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Portage Township permits medical marijuana facilities

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HOUGHTON — After two hours of presentations and debate, the Portage Township Board voted unanimously to opt-in and allow medical marijuana dispensaries to continue operation. The emergency Thursday meeting is in response to changes in Michigan law, requiring townships to opt-in to permit ...

Housing Board wants deeper look at books

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The Ontonagon Village Housing Commission (OVHC) Director Sally Jarvey reported on the commission’s audit done Nov. 28 at its meeting earlier this week. “We informed the auditors before they started our audit about accusation about the Housing Commission and its employees,” she said. ...

Baraga looks to take care of students with no home

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BARAGA — According to Baraga Area Schools Superintendent Richard Sarau, the district has the highest population of homeless students in the UP. School counselor and homeless liaison Michele Serafin said, “We identified six percent of our students as living in transitional ...

KBIC recreation plan will include Ojibwa heritage

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BARAGA — The Keweenaw Bay Indian Community is creating a new five-year recreation plan. Lori Ann Sherman, KBIC Natural Resources director, said the goal is “to move forward on needs and goals of our community.” According to the Western Upper Peninsula Planning and Development Region, ...

Tech president search excludes personal interests

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HOUGHTON — The search for a new president of Michigan Technological University continues and is moving ahead on schedule, according to Bill Johnson, chairman of the search committee and a member of the Michigan Tech Board. Johnson, who spoke at the Memorial Union Building on Thursday, told ...

Copper Country Mall Craft Show Saturday

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HOUGHTON — The Daily Mining Gazette Copper Country Mall Craft Show will be held this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will once again feature thousands of different crafts. Even with his busy schedule, Santa is going to stop in. Santa will be at the mall’s Center Court to meet good ...

Rotary Club gives seed money for community service to Interact Club

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The Houghton Rotary Club celebrated the five-year anniversary of the Houghton High School Interact Club at a luncheon for its members and students on Thursday at the Magnuson Franklin Square Inn. The Interact Club is sponsored by the Houghton Rotary, which has a motto of “Service above ...

Baraga readies to move ahead with trail project

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The Baraga Village Council will continue with Phase 2 of the trail project that is a combined effort with the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community. At the village council meeting on Tuesday evening they announced the approval of a $300,0000 grant for Phase 2 of the trail, from the Michigan Economic ...

Confusion on law reason behind village resistance: president

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CALUMET — The Calumet Village Council voted to take no action regarding the Michigan Marijuana Act, which according to a provision in the law, places a Sixth Street business in danger of having to close. The reason the council took no action was because there is not enough clear ...

Upgrades to city’s outdoor rink complete

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HANCOCK — Hancock’s Laurn Grove ice rink upgrade project is complete, just in time for the winter skating season, according to a release from the Keweenaw Community Foundation. The upgrades have been on-going, using grant awards as part of the KCF’s Youth Advisory Council Spring 2017 ...

MSU experiments with UP crops while snow flies

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MASS CITY — Upper Peninsula-focused crop research by the Michigan State University Extension is assuming the risk of exploring and experimenting with new farming practices. “We kind of get to mess up, so then hopefully they (farmers) can learn from it so they don’t go out and try being ...

Adams Township School Board explores millage

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PAINESDALE — To fund needed upgrades and repairs, the Adams Township School Board is looking at the possibility of introducing a millage. At its Wednesday meeting the board unanimously approved Superintendent Tim Keteri’s request to explore a possible millage. “I think it’s time to ...

Ontonagon Republicans talk development

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ONTONAGON — On a night when the nation was focused on the special Alabama U.S. Senate race, which was won by Democrat Doug Jones, the Ontonagon County Republicans talked in-depth about economic development in the county. “While we have not heard a lot about Highland Copper, I have heard ...

False report of gunman at CLK

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CALUMET — A report of someone with a gun at Calumet’s Washington Middle School that went out over the scanner at approximately 8:30 a.m. Wednesday morning, turned out to be false, according Michigan State Police Calumet Post. Sgt. James Revoyr said the incident started when a couple of ...

Walking to REACH a goal of reducing disparities

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The Keweenaw Bay Indian Community Health System has launched their new REACH walking program. The KBIC is receiving grant funding from the Center of Disease Control and the Inner Tribal Council of Michigan, whom they have a cooperative agreement with. According to the CDC, REACH is a ...

Police urge winter driving caution

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CALUMET — Troopers at the Michigan State Police-Calumet Post want to remind drivers that one of the common hazards of winter driving is reduced visibility, according to release from that agency. Rapidly changing weather can produce limited sight distance for you and make vehicles less ...

Heated Zoning Meeting: Han. neighborhoods could set own rules

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HANCOCK — Almost every seat was occupied at the public hearing of the Planning Commission’s latest master plan. Proposed changes to the city zoning ordinance had sparked controversy, leading to the high turnout. The proposed modification would change residential zoning from R-1 density ...