Horizons principal recognized by staff, honored by state


MOHAWK — Calumet-Laurium-Keweenaw School District’s Horizons High School Principal, Joel Asiala, has been named Michigan Alternative Education Organization’s 2020 Administrator of the Year. He was nominated by his entire teaching staff, who felt unanimously compelled, due to the many ...

Perfect bridgeview

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Joshua Vissers/Daily Mining Gazette The Portage Lake Lift Bridge is shown practicing social distancing during a warm day earlier this month.

Houghton facilitates outdoor dining

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HOUGHTON — A move by Houghton’s City Council last night could encourage more outdoor options at city bars and restaurants.  The Houghton City Council voted Wednesday to allow City Manager Eric Waara to give permission on a case-by-case basis for restaurants to extend liquor sales to ...

Sheriff has it pretty good now


EAGLE RIVER — The May 28 edition of the Daily Mining Gazette contained two articles that discussed the new Keweenaw County Sheriff and the new undersheriff. To fulfill their duties to the residents of Keweenaw County, the Sheriff’s Office relies on a full staff of deputies capable of ...

NPS, Keweenaw National Historical Park award Heritage Grants

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CALUMET — The Advisory Commission and National Park Service at Keweenaw National Historical Park are pleased to announce that 17 Keweenaw Heritage Grants have been awarded for projects across Michigan’s historic Copper Country. A total of $124,574.00 was disbursed, with an emphasis on ...

And the band played on

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Covid-19 quarantine bound, Adam Meckler (VPA), Michigan Tech's director of jazz studies, and his students in three of the Michigan Tech jazz ensembles, refused to let the quarantine stop the music: Michigan Tech students, from wherever the quarantine found them, teamed up via shared videos to ...

MDARD offering tips for mosquito control


LANSING – With warmer summer weather finally here, Michiganders are urged to remember to take precautions against mosquitos, ticks and the diseases they carry. The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) is providing guidance for safely choosing and using insect ...

Michigan will add online purchasing, free “Quarantine Care Kits”


LANSING — To make life easier on families who need to stay home during the pandemic, Michigan families who participate in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) soon will be able to buy their food online from two national retailers. In addition, the state is also rolling out ...

Secretary of State branch offices to reopen June 1 by appointment only


LANSING — Secretary of State branch offices will reopen June 1 by appointment only for essential transactions not available online in order to continue to balance the need to provide critical services and protect public health. “While the offices were closed to the public we conducted more ...

Consumer Alert: UIA warns of imposter unemployment claims

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LANSING — The Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA) today warned residents of attempts by criminals to file imposter claims in pursuit of benefits. The U.S. Secret Service (USSS) recently issued a national alert regarding an international criminal ring exploiting the COVID-19 crisis to ...

New sheriff in the Keweenaw

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EAGLE RIVER — Former Keweenaw County Undersheriff Curt Pennala, became the county’s most recent sheriff earlier this month, when former Sheriff Bill Luokkanen retired from law enforcement and took a managerial position in the private sector. Although Pennala has only been in the position ...

May brings staff changes to Keweenaw County Sheriff’s Office

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EAGLE RIVER — Tonya Stefonich is the Keweenaw County Undersheriff, as of May 16. Stefonich received her promotion when Curt Pennala was appointed to fill Sheriff Bill Luokkanen’s position, after Luokkanen retired on May 15. Stefonich said she will observe her 15th anniversary on May 29. ...

Houghton looks to remove marijuana limits

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HOUGHTON — The Houghton Planning Commission voted to schedule a public hearing for modifying a city zoning ordinance to remove any limit on the number of medical or recreational marijuana retailers, reasoning that the constraints imposed by geography and the marketplace will provide a ...

CHS students reminisce on lost months of school

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CALUMET — High school seniors saw an abrupt end to their school year when in-person classes ended in March.  While awaiting the start of a parade in their honor through Calumet and Laurium, some of the reunited Class of 2020 reflected on the surreal end of their high school ...