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Baraga – A choir sang the national anthem, and a band played “America the Beautiful.” A new lawmaker is heading to the state Capitol after a star-spangled tribute in the Upper Peninsula.

Greg Markkanen, a teacher at Baraga High School, was elected to the House in November. District 110 covers many counties in the western Upper Peninsula.

The high school held an assembly for Markkanen last week. The Mining Gazette says he took the oath of office from the head of the Baraga school board and a judge from the Keweenaw Bay tribal court. Students walked up to Markkanen to congratulate him.

He says he’ll return when he can.

A student, Zach Sackett, is excited for Markkanen, saying “not many people” get an opportunity to serve in the Legislature.

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