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McBroom votes with a purpose

Ed McBroom, currently the Republican candidate for the 38th state Senate seat in Tuesday's election, has served in Michigan's House of Representatives previously from 2011 through 2016 in the 108th district. In that time, he voted on a wide variety of topics including welfare, campaign finance, ...

Dianda votes to help people

Scott Dianda has been representing Michigan's House District 110 since 2012. Now the Calumet native is the Democratic candidate for the 38th state Senate seat, running against Republican Ed McBroom. In May, Dianda voted in favor of SB 839, a bill sponsored by Republican state Senator Tom ...

Calumet village faces many choices Tuesday

CALUMET — Registered voters will face many choices Tuesday regarding seats on the Village Council, recalls, and disincorporation. Three council members appointed to fill vacancies earlier this year are Roxanne King, Jeffrey (Paulie) Mihelcich, and Darice Taylor. They are hoping to retain ...

Principal: Student’s comment no threat

HOUGHTON — Houghton High School investigated comments made by a student Wednesday after subsequent retellings by students portrayed it as a potential threat, Principal Cole Klein said in a Thursday morning interview with the Daily Mining Gazette. Klein emailed parents of the students at ...

State Senate election all about UP: Dianda

Democratic representative Scott Dianda of Michigan’s 110th District is running against Republican Ed McBroom for Michigan’s 38th Senate seat in Tuesday’s election. Unlike many voters, he doesn’t see the midterm as a referendum on Donald Trump’s presidency. “This is about our way ...

Lansing ignores UP interests: McBroom

The Republican candidate for Michigan’s 38th Senate District, Ed McBroom, thinks too often the government in Lansing is at odds with the interests of the Upper Peninsula. “It takes very strong, united voices from the Upper Peninsula to stand against that,” McBroom said. He said that ...

Flood swamps research: Funding sought to replace stream gauges

HOUGHTON COUNTY — When the June 17 flood swelled creeks and rivers it sent a historic amount of water rushing through local waterways and swept away important research equipment. Now the Keweenaw Peninsula is down to one stream gauge on the Trap Rock River and none for the United States ...

Red Carpet at Rozsa: Film festival features strong local flavor

HOUGHTON — The 41 North Film Festival is hosting 19 documentaries as well as several short films Nov. 1-4 at the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts on Michigan Technological University’s (MTU) campus. The movies are all brand-new and not yet widely available, according to Erin Smith, ...

11th-hour ruling allows dispensary to stay open

HOUGHTON — Medical marijuana facilities operating provisionally across the state will remain open after a judge’s ruling Tuesday temporarily blocking the state’s Wednesday shutdown deadline. Michigan Court of Claims Judge Stephen Borrello granted a temporary restraining order, which ...

110th House candidates address pressing issues

HOUGHTON COUNTY — The Copper Country candidates running for election to the state Legislature’s 110th District House seat are bringing their own ideas and different approaches to chronic state issues affecting the region. Democratic nominee Ken Summers of Baraga brings a passion for ...

School board vet looks to continue paying civic rent

HOUGHTON — Back in college, Nels Christopherson’s roommate talked about public service in a way that stuck with him: “Paying your civic rent.” “I would be able to give something back, and also in receiving things, because I get value through the kids and the community,” he said. ...

Sudden Incumbent: Baraga County appoints new board member week before election

L’ANSE — The Baraga County Board held a special meeting Friday morning and appointed Dan Robillard as the District 3 representative to replace Pat Reilley, who resigned at the board’s regular meeting this month. According to Clerk Wendy Goodreau, notice of the meeting was posted at the ...

It takes more than village to dissolve village

CALUMET — Township Supervisor Paul Lehto said he does not believe the businesses in the Calumet village’s business district could be sustained if the residents voted to disincorporate next week. There are more than 100 businesses between Fifth and Sixth Street, he said, and Main Street ...

110th candidates differ on issue priorities

HOUGHTON COUNTY — Both candidates running for election to the 110th House District seat in the state Legislature have different ideas in how to address issues faced by many yoopers. On Nov. 6 voters in the 110th District will choose between Republican Greg Markkanen and Democrat Ken ...

Torch Lake Township voters get say on what to do with roads

HUBBELL — Many Torch Lake Township residents have complained to Supervisor Brian Cadwell about the local roads. Fixing those roads will take a lot longer without a road millage, he has told them. “Several people said, ‘Get it on the ballot. We’ll try to vote for it,’” he said. ...

Schools lose sub service

Professional Educational Services Group (PESG), a company that schools in the Copper Country schools use to employ substitute teachers, closed early last week with no notice to its Michigan clients. At 4 p.m. on Monday, the company sent an email to administrators of school systems who ...

Ripley Run: Funds for ROTC, flood relief

HANCOCK — The first Husky Alpine Run 5K had more than 120 participants running up and down Mont Ripley on Saturday morning. Hosted by Michigan Technological University’s (MTU) Department of Military Science and the Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC), proceeds from entry fees, ...

Tech Diwali celebrates diversity of university

HOUGHTON — Attendees at 2018’s Diwali Night walked away with bellies full of traditional Indian food and laughs. Diwali, the traditional Indian celebration of good’s victory over evil, is celebrated every year at Michigan Tech. The community is invited to enjoy food and performances ...

Great War Throwback: Charities provided relief of war’s carnage

HOUGHTON — a large number of people turned out to enjoy the re-enactment of the WWI-era ladies war relief bazaar that took place Sunday afternoon in the ballroom of the Dee Stadium. The bazaar was another event organized by the World War I & the Copper Country (WW1CC), a communitywide ...

Sewer grant: Portage awarded 2 million grant funding for sewer

PORTAGE TOWNSHIP — So long septics, 53 homes and several businesses will soon be tied into the sanitary sewer system thanks to a large grant and loan from Rural Development. The funding comes in the form of $2,040,000 in grant funding and $960,000 in loans to be paid back over 40 years at ...