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Calumet students excel at team management at BPA conference

CALUMET TOWNSHIP — The Calumet-Laurium-Keweenaw School Board congratulated three students who placed at the Business Professionals of America Region Five Leadership Conference at the board’s meeting Tuesday. Courtney Kangas, Allison Remali and Kasey Kangas were joined by their adviser, ...

Combo Punch: More snow to follow Sunday night’s blow

HOUGHTON — After weeks of relatively quiet, a storm dumping heavy, wet snow hit the Copper Country on Sunday night, dumping up to 8 inches of snow on Monday morning. While a low-pressure system is situated over Lake Winnipeg, a warm front coming from the southeast bringing ...

So. Range snow loader needs fix at critical time

South Range's front-end loader that it uses for snow removal has sprung a leak, street commissioner Bob Bonini reported at Thursday night's village council meeting. "We're losing about a gallon of oil a day on it," Bonini said. The leak is originating between the engine and the torque ...

Year-round trail system key to Keweenaw rec plan

EAGLE RIVER — Ann Gasperich, Keweenaw County equalization assistant, has been working with several entities and clubs in updating the county’s five-year recreation plan, which includes an emphasis on existing trails and creating new ones. During the Dec. 19 public hearing on the 2019-23 ...

Tribal Council members take oath of office

BARAGA — New members were sworn in and officers selected and confirmed at Saturday’s meeting of the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community (KBIC) Tribal Council. Before the swearing in could take place, the previous council had to certify the election results, which were presented by election ...

$4.3M Judgment: Court rules on malpractice lawsuit

HOUGHTON — Damages for a former Aspirus Keweenaw Hospital patient who was found to have suffered negligent care were set at more than $4.3 million in a Houghton County Circuit Court judgment issued Thursday. Julie Harris was working as a nurse for Aspirus in 2012 when she was prescribed an ...

Wind farm foes seek response from shut-down federal agency

A member of the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community (KBIC) has submitted a formal request for discretionary review of the obstruction evaluation of the Summit Lake Wind Project. The evaluation was performed by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in support of the KBIC Tribal Council ...

Tempers flare over Keweenaw tower contract proposals

EAGLE RIVER — Contract negotiations between ShoreWaves and Keweenaw County became heated at the latest County Board meeting, to a degree which prompted the chairman to cut off debate. Steven Fitzpatrick, president of ShoreWaves, said he was not happy with the lease agreement he received ...

Village looks at use of lots

SOUTH RANGE — The South Range Village Council started its regular January meeting with a moment of silence for Naomi Marie Fish. Fish, who spent years serving on the council, died Dec. 14. Village President Justin Marier said the council would have to decide what to do with two lots ...

New treasurer paid her dues

HOUGHTON — After more than 31 years in the Houghton County Treasurer’s Office, Lisa Mattila is taking on the top position. Mattila, most recently the deputy treasurer, was appointed as treasurer at December’s Houghton County Board meeting. She replaces Kathleen Beattie, who retired at ...

Nurses aide students train to provide valuable respite

HANCOCK — Students taking nurses aide classes at the Houghton County Medical Care Facility (HCMCF) are being trained in REST, or Respite Education and Support Tools. The training prepares the students to be able to step into a home caregiver situation as a respite worker and give the ...

Flow of 11th-hour legislation continues

The profusion of laws passed at the state level in December continues. House Bill 4858 amends a law that currently gives veterans preference for public appointment or employment. It requires a veteran’s military service be treated as relevant professional experience when calculating wage or ...

Keweenaw County anxious to develop Gratiot River Park

EAGLE RIVER — With funding in hand, the Keweenaw County Board is anxious to begin developing the Gratiot River County Park. Funding includes engineering and planning, which will begin soon. County Board Commissioner Sandra Gayk said she spearheaded the project after a constituent ...

Tower Tussling: ShoreWaves hits snag with county

EAGLE RIVER — Keweenaw County and ShoreWaves.Net experienced what may have been a combination of misunderstanding and lack of communication. The issue began when the county sent Steven Fitzgerald of ShoreWaves a lease agreement in November, to which Fitzgerald responded by email, telling ...

Baraga High sends Mr. Markkanen to Lansing

BARAGA — Before Greg Markkanen heads down to Lansing, the school where he taught gave him a fitting sendoff. Baraga High School held an assembly Wednesday honoring Markkanen, who taught at Baraga High School for four years before his election to the state House of Representatives in ...

Numbers Man: Hancock mayor does vaping study stats

A study on teen substance abuse that was released mid-December caused a national stir around surging rates of vaping among teenagers, prompting a U.S. Surgeon General’s advisory to be issued the next day which advised states, territories and tribes to take actions to reduce youth exposure to ...

Grant funding will pay for Gratiot River Park facilities

EAGLE RIVER — Keweenaw County has been awarded a $52,700 grant from the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) for improvements to the Gratiot River Park, Commissioner Sandra Gayk said. “There is a 25 percent match, or $17,600, of which some will be “in-kind” supplied by the Keweenaw ...

New Year’s celebration: Great Start hosts family gathering in Houghton

HOUGHTON — Families gathered to celebrate New Year's Eve in the Houghton Elementary gymnasium on Monday night for the second year, with a countdown celebration that started at 8 p.m. and a sparkling grape juice toast. The event was sponsored by the Copper Country Great Start Parent ...

Wetlands and toxic cleanup among subjects of new bills

With the passing of New Year’s Day, the stack of bills being advanced to Gov. Rick Snyder’s desk by the Republican-controlled legislature has come to a halt. There are still dozens of recently passed bills to review for readers. Senate Bill 1211 was introduced by Sen. Tom Casperson on ...

Snyder and Republicans get more bills passed

As the year draws to a close, so does Gov. Rick Snyder’s window to pass bills sent to him in the marathon-like December legislative session. Snyder vetoed or signed around 200 bills to clear his desk before governor-elect Gretchen Whitmer is sworn into office on Jan. 1. Senate Bill 1238 and ...