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Science festival returns to Houghton

HOUGHTON - Michigan's first festival designed to engage the community on science, technology engineering and mathematics returns this week for the second annual Keweenaw Science and Engineering Festival, which continues through Saturday.Events planned for the rest of the week include the ...

Camp 911: 6th-graders learn emergency service

FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP - In the early 1990s, people involved with emergency services realized there was a decline in the number of people applying for jobs in those services, so they decided to do something about that fact, according to Ann Clancy-Klemme.Clancy-Klemme said Camp 911 came into ...

Pub crawl mixes brew with science

HOUGHTON - One of the more popular events at last year's Keweenaw Science and Engineering Festival is tonight's Science Pub Crawl, in which people can combine a brew with a chance to hear a lecture from some of the area's top scientists.After last year's event, there was a surplus of people ...

GOP governor’s allies suffer backlash in Kansas primary

By JOHN HANNAAP Political WriterTOPEKA, Kan. - Gov. Sam Brownback assured the public that the income tax cuts he championed would stimulate the Kansas economy, supply plenty of money for schools and give other states a "pro-growth" policy model to follow.But voters, including many Republicans, ...

Voters back care facility, local library

HOUGHTON - Chassell Township voters decided to stay in the Portage Lake Library District in Tuesday's primary, which also saw county voters renew a millage for the Houghton County Medical Care Facility and voters in Lake Linden approve a school bond project.The Chassell Township proposal failed ...

Squeaker: Keweenaw County Board incumbent loses by 2 votes

EAGLE RIVER - In yet another example proving every vote matters, an incumbent Keweenaw County Board member lost his seat in Tuesday's primary election - by two votes.Democratic challenger Sandra Gayk took Randy Eckloff's District 5 seat by a vote of 32 to 30. Neither Eckloff or Gayk returned ...

Former commissioner defeats incumbent who replaced him

HOUGHTON - A Houghton County commissioner was ousted by a former commissioner in the Republican primary Tuesday, while the county clerk survived a Democratic primary challenge.In District 1, Tom Tikkanen defeated Eugene Londo 369 (53.5 percent) to 321 (46.5). Londo previously defeated Tikkanen, ...

Quincy Street Reconstruction Update

Dan Weingarten, communications representative for the Michigan Department of Transportation's Transportation Service Center in Ishpeming, said the initial paving on the 200 and 300 blocks of the street is done. As with the other blocks, work on the 400 block is expected to take six to seven ...

Obama: Trump is ‘unfit,’ challenges GOP to end support

WASHINGTON - In a searing denouncement, President Barack Obama castigated Donald Trump as "unfit" and "woefully unprepared" to serve in the White House. He challenged Republicans to withdraw their support for their party's nominee, declaring "There has to come a point at which you say ...

Houghton calls in fire marshal

HOUGHTON - Police reported on Monday that the state fire marshal has been called in to investigate last Friday night's fire, which occurred at an apartment building at 511 Shelden Avenue, according to a press release issued by the department.Chief John Donnelly said nobody was injured and ...

Free flights for Young Eagles Sat. at Copper Props Fly-In

FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP - For the fourth year, the Copper Props Fly-In will be hosting a gathering of several general aviation, experimental and owner-built airplanes, according to Henry Nordsiek.Nordsiek, organizer of the event to take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Houghton County ...

Soldiers again re-garrison Fort Wilkins

COPPER HARBOR - The Battery D, First Michigan Light Artillery reenactment organization was at Fort Wilkins this past weekend for its 32nd annual encampment. Members of Battery D portray everyday Army life as it was during the Civil War in the 1860s. Activities included an hourly demonstration ...

Dial Help crisis line supported with $10K grant from City Council

HOUGHTON - The City Council approved $10,000 for Dial Help on Wednesday to help with its funding needs.Rebecca Crane, director of Dial Help, described the agency's functions, which include responding to mental health issues and abuse situations."Sometimes when people are already in crisis or ...

Rock Finale: Powerhouse show moves people

HOUGHTON - With a set list that mixed originals with songs from the likes of Kate Bush, the Chainsmokers and Bon Jovi, PJ Olsson's Rock Camp put on another powerhouse concert Saturday night.At 33 songs and three hours including intermission, the concert was part of a conscious effort to trim ...

Incumbent is lone runner

HOUGHTON - Scott Ala is running for re-election to the Houghton County Board in an uncontested race.Ala is the Democratic representative for District 4, which consists of Houghton. He has been on the board since 2002.He said two of the most rewarding things during his tenure have been the ...

Prayer Support: Relay for Life celebrates cancer fighters

By VANESSA DIETZvdietz@mininggazette.comBARAGA - "That was hard," cancer survivor Therese Korpi told the crowd Friday at the Baraga County Relay for Life. "I chose to go through that, and I'm glad. It's all been going very well."Korpi was talking about her double mastectomy and reconstruction ...