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GAY — Sherman Township Supervisor Rob Middlemis-Brown addressed the issue of the Gay Fire Department Auxiliary using the Sherman Township Hall for fundraising events, even though the events are for the sake or raising money for the fire department, are in violation of the law. “We sort ...

Winter not going anywhere

HOUGHTON — Yet again, winter refuses to die with a winter storm watch for the weekend and into early next week. Forecasts call for heavy snowfall to begin late tonight and continue into Monday with the majority of the snow falling on Sunday, said meteorologist Jaclyn Ritzman out of the ...

Clogged-up cove costs commerce

ONTONAGON — The clogged Ontonagon harbor is costing regional businesses and hindering commerce as it remains closed off to ships. With letters of support from both the Ontonagon County Board and Village Council, the Economic Development Commission (EDC) is pushing state and federal ...

Council must follow or abolish its rules: trustee

CALUMET — The Village Council has a couple of options for correcting the current situation surrounding the clerk and administrator positions, according to Trustee Peggy German, a former village clerk who resigned because of the issue. Whether the title of the office is administrator, ...

Houghton County forming rescue team

HOUGHTON — Prompted by recent accidents at Hungarian Falls near Lake Linden, Houghton County is assembling a high-angle rescue team. The team will also respond to areas such as Silver Mountain, and could also go north into Keweenaw County, Houghton County Emergency Services Director Chris ...

Financing almost set for plant

ONTONAGON — Biofuel plans are moving forward as planned with a major announcement coming soon, Pat Tucker told Economic Development Commission (EDC) members Wednesday. “We are significantly into the closing process we have closed on some of the funds. We expect very shortly to be closing ...

DNR, Copperwood: Porkies exploratory drilling completed

SILVER CITY — Copper exploration in the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park is officially completed. The DNR announced the end of the project Wednesday in a press release, although the drilling was ended March 29. A total of eight sites were drilled during exploration. The ...

Clark was trailblazer on Houghton County Board

HOUGHTON — At this point in the 2018 election season, there are three women are running for the Houghton County Board, almost 32 years after the last term of the only woman to serve on the board so far. Barbara Clark of Painesdale served two terms as a commissioner for District 3. After ...

Up for Auction: Keweenaw Mountain Lodge to go on block

EAGLE RIVER — The County Board approved a plan to auction the Keweenaw Mountain Lodge to resolve the county’s revenue bond debt and its obligation to repay the grants at a special meeting conducted Monday. Because the lodge was not sold while it was on the market, the Economic Development ...

Commission: Evidence short in council claims

ONTONAGON — Village Council member Tony Smydra delivered a prepared statement regarding his involvement and communications with the village’s Housing Commission members at Monday’s meeting. “I’ve chosen not to comment until now, because I felt it would shift the attention away from ...

Residents urge more public input before vote on jail project

HOUGHTON — A price estimate for an addition to the Houghton County Jail should be available within the next week, Administrator Eric Forsberg said at Tuesday’s Houghton County Board meeting. The item could go on the board agenda as soon as May, Forsberg said. The board would have to vote ...

Local group talks wind project with county

L’ANSE — The Baraga County Board received a presentation from Wayne Abba, representing Friends of the Huron Mountains, regarding the proposed Summit Lake Wind Project. The presentation attracted a large crowd of almost 50 people, with many addressing their concerns about the wind project ...

Keweenaw County candidates filing for Nov. election

EAGLE RIVER — The terms of several seats in Keweenaw County expire this year, including all five seats on the County Board, along with road commissioner and probate judge. Some citizens have already filed to run, said Keweenaw County Clerk Julie Carlson. “So far, we have John Karvonen ...

No-go for 8: Pintar leaving board

HOUGHTON — County Commissioner Anton Pintar announced he will not seek a seventh term at Tuesday’s County Board meeting. Pintar, a Democrat, said he had decided not to run again after his last election in 2016, but only finalized the decision recently. He represents District 3, which ...

Ontonagon Village Council removes OVHC Board members

ONTONAGON — Following a Village Housing Commission Board meeting in which the board retained the commission’s embattled director, the Village Council voted to remove commission chairwoman Pam Coey and commissioner Sue Kempen at its Monday meeting. The vote immediately ended their terms on ...

OVHC head stays on job

ONTONAGON — After last month’s attempt to suspend Ontonagon Village Housing Commission (OVHC) Director Sally Jarvey failed to garner enough votes from their board, the two commissioners who supported the suspension attempted to fire her at this month’s meeting on Monday. The board voted ...

Bergman works on gun control, opioids, climate change

HOUGHTON — U.S. Rep. Jack Bergman, R-Watersmeet, spoke on issues including gun control, opioids and Enbridge’s Line 5 during a Saturday interview at the Daily Mining Gazette. On gun control, Bergman said ensuring safety is paramount, particularly students in schools. He sees mental ...

Houghton holds plan open house

HOUGHTON — Sections of the city’s master plan were mounted on poster board and set up in the City Council chambers for an open house on Monday. By the end of the session, they were dotted with post-it notes bearing various suggestions from residents such as “keep the R-1 homes family ...