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Boom — like that: Biofuel plant gets financing terms

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ONTONAGON — After months of waiting, Synsel Energy announced on Thursday that financing terms for construction of a biofuel plant at the site of the former Smurfit-Stone paper mill have been finalized. The $300 million refinery will create second-generation biofuels from pulp and waste wood ...

Experience the Keweenaw offers holiday weekend fun

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HOUGHTON — Who’s afraid of a little dirt? This Memorial Day weekend marks the second annual Experience the Keweenaw, offering a perfect opportunity to do just that. Events run from Friday afternoon through Sunday and include hiking, yoga, fishing, boating and biking. Activities will take ...

Issue goes south: Houghton County Board asks Ala to resign

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HOUGHTON — The Houghton County Board voted Thursday to send a letter asking Commissioner Scott Ala to resign and clarify his residency status, the first in a series of steps in recommended procedure to remove him from office. Ala, who represents Houghton, has been physically present at one ...

Keweenaw Mountain Lodge financials good as season opens

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EAGLE RIVER — Keweenaw Mountain Lodge Coordinator Harvey Desnick told the KML Board at its May 16 regular meeting that the financial numbers of the lodge have improved over last year, with April being a surprise after showing a 50 percent improvement on the bottom line. That, however, is not ...

Zoning variances for jail addition OK’d

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HOUGHTON — The proposed Houghton County Jail expansion project received zoning variances from the Houghton Zoning Board of Appeals on Wednesday, as did two properties on Sandpiper Drive. A side-yard and rear-yard variance were approved for the jail site, where a planned 60-bed expansion ...

E-TC high school team demonstrates robot

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EWEN — It was three years ago that the Southern Ontonagon County school of Ewen-Trout Creek introduced the high school robotics competition. Three years later, the program continues to receive the applause of its school board, students, and community. “These (Robotics) competition is ...

Ordinance enforcement a hot topic in Calumet

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CALUMET — While Downtown Development Authority Chairwoman Leah Polzien asked the council to enforce the village’s blight and dangerous building ordinances, some council members expressed concerns over the other ordinances on the village’s books that are not being addressed. Trustee ...

Hancock City Council declines to investigate member’s residency

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HANCOCK — A motion to investigate whether City Council member Ted Belej is legally a resident was denied Wednesday at a special meeting of the council. The question of Belej’s legally defined residency was raised by council member John Haeussler, who expressed concerns over possible legal ...

KML looks better than last year

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EAGLE RIVER — Harvey Desnick, coordinator of the Keweenaw Mountain Lodge, says the KML is poised for another promising season, even as the County Board moves forward with placing the historic facility on auction in July. “We’ve got employees on the grounds, we are booking guests,” ...

Houghton denies another rental

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HOUGHTON — The Houghton Rental Housing Board denied a rental request for 106 W. Douglass Ave. Wednesday, because the owner failed to make necessary improvements to the site and had apparently rented the house illegally. Sufficient parking had not been installed on the site, City Manager ...

Hancock City Council sends back plan for tweaking

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HANCOCK — Recommending changes for clearer wording, intent and message, the City Council sent the master plan back to the Planning Commission with requested changes. Council member John Haeussler led the effort, with a suggestion to clarify the relationship between the master plan and ...

Village: Blight is hazardous to community

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CALUMET — Blighted and dangerous buildings in the village are not only unsightly but also a hazard to the public, according to the chairwoman of the Downtown Development Authority. Leah Polzien made these points recently to the Village Council in urging it to enforce the blight and ...

Kauppi enjoys Keweenaw business life

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COPPER HARBOR — Peggy Kauppi has owned the Mariner North in Copper Harbor for nearly 41 years. While most people in business that long start to think about slowing down or retiring, Kauppi is working to expand business in her area. Kauppi bought the Mariner North as a result of her and her ...

Erosion seen in lake-level forecast

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HANCOCK TOWNSHIP — The six-month Lake Superior water level forecast is out, bringing with it bad news for shoreline residents. According to the Army Corps of Engineers, projections released this month, the levels will likely remain higher-than-average into October. Lake Superior is ...

Contender comes to Copper Country

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David Archambeau/Daily Mining Gazette The 33-foot-long Contender was shipped into the Copper Country on Monday, its intial launching area into the Portage Canal being Markham’s Marina. The boat is owned by John Hackmeier of Houghton and was coming from Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. Hackmeier is ...

Calumet restaurant owner disputes blight designation

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CALUMET — A village property owner has been trying to sell a former business for two years, and only this month did she learn the building was added to a blight list that includes six other buildings. Julie DePaul-Johnson, owner of the former Evergreen Restaurant on Fifth Street, addressed ...

Houghton recruits JROTC program

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HOUGHTON — A Junior Officer Reserve Training Corps (JROTC) program will launch at Houghton High School this fall. The Houghton-Portage Township Schools Board unanimously approved adding the program at its meeting Monday, weeks after the Hancock Public Schools Board cut its JROTC program ...

Ontonagon class trips going well

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ONTONAGON — In what is the latest activity signaling the coming end of the school year, local third- and fourth-graders will be going to the Porcupine Mountain Wilderness State Park on Wednesday to plant a pollinator garden with the Friends of the Porkies. Recently Ontonagon sixth-graders ...