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Portage totals up flood damage

PORTAGE TOWNSHIP — The township escaped June 17 flooding with little public property damage, reporting only $6,700, because most damages fall under the jurisdiction of Houghton County. “All the roads and all the shoulders, that’s county,” explained Supervisor Bruce Petersen. “The ...

No Sure Remedy: McLain shoreline erosion plays on

HANCOCK TOWNSHIP — Stopping natural erosion at McLain State Park and other sections of Great Lakes shoreline is a complex process, with possible solutions including sea walls, beach nourishment or simply moving structures, but they often have consequences. “The beach will take a shape ...

Baraga County stands by wind project support

By JOSHUA VISSERS jvissers@mininggazzette.com L’ANSE — Discussion of wind turbines dominated Monday’s meeting of the Baraga County Board. Jim Hahn of the Friends of the Huron Mountains asked commissioners to reconsider their support of the Renewable Energy Systems (RES) project ...

2 injured in Hubbell car crash

HUBBELL — At approximately 11:20 a.m. Monday, Houghton County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a two-vehicle personal injury accident that occurred in front of the Hubbell Fire Hall, resulting in two elderly people being hospitalized. According to witnesses, a young male driver fell asleep ...

Lake Linden considers adding baseball team

LAKE LINDEN — Lake Linden-Hubbell High School students could be hitting the diamond and representing their school in the great American pastime next spring. Faculty representative Leon Sutherland spoke to the district’s School Board at its meeting Monday about creating a high school ...

Compulsory computer class cut at Lake Linden-Hubbell High

LAKE LINDEN — The Lake Linden-Hubbell Public Schools Board voted Monday to eliminate the two-credit, one-year computing class requirement for graduation, increasing the number of electives to eight. Superintendent Craig Sundblad said the amount of computer involvement in other classes ...

Copper Country celebrates 70th Strawberry Festival

CHASSELL — In the week before the Copper Country Strawberry Festival, Lions Club director Lois Berg did something unexpected. She made strawberry shortcake, at home, with store-bought berries from California. “It’s not the same,” she said. “Our local berries have a certain tang ...

McLain erosion likely to continue

HANCOCK TOWNSHIP — The combination of high water and strong storms chipping away at McLain State Park may show Lake Superior's water level cycle and mean bad news for the bluff. Erosion of shoreline is occurring throughout the Great Lakes and will continue. At McLain, the park chose to pull ...

Cleanup Continues: Flood victims turn in hazardous waste

LAKE LINDEN — Houghton County flood victims got to turn in hazardous waste from their homes at a pickup held in Lake Linden Friday. The Department of Environmental Quality and ERG Environmental Services ran the event, which had taken in about five tons of material by 2 p.m. Friday, said ...

Michigan AG impressed by CC strong

RIPLEY — Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette and Gubernatorial candidate spent Friday morning visiting areas damaged by June 17 flash-flooding and meeting with impacted locals and leadership. Schuette left impressed by the spirit of volunteers and the attitude of “Copper Country ...

Costumed interpreters offer a higher level of interaction in parks

COPPER HARBOR — Fort Wilkins State Park has maintained a living history program featuring costumed interpreters for several decades, which offers benefits to both the visitors to the park, and the interpreter. The majority of interpreters who have participated in the program over the years ...

Close-up predator

Daily Mining Gazette/Garrett Neese A peregrine falcon surveys the Portage Canal from its nest box on the Portage Lake Lift Bridge Friday afternoon. The Michigan Department of Natural Resources installed two nest boxes in 2012 for the falcons, which are endangered in Michigan.

Part of Turunen case remanded to circuit court

LANSING — Part of case involving a Baraga County swine farmer has been remanded back to Baraga County Circuit Court after a state Court of Appeals ruling Thursday. In November 2016, Baraga County Circuit Court Judge Charles Goodman ruled the state Department of Natural Resources had not ...

South Range lucky but not unscathed

SOUTH RANGE — The village counts itself lucky in estimating that the June 17 flood caused just $90,000 in damages, compared to millions in damages to neighboring areas. However, the repairs will likely take a bite out of the already tight budget. “Everything’s functional right now, so ...

Secretary candidate on mission to make state model for elections

HOUGHTON — A candidate for Michigan secretary of state said Thursday she plans to restore Michigan’s place as a leader in elections. Jocelyn Benson, who visited Houghton Thursday, is the sole Democrat running to succeed term-limited Republican Ruth Johnson. Other candidates are ...

Mural removes drab from concrete parking deck

HOUGHTON — The area of the downtown city parking deck by the ramp behind the Daily Mining Gazette has traditionally been drab, as bulky concrete structures tend to be. That is changing with a new mural being painted by Allison Waara, an incoming ninth-grader at Houghton High School. The ...

Comic Book Story Match: 2nd run start at Black Ice

HOUGHTON — “You are my constant friend and faithful partner. I promise to listen and learn from you, support you and accept your support. Every superhero has a rebirth story. This union begins ours.” With those words, Clint and Melanie Salmi began their second run among friends and ...

Copper Harbor celebrates Fourth in American style

COPPER HARBOR — Mother Nature provided a beautiful morning for Independence Day celebrations, which began at 10 a.m. with a parade that was led by trucks of the Copper Harbor and Lac La Belle fire departments, from which candy was tossed for the kids that lined the road with family ...

Baraga’s holiday event celebrates heritage of lumberjack

BARAGA — Whether in star-spangled strollers or on banner-waving bikes, a crowd about 100 set off down Baraga’s Superior Avenue Wednesday for the annual Children’s Parade as part of the two-day Lumberjack Days festivities. The annual Baraga event began with a queen coronation and dance ...