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Numerous needles reportedly found

HOUGHTON — In response to numerous reports of discarded needles appearing as the snow melts, a Houghton County Sheriff’s Office deputy recently posted a warning on the office’s Facebook page. Deputy Tyler Harju said he wanted to make sure people are aware of the danger, hoping no one ...

Winter erosion damages Pictured Rocks overlook

MUNISING — The Log Slide Overlook located about 7 miles west of Grand Marais in the eastern side of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore is closed. Winter has taken a toll on the viewing platform overlooking the Log Slide and Lake Superior. Heavy snow, ice and sand deposits followed by erosion ...

Mroz stepping down at Tech

HOUGHTON — Michigan Technological University President Glenn Mroz plans to step down and return to the faculty at the end of the 2017-18 academic year, he announced in an open letter to the university Wednesday. Mroz informed the university Board of Trustees Tuesday of his decision to step ...

Sunken fishing boat spills diesel near South Entry

CHASSELL — The U.S. Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit from Duluth is cleaning up diesel fuel leaking from a commercial Indian fishing boat that sank Saturday in the Portage Canal. Lt. Patrick Lammersen, who supervises pollution responders, said they were informed of the situation around 1 p.m. ...

Bridge Jam: Wednesday gate snafu stalls traffic

HANCOCK/HOUGHTON — Traffic on the Portage Lake Lift Bridge was stopped for about 50 minutes Wednesday due to a problem with the barrier gates on the bridge. Dan Weingarten, Michigan Department of Transportation communications representative in the Ishpeming Transportation Service Center, ...

World Water Day competition instills value of water recovery

HOUGHTON — Making water cleaner was the aim of the Dirty Water Competition at Michigan Tech. “This was the first time we planned a hands on World Water Day event with university students, the community and local middle and high school students,” said Joan Chadde, director of the Center ...

Showdown over Court nominee

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Senate showdown is at hand over President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, and it could change the Senate and the court for years to come. The confrontation will play out Thursday as 44 Democrats and independents try to block the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch ...

Big Muddy: Drilling impacts Porkies SP

HOUGHTON — A local environmental group alleges the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) isn’t doing its job to protect the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park from the impact of recent copper exploration. “It looks like hell — far worse than I was expecting,” said ...

Light Winter: Low snow totals in Copper Country

Although there were three periods of heavy snowfall in the Copper Country, the total for the season is actually below historic normal amounts. Todd Kluber, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Negaunee Township, said the largest snowfall totals measured by an NWS weather spotter ...

State delivers funding for U.P. broadband accessibility

HOUGHTON — Northern Michigan University has scored a $6.5 million Investment Fund Award from the Michigan Strategic Fund to extend high-speed broadband across the Upper Peninsula. As the project moves forward, NMU President Fritz Erickson focused on the educational potential it will ...

Weather does its spring swing

There’s a saying that April is the cruelest month because of the swings in weather conditions, and for the next several days, that saying will prove to be true in the Copper Country. Todd Kluber, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Negaunee Township, said rising and falling ...

McConnell: Has votes for filibuster-buster

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is claiming he has the votes necessary to thwart a planned Democratic filibuster of President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, as a showdown draws near that could change the Senate, and the court, for generations. “They seem ...

Senate Run: Dianda charges Republicans with state mismanagement

HOUGHTON — State Rep. Scott Dianda, D-Calumet, announced his candidacy for the Michigan Senate’s 38th District seat in front of the Houghton County Courthouse Tuesday morning. Dianda is serving his third term in the House, to which he was elected in 2012. The Senate seat is held by Sen. ...

Early-Season River Picker

David Archambeau/Daily Mining Gazette As soon as the ice breaks on Portage Lake, Michigan Tech student Kyle McGurk, 22, of Green Bay, launches his wooden kayak and does a cleanup sweep of the lake, collecting trash and litter that has bobbed to the surface following the ice melt.

Lookout pleas for less time

HOUGHTON — A former Finlandia University student was sentenced to four months in jail for his role in the theft of guns from a Hancock sporting goods store in December. Jake Hugall, 19, said at his plea hearing in March that he served as the lookout while Juan Pereyra and Alexander Santiago ...

Local snowmobile racers sweep in Duluth

DULUTH, Minnesota — Upper Peninsula snowmobile racers swept the Grand National snow drag races at Mont du Lac Ski Resort this past weekend. It was a racer from the Ironwood area that took home the Top Dog feature in hillcross competition. The sanctioning circuit, Mid America Snow and ...

Rescue Me campaign raises funds for Porkies emergency equipment

HOUGHTON — Friends of the Porkies is looking for donations to purchase emergency rescue equipment for the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park and surrounding area. Through its Rescue Me Campaign, the nonprofit group seeks $27,000 to help the park staff provide better year-round ...

Listening Tour: Dianda says mining regulation should protect state park

FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP — About 30 people attended a listening tour meeting held Sunday by state Rep. Scott Dianda, touching on issues ranging from mining to the price of electricity. On mining, Dianda said the state has “the best regulations in the lower 48 states,” which forestalls the ...

Open Robot Training: Tech robotics program open for college, high school use

HOUGHTON — The robotics program at Michigan Technological University involves not only Tech students but also community college and even high school students, according to Aleksandr Sergeyev. Sergeyev, an associate professor of robotic training in Tech’s School of Technology, said the ...

Packers coming to town Thursday

Photo provided by Green Bay Packers Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Hundley will be just one of the Packers present at the Dial Help fundraiser at the Michigan Tech Student Development Complex on Thursday. See page 3A for more information on the event.