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Bicyclists debut Houghton Avenue Bike Boulevard during Bridgefest

HOUGHTON — The Houghton Avenue Bike Boulevard was opened Saturday with a group ride as part of Bridgefest weekend. Dozens of riders showed up for the ride Saturday morning, receiving free water bottles. “We’re doing a short little route this morning to show you the changes the city ...

Fireworks wrap up 30th annual Bridgefest

HOUGHTON — Food, fun and fireworks were some of the facets of the weekend festival celebrating the Portage Lake Lift Bridge. Bridgefest has been celebrated since 1987 in tribute to the Portage Lake Lift Bridge, which links the cities of Houghton and Hancock and the upper and lower Keweenaw ...

State Police open house for 100 years at Calumet Post

CALUMET — The Michigan State Police is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, and the Calumet Post joined the celebration on Friday with an open house. “We’re holding the open house here so we have the community come in and celebrate with us,” said Lt. Randy Danison. “Have ...

Fort Wilkins dig adds bits of knowledge to historical record

COPPER HARBOR — While most visitors to the Fort Wilkins State Park are probably unaware of it, the park is actually of national historical significance for several reasons. The Lake Superior copper district is where America’s first mineral rush occurred, six years before the California ...

Green Bay man gets prison in drug case

HOUGHTON — A Green Bay man arrested in an Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team (UPSET) bust was sentenced to up to five years in prison in Houghton County Circuit Court Thursday. Fountaine Gordon, 38, was sentenced to 30 months to five years in prison for attempted ...

Campus dealer takes plea deal

HOUGHTON — A Grand Rapids man pleaded guilty to delivery of marijuana in a plea agreement in Houghton County Circuit Court Thursday. Jon Ettinger, 19, had two identical charges dismissed of the four-year felony, as well as a misdemeanor charge of trespassing on Michigan Technological ...

SmartZone’s accelerator to boost local businesses by infusing equity funds

HOUGHTON — The MTEC SmartZone is looking to attract dynamic companies to the Keweenaw, and is pursuing grants to make it happen. The Advanced Material and Manufacturing Process Accelerator, which would be based in Houghton, would be designed to help companies advance from the research and ...

Students explore underwater at Isle Royale

DOLLAR BAY — The Student Organization of Aquatic Robotics (SOAR) began at Dollar Bay High School in 2011, and according to Matt Zimmer, it is a program students enjoy and learn from. Zimmer, who is DBHS math and science teacher, and SOAR instructor, said students just returned from a trip ...

SOAR students learn how to use brain tool

DOLLAR BAY — For Meg Keranen getting involved with the Dollar Bay High School Student Organization of Aquatic Robotics (SOAR) program was something she wanted to do before she even got to high school Keranen, who was SOAR assistant director for the 10th-grade class, said she heard about ...

Moment of Silence on Tech Campus

Garrett Neese/Daily Mining Gazette Behrouz Khoshbakt Irdmousa, president of the Iranian Community at Michigan Technological University, leads the crowd in a moment of silence Tuesday to honor the victims of recent terrorist attacks in Manchester, London, Tehran and elsewhere.

2 for 1: Plea cancels trials on drug charges

HOUGHTON — A Detroit man reached a plea agreement in 12th Circuit Court Wednesday that could potentially avoid trials on drug charges in Baraga and Houghton counties. Breon Garner, 26, pleaded no contest in Baraga County Circuit Court to delivery of less than 50 grams of a substance ...

Little more digging reveals possible site of Astor House

COPPER HARBOR — Michigan Technological University’s Industrial Archaeology (IA) Department conducted a two-week field school in two locations earlier this month within 100 yards of each other. One site is the Copper Harbor range lighthouse, located across the road from Fort Wilkins. The ...

Houghton County Board approves millage rate

HOUGHTON — The Houghton County Board approved a county millage rate of 6.2911 mills at its monthly meeting Tuesday. County Equalization Director John Partanen discussed how the millage rate was derived at a Truth in Taxation hearing prior to passage of the millage. The typical practice ...

CopperDog seeks volunteers for key leadership positions

CALUMET — The CopperDog dog sled race has a steady six-member board of directors and is doing well financially, but there is a need to fill three recently vacated leadership positions, according to Brad King. King, who is chairman of the CopperDog board, said the three leadership positions ...

Signed grant agreement will fund Abbaye County Park improvements

L’ANSE — The Baraga County Point Abbaye County Park got a little closer to getting some enhancements, as part of a state grant. Funded with a $45,000 Michigan Department of Natural Resources Passport Recreation Grant, the county park project entails building a restroom, six-foot-wide ...

Big Switch Coming: Front St. south lane is ready for asphalt

HANCOCK — The reconstruction of Front Street in Hancock is continuing without serious problems, and work will soon switch to the north side of the street, according to Al Anderson. Anderson, project manager for the Michigan Department of Transportation Ishpeming Transportation Service ...

Burglary, Arson Arrest: Juvenile charged in Stanton fire

STANTON TOWNSHIP — Troopers from the Michigan State Police Calumet Post have apprehended an 15-year-old male on charges of breaking and entering and arson of a dwelling in connection with a May 26 house fire on the Houghton Canal Road from which money and guns were stolen, according to a ...

Road projects not expected to affect this year’s Bridgefest

HOUGHTON — This is the 30th year for Bridgefest, and the celebration has a new main sponsor, according to Ryan Towles. Towles, who is Bridgefest coordinator, said this year Superior National Bank is providing significant financial support. Bridgefest takes place June 15 to 18. Houghton ...