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Portage receives third consecutive ‘A’ for Patient Safety

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HANCOCK - UP Health System - Portage was awarded their third consecutive 'A' in fall 2019 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, a national distinction recognizing UPHS - Portage's achievements protecting patients from harm and providing safer health care. The Leapfrog Group is an independent national ...

Many are to blame for high medication prices

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MARQUETTE — U.P. regional manager for U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Jay Gage, spoke at Saturday’s Diabetes Summit and discussed just a couple of culprits in the soaring cost of insulin. Gage said that Stabenow’s office had heard from Michigan pharmacists that contracts with drug ...

Ojibwa BP temporarily halts gas sales over erosion concerns

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Editor's note: This article has been updated to reflect the temporary nature of the halt in gas sales. The Gazette apologizes for any confusion. BARAGA — The Keweenaw Bay Indian Community temporarily closed gas sales at the Ojibwa BP station in Baraga due to concerns about erosion near an ...

‘Lights of Love’ offered again as memorial

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The Portage Health Auxiliary is again providing an opportunity to memorialize or honor loved ones by presenting our "Lights of Love". Each year the auxiliary invites everyone to purchase one or more lights. A donation of $5 or more for each name places your loved ones on a banner in the ...

Learn how to keep your aging heart healthy

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HANCOCK — Setting time aside to be physically active is something you need to do to stay healthy. Not just for you, but for your heart. It's also important to understand how aging can cause changes that may increase your risk for heart disease. Learn how you can maintain a healthy heart into ...

Keweenaw Lions Club hear about ‘No Kid Without a Christmas’

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This December, 'No Kid Without a Christmas’ will be in it’s 21st year, providing the magic of Christmas to kids who would otherwise be without. Keweenaw County Clerk, Julie Carlson and Sheriff Bill Luokkanen made a presentation on the program to the Keweenaw Lions Club during their monthly ...

Wildcat Falls Community Forest receives more grant support

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The Wildcat Falls Community Forest, a forestland conservation effort in Ontonagon County, has recently gained further traction with recent support from two sustainable forestry funds: the Upper Peninsula Sustainable Forest and Wildlife Fund of the Community Foundation of the Upper Peninsula ...

Chassell Township launches fitness trails

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CHASSELL TOWNSHIP — Whether hiking, skiing or snowshoeing, residents on Chassell Township’s trail system can now get an extra workout. This fall, the township added 10 fitness stations to the trail system, located on 67 acres of forested township land. Residents surveyed as part of ...

Bridge lights up the night

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Joshua Vissers/Daily Mining Gazette The Portage Lake Lift Bridge sits in its intermediate position Sunday evening while fully lit up. With upcoming electrical work scheduled, the bridge will spend a lot of time this week this position.

State considers shifting some prescription costs to low-income users

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MARQUETTE — Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has proposed a pharmacy drug coverage transition, which if adopted, would transfer more prescription costs from the state to low-income patients. Under the proposed policy draft, outpatient prescription drugs will no longer ...

Transportation chairman visits

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STANTON TOWNSHIP — Of the $40 million in damage Houghton County suffered to its roads during the Father’s Day Flood, half still needs to be repaired. State Rep. Greg Markkanen, R-Hancock, brought Transportation Committee Chairman Rep. Jack O’Malley, R-Lake Ann, to the Copper Country ...

Two injured in one- vehicle accident

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PORTAGE TOWNSHIP — Two people were injured in a one-car crash Saturday afternoon in Portage Township. Around 3 p.m., a 17-year-old girl from Pelkie passed another car, then lost control of her vehicle on the slush-covered Tapiola Road while re-entering her lane, according to the Houghton ...

Car-dump truck crash totals both vehicles

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PORTAGE TOWNSHIP — No people were injured in a car-dump truck accident that totaled both vehicles Friday morning. About 11 a.m., an elderly couple leaving their driveway on Superior Road in Portage Township failed to observe an oncoming dump truck, the Houghton County Sheriff’s Office ...

Hancock zoning issues begin to resolve

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HANCOCK - Issues with out-of-zone apartment buildings are being resolved on Prospect Street in Hancock through several actions aimed at fixing the immediate problem and preventing future issues. A number of concerned citizens wrote letters to the council in late September and early October ...