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Distinction: Difference exists between protestors, rioters

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Protests and riots have organized and are taking place all over the country over the past week and into the unforeseeable future, following the killing of George Floyd. Who are the protesters, who are the rioters, and what are the goals of each? On May 25, an African American man, George ...

Floyd protests may mark turning point, protesters say

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HOUGHTON — As marchers filled both sides of the Portage Lake Lift Bridge and shouts of “Black Lives Matter” resounded, James Collins lifted his phone in the air to document the scene for friends downstate.  “I believe that most people are starting to realize that injustice towards ...

U.P. Energy Task Force to meet online June 9

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The U.P. Energy Task Force’s next meeting is Tuesday, June 9, and will include an explanation of how electricity is transmitted throughout the Upper Peninsula. The Task Force will meet from 12:30 to 3 p.m. using Microsoft Teams with time allotted for discussion about the electrical ...

Treasury: Bottle deposit returns to phase back in

Business

LANSING — Today, Treasury issued a Notice Regarding Phased Reestablishment of Michigan’s Bottle Deposit Return Program. Beginning June 15, some retailers must reopen their bottle return facilities and resume the collection of returnable beverage containers and refund of customer bottle ...

PLDL announces plan to reopen

Business

The Portage Lake District Library (PLDL) will soon be able to resume library services due to the lifting of Governor Whitmer’s Safer at Home Executive Order. On Monday, June 8th, PLDL will begin the first phase of their reopening plan, which sees library staff return to work to clean the ...

VA moves forward with safe reintroduction of services

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IRON MOUNTAIN – Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center (OGJVAMC) is working on a plan to reintroduce health care services as VA starts reopening after COVID-19 shutdowns. The facility will begin expanding some services June 2. “The safety of Veterans and staff is the highest priority when we ...

Virtual Summer Games announced for July 19 through 25

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MOUNT PLEASANT – Special Olympics Michigan (SOMI) is excited to announce that the first-ever Special Olympics Michigan Virtual Summer Games is coming July 19 through 25. The Virtual Summer Games will give thousands of athletes across the state a new way to train and compete amid the COVID-19 ...

Share your thoughts with the DNR at upcoming meetings

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The Department of Natural Resources is committed to providing Michigan residents the opportunity to share input and ideas on policy decisions, programs and other aspects of natural resource management and outdoor recreation opportunities. One important avenue for this input is at meetings of ...

Drive-thru grads: Hancock seniors given parade Saturday

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HANCOCK — Hancock High School conducted its Senior Graduation Commencement Ceremony Saturday morning, in spite of chilly temperatures, high winds, and the threat of rain. The ceremony was conducted at the Hancock High School football field, where immediate family members of graduating ...

Houghton County nears 1K testing mark

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Houghton County is closing in on 1,000 COVID-19 tests. As of Monday, 987 people had been referred for testing in Houghton County, more than half of the 1,784 in the five-county area. Of those tested in Houghton County, six were positive.  Michigan Technological University set up a lab ...

Hospitals maintain readiness for increase of local COVID cases

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HANCOCK — Local hospitals are maintaining readiness for COVID-19 cases in the event of more cases as the Upper Peninsula begins to reopen. “While we are unable to predict the impact of the upcoming tourism season and the reopening of our communities, we are always prepared to identify, ...

Mason ready to build up Baraga County

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Three people are running in August’s primary to be the Republican candidate for the Baraga County commissioner’s seat being left vacant by Bill Menge. Burt Mason, one of the candidates, relocated to the area from Detroit. Mason has been married for 49 years and has three kids and six ...

Getting to work: County begins summer road construction

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RIPLEY — Despite delays caused by COVID-19, repairs of roads damaged in the Father’s Day flood are underway in Houghton County.  Work started Monday on a nearly $2.9 million project on Old Mill Hill Road to rebuild 0.41 miles of roadway, including storm sewer and culverts. Funded through ...

Lake Linden cancels July 4 celebration

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LAKE LINDEN — The Lake Linden Village Council and the Lake Linden Volunteer Fire Department have canceled the sponsored activities for this year’s Independence Day celebration, Village Clerk Bob Poirier said in a release. “We were at the point where we couldn’t continue planning, ...

Opening lines of communication

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Three people have filed to run on the Republican ticket for the county commissioner seat vacated in Baraga County by Bill Menge. They will have a primary runoff on Aug. 4 to determine who runs against the Democrat on the ballot, Fran Whitman. Cindy Larson has lived in Baraga County for about ...