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Lift Bridge repairs planned

HOUGHTON — The Portage Lake Lift Bridge will be having some work done, though it is expected to have minimal impact on motorists. The Michigan Department of Transportation is planning work on the bridge this winter and next summer, Houghton City Manager Eric Waara said at Wednesday’s City ...

Why America celebrates Veterans Day on Nov. 11

HOUGHTON — Military.com is a website that provides news and information about benefits to military members, veterans, their families and those with military affinity. And, sadly, the website states that some Americans do not know why the United States commemorate its Veterans on Nov.11. ...

Houghton City Council swears in new members

HOUGHTON — The Houghton City Council swore in three new members and unanimously voted in Mayor Bob Backon for a two-year term at its organizational meeting Wednesday. New members Virginia Cole, Brian Irizarry and Joan Suits were elected to the council last week. The council also ...

Houghton County waiting to finalize RFP for transfer station

HOUGHTON — Houghton County might have a request for proposal for its transfer station ready for consideration for the county board by its December meeting, Vice Chairman Tom Tikkanen said Tuesday. The county’s Solid Waste Committee is waiting for the county’s civil attorney to finish ...

Lake Linden reconfirms COVID learning plan

LAKE LINDEN — Lake linden-Hubbell Public Schools reconfirmed its extended COVID learning plan at its meeting Monday. Students still have a choice of in-person or virtual education. About 25 students opted out of face-to-face at the middle-high school and 20 in elementary, Superintendent ...

Finlandia University moving to remote instruction

HANCOCK — In response to rising COVID-19 cases on campus, Finlandia University will move to remote instruction starting Nov. 16, the Monday before Thanksgiving break. Finlandia has 14 active student cases and one active employee case, according to its COVID dashboard. All of its isolation ...

Further lawsuits come from Trump team, watchdog groups

Major news networks, including the Associated Press, have declared Democratic presidential hopeful Joseph Biden the president elect, which has added more fuel to the fire regarding the ongoing election controversy across the nation. Fox 4 News (KDFW, Dallas) reported that “The president, ...

Michigan rolls out statewide coronavirus exposure app

LANSING, Mich. — Michigan on Monday launched the statewide rollout of a voluntary, free coronavirus app that notifies users if they have potentially been in close contact with infected people. The announcement came more than three weeks after the state began piloting the technology in ...

Whitmer: Virus response to be better coordinated under Biden

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The United States will have a coordinated, science-based response to the coronavirus once President-elect Joe Biden takes office, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Monday, expressing optimism while warning that Michigan’s surging cases will likely continue to grow in coming ...

Copper Country residents ‘Hang Out for Democracy’

HANCOCK — Shortly after media organizations declared Joe Biden the winner of the 2020 election, people made art, played guitar or relaxed on blankets on Quincy Green in Hancock Sunday. The Hang Out for Democracy event was part of the nonpartisan We Make Michigan Coalition’s group ...

Biden wins White House, vowing new direction for divided US

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrat Joe Biden defeated President Donald Trump to become the 46th president of the United States on Saturday, positioning himself to lead a nation gripped by the historic pandemic and a confluence of economic and social turmoil. His victory came after more than three ...

Another lawsuit filed in Michigan

HOUGHTON — An amended lawsuit has been filed in Michigan State Court regarding as many as tens of thousands of ballots that were improperly completed by Wayne County election board officials and Democratic election observers, according to a Friday release from the Amistad Project. “As ...

What the Center for Technology and Civic Life is

According to Influence Watch, the Center for Technology and Civic Life (CTCL) is: “a Chicago, Illinois-based center-left election reform advocacy group formed in 2012. The organization pushes for left-of-center voting policies and election administration. It has a wide reach into local ...

Houghton Schools continues struggles with COVID issues

HOUGHTON — In a Wednesday email to school district parents, Cole Klein said that the large number of students being quarantined when a student tests positive for COVID-19 has become a challenge to the school. Klein said the school’s face covering policy and the surface disinfecting ...

The Zuckerberg effect? Funding appears to fuel Trump’s lawsuits

Editor’s note: This is the first installment of a series of articles that will examine donations seen as used to influence the election results. HOUGHTON — President Donald Trump’s attorneys are suing Michigan and Pennsylvania for what amounts to permitting hundreds of millions of ...

Secretary of State: Sharpies valid — and preferred — for voting

HOUGHTON — Yes, your vote counts if you used a Sharpie. It’s actually the preferred method, the Michigan Secretary of State office said Thursday. The statement came in response to viral misinformation circulating on social media claiming ballots were being invalidated after the permanent ...

Houghton, Baraga cast votes

HOUGHTON — Houghton County voters supported President Donald Trump, giving him 10,380 votes (56.8%) to 7,755 (41.9%) for Joe Biden. The gap was only slightly narrower than Trump’s 15.6-point edge over Hillary Clinton in Houghton County four years ago. Also receiving voters were Libertarian ...

Copper Country sees high turnout

HOUGHTON — After a record absentee vote, Calumet Township Clerk Beth Salmela figured fewer people would show up on Election Day. “I told every one of these girls, ‘Bring knitting, bring books, because you’re not going to have anything to do,’” she said. The knitting had to ...

Votes tabulated for Keweenaw County

In Allouez Township, Mark Aho (R) received 727 votes for Township Supervisor. Trudi Haagaja (R) received 715 votes for the clerk position, while Julie Newman (R) received 743 votes for treasurer. They ran unopposed. For Trustee, Roger Haataja, 531 votes; John Kaura, 443, and Daniel Yoder, 343. ...