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State Answers: MDEQ responds to public comment on biomass plant

HOUGHTON - Before the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) issued the L'Anse Warden Electric Co. a permit to install and consent order Monday, it responded to questions asked during a preceding public comment period.The MDEQ Air Quality Division's "Response to Comments" documents ...

Bergman addresses issues in Hancock

HANCOCK - Jack Bergman, the Republican nominee for Michigan's 1st Congressional District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, spoke with supporters in Hancock Tuesday on topics from veterans affairs to the presidential race.Bergman, a Watersmeet resident, is running against Democrat Lon ...

Former Stanton supervisor running again

STANTON TOWNSHIP - Former Stanton Township Supervisor Marvin Heinonen is running for his old post.Heinonen is running against fellow challengers John Botto and David Sakari for the seat on the Nov. 8 ballot. He previously spent 12 years on the board, seven as supervisor. Jamie Markham, who had ...

Tarvis leaving Calumet as administrator, vying to become clerk

CALUMET - Rob Tarvis is leaving his job as village of Calumet administrator, but he would still like to be involved in the community so he's on the Nov. 8 ballot for the village clerk position.Tarvis said his last day as administrator is Friday. He will begin his job working payroll at the ...

Permit Granted: Plant also gets consent order

L'ANSE - The state issued a permit and consent order Monday to the L'Anse Warden Electric Co. aimed at curbing plant pollution residents have complained about for years.After taking public comments into account, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) Air Quality Division issued ...

Franklin candidate plans door-to-door survey to find local issues

By KURT HAUGLIEkhauglie@mininggazette.comRIPLEY - Mary Sears, who attended Franklin Township Board of Trustees meetings for about 12 years before she decided four years ago to run for and was elected to the board, is now on the Nov. 8 ballot for township supervisor.Sears is running as a ...

110th District candidates agree on CTE

HANCOCK - Both Democratic state Rep. Scott Dianda and Republican challenger Greg Markkanen said they support expanding vocational and technical education at a forum held by the Copper Country Association of School Boards on Friday.Markkanen proposed a two-track system beginning in ninth grade: ...

Race tightening, Clinton relys on support firewall

GRAND RAPIDS - Hillary Clinton is pushing her supporters to cast early ballots in key battleground states, as Donald Trump tries to make up ground with intensified attacks following the FBI's renewed examination of her email practices.As her national lead shrinks in the final week of the race, ...

Final list of write-in candidates

HOUGHTON - Additional people filed by Friday's deadline as write-in candidates in the four-county area for the Nov. 8 election.Spaces are provided on the ballot for write-in candidates. Votes will not be counted unless the candidates have filed declarations of intent.Baraga CountyEd Gransell is ...

Drug Curse: KBIC addresses epidemic

BARAGA - Responding to the late-August traffic accident that killed two Beartown firefighters in which drug use was a factor, the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community addressed the national drug epidemic that has taken root in the area."We just lost two people because of a wreck," KBIC President ...

110th candidates see eye-to-eye on education

HANCOCK - Democratic state Rep. Scott Dianda and Republican challenger Greg Markkanen sounded similar notes about the need for increased per-pupil funding in the Upper Peninsula and more local control of schools at a Friday education forum.The two spoke at the Copper Country Association of ...

CTE more tech than trade

At a recent presentation before the Baraga County Chamber of Commerce, Shawn Kolbus, career and technical education (CTE) director of the Ontonagon-Gogebic Intermediate School District, explained the differences between CTE programs and industrial arts."CTE is occupational training for high ...

Treat Street: Goblins and their families on parade

HOUGHTON - The city's annual Treat Street took place this past Saturday, bringing out ghouls, monsters and other creations, in spite of a cold wind and the threat of rain.This year, the event was held on Saturday, whereas in other years it was scheduled on Friday, which many people seemed to ...

Tech celebrates Diwali Night

HOUGHTON - Indian students at Michigan Technological University and other members of the community enjoyed a night of Indian food, music, dances and skits at Saturday's Diwali night celebration at the Rozsa Center.The night commemorates Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, symbolizing the ...

Skill Wanted: Skilled-trade workers set for life in any job market

BARAGA COUNTY - According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), 14 of the 20 fastest-growing occupations in the United States require an associate's degree or less."The number of skilled trade jobs (are) up from 2013 by 185,000," Shawn Kolbus, Career and Technical Education (CTE) director of ...

Board candidate: Collaboration is key to Calumet upgrade

CALUMET - Mary Hunt has lived in many places, but since 2002 her home has been Calumet, and now she wants to be a member of the Village Board to help move the community forward.Hunt, who is one of four candidates on the Nov. 8 ballot seeking two two-year term seats on the board, said wherever ...

Calumet candidate feels he can help

CALUMET - Tyler Ross has experience he thinks can be helpful for moving the village of Calumet forward, so he decided to run for the village board."I have a strong background in finance, investments and real estate," he said. "I felt like I could do some good."Ross is one of four candidates ...

Clinton runs up cash advantage

WASHINGTON - Hillary Clinton entered the final phase of her presidential bid with a resounding campaign cash advantage over Donald Trump.New fundraising reports show her campaign and joint accounts with Democrats had $153 million in the bank as of last week. That's more than double the $68 ...