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Flying elephants at county fair

Daily Mining Gazette/Dave Archambeau On Thursday’s opening day of the Houghton County Fair, kids are seen here flying high on a ride at the carnival.

State jobless rates jump in July

LANSING — Seasonally unadjusted unemployment rates in July rose seasonally in all of the state’s 17 major labor market areas, according to a press release from the Michigan Department of Technology, Management & Budget. Total employment and workforce levels declined in the majority ...

Getting air at county fair

David Archambeau/Daily Mining Gazette The 2017 Houghton County Fair opened Thursday in Hancock, featuring, among many other events and activities, motocross races (above) and thriller carnival rides like the Super Nova 360 (below).

LBFE celebrates 35 years fundraiser gala

HANCOCK — Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly has been a presence in the Hancock area for 35 years now, and according to Cathy Kass-Aten and Mike Aten, the need for the organization is still strong. Kass-Aten is the LBFE Upper Michigan Chapter executive director, and Mike Aten is the ...

Funding for trails coming from sales of new brew

SOUTH RANGE — The Copper Harbor Trails Club (CHTC) is constantly working and expanding its off-road bicycling trails, and new donation from the Keweenaw Brewing Company is going to allow that work to continue. Dick Gray, co-owner of KBC, said the company has been donating to the CHTC for ...

Camp teaches middle-school-life lessons

HOUGHTON — Right, left, then back to the right. Locker combinations can be tricky, but they’re just one of the challenges facing incoming middle school students. Incoming Houghton Middle School sixth-graders learned more about the classes they will take, and the place they will keep ...

Work update reveals method to madness

HOUGHTON — Quincy Street in Houghton will be graveled and opened back up to traffic for the weekend, U.P. Engineers & Architects project manager Chris Holmes said at Wednesday’s Houghton City Council meeting. Quincy should be paved on Monday, he said. Curbing and sidewalk is being ...

IRS takes property city was eyeing

HOUGHTON — It’s back to the drawing board for Houghton’s plan for a backup location for the city’s community garden. City Manager Eric Waara informed the council Wednesday night the IRS had exercised its option on 402 Sharon Ave. The city had approved $41,000 in June from the ...

Kurtti 1 of ‘100 Faces’ promoting century of Finland’s independence

HANCOCK — Jim Kurtti was a little surprised he was asked to be one of the “100 Faces” in promotional films for the centennial celebration of Finnish independence, but he gladly agreed. In the 80-second-long video, Kurtti, the director of the Finlandia University Finnish American ...

Police seeking former Ishpeming resident on warrant for assault

ISHPEMING — A former Ishpeming resident is being sought by the Ishpeming Police Department in connection with an alleged assault. According to an IPD press release, the Marquette County Prosecutor’s office has issued a warrant for David James Bellmer, 39, for assault with the intent to do ...

Powerful expectations can promote recovery

Real people recovering from mental illness and finding wellness in their lives are telling their stories, and telling these stories can inspire others. Kevin was a teenager who planned to end his life by jumping off the Golden Gate bridge. He survived the fall. Today he tells his recovery ...

Eyeing (with glasses) the sun

Provided photo from Michigan Tech Gathered in a group around the Husky, Michigan Technological University community members are seen looking skyward Monday at the solar eclipse.

Drug Bust: Police arrest Ewen man on meth, heroin charges

ONTONAGON COUNTY — Detectives from the Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team (UPSET) arrested a Ewen man Thursday on drug charges and gun theft. Wayne Langston, 41, was charged with possession with the intent to distribute crystal meth and heroin and possession of a stolen handgun, ...

White Pine refinery might try production of copper cathodes

WHITE PINE — The White Pine Copper Refinery (WPCR) is planning to produce copper cathodes from tailings and stamp sands. In addition to being environmentally friendly, the project would employ at least 15 people, company officials said. “White Pine Copper Refinery is in the process of ...

Leave No Trace talk at Hungarian Falls

TAMARACK CITY — Two paths diverged in the woods by Hungarian Falls. The group of hikers, as instructed, took the one more traveled by. While arguably the less poetic choice, it’s the one that better protects the trail. The hike was part of Hungarian Falls Hot Spot Week, a joint activity ...

Omega House promotes advance care planning

HOUGHTON — A growing number of people are using living wills to determine their wishes in case they are no longer capable of making their own decisions, not just medically, but emotionally and spiritually. Omega House uses the Five Wishes program, a legal document that spells out what the ...

Beartown driver pleads guilty

ANOKA, Minnesota — A Baraga man pleaded guilty this month to charges related to the deaths and injuries of fellow firefighters last year in Minnesota. Michael Allen Johnson, 29, entered the plea Aug. 8 on two counts of criminal vehicular homicide and one count of criminal vehicular ...

DB-TC Schools Board approves teacher contract

DOLLAR BAY — The Dollar Bay-Tamarack City Area Schools Board of Education ratified the 2017-18 contract for district teachers at its regular meeting Monday, but several teachers in attendance questioned the process. Matt Zimmer, Dollar Bay High School math and science teacher, said the ...

New principal settling into job

HOUGHTON — A couple of weeks into his position as Houghton High School principal, Cole Klein says things are going smoothly. “I’ve been meeting students, staff and parents as they trickle in from the summer, and everyone’s been positive,” he said. “The administrative staff has ...

Eclipse Glimpse

Craig Peterson/Daily Mining Gazette A distorted reflection off the surface of the Pilgrim River at U.S.-41 during Monday’s solar eclipse shows the altered shape of the sun.