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Cause of fire undetermined

HOUGHTON - A state fire marshal was unable to determine a cause for the July fire at 511 Shelden Avenue.In a release, the Houghton Fire Department said the fire is believed to have started in the rear of the building, which saw the brunt of the physical damage. A state fire marshal visited the ...

Bergland store clean-up from 2013 fire underway

It was on October 12, 2013 that fire destroyed the Bergland Food Store in Bergland. The store was formerly known as Nordines. The debris left by the fire has not only been an eyesore for the community but has drawn the ire of local residents for close to 3 years.The Western Upper Peninsula ...

KBIC to remodel Ojibwa casino

BARAGA - It's official. The Keweenaw Bay Indian Community will spend up to $40 million to remodel its Ojibwa casinos in Baraga and Marquette by late 2017 or early 2018..The Ojibwa Casino project in Baraga will cost about $6.5 million, and the Ojibwa II Casino in Marquette will cost about $33.5 ...

Plans to plant 3,200 trees on tribal land

BARAGA - The Keweenaw Bay Indian Community will plant 3,200 trees on four acres of tribal land in Ontonagon County."The Keweenaw Bay Tribal Council has a vital concern for its timber resources," the KBIC resolution states.Under the Non-Recurring Forest Development Program, the now non-forested ...

Big 150 events moved due to rain

CALUMET - The Calumet Township sesquicentennial celebration organizers had planned to have some of event take place on Fifth Street, but that has changed, according to Debbie Aubin.Aubin, who is a member of the Big 150 Committee, said when committee members learned earlier this week there was a ...

They walk for those who fight

HANCOCK - Alyssa Stenersen has two cousins with leukemia, so she was taking part Thursday in the American Cancer Society's Relay For Life for Houghton County at Finlandia University's McAfee Field in Hancock.Stenersen said one of her cousins, who is 8 years old, has been dealing with treatments ...

Rain or shine, Big 150 is on

CALUMET - The Calumet Township sesquicentennial celebration organizers had planned to have some of event take place on Fifth Street, but that has changed, according to Debbie Aubin.Aubin, who is a member of the Big 150 Committee, said when committee members learned earlier this week there was a ...

NOAA boat assists Tech researchers

HOUGHTON - A National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) vessel is in town this week as part of two-and-a-half weeks of assisting Michigan Technological University research projects.A Tech researcher doing microbial sample work joined the 55-foot R5501 on its trip from Muskegon last ...

Chassell Schools seeks support for bond proposal

CHASSELL - Chassell Township Schools will ask voters to support a new bond proposal in the November election.If passed, the bond will fund some 14 projects, divided into three categories that will cover safety upgrades, property enhancements and classroom upgrades, and critical infrastructure ...

Cause of fire undetermined

HOUGHTON - A state fire marshal was unable to determine a cause for the July fire at 511 Shelden Avenue.In a release, the Houghton Fire Department said the fire is believed to have started in the rear of the building, which saw the brunt of the physical damage. A state fire marshal visited the ...

Bergland store clean-up from 2013 fire underway

It was on October 12, 2013 that fire destroyed the Bergland Food Store in Bergland. The store was formerly known as Nordines. The debris left by the fire has not only been an eyesore for the community but has drawn the ire of local residents for close to 3 years.The Western Upper Peninsula ...

KBIC to remodel Ojibwa casino

BARAGA - It's official. The Keweenaw Bay Indian Community will spend up to $40 million to remodel its Ojibwa casinos in Baraga and Marquette by late 2017 or early 2018..The Ojibwa Casino project in Baraga will cost about $6.5 million, and the Ojibwa II Casino in Marquette will cost about $33.5 ...

Plans to plant 3,200 trees on tribal land

BARAGA - The Keweenaw Bay Indian Community will plant 3,200 trees on four acres of tribal land in Ontonagon County."The Keweenaw Bay Tribal Council has a vital concern for its timber resources," the KBIC resolution states.Under the Non-Recurring Forest Development Program, the now non-forested ...

Big 150 events moved due to rain

CALUMET - The Calumet Township sesquicentennial celebration organizers had planned to have some of event take place on Fifth Street, but that has changed, according to Debbie Aubin.Aubin, who is a member of the Big 150 Committee, said when committee members learned earlier this week there was a ...

NOAA vessel visits MTU

HOUGHTON - A National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) vessel is in town this week as part of two-and-a-half weeks of assisting Michigan Technological University research projects.A Tech researcher doing microbial sample work joined the 55-foot R5501 on its trip from Muskegon last ...

Deja vu All Over Again

CHASSELL TOWNSHIP - In November, Chassell Township voters will again be voting on whether to withdraw from the Portage Lake Library District.The Township Board approved the ballot measure, which is identical to the proposal on the Aug. 2 primary ballot. Voters defeated that measure ...

State takes notice of Calumet blight

CALUMET - State officials in Lansing are starting to get wind of the village's old buildings and the potential safety hazards they pose.The Village Board has been working to develop a blight ordinance. On Tuesday, state Rep. Scott Dianda, D-Calumet, joined in the discussion with Jim Tercha, the ...

Water system upgrade enters last phase

HANCOCK - As the project to reconstruct Reservation and Quincy streets continues, work to upgrade the city's water system also continues. The City Council heard about the progress at its regular meeting Wednesday.The project will include the installation of two pressure-reducing vaults, and the ...

CCISD Board approves roof work

HANCOCK - Work is scheduled next month to re-roof a section of the Copper Country Intermediate School building at 809 Hecla Street in desperate need of repair.The roof of the west wing of the building is 27 years old, said CCISD Superintendent George Stockero at the CCISD's regular board ...

Taxpayers have say at forum

HOUGHTON - Residents of Houghton and Portage Township shared what they want - or don't want - to see in the school district's next bond proposal at a public hearing before Monday's School Board meeting.The Houghton-Portage Township School District's $1.8 million proposal on the May ballot lost ...