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Richard Byrd/For the Gazette The Calumet Players raise their arms while singing “Oklahoma” at Sunday’s final performance of the play at the Calumet Theatre.

Familiar faces in two new members of Salvation Army

HANCOCK — The Salvation Army in Hancock provides important services to our community. It has operated as a meeting place and a food pantry, but a limited staff has meant limited community outreach and involvement. However, with two new staff members, the Salvation Army in Hancock is working ...

County board gets brownfield advice

HOUGHTON — The Houghton County Board heard about some of the brownfield development tools available to them Tuesday. Jeff Hawkins, CEO and founder of the Kalamazoo-based brownfield consulting firm Envirologic, spoke to the Houghton County Board at its September meeting. Hawkins ...

Circuit Court rules against DNR

BARAGA COUNTY — After more than seven years of litigation, on Thursday Baraga County Circuit Court struck down the Michigan Department of Natural Resources’ (DNR’s) declaration that Baraga County pig farmer Roger Turunen and his wife, Brenda, were raising and marketing illegal pigs, under ...

Crowds come to third annual Geek U.P.

HOUGHTON — DC or Marvel. Anime or video games. Fans of all stripes found something to pique their interest at the third annual Geek U.P., held at Michigan Technological University on Saturday. Larger crowds turned up throughout the day’s events, which included artist displays, ...

‘Zelda’ actress comes home to UP

HOUGHTON — In everyday life, voice acting doesn’t lead to being recognized. Patricia Summersett, who played Princess Zelda in “The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild,” doesn’t have the same airy, mid-Atlantic voice. And even for voices closer to her natural voice — such as Ash ...

Citizen group looking to keep residents aware

DOLLAR BAY — Osceola and Torch Lake Township residents concerned about what they see as a lack of outreach and transparency from local units of government are forming a group to get more involved. The Yooper Cares group formed after some residents’ frustration at the August bond election ...

American Legion post hosts dinner, silent auction

HANCOCK — The Alfred Erickson American Legion Post 186 will hold their semi-annual spaghetti dinner fundraiser from Noon-4 p.m. on Sept. 29, according to Rod Guilbault, post commander. There is more to expect than just spaghetti, however. In addition to spaghetti, salad, rolls, and the ...

Students replace Chassell Township bridge

CHASSELL TOWNSHIP — Thirty years of walkers, runners and skiers took their toll on a bridge on the Chassell Township Trails. Chassell High School students were out this week building a bridge for the next 30. The bridge is 10-feet by 30-feet, slightly wider than its predecessor, said ...

Township supervisor bids farewell

CALUMET TOWNSHIP — After nearly 47 years behind his desk, Paul Lehto stepped down as township supervisor, ending his tenure as of noon on Friday. Lehto said the township needed some change, which included transitioning the assessor to supervisor. “Osceola Township did the same thing a ...

Houghton considers rezoning for seaplane business

HOUGHTON — The Houghton City Council will decide in October whether to approve rezoning of a property on Houghton Canal Road that would allow it to host the Isle Royale Seaplanes business. The property, adjacent to the Upper Peninsula Power Co. (UPPCO) Service Center, would be changed from ...

Houghton County OKs budget

HOUGHTON — Houghton County approved its 2020 fiscal year budget after a public hearing Tuesday. General fund revenues are projected at $10,138,406, versus $10,068,840. “Overall, I’m happy with this budget,” Administrator Eric Forsberg said. “It’s got a surplus.” No members ...

Houghton approves police union contracts

HOUGHTON — The Houghton City Council approved contracts with unions for police supervisors and patrol officers Wednesday night. The lieutenant will receive a 3% raise in the agreement, as will patrol officers. The two sergeants will receive an increase in dollars equivalent to the ...

Just floating on past

Joshua Vissers/Daily Mining Gazette A U.S. Army Corp of Engineers barge made its way through the Portage Canal Wednesday, causing traffic backups around 1:30 p.m. when the Portage Lake Lift Bridge was raised to allow it through.

No injuries in vehicle fire on U.S. 41

HANCOCK — A vehicle fire on Quincy Hill backed up traffic on U.S. 41 Wednesday afternoon, and created plumes of black and gray smoke that were visible for several miles. Hancock City Police Officer Darick Coponen said as the driver of the vehicle was proceeding north on U.S. 41, the gas ...

Board to ask SkyWest for new connecting hub

HOUGHTON — With residents complaining about missed flights and other travel difficulties, Houghton County will ask SkyWest to provide air service to Detroit and/or Minneapolis instead of Chicago. The letter, which the county board approved sending Tuesday, will be submitted as public ...

Local representatives speak out on guns

LANSING — Feeling that their constitutional rights are under attack, hundreds of gun rights advocates from around the state openly displayed firearms at the state capitol on Tuesday, while attending the 2019 Second Amendment March. This year’s speakers focused on the issues of right to open ...

Geek U.P. being held Saturday

HOUGHTON — Fans of comics, science fiction and video games are no less diehard in the Copper Country than anywhere else — if not more so, but the main comic convention known throughout the world in San Diego is more than 2,300 miles away from the local area. Smaller ones, located in places ...

Lake Linden eCYBERMISSION team reports on Nationals trip

LAKE LINDEN — Lake Linden’s eCYBERMISSION team reported back to the district board Monday about its recent trip to Nationals. “We didn’t win, but we had fun at the competition,” said Olivia Shank, who competed alongside Rebecca Lyons, Chloe Daniels and Jenna Beaudoin. The ...

Baraga County woman sentenced in murder of toddler

BARAGA — Gevenieve Lynn Meyers, 37, of L’Anse, was sentenced in Baraga County Tuesday to a minimum of 22 and a half years to a maximum of 40 years, for death 2017 death of her nephew, Walker Meyers. On Dec. 23, 2017, an unresponsive Meyers was brought to the Baraga County Memorial ...