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Mural taking shape in Houghton

HOUGHTON — The large wall facing the Portage Lake Lift Bridge on the Houghton side has been a drab grey since it was constructed. That started changing Friday, as artist Nicole Weyandt and a team of volunteers began preparing it for a large mural. The mural, done primarily in pastel ...

Crash on U.S. Highway 41

Daily Mining Gazette/Craig Peterson A midday traffic crash Friday on U.S. 41 at the southern end of Houghton resulted in a mangled front end but only minor injuries. Seen here, at the intersetion of Wylene Drive, the vehicles were towed from the scene just before noon. The accident occurred ...

Staff gets much of credit for KML’s success

EAGLE RIVER — As the Keweenaw Mountain Lodge moves through a successful summer season, Harvey Desnick, KML coordinator offered praise for the dedication and performance of the lodge employees. “Overall, I’m happy with the way things are going this summer,” Desnick told the KML Board ...

Lessons Learned: Doing what works boosts bottom line of Mountain Lodge

EAGLE RIVER — The financial returns of the Keweenaw Mountain Lodge show the month of July were very successful, according to Harvey Desnick, KML coordinator. “The month has had its challenges, which seems to come with the territory,” Desnick said, “but we dealt with the glitches and ...

Slight menu changes impact Mountain Lodge’s restaurant

EAGLE RIVER — While the Keweenaw Mountain Lodge is doing very well this season, Harvey Desnick, KML coordinator said for July the bar and grill needed to be addressed. “The bar and grill was at a break-even for July.” he told the KML board at Wednesday’s meeting. “The grill menu ...

Lake Linden Village Board plans to add more camping sites

LAKE LINDEN — Lake Linden’s campground could add two seasonal slots for summerlong camping. Clerk Bob Poirier said the spots could go on the rustic site road behind the shower/restroom building. Electric service for the shower/restroom building comes over the hill from the back side, he ...

Hancock recycling participation holds steady

HANCOCK — At the regular meeting of the Hancock City Council Wednesday, City Manager Glenn Anderson updated members about various issues in the city, including a report that the recycling program is holding steady at about 25-26 percent participation. “We’re still strong,” he said. ...

Hancock begins search for new city manager

HANCOCK — Although Hancock City Manager Glenn Anderson won’t be leaving that job for more than a year, the Hancock City Council Wednesday began the process to find a replacement. As of Jan. 1, 2017, Anderson, who has been city manager for 21 years, became a contract worker rather than a ...

Paying Back Sacrifice: Local VA officer hired

HOUGHTON — Houghton County has a new veteran service officer at its Veterans Affairs office. Joseph Battisfore, who recently took over the post, introduced himself to board members at Tuesday’s Houghton County Board meeting. Battisfore replaces Jim Klutts, who died earlier this year. He ...

HEET still in running for $5M prize

HOUGHTON — The Houghton Energy Efficiency Team is still waiting to find out if it was one of the 10 finalists for the national Georgetown University Energy Prize. Houghton County was named in 2014 as one of 50 semifinalists for the prize, which will give $5 million to the community that ...

County to seek more details on jail options

HOUGHTON — If a measure goes on the ballot next year for a millage for an expansion of the Houghton County Jail, it won’t include taking from the millage of the medical care facility, commissioners agreed Tuesday night. The County Board also agreed to have County Administrator Eric ...

Fog bank approaches lighthouse

Photo by Dar Kuusisto A huge fog bank approaches the Eagle Harbor Marina on June 15. The Eagle Harbor Lighthouse is seen on the left. That lighthouse, as well as others in and around the Keweenaw, will be profiled in “Lighthouses of the Copper Country,” which will be published in ...

Solar eclipse will be partially spectacular in Copper Country

A large swath of the central United States will be greeted to a celestial phenomenon known as a total eclipse of the sun, but in the Copper Country it won’t be quite as spectacular. Robert Nemiroff, professor of physics at Michigan Technological University, wrote in an email to the Gazette ...

Information on watching Monday’s solar eclipse

From LiveScience “The light of an eclipse really can damage your eyes — though warnings of total blindness may be overstated. “The condition is called solar retinopathy, and it occurs when bright light from the sun floods the retina on the back of the eyeball. The retina is home to ...

Copper Country ISD sees staff changes

HANCOCK — The Copper Country Intermediate School District is experiencing staff turnover at the Hecla Street building. George Stockero, CCISD superintendent, said that is normal for this time of year. “It’s that volatile time of year where we go through hirings and resignations,” ...

LL-H School Board updated on bond issue capital projects

LAKE LINDEN — Most of the capital improvements at Lake Linden-Hubbell Public Schools should be finished by the start of the school year, Superintendent Craig Sundblad told the School Board at its meeting Monday. Voters approved a $2.77 million bond in 2016 for infrastructure and safety ...

DNR considers allowing pink hunting gear

Michigan lawmakers passed a bill in 2016 asking the Michigan Department of Natural Resources to investigate whether other colors could be used in place of Hunters Blaze Orange. At issue was what other states have done, including Wisconsin and Minnesota, which allow what is called “hunter ...

Drunk driving crash causes power outage

PORTAGE TOWNSHIP — About 1,500 Upper Peninsula Power Company customers were without power for several hours Friday as a result of a vehicle hitting a power pole, according to the Houghton County Sheriff’s Office. At about 10:45 p.m. Friday, deputies responded to a call about a pickup ...

Prep for Partial Eclipse: Celestial event takes place Aug. 21

MARQUETTE — Some ancient civilizations thought of the event as a harbinger of doom, but next Monday, observers should simply be fascinated. That day, a rare total solar eclipse can be seen by residents in a 70-mile swath across the United States from near Lincoln City, Oregon, to ...