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Accidental destruction:

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OSCEOLA TOWNSHIP — A two-vehicle crash on July 8, involving a car and a motorcycle, resulted in both riders of the motorcycle being transported to Aspirus Keweenaw Hospital. John and Marnie Polkky of Hancock were northbound on U.S. 41 near the Golf Course Road. In the southbound lane, a ...

Hancock celebrates Lt. Jerry Hiltunen’s retirement Friday

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HANCOCK — After 34 years of service in the community, Hancock's Lt. Jerry Hiltunen is hanging up his badge. The Lieutenant has served as a City of Hancock Police Officer the entirety of his career starting June 29, 1984, moving up through the ranks. “You get to know people, you get to ...

Changes ahead for Hancock Council

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HANCOCK — Of the seven city council seats, five are up for re-election this November with some incumbents not planning to run. Terms for councilors Joe Bauman, Paul LaBine and John Haeussler as well as Mayor Lisa McKenzie, Mayor Pro-Tem Ted Belej are up in 2018. Only Ron Blau and Dan Seguin ...

Village in violation of law says trustee

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CALUMET — The Village Council passed a motion at its regular meeting Tuesday to end angle parking until it can be determined how best to permit it in a safe manner. One of the issues with the angle parking, said Virginia Dwyer, trustee and Public Safety Committee member, is that in permitting ...

Relief work discussed by Foundation

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LAKE LINDEN — Initial estimates show about 617 homes were affected by the June 17 floods, said Kevin Store, director of the Portage Health Foundation. As of Thursday, only 147 applications had been submitted for aid through the Portage Health Foundation’s Flood with Love program. ...

Plants construction remains on schedule

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PELKIE — Construction of the A.J. Mihm Generating Station is progressing on schedule, according to Amy Jahns, senior communications specialist with WEC Energy Group (WEC). “We are currently in the process of constructing our engine building,” Jahns said. After the flooding in June, ...

Work progresses on M-203 bridge

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HANCOCK — The M-203 bridge over Swedetown Creek destroyed by the June 17 flood is slowly moving toward a temporary replacement. On Wednesday, Hancock City Manager Glenn Anderson updated the City Council on the temporary measures and progress. The old bridge has been cleaned up, and the ...

Former church may be razed: St. John site damaged in June fire

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CALUMET — The owner of a church on Seventh Street which suffered severe fire damage in June is owned by a limited liability company under the management of local attorney, Matt Eliason. The former St. John the Baptist Catholic church was built in 1940 by a Croatian congregation, but has been ...

Foundation offers flood relief help

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LAKE LINDEN — With the deadline to apply for flood relief through the Portage Health Foundation approaching, the foundation held a community forum in Lake Linden Thursday to explain the process and answer questions. Applications for the Flood with Love initiative are due by 3:30 p.m. July ...

Nothing new in church fire probe

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CALUMET — Police Chief Keith Anderson said as of Thursday, there is no new information to report regarding a June 10 fire which severely damaged a downtown church and a residence next to it on Seventh Street. “I’m still waiting for the report from the Fire Marshal,” Anderson said. ...

CopperFest celebrates region’s heritage

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ONTONAGON — This weekend marks the third annual CopperFest celebration of Copper Country heritage and history. Highlights include fireworks, lumberjack performances, bonfires on Lake Superior and a car show. Ontonagon classics like the Adventure Mine, Lighthouse tour, Old Victoria mine ...

Calumet studies angle parking on Oak, Sixth

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CALUMET — Angle parking on Oak Street and on Sixth Street is under scrutiny for a number of reasons, one of which is a public safety concern, and another is a question of law. The question was first discussed at the village’s Public Safety Committee meeting on July 16, said committee member ...

DNR lists trail fixes

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HOUGHTON — An official from the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) said Tuesday the top trail flood damage priority is the Bill Nicholls Trail, which is a key connection for riders traveling across the Portage Lake Lift Bridge. Jeff Kakuk, a DNR trails specialist, told Western Upper ...

Camp Nesbit experience discussed

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HANCOCK — Camp Nesbit Director Jen Beaudette reported 2018's camp experience to the Copper Country Intermediate School District Board on Tuesday night. "Smokey the Bear comes," Beaudette said. The camp, which happens the third week of June, is for current and former students of special ...

Hancock looks at flood issues on city streets

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HANCOCK — City Manager Glenn Anderson gave council members an update on flood funding, repairs and damages at their Wednesday meeting. “We’ve obviously accomplished a lot in the last month,” Anderson said, noting that July 12’s “mini-version” of flooding has caused additional ...

Sexual assault reported on College Avenue

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HOUGHTON — Houghton and Michigan Technological University police are investigating a report of a sexual assault occurring Saturday morning on College Avenue. The incident occurred about 2 a.m. in a vehicle in a parking lot on College Avenue, according to an email sent to Michigan ...

Manager contract approved

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HANCOCK — The City Council unanimously approved a new city manager contract for Barry Givens after a successful second attempt at negotiations. “I’m very happy to say that we have come to this tentative agreement with Mr. Givens,” announced hiring committee member Paul LaBine. The ...