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Survivor describes her journey from Holocaust

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HANCOCK — In telling her story about surviving the Holocaust at Temple Jacob in Hancock on Sunday, Irene Miller’s harrowing journey started in Warsaw, Poland, and continued in getting smuggled across the closed Russian border. After being rounded up by Russian authorities and sent to a ...

Noise Signals: H-PT projects continuing

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HOUGHTON — As evidenced by the noises coming from the roof during Houghton-Portage Township Schools Board meeting Monday, work is continuing on the district’s capital improvement project. The work is part of a $10.9 million bond proposal approved last year by district voters. Roofing ...

Enrollment up in H-PT schools

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HOUGHTON — Enrollment is up at Houghton-Portage Township Schools. The district is at 1,437 students, a 4 percent increase from last fall’s 1,383. Most of that change has come in the elementary school, which is up 45 students. High school enrollment has increased from 427 to 423, ...

Ontonagon graduation date changed

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ONTONAGON — The graduation for seniors at Ontonagon High School will be moved up to May 25, 2018, after a request by teacher Brian Amos to the Ontonagon Area School District School Board. “This is at a time of the UP Finals, it is also the weekend of other events taking place in the ...

Meth Seized: Police raid Ontonagon residence

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ONTONAGON — Detectives from the Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team (UPSET) executed a search warrant Friday at a residence on Pennsylvania Avenue. During the search, more than 8 ounces of methamphetamine was seized, along with more than $3,000 in cash and a loaded handgun. The ...

Holocaust Survivor telling her story this week to local students

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HANCOCK — Ninety percent of the Jewish children in Europe were killed in the Holocaust. Irene Miller beat the odds, but it took years of uncertainty, starvation and death. Miller spoke at Temple Jacob in Hancock Sunday night. She will also speak this week to students in Houghton, ...

Jeffers students offered alternative path

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PAINESDALE — Jeffers High School discovered from interviewing seniors about five years ago that the school had some deficiencies that could hinder graduating students. “And one of the deficiencies in the school, that I was sensing, was pathways,” Superintendent Tim Keteri said. “The ...

UPPCO filing provokes call for investigation of its billing

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MARQUETTE — The Upper Peninsula Power Company has submitted a request to the Michigan Public Service Commission for an indefinite or two-year extension of waivers granted in connection with monthly meter reading requirements. In response, some UPPCO customers are calling on the MPSC to ...

Bill to reduce auto insurance rates in peril

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LANSING — Legislation to reduce Michigan’s high auto insurance premiums by letting drivers opt out of mandatory unlimited medical coverage is in peril, with majority Republicans lacking enough support to pass it on their own and many Democrats pushing an alternative plan. House Speaker ...

Bright Spot On Horizon: Rise of solar power is inevitable

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HANCOCK — Improvements in technology and decreases in cost have been driving an increase in solar usage.  Depending on the size of the house, residential installations can range from $5,000 to $30,000, said Drew Cramer of Solar Up, a solar installation company based in Hancock. Costs have ...

Adams, bus contractor discuss prepping fleet

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PAINESDALE — John Evanston, a representative of Lamers Bus Lines, told the Adams Township School Board there are no worries in regard to buses available for the school district when Lamers begins busing students in November. Evanston said he recently met with the owner of the bus line. ...

Experience leads to fatal mistakes

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Sept. 7, 1895, started out like any other day in the Osceola mine, south of the legendary Calumet and Hecla Mining Company. While some labor unrest occurred this year at various mines, at the Osceola, most of the men were content with their company. The mine enjoyed a good safety record, was ...

High water threatens Superior’s shorelines

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DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — Lake Superior’s water level is near a record high after an unusually wet summer and early fall in Minnesota, leading to concerns about damage to its shoreline. The Star Tribune reports the lake was about 603 feet above sea level in September, the highest point it’s ...

Power work might have sparked fire

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HOUGHTON — Electrical maintenance work that could have been related to the Lakeshore Drive reconstruction project looks to be the likely cause of an electrical fire which occurred Thursday morning in the Shelden Avenue office of Rukkila, Negro and Associates. According to Arnie Ronis, ...

Portage public library seeks millage renewal to stay open

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HOUGHTON — Houghton and Portage Township voters will decide in Nov. 7 on a seven-year millage renewal for the Portage Lake District Library. The 1.96-mill renewal would raise an estimated $460,000 for the library in 2018, Director Dillon Geshel told the Houghton City Council during a ...

Adams expands its CTE program into the kitchen

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PAINESDALE — Adams Township Schools District is going forward with expanding its career and technical education program by constructing a kitchen for the purpose of instructing high school students in the culinary arts, a plan which began more than three years ago. “The culinary project ...

District changes horses (buses) in mid-stream (-year)

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PAINESDALE — The Adams Township School Board changed buses in mid-year this week as the result of dissatisfaction with the school district’s current transportation contractor and approved a new contract with Lamers Bus Lines for student transportation that will take effect on Nov. ...

Office Fire: Downtown morning commute disrupted

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HOUGHTON — Sometime before 8 a.m. Thursday morning, Houghton police officers and firefighters responded to a call of a possible fire at the offices of Rukkila, Negro and Associates on Shelden Avenue. Sgt. Darren Kari of the Houghton Police Department said he did not yet know details of the ...

Skate park designer selected

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HOUGHTON — A California firm specializing in skate parks was selected by the City Council Wednesday to design the city’s skate park. The council awarded the contract to Spohn Ranch Skateparks of Los Angeles. The company would come to Houghton in the spring to build the park, located at ...