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Kero nominated for ISD Board seat

The Copper Country Intermediate School District nominated Dale Kero of Hancock to replace late trustee Robert L. Roy after his passing on March 22. The board recognized Roy and his 30 years of service on the board, which began with his appointment in June 1988, filling the term of late Norman ...

Robot Masters: CLK team wins state robotics competition

CALUMET — The CLK Schools CopperBots Robotics Team braved the recent storm to return from Saginaw with the state title in the robotics competition. Todd Waurio, CLK math teacher and CopperBot adviser, said the team competed in the Michigan State Robotics Competition, where the CopperBots ...

L’Anse School Board supports wind farm

L’ANSE — The Area Schools Board approved the sending of a letter to the L’Anse Township Board in support of the Renewable Energy Systems group’s proposed Summit Lake Wind Project at its meeting on Monday. Trustees Allan Dantes and Jason Ayres abstained from voting for the letter of ...

Region’s winter tourism is snow mystery

ONTONAGON — As recent April snowstorms have continued to demonstrate, the 2017-18 winter season has been great for snowfall. One of the benefits of all this snow is it attracts winter tourists to the area. A hotspot for snowmobilers and skiers alike, Ontonagon is a popular place for ...

Houghton County spending $6.3M on roads in ’18

HOUGHTON — County road engineer Kevin Harju outlined upcoming road projects during a presentation at Tuesday’s Houghton County Board meeting. The Houghton County Road Commission expects to spend about $6.3 million this year, down from $8.6 million in 2017. The year-to-year amounts are ...

Speaker: Activism involves staking it all in taking stand

HOUGHTON — Visual activist and author Nicholas Mirzoeff discussed politics and activism at Michigan Technological University on Friday during a presentation on “Ungovernable Aesthetics.” The lecture was part of the Distinguished Lecture Series being hosted by Tech’s Department of ...

Swappers search for seeds adapted to region

CALUMET — Swapping packages of seeds and gardening stories Keweenaw residents met Saturday for the fifth annual seed swap at the Calumet Art Center. Around 100 people attend each year, said organizer Dawn Andersson, and she’d like to see more — especially growers offering seed varieties ...

Trout camp scholarships available to local teens

HOUGHTON — The Copper Country Chapter of Trout Unlimited is offering two scholarships for western U.P. teens to attend Youth Trout Camp in the Lower Peninsula. Open to ages 12-16, the camp will take place on June 24-28 at the Ralph A. MacMullan Conference Center on Higgins Lake. The ...

Koubek choice draws praise

HOUGHTON — Richard Koubek was a unanimous choice as Michigan Technological University's 10th president at a special Tech Board meeting Friday. Koubek comes from Louisiana State University, where he spent nine years, the past three as executive vice president and provost. He will become ...

Options available for Auxiliary

GAY — Sherman Township Supervisor Rob Middlemis-Brown addressed the issue of the Gay Fire Department Auxiliary using the Sherman Township Hall for fundraising events, even though the events are for the sake or raising money for the fire department, are in violation of the law. “We sort ...

Winter not going anywhere

HOUGHTON — Yet again, winter refuses to die with a winter storm watch for the weekend and into early next week. Forecasts call for heavy snowfall to begin late tonight and continue into Monday with the majority of the snow falling on Sunday, said meteorologist Jaclyn Ritzman out of the ...

Clogged-up cove costs commerce

ONTONAGON — The clogged Ontonagon harbor is costing regional businesses and hindering commerce as it remains closed off to ships. With letters of support from both the Ontonagon County Board and Village Council, the Economic Development Commission (EDC) is pushing state and federal ...

Council must follow or abolish its rules: trustee

CALUMET — The Village Council has a couple of options for correcting the current situation surrounding the clerk and administrator positions, according to Trustee Peggy German, a former village clerk who resigned because of the issue. Whether the title of the office is administrator, ...

Houghton County forming rescue team

HOUGHTON — Prompted by recent accidents at Hungarian Falls near Lake Linden, Houghton County is assembling a high-angle rescue team. The team will also respond to areas such as Silver Mountain, and could also go north into Keweenaw County, Houghton County Emergency Services Director Chris ...

Financing almost set for plant

ONTONAGON — Biofuel plans are moving forward as planned with a major announcement coming soon, Pat Tucker told Economic Development Commission (EDC) members Wednesday. “We are significantly into the closing process we have closed on some of the funds. We expect very shortly to be closing ...

DNR, Copperwood: Porkies exploratory drilling completed

SILVER CITY — Copper exploration in the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park is officially completed. The DNR announced the end of the project Wednesday in a press release, although the drilling was ended March 29. A total of eight sites were drilled during exploration. The ...