston ...

Force seeks fix to Big Traverse fishery threat

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LAKE LINDEN — An Environmental Protection Agency task force took ideas from the public Tuesday for developing a more permanent solution to the clogging of the Grand Traverse Harbor and Buffalo Reef by toxic stamp sands from former copper mills in Gay. “We don’t have the local knowledge ...

Tough trek: Hughes recounts racing the Birkebeiner in Norway

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HOUGHTON — “For me it was by far the most difficult striding race I'd ever done but it was hard to complain...It was beautiful, just drop dead gorgeous,” said local ski racer Craig Hughes. Hughes and his wife, Amy, traveled to Norway in March of 2017 to take part in the famous ...