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Home Port: Pearl Harbor sailor laid to final rest in Ontonagon

ONTONAGON — Seventy-six years after his death in the attack at Pearl Harbor, Navy Fireman 2nd Class Lowell E. Valley returned home Saturday to his final resting place. Valley was buried with full military honors at the Holy Family Catholic cemetery to an outpouring of military and community ...

Followup deluge is tougher slog

HOUGHTON — The heavy rain that hit the Copper County Thursday morning is still having an impact in some areas. Jon Stone, coordinator of the Volunteer Resource Center, said many homes were reporting water back in basements after Thursday’s rain, particularly along the M-26 corridor ...

Wetlands are natural flood tools

HOUGHTON — As demonstrated with the recent floods, wetlands provide many benefits to both humans and wildlife, most notably water filtration and water regulation. The state of Michigan was once about 50 percent wetlands. Today that number has been cut in half, said MTU ecologist and ...

Beach trash cleanup part of cultural event

BARAGA — Lake Superior Day activities at the Sand Point Lighthouse Day Use area last week included a cultural ceremony for the water, beach cleanup and a “lunch and learn” presentation. The cleanup included more than 50 people covering seven miles of beach along the Keweenaw Bay on Friday ...

Flood damaged 3.6M docs

HOUGHTON — Court records were among the Houghton County Courthouse items damaged in the June 17 flood. A vault containing circuit, family and probate court records on the basement level was flooded. The county is insured for the loss of the records, Administrator Eric Forsberg said at ...

Baraga County hit with $700K in flood damage

L’ANSE — Baraga County roads fared relatively well during the storm on June 17, but they weren’t unscathed, according to Baraga County Road Commission Engineer Doug Mills. “We lost one larger drainage structure in Keweenaw Bay,” Mills said. There was also surface damage on Point ...

Portage Township approves duplexes with conditions

PORTAGE TOWNSHIP — The Planning Commission this week conditionally approved a site plan proposal from KRB Properties LLC to build duplexes near the Houghton High School. The approval was unanimously approved pending further review of site drainage. KRB would like to start building in summer ...

Grant Township considers lagoon liners

COPPER HARBOR — Because of the failure of the liner of the wastewater treatment lagoon at Copper Harbor, the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), has recommended the liners in both the primary and secondary lagoons be replaced, Grant Township Supervisor Ken Stigers said during the ...

Water moved: Hauling of wastewater from Grant Township going as expected

COPPER HARBOR — Grant Township Supervisor Ken Stigers said additional haulage of wastewater from the treatment facility at Copper Harbor will not be necessary, as the reason it was done appears to be working. During the last week of June, Grant Township had transported 302,400 gallons of ...

Caledonia Road abandonment request denied

ONTONAGON COUNTY — The request to abandon a portion of Caledonia Road was denied by the County Road Commission Tuesday, keeping it open to ORV traffic. The standing room-only meeting had people lined into the hall outside the small meeting room, many of them in opposition to the ...

Engineer offers to buy parcel of township land

L'ANSE — On behalf of the Baraga County Road Commission, engineer Doug Mills made an offer to buy a parcel of township land he had approached the board about near Second Sand Beach. “We’re going to put it in permanent conservation status,” Mills said. The parcel is about 70 acres of ...

ATV fire spreads to house

BARAGA — A fire that initially ignited in an all-terrain vehicle spread to a residence on Tuesday. Michigan State Police responded to a call about a side-by-side ATV on fire at about 6:15 p.m. The address was in the 11200 area of US-41 near the Baraga-Houghton county line. At the ...

Waara: Sharon Avenue nearly ready to open

HOUGHTON — Sharon Avenue could be open sometime late Thursday, City Manager Eric Waara said during a flood recovery update at Wednesday’s City Council meeting. “We’ve got one more piece of storm sewer we want to get in when there’s no traffic on the road,” he said. Waara said ...

Wind naysayers nixed

L’ANSE — The Township Board voted 4-1 Wednesday not to enact an amendment to zoning ordinances recommended by its Planning and Zoning Board designed to block construction of a proposed wind farm. The amendment would have increased the distance required between a large wind energy ...

Tree stand gets reprieve

BARAGA — The Village Council took no action Tuesday on a request by the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community (KBIC) for permission to remove around 40 trees on property owned by the village. The stand of trees is located along the west side of an access road that runs between the Ojibwa Campground ...

Road repair might take until next year

HOUGHTON — Some county roads will probably have to wait until next year for repairs to damage incurred by the June 17 flood, Houghton County Road Engineer Kevin Harju said at Tuesday’s County Board meeting. One hundred-and-five county roads were impacted by the flood, Harju ...

$11M jail millage approved for ballot

HOUGHTON — The language has been set on the millage request for an $11 million addition to the Houghton County Jail. The Houghton County Board unanimously approved language for the ballot proposal at its monthly meeting Tuesday. The 20-year millage would have an estimated annual rate of ...

Grant lagoon project moving ahead

COPPER HARBOR — Modifications to the secondary lagoon of the wastewater treatment plant in Grant Township are finished, with the exception of small items that need to be completed, according to Zane Hyrkas, an engineer with OHM of Hancock. “The preliminary test results from the end of ...

Couple in Hubbell crash taken to trauma center in Wisconsin

HUBBELL — The names and ages of those involved a two-vehicle personal injury crash in Hubbell Monday morning were released Tuesday afternoon by the Houghton County Sheriff’s Office. Bradley Moilanen, a 19-year-old male, was driving north on Duncan Avenue (M-26), when he fell asleep, ...