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Razor-thin CC races: Markkanen takes 110th House District

HOUGHTON — Running for the Michigan House of representatives for the 110th district, Tuesday ended with Republican Gregory Markkanen taking home the victory. “We thought it would be very close,” said Markkanen late Tuesday night as he was still waiting for the results to come in. He ...

Bergman’s confident he can serve First District in Democratic House

HOUGHTON — U.S. Rep. Jack Bergman appeared to have handily won re-election over Democratic challenger Matt Morgan based on returns Tuesday night. The Associated Press called the race for Bergman, R-Watersmeet, shortly after 11 p.m. Tuesday. Bergman said the vote showed residents of the ...

Ballot rejection won’t stop jail overcrowding

HOUGHTON — The quest to add more beds to the Houghton County Jail will continue. By a 6,941-6,779 margin (50.6 percent to 49.4 percent), voters rejected an $11 million, 20-year millage proposal to build a jail addition behind the Houghton County Courthouse. The addition would have ...

Razor-thin CC races: Cliffhanger ending in 38th Senate

The people of Michigan’s 38th district have elected Ed McBroom as their new state senator in an election that saw 30 percent more people cast a ballot than in the 2014 midterm. McBroom, the Republican candidate, took 54.5 percent of the total vote with 58,605 votes and Democrat Scott Dianda ...

Janssen, Britz added to board

HOUGHTON — All three returning members of the Houghton County Board were re-elected, with two new members winning contested races. In District 2, Republican Chairman Al Koskela held off Democrat Melissa Davis, winning 1,870-1,515 (55.2 percent to 44.8 percent). Koskela said he thinks ...

Winter’s Coming: Area bracing for first swing down of colder temperatures

HOUGHTON — It may be time to bid fall farewell to fair weather as temperatures are expected to drop in the coming days, bringing in a cold weather pattern. Looking back, fall precipitation was notably higher than normal, though not a record. September and October saw a combined 8.47 inches, ...

Rest In Place: Italian Hall monument etches disaster in stone

CALUMET — The stone monument listing the names of the Italian Hall tragedy victims has been set in place in the Italian Hall Park on Seventh Street. The monument was a project of the Italian Hall Memorial Park Committee. Mike Lahti, the committee’s chairman, said although the monument has ...

Crash on Lift Bridge

Police are still investigating a six-vehicle property damage accident that occurred during the Monday afternoon commute at approximately 4:30 pm on the Portage Lake Lift Bridge, according to a release. The bridge had vehicle traffic stopped allowing for a ship to pass through. The bridge then ...

CopperDog Movie Stars: Athletes shine in sled dog racing documentary

HOUGHTON — A work-in-progress version of a documentary about the CopperDog sled dog race was shown Sunday at this year’s 41 North Film Festival. The documentary, with the working title “Copperdogs,” features female mushers and their dogs as they prepare and compete. The film is ...

Bulging Ballot Box: Absentee votes signal big turnout in Calumet

CALUMET TOWNSHIP — In an unprecedented development, the number of absentee ballots taken for Tuesday’s election is on par with the number taken during the 2016 presidential election, according to Clerk Beth Salmela, who suggested both state and local referendums are driving up the ...

Man flees, crashes, lands in jail

SOUTH RANGE — A South Range man was taken to the Houghton County Jail Sunday morning after a high-speed chase that ended in a crash. The 31-year-old man began driving away from Houghton County Sheriff’s deputies after they spotted him driving carelessly in South Range about 2:14 a.m., ...

Houghton filmmaker spotlights ‘Unafraid’

HOUGHTON — After Heather Courtney finished touring her previous documentary, “Where Soldiers Come From,” she was casting about for a new project. She and co-director Anayansi Prado decided on dreamers, immigrants subject to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) ...

Good Choices: Program offers family bonding

BARAGA — Dial Help is hosting a series of Guiding Good Choices sessions for families interested in reducing adolescent problem behaviors, increase communications skills and improve family bonding. “It’s actually a pretty good time, too,” Dial Help facilitator Kevin Weir said. Weir ...

Shelter set for disabled veterans van

FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP — Houghton County’s Disabled American Veterans van has a permanent home. The county held a ceremony Friday to mark the new garage, located near the Houghton County Memorial Airport terminal. “It was out in the weather, and we just felt it needed its own garage ...

Appointed school board member runs for full term

HANCOCK — Current Hancock School Board appointee Catherine Jordan is running to retain her seat on the Nov. 6 ballot. “I felt it was a commitment right from the beginning,” she said of her involvement on the board. A Hancock graduate, parent and former math teacher of 23 years, Jordan ...

Township supervisor corrects misstatements

CALUMET — In response to statements made by village candidate Nathan Anderson, Township Supervisor Paul Lehto said village and township residents need to be correctly informed on some points. In an Oct. 25 Daily Mining Gazette article, Lehto stated if the village disincorporates, the Elm ...

Rejection: Township votes against Meijer site proposal

PORTAGE TOWNSHIP — The future of a Meijer store for the area is now uncertain after the township board voted to reject a proposed 425 agreement with the city of Houghton at a special meeting Thursday. The 425 or Conditional Transfer of Property Agreement was approved by the city Oct. 24 and ...

McBroom votes with a purpose

Ed McBroom, currently the Republican candidate for the 38th state Senate seat in Tuesday's election, has served in Michigan's House of Representatives previously from 2011 through 2016 in the 108th district. In that time, he voted on a wide variety of topics including welfare, campaign finance, ...

Dianda votes to help people

Scott Dianda has been representing Michigan's House District 110 since 2012. Now the Calumet native is the Democratic candidate for the 38th state Senate seat, running against Republican Ed McBroom. In May, Dianda voted in favor of SB 839, a bill sponsored by Republican state Senator Tom ...

Calumet village faces many choices Tuesday

CALUMET — Registered voters will face many choices Tuesday regarding seats on the Village Council, recalls, and disincorporation. Three council members appointed to fill vacancies earlier this year are Roxanne King, Jeffrey (Paulie) Mihelcich, and Darice Taylor. They are hoping to retain ...