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2 arrests in meth lab raid

HOUGHTON — Two Houghton County residents were arraigned on methamphetamine charges after being arrested at the site of a suspected lab in Houghton. The suspects — Terry Bartlett, 35, of Houghton, and Lawrence Frechette, 29, of Hancock — were arrested Monday after Upper Peninsula ...

KEDA: Moving ahead on mission

HANCOCK — The Keweenaw Economic Development Alliance (KEDA) is making progress on reaching its strategic goals, Executive Director Jeff Ratcliffe said in his annual report Wednesday. Goals identified through KEDA’s strategic plan are fostering business growth, improving infrastructure, ...

EDC sees transportation upgrades needed in future

ONTONAGON — As new industry moves into the area, the Economic Development Commission (EDC) anticipates transportation upgrades and expansions will be necessary. At their Wednesday meeting, EDC members opened discussions regarding transportation for incoming companies like the planned Synsel ...

Public forum explains how UPPCO serves its customers

HANCOCK — The Upper Peninsula Power Company (UPPCO) is holding a series of public forums in an open-house format this month. In 2017 UPPCO returned to its status as an independent U.P.-based utility company, the roots of which began in 1884. The forums serve to reach out to customers and ...

League to assist city manager search

HANCOCK — The City Council has contracted the Michigan Municipal League (MML) to help find a new city manager. On Wednesday the council held a special planning meeting with MML Executive Director Jerry Richards. In attendance from the council was everyone except Joe Bauman, Mary Babcock ...

Refinery project in construction financing stage

ONTONAGON — With several development plans in the works, the Ontonagon area is trying to pick up steam again. At its Wednesday meeting, the Economic Development Commission (EDC) heard an update on the SynSel Biofuel plant planned for the area. “The last time we were here, we were in ...

County supports UPCAP energy proposal

L’ANSE — The Baraga County Board voted to support an energy rate proposal from the Upper Peninsula Commission for Area Progress (UPCAP) to the Michigan Energy Office at the meeting on Monday evening. “We’re trying to get energy in the UP stabilized, price-wise and everything else,” ...

1 Million Cups group starts brewing entrepreneurship in Hancock

HANCOCK — The growth of a business can be measured in cups of coffee — by the reckoning of one group promoting small-business entrepreneurship, 1 million cups’ worth of pitching, brainstorming and collaborating. On Wednesday, Hancock became the latest of about 160 communities ...

Jail remains overcrowded

HOUGHTON — The Houghton County Jail was at or overcapacity for 29 of 31 days in December, and over for the first nine days in January, Sheriff Brian McLean told the County Board Tuesday. A jail population over the rated capacity for seven days requires disclosure to county officials under ...

Ontonagon Council wants plan before surrendering deed

ONTONAGON — The question of transferring the deed for the village’s Housing Commission property to the commission remains on the table after Monday’s Village Council meeting. Since 2017 the commission has been requesting a deed transfer of land to get funding for natural gas system ...

Baraga delays shrine donation

BARAGA — The Village Council moved closer to a decision on whether it will donate to the Baraga Shrine. Village Manager LeAnn LeClaire, said the village could use WPPI funds for the donation. Council members discussed whether it would be a one-time donation or ongoing. LeClaire said it ...

New superintendent starts at CLK Schools

CALUMET — Chris Davidson became the new superintendent of the Public Schools of Calumet-Laurium-Keweenaw on Jan. 2 with the start of the new semester. Davidson replaced Dale Pierce, who retired after 29 years with the district, 13 years of which were as superintendent. Davidson, who was ...

County Board makes new-year appointments

HOUGHTON — The County Board reappointed Tim Palosaari as vice chairman in its first meeting of 2018. Meeting days remain on the Tuesday following the second Monday of the month. The exception is the October meeting, which will take place on Oct. 16. Palosaari and commissioners Anton Pintar ...

Houghton man found frozen in woods near Niagara

MARINETTE, Wis. — Niagara firefighters recovered the frozen body of a young Houghton man Sunday evening after a resident earlier in the day reported an abandoned vehicle on a snowmobile trail off Barlow Lake and Brown Spur roads in the town of Niagara, Wis. The man was identified as Jacob ...

Budget deficit drops at Baraga Area Schools

BARAGA — A budget deficit for the Baraga Area Schools District has decreased from $372,138 to $251,112, Superintendent Richard Sarau announced at a Monday board meeting. The decrease is due to “a little bit more money from state aid,” said Sarau. He said although it has dropped down ...

Ontonagon resident says floods a-coming

ONTONAGON — The question of flood preparation was raised at Monday’s Village Council meeting. Since 2017 high water levels on the Ontonagon River and Lake Superior have been causing issues for local residents. Those with property near bodies of water are experiencing flooding and water ...

LL-H discusses how to spend remains of bond issue funds

LAKE LINDEN — The Lake Linden-Hubbell Public School District has until August to spend the remaining $130,000 of a bond issue approved by a 2016 voter referendum for school improvements. The district Board discussed options for the money at its meeting Monday night. Superintendent Craig ...

Township tweaks marijuana rules

PORTAGE — The Portage Township Board made minor changes to its marijuana ordinance on Monday. The board added a provision for a time stamp to applications received based on the date submitted. Initially, the ordinance did not have a limit on the number of marijuana dispensaries, making ...

Donations Down: Still time to fill charity shortage

HANCOCK — Donations to charities were down significantly, more than organizations had hoped for this past holiday season. Capt. Leonida Schweigert of the Hancock Salvation Army said while the Red Kettle fundraising campaign raised a little more than $50,000, the total is about $15,000 ...

Traditional eagle feather, sacred pipe gifts fire up tribal emotions

Re-elected members of the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community Tribal Council were presented special gifts Saturday by fellow member and veterans service officer Rodney Loonsfoot and council member Fred Dakota. The gifts included an eagle feather and a sacred pipe of the tribe, wrapped up in a ...