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Not so fast: KEDA says there is no blight list of buildings

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CALUMET — There is no blight list of buildings in the village, said Jeff Ratcliffe, executive director of the Keweenaw Economic Development Alliance (KEDA). The Historic District Commission, after a thorough evaluation of all the historic buildings in the downtown, a list was created of the ...

Ontonagon feels it pays to be prepared

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ONTONAGON — When disaster strikes, it pays to have a plan as Houghton County found this summer and Ontonagon County is ready for as well. The County Board approved an updated version of the emergency operations plan Tuesday. Typically updates occur every four years to ensure resources and ...

Businesses, playgrounds opening in Hancock

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HANCOCK — Thanks to 20 volunteers the Terrace Park playground is now complete with structures for Third Street and Montezuma Street parks up next. The remaining two parks will also require volunteers to assemble with Oct. 5 and 6 scheduled for the Third Street Park and Oct. 7 and 8 for the ...

Future flood insurance options

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HANCOCK — Prior to the Father’s Day flood, many who were ultimately impacted were unable to obtain flood insurance, a problem local municipalities are looking into solving. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has an offering that may be able to help if a similar disaster ...

CCISD hears progress of greenhouse: Will be classroom extension

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HANCOCK — At Tuesday night's Copper Country Intermediate School District (CCISD) board meeting Karyn Juntunen from the community transition program updated the board about the completion of Phase I of the greenhouse project. Once it's complete, it will be used as an extension of the ...

Green energy credits have value

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L’ANSE TOWNSHIP — The proposed Summit Lake Wind Project will produce about 130 megawatts of renewable energy, according to Renewable Energy Systems (RES). This would mean the owners would receive 130 renewable energy credits (REC), transferable tokens that represent green energy as a ...

Document signing of great importance to local vets

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CALUMET TOWNSHIP — The ceremonial document signing for the creation of the Douglass Houghton Falls Veterans Scenic Site took place at the Calumet Colosseum Thursday morning. “Today we have come together for a signing ceremony,” said Staci Haughey, Department of Natural Resources (DNR) ...

Jail addition would ease space needs, sheriff says

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HOUGHTON — The Houghton County Jail has the lowest number of beds per capita in the Upper Peninsula, which is a primary reason for its chronic overcrowding. A proposed addition would remedy that, while also providing benefits such as more options for separating inmates, Sheriff Brian McLean ...

Officials: 3 killed in shooting at Maryland Rite Aid center

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ABDERDEEN, Md. (AP) — Three people were killed Thursday morning in a shooting at a Rite Aid distribution center in northeast Maryland, officials said. A law enforcement official with knowledge of the shooting stressed that the number of dead is based on preliminary information. The official ...

Holding grief in does not help

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HOUGHTON — Everybody hurts with grief sometimes, and there are healthy ways to cope with it, said Leslie Griffith, outpatient program director at a community forum held at Houghton High School Monday night on the three-month anniversary of the flood. To maintain resiliency, people can do ...

Power Plant Peek

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NEGAUNEE — Upper Michigan Energy Resources (UMERC) gave a sneak peek of the F.D. Kuester Power Generation Station in Negaunee on Wednesday. The station, sister to the A.J. Mihm station being built in Pelkie, is about 45 percent complete, according to UMERC project manager Terry ...

Ahmeek crash kills 1, injures 1

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ALLOUEZ TOWNSHIP — A Keweenaw County man was killed Wednesday in a traffic crash near Ahmeek. A 2009 Chevrolet Silverado driven by Bradley M. Spagnotti, 32, of Mohawk, was northbound on the No. 6 Road near First Street in Ahmeek, when the vehicle drove off the right-hand side of the roadway, ...

Housing commission selects new director

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ONTONAGON — The Housing Commission unanimously approved Karen Jackson as executive director Tuesday as commissioners continue to clean up processes and policies. The former interim director has been in the role since the resignation of the previous director Sally Jarvey. The approval is for ...

Lockout causing setbacks in flood recovery

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HANCOCK — As the statewide union lockout continues, the threat of extended delays to local road repair projects resulting from the June 17 flood damage is increasing. “Everything that we’re trying to accomplish on getting emergency repairs done in the city is affected if not directly, ...

L’Anse schools working towards compliance

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Teachers and administrators are preparing for another year of work getting third graders ready for the M-STEP, the state-mandated standardized test that could determine whether a student gets to continue to the fourth grade starting at the end of the 2019-20 school year. School staff have been ...

Delayed damage from flood hitting Calumet streets

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CALUMET — Street Superintendent Marc Klein said village streets have recently begun showing signs of damage from the June 17 storm. Klein told the Village Council that several streets have begun to show damage as a result of being under-washed — with flood water pooling under the ...

Flood inflicts trauma: Mental health is focus of community forum

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HOUGHTON — The Finnish virtue of sisu came to the forefront as Copper Country residents sprang into action after the June 17 flash flood. But that self-reliance and stoicism can have a downside, according to Leslie Griffith, outpatient program director at Copper Country Mental Health ...

Houghton outpacing state on M-STEP, SAT

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HOUGHTON — Houghton-Portage Township Schools posted improvements at most levels on the Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress (M-STEP) and SAT tests from 2017. At the same time, they continued to be above the state average. “I’m really proud of the way our kids performed,” ...

Virtual reality seen in future of education

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HANCOCK — Attendees of Tuesday night’s Copper Country Intermediate School District (CCISD) board meeting had a chance to try a state-of-the-art virtual reality program that could be used as an instructional aide soon. “This is where things are going with technology,” said Michael ...