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Calumet officials concerned about open street hole

CALUMET — A large hole in the sidewalk of the Monkey Business building on Elm Street between Fourth and Fifth streets has begun to open up, as snow that was covering it has begun to melt. In an email sent to the Daily Mining Gazette late Monday, Trustee Virginia Dwyer stated the situation ...

Baraga SP upgrade will modernize its facilities

A $1.2 million improvement project at the Baraga State Park will mean more electric hookups available but fewer camping sites. “We’re combining sites and adding pull-throughs,” said Dan Dowdy, Department of Natural Resources (DNR) unit supervisor for Baraga State Park. The park, which ...

Village Hall leak contained with bucket-and-pump fix

CALUMET — A leak in the roof of the Calumet Village Hall was recently discovered, and grew to the point that its required immediate attention and a temporary fix, a topic briefly discussed at the March 19 regular Village Council meeting. It is not known how long the roof has been leaking, ...

Enter Matrix: Citizens rank capital projects

EAGLE RIVER — The Keweenaw County Planning Commission conducted a meeting on March 5, to discuss future project ideas for the next three to 20 years. The meeting was conducted for county department heads, along with two county commissioners. It was the beginning of the annual County Capital ...

Lake Linden shores up street budgets with transfer of funds

LAKE LINDEN — Lake Linden may move about $20,000 from its General Fund to fill a deficit in the Major Street Fund. A projection for the 2019 fiscal year showed the major street fund with a net income of $40,000. But that figure is deceptive, said Clerk Bob Poirier. It includes $55,082 of ...

Hungry wolf 6-pack moved to Isle Royale

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A U.S.-Canadian team has successfully relocated about half a dozen gray wolves to Isle Royale National Park in Michigan. One of two private organizations helping to fund the effort reported Sunday on its Facebook page that the relocation involved six wolves from a ...

Distracted driver gets jail

HOUGHTON — A Calumet man who hit two Hancock residents on motorcycle with his car in Osceola Township last July was sentenced to 30 days in jail Friday. Justin Beigh, 29, was sentenced in 97th District Court for a moving violation causing serious impairment of a body function to another ...

Hancock community reaches out to students

HANCOCK — Repairs at Barkell Elementary School are progressing, and principal Dan Vaara said he hopes the school will be ready when the students return from spring break on April 1. “I know they’ve got contractors in there, and I know they’re working hard to get everything ready to ...

Group wins Spark Plug Award for beautifying city

Residents of and visitors to Houghton have noticed an increase in murals, creative crosswalks and colorful flowers in the city over the last couple of years. The organization behind these changes, the Houghton Beautification Committee, which was formally recognized for its efforts at the ...

Gone to Dogs: Canine companion’s importance to mom

I decided that since I’m now a teacher in my late 30’s (oh yikes it was painful to type that), it’s time I had a real and true will. I sat down to start outlining what I wanted to go where, all the while being observed by my son. After a fair amount of time, he asked, “What do you ...

Hancock Board replaces ranks

HANCOCK — Catherine Jordan and Dale Kero were appointed at a special School Board meeting Thursday to fill seat vacancies created when Board President Kevin Kalinec and Secretary Paula Nutini resigned. Kero was appointed to serve as president, replacing Kalinec. Jordan was first appointed ...

More wolves to be moved to Isle Royale this winter

ISLE ROYALE — More wolves could be headed to Isle Royale National Park this weekend. With a window of good weather and four to six wolves at risk of starvation, two groups have put $75,000 so far towards moving the wolves from Michipicoten Island Provincial Park, located in Ontario water ...

Defective trusses caused collapse of school’s roof

HANCOCK — Defects in the trusses holding up the roof of Barkell Elementary School were probably the primary cause of the partial collapse which occurred overnight on March 14, a consultant told the School Board on Monday. OHM Advisors Project Engineer Louis Meyette said that during ...

Science Fair: Michigan Tech hosts 21st annual festival

HOUGHTON — The 21st annual Western U.P. Science Fair and Festival took place Tuesday in the Memorial Union Building on the campus of Michigan Technological University. The festival featuring themes of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) was open to students and families ...

Citizens suspicious of Hancock School Board’s lack of transparency

HANCOCK — The School Board received criticism at its regular meeting Monday, when Hancock resident John Loosemore told the board he felt advertising for applications to fill the board vacancies could have been conducted more energetically. Loosemore said it became apparent to him the ...

No Grunt Work: CTE program makes students ready for building trades

HANCOCK — Ever since they finished assembling their workshop at the beginning of the year, the students in the construction trades program at the Career and Technical Education (CTE) Center have been working on a tiny home as a way to learn about the skills involved in building a ...

Ontonagon High robotics team wins district in final clash of titans

The Ontonagon School District Robotics team won the Kingsford District competition Saturday. The teams had to control a robot then attach hatch panels to a cargo ship in the center of the field. They could attach the panel to either of the two rockets on their half of the playing field. The ...

Calumet offered land for park — with catch that’s actually claw

CALUMET — Leah Polzien, executive director of the Downtown Development Authority and Main Street Calumet, spoke to the Village Council last Thursday about a lot on Fifth Street, where Sac’s Bowling Alley stood. The lot was purchased by John Mueller, who purchased the Keweenaw Mountain Lodge ...