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How does one make a cultural resource out of a ghost town?  We'll put that question to members of the 'Keweenaw Historical Society,' which has been restoring period homes in the town of Central, a former Copper Country mining community.

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Jane Cisluycis and Karen Bacula join Hans Ahlstrom to preview this year's annual - 40th annual! - Hiawatha Traditional Music Festival.

The festival runs Friday thru Sunday at Marquette's Tourist Park.

For more information, visit the festival's website

Superior String Alliance / Marquette Symphony Orchestra / Ore Dock Brewing Company

The Marquette Symphony Orchestra is holding another Summer Strings concert this summer, and this time they bring fellow musicians from the Superior String Alliance Chamber Players.  In partnership with the Hiawatha Music Co-Op and the Ore Dock Brewing Company, the second Summer Strings concert takes place at the brewery Wednesday July 18th.  Concertmaster and string player Janis Peterson came back to our studio to tell us about this collaborative event.

HOUGHTON, MI--   From Houghton County officials:

This letter is being distributed as a guide regarding the assistance that is available for Houghton County residents that have been affected by the recent floods.

First, if you need assistance cleaning out the flood damaged areas of your home or property including removing flood waters, muck, debris, carpet, drywall etc., volunteer help to do that work is available by calling (906) 233-6621. 

DEARBORN, MI (AP)--   AAA Michigan says average gas prices statewide have risen about seven cents in the past week to about $3 per gallon. 

The Dearborn-based auto club says Monday that the average price for self-serve regular unleaded gasoline is about 65 cents more than at the same point last year.

Michigan's lowest average price was about $2.96 per gallon in the Marquette area. The highest was about $3.06 a gallon in the Traverse City area.

The Detroit-area's average was about $3, up about 2 cents per gallon.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   The Michigan Supreme Court will hear arguments this week about whether a redistricting measure can go on the November ballot. 

It’s the last stop for the contentious proposal.

A Republican and business backed group called Citizens Protecting Michigan’s Constitution disputed the proposal. They said the measure is a complete overhaul of the constitution.

The Court of Appeals said the complaint against the proposal is “without merit.” But Citizens appealed to the Supreme Court.

EAST LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Michigan State University says it won’t voluntarily turn over thousands of documents requested by the state Attorney General. But a judge might order it to turn over some of them.

The Attorney General’s special prosecutor is investigating MSU for its handling of former sports doctor Larry Nassar. Nasser is in prison for sexually abusing his patients for decades.

The university said it won’t turn over certain documents because of attorney-client privilege.

HOUGHTON, MI--   The Department of Natural Resources is reevaluating work done on Houghton County trails following heavy rains last week. 

Initial reports received late Thursday indicate runoff from the rainfall had undermined progress made over some parts of the trail system, while in other areas repairs remained intact. Central Upper Peninsula Trails Specialist Rob Katona says crews expect to find additional damage, primarily to sites that were previously damaged in June and have not been restored.

ONTONAGON, MI (AP)--   The remains of a Michigan man who was killed in the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor have been buried in the Upper Peninsula.

Lowell Valley was 19 years old and in Navy when the USS Oklahoma was attacked. Radio station WDBC says Valley's remains were identified through DNA tests.

Valley's younger brother, Bob Valley, says he received a call from the Navy in January.

A funeral Mass was held Saturday at Holy Family Catholic Church in Ontonagon, followed by burial with full honors at the church cemetery.

MICHIGAMME, MI--   Van Riper State Park is offering campers another source of potable water, after testing of the park’s drinking water revealed slightly elevated levels of arsenic. 

The Marquette County Health Department informed staff that the arsenic concentration at the facility was 14 parts per billion – 4 parts above the federal standard. The Department of Natural Resources says it’s planning a water system improvement project in September. Until then, a truck will provide drinking water to campers.

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