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Trooper receives minor injuries

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L’ANSE — A Michigan State trooper from the Calumet post received minor injuries in a car crash that occurred on Thursday at 11:35 p.m. in the village of L’Anse, according to a release from the Calumet post. The trooper was parked on the shoulder of US 41and in the patrol vehicle during ...

With security in tow, Bergman holds town hall

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ESCANABA — Attendance was high at U.S. Rep. Jack Bergman’s town hall meeting held Wednesday at Bay College in Escanaba where security was prevalent and a lot of heckling also was taking place. More than 350 people from the region attended the freshman congressman’s first town hall ...

Assistance sought for displaced White Pine workers

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ONTONAGON — The County Board adopted a resolution asking the U.S. Department of Labor allow former White Pine Electric Power employees to apply for federal benefits. “They should help us when they can,” Commissioner Gray Webber said at Tuesday’s meeting. The power company employees ...

Probate court retires debt

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By VANESSA DIETZ vdietz@mininggazette.com ONTONAGON - Ontonagon County Probate court will get less money upfront to retire a debt that might not otherwise be paid in full. The Ontonagon County Board decided Tuesday to recommend Ontonagon Probate Court Judge Janis Burgess accept a $3,000 ...

Houghton discusses next year’s spending plan

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HOUGHTON — The proposed Houghton general fund budget will have $3.7 million in spending, a more than 5 percent increase over the current fiscal year’s amended budget, City Manager Eric Waara told the council Wednesday. The budget also has a 2.85 percent increase in revenue over the ...

Lodge Board preparing for opening next month

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EAGLE RIVER — Harvey Desnick, the new coordinator of the Keweenaw Mountain Lodge, gave the Lodge Board an update on the condition of the facility and employee hiring as he prepares it to open later in May. Staff hiring is in progress, he said, and he assured the board of the integrity of ...

Houghton discusses general fund spending

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HOUGHTON — City Manager Eric Waara presented a list of 2017 projects to the City Council on Wednesday to be funded by the next budget. He concluded his presentation with a tease that something else is coming. Some of the listed items were paid for partly or fully out of the city’s fund ...

Pearl Street Mall setback variance OK’d

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HOUGHTON — The Houghton Zoning Board of Appeals approved a rear-yard setback variance at the Pearl Street Mall property Wednesday with a condition limiting any building on the property to 40 feet high. Developer Derek Bradway sought a variance to enable him to build a multi-story ...

Spruce-up pays off: Placemaking can create economic development

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L’ANSE — Finding ways to make your town more attractive is a new economic innovation known as placemaking. “Placemaking is the process of creating quality space,” said Brad Neumann, MSU Extension Government and Public Policy educator. “If things are right, you come out with a ...

Finlandia offers Nordic carving class

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HANCOCK — Nordic countries have some similar cultural activities, and Friday a couple of those activities were being taught at the Finlandia University Jutila Center in Hancock. Harley Refsal, who conducted a class on wooden spoon carving, said carving utensils was something that was done ...

Reform in energy laws could cut power costs, create jobs

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LANSING – A bipartisan group of lawmakers, clean energy advocates and business leaders applauded the energy package that becomes effective today, noting the new laws expand clean, renewable energy and energy efficiency, which will create jobs and reduce electricity costs, and protect our ...

10 Things to Know Today: Friday, April 21, 2017

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Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. FRANCE SAYS ELECTION SECURITY MEASURES “FULLY MOBILIZED” AFTER SHOOTING The Paris prosecutor’s office leading the investigation of the Champs-Elysees attack on police officers ...

St. Vincent de Paul gets large donation

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HANCOCK — The Keweenaw Community Foundation and Tadych’s Econo Foods of Houghton partnered this year to help the St. Vincent de Paul food pantry in Hancock stock its shelves for the Easter season, according to a KICF release. As a result of the partnering, the food pantry received a ...

Superfunded: Lower Entry declared multi-level hazmat site

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CHASSELL TOWNSHIP — The pier at the Lower Entry of the Keweenaw Waterway has been listed, at least for now, as a Federal superfund site. Jeromy Kowell of the United States Coast Guard Station’s Marine Safety Unit from Duluth, said in addition to raising the fishing boat Dawn from the entry ...

Transit Department gets stricter drug, alcohol policy

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ONTONAGON — The County Board approved a stricter drug and alcohol policy for the Public Transit Department. The Michigan Department of Transportation provided the policy which will take effect May 1. The new rules undo a “second-chance” policy that had been on the books, making it ...

Pot PowerPoint, pawning place, policing pondered in public period

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HANCOCK — Three people spoke Wednesday during the public comment period at the regular Hancock City Council meeting. Detective Lt. Tim Sholander of the Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team said he’s in the process of speaking to various community leaders asking for financial support ...

Peters promotes investments in short line railroads

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S Sen. Gary Peters, D-Bloomfield Hills, a member of the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, announced today he is cosponsoring legislation to encourage greater investments in short line railroads. The Building Rail Access for the Customers and the Economy ...

U.S. 41 project resumes near bridge, Hancock Street

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HANCOCK — The Hancock City Council learned Wednesday the continuation of U.S. 41 reconstruction project that began last summer in the city has resumed. During his report, City Manager Glenn Anderson said warning signs for the project were placed in various parts of the city earlier this ...

UPPCO issues scam warning to customers

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MARQUETTE — Upper Peninsula Power Company is urging its customers, including business customers, to be aware of scammers who may call them posing as UPPCO representatives. Recently, several customers have reported being contacted and informed that they owe money to UPPCO and will have their ...