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Local volunteers beat Rubicon to disaster response

HOUGHTON COUNTY — When Team Rubicon volunteers arrived to aid in flood cleanup, they were ready to help clean, carry and stabilize and they did, but not for nearly as long as anticipated. Team Rubicon is an international disaster response nonprofit created by two Marines in response to the ...

Guard nearing end of mission

ATLANTIC MINE — With roads cleared, culverts unplugged and several reconstruction projects completed, the National Guard is nearing the completion of its mission in response to the June 17 flash flood that hit the Copper County. The Guard attachment, which has fluctuated in number from 69 ...

FEMA teams deployed to total up flood damage

HOUGHTON COUNTY — Teams of surveyors from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) began reviewing damage Tuesday, another step toward determining the Copper Country’s eligibility for federal disaster relief due to the June 17 flash flood. As of Thursday afternoon, county ...

Some beaches in Copper Country reopen after flood

HANCOCK — The total of area beaches reopened in the aftermath of the June 17 flood now stands at eight after recent testing showed it is safe to swim at Twin Lakes State Park and Eagle River Beach. Following the flash flood, all water bodies in the Upper Peninsula were closed due to high ...

Financial figures fudged not false; recall bid rejected

HOUGHTON — A petition submitted to the Houghton County Clerk’s Office to recall Calumet Village President Dave Geisler was rejected last week by the Houghton County Elections Committee during a clarity hearing last week, because its wording was either not clear or not factual. The petition ...

US senator tours CC flood damage: FEMA begins assessment

HOUGHTON — As federal teams began arriving in Houghton County to assess flood damages on Monday, U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow visited several sites to see the devastation and the work that has already been done to improve it. Teams from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the ...

Disincorporation is not way to achieve local unity: trustee

CALUMET — Trustee Sandy Johnson, along with Trustee Virginia Dwyer and Village President Dave Geisler, voiced her opinion in regard to a petition to disincorporate the village, which was discussed at the monthly meeting last Tuesday. Johnson said she has lived in Calumet longer than she ...

Trustee responds to petition blowback

CALUMET — Trustee Peggy Germain responded to comments directed at her for her role in the petition to disincorporate the village. She painted a picture of non-communicative organizations within the village. “There was a group, Bring Back Calumet,” she said. “The trustees weren’t ...

$12.8M budget approved for H-PT

HOUGHTON — The Houghton-Portage Township Schools Board approved a $12.8 million budget with a 2.5 percent increase in expenditures at its monthly meeting Monday. The 2018-19 budget will have total revenues of $12,736,192, up 2 percent. The district is projected to have a $1,939,266 fund ...

People prepare to move forward

CALUMET — The American Red Cross has been operating a distribution center out of the Calumet Colosseum for the past week. Twenty-two volunteers have been working out of the center, with another 12 working remotely, said Nikki Salladay, the center’s staffing manager. Teams have been ...

Tournament offers break for firefighters

CHASSELL — After last weekend’s heavy rain and flash flooding, it was touch-and-go whether the 65th annual Copper Country Firefighters Tournament would go on at all. After much debate, it went on as scheduled. “We thought we could do more good with this, doing the tournament and ...

Like the trailer says…

Garrett Neese/Daily Mining Gazette Residents unload boxes of goods donated for Houghton County flood victims from two semi trailers driven from Iron Mountain to Dee Stadium in Houghton Saturday night.

Fest offers break with Finnish fun

HANCOCK — This year’s Juhannus festivities provided a welcome break from dealing with the flood disaster. Weekend highlights included dancing, raising of the Juhannus pole, traditional bonfire — aka kokko — at Agate beach and musical performances from folk band Jepokryddona, just ...

Flood tweaks Canal Run

HANCOCK — Despite the flood disaster, racers entered in the 2018 Canal Run can be assured the event is still on and as focused on safety as ever. There could be some minor changes, however. Going on 43 years, the run is currently evaluating new routes in case they are needed after ...

Slow recovery: Work progressing, but more volunteers needed

HOUGHTON COUNTY — The outpouring of community volunteers and support has been inspiring but still more help is needed in post-flood aid and cleanup. In Hubbell alone, Torch Lake Township supervisor Brian Cadwell reported 2,600 hours of volunteer hours. “The small townships really rely ...

Most areas not covered by flood insurance

HANCOCK — Most homeowners' insurance doesn’t include coverage for floods, leaving many people affected without a way to receive assistance for their losses. Shelly Peltier, a resident of Coles Creek Road in Stanton Township, had roughly 8 feet of water in her basement after Sunday’s ...

Paving away

Daily Mining Gazette/Daver Karnosky Construction crews were busy on U.S. 41 near the Copper Country Humane Society Friday afternoon patching the sinkholes that first appeared Sunday.

When it rains, it pours: risks and preparation

RIPLEY — Taking pity on the Copper Country, the weather has offered a brief rest from rainfall but it won't last. New paths were cut, culverts blocked and the ground saturated, meaning even a normal amount of rain could create problems. In Lake Linden, structures that previously channeled ...

One village council member speaks out

CALUMET — The Village Council Tuesday discussed whether to organize a disincorporation commission in light of the recent petition to dissolve the village. Council members took the opportunity to express their personal opinions on the topic, raising issues requiring addressing. Trustee ...

CC Strong Rebound: People pull together for prompt recovery

HOUGHTON COUNTY — Days after the water subsided from Sunday’s flash flood, the Copper Country is open for business. The concern is if tourists know that. A wave of cancellations rolled in in the wake of the flooding for hotels and tourism-related businesses, but things are beginning to ...