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County Board holds ME’s appointment to think about cost

EAGLE RIVER — The Keweenaw County Board discussed appointing Janice B. Heikenen as the county’s new medical examiner on the recommendation of David Gilbert, who announced his retirement after 42 years. Also recommending the appointment was Sheriff Bill Luokkanen. “My office works very ...

Determining Death: ME prospect explains systems

EAGLE RIVER — Dr. Janice Heikenen discussed the differences between a medical examiner and a coroner after she was recommended to replace David Gilbert as the county’s ME at a Keweenaw County Board meeting last week. Gilbert has retired from the position after 42 years of ...

Baraga Road Commission, township approve cost-sharing agreement

The Baraga County Road Commission recently approved a cost-sharing agreement with Spurr Township to undertake improvements on Petticoat Lake Road in 2018. The agreement is about the commission and Spurr Township sharing the cost of the road surface project. According to Road Commissioner ...

One more go-around (at least): County agrees open KML could help sale

EAGLE RIVER — The Keweenaw Mountain Lodge Board voted to open the lodge for the 2018 season, but the vote was not unanimous. Board member Del Rajala said reopening the lodge was more of a risk of taxpayers’ money than the board should take. “That Mountain Lodge was created at a time ...

Hancock company sees green tech hub in Copper Country

Spelling of Evergreen Technology's parent company corrected to: FuTianBao HANCOCK — Pollution is a cross-cultural concern and now the Upper Peninsula is part of a cross-cultural solution. Hancock-based Evergreen Technology is focused on developing said solutions, typically working with ...

KEDA: Hire foreign students for summer help

EAGLE RIVER — Darlene Gronevelt, of the Keweenaw Economic Development Alliance discussed the benefits of hiring workers from foreign countries in a presentation last week to the Keweenaw Mountain Lodge Board, but some board members disagreed with her opinions. Gronevelt, who has a ...

Finlandia aims to attract transfer and nursing students in 2018

Correction: This story was corrected to state the $6,297 a semester tuition rate for transfer students applies to both out-of-state and in-state students. HANCOCK — Finlandia is courting transfer and RN-BSN students as part of efforts to attract new students. The university has always been ...

Teaching self defense to youngsters at Route 41

HOUGHTON — The Route 41 Training Center offers MMA Self Defense Classes for children. Owner, and former hockey coach, Greg Storm says he's always had an interest in martial arts and self-defense. His son reintroduced him to it. This led to the opening of the center. Although he was ...

Late start: Ontonagon Road Commission on track

ONTONAGON — A later start to snow plow season could leave the road commission with more funds for summer projects.  So far winter road upkeep is looking good, according to Michael Maloney, engineer for the Ontonagon Road Commission.  “We're out much later than usual,” said Maloney. ...

Sparking controversy: Village Council condemns public protest

CALUMET — The Calumet Village Council passed a resolution at its regular monthly meeting, condemning a group of protesters who organized and demonstrated on the night of Dec. 13 to protest the Council’s decision not to act in regards to the Medical Marijuana Act. According to Nathan ...

Owner of Zen Garden explains medical background

CALUMET — Earlier this week the Daily Mining Gazette erroneously reported that Alicia Roundtree, owner of Zen Garden in Calumet, had earned a nursing degree. Thursday, her medical background was clarified, stating she did not want to be misconstrued, especially amidst the current tensions ...

Diving into the state rules on marijuana

HANCOCK — Medical marijuana regulations have undergone a major shift recently with more changes a distinct possibility in coming years. Under new laws, medical marijuana dispensaries are removed from their previous grey area and given clear rules and regulatory structure. Also known as ...

Open for business: The Porcupine Mountains Ski Area opens for the season

ONTONAGON — Recovered from storm damage in early 2017, the Porcupine Mountains Ski Area is now open for the season. “We are recovered mostly,” said Inside Operations Supervisor Alex Watson. The April ice and snow storm caused significant damage to trees requiring cleanup. The DNR ...

County board member expresses ire at Gazette

EAGLE RIVER — During a meeting of the Keweenaw Mountain Lodge Board, board member Sandra Gayk expressed her disappointment regarding recent editorials published in the Daily Mining Gazette which expressed opinions on the processes involving the county’s selling of the lodge. Gayk, reading ...

Arts grant approved for CCISD

An arts grant from the VSA Michigan has been approved for visual arts classes for Copper Country Intermediate School District Learning Center Programs. VSA is the state organization on arts and disability. The organization promotes creative power in people with disabilities. The requested ...

Rising cost: Sewer rate increase for Hancock

HANCOCK — The city council approved a sewer rate increase from $8.35 to $9.85 per 1,000 gallons at their Wednesday meeting. The decision was unanimously supported though Ron Blau and Paul Labine expressed some reservations initially. The increase would affect November billing and help cover ...

Calumet Village Council defends its position

CALUMET — While several residents of the village of Calumet voiced their opinions and thoughts to the Council regarding medical marijuana, trustee Virginia Dwyer offered a response and an explanation for why the Council took no action regarding the Medical Marijuana Act. “We looked at ...

Village Council takes heat for saying no

CALUMET — The Calumet Village Council heard comments from the public regarding medical marijuana at Tuesday’s council meeting, with 16 people speaking in favor of the drug, and one opposed. “We need our medicine,” said a woman who did not want her name revealed. She suffers from ...

Ont. County calls for full dredge job

ONTONAGON — The County Board approved a resolution to support future dredging of the Ontonagon Harbor at its Tuesday meeting. Commissioners were unanimously in favor of the resolution previously passed by the Ontonagon Village Council. The board added a clause pushing for a completed job ...