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Warden to burn new fuel

L’ANSE — Convergen Energy, the owner of the L'Anse Warden Power Plant, hopes to be approved to burn engineered fuel pellets as up to 30 percent of the fuel stream of the plant, supplementing the ground railroad ties and tire-derived fuel which are also burned there. According to Ted ...

Reorganized LL-H Board stays same

LAKE LINDEN — The Lake Linden-Hubbell Public Schools Board is keeping the same slate of officers. The board unanimously chose Patricia Burton as president, Jeff Dennis as vice president, Lori Ambuehl as secretary, Kim Codere as treasurer and Jennifer Beaudette and Stacey Sedar as ...

Second Stanza: Student returning to state poetry contest

HOUGHTON — For the second year in a row, Houghton High School 11th-grader Ilya Holden is going to the state Poetry Out Loud finals. In the state-level Poetry Out Loud competition, students read three poems from a pre-selected list before a crowd. Judges look at things such as the ...

Calumet area seen as trail gateway hub of Keweenaw Peninsula

CALUMET TOWNSHIP — Township Supervisor Paul Lehto said he welcomes a partnership for trail development and expansion between the township, neighboring municipalities and Keweenaw County. The township has a lot to offer such a partnership, he said. One example is the former Mineral Range ...

Pellet Permit: Biomass plant’s new owner wants to burn different fuel

The L'Anse Warden Plant has applied for a new permit to burn engineered fuel pellets, which the state of Michigan considers a renewable fuel. "It's all made from industrial byproducts that would otherwise go to the landfill," Ted Hansen said. Hansen is the CEO of Convergen Energy, the ...

Wind farm foes dispute economic benefits of project

The Friends of the Huron Mountains (FOHM) group opposing the Summit Lake Wind Project in L’Anse Township disputes the employment figures the project would bring to the area. According to the Watertown Daily Times, the union workers in Copenhagen, New York, were passed over for the work ...

Nara Center hosts winter fun event for area families

HOUGHTON — With snowshoeing, crafts and other activities, area children had a chance for winter fun at the Keweenaw Family Resource Center’s eighth annual Ring in the New Year event at the Nara Nature Park. Buoyed by pleasant weather, the event drew many families, including many trying ...

Level Playing Field: Calumet’s Agassiz Field to get spring facelift

CALUMET — With last August’s passage of a school millage request, the Calumet-Laurium-Keweenaw (CLK) Agassiz athletic field is set for long-anticipated work as soon as the ground can be worked in the spring, according to Superintendent Chris Davidson. “Our most time-sensitive project ...

US 41 Reconstruction: Local residents get glimpse at plan

HOUGHTON — The east entrance to Houghton on U.S. 41 will undergo a wide-ranging transformation in 2021. The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) explained the upcoming road reconstruction project slated for Townsend Drive, College Avenue and west Montezuma Avenue during a public ...

Wind farm opponents: Not against wind energy

"We're not against wind turbines. We’re not against renewable energy," said Burt Mason, chairman for the Friends of the Huron Mountains (FOHM), a nonprofit group that formed around local concerns about the Summit Lake Wind Project. Mason said the group formed of residents who were concerned ...

CLK moves on district’s security, repair plan

CALUMET TOWNSHIP — With the new year, the Calumet-Laurium-Keweenaw (CLK) Schools District is moving forward on its plans for improvements and repairs to the buildings and facilities, which will begin in the spring, said Superintendent Chris Davidson. Voters approved 1.98 mils last August ...

Wind vote scheduled for May 7

L’ANSE — The L’Anse Township Board approved ballot language Wednesday for a referendum on zoning ordinances regulating wind turbines. Township Supervisor Peter Magaraggia said the township’s legal council told him the vote needs to take place on May 7, which is considered the next ...

Closing Time: Council OKs land deal with Meijer

HOUGHTON — Meijer is coming closer to a Houghton store. Houghton City Council unanimously authorized Mayor Bob Backon to sign closing documents for Jan. 23 for the sale to Meijer of a 10-acre parcel. Meijer will pay the appraised value of $200,000 for the land, located on M-26 and West ...

SmartZone CEO: Boost startups to full power

HANCOCK — The MTEC SmartZone’s new CEO gave his ideas for economic growth during the Keweenaw Economic Development Alliance’s meeting Wednesday. Daniel Jamison began serving as CEO in December. He came to the SmartZone from the San Jose, California-based Synaptics, which has created ...

Recreational trails are vital to economic development

KEWEENAW COUNTY — With the expansion and development of mountain bike trails in Grant Township, particularly in and around Copper Harbor, the impact on local businesses in the township has been huge, said Nathan Miller, executive director of the Copper Harbor Trails Club, and will only ...

State reps talk flood insurance

HOUGHTON — After a flash flood devastated the Copper Country last June, communities and residents have become acutely aware of the importance of flood insurance. Michigan Department of Environmental Quality representatives were on hand to answer questions from local officials and residents ...

Houghton considers opting out on allowing retail marijuana joints

HOUGHTON — Houghton may join the number of Michigan municipalities banning recreational marijuana establishments. Citing the uncertainty of state regulations, City Manager Eric Waara said he would add a resolution at the council’s Jan. 23 meeting to set a public hearing for a proposed ...

New harbormaster for Baraga Marina

BARAGA — The Village Council approved approving a new harbormaster, tax collection services, and a culvert project at its Tuesday meeting. An agreement was approved for Baraga Township to take over tax collection for the village and then forward the villages portion after collection, ...

Hancock favors restrictive route in retail marijuana

HANCOCK — The Hancock City Council decided to move forward with the process of instituting the new ordinance prohibiting marijuana establishments within the city at Monday night's special council meeting. The next step is a public hearing at 6 p.m. on Jan. 17 in the council chambers before ...