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KML optimistic about another strong summer season in 2018

EAGLE RIVER — Harvey Desnick, coordinator of the Keweenaw Mountain Lodge, is moving ahead with plans to re-open the KML for the 2018 operating year on a far more positive note than last year. “I’m getting things geared up for the season,” said Desnick, “starting with social media ...

Legion state commander visits Hancock

HANCOCK — As the Michigan American Legion's first post-Vietnam commander, Brett Holt has heard the complaints from members that younger veterans aren't interested in joining. But Holt thinks it has less to do with age and more with how they're recruited. He mimicked the typical pitch, a ...

DNR moving to build shooting range in Marquette

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is getting closer to bringing a shooting range to the Upper Peninsula. At the Western Upper Peninsula Citizens Advisory Council (CAC) meeting on Thursday evening, U.P. regional coordinator, Stacy Haughey, gave an update on the shooting range, that ...

Conflicted: Council president sits on every village panel

CALUMET — Peggy Germain, village trustee, addressed the council regarding the village president sitting on more than one village committee, bringing up the question of a conflict of interest. The topic arose during discussing of the Planning Commission, on which President Dave Geisler ...

No motion on vote: Trustee questions ZBA chairman’s removal

CALUMET — Trustee Peggy Germain told the Village Council on Tuesday that the council’s removal of Nathan Anderson from the Zoning Board of Appeals at its December meeting might have been made incorrectly, since no motion on the ordinance was made prior to the vote. “On page two (of the ...

Sled crash: Driver suffers serious injury

GRANT TOWNSHIP — A 28-year-old female from Sheboygan, Wisconsin, sustaineded serious injuries Wednesday in a single-vehicle snowmobile accident in Grant Township, according to Keweenaw County Sheriff Bill Luokkanen. The accident occurred on Trail 134 at about 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, two ...

Keweenaw snow invisible to weather monitoring

HOUGHTON — As its residents know, the rapidly changing weather of the Keweenaw Peninsula can be difficult to predict. Radar difficulties, shallow clouds and high variability between regions are a few of the disrupting factors. Snowfall researcher and Michigan Tech assistant professor ...

Sign ordinance approved by council, goes to Plan Commission for review

HANCOCK — The City Council approved a new sign ordinance at its Wednesday meeting. The ordinance passed with a 5-1 vote, with John Haeussler as the lone dissenting vote. Haeussler stated that he was philosophically opposed to the ordinance, expressing a general dislike of regulations that ...

Line Look Leader: Tech prof heading pipe risk analysis

HOUGHTON — The director of Michigan Technological University’s Great Lakes Research Center will lead the team performing a risk analysis of Enbridge’s Line 5, a crude oil pipeline which runs under the Straits of Mackinac. Guy Meadows and a team of 41 researchers, including 21 from Tech, ...

Carnegie Natural History program looks at science of measuring snow

HOUGHTON — Understanding and recording snowfall is a complicated and developing area of research everyone can contribute to. Mark Kulie, a Michigan Tech assistant professor, spoke on measuring global snowfall Tuesday at the latest program of the Natural History series at Carnegie ...

Lawyering Up: Ontonagon hires legal firm to defend its accounting

ONTONAGON — The Village Housing Commission (VHC) hired a law firm with a specialty in certified public accounting during a special meeting Tuesday. Last week commission members Richard Ernest and Joe Erickson called for this action, citing their concerns of not getting the information, ...

H-PT Board hears focus factors for academic support of students

HOUGHTON — The ABCs of education data assists with the academic support of students, a special education told the Houghton-Portage Township Schools Board on Monday. Anna Bradfish gave an update on the high school’s progress with its multi-tiered systems of support (MTSS), an educational ...

New policies at Hancock cause debate

CORRECTION, Jan. 19: In a story in Tuesday’s paper, the name of the late Hancock School Board member Steve Lancour was misspelled. Also, at the time of his death, Lancour held the office of board secretary, not president. HANCOCK — The School Board heard plans for new staff, exam policies ...

Wrong Exit? ZBA removal might have violated law

CALUMET — Village President Dave Geisler and the council could be in violation of state law in removing Zoning Board of Appeals Chairman Nathan Anderson from his position. Geisler appointed Anderson as chairman in September 2017 for a three-year term but removed him in December. In ...

FU honors King legacy with service

HANCOCK — To honor the legacy of Martin Luther King, many universities and organizations use the holiday as a time for volunteer work. At Finlandia University, that tradition continues to grow, with 160 students participating in Monday service projects. This year all service sites were ...

Population decline cause of concern for Calumet’s future

CALUMET — During a presentation to the Village Planning Commission, commission member Chris Green suggested in a meeting last week that the village’s continuing population decline has resulted in a decline in occupied housing, which needs to be considered in developing a new five-year ...

H-PT updated on student support project

HOUGHTON — Progress in the multi-tiered systems of support initivative that has been implemented at Houghton High School has been “slow and methodical” by design, Anna Bradfish told the Houghton-Portage Township School District Board Monday night. “We can’t overdo it at the high ...

Run for local office: Workshop offers tips on how to campaign

L’ANSE — The Baraga County Democratic Party sponsored a “Running for Local Office” workshop on Saturday afternoon at the Baraga County Memorial Hospital. The purpose of the nonpartisan event was to spark interest in running for office and educate those who are interested. “I ...

UP foreign investment helps boost economy

HOUGHTON — Michigan is among the top states for foreign investment, and although most companies focus on the Lower Peninsula and the auto industry, the Upper Peninsula has seen its share of investors. “We are constantly trying to spread the word that Michigan is one of the best places in ...

New eating app developed by Tech student, graduate

HOUGHTON — A locally developed app which tracks eating habits and recommends healthy meals will soon be hitting the market. In addition to tracking calories and nutrients, the Looma app will let users make meal plans and learns from the user’s tastes to recommend recipes. Michigan ...