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Frogger Solution: Houghton calls for College Avenue turn lane at Tech

HOUGHTON — College Avenue will get a third lane. The Houghton City Council made a formal request to the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) to add a center turn lane as part of its reconstruction of the road in 2021. “The sooner the better,” Councilor Rachel Lankton said ...

L’Anse Village Council incumbent striving to make things happen

L’ANSE — Village councilman James “Jim” Hulkonen is running for reelection on Nov. 6. “I enjoy this,” Hulkonen said. He said he enjoys being part of the team making things happen in the village. He expressed satisfaction that the first stage of the marina has been completed, ...

Dissolve or Not? Conflicting issues face Calumet voters

CALUMET TOWNSHIP — The village of Calumet stands to lose everything and gain nothing if its residents vote to dissolve the village, said Township Supervisor Paul Lehto. Lehto said he met with village officials last week to discuss the economic ramifications involved should the village ...

Proposal 3 referendum intended to promote voting access, process

HOUGHTON — A proposal on Michigan’s Nov. 6 ballot would add automatic and Election Day voter registration and other measures aimed at promoting voter registration and simplifying voting. League of Women Voters of the Copper Country president Leah Bectel explained Proposal 3 during a ...

City, township strike deal on Meijer property

HOUGHTON — The Houghton City Council voted Wednesday to enter into an agreement with Portage Township to provide water and other services to the site of a prospective Meijer store in exchange for property taxes. The intergovernmental agreement assigns one government to provide services to ...

Township panel allows setback waiver for proposed wind farm

L’ANSE — Acting on a tweak in a zoning ordinance suggested by the developer of a proposed wind farm, the L’Anse Township Planning Commission voted Wednesday to send a third recommended change to the zoning ordinances to the Township Board. The commission approved the change following a ...

Candidates call out for rate reform

HANCOCK — Candidates for the state Legislature took questions on issues such as electric rates and vehicle insurance at League of Women Voters of the Copper Country forum in Hancock Friday night. The forum included 38th District state Senate candidates Democrat Scott Dianda and Republican ...

Opponents start petition against wind farm zoning

L’ANSE — The referendum process for zoning ordinances in L’Anse Township that control placement of large wind turbines has been started. Robert Kissel is a member of the Friends of the Huron Mountains (FOHM) group that opposes the wind turbine project proposed by Renewable Energy ...

Prop 2 would end political redistricting

HOUGHTON — Under a proposal on the Nov. 6 ballot, politicians would be stripped of their power to draw boundaries for state and federal legislative districts in Michigan. A packed room of residents heard about Proposal 2 Monday night as part of a League of Women Voters of the Copper ...

Keweenaw candidates offer probate primer

HOUGHTON — Probate court mostly deals with settling estate disputes, reading wills of a deceased property owner and a number of other similar issues, and in Michigan, the county probate judge is elected. Attorneys Diana Langdon and Keith DeForge are both write-in candidates in the Nov. 6 ...

Introducing the Challengers: County Board hopefuls take positions on issues

HANCOCK — Five candidates running for election as Houghton County commissioner offered their visions Friday at a League of Women Voters of the Copper Country forum. Participating were Melissa Davis, Democratic challenger in District 2; Gretchen Janssen, Democratic interim commissioner in ...

Pot ballot proposal forum looks at pros, cons

HOUGHTON — Michigan voters will decide Nov. 6 whether the state will become the 10th in the union to legalize recreational marijuana. Proposal 1 is one of three statewide proposals on the November ballot that were explained at a League of Women Voters of the Copper Country (LWVCC) forum ...

Loggers: Bill would allow spring work

Baraga County Road Commission engineer Doug Mills has been working to get local governments to pass resolutions against Senate Bill 396, which, among other things, would ease restrictions on gravel roads for logging trucks. “That is ongoing right now,” Mills said. Copies of the approved ...

Health care changing fast with closures, mergers

HOUGHTON — Health care providers are facing rapid change and challenges, with many going under or merging with other entities. Brian Sinotte, CEO of UP Health System - Marquette, gave an overview of some of the struggles facing hospitals to the Upper Peninsula Economic Development Alliance ...

Fixed ski trails have new look

HANCOCK — Skiing Maasto Hiihto and Churning Rapids will be a different experience this year, with new routes opened and old ones washed away. “I call this a geological event and not just a flood,” said Keweenaw Nordic Ski Club treasurer John Diebel in a report to the city council last ...

Experience is issue in probate judge race

HANCOCK — The two candidates for Keweenaw County Probate Court judge gave their pitches for the office at a League of Women Voters of the Copper Country forum Friday in Hancock. Keith DeForge and Diana Langdon are both write-in candidates for the six-year term. Langdon, who has spent ...

Transportation is key to village progress: Farrell

CALUMET — Nicholas Farrell is seeking a seat on the Village Council in hopes of increasing services available to working class residents. A native of California, Farrell has been a resident of the village for two years. He considers himself a Socialist and a Democrat on the order of Bernie ...

Incumbent says talking to people is primary duty

HOUGHTON — From students to seniors, Robert Megowen is willing to talk to any Houghton residents about ways they’d like to improve the city. “People stop me while I’m working,” he said. “I have no problem having a cup of coffee with someone and listening to their problems, which ...

First CWD deer in UP: DNR official: More hunting will be helpful

A single deer in Dickinson County has tested positive for chronic wasting disease (CWD), according to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR). CWD is an incurable, fatal disease that infects deer and can be transmitted through direct contact or through shared environment. It’s ...