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Not Sold: Offer ‘turned in’ to feds, deal blocked

EAGLE RIVER — Anthony Lane Partners has opted to terminate its offer to purchase the Keweenaw Mountain Lodge. In a letter addressed both to Charles Miller, Keweenaw County attorney, and the Keweenaw County Board, ALP stated the reason for its action was the result of an unidentified ...

‘Sold’: Board accepts Adoba’s offer

EAGLE RIVER — The Keweenaw County Board unanimously approved a motion to move forward with Adoba Hotels after the withdrawal of Anthony Lane Partners in purchasing the Mountain Lodge, and rebuffed interest from a third party. James Henderson, Adoba’s president and founder, gave a detailed ...

Tech infuses foundation’s money with power for health research

While funding for a community health research partnership is primarily provided by the Portage Health Foundation, Michigan Technological University has used its financial base to leverage those funds to their full potential. Jason Carter, chairman of the Kinesiology and Physiology ...

District Court judge: Slate of pending bills in Legislature addresses opioids

HOUGHTON — 97th District Court Judge Mark Wisti campaigned on behalf of a slate of bills in the state Legislature designed to address the opioid crisis. The bills are aimed at regulating the medical profession’s ability to write prescriptions for opiates. “I do think the medical ...

Here Comes the Sun

Photo by Carrie Erickson The sun rises Tuesday on the Portage Lake Lift Bridge in this photo taken from Hancock’s Porvoo Park.

Stand-alone jail nixed: Board discusses facility not wanted but needed

HOUGHTON — The Houghton County Board will not pursue the new study of a stand-alone jail, Sheriff’s Office and courthouse in the city, with members saying voters had already rejected that approach. Commissioner Scott Ala Tuesday proposed hiring the Indiana engineering firm RQAW about ...

Crane and Steel Ballet

Photo by Erik Lee Workers perform a high-wire act in assembling telecommunications tower in Calumet earlier this week, guiding large sections of the tower held by a crane into place.

Monument to Italian Hall victims moving forward

CALUMET — The monument listing the names of the victims of the Italian Hall disaster, which occurred on Dec. 21, 1913, is scheduled to be installed in the Italian Hall Memorial Park on Seventh Street around the first week of November, according to Mike Lahti, Italian Hall Memorial committee ...

Houghton County approves public defender plan

HOUGHTON — Houghton County will submit a plan to the state for creating a public defender office, although it could be a while before anything takes effect. The plan is required under standards set by the Michigan Indigent Defense Commission, which was created after a report found all 83 ...

Survivor describes her journey from Holocaust

HANCOCK — In telling her story about surviving the Holocaust at Temple Jacob in Hancock on Sunday, Irene Miller’s harrowing journey started in Warsaw, Poland, and continued in getting smuggled across the closed Russian border. After being rounded up by Russian authorities and sent to a ...

Noise Signals: H-PT projects continuing

HOUGHTON — As evidenced by the noises coming from the roof during Houghton-Portage Township Schools Board meeting Monday, work is continuing on the district’s capital improvement project. The work is part of a $10.9 million bond proposal approved last year by district voters. Roofing ...

Enrollment up in H-PT schools

HOUGHTON — Enrollment is up at Houghton-Portage Township Schools. The district is at 1,437 students, a 4 percent increase from last fall’s 1,383. Most of that change has come in the elementary school, which is up 45 students. High school enrollment has increased from 427 to 423, ...

Ontonagon graduation date changed

ONTONAGON — The graduation for seniors at Ontonagon High School will be moved up to May 25, 2018, after a request by teacher Brian Amos to the Ontonagon Area School District School Board. “This is at a time of the UP Finals, it is also the weekend of other events taking place in the ...

Meth Seized: Police raid Ontonagon residence

ONTONAGON — Detectives from the Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team (UPSET) executed a search warrant Friday at a residence on Pennsylvania Avenue. During the search, more than 8 ounces of methamphetamine was seized, along with more than $3,000 in cash and a loaded handgun. The ...

Holocaust Survivor telling her story this week to local students

HANCOCK — Ninety percent of the Jewish children in Europe were killed in the Holocaust. Irene Miller beat the odds, but it took years of uncertainty, starvation and death. Miller spoke at Temple Jacob in Hancock Sunday night. She will also speak this week to students in Houghton, ...

Jeffers students offered alternative path

PAINESDALE — Jeffers High School discovered from interviewing seniors about five years ago that the school had some deficiencies that could hinder graduating students. “And one of the deficiencies in the school, that I was sensing, was pathways,” Superintendent Tim Keteri said. “The ...

UPPCO filing provokes call for investigation of its billing

MARQUETTE — The Upper Peninsula Power Company has submitted a request to the Michigan Public Service Commission for an indefinite or two-year extension of waivers granted in connection with monthly meter reading requirements. In response, some UPPCO customers are calling on the MPSC to ...

Bill to reduce auto insurance rates in peril

LANSING — Legislation to reduce Michigan’s high auto insurance premiums by letting drivers opt out of mandatory unlimited medical coverage is in peril, with majority Republicans lacking enough support to pass it on their own and many Democrats pushing an alternative plan. House Speaker ...

Eco project put through paces: Middle-school team demos to third-grade judges

HOUGHTON — Houghton Middle School’s Eco Challenge team has launched two projects for its competition this year. The team demonstrated both to the third-grade classes at Houghton Elementary School Friday morning. One team showed the third-graders how nitrates get into the water, and what ...

Adams, bus contractor discuss prepping fleet

PAINESDALE — John Evanston, a representative of Lamers Bus Lines, told the Adams Township School Board there are no worries in regard to buses available for the school district when Lamers begins busing students in November. Evanston said he recently met with the owner of the bus line. ...