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New views, broken segments on ski trails this season

HANCOCK — The Maasto Hiihto and Churning Rapids trails will look a little different this season as the Keweenaw Nordic Ski Club works around flood damage. There’s good news and bad news, said John Diebel, treasurer for the ski club. The good news is the area will remain open, have some ...

Beaudoin gets up to 15 years for child sex assault

HOUGHTON — A Lake Linden man charged with unlawful conduct towards three girls, including a count of sexual assault, was sentenced to up to 15 years in prison in Houghton County Circuit Court Friday. Lawrence Beaudoin, 73, received two to 15 years for second-degree criminal sexual conduct, ...

Calumet gets grant to attract residents

CALUMET — Main Street Calumet (MSC) and the village’s Downtown Development Authority (DDA) have been awarded a $5,000 marketing grant by the Western Upper Peninsula Planning and Development Region (WUPPDR) to pay for promoting residential and commercial development in the village. MSC and ...

Celebrating Kipina locally: Ceremony held at same time as Arlington burial

CALUMET — More than 50 years ago, Charlsie Antikainen bought a metal POW/MIA bracelet to commemorate her friend Marshall Kipina. Thursday morning, at Kipina’s gravestone at Lake View Cemetery in Calumet, she was able to put it to rest. “He graduated with my first love, Pat (Coppo), ...

Jobs focus for blue-collar write-in candidate

ONTONAGON — Bryan Hamilton’s family has lived in the area since the 1800s but until 2011 he was unable to himself due to lack of opportunities, something he would like to change as a county commissioner. Hamilton is running as a write-in for District Five this November against Marlene ...

Fatal accident in Baraga County

A car crash in Baraga township resulted in a fatality on Wednesday morning at about 7:30 a.m. According to the Baraga County Sheriff, 21-year-old Kori Beth LaFernier of L’Anse was killed while driving a 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee on Mission Road south of U.S. 41. The accident remains under ...

Clerk: Lake Linden’s FEMA damage totals near completion

LAKE LINDEN — The village’s work with the Federal Emergency Management Agency on its claim for June flood damage could be wrapped up early next week, Clerk Bob Poirier said Tuesday. A second assessor who came in for Lake Linden’s projects, a stress and structural expert, had left after ...

Team Meeting

David Archambeau/Daily Mining Gazette Two Houghton firefighters, one in the ladder truck bucket and one on the roof of 220 Blanche Street, assess the situation Sunday as flames from the roof of the house rise between them.

Falling Leaves Moon Pow Wow held on Michigan Tech campus

HOUGHTON — The Binaakwe Giizis, or “Falling Leaves Moon” Pow Wow, was held Saturday at Michigan Technological University’s (MTU) Student Development Complex on Saturday. According to organizer Ron Kyllonen, more than 500 people attended to enjoy the traditional music and dancing, ...

Nonprofit inspection fee break proposed

HOUGHTON — A Houghton County Board member on Tuesday raised the issue of lowering health inspection fees for nonprofit fundraisers. Commissioner Tom Tikkanen said he would like to see the Western Upper Peninsula Health Department reduce inspection fees for those types of events, which can be ...

Calumet updates ordinances to qualify for federal grants

CALUMET — In order to qualify for federal grant awards and money, including the Elm Street project, the Village Council reviewed several ordinances, and passed resolutions on several plans and policies. In a letter Trustee Virginia Dwyer read from, she said: “The village is subject to ...

Prank or Attack? Hate, porn inserted in video presentation

HOUGHTON — A streaming presentation by Israeli activist and author Miko Peled at Michigan Technological University (MTU) was disrupted last week by negative messages and pornographic broadcast in the video conference. “Really hateful, disgusting stuff,” said Peled. “I’ve never seen ...

Roof, Roof: County OKs plan for emergency repairs

HOUGHTON — The Houghton County Board approved guidelines for setting up an emergency repair program at its meeting Tuesday to be implemented in case of emergency roof repairs. Funding for the program, which the board approved several months ago, came from payments to the county from former ...

Probate judge candidate cites qualifications

HOUGHTON — Diana Langdon, candidate for Keweenaw County’s probate judge, is a native of the county, and she has either worked or lived in the county for more than three decades of her life. “My family are Keweenaw people,” she said. “My maiden name is Malnar, and my grandparents, ...

Worker Flight: UP health survey data indicates aging population

ONTONAGON — Following up a Upper Peninsula-wide community health assessment, the County Board got a more localized look at the situation in the Ontonagon area. The findings mostly followed patterns seen in the other western U.P. counties, reported Cathryn Beer from the Western U.P. Health ...

Strasser seeking re-election

Current Ontonagon Area School District Board member Tammy Strasser is seeking re-election. She is one of the six candidates on the ballot and one write-in running for the four open board seats. Strasser is an Ontonagon High School graduate and a resident of White Pine. With her husband, John, ...

Plaintiff in Supreme Court gay marriage case speaks at Tech

HOUGHTON — Had Jim Obergefell come along at a slightly different time on the timeline of gay rights — or even had his case been filed slightly later — he might have stayed a semi-anonymous realtor in Cincinnati. Instead, Jim Obergefell became a self-described “accidental activist” ...

Houghton House Fire: Upper-story blaze inflicts major damage

HOUGHTON — A structure fire at 220 Blanche Street in East Houghton caused major damage to the home Monday night, but the occupants escaped without injury. Mike Reynolds, Houghton Fire Department chief, said the call was received at 9:46 p.m. Reynolds said Tuesday morning he had not had ...

Salt shipment heralds onset of cold season

HANCOCK — In the Copper Country, early signs of winter include migratory birds, falling leaves and — the arrival of the salt boat. The first load of salt arrived Sunday on the Algoma Sault. The 740-foot vessel deposited 13,000 tons of the 27,000 ton total expected to be shipped this year ...