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Missing: No reason for Hancock-area man’s disappearance

HANCOCK — Kenneth Ryan Clark, 33, of the Hancock area, is missing, according to a release from the Houghton County Sheriff’s Office. Clark was last seen last Thursday night at around 11:30 p.m. Clark, who goes by Ryan, left home on foot sometime between 11:30 p.m. Thursday night ...

Finlandia students volunteer for MLK Day

HANCOCK — To celebrate Martin Luther King Day, more than 100 Finlandia University students fanned out to 17 local sites to do community service. This is the second year Finlandia has held a service day on MLK Day. In addition to the service sites and guest speaker, the university also added ...

H-PT Schools District seeking approval of $10.9M bond issue

HOUGHTON — An election for a $10.895 million bond for improvements at Houghton-Portage Township Schools will be on the May 2 ballot. The Houghton-Portage Township Schools Board approved the referendum asking district taxpayers for permission to issue bonds at its monthly meeting ...

KBIC vote totals down in latest tribal election

BARAGA — Keweenaw Bay Indian Community received a detailed analysis of voting patterns in the December election at a recent meeting. Forty-seven percent of eligible voters cast ballots in the Dec. 17 general election. Four of the council’s 12 seats are up for re-election each year, two ...

Poll: Young Americans fear their lives will be worse off post-Trump

NEW YORK — As Donald Trump approaches his inauguration, young Americans have a deeply pessimistic view about his incoming administration, with young blacks, Latinos and Asian Americans particularly concerned about what's to come in the next four years. That's according to a new GenForward ...

100 march in cold in support of health care law

HOUGHTON — About 100 people gathered on the Portage Lake Lift Bridge Sunday for a rally in support of the Affordable Care Act. William Keith, vice chairman for policy and resolutions for the Houghton County Democratic Party, said it was one of many such rallies taking place all over the ...

Big turnout for free skiing day at Swedetown Trails

CALUMET TOWNSHIP — A record crowd turned out for Swedetown Trails’ fifth annual Winter Trails Day Sunday. The event, suggested locally by Cross Country Sports, is part of a larger national event including various ski hills and resorts. The usual $10 daily fee was waived for the ...

Houghton County looking at brownfield progress

HOUGHTON — In order to facilitate state aid for brownfield redevelopment, Houghton County is looking at creating an inventory of properties and seeking members for its brownfield board. All townships, cities and villages in the county have received a letter asking for a list of properties ...

Rally: Obamacare repeal would ‘make America sick again’

WARREN, Mich. — Repeal of the Affordable Care Act would affect hundreds of thousands of Michiganians negatively and must not be allowed to proceed, a former presidential candidate, Democratic congressional leader and many of Michigan’s Democratic congressional delegation implored thousands ...

Senate takes first step to repeal ‘Obamacare’

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate early Thursday passed a measure to take the first step forward on dismantling President Barack Obama’s health care law, responding to pressure to move quickly even as Republicans and President-elect Trump grapple with what to replace it with. The nearly ...

Pigs N Heat, community support each other

HOUGHTON — Local community members have always been generous in supporting the Pigs N Heat charity. Lt. Nick Roberts of the Houghton Police Department said it is an honor to put on the annual games. “This is our opportunity — and the fire departments’ opportunity — to give back to ...

MTU professor joins scientists opposing hunt

Michigan Technological University professor emeritus and noted wolf researcher Rolf Peterson has joined a group of scientists who have signed a letter opposing the new Michigan law that will allow wolf hunting recently signed by Gov. Rick Snyder. While the letter focuses on the possibility ...

Lake Shore CEO makes no promises, brings hope

ONTONAGON - Lake Shore Systems, Inc. CEO Jessica Frost didn't make any promises, but delivered a message of hope regarding potential activity in downtown Ontonagon. 'I think we have a great opportunity to work together to do good things for the Ontonagon area," Frost told the press before ...

Keweenaw gets dumped on while rest of UP spared

HOUGHTON — Snowfall has been constant in much of the Copper Country for about six weeks, but a break is coming starting today into most of next week, according to Todd Kluber. Kluber, meteorologist with the National Weather Service Negaunee Township office, said the recent snowfalls have ...

Crash victim who died was Coast Guardsman

HOUGHTON — The Houghton County Sheriff’s Department has released the names of the persons involved in last Monday’s fatal crash on M-26 in Franklin Township between Ripley and Dollar Bay. Killed in the crash was Jerome Berdecia, 21, who was driving a Honda Accord. His wife, a ...

Houghton County looks at transfer station litterers

HOUGHTON — County residents are being reminded not to throw in trash with the cardboard recycling at the Houghton County Transfer Station. “Ninety-nine percent of the people who are using the cardboard recycling are doing a great job,” County Administrator Eric Forsberg said at ...

Houghton County Arena seeks funding for upgrades

HOUGHTON — Costs for improvements at the Houghton County Memorial Arena are continuing to rise. The estimated costs are about $500,000 for the upgrades, which include a new ice plant and dehumidifier, Commissioner Scott Ala said at Tuesday’s Houghton County Board meeting. The Portage ...

KNHP ranger receives Park Service award

CALUMET — For Lynette Webber, helping people remember the copper mining era is an important part of her job at the Keweenaw National Historical Park (KNHP), and for her efforts she recently received an award from the National Park Service (NPS). Webber, a KNHP ranger, received the NPS 2016 ...

Cabinet picks contradict some of Trump’s stands

WASHINGTON — The lack of fireworks surrounding Senate consideration of President-elect Donald Trump’s Cabinet picks may reflect a host of statements his choices have made contradicting positions the billionaire businessman has taken on issues ranging from Russia and NATO to Muslims, climate ...

Pigs N Heat: Charity hockey game revived

HOUGHTON — The annual Pigs N Heat hockey game is returning to the ice this year after a one-year hiatus. Lt. Nick Roberts of the Houghton Police Department said a game was not organized last year, and this year they are hoping to make up for it. “This year, we’re really trying to sell ...