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Residents, council members: keep police department here

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HOUGHTON — Multiple Houghton residents Wednesday urged the City Council not to consider defunding the police department. At the previous city council meeting, several activists had asked the City Council to consider beginning the process of shrinking the department to divert funds to other ...

WUPHD: COVID-19 showing community spread

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HANCOCK — The latest COVID-19 cases in the area indicate community spread, the Western Upper Peninsula Health Department’s community and planning preparedness director said Thursday.  The WUPHD is currently tracking several clusters, Pete Baril said.  Since the start of July, the ...

Houghton County Fair canceled

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HANCOCK — The Houghton County Fair is canceled for 2020, the county fair board voted Thursday night.  The Junior Market Livestock Show and Sale will still take place, the board said in a release.. Details will be announced later. Contracted entertainment will be rolled over to the 2021 ...

Superintendent confirms rumor

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HANCOCK — In his weekly Hancock Public Schools update, Superintendent Steve Patchin on Friday said he wanted to alert people that “one of our education team has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. As you know, privacy laws protect the individual by not allowing them to be public ...

Tests show no toxins in area algae blooms

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HANCOCK — The algal blooms that have popped up in area waterways recently showed no signs of toxins, test results show, the Western Upper Peninsula Health Department said Thursday.  WUPHD issued a recreational health advisory for Portage Canal, Portage Lake and Torch Lake on June 30 after ...

Houghton Walmart petitions to lower taxable value

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HOUGHTON — The Walmart Supercenter in Houghton has filed a petition with the Michigan Tax Tribunal to lower its taxable value by 40% through the “dark store” theory.  If granted, Walmart’s state equalized value and taxable value for 2020 would be reduced from $4,562,390 (about $50 per ...

U.P. Energy Task Force to discuss electric utilities, online July 15

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The U.P. Energy Task Force is scheduled to meet Wednesday, July 15, to discuss the role electric utilities play in providing power to residents and business in the Upper Peninsula. On the agenda are presentations by representatives from the City of Escanaba Electric Department, Marquette Board ...

On with the show: Strawberry Queens Coronation still being held

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CHASSELL — Although this year’s Copper Country Strawberry Festival was canceled, one part of it will go on. The annual Queens Coronation will still take place at the Centennial Park pavilion 7 p.m. Friday in Chassell. There will be a limited live audience. It will also be livestreamed ...

Finlandia University reports positive COVID test

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HANCOCK — One person at Finlandia University has tested positive for coronavirus, the university announced Wednesday.  To protect the person’s privacy, Finlandia is not releasing identifying details. The positive test is included among the recent results announced by the Western Upper ...

Northern Michigan University local graduates announced

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MARQUETTE — Northern Michigan University announces its graduates. The following students from our area satisfied their degree requirements in May. Certificate Atlantic Mine — Noah Halley, CER-Electrical Line Technician; Dawson Rajala, CER-Electrical Line Technician Baraga — Brandon ...

Three vehicle crash sends one driver to the hospital

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HOUGHTON — A three-vehicle personal injury crash resulted in one driver being sent to the hospital, according to a release from the Houghton City Police Department. The crash occurred at approximately 2 p.m. Monday, at the intersection of Sharon Avenue and Razorback Drive, the release ...

Local organizations receive grant funding

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HOUGHTON — Cultural and community nonprofits in six Upper Peninsula counties, including Houghton and Ontonagon, received grant funding from Michigan Humanities, according to a release from that organization. Michigan Humanities announced $661,085 in emergency Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and ...

Michigan Senior Project Fresh 2020 coupons being mailed

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MSU Extension will be distributing the Michigan Senior Project Fresh coupon via mail due to the COVID-19 restrictions. If you previously participated in this program, we have your contact information on file. Due to limited supply, there will be a random draw. If you are selected, you will be ...

Calumet Theatre open for guided and self-guided tours

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CALUMET — The historic Calumet Theatre is open for tours this summer. Guided tours are available every Wednesday 1 to 4 p.m., July 8 through Aug. 26. Cost: $6 Adults/$3 Children. Self guided tours are available Thursday and Friday, noon to 4:30 p.m. now through July 24. Cost: $4 Adults/$2 ...