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More to Pasty Fest than eating pasty

CALUMET — Pasty Fest would not be the same without lots and lots of pasties, but there are many other exciting events taking place this year that are not about eating pasties directly, but that certainly celebrate the pasty’s home here in the Copper Country. It’s hard to be called a ...

Economy threatened by harbor shoal

ONTONAGON — Ontonagon County Clerk Stacy Preiss is drafting a letter requesting immediate assistance from federal and state officials to help open the Ontonagon harbor to commercial traffic. Scott Roehm, local businessman and Northern Initiatives representative, asked the board to consider ...

Pastyculture: Calumet hosts 14th Pasty Fest

CALUMET — Main Street Calumet’s Pasty Fest began 14 years ago in recognition of one of the cultures, which came to the area during the copper-mining era, according to Leah Polzien. Polzien, Main Street Calumet executive director, said miners and their families who came from Cornwall, ...

Highland, DEQ agree: Drilling damage fix going well

Highland Copper will wrap up its remediation of exploratory drilling sites in the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park this summer. “We have been working hard and rehabilitation is well underway,” said Highland Copper Executive Vice President Carlos Bertoni, who invited the Daily ...

Council deliberates on future of White Street

HANCOCK — The City Council had on its agenda for its regular meeting Wednesday a vote for the use of White Street, but the vote was tabled as council members discussed the issue following a public hearing on the issue. In 2014, the council voted to turn White Street from two-way to one-way ...

Keweenaw County Board opposes conservancy land swap

EAGLE RIVER — The Keweenaw County Board went on record Wednesday to officially oppose a potential land swap involving the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and a private land owner which is a conservancy. The Keweenaw Community Forest Company approached the DNR to propose a ...

Jail Problems: Ont. County needs officer for capacity, conduct issues

ONTONAGON — Prisoners busting at the seams of the aging County Jail are causing problems, the county’s emergency director and sheriff told the County Board on Tuesday. As Sheriff Dale Rantala has done in the past, Kocher asked the board to consider approving the hiring of another deputy ...

Fed maverick holds Copper Country town hall June 27

HOUGHTON — Copper Country residents have an opportunity to hear facts and observations on monetary policy and the region’s financial outlook from one of the top federal officials involved in setting that policy. Neel Kashkari, president of the Minneapolis Federal Reserve Bank, will hold a ...

Last Light: Boat parade to feature final work of late artist

TWIN LAKES — Frank Perfetti didn’t create the Twin Lakes Boat Parade, but his daughter, Laura Zerbst, said he made it better. “He elevated the decorations of the boats to a higher level,” she said. Zerbst said the boat parade takes place on July 3 every year on Lake Roland off M-26. ...

High-pressure support for airport weather system

ONTONAGON — Traffic at the Ontonagon County Airport will likely increase, once a new weather reporting system is installed. Hearing from more than a dozen people on the topic Tuesday, the County Board approved Airport Manager Margo Anderson’s request to install an Automated Weather ...

Elections Questioned: OCREA members charge petition irregularities

CHASSELL — Some members of the Ontonagon County Rural Electrification Association (OCREA) question the validity of elections to and actions of the cooperative’s board. While a Daily Mining Gazette reporter was denied access to the annual members meeting Saturday at the Chassell Township ...

Workers in Local Demand: Health-care sector needs trained pros

HANCOCK – Jobs in the healthcare industry are in demand as much locally as they are nationally, said George Stockero, Copper Country Intermediate School District superintendent. Stockero has spent more than two years questioning local businesses and organizations on the local demand for ...

Toivola, Finland celebrate founding, independence together during Juhannus

TOIVOLA — Not only is 2017 the 100th anniversary of the independence of Finland, it is also the 125th anniversary of the founding of Toivola by Finnish immigrants. Becky Hoekstra, chairwoman of the Toivola 125th Year Reunion Committee, said in 1892 seven families settled in what became the ...

10 Things to Know Today: Tuesday, June 20

By The Associated Press Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. NORTH KOREA’S DETENTION OF COMATOSE US STUDENT PUZZLING There is logic behind Pyongyang’s nuclear ambitions, but it’s far more difficult to make sense of ...

Bicyclists debut Houghton Avenue Bike Boulevard during Bridgefest

HOUGHTON — The Houghton Avenue Bike Boulevard was opened Saturday with a group ride as part of Bridgefest weekend. Dozens of riders showed up for the ride Saturday morning, receiving free water bottles. “We’re doing a short little route this morning to show you the changes the city ...

Fireworks wrap up 30th annual Bridgefest

HOUGHTON — Food, fun and fireworks were some of the facets of the weekend festival celebrating the Portage Lake Lift Bridge. Bridgefest has been celebrated since 1987 in tribute to the Portage Lake Lift Bridge, which links the cities of Houghton and Hancock and the upper and lower Keweenaw ...

State Police open house for 100 years at Calumet Post

CALUMET — The Michigan State Police is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, and the Calumet Post joined the celebration on Friday with an open house. “We’re holding the open house here so we have the community come in and celebrate with us,” said Lt. Randy Danison. “Have ...