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Public gets answers at jail forum

HANCOCK — Issues from the expandability of a proposed Houghton County Jail addition to expanding the millage to include Keweenaw County voters were on the minds of attendees at a forum on the proposal hosted by the Copper Country League of Women Voters in Hancock Tuesday.  The League ...

League of Women Voters offers other jail plans

HOUGHTON — Houghton County’s proposed jail addition along with several alternatives were discussed Tuesday at a Copper Country League of Women Voters (LWV) forum held for public input for the proposal to be funded by a countywide millage. “All of the current problems at the jail would ...

Accused stabber gets arraigned

HOUGHTON — A Lake Linden woman who allegedly stabbed a man Tuesday morning in Portage Township was arraigned Wednesday in 97th District Court. Melanie Niemi, 25, faces a charge of domestic violence, a 93-day misdemeanor. The man suffered minor injuries and was treated and released at ...

Big-Bucks Business Broadband

CALUMET — A high-speed optical fiber network could be coming to the village, according to Administrator Joe Snow, who brought it up for discussion at the March regular monthly council meeting. The advanced technology could benefit businesses in the village, as well as encourage new and ...

Lack of involvement gives incumbents lengthy terms

With many local councils and board positions having no limit on the number of terms a person can serve, most of the positions are held for decades or more. Some of these officials attribute that to the lack of participation from the community. Some of the L’Anse Township and Village Council ...

County did not ask, but…public offers input at jail project forum

HANCOCK — After the last millage proposal for a new jail in Houghton County lost in 2010, civil engineering students at Michigan Technological University came up with a jail design of their own and studied the proposals that had come before. One of the threads that linked them: the county ...

Walk From Hate: Activist describes road taken to peace

HOUGHTON — Trading the terrorism of his father for a life promoting peace, Zak Ebrahim shared his journey away from extremism hoping to inspire others to nonviolence. Ebrahim spoke Tuesday at the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts. “I was raised to believe that anyone who didn’t fit ...

Township bans fire auxiliary fundraising in its building

SHERMAN TOWNSHIP — The Gay Fire Department Auxiliary is no longer permitted to use the township hall to conduct fundraiser events, even though all proceeds from such events go to the Gay Fire Department. The auxiliary conducts a rummage sale and a bazaar in the hall during the summer and ...

Minor injuries in stabbing

PORTAGE TOWNSHIP — A man who was stabbed Tuesday morning suffered minor injuries and was treated and released at the scene, according to the Houghton County Sheriff’s Office. The female was arrested. Names have not been released, and the incident remains under investigation. ...

Jobless rate stable in Copper Country

HOUGHTON — Unemployment rates in the Copper Country largely followed Upper Peninsula trends, rising in February but remaining lower than the same point a year ago. Unemployment in the U.P. was at 8.3 percent in February, up 0.6 percent from January. That is consistent with seasonal trends ...

Man Stabbed

PORTAGE TOWNSHIP — A 20-year-old male was stabbed during a reported domestic altercation at about 6:40 a.m. Tuesday in the Otter Lake area. The extent of the victim’s injuries were unknown as of 10 a.m. An unidentified female was taken into custody, according to a Sheriff’s Department ...

Bishop from Holy Land appeals for humanity from people of faith

HANCOCK — “How can you live with other faiths today in such a world where we are living today?” asked Bishop Munib Younan of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land. Speaking at Finlandia University on Monday on the relationship between Islam, Judaism and ...

Emails Exposed: Communication shows possible removal plotting

ONTONAGON — Housing Commission secretary Sue Lockhart released several pages of private messages at the Village Council meeting that she said demonstrate attempts to stack the commission to remove her. The documents were released to the council members and reporters. The bulk of the ...

Police: Drugs, domestic violence are crime issues

Drugs and domestic violence incidents are the largest problems the Houghton community faces. Houghton Police Dept. Lt. Nick Roberts said throughout the 25 years he has been here, drug crime and domestic violence incidents have risen. “There are a lot more drug problems here than we used ...

Timber company requests access to Greeley parcel

EAGLE RIVER — J.M. Longyear Company has requested permission in writing to cross a parcel of property owned by Keweenaw County to access and remove timber products from lands owned by Lake Superior Timberlands property in Houghton Township. In an email from Bethany Baetsen of Longyear to ...

Great Festivity: LBFE holds Easter dinner

HANCOCK — People without a place to go for an Easter dinner could find one at nine Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly locations in the Copper Country and Marquette Sunday. At the Hancock site, they prepared about 100 meals, including ham, potatoes, vegetables and more, said lead ...

Challenge issued: Farm demands control of wells on property

EAGLE RIVER — Two water wells and pump houses on Gratiot Lake Drive in Houghton Township were the subject of a letter to Keweenaw County Board Chairman Don Piche, dated Feb. 6, 2018. The wells had served the former U.S. Air Force base on Mt. Horace Greeley, and were installed over 60 years ...

Spring ice thaw begins

HANCOCK — Even with spring temperatures being uncooperative, the Lake Superior ice is well on its way out. The level of ice cover was high this year, compared to the past few years, reaching 77 percent coverage according to Sarah Green of the Great Lakes Research Center. According to data ...

KBIC focusing on food growth

The Keweenaw Bay Indian Community Natural Resource Department (NRD) encourages food sovereignty in Baraga County with its Community People’s Garden in L'Anse. Karena Schmidt, NRD ecologist, said the garden, in several different variations, has been around for about ten years, as an effort ...