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L’Anse wind project gets zone change

L’ANSE — Zoning ordinance changes concerning wind turbines dominated the discussion Monday at a meeting of the L’Anse Township Board. The new ordinance, which passed by a 4-1 vote, allows for a waiver of setback requirements on wind turbines between participating properties. Under the ...

Isle Royale wolf dies

ISLE ROYALE NATIONAL PARK — One of the wolves transported from Minnesota to Isle Royale National Park this fall has died, the National Park Service announced Tuesday morning. No cause of death was apparent. There were also no signs of violence from another wolf. The wolf was one of four ...

CTE students give rave reviews of CCISD center

HANCOCK — Students, faculty and staff from the newly renovated Career and Technical Education (CTE) Center on Quincy Street were putting their work and their classrooms on display for the public Tuesday evening. “I’ve taken apart disc brakes about seven times in the last two weeks,” ...

County will get public’s thoughts on future jail

HOUGHTON — Before Houghton County considers another proposal to resolve jail overcrowding, it will see what the public has to say. That was the consensus of board members Tuesday at the first meeting after the defeat of a proposed $11 million millage for a jail addition. The measure ...

Voters to decide on wind project

L’ANSE TOWNSHIP — Canvassers from the Friends of the Huron Mountains (FOHM) group turned over 400 signatures to Clerk Brian Jentoft on Friday. The petition calls for holding a referendum on recent changes to the township zoning ordinance previously approved by the board. The changes ...

Sundblad announces retirement as LL-H Schools superintendent

LAKE LINDEN — After 34 years with Lake Linden-Hubbell Public Schools, including 10 as superintendent, Craig Sundblad is stepping down at the end of the school year. The school board accepted Sundblad’s retirement with regret at Monday’s meeting. “Thirty-four years of service is a ...

No-ground growing: Aquaponics is self-sustaining system to grow food

HOUGHTON — Students at Michigan Technological University’s (MTU) Sustainable Development House (SDH) have combined fish and plants into a sustainable farming system called aquaponics. The arrangement of pipes and tanks uses plants and bacteria in an inorganic substrate as the filter for ...

MTEC SmartZone appoints new chief executive

HOUGHTON — Daniel Jamison has been appointed as chief executive officer of the MTEC SmartZone effective Dec.1. Jamison succeeds current CEO Marilyn Clark, who announced her retirement earlier this year after six years in the position. Jamison has an extensive background in finance, legal ...

Honoring Service: Col. says US strength is those who serve

CALUMET — On the 100th anniversary of the World War I armistice, the Calumet Readiness Center honored veterans from throughout the nation’s history at its annual Veterans Day Dinner. Delivering the keynote address was recently retired Army Col. Dylan Carlson, a Houghton native who ...

Entrepreneur portal opened in Calumet

CALUMET — The Downtown Development Authority has partnered with local companies and the Marquette SmartZone to establish a remote kiosk which offers a portal for inventors and entrepreneurs to learn about available services, how to submit ideas for a product, business or invention, and ...

CTE event shows Copper Country taxpayers what they’re paying for

The public is invited to tour the new classrooms at the newly renovated Career and Technical Education (CTE) Center on Tuesday from 4-8 p.m. The Copper Country Intermediate School District (CCISD) is hosting the open house to give the public an opportunity to meet the teachers and students ...

Fatal crash on 41

PORTAGE TOWNSHIP — A crash between a car and a logging truck in Portage Township Friday morning ended in the death of a Chassell man. Alexander Fisher, 19, was driving his 2007 Infiniti westbouind on Denton Road when he failed to stop at the intersection with U.S. 41, the Michigan State ...

Elections see big changes for L’Anse

Tuesday’s election is also sweeping in changes to the L’Anse Area Schools (LAS) Board. Katie Waara and Brooke Osterman ran for seats being vacated by Anne Koski and Jason Ayres. While their election was uncontested, the more than 1,200 votes each received shows community support for their ...

Meteotsunamis: a lesser known Great Lakes hazard

HOUGHTON — It was a beautiful July 4 at Warren Dunes with sunny skies and calm water perfect for swimming. Seven swimmers drowned that day. The 2003 incident was at first attributed to rip currents but, with calm waters, where did they come from? Chin Wu, a civil and environmental ...

Tech adds vets’ plaques to MUB entrances

HOUGHTON — Michigan Technological University’s Memorial Union Building was dedicated in 1952 in honor of students, alumni and faculty who’d served in the military. But the original intent of the building may be lost on those currently at Tech. Plaques unveiled Friday might make the ...

On Second Thought…With more support, township approves Meijer agreement

PORTAGE TOWNSHIP — Following multiple meetings and a few bumps along the road, the Portage Township Board voted in favor of an agreement impacting a proposed Meijer site Wednesday. Between the city of Houghton and the township, the agreement lays out services and taxes for the property of ...

Houghton dispensary gets 1st UP approval

HOUGHTON — The guessing game is over for Northern Specialty Health, which was approved for a medical marijuana license Thursday morning. The Medical Marijuana Licensing Board approved Northern Specialty Health’s request by a 4-1 vote. It had received pre-qualification approval last week ...

Flood Series: Causes, disaster prevention topics at initial meeting

HOUGHTON — As high rain or flood events become more prevalent, many areas are putting a renewed focus on natural methods to mitigate flooding. Michigan Technological University researchers spoke to a standing-room-only crowd at the Carnegie Museum Thursday on the changing climate patterns ...

After referendum, KBIC considers drug control law

BARAGA — In considering a change to its controlled substances ordinance, the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community (KBIC) Tribal Council on Thursday held the second public reading of a proposed ordinance. The current statute is broad and lumps any act with any controlled substance — as defined by ...

Concrete Finishing Touches: Skate park shaped as snow comes in

HOUGHTON — As snow flurries hit the Keweenaw Wednesday, a crew continued the final stage of work on the Houghton Skate Park. Through a volunteer effort and matching funds from the Tony Hawk Foundation, the fundraising drive for the skate park raised $208,000. As a result, the two phases ...