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Work load forces board member to step down

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HANCOCK — The school board accepted with regret the resignation of Trustee and Board Vice President Mary Babcock at its regular July meeting Monday, who stepped down as a direct result of a staff shortage at Hancock City Hall, where Babcock is also city clerk. Monday afternoon, Babcock ...

Carter ready to keep shoulders moving

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ertified orthopedic surgeons at UPHS – Portage, is a sports medicine specialist. Dr. Carter sees patients with a wide variety of conditions, but his specialty is the rotator cuff. “Like the hip, the shoulder is a ball-and-socket joint, but in the hip, the ball goes deep into a socket. In ...

Fay named to H-PT board

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ownship Schools has a new board member. Robert Fay was appointed to a partial term at the district board meeting Monday night. Fay, a project manager with GS Engineering, was one of four applicants for the position. Fay is president of the Houghton-Portage Township Schools Foundation, and ...

Fort Wilkins’ dead are not forgotten

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COPPER HARBOR — An important archaeological event is scheduled for the weekend of July 26, at Fort Wilkins State Park, said Historian Barry James of the Michigan History Center, Michigan Iron Industry Museum. Michigan Technological’s Social Sciences’ Industrial Archaeology Department ...

Man from Eagle Harbor arraigned on child porn charges

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EAGLE RIVER — An Eagle Harbor man was arraigned Monday in Keweenaw County on nine child pornography charges. Michael Braman, 61, allegedly had more than 100 images of child sexually abusive material, and material involving prepubescent children and sadomasochistic abuse or bestiality. He ...

Strawberry Festival attendance high

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CHASSELL — Whether in bowls or on Beetles, strawberries were everywhere in Chassell on Saturday for the final day of the Copper Country Strawberry Festival. Turnout was higher than anticipated, said Dan Crane, secretary of the Chassell Lions Club, which organizes the event. Crane was ...

Ashburn crowned queen

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CHASSELL — Lily Ashburn has been coming to the Strawberry Festival for years. This year it came with a crown. Ashburn was named Strawberry Queen before a packed crowd at Friday’s competition. “I think this is super-awesome ... this is a great honor to do this,” she said. Peyton ...

Art takes many, many forms

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L’ANSE — The new Village Gift Store in L’Anse is open for business, even as it continues to be worked on. Blacksmiths Payne Chassen and Bill Steinhardt purchased the former Mind’s Eye photography shop next to the Village 104 Collective — which Chassen ran solo — at the beginning ...

Performances in the Park presents Tapestry Band

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COPPER HARBOR — Continuing the summer Performances in the Park series, presented by the Copper Harbor Improvement Association, the Tapestry Band will perform starting at 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 18. Tapestry is a collective group of five musicians who form a traditional, but unique, ...

Bagpipe serenade

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Garrett Neese/Daily Mining Gazette Terry Patterson of Houghton plays the bagpies during a walk down Shelden Avneue Friday afternoon. Patterson began playing the bagpipes 10 years ago after hearing a friend demonstrate them. “When somebody plays so close to you, it raises the skin off your ...

Houghton awards facade grants

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HOUGHTON — Ten Downtown Houghton businesses will be able to spruce up their exiteriors through a new round of facade grants. The city’s Downtown Development Authority gave out $30,000 in funds — double the usual amount. It includes the money budgeted for last year, when no grants were ...

One injured in L’Anse car crash

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L’ANSE — One person was injured in a two-vehicle crash in L’Anse Thursday afternoon. The accident occurred around 1:45 p.m., when a 2000 Ford Focus pulled out on Menge Creek Road, failing to yield to a 2017 Chevrolet Silverado headed west on U.S. 41, said Baraga County Undersheriff Jim ...

Houghton eyes stricter limits on when bridge can be raised

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HOUGHTON — The Michigan Department of Transportation is counting crossings at the Portage Lake Lift Bridge. The information will be used to identify the peak travel times in hopes of tightening the restrictions on crossings for boat traffic that requires the bridge to be raised. MDOT ...

Former Copper King designed designed the new field, track

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CALUMET — Former Copper King Emmett Bjorn was a very versatile football player in high school. A running quarterback in his senior year, he averaged 100 yards passing, and 83.5 yards rushing per game. Bjorn is back at Agassiz Field, but not as an athlete. Rather, he is the engineer who ...

Houghton OKs rental ordinance changes

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HOUGHTON — The Houghton City Council unanimously approved several changes to its rental housing ordinance at Wednesday’s meeting. The city charged a Planning Commission subcommittee with creating recommendations on the topic, which has been a polarizing issue in the city for years. The ...

Fort Wilkins receiving needed restorative care

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COPPER HARBOR — Two major restoration projects are occurring this summer at Fort Wilkins State Park: one involves the Copper Harbor Light House, which is not currently open to the public, and the other is within the fort complex, to repair and restore chimneys on the buildings. “The ...

Ontonagon council approves zoning variance

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The Ontonagon Village Council Zoning Board of Appeals held a public hearing on Monday night. This was due to a request from Keith Penegor to establish a campground on his River Driver property. In a letter to the zoning board, Penegor stated, “the property is a 1.4 acre lot in the vVillage ...

County backs flood insfrastructure grant application

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HOUGHTON — Houghton County backed a grant application to improve the area’s infrastructure in the event of future floods. Evan McDonald, a member of the Houghton Planning Commission and the new Keweenaw Resilency Task Force, briefed the county Board on the task force’s work. Formed ...

Ontonagon residents continue to speak up on a number of issues

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As has been the routine at Ontonagon Village Council meetings, public comment turned into a time for residents to question the decisions and operations managed by the council. As has been a heated topic for over a year, the paddle-craft landing continues to be a controversy in the village. At ...

Banding station aiding knowledge of local birds

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ALBERTA — One of Jared Wolfe’s mentors told him a saying that has stuck with him: “If you get a bird in the hand, it has a story to tell.” He and others from Michigan Technological University have been decoding those stories at the university’s new bird banding station at the Ford ...