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Poisoning still under investigation

HOUGHTON — Police are still actively investigating the 2015 death of a Houghton woman whose poisoning is being considered a homicide.  Janel Sturzl, 31, died of thallium poisoning on Dec. 22, 2015. The metal, formerly used for pest control, was banned in the 1960s. It has no odor, color or ...

Finlandia partners with Finnish tech expert Mesensei

Beginning in November, Finlandia students and alumni will be participating in an innovative pilot-project utilizing a mobile mentoring application developed by the Helsinki-based Mesensei — a leader in education technology. The project is expected to last three months during which time ...

Planning ahead: Tech approves project funding requests

HOUGHTON — Phase one and two of an engineering and health technologies complex, as well as integrated student maker spaces, were included in a five-year capital outlay plan and capital project request approved by the Michigan Technological University Board. The funding requests are ...

Search chair: Interest high in Tech president job

HOUGHTON — After a few days of the job being advertised, more than 100 people have indicated interest in being Michigan Technological University's next president, the head of the presidential search committee said Friday.  “There's a lot of interest in this spot,” said Bill Johnson, ...

Hancock business filing flood damage claim against city

HANCOCK — The owner of Dave’s BP is filing a $64,000 claim against Hancock for flooding damage caused by a faulty storm sewer in August. Dave Dow said he had arrived at his service station 5 a.m. on Aug. 22 to find more than five feet of water in the basement. The water took out the ...

Lake Linden Council approves pay raises for itself, officials

LAKE LINDEN — The Lake Linden Village Council approved raises for Village Council members, clerk and Fire Department at its meeting Thursday. Council members will receive $70 per regular meeting; the president will receive $150. Both will receive $30 for special meetings. Council members ...

Adams gets vocational funding support through its foundation

PAINESDALE — The Adams Township School District Foundation (ATSDF) offers students many opportunities that they otherwise would not have. The ATSDF is a nonprofit organization that provides the means for alumni and community members to support school programs and the community. Just one of ...

Protecting, Serving, Saving Lives

Garrett Neese/Daily Mining Gazette Hancock Mayor Lisa McKenzie on Wednesday presents the city’s Life Saving Award to Cpl. Jeremy Lassila and Officer Lundy Castro, who climbed down a ravine and pulled a lawnmower off Wesley Byykonen, third from right, in August. Also pictured are Wesley’s ...

Not Sold: Offer ‘turned in’ to feds, deal blocked

EAGLE RIVER — Anthony Lane Partners has opted to terminate its offer to purchase the Keweenaw Mountain Lodge. In a letter addressed both to Charles Miller, Keweenaw County attorney, and the Keweenaw County Board, ALP stated the reason for its action was the result of an unidentified ...

‘Sold’: Board accepts Adoba’s offer

EAGLE RIVER — The Keweenaw County Board unanimously approved a motion to move forward with Adoba Hotels after the withdrawal of Anthony Lane Partners in purchasing the Mountain Lodge, and rebuffed interest from a third party. James Henderson, Adoba’s president and founder, gave a detailed ...

Tech infuses foundation’s money with power for health research

While funding for a community health research partnership is primarily provided by the Portage Health Foundation, Michigan Technological University has used its financial base to leverage those funds to their full potential. Jason Carter, chairman of the Kinesiology and Physiology ...

District Court judge: Slate of pending bills in Legislature addresses opioids

HOUGHTON — 97th District Court Judge Mark Wisti campaigned on behalf of a slate of bills in the state Legislature designed to address the opioid crisis. The bills are aimed at regulating the medical profession’s ability to write prescriptions for opiates. “I do think the medical ...

Here Comes the Sun

Photo by Carrie Erickson The sun rises Tuesday on the Portage Lake Lift Bridge in this photo taken from Hancock’s Porvoo Park.

Stand-alone jail nixed: Board discusses facility not wanted but needed

HOUGHTON — The Houghton County Board will not pursue the new study of a stand-alone jail, Sheriff’s Office and courthouse in the city, with members saying voters had already rejected that approach. Commissioner Scott Ala Tuesday proposed hiring the Indiana engineering firm RQAW about ...

Crane and Steel Ballet

Photo by Erik Lee Workers perform a high-wire act in assembling telecommunications tower in Calumet earlier this week, guiding large sections of the tower held by a crane into place.

Monument to Italian Hall victims moving forward

CALUMET — The monument listing the names of the victims of the Italian Hall disaster, which occurred on Dec. 21, 1913, is scheduled to be installed in the Italian Hall Memorial Park on Seventh Street around the first week of November, according to Mike Lahti, Italian Hall Memorial committee ...

Houghton County approves public defender plan

HOUGHTON — Houghton County will submit a plan to the state for creating a public defender office, although it could be a while before anything takes effect. The plan is required under standards set by the Michigan Indigent Defense Commission, which was created after a report found all 83 ...

Survivor describes her journey from Holocaust

HANCOCK — In telling her story about surviving the Holocaust at Temple Jacob in Hancock on Sunday, Irene Miller’s harrowing journey started in Warsaw, Poland, and continued in getting smuggled across the closed Russian border. After being rounded up by Russian authorities and sent to a ...

Noise Signals: H-PT projects continuing

HOUGHTON — As evidenced by the noises coming from the roof during Houghton-Portage Township Schools Board meeting Monday, work is continuing on the district’s capital improvement project. The work is part of a $10.9 million bond proposal approved last year by district voters. Roofing ...