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Sentence levied: Dulong sentenced on two counts of embezzlement

HOUGHTON — Susan Dulong of Lake Linden was sentenced on two felony counts in Houghton County Circuit Court on Friday. Dulong was found guilty of embezzlement from a vulnerable adult — $1,000 or more but less than $20,000, a five-year felony; and illegal use of a financial transaction ...

Hancock to unveil window displays today

HANCOCK — In collaboration with the city of Hancock, the Keweenaw Culture Project (KCP) window display will be unveiled Saturday at Noon. Six artists will unveil their window decorations on Hancock’s Quincy Street, said Josh Loar, a Michigan Tech professor involved in the KCP. Window ...

Beartown Firefighters eyeing comeback after accident

BARAGA — The Keweenaw Bay Indian Community are looking to bring the Beartown Firefighters back. The firefighters have been out of commission since the fatal 2016 motor vehicle accident that resulted in the loss of two firefighters and several injuries. “We were grieving the lost of our ...

Portage Township permits medical marijuana facilities

HOUGHTON — After two hours of presentations and debate, the Portage Township Board voted unanimously to opt-in and allow medical marijuana dispensaries to continue operation. The emergency Thursday meeting is in response to changes in Michigan law, requiring townships to opt-in to permit ...

Baraga looks to take care of students with no home

BARAGA — According to Baraga Area Schools Superintendent Richard Sarau, the district has the highest population of homeless students in the UP. School counselor and homeless liaison Michele Serafin said, “We identified six percent of our students as living in transitional ...

Tech president search excludes personal interests

HOUGHTON — The search for a new president of Michigan Technological University continues and is moving ahead on schedule, according to Bill Johnson, chairman of the search committee and a member of the Michigan Tech Board. Johnson, who spoke at the Memorial Union Building on Thursday, told ...

Rotary Club gives seed money for community service to Interact Club

The Houghton Rotary Club celebrated the five-year anniversary of the Houghton High School Interact Club at a luncheon for its members and students on Thursday at the Magnuson Franklin Square Inn. The Interact Club is sponsored by the Houghton Rotary, which has a motto of “Service above ...

Pro-Pot Protest: Rally against government repression of medical marijuana

CALUMET — Village residents rallied at the Zen Garden medical marijuana dispensary Wednesday evening and marked the streets to protest the village’s decision to take no action in permitting medical marijuana businesses before a state-imposed deadline on Friday. Nathan Anderson, Calumet ...

Confusion on law reason behind village resistance: president

CALUMET — The Calumet Village Council voted to take no action regarding the Michigan Marijuana Act, which according to a provision in the law, places a Sixth Street business in danger of having to close. The reason the council took no action was because there is not enough clear ...

MSU experiments with UP crops while snow flies

MASS CITY — Upper Peninsula-focused crop research by the Michigan State University Extension is assuming the risk of exploring and experimenting with new farming practices. “We kind of get to mess up, so then hopefully they (farmers) can learn from it so they don’t go out and try being ...

Adams Township School Board explores millage

PAINESDALE — To fund needed upgrades and repairs, the Adams Township School Board is looking at the possibility of introducing a millage. At its Wednesday meeting the board unanimously approved Superintendent Tim Keteri’s request to explore a possible millage. “I think it’s time to ...

False report of gunman at CLK

CALUMET — A report of someone with a gun at Calumet’s Washington Middle School that went out over the scanner at approximately 8:30 a.m. Wednesday morning, turned out to be false, according Michigan State Police Calumet Post. Sgt. James Revoyr said the incident started when a couple of ...

Deadline looms as Portage Township considers med marijuana grow facility

PORTAGE TOWNSHIP — The fate of medical marijuana facilities in the Upper Peninsula are quickly approaching a deadline. On Monday the Portage Township Board of Trustees heard plans to open a medical marijuana growing facility in the Copper Country Mall to fill space left vacant by the ...

Police urge winter driving caution

CALUMET — Troopers at the Michigan State Police-Calumet Post want to remind drivers that one of the common hazards of winter driving is reduced visibility, according to release from that agency. Rapidly changing weather can produce limited sight distance for you and make vehicles less ...

Heated Zoning Meeting: Han. neighborhoods could set own rules

HANCOCK — Almost every seat was occupied at the public hearing of the Planning Commission’s latest master plan. Proposed changes to the city zoning ordinance had sparked controversy, leading to the high turnout. The proposed modification would change residential zoning from R-1 density ...

Professor proposes pipeline risk analysis

LANSING, Mich. — At the Michigan Pipeline Safety Advisory Board (PSAB) quarterly meeting in Lansing on Monday, the director of Michigan Tech’s Great Lakes Research Center (GLRC) offered details on the progress of a team proposal for an independent risk analysis of the oil pipelines under ...

MDOT planning multi-million-dollar Hancock/Houghton projects

HANCOCK — Needed road improvements in Hancock beyond the downtown area are currently in the works from the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT). The planning commission highlighted coming MDOT roadway projects at its Monday meeting. The first repair will occur in 2019 when the ...

Counselor hired for Baraga, L’Anse school districts

BARAGA — The Baraga Area Schools Board recognized its new school-based counselor, Sarah Woodruff, at its meeting on Monday. This is a new position that is funded by the IHS grant. Woodruff is a counselor from the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community. She will split time between the L’Anse and ...

Tax Protest: Bridge marchers oppose reform bill

HOUGHTON/HANCOCK — Members of the Houghton and Baraga County Democrats and other concerned citizens marched to protest the GOP tax bill pending in Congress. The group carried signs across the Portage Lake Lift Bridge Saturday morning. Walking from the Houghton side into Hancock protesters ...