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Strawberry Fields In Chassell: People flock, feed at berry festival

CHASSELL — The lure of warm weather and strawberry shortcake proved to be irresistible for thousands this weekend, as the Copper Country Strawberry Festival marked another successful run. People lined the streets of Chassell. Things had been very busy Saturday for the Chassell Lions Club, ...

Customers relate billing concerns of power company on social media

HOUGHTON — Some Upper Peninsula Power Co. (UPPCO) customers have created a Facebook site to voice unresolved concerns about bills from the company. A tenacious downstate woman with a cabin in Lake Linden recently posted details about her unsuccessful effort to resolve a surprisingly large ...

Downed power line closes road

Cliff Drive was closed early Monday morning by the Keweenaw County Road Commission due to a downed utility line that was smoking, according to radio communications. The road has been closed as a precautionary measure as Road Commission and other workers checked the woods along the scenic ...

Houghton, Keweenaw 4-H youth give strong showing downstate

HANCOCK — Nineteen Houghton-Keweenaw County 4-H members were among over 2,100 other youth ages 11 to 19 years of age at the Michigan State University (MSU) campus in East Lansing for the 4-H Exploration Days. The event took place from June 19-23, according to Anne Kretschmann, MSU extension ...

Drivers Behaving Badly

HANCOCK — The Hancock City Police Department reports the city has seen an increase in traffic violations recently, including speeding and motorists either treating stop signs as yield signs or ignoring them all together. “The other day, I was parked at the bottom of Scott Street,” Police ...

Polka tribute to host of ‘Finland Calling’

COVINGTON — The show must go on. That’s the message of a last polka party honoring longtime “Finland Calling” host Carl Pellonpaa. “Gee whiz,” Pellonpaa said Friday. “All these people are going to be there. I hope they have a good time.” To be held in honor of the ailing ...

Police Alert: Increase in traffic violations during construction project

HANCOCK — The Hancock Police have seen a significant increase in traffic-related violations, resulting in an increase in citations, and one of the problem areas is the construction zone on the north end of the Portage Lake Lift Bridge. Specifically, motorists are executing left-hand turns ...

What part of ‘no’…?

HANCOCK — The Hancock police chief says there seems to be a marked increase in careless traffic-related activity and violations throughout the city this summer — and not just from motorists, and just in and around the construction zones. Chief Wayne Butler said violators include ...

Chassell residents clean berries in preparing for festival

HOUGHTON — The smell of freshly cut strawberries was in the air Thursay night at Chassell’s Centennial Park Pavilion, as dozens of residents, carving knifes in hand, helped prepare the berries for the Lions Club booth at the Strawberry Festival. About 1,200 quarts of berries from three ...

Land Look: Much of Keweenaw County in conservancy

EAGLE RIVER — The Department of Natural Resources on June 9, sent Don Piche, Keweenaw County Board chairman, a letter in which the department announced its preference to exchange a state-owned 320-acre parcel of land in Houghton Township for two 40-acre parcels in Grant Township owned by a ...

Litter Crackdown: Discarded cigarette butts end up in waterway

HOUGHTON — Houghton is trying to crack down on littering in the downtown. The city handed out flyers to businesses downtown notifying them of cigarette butt littering last week, Police Chief John Donnelly said. “We have an aide who’s been coming down and walking around there ...

Go as deep as you dare at Adventure Mine

GREENLAND — A Keweenaw Heritage site, the Adventure Mining Company offers a variety of mine tours, some more challenging than others. Tour guide Josie Ledgerwood said the copper and silver mine operated from 1850 to 1920, but tours have been offered for decades. The current owners, ...

Man shot in west Houghton

Houghton Police responded to a call Thursday morning in reference to a gunshot victim in west Houghton, according to police radio reports. According to radio reports, police determined the gunshot was self-inflicted. The victim was transported to the hospital and was still alive at the time of ...

Birthday Parade: Copper Country celebrates Fourth

SOUTH RANGE — Portraying a swath of patriotic colors, families and friends lined up to watch the Fourth of July parade Tuesday in South Range. A children’s parade was included in the main parade, with each participant netting $5 for decorating a bike, scooter or stroller in holiday ...

New bike boulevard could use some tree trimming

HOUGHTON — Some trees need to be trimmed along Houghton Avenue to create better sight lines for motorists and bike riders, Houghton City Manager Eric Waara said at last week’s City Council meeting. Waara said the need to make stop signs more visible was the only feedback he received so ...

Public suggestions sought for cleanup

EAGLE RIVER — The brownfield cleanup project is progressing at the former Calumet Air Force radar base, Ray Chase of the Keweenaw County Brownfield Redevelopment Authority told the Keweenaw County Board recently. “As you know, we have contractors up at the air base doing drilling right ...

Idiot-proof finance sector with equity: Fed official

HOUGHTON — The housing market crash that led to the Great Recession of 2008 resulted from a mass “delusion” that what goes up does not come down, Minneapolis Federal Reserve Bank President Neel Kashkari explained last week during a town hall question-and-answer session at Michigan ...

First Fourth: Fireworks were dynamite in 1840 survey expedition

It can be difficult to think of Independence Day without parades, hotdogs and burgers on the grill, fireworks or beer. And yet, none of those things were available to Dr. Douglass Houghton and his scientific party on July 4, 1840, as they conducted field surveys of the Upper Peninsula for the ...

Summer Exploration: Detroit-area students learn biology, college life at Tech

Last week, 18 students from Wayne County high schools visited Michigan Technological University for three days to learn about natural resources, ecology — and life at college. The students between the ages of 18-20 applied for the opportunity offered through a collaboration between the ...