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Hancock freshman rep’s priority is constituent service

The freshman representative for the Copper Country in the Michigan House of Representatives, Greg Markkanen has sponsored three bills so far, numbered 4289, 4120 and 4028. 1. House Bill 4289 would amend law give local road commission a larger discount in sales of state-owned snow removal ...

Reignited fire burns Allouez Township garage

ALLOUEZ TOWNSHIP — A Wednesday afternoon wood stove fire in an Allouez Township garage sparked up again later that night, rendering the garage a total loss, the owner’s wife said Thursday. Owner Mark Mountz had originally thought much the materials could be salvaged. “All the tools ...

Partial roof collapse closes Hancock schools

HANCOCK — A section of the roof on the rear portion of the Barkell Elementary School collapsed sometime overnight Wednesday, prompting school officials to have elementary school buses re-routed to the middle and high schools on Campus Drive Thursday morning. Superintendent Kipp Beaudoin ...

Attempt to melt roof snow burns garage

EDITOR'S NOTE: The online version of this story has been corrected the cause of the fire, which was caused by a unattended stove in the building's interior. ALLOUEZ TOWNSHIP — An Allouez Township garage suffered extensive damage in a Wednesday afternoon fire. The garage’s owner, Mark ...

Lively public comment session at Ontonagon village meeting

ONTONAGON — There were several points of contention and some points of agreement during the public comment period at Monday's Village Council meeting. Before the Public Hearing on the village’s annual budget was opened for discussion, Ontonagon Township resident Sue Lockhart questioned ...

County Board approves care center appointment

The Baraga County Board of Commissioners appointed Carole Hokkanen to the Baraga County Extended Care Corporation (BCECC) Board of Trustees at their regular Monday night meeting. The BCECC board oversees Bayside Village, a nursing home in L’Anse, as a semi-independent division on the Baraga ...

Serious injury in truck crash

A Baltic resident was seriously injured when a dump truck crashed into his 1993 Chevrolet pickup truck on Superior Road, according to the Houghton County Sheriff's Office. The accident happened at about 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday when the pickup truck driven by Baltic resident Trent Nordstrom, 17, ...

Baraga County should send message on Warden: FOLK

L’ANSE — Catherine Andrews, L'Anse resident and board member with Friends of the Land of Keweenaw (FOLK), presented the Baraga County Board with a draft resolution supporting stronger permit guidelines for the L’Anse Warden Electric Company (LWEC) at the board’s regular meeting on ...

Jail task force will have diverse views

HOUGHTON — The Houghton County Board approved the creation of a task force to consider options for the construction of a new county jail Tuesday, as well as obtaining cost estimates for three jail options. Representing the county government on the task force will be the board and Planning ...

Virtual viewer doesn’t see trees

Researchers at Michigan Technological University were hired by the Friends of the Huron Mountains (FOHM) to conduct a viewshed analysis of the wind farm proposed by Renewable Energy Systems (RES). In explaining the process, the researchers said they started the analysis in December 2018 and ...

Hancock School Board member steps down: Board failed Beaudoin

HANCOCK — Friday afternoon, Hancock Public Schools Board of Education Trustee Paula Nutini submitted her resignation from the board, the same day superintendent Kipp Beaudoin announced his own resignation. Both resignations came a week after board President Kevin Kalinec stepped down. In ...

School’s vandalism looks like inside job, probe finds

HANCOCK — Three months after a malicious destruction of property incident was reported to the Hancock City Police Department, the incident remains unsolved with no suspects. The incident involved a .177 caliber pellet gun. After an internal investigation, the Hancock Public Schools District ...

Citizens group shows virtual future view of wind farm project

The Friends of the Huron Mountains (FOHM) commissioned the creation of a map showing where wind turbines in a wind farm proposed for L’Anse Township would be visible. FOHM worked with researchers at Michigan Technological University (MTU) to create both a two-dimensional map and a ...

Chasing the Bear: Ski race of ‘positive energy,’ ‘crazy costumes’

CALUMET — A record 811 racers came from throughout the Upper Midwest for Saturday’s Great Bear Chase in Calumet. About 80 percent of the skiers come from out of the area, said race director Angela Luskin. She credited the race’s constant efforts at improvement, such as the skiathlon, ...

Hunter becomes hunted if grey wolves delisted

HOUGHTON — Under current federal law, wolves can only be killed to protect human life. That could change if the grey wolf is removed the the endangered species list. "I think it will benefit us,” said Dave Bahrman, director of the Upper Peninsula district of the Michigan Farm Bureau. ...

Turmoil in Hancock: Schools chief, another board member resign

HANCOCK — Hancock Public Schools superintendent Kipp Beaudoin announced in an email that he has submitted his resignation, effective later this year. The email was obtained by the Daily Mining Gazette through an anonymous source who does not want to be named for fear of retaliation. “I ...