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New superintendent starts at CLK Schools

CALUMET — Chris Davidson became the new superintendent of the Public Schools of Calumet-Laurium-Keweenaw on Jan. 2 with the start of the new semester. Davidson replaced Dale Pierce, who retired after 29 years with the district, 13 years of which were as superintendent. Davidson, who was ...

County Board makes new-year appointments

HOUGHTON — The County Board reappointed Tim Palosaari as vice chairman in its first meeting of 2018. Meeting days remain on the Tuesday following the second Monday of the month. The exception is the October meeting, which will take place on Oct. 16. Palosaari and commissioners Anton Pintar ...

Houghton man found frozen in woods near Niagara

MARINETTE, Wis. — Niagara firefighters recovered the frozen body of a young Houghton man Sunday evening after a resident earlier in the day reported an abandoned vehicle on a snowmobile trail off Barlow Lake and Brown Spur roads in the town of Niagara, Wis. The man was identified as Jacob ...

Budget deficit drops at Baraga Area Schools

BARAGA — A budget deficit for the Baraga Area Schools District has decreased from $372,138 to $251,112, Superintendent Richard Sarau announced at a Monday board meeting. The decrease is due to “a little bit more money from state aid,” said Sarau. He said although it has dropped down ...

Ontonagon resident says floods a-coming

ONTONAGON — The question of flood preparation was raised at Monday’s Village Council meeting. Since 2017 high water levels on the Ontonagon River and Lake Superior have been causing issues for local residents. Those with property near bodies of water are experiencing flooding and water ...

LL-H discusses how to spend remains of bond issue funds

LAKE LINDEN — The Lake Linden-Hubbell Public School District has until August to spend the remaining $130,000 of a bond issue approved by a 2016 voter referendum for school improvements. The district Board discussed options for the money at its meeting Monday night. Superintendent Craig ...

Township tweaks marijuana rules

PORTAGE — The Portage Township Board made minor changes to its marijuana ordinance on Monday. The board added a provision for a time stamp to applications received based on the date submitted. Initially, the ordinance did not have a limit on the number of marijuana dispensaries, making ...

Donations Down: Still time to fill charity shortage

HANCOCK — Donations to charities were down significantly, more than organizations had hoped for this past holiday season. Capt. Leonida Schweigert of the Hancock Salvation Army said while the Red Kettle fundraising campaign raised a little more than $50,000, the total is about $15,000 ...

Traditional eagle feather, sacred pipe gifts fire up tribal emotions

Re-elected members of the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community Tribal Council were presented special gifts Saturday by fellow member and veterans service officer Rodney Loonsfoot and council member Fred Dakota. The gifts included an eagle feather and a sacred pipe of the tribe, wrapped up in a ...

Tribal Council incumbents, leaders back

BARAGA — Keweenaw Bay Indian Community Tribal Council President Warren “Chris” Swartz administered the council’s oath of office Saturday to re-elected members Randy Haataja, Toni Minton, Doreen Blaker and Robert “RD” Curtis. Following the swearing in of the incumbents, they ...

Charities seek ways to collect safe food items

HANCOCK — Capt. Leonida Schweigert of the Hancock Salvation Army said in December her organization was receiving too much food with expired expiration dates, which by state regulations, cannot be distributed. Schweigert said she is debating changing the way food drives are conducted to ...

White Gold: Snow brings tourism to Onto.

SILVER CITY — With the Porcupine Mountains, Lake Superior and an abundance of snow, Ontonagon is a hotspot for winter tourists. The heavy snowfall this season is exactly what snowmobilers and skiers come for. “Occasionally people look at the snowfall amounts and decide not to come, but ...

Nurses aid students teach themselves healthy behaviors

Copper Country Intermediate School District (CCISD) HOSA officers will be leading members in healthy behaviors this year. These students who are in the nurses aid and health careers classes are all members of the International HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America) organization. ...

Medical marijuana in UP: Who’s in, who’s out?

HANCOCK — Upper Peninsula cities have made their decisions on medical marijuana facilities, choosing to opt-in or opt-out. In a survey of the 24 cities within the U.P., John Haeussler of the Hancock City Council has compiled a list of statues as they stand now. Most cities were able to ...

Planning ahead: South Range showcases plans for a new playground in town

SOUTH RANGE — A new playground is in the works, possibly even including a community garden. The South Range Village Council is planning a community playground, hopefully, to be ready by summer this year. The proposed addition to the village was discussed at Thursday's meeting.  The ...

PHF seeks proposals for youth mental health needs

HANCOCK — The Portage Health Foundation, along with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, is seeking proposals for grants to address the growing mental and behavioral health needs of adolescents.  The foundation plans to award up to $300,000 during this round of funding for projects in ...

Child’s death investigated

CALUMET — Troopers from the Michigan State Police Calumet Post and Baraga Detachment are investigating the December death of a 3-year-old L’Anse child. A guardian brought the child to Baraga County Memorial Hospital on Dec. 23 unresponsive. The child was later transferred to Milwaukee ...

KBOCC begins search for next president

The Keweenaw Bay Ojibwa Community College (KBOCC) is currently seeking a new president. According to KBOCC chairman of the board of regents, Robin Chosa, the current president, Debra J. Parrish, has been there for “a very long time.” “Debra has been the president since the college ...

South Range discusses vacation time and snowmobile issues

SOUTH RANGE — It was business as usual at the village council meeting Thursday.  The meeting included discussion of land offers, bills, reworking employee vacation time and a discussion of snowmobile issues that could re-appear at a later date.  Notably, the monthly meeting times have ...

‘Unethical illegal and corrupt’: Ex-zoning chief responds to ouster

CALUMET — The passing of a resolution by the Calumet Village Council condemning Nathan Anderson’s actions in leading a protest rally on the night of Dec. 13 led to Village President Dave Geisler removing Anderson from his appointed position as chairman of the Zoning Board of Appeals. In a ...