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Cheer Club: More space for gifts

HOUGHTON — “The toys are still coming in,” Salvation Army Capt. Leonita Schweigert said. “We have more than enough toys for everybody.” Schweigert picked up toys left under the tree at the Daily Mining Gazette on Monday. Toys were donated by Lori Ruonavaara, Loyal and Patricia ...

Hancock expands student mentoring

HANCOCK — Established 15 years ago, the Peer Mentor program at Hancock’s middle and high schools allows students to mentor students with learning disabilities and continues to expand its service with 22 mentors this year. “The program that the district is operating is truly a program ...

CTE center gets 2 big machines

HANCOCK — Copper Country Intermediate School District (CCISD) superintendent George Stockero announced the arrival of the last two machines to the Career and Technical Education (CTE) center’s welding program at Tuesday’s board meeting. “It was just fun to watch the kids get ...

What’s up with the bulldogs?

HANCOCK — Members of the School Board were at a loss to explain why the statues of the two bulldogs that were supposed to be cast in metal and placed in front of the high school and middle school several months ago are not in place. “That is something we will have to address with Chris ...

CTE center hosts day for women in trades

HANCOCK — About 50 10th- and 11th-grade girls from across the Copper Country Intermediate School District (CCISD) spent Tuesday at the CCISD Career and Technical Education (CTE) center in Hancock learning about welding, automotive technology and construction trades programs for Women in ...

MTU Board trustees given honorary rank

HOUGHTON — Three former or departing members of the Michigan Technological University (MTU) Board were conferred the rank of emerita or emeritus by the board at Friday’s meeting. Julie Fream, Paul G. Ollila and Terry Woychowski were granted the honorary ranks for their distinguished and ...

End of Era: Juntunen steps down as school board chief

ONTONAGON — After over two decades of being on the Ontonagon Area School District (OASD) Board, Dean Juntunen on Monday presided over his last board meeting. Prior to Monday Night’s meeting, the school held a surprise ice cream social for Juntunen, who has been board president for 15 ...

Head of Class: MTU Board promotes rank of 3 professors

HOUGHTON — The Michigan Technological University (MTU) Board conferred the rank of emerita or emeritus on three retired professors at Friday’s regular meeting. M. Ann Brady, Dana Johnson and Charles Van Karsen were granted the rank after being recommended by their departments, colleges, ...

LAS gets library donation, loses board members

L’Anse Area Schools superintendent Susan Tollefson and the rest of the board thanked trustees Anne Koski and Jason Ayres for their service to the board at Monday’s meeting. The December meeting is the last for each of them, as they will be replaced by Brooke Osterman and Katie Waara in ...

Mackinac Straits tunnel proposals submitted for public perusal

Drafts of the tunnel agreements between Enbridge Energy Corporation and the state of Michigan have been posted for public comment. The agreements already made and four proposed agreements are available for review by the public at mipetroleumpipelines.com. Under one of the proposals called ...

Victorian Christmas: Holiday event from bygone era

HOUGHTON — Shoppers in the downtown area on Saturday could warm themselves by roadside woodfires and chat with colorful carolers as part of the second annual Victorian Christmas event. Fires were lit at 4 p.m., and the tree was lit at Bridgeview Park after dusk, and all the while people ...

325 inner Huskies shine at midyear commencement

HOUGHTON — More than 325 graduate and undergraduate students walked across the stage Saturday at Michigan Technological University’s (MTU) midyear Commencement. “We graduates need to take a moment to congratulate ourselves,” Rose Turner said. Turner, who graduated summa cum laude ...

Angel mission allows kids to pick presents to give to their parents

CALUMET — Santa Claus visited the Angel Mission Free Store on Fifth Street on Saturday and enjoyed talking with a long line of children, to see what they would like to receive for Christmas. Lynn Lanion, director of the Angel Mission, said while local kids were out shopping at the store, ...

Designed by Tech: Big Mac tunnel done as student project

HOUGHTON — Gov. Rick Snyder signed a bill creating the Mackinac Straits Corridor Authority this week, which will oversee the process of creating a tunnel for Enbridge Line 5 and other utilities to be run through. Sen. Tom Casperson, the bill’s sponsor who represents the Upper Peninsula, ...

Autism training to be ongoing at Hancock schools

HANCOCK — Autism training will be ongoing at Hancock’s high school and middle school, said principal Ezekiel Ohan, and will not be restricted to the Special Education teachers. “We have to not just educate the Special Education Department, because they’ve got to be educated, too,” ...

High school teachers begin training for autism

HANCOCK — High school teachers participated in a training presentation Wednesday on Autism, a developmental disorder that affects communication and behavior one in 68 children, and is the fastest growing serious developmental disability in the U.S. Principal Ezekiel Ohan initiated the ...

Michigan State Police reminds motorists to be safe

CALUMET — The Michigan State Police Calumet Post wants to remind motorists to drive safely moving into winter, and to make sure vehicles are prepared for winter driving conditions. “The thing it starts with, is when you turn the car on, give yourself enough time to get to your destination ...

Anti-wind vote petition OK’d

L’ANSE — Township clerk Brian Jentoft confirmed he has verified 410 signatures for the petition for a referendum on the zoning ordinances concerning wind turbines in the township at Wednesday’s Township Board meeting. Now the board must decide on when the election will be held and the ...

Conservancy looks to buy land to keep access for public use

The North Woods Conservancy (NWC) is fundraising to purchase another parcel of land in Keweenaw County. The 546.3-acre parcel is the last parcel needed to complete Gratiot River/Lake Superior Coastal Conservation Area, according to NWC president John Griffith. The objective, Griffith said, ...