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Firefighters ‘Fill the Boot’ for Relay

HOUGHTON - Houghton firefighters Tuesday had their boots not on the ground but outstretched toward motorists willing to donate for a good cause.The department held its fourth annual Fill the Boot fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. The money goes toward the Relay for Life of Houghton ...

Village, state honor Calumet employee

CALUMET - It's unusual for an employee to be with one company for the better part of a half-century, but that's what Dominic Zubiena did, and he was honored for that service Tuesday at the Village Board meeting.Zubiena received a resolution from the board presented by Trustee Peggy Germain, and ...

H-PT enrollment rises slightly

HOUGHTON - Enrollment is up slightly from last year so far at Houghton-Portage Township Schools.As of Monday, the district has 1,387 students - 614 at the elementary school, 348 at the middle school and 425 at the high school, said Superintendent Doreen Klingbeil.The district also has 65 ...

Insanity: Accused sister slayer evaluated

HOUGHTON - The attorney for the Grand Rapids man accused of killing his sister in Laurium last month said Monday he plans to file an insanity defense.Christian Kitti, 32, appeared in 97th District Court for a preliminary hearing, which was adjourned. Judge Mark Wisti ordered Kitti to undergo a ...

State lags in education funding

HANCOCK - Michigan is underfunding the basic cost of educating children by more than $1,200 per student, a recently released study revealed.The Michigan Legislature commissioned the Michigan Education Finance Study as part of the package allowing for Proposal 1 (Road Funding), Colorado-based ...

Directive: Private schools get public dollars

By GRAHAM JAEHNIGgjaehnig@mininggazette.comHANCOCK - A new appropriation provides $2.5 million to private and parochial schools for costs identified in the Michigan Department of Education Nonpublic Schools Mandate Report.The appropriation calls for the MDE to create, by January, a ...

Ontonagon sheriff challenger wants to debate opponents

ONTONAGON - Republican candidate for Ontonagon County Sheriff Dean Utecht wants to debate other candidates for sheriff, especially incumbent Dale Rantala."This is a bipartisan office so I reached across the aisle," Utecht said, alleging Rantala rejected his offer to debate him - something ...

Trump’s immigration plan raises questions

By JILL COLVINYOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) - Donald Trump's speech on foreign policy Monday focused in large part on his proposal to suspend immigration from dangerous parts of the world and impose a new system of "extreme vetting" that would subject applicants to questions about their personal ...

KBIC approves casino project

BARAGA - Keweenaw Bay Indian Community passed one of three ballot proposals Saturday which will result in upgraded casinos in Baraga and Marquette.The first proposal - a $40 million dollar question asking voters if they support remodeling the two casinos - passed 168 to 107, according to ...

Elder Abuse: Most often committed by family members

HOUGHTON - When it comes to the issue of abuse and crimes against the elderly, even with the help of law enforcement, this type of crime is difficult to prosecute, said Cheryl Goc, program coordinator for the the Upper Peninsula Commission on Area Progress, at a recent workshop at the Portage ...

Motor sports business stays to grow

HANCOCK - For the owners of M&M Power Sports, there really was no thought of moving to another location when it became clear they needed more space, so they decided to stay put and expand, according to Michael Messner.Messner, general manager of M&M Power Sports, said the ...

Houghton County school, municipal races set for Nov. election

HOUGHTON - The following candidates are running in Houghton County's November election.County governmentProsecuting attorney: Incumbent Democrat Michael Makinen is running against Douglas Edwards, who has no party affiliation.Sheriff: Republican incumbent Brian Mclean is running against ...

Despite hype, actual ideas at play in presidential election

WASHINGTON - Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump offer voters distinct choices this fall on issues that shape everyday lives. Actual ideas are in play, as difficult as it can be to see them through the surreal layers of the 2016 presidential campaign.Washington, even in normal times, may feel like ...

Jailhouse smuggler sentenced

HOUGHTON - A Dollar Bay man was sentenced to six months in jail for smuggling prescription pills into the Houghton County Jail's work camp.Bruce Scherer, 31, was charged with furnishing contraband to a prisoner, a five-year felony. An identical charge was dismissed in a plea agreement.Minimum ...

Trial set for Houghton biker accused of fleeing

HOUGHTON - The case of a Houghton man accused of fleeing police earlier this year is being set for trial, although work towards a plea agreement is ongoing.Rudolph Voght, 30, appeared in Houghton County Circuit Court for a pretrial hearing Friday.Voght is accused of fleeing police on his ...

Storm impacts phone service

Long distance telephone service was cut from Ontonagon to Keweenaw County for a period of time Thursday, according to several reports.Jay Brogan of the Hiawatha Telephone Company in Munising said in a telephone interview that there was a long distance outage that effected certain carriers as a ...

Elder abuse is unspoken epidemic in US

HOUGHTON - People who attended a Thursday workshop at the Portage Lake District Library learned the signs of elder abuse at a free seminar held by the Upper Peninsula Commission on Area Progress.Knowing how to properly treat vulnerable adults and the issues they face can empower us to help ...

After verbal missteps, Trump blames others

ERIE, Pa. - It's the media's fault. That's out of context. Never said it in the first place.Donald Trump's claim Friday that he was merely being "sarcastic" in accusing President Barack Obama of establishing a terrorist group was his latest attempt to blame others for the uproar over what he ...

WUPPDR announces municipality microgrants

HOUGHTON - The Western Upper Peninsula Planning and Development Region (WUPPDR) recently announced that its 2016 Placemaking Microgrant Program has awarded funding to seven municipalities in its six-county Western U.P. region. The agency, which hosted a public informational session on ...