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Incumbents lead KBIC primary field

BARAGA — Incumbents led the way in the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community’s Tribal Council primary election Saturday. The two incumbents in the Baraga and L’Anse District led vote-getters. The top four in each district advance to the general election in December. The top two in each ...

Broadband Primer: Terrain can present transmission challenges

HOUGHTON — Pasty.Net has been a pioneer in wireless broadband service since the early 2000s, and for the past five years, ShoreWaves.Net has been serving the Copper County as well. Both companies specialize in delivering wireless internet service to remote areas which are difficult to reach ...

Chinese student offers culture comparison

HOUGHTON — After 15 years of English classes and a top-quality education, Jingyuan Wang was coming to America. She was prepared for anything. Except for the question, “How are you?” Wang told her story Monday at the Portage Lake District Library. After four years of studying ...

Pasty.Net founder recalls internet’s early days

HANCOCK — The founder of Pasty.Net remembers a time when the only internet connection was via dial-up, in the days before there was a worldwide web. “Actually, if you mark it,” Charlie Hopper, founder and general manager of Pasty.Net said, “it was September of 1994. That was the ...

Guilty plea: Sawaski sentenced to year in jail

HOUGHTON — A former Houghton coach and athletic director called “one of the biggest sexual predators this county has ever seen” by a judge was sentenced to a year in jail for allowing a minor to access pornographic materials on his computer in 97th District Court in Houghton Friday. ...

Bond set: Chassell woman arraigned on drug charges

HOUGHTON — A Chassell woman facing charges of manufacturing methamphetamine was arraigned in 97th District Court Friday. Jennifer Taylor, 34, is charged with operating a lab in the presence of a minor, a 20-year felony; delivery-manufacture of ecstasy, a 20-year felony; and operating or ...

Legislative hopefuls talk to CCISD

HANCOCK — With the Copper Country's state legislators delayed by business in Lansing, they delegated their appearance at the Copper Country Intermediate School District's legislative luncheon to two people who might hold their seats in 2019. Ed McBroom, a former Republican state ...

Survival Vote: Library’s millage renewal on ballot

HOUGHTON — Public presentations Thursday on the Portage Lake District Library’s millage renewal were cancelled for lack of a public. No one showed up for either the 1 p.m. or 6 p.m. meetings at the library, said Executive Director Dillon Geshel. Voters in Houghton and Portage Township ...

Sawaski pleads guilty, sentenced to year in prison

By GARRETT NEESE gneese@mininggazette.com HOUGHTON — A former Houghton coach and athletic director was sentenced to a year in jail for allowing a minor to access pornographic materials in 97th District Court Friday. Don Sawaski, 72, had been charged with two counts of possession of ...

Closing shop: In sign of online times Book World stores can’t compete

HOUGHTON — The Copper Country will soon be without a general-interest bookstore. The Appleton, Wisconsin-based Book World, Inc., announced Tuesday it will close all 45 locations, including the shop in Houghton. Liquidation sales of all inventory will start Thursday, assisted by Yellen ...

Pasty.Net could go to co-op

EAGLE RIVER — Charles Hopper, founder and general manager of Pasty.Net, located in Calumet, told the Keweenaw County Board recently that his company is moving forward in becoming a member-owned cooperative, to be turned over to the community. “Since we started this whole wireless ...

Bells ring for loved ones lost

HOUGHTON — Grief is a lifelong process. For some, that journey includes Bells for Hospice, part of National Hospice Month. Family, friends and caregivers gathered Wednesday to hear the Bells on the Bay Hand-Bell Choir ring a single bell in memory of loved ones who passed away in the care of ...

Creating a Salt Mountain

David Archambeau/Daily Mining Gazette The freighter Algowood dumps 31,000 tons of road salt Tuesday in Hancock. According to Mattila Rock & Dock owner Dave Mattila, pictured at the side of the salt, this shipment and one a few days ago will take about a month to distribute to road ...

State Power Play: Pending bills target local rental control

HOUGHTON — With the growing popularity of short-term rentals, some municipalities have imposed new restrictions on them. Bills being considered in the state Legislature would bar them from restricting the renting through zoning. The bills, House Bill 4503 and Senate Bill 329, would allow ...

Community is theme for 41N film festival

HOUGHTON — Thursday marks the beginning of this year’s 41 North Film Festival at Michigan Tech’s Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts. The wide range of independent films to be screened all touch on the topic of “community,” the 41 North Film Festival’s theme for this year. To ...

Contest held to deck vacant Hancock stores for holidays

HANCOCK — In collaboration with the city of Hancock, the Keweenaw Culture Project (KCP) is holding a window display competition during the holiday season. Interested businesses and individuals can apply to decorate one of the vacant windows along Quincy Street in Hancock. Selected ...

Halloween Parade

David Archambeau/Daily Mining Gazette First-grade teacher Sara Nordstrom, left, escorts a parade of her students Tuesday during a Halloween celebration at South Range Elementary School.

Global Security Threat: Film shows climate change risks peace

HOUGHTON — The first person you think of when you picture a climate change speaker is probably not a retired U.S. Navy officer. But that’s what might make him better able to break through, said Rear Adm. David Titley (retired) with the U.S. Navy. “You could have had Al Gore up here, ...

Local ISP sees net neutrality’s demise

HOUGHTON — Equal protection of data under the law could be removed from the internet for U.S. users. At a recent Keweenaw County Board meeting, Pasty.Net president Charles Hopper discussed the probability that net neutrality laws would be repealed in November by the Federal Communications ...