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Expo provides young students look into STEM

HOUGHTON — A new event at Michigan Technological University taught local ninth-graders learned about science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) — and the options available to study it at Tech. An estimated 180 students came to A Day of STEM in the Copper Country Tuesday. The day ...

Man dies in tractor accident

COVINGTON TOWNSHIP — A Covington Township man was killed Wednesday after he was pinned under his tractor, the Michigan State Police said in a release. Troopers from the Calumet post were called out about 3:20 p.m. Monday to the residence of Thomas Disney, 84, who had fallen off his tractor ...

Return to Roots: MTU resurrecting mining engineering degree program

HOUGHTON — When the Michigan Mining School opened in 1885, mining engineering was the first department established. The college grew and diversified, eventually becoming Michigan Technological University. With shrinking faculty and enrollment in mining engineering, in 2004 the university ...

Welcome to Hockeyville: Calumet Colosseum gets long-overdue recognition

CALUMET TOWNSHIP — The Calumet Colosseum got to the finals of the Kraft Hockeyville competition after community members bombarded Kraft with their memories of playing in the Colosseum or testimonials to its importance. Once it was named a finalist, they proved their dedication by spreading ...

Houghton council approves equipment buys

HOUGHTON — The Houghton City Council approved two equipment purchases Wednesday: $153,750 for a reconditioned vacuum tanker truck, and $6,100 for an arrow board. Houghton has a 1998 vacuum truck, which is used to clear sewers and catch basins. The Department of Public Works found a ...

Standing on Principle: Hancock principal won’t change contract

HANCOCK — With about 20-30 residents present, the School Board met in special session early Friday morning to consider issuance of a notice of consideration for non-extension of Principal Dan Vaara’s contract, and also to consider issuance of a notice of consideration for non-extension for ...

Barkell Elementary will reopen Monday

HANCOCK — Barkell Elementary School Principal Dan Vaara said in an email Friday morning that school will resume as normal on Monday, April 1. “I am pleased to announce that the work at Barkell is finishing up and we have been approved to occupy the building on Monday,” he said. “I ...

Voters Not Politicians group to make sure voters’ will is followed

HOUGHTON — Reduce the influence of money in politics. Expand voter rights and access. Stop lame-duck sessions. Residents made their priorities known Thursday at a Voters Not Politicians forum at the Portage Lake District Library. The grassroots group, which was behind last year’s ...

New Michigan education funding might promote literacy

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s budget proposal includes a variety of boosts to education funding: per-pupil, technical education, special education, preschool, early literacy and economically disadvantaged students. George Stockero, the superintendent of the Copper Country Intermediate School ...

Flooding relief for Copper Country? Looks good so far

The National Weather Service (NWS) says the signals for the next three months are suggesting average temperatures and slightly above-average precipitation, but those signals are not very strong. At the beginning of March, large amounts of snow on the ground had meteorologists worried that a ...

Flood-damaged street projects get city go-ahead

HOUGHTON — The Houghton City Council approved a bid Wednesday for a $675,000 utilities project on west Houghton Avenue scheduled for this summer. Danielson Contracting of Baraga was approved with the second-lowest bid at $648,962. City manager Eric Waara had checked references on the lowest ...

Interlibrary contract adds to Hancock Public Library

HANCOCK — The Hancock Public Library is growing, upgrading and experiencing some physical changes as well, benefitting from a three-year contract with the Portage Lake District Library that began in November last year. “In the first year, which is the organizational year which we’re ...

UP state legislators get earful about proposed gas tax hike

State Sen. Ed McBroom and state Rep. Greg Markkanen met with constituents in Ontonagon County yesterday. They first met at Connie’s Place in Ontonagon, then traveled to Ewen-Trout Creek School. Ontonagon Village Council member Don Chastain expressed his concerns to the 38th state Sen. ...

AM meeting on Hancock principal’s fate

HANCOCK — The answer to a question asked at the March 18 School Board meeting that board members refused to answer has come to light, two days before a scheduled 6:45 a.m. Friday meeting of the board. At the March meeting, a motion was read and approved by the board, which stated in the ...

Isle Royale predator-prey study resumes with tracking of moose

HOUGHTON — With a new batch of wolves coming to Isle Royale National Park, researchers are tracking the impact on the moose that will be their main prey. Researchers working with the National Park Service have placed tracking collars on Isle Royale moose for the first time since 1984, ...

From renter to owner: Tenant in City Center interested in buying it

HOUGHTON — One of the Houghton City Center’s longtime tenants is looking for a more permanent arrangement. City Manager Eric Waara told the City Council at Wednesday’s meeting Midwest Loan had shown an interest in buying the building. The city offices and Police Department occupy the ...

Houghton looks for higher profile on social media

HOUGHTON — The Houghton Planning Commission heard about the best way to improve the city’s social media presence Tuesday. Morgan Flynn, a Michigan Technological University business student who is interning with the city, began working on the project in September. Results from the survey ...

World Water DayNo access for all, even in Michigan: MTU speaker

HOUGHTON — Water should be considered a basic human right, said Monica Lewis-Patrick. But in many cases, its commodification has made reliable access out of reach of struggling households. Lewis-Patrick, the co-founder, president and chief executive officer of We the People of Detroit, ...

Community Contributor brings people together

Bringing her students and Copper Country people together in promoting sustainability projects is why Michigan Technological University professor Richelle Winkler was awarded a Keweenaw Community Spark Plug Award for Community Contributor of the Year. "There have been so many other people ...