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Hunter becomes hunted if grey wolves delisted

HOUGHTON — Under current federal law, wolves can only be killed to protect human life. That could change if the grey wolf is removed the the endangered species list. "I think it will benefit us,” said Dave Bahrman, director of the Upper Peninsula district of the Michigan Farm Bureau. ...

Turmoil in Hancock: Schools chief, another board member resign

HANCOCK — Hancock Public Schools superintendent Kipp Beaudoin announced in an email that he has submitted his resignation, effective later this year. The email was obtained by the Daily Mining Gazette through an anonymous source who does not want to be named for fear of retaliation. “I ...

Feds considering moving grey wolves off endangered list

HOUGHTON — Gray wolves in the lower 48 states could be removed from the endangered species list. Interior Secretary David Bernhardt announced the plan at a wildlife conference Wednesday. They point to the rebound in numbers for wolves, which were nearly exterminated in the mid-20th century ...

Winter’s worth of snow weighs down on roofs

HOUGHTON — The best time to clear snow off a roof is about 100 inches into the season, said Dan Riutta. The next-best time is now. “It’s a lot less costly and a lot easier to do, and it puts them in a better position going forward,” said Riutta, owner of Dan Riutta Contracting. ...

Buckling roof closes street in Calumet

CALUMET — A section of Fifth Street was expected to remain closed Thursday night after a partial roof collapse earlier in the day at the former Family Dollar building. The roof showed signs of bowing last night before giving way around noon, said Brian Knight, co-owner of Calumet Floral, ...

$72K fine, no jail time for bar worker

EAGLE RIVER — A Baraga woman must pay more than $70,000 in restitution after being sentenced Wednesday for embezzling from the bar where she formerly worked. Kelly Tapani, 44, was sentenced to five years probation and $71,991 in restitution in Keweenaw County Circuit Court. Tapani was ...

Data shows math scores increasing in Hancock

HANCOCK — In his report to the Michigan Department of Education, Principal Ezekiel Ohan included a detailed account of the methodology used in gathering, recording and analyzing data necessary in determining and graphing test score scores, as well as establishing comparisons to statewide ...

MTU again hosts hi-tech snowmobile competition

Michigan Technological University (MTU) is hosting 22 teams from across North America participating in the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Clean Snowmobile Challenge this week. Each team of college students work during the school year to innovate snowmobiles. Then they gather at MTU’s ...

Latest Isle Royale wolf delivery may be last this winter

HOUGHTON — Barring unforeseen circumstances, last week’s transfer of four wolves from Canada to Isle Royale National Park will be the last of the winter, said park superintendent Phyllis Green on Wednesday. “They’re really complicated, and we really only had a narrow window,” she ...

UP lawmakers propose minimum nursing requirement for hospitals

The Safe Patient Care Act (SPCA) has been reintroduced to the state Legislature, cosponsored in the Senate by District 38 Sen. Ed McBroom and in the House by Rep. Sara Cambensy of the 109th District. The package of bills would mandate that hospitals staff according to certain nurse-to-patient ...

State official sees improvement in academics at Hancock Schools

HANCOCK — Academic proficiency has shown a significant increase for grades 6-12 in the Hancock Public Schools District, based on an interim of assessments by state education officials. Those assessments measure progress throughout the academic calendar, according to a report submitted by ...

Under Radar: Calumet council suspects locals renting properties on down-low

CALUMET — The Village Council discussed but took no immediate action on the issue of property owners operating Airbnb businesses within residential areas at its February meeting, after Trustee Roxanne King raised it the previous month. “Apparently, people are doing it, Airbnb under the ...

Fair roof collapses in Pelkie

PELKIE — A number of vehicles were damaged by a partial roof collapse at a building at the Baraga County Fairgrounds in Pelkie Friday. The collapse happened sometime late Friday afternoon, said Gale Eilola, president of the Baraga County Fair Board. The building dates to the 1960s. ...

Hancock High test scores see improvement

HANCOCK — The efforts of the staff and administration of Hancock Public Schools to increase the level of education offered to students is reflected in performance-based tests submitted to the Michigan Department of Education (MDE), said Principal Ezekiel Ohan, who completed his data-based ...

Get WISE turns on inspiration for girls

HOUGHTON — Women make up less than a quarter of the workforce in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce. Michigan Technological University is trying to change that. On Monday, 250 seventh- and eighth-grade girls from ...

Calumet debates essential services budgets

CALUMET — Members of the Village Council disagreed over budget allocations for the Administrative Office and Police Department during last week’s meeting to adopt the 2020 budget. Trustee Nathan Anderson entered a motion to reduce the Police Department from two full-time officers to one ...

First-year Mushing Club gains racing experience

CALUMET — The Mushing Club at Michigan Technological University was pleased with their first showing at the Copperdog, despite not all its competing teams finishing. "All our teams are happy and healthy," club president Adam Schmidt said. The club's two competitors in the Copperdog25, ...