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Getting It Done: Hancock trying to do 8 priority flood repair jobs this year

HANCOCK — Repairs continue to move forward on the highest-priority flood repairs, with project approvals getting granted and inspections by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) beginning next week. As of Thursday, projects with the Federal Highway Administration and Michigan ...

Lake Linden toxic sediment cleanup job to start in Sept.

LAKE LINDEN – The first phase of Environmental Protection Agency work to clean up hazardous sediment in the bay near Lake Linden’s park and campground should start in late September. The EPA informed the village in May of test results showing elevated metal levels in sediment at the bay ...

By Any Means Necessary: Print communication key to interact with autistics

ALLOUEZ — Keweenaw County Sheriff personnel receive training on how to better communicate and assist people on the autism spectrum, or who otherwise lack functional speech, by Janel Summers, an autism consultant and special education instructional coach with the Copper Country Intermediate ...

Library solution: Hancock School contracts with PLDL

HANCOCK — The district's public/school library funding and service woes may be alleviated, following a contract with the Portage Lake District Library (PLDL). The contract was approved by PLDL and the Hancock School Board Wednesday and will place the Hancock Public School Library under ...

Lake Linden discusses flood funding

LAKE LINDEN — Lake Linden continues to work towards receiving funding for repairs to damage from the June 17 flood. Clerk Bob Poirier met with officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency Thursday regarding potential funding. Poirier also received information from the ...

Michigan Tech students will return this weekend

HOUGHTON — Michigan Technological University will be welcoming students to the campus this weekend, and Lt. Marc Geborkoff of MTU Public Safety would like to let the local community know that this weekend traffic will be heavier than normal, particularly around the MTU campus. “It’s ...

Flood Damage List: City street projects submitted to state

HOUGHTON — Permanent repairs to some of Houghton’s busiest streets are coming closer to construction. City Manager Eric Waara met with representatives from the Economic Development Administration, which has mitigation funds available for projects related to the June 17 flood. Repair ...

County road repairs will extend into 2019

RIPLEY — The Houghton County Road Commission is making progress on repairing road damage, although some work will remain for next year, said Kevin Harju, the county’s road engineer. In the past week, the commission met with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), Michigan Department ...

New era in local skilled-trade education dawning

HANCOCK — The newly renovated Career and Technology Education Center for the Copper Country Intermediate School District (CCISD) is nearly ready for students, CTE Director Shawn Kolbus reported at Tuesday night’s CCISD board meeting. “Those kids are going to be so lucky to have a ...

Culture Swap: Exchange students live yooper life

HOUGHTON — The Upper Peninsula is growing in popularity among international exchange students, offering a chance for both families and students to experience a new culture. “I always get the same comment: They never expected America to be like this,” said Rose Younggren. The students ...

Corner kiosks for small businesses

LAURIUM — Residents who have an idea for an invention might soon be able to visit and get advice and services from a kiosk down the street. Rachel Barra and Jason Shane of Invent@NMU in Marquette gave a presentation to the Village Board at Tuesday’s meeting in which they discussed the ...

Flood-damaged road repair contracts awarded

RIPLEY — The Houghton County Road Commission is making progress on repairing road damage, although some work will remain for next year, said Kevin Harju, the county’s road engineer. In the past week, the commission met with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), Michigan Department ...

Airport could get full federal funding for longer runway

ONTONAGON — The county’s airport has a chance to receive fully funded upgrades from the federal government if quick action is taken at the local level. A group of local aviation experts and community builders made the pitch Tuesday to the County Board to take action on the newly available ...

Campaign pushes aside shot myths for herd immunity

HANCOCK — When it comes to communicating the benefits of immunization, health officials are in some ways the victim of their own success. Thirty years ago, most families had someone who had seen the effects of polio or measles, said Terry Frankovich, medical director for the Western Upper ...

Land swap could boost tax revenue

EAGLE RIVER — Eric Stier presented a plan to the Keweenaw County Board at the August regular meeting, in which he discussed the possibility of a land swap between The Rohatyn Group (TRG), formerly Grantham, Mayo, Van Otterloo (GMO), and the state of Michigan. The swap would involve commercial ...

Thank-you potluck at flood-damaged home

RIPLEY — Cynthia Drake, whose home had to be gutted after the damage it sustained in the June 17 flood, will return to live in her house in Ripley on Oct. 17, no matter what state of disrepair it is in. “I know that any time past that, snow might be flying,” Drake said Monday night at a ...

H-PT board tours bond upgrades

HOUGHTON — A little less than two weeks from the start of school, most bond work is still on track to be completed on schedule, Houghton-Portage Township Schools Superintendent Doreen Klingbeil said at Monday’s board meeting. Board members toured some improvements, including the new ...

Tech students spruce up local schools

HANCOCK — About 180 students from Michigan Technological University (MTU) boarded buses and vans Monday morning to head out to surrounding elementary and high schools to do gardening, yard work, deep cleaning and other work. “Definitely all worthwhile stuff to get done before the school ...

Copper Country Festival Weekend: Pasty rules in Calumet

CALUMET — Among the hundreds of yearly Pasty Fest attendees, which was held here this weekend, there is one constant among the locals and Copper Country diaspora alike: Mom’s pasties are best. Sunny skies and high turnout marked the village’s 2018 celebration of the Cornish-introduced ...

Art inspiration displayed in park

COPPER HARBOR — Dozens of artists and artisans had wares on display for the 31st annual Art in the Park in Copper Harbor this past weekend. Booths encompassed numerous art media, such as jewelry, jams and photography. About 20 years ago, Neal Wycoff began picking up copper and started ...