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Population decline cause of concern for Calumet’s future

CALUMET — During a presentation to the Village Planning Commission, commission member Chris Green suggested in a meeting last week that the village’s continuing population decline has resulted in a decline in occupied housing, which needs to be considered in developing a new five-year ...

H-PT updated on student support project

HOUGHTON — Progress in the multi-tiered systems of support initivative that has been implemented at Houghton High School has been “slow and methodical” by design, Anna Bradfish told the Houghton-Portage Township School District Board Monday night. “We can’t overdo it at the high ...

Run for local office: Workshop offers tips on how to campaign

L’ANSE — The Baraga County Democratic Party sponsored a “Running for Local Office” workshop on Saturday afternoon at the Baraga County Memorial Hospital. The purpose of the nonpartisan event was to spark interest in running for office and educate those who are interested. “I ...

UP foreign investment helps boost economy

HOUGHTON — Michigan is among the top states for foreign investment, and although most companies focus on the Lower Peninsula and the auto industry, the Upper Peninsula has seen its share of investors. “We are constantly trying to spread the word that Michigan is one of the best places in ...

New eating app developed by Tech student, graduate

HOUGHTON — A locally developed app which tracks eating habits and recommends healthy meals will soon be hitting the market. In addition to tracking calories and nutrients, the Looma app will let users make meal plans and learns from the user’s tastes to recommend recipes. Michigan ...

Building relations: KEDA helping strengthen Finnish ties

HANCOCK — Among the Keweenaw Economic Development Alliance's (KEDA) 2017 activities was helping the Copper Country cultivate networks with Finland. With the Finnish-American Chamber of Commerce and Finlandia University, it hosted visits by the Finnish ambassador to the U.S. and Finland's ...

Proper tires prove significant

HANCOCK — During winter, many instances of vehicles sliding off the road, and sliding through stops, are the result of improper tires. Keweenaw County Sheriff’s Deputy Matt Eberly said many crashes he investigates are because motorists are using all-season radial tires, rather than those ...

Accident increases often attributed to wrong tires

HOUGHTON — The number of vehicle crashes increases substantially during the winter, and most law enforcement officers who investigate them usually find the driver at fault. Keweenaw County Deputy Matt Eberly said he finds two principle reasons for crashes: not driving for conditions, and ...

Administrator enjoying position

HANCOCK — The Houghton County Medical Care Facility's new administrator described her first month as “absolutely wonderful.” “Coming into a position with a construction project that's 70 percent done and catching up, everybody's been very supportive,” said Kim Salmi, who became ...

2 arrests in meth lab raid

HOUGHTON — Two Houghton County residents were arraigned on methamphetamine charges after being arrested at the site of a suspected lab in Houghton. The suspects — Terry Bartlett, 35, of Houghton, and Lawrence Frechette, 29, of Hancock — were arrested Monday after Upper Peninsula ...

KEDA: Moving ahead on mission

HANCOCK — The Keweenaw Economic Development Alliance (KEDA) is making progress on reaching its strategic goals, Executive Director Jeff Ratcliffe said in his annual report Wednesday. Goals identified through KEDA’s strategic plan are fostering business growth, improving infrastructure, ...

EDC sees transportation upgrades needed in future

ONTONAGON — As new industry moves into the area, the Economic Development Commission (EDC) anticipates transportation upgrades and expansions will be necessary. At their Wednesday meeting, EDC members opened discussions regarding transportation for incoming companies like the planned Synsel ...

Public forum explains how UPPCO serves its customers

HANCOCK — The Upper Peninsula Power Company (UPPCO) is holding a series of public forums in an open-house format this month. In 2017 UPPCO returned to its status as an independent U.P.-based utility company, the roots of which began in 1884. The forums serve to reach out to customers and ...

League to assist city manager search

HANCOCK — The City Council has contracted the Michigan Municipal League (MML) to help find a new city manager. On Wednesday the council held a special planning meeting with MML Executive Director Jerry Richards. In attendance from the council was everyone except Joe Bauman, Mary Babcock ...

Refinery project in construction financing stage

ONTONAGON — With several development plans in the works, the Ontonagon area is trying to pick up steam again. At its Wednesday meeting, the Economic Development Commission (EDC) heard an update on the SynSel Biofuel plant planned for the area. “The last time we were here, we were in ...

County supports UPCAP energy proposal

L’ANSE — The Baraga County Board voted to support an energy rate proposal from the Upper Peninsula Commission for Area Progress (UPCAP) to the Michigan Energy Office at the meeting on Monday evening. “We’re trying to get energy in the UP stabilized, price-wise and everything else,” ...

1 Million Cups group starts brewing entrepreneurship in Hancock

HANCOCK — The growth of a business can be measured in cups of coffee — by the reckoning of one group promoting small-business entrepreneurship, 1 million cups’ worth of pitching, brainstorming and collaborating. On Wednesday, Hancock became the latest of about 160 communities ...

Jail remains overcrowded

HOUGHTON — The Houghton County Jail was at or overcapacity for 29 of 31 days in December, and over for the first nine days in January, Sheriff Brian McLean told the County Board Tuesday. A jail population over the rated capacity for seven days requires disclosure to county officials under ...

Ontonagon Council wants plan before surrendering deed

ONTONAGON — The question of transferring the deed for the village’s Housing Commission property to the commission remains on the table after Monday’s Village Council meeting. Since 2017 the commission has been requesting a deed transfer of land to get funding for natural gas system ...

Baraga delays shrine donation

BARAGA — The Village Council moved closer to a decision on whether it will donate to the Baraga Shrine. Village Manager LeAnn LeClaire, said the village could use WPPI funds for the donation. Council members discussed whether it would be a one-time donation or ongoing. LeClaire said it ...