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Strasser seeking re-election

Current Ontonagon Area School District Board member Tammy Strasser is seeking re-election. She is one of the six candidates on the ballot and one write-in running for the four open board seats. Strasser is an Ontonagon High School graduate and a resident of White Pine. With her husband, John, ...

Plaintiff in Supreme Court gay marriage case speaks at Tech

HOUGHTON — Had Jim Obergefell come along at a slightly different time on the timeline of gay rights — or even had his case been filed slightly later — he might have stayed a semi-anonymous realtor in Cincinnati. Instead, Jim Obergefell became a self-described “accidental activist” ...

Houghton House Fire: Upper-story blaze inflicts major damage

HOUGHTON — A structure fire at 220 Blanche Street in East Houghton caused major damage to the home Monday night, but the occupants escaped without injury. Mike Reynolds, Houghton Fire Department chief, said the call was received at 9:46 p.m. Reynolds said Tuesday morning he had not had ...

Salt shipment heralds onset of cold season

HANCOCK — In the Copper Country, early signs of winter include migratory birds, falling leaves and — the arrival of the salt boat. The first load of salt arrived Sunday on the Algoma Sault. The 740-foot vessel deposited 13,000 tons of the 27,000 ton total expected to be shipped this year ...

Pantti seeks election to Ontonagon school board

Rebecca Pantti is one of six candidates on the ballot and one registered write-in candidate for a seat on the Ontonagon Area School District Board (OASD). Voters will decide on four open seats on the Board. “I am running for the OASD School Board because I heard there were four positions ...

H-PT union contract agreement leaves hard feelings: teacher

HOUGHTON — The Houghton-Portage Township Schools Board approved a one-year contract with teachers at its meeting Monday night, as one teacher bemoaned what he said has become a rancorous negotiating relationship between teachers and the board. The one-year contract with the Michigan ...

Walking Against Violence: Fundraiser for domestic violence awareness

BARAGA — The weather was clear Saturday for the ninth annual Chelsey LaFernier Memorial Domestic Violence Awareness Walk and Feast hosted by the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community’s (KBIC) Office of Violence Against Women (OVW). Chelsey LaFernier was a 23-year-old KBIC member who was murdered ...

Challenger wants to promote economy

HOUGHTON — Melissa Davis said she is running for the Houghton County Board on an interest in serving the area and doing things that benefit residents. “A lot of people seem to think that government is something that happens by itself, and I would really like people to interact with it ...

Low voter turnout for candidate meet event

L’ANSE — Politicians nearly outnumbered their constituents at Baraga County’s Meet the Candidates event on Saturday afternoon. Nine candidates for elections ranging from Michigan’s 1st Congressional district to L’Anse School Board gave brief remarks to a crowd of barely a dozen ...

Houghton police get ‘remarkable’ state report

HOUGHTON — The Houghton Police Department got high marks back from the state in its recent audit. The state conducted a Law Enforcement Information Network (LEIN) audit of the department in September. The statewide computerized information system is intended to be able to provide a ...

Rain Delay: Recent storms set repairs back

HOUGHTON COUNTY — Repair to damages caused by the June 17 flood have seen many delays, now thanks to weeks of rain showers, valuable repair days have been lost. “We lost a couple of days due to the rain this week on our flood repair projects,” said Dan Weingarten, communications ...

Packed house sees turbines get approved

L’ANSE — The L’Anse Township Board approved ordinances allowing large wind energy conversion (LWEC) systems to be permitted in Forest Resource districts, as well as lowering the minimum blade clearance from 75 feet to 58 feet, as requested by Renewable Energy Systems (RES) and ...

State candidates talk good game on education

HANCOCK — Candidates for state legislature gathered at Finlandia University’s Jutila Center on Friday to speak to the Copper Country Association of School Boards (CCASB) about what they each want to change about education in Michigan. “The fact is the best shot that anybody has in life ...

Doctor seeking to serve in public office

HOUGHTON — From an early age, Sharon Stoll has wanted to run for public office. “Finally, I’m just in a position where it makes sense,” said Stoll, who also studied political science at Northern Michigan University before attending medical school. “I’ve been in this community for ...

Chassell seeking flooding funding

CHASSELL TOWNSHIP — As rain continued to fall Wednesday night, Chassell Township residents heard updates on the township’s efforts to get grant money to address problem flooding areas. The township is seeking a grant through the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), which would ...

KEDA Tech Talk: New president offers his first impressions

HANCOCK — As he begins to shed his outsider status, Michigan Technological University President Richard Koubek has been struck by how Tech’s location has shaped it. “Students aren’t accidentally here just because they couldn’t decide and end up in Houghton, Michigan,” he said. ...

Health career facility unveiled

HANCOCK — Members of the Portage Health Foundation (PHF) Board were given a tour of the new certified nursing assistant (CNA) and health careers classrooms built as part of the career and technical education (CTE) expansion this year. “They were instrumental to helping me get the CTE off ...

Positive momentum, retention at Finlandia

HANCOCK — Finlandia University is reporting improved retention and other positive markers but sees even more opportunities ahead. The university gave the update and detailed future plans in an update for community partners Wednesday. Enrollment is up almost 14 percent and retention almost ...

Houghton approves flood work contracts

HOUGHTON — The Houghton City Council unanimously approved contracts for repairs of damage on federal aid routes from the June 17 flood Wednesday. The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) submitted both contracts. The first is the design contract for initial response services and ...