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Minn. officials detail traffic crash injuries

ANOKA, Minnesota — The Anoka County Attorney’s Office released a statement of probable cause updating injuries suffered by six firefighters in an August traffic accident in Minnesota. The statement is part of the prosecuting attorney’s charges against Michael Allen Johnson, the driver ...

Mountain Lodge deed restrictions could ‘go away’

EAGLE RIVER — In a addition to more than $2 million dollars in maintenance being necessary to the facility, there are a few concerns about the sale of the Keweenaw Mountain Lodge to the Veridea Group. Among the concerns are two existing deed restrictions. When the Keweenaw Mountain Lodge ...

Meeting looks at Isle Royale wolf options

HOUGHTON — About 120 people came to an open house Wednesday on potential options for responding to the collapse of the gray wolf population at Isle Royale National Park. In its recently released environmental impact statement, the park outlined four potential responses: no action; the ...

Few course changes for March 3-5 Copper Dog

CALUMET — For the eighth year, the CopperDog 150 and 80 sled dog races will take place March 3-5, and race director Meredith LaBeau said there are a few changes for the mushers. Starting with the course, LaBeau said there are a few differences from past years regarding private ...

Charges added to Beartown firefighter in fatal accident

ANOKA, Minnesota — A Beartown firefighter involved in a fatal Minnesota traffic accident is facing eight additional charges due to the results of his toxicology report. Michael Allen Johnson, 28, was driving fellow Beartown Firefighters to the Box Canyon wildfire in Utah on Aug. 27, 2016, ...

Keweenaw County Board Commissioner: County can’t afford to operate lodge

EAGLE RIVER — Don Piche explained in plain terms that Keweenaw County can no longer afford to finance the Keweenaw Mountain Lodge. With declining revenues, due in part to the increasing amount of taxable land leaving tax rolls because of conservancies, the county is finding itself ...

Gov. candidate tours Copper Country

HOUGHTON — Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gretchen Whitmer stopped in Houghton on a tour of the Upper Peninsula Thursday. Whitmer previously served 14 years in the state Legislature, including time as the Senate Democratic Leader. She most recently spent six months as interim ...

New Houghton County Arena bleachers needed to comply with ADA

HANCOCK — There are several projects planned at the Houghton County Arena, and one of them is the replacement of the bleachers, which don’t meet the standards of the Americans With Disabilities Act. David Hermanson, president of the Portage Lake Multi-Educational Services, Inc, managers ...

Cyclist gets year in jail for chase

HOUGHTON — A Houghton man who led police on a multi-county motorcycle chase last year was sentenced to a year in jail in Houghton County Circuit Court Tuesday. Rudolph Voght, 31, pleaded guilty in January to fleeing and eluding police, a five-year felony. Guidelines called for a minimum ...

Mining company: Porkies drilling finds deposit size

HOUGHTON — Highland Copper Company, Inc., of Longueuil, Canada, stated in a press release Tuesday that it is doing exploratory drilling in the Porcupine Wilderness State Park Tuesday to define what resources it has in the eastern section of the Copperwood copper-silver deposit, which is ...

Sawaski bond amended to allow visit to ailing sister

HOUGHTON — The bond of a former Houghton High School athletic director accused of possessing child pornography was amended to allow him to visit his ailing sister in Gogebic County. Don Sawaski, 72, appeared for a hearing in Houghton County Circuit Court Tuesday. His bond conditions ...

Hancock thanks resident for volunteer work during downtown road construction

HANCOCK — The Hancock City Council Wednesday recognized the volunteer efforts of a Hancock resident during the Reservation and Quincy streets construction project last summer. During the council’s regular meeting, Mayor Lisa McKenzie presented Deborah Mann a plaque for her efforts as ...

KML’s financial future cloudy

EAGLE RIVER — The future of the Keweenaw Mountain Lodge is looking bleak, because the facility cannot earn a profit and the county can no longer finance its operation. “At the end of this year, we will have $920,923 in our fund balance. That’s our savings account,” Don Piche, board ...

Drug bust in Ahmeek

AHMEEK — Detectives from UPSET West executed a search warrant and served an arrest warrant on a home in Ahmeek Monday. During the search at 59 Bollman Avenue, according to a release from the Michigan State Police Calumet Post, police found marijuana, packaging, a scale and $2,000 in cash. ...

STEM success story featured at MTU Black History Month presentation

HOUGHTON — As the first African-American woman to earn a Ph.D. from Michigan Technological University’s Department of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics (MEEM), Robin Johnson-Cash was the featured speaker Tuesday at a Black History month presentation hosted by Tech’s Center for ...

Speaker’s advice: Forge shield to protect weakness

HOUGHTON — Robin Johnson-Cash spoke at Michigan Technological University’s Alumni Room of the Memorial Union Building on campus Tuesday evening. She was the featured speaker of Michigan Tech’s Center for Diversity and Inclusion’s Improved Social Justice Lecture Series. Johnson-Cash, ...

Big swing to warm weather might stay around for a while

HOUGHTON — As most residents of the Copper Country know, weather can quickly change during the winter, and that will be the case for the upcoming week, according to Jim Salzwedel, meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Negaunee Township. Salzwedel said temperatures will ...

Enterprise immerses students in real-world experiences

HOUGHTON — Students at Michigan Technological University have opportunities for practical, real-world experience before they graduate, thanks to an enterprising initiative offered at the university. Tech’s Enterprise program allows students the opportunity to become part of ...

State OKs mineral drilling in Porkies

HOUGHTON — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) issued a use permit last week for exploratory drilling in the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park. Orvana Resources U.S. Corp., a subsidiary of Highland Copper, began exploratory drilling Feb. 4 on a square mile along the ...

Comment policy draws public’s ire

ONTONAGON — The Village Council’s policy on public comment during meetings drew a wave of complaints from resident commenters. With reports from numerous residents being contacted by the Michigan State Police regarding open meeting laws and public comment, a number of village residents ...