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Kipina to rest in most hallowed ground

EAGLE RIVER — The remains of Calumet Township native Staff Sgt. Marshall Kipina will finally be laid to rest next month in Arlington National Cemetery. Kipina was killed during a reconnaissance mission over Laos in 1966 during the Vietnam War. His remains were located more than half a ...

Veteran commissioner learned persistence pays

Mike Koskinen is running for Baraga County Board commissioner for a 20th term, so he’s pretty much seen it all. The 71-year-old Democrat is the only candidate on the ballot for District 2 of Baraga County. He doesn’t plan to change what he’s doing. “People pretty much know who I ...

Not so fast: KEDA says there is no blight list of buildings

CALUMET — There is no blight list of buildings in the village, said Jeff Ratcliffe, executive director of the Keweenaw Economic Development Alliance (KEDA). The Historic District Commission, after a thorough evaluation of all the historic buildings in the downtown, a list was created of the ...

Ontonagon feels it pays to be prepared

ONTONAGON — When disaster strikes, it pays to have a plan as Houghton County found this summer and Ontonagon County is ready for as well. The County Board approved an updated version of the emergency operations plan Tuesday. Typically updates occur every four years to ensure resources and ...

Future flood insurance options

HANCOCK — Prior to the Father’s Day flood, many who were ultimately impacted were unable to obtain flood insurance, a problem local municipalities are looking into solving. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has an offering that may be able to help if a similar disaster ...

Green energy credits have value

L’ANSE TOWNSHIP — The proposed Summit Lake Wind Project will produce about 130 megawatts of renewable energy, according to Renewable Energy Systems (RES). This would mean the owners would receive 130 renewable energy credits (REC), transferable tokens that represent green energy as a ...

Document signing of great importance to local vets

CALUMET TOWNSHIP — The ceremonial document signing for the creation of the Douglass Houghton Falls Veterans Scenic Site took place at the Calumet Colosseum Thursday morning. “Today we have come together for a signing ceremony,” said Staci Haughey, Department of Natural Resources (DNR) ...

Jail addition would ease space needs, sheriff says

HOUGHTON — The Houghton County Jail has the lowest number of beds per capita in the Upper Peninsula, which is a primary reason for its chronic overcrowding. A proposed addition would remedy that, while also providing benefits such as more options for separating inmates, Sheriff Brian McLean ...

Officials: 3 killed in shooting at Maryland Rite Aid center

ABDERDEEN, Md. (AP) — Three people were killed Thursday morning in a shooting at a Rite Aid distribution center in northeast Maryland, officials said. A law enforcement official with knowledge of the shooting stressed that the number of dead is based on preliminary information. The official ...

Ahmeek crash kills 1, injures 1

ALLOUEZ TOWNSHIP — A Keweenaw County man was killed Wednesday in a traffic crash near Ahmeek. A 2009 Chevrolet Silverado driven by Bradley M. Spagnotti, 32, of Mohawk, was northbound on the No. 6 Road near First Street in Ahmeek, when the vehicle drove off the right-hand side of the roadway, ...

Lockout causing setbacks in flood recovery

HANCOCK — As the statewide union lockout continues, the threat of extended delays to local road repair projects resulting from the June 17 flood damage is increasing. “Everything that we’re trying to accomplish on getting emergency repairs done in the city is affected if not directly, ...

Delayed damage from flood hitting Calumet streets

CALUMET — Street Superintendent Marc Klein said village streets have recently begun showing signs of damage from the June 17 storm. Klein told the Village Council that several streets have begun to show damage as a result of being under-washed — with flood water pooling under the ...

Flood inflicts trauma: Mental health is focus of community forum

HOUGHTON — The Finnish virtue of sisu came to the forefront as Copper Country residents sprang into action after the June 17 flash flood. But that self-reliance and stoicism can have a downside, according to Leslie Griffith, outpatient program director at Copper Country Mental Health ...

Virtual reality seen in future of education

HANCOCK — Attendees of Tuesday night’s Copper Country Intermediate School District (CCISD) board meeting had a chance to try a state-of-the-art virtual reality program that could be used as an instructional aide soon. “This is where things are going with technology,” said Michael ...

Property owner is fighting city hall by running for council

CALUMET — November elections will see every seat on the Village Council being challenged, except for that of Peggy Germain, who is not running again. Dave Geisler, village president, is currently the subject of a recall vote, which will also appear on the ballot. Among the challengers is ...

Veteran from Hubbell flies in 15th mission of UP Honor Flight

WASHINGTON — The warm and humid weather Tuesday in Washington, D.C., did not stop Upper Peninsula veterans from enjoying the Upper Peninsula Honor Flight’s 15th mission. Eighty-six veterans, including three World War II veterans, and guardians departed from the Delta County Airport in ...

Resister resident runs for reform

CALUMET — Village resident and business owner Julie DePaul Johnson is running for a seat on the Village Council, she said, because she is tired of what she sees as unfair political practices in the village government, particularly with the several committees. One of those is the Blight ...

Exhibit examines WWI resistance

HANCOCK — During a war, governmental officials want unity and cooperation from their citizens, and in the case of World War I, they were willing to violate civil liberties and abuse many resisters to make that happen, including in the Copper Country. Nationwide, what was then known as The ...

Bond projects improve traffic access, security

HOUGHTON — Construction continues to progress at Houghton-Portage Township Schools. Bob Graham, project manager with Johnson Controls, updated the district’s School Board Monday on the status of the $10.9 million project, which voters approved in 2017. Since the previous month’s ...