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Law authorizes sale of closed UP prison

MARENISCO TOWNSHIP (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has signed a bill for the possible reuse of a state prison that closed in the Upper Peninsula in 2018.

The new law authorizes the state to sell the Ojibway prison to a private owner or other units of government. The 125-acre property is in Gogebic County’s Marenisco Township.

Sen. Ed McBroom, a Republican whose district includes Ojibway, said Whitmer signed the legislation.

“The prison’s closure was a great loss to Marenisco and Gogebic County, including hundreds of jobs and millions of dollars in economic activity — losses that are still being felt,” McBroom said.

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