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‘Nassar’ bills finally signed by governor

In the flurry of legislative activity this December, several bills that were proposed in the wake of former Michigan State physician Larry Nassar’s late-January sentencing finally saw approval by the Senate and a signature by the governor. House Bill 5539 amends the 2013 student safety law ...

KNA explains reason for land acquisition

EAGLE RIVER — The Keweenaw Nature Areas (KNA) says its intent in purchasing a large piece of property on the Gratiot River is to provide public access to the area. John Griffith of the KNA conservation group said the KNA began focusing on the river, primarily because its scenic and ...

Holiday miracle: None seriously injured in Christmas Eve fire

LAKE LINDEN — A fire early on Christmas Eve in Lake Linden resulted in no serious injuries, according to a release from the Lake Linden Village Police. Six people were treated for minor injuries that included smoke inhalation, a broken leg from escaping out of a second-floor window, and a ...

KNA addresses county board

EAGLE RIVER — John Griffith of the Keweenaw Natural Areas (KNA) conservancy group spoke to the County Board last Wednesday, and made himself available for questions pertaining to that organization’s proposed purchase of what it calls the Gratiot River Natural Area. “I think me and ...

Snyder starts signing bills sent his direction

The lame-duck session of the 99th Michigan Legislature was one of the busiest ever. Gov. Rick Snyder signed more than three-dozen bills into law in the last week alone. EDUCATION On Dec. 19, Snyder signed House Bill 4421, now enrolled as Public Act 430 and concerns substitute teacher ...

Gym floor coming along

HANCOCK — The replacing of the middle school gym floor is progressing, Superintendent Kipp Beaudoin, and workers have been working hard to complete the project. “The middle school gym is being installed,” Beaudoin told the board at it regular monthly meeting last Monday. “We’re ...

Update needed: Lake Linden FEMA info requires corrections soon

LAKE LINDEN — The Lake Linden Village Council held their regular monthly meeting at the village hall on Thursday night to handle the regular business of the village. FEMA analysis posted to their web portal was inaccurate and needs to be corrected before it can be approved, according to ...

Bills continue to push way through lame-duck session

Time is up for the Michigan Congress to work on legislation before the new, 2019 legislators take their offices, but they didn’t let a day go to waste. Thursday’s final legislative session of the 99th Michigan Legislature lasted past 7:30 a.m. on Friday, according to Sen. Tom Casperson. ...

Houghton home damaged in fire

HOUGHTON — A Calverly Avenue home sustained heavy damage Saturday afternoon in a blaze that completely destroyed a two-car attached garage. The Houghton Fire Department received the call sometime around 4 p.m., said fireman Mike Reynolds. The occupant of the home escaped without injury, he ...

Seventy-four are dead in Italian Hall Disaster

Editor’s note: This story is reprinted from the Daily Mining Gazette’s Dec. 24, 1913, edition with only spelling error changes. Unknown Man Yells “Fire” at Christmas Celebration and Children Rush to Suffocation - - Effort to Escape 37 LITTLE GIRLS, 21 BOYS, 13 WOMEN, AND 5 ...

Conclusion celebrated: Myllyoja ready for new challenge

HANCOCK — The Copper Country Intermediate School District (CCISD) has been preparing for months. Superintendent George Stockero has been dreading it. It has initiated a shuffling of secretarial positions across the district, and the school board only accepted it with deep regrets. This ...

Italian Hall granite monument to be dedicated Monday

CALUMET — Exactly 105 years after what has become known as the Italian Hall Disaster, there will be a dedication of a monument recently erected that bears the names of the 73 people killed in the tragedy. Mike Lahti, chairman of the committee that created and installed the monument, said ...

Hancock reviews small cell bill

HANCOCK — Hancock Mayor John Haeussler reviewed the provisions of the Small Cell Bill, which was SB 637 and was signed by Gov. Rick Snyder on Dec. 13. "This is for wireless companies to use existing structures like street light poles for 5G applications in the city," Haeussler ...

Honoring dedication: Glenn Anderson honored by Hancock city council

HANCOCK — Wednesday night’s Hancock city council meeting started with recognition for Glenn Anderson, the retiring city manager. The board voted to make Dec. 22, 2018, “Glenn D. Anderson Day” and presented him with a plaque and award to take with him to his new position on the Houghton ...

Mentor program gives special gift to students

HANCOCK — The Peer Mentor Program offers students with special learning needs more than just tutoring opportunities. According to a number of the peer mentors, the program also offers special education students a school-age friend to look up to. Hancock senior Bryce Randell said the program ...

Recreation plan meets with approval

EAGLE RIVER — The Keweenaw County Five-Year Recreation Plan was the reason for a public hearing Wednesday evening, at which the County Board sought public comment before considering the 2019-2023 plan. Nathan Miller, executive director of the Copper Harbor Trails Club, thanked the county ...

Kids sled dog rides highlight Saturday

Multiple teams of sled dogs will be at Agassiz Park on Saturday, 12-2 p.m., giving dog sled rides and photo opportunities to kids of all ages. Free sled dog rides are being hosted by the CopperDog 150 to kick off the mushing season, as they do every year, according to Krissy Kovachich, musher ...

Cheer Club: More space for gifts

HOUGHTON — “The toys are still coming in,” Salvation Army Capt. Leonita Schweigert said. “We have more than enough toys for everybody.” Schweigert picked up toys left under the tree at the Daily Mining Gazette on Monday. Toys were donated by Lori Ruonavaara, Loyal and Patricia ...

Hancock expands student mentoring

HANCOCK — Established 15 years ago, the Peer Mentor program at Hancock’s middle and high schools allows students to mentor students with learning disabilities and continues to expand its service with 22 mentors this year. “The program that the district is operating is truly a program ...

CTE center gets 2 big machines

HANCOCK — Copper Country Intermediate School District (CCISD) superintendent George Stockero announced the arrival of the last two machines to the Career and Technical Education (CTE) center’s welding program at Tuesday’s board meeting. “It was just fun to watch the kids get ...