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Sun, Fun: Tech students enjoy K-Day fun in Chassell

CHASSELL — Michigan Tech students descended on Centennial Park and the downtown for the 2018 K-day (Keweenaw day) Friday. The Tech tradition gives students a chance to learn about groups and activities on campus. Normally held at McLain State Park, festivities were moved to Chassell due to ...

Modern technology used to dig a 100 year-old trench

HOUGHTON — Construction of a replica World War I firing trench began Friday morning on the southeast corner of U.S. 41 and MacInnes Drive on the Michigan Technological University. While the infamous trenches of the Great War were dug by soldiers using shovels, the World War I & Copper ...

Snyder authorizes $3.7 million FEMA match

HOUGHTON COUNTY — The state of Michigan will help cover the 25 percent local match required by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Now authorized to match approximately $3.7 million, the move by Governor Rick Snyder will aid the local municipalities of Gogebic, Houghton and ...

UPSET offers rare look into battle against drug-making

ZEBA — Representatives from the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) and the Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team (UPSET) presented information about how they work in the community to fight drug abuse to members and leaders of the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community (KBIC) on Thursday night at the ...

Sixth Street intersection sees traffic light upgrades

CALUMET TOWNSHIP — The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) has made a number of changes and upgrades to the intersection of U.S. 41, Sixth Street and Lake Linden Avenue, which include updating signal lights and change lanes. The right lane of Sixth Street approach to U.S. 41 ...

Appeal denied: FEMA rejects Gov. Snyder’s appeal

HOUGHTON COUNTY — The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has denied the individual assistance appeal for Father's Day flood damage to homes and businesses in Houghton, Gogebic and Menominee Counties. The agency approved aid for public assistance earlier in the summer but denied the ...

World War I trench offers a glimpse into a horrid past

HOUGHTON — World War I was a devastating war that killed an entire generation of young men. The total number of military and civilian casualties is estimated at 40 million, which includes 20 million deaths. Of those deaths, 9.7 million were military personnel and 10 million were ...

Portage ordinance enforcement changes going into effect

PORTAGE TOWNSHIP — Residents may see changes in ordinance enforcement as officials prepare to start utilizing changes for blight enforcement. The township’s approved municipal infractions ordinance will now have fines processed by a violations bureau but if the infraction is contested it ...

Work slowed: Labor dispute halts flood repairs

HOUGHTON — A state-level labor dispute has put many local flood recovery projects on hold for an unclear length of time. The dispute revolves around the Michigan Infrastructure & Transportation Association (MITA), a contractor's association and Operating Engineers, Local 324 (OE) a ...

Alleged accident driver arraigned

EAGLE RIVER — A Laurium man pleaded not guilty to four felony counts stemming from an July crash that injured two people near Copper City in Keweenaw County Circuit Court Tuesday. Devin Joyal, 23, faces two counts each of operating while intoxicated - causing serious injury and reckless ...

Sewage overflow no threat to groundwater

CALUMET TOWNSHIP — The North Houghton County Water and Sewage Authority reported a combined sewer system discharge on Aug. 31, and again on Sept. 2, but there is no threat to the public or to groundwater. The discharge was reported to the Department of Environmental Quality, said Township ...

Painting a picture: UP-wide survey looks at health needs

HANCOCK — The first Upper Peninsula-wide community health needs assessment will help counties throughout the U.P. move forward with community improvement plans. The project, compiled over the past 18 months, includes between 300 and 500 returned surveys from each county — 5,000 in all. ...

Bridge walkers take advantage of weather

HOUGHTON — Participants at the 15th annual Labor Day Bridge Walk were treated to sunny and warm weather on Monday morning as they crossed the Portage Lake Lift Bridge twice along the 4.5-mile walking route. Starting from Kestner Waterfront Park, the route followed the canal to the bridge, ...

A futuristic approach to infrastructure

HOUGHTON — Technology is quickly changing the world. Soon, self-driving cars and smartphones could be joined by smart infrastructure, if one Michigan Tech professor has anything to say about it. Zhen Liu, an environmental engineering professor with a focus on geotechnical engineering is ...

Seeing sights: Tech holds Afternoon on the Town

HOUGHTON — Around 1,000 Michigan Technological University students sampled the wares of local businesses or found out about clubs they could join at the annual Afternoon on the town event Saturday. More than 40 businesses participated, along with student organizations along College Avenue, ...

Floating down main street Ontonagon

ONTONAGON — Rain, shine or fire, the Ontonagon Labor Day parade must always go on. Despite heavy rain Sunday afternoon, the parade was met with enthusiasm, packed streets and a record number of floats. All were out to celebrate the Village’s 175th birthday and 62nd festival. “You ...

Sowing rice seeds in rivers important to tribes

PELKIE — About 30 people gathered on Saturday at the Keweenaw Bay Ojibwa Community College (KBOCC) Arts and Agricultural Center in Pelkie, formerly the Pelkie School, to learn about the culture, ecology and processing of manoomin, or wild rice. “It was forgotten, much like the language,” ...

Good news: Friday rains cause minimal damage

RIPLEY — Some Houghton County roads suffered minor damage Friday morning after brief, heavy rains that prompted a flood advisory. Most weather stations in Houghton County recorded between 1 and 1.25 inches Friday morning, said Jim Salzwedel, observation program leader at the National ...

Heavy rains raise bacteria levels

HOUGHTON COUNTY — Swim safely this weekend and don’t drink the water, as more heavy rains bring higher bacteria counts. The labor day weekend is a popular time for family outings and beach trips but swimmers should keep safety in mind. The Western Upper Peninsula Health Department ...