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Local students competing in state poetry competition

HOUGHTON — Students from the Copper Country are heading to Lansing this week to compete against students across the state in the annual Poetry Out Loud competition. In the nationwide program, students memorize and recite classic poems. The state winner receives $200 and an all-expenses-paid ...

Clerk’s performance ‘attacked’

CALUMET — Village Clerk Rob Tarvis received criticism over his performance at last week’s regular monthly meeting. Trustee Peggy Germain said Tarvis was in violation of the law when he refused to attach a letter to the previous month’s meeting minutes written by her. Also at issue, ...

Speech viewers stunned by on-script, less fiery Trump

Who was that calm, composed man, and what has he done with Donald Trump? That may have been the most common reaction from the viewers of the president’s address to Congress on Tuesday night. Those looking for fireworks came away empty. What they witnessed instead was a poised and ...

Business as usual: Sparks fly at Ontonagon council meeting

ONTONAGON — The Ontonagon Village Council heard the beginning of the Declaration of Independence from resident Bill Johnson during the public comment period at Monday’s meeting. “You’re public servants, not dictators,” said Johnson, who has regularly sparred with the council over a ...

DNR holding forums on wildlife habitat

HOUGHTON — Private landowners can accomplish wildlife habitat enhancement goals and objectives by carefully implementing a well-written resource management plan from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR). Using a Natural Resources Conservation Service grant, the DNR will offer ...

Power Outage

By GRAHAM JAEHNIG gjaehnig@mininggazette.com ATLANTIC MINE — A report of a power outage in Adams Township was confirmed this morning by Upper Peninsula Power Company personnel. An UPPCO spokesman who would only identified himself as Kyle, said in a telephone interview that as of 8:40 a.m. ...

Industrial Archaeology: Field goes beyond record to find escaped history

By GRAHAM JAEHNIG gjaehnig@mininggazette.com HOUGHTON — Michigan Technological University’s Industrial Archaeology (IA) Program trains students to go beyond the written record in studying the past. There is much to history that escaped the written record, and archaeology’s task is to ...

Life of local pioneers studied in cemeteries

Jane Peters died on June 23, 1874, at the age of 37. Her husband’s name was William. They were Protestants, and most likely close to their faith. It can be assumed that the Peterses were wealthy, and William also dearly loved his wife. This may not seem like much information by itself, but ...

Lake Linden water rate could be rising

By GARRETT NEESE gneese@mininggazette.com HOUGHTON — Halfway through the fiscal year, Lake Linden is in good shape, although more revenue-raising methods may be needed long term, Village Clerk Bob Poirier said during a seven-month budget update at Thursday’s Village Council meeting. ...

STEM funding cuts could lower quality of local education

HANCOCK — With the The Michigan Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (MiSTEM) Council’s proposal to eliminate centers across the state, the school districts of the Upper Peninsula would eliminate several programs and services currently available to students and teachers. ...

Lake Linden OKs music festival

LAKE LINDEN - The Lake Linden Village Council Thursday approved providing a site for a three-day music festival near the village campgrounds in June. Jerry Mitchell of Copper Island Productions presented the plan for the festival, which is scheduled for June 22-24. "I think it would be a ...

CTE cost can’t be covered without millage

HANCOCK — The Copper Country Intermediate School District (CCISD) currently charges local school districts tuition for each student participating in a career technical education (CTE) course, but the tuition does not cover the costs of the program. In fact, the CCISD is losing $70,000 per ...

KBIC approves 2M for casino

BARAGA — The Keweenaw Bay Indian Community authorized spending another $2 million Thursday to support its $40 million casino projects. Last year, KBIC voters approved spending $6.5 million on the Ojibwa Casino in Baraga and $33.5 million on the Ojibwa II in Marquette to renovate and expand ...

KBIC hunters invited to deer harvest

HOUGHTON — The Keweenaw Land Trust (KLT) invited hunters from the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community to harvest deer on the Abbaye Peninsula. “They have to get rid of the deer there,” said KBIC Councilman Gary Loonsfoot Jr., who said the approximately 40 remaining deer were raised a 1,245 ...

E-TC School Board goes into 2 closed sessions

By SKIP SCHULZ For the Gazette The Ewen Trout-Creek School Board went into two separate closed sessions. The first was to discuss a student discipline matter, and the second was to go over the two-year contracts for superintendent/principal, business manager, and athletic director. Under ...

Plaques honor Calumet grads killed in Vietnam

CALUMET — Dave Talvensaari and Phillip Therrian wanted to create something to recognize a friend and former Calumet High School classmate who died in the Vietnam War, and what they came up with was a plaque made from bird’s eye maple. That plaque honoring Paul Pirkola is hanging in the ...

Dog care important for CopperDog race

CALUMET — Since the CopperDog 150 and 80 dog sled races wouldn’t happen without dogs, their care during the races is important, and that is the responsibility of Jean Wilcox and others who work with here. Wilcox, who is the chief veterinarian for the CD 150 event, said there will be four ...

KBIC gets apology for basketball game sign

By VANESSA DIETZ vdietz@mininggazette.com BARAGA — The Keweenaw Bay Indian Community received a letter of apology from Wakefield-Marenisco School District cheerleaders for an offensive poster referencing the infamous historical event known as the Trail of Tears. The Trail of Tears ...