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Truck route around village discussed

CALUMET — The topic of creating a truck route around Calumet Village was brought up at last Tuesday’s regular monthly Village Council meeting, when a village resident voiced his complaints on several issues, including trucks in the village. “Also, I’d like to know about the trucks and ...

Parade of Nations crowds into Dee Stadium

HOUGHTON — An international crowd turned out to the streets of Hancock and Houghton to welcome each other to Copper Country as another school year begins. “We all celebrate together, we all celebrate the same,” said Kiran Udayakumar, an international student from India who earned two ...

Parade day marred by act of vandalism

HANCOCK — Police are investigating the recent spray-painting of Nazi symbols on Temple Jacob in Hancock. The graffiti was reported about noon Saturday by someone bringing his daughter home from a soccer game, said David Holden, president of Temple Jacob. “She spotted the writing on the ...

Former air base on the radar again

EAGLE RIVER — Two potential sites in Keweenaw County are under consideration for a facility for launching low-orbiting satellites. One site is the former Keweenaw Rocket Range, on the tip of the Keweenaw Peninsula, and the other is at the former Calumet Air Force radar base on Mount Horace ...

Protesters march for climate action

HOUGHTON — “What do we want?” “Climate action!” “When do we want it?” “Yesterday!” Shouting slogans and carrying signs, about 200 marchers took to the Portage Lake Lift Bridge on Friday afternoon as part of a global day of protest to urge action on climate ...

H-PT solar panels up

HOUGHTON – The new solar panels outside Houghton High School are up and running, and the public can find out how effective they are. Drew Cramer, owner of Solar Up, a Hancock-based solar installation company, showed the interface to Houghton-Portage Township District School Board members ...

CLK elementary students invited to Hockeyville

CALUMET — Calumet-Laurium-Keweenaw elementary students have been invited to participate in Kraft/NHL Hockeyville activities during the upcoming week of Sept. 23. According to an email from Calumet Schools, the activities will include the Stanley Cup, welcoming the players into the ice rink, ...

Former air base is for the birds

EAGLE RIVER — The Keweenaw County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a motion allowing the Copper Country Audubon Society to mount a small, high-tech antenna at the top of Mount Horace Greeley. David Flaspohler, professor of forestry at Michigan Technological University, requested ...

MTU holds bystander engagement training

HOUGHTON — In many cases of assault or harassment, there are people who could have done something to intervene, or done more. Getting people to understand the importance of speaking up or acting was the subject of a seminar by Michigan Tech’s Title IX program Thursday. The presentation on ...

Hancock mulls water rate hikes

The Hancock City Council discussed a number of issues including complaints regarding the condition of area rental properties, a proposal to add a waterpark attraction to Hancock Beach, and a proposed water rate increase at their regular September meeting on Wednesday. The waterpark requires ...

Officers honored for Father’s Day Flood heroics

HOUGHTON — Four Copper Country officers received a statewide honor for their heroism during the Father’s Day Flood Wednesday. Houghton County deputies Angela Miles, Hans Tolkkinen, Tyler Harju and Keweenaw County Sgt. Brad Pelli received the Police Officers Association of Michigan award ...

SNB buys downstate bank

HANCOCK — After nearly 130 years, Superior National Bank and Trust is expanding below the bridge.  Superior’s parent company, Keweenaw Financial Corp., announced the impending purchase of North Star Financial Holdings and its subsidiary, the Bingham, Michigan-based Main Street Bank, ...

GS Engineering founder talks about federal case settlement

HOUGHTON — Paying $1 million to the federal government to settle allegations of false claims by GS Engineering was the company’s least-bad option, its founder said Thursday. “We strongly disagree with the allegations, but it would cost more to take it to court through lawyer costs than ...

Parade of Nations this weekend

The 30th annual Parade of Nations is set to take place in Hancock and Houghton on Saturday, Sept. 21. The event begins with the parade but continues throughout the day with a cultural fair. The event is meant to showcase the cultural diversity in the area and also serves as a welcome to ...

Village police department still an issue

CALUMET — The Village Council received more backlash for its lack of action on the police department issue at Tuesday’s regular meeting. A resident told the council that because of Elm Street construction, the section of the street on which he resides is without street lights, and three ...

Paavola joins school board

HANCOCK — The Hancock School Board has appointed a new member, Rod Paavola, who replaces former trustee Mary Babcock. Babcock, who was the board vice president, stepped down in July because of her excessive work load at City Hall, where she serves as city clerk. “I have a lot to ...

HMS seventh-graders experience Day of Science

HOUGHTON — From purifying water to learning the reactions creating ice cream, Houghton Middle School seventh-graders got hands-on learning as part of the school’s annual Day of Science activity at Michigan Technological University. About 120 students took in four stations out of 11 ...

Ontonagon Board agrees to teacher contract

The Ontonagon Area School District Board agreed to a new teachers and support staff contract. The contract with both unions was agreed upon during a closed meeting this past Monday. The teachers’ contract is for one year, while the support staff contract is for two years. Teachers that have ...

Hancock’s MSTEP scores continue to rise

HANCOCK — MSTEP scores for the Barkell Elementary School showed steady increases in math from 2018 to 2019, approaching nearly double the state average. For 2018, Barkell’s third grade math showed a proficiency percentage of 75%. In comparing that number for reference, Dan Vaara, ...

Leonard named to H-PT board

HOUGHTON — Houghton-Portage Township Schools Board added a new member Monday. Scott Leonard was named to the board to fill the vacancy left by Bob Wheeler. Leonard, a Houghton resident, graduated from Houghton High School in 1987 and is also a graduate of Northern Michigan University. ...