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Budding engineers humanize robots

HOUGHTON — A robotics team of girls in sixth, seventh, eighth and ninth grades learned how to make robots more human this week at Michigan Technological University. The team of Women in Robotics Summer Youth Program participants built a “neu-polator,” a device using sensors to create ...

Grand Rapids man gets 3 months after guilty plea for drug delivery

HOUGHTON — A Grand Rapids man was sentenced to three months in jail Friday for selling marijuana in the Houghton area. Jon Ettinger, 19, pleaded guilty in June to one count of delivery of marijuana, a four-year felony. He was arrested in February after Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement ...

As toxins creep in…

LAKE LINDEN — Talks are progressing between the Environmental Protection Agency and Honeywell on finalizing a cleanup for sediments in Torch Lake, Lake Linden Clerk Bob Poirier said at Thursday’s Village Council meeting. “We’re in the group for the discussion of how they’re going ...

CTE health care program creates community value

LAURIUM — Copper Country Intermediate School District’s Career and Technical Education (CTE) program has been a benefit to Aspirus Keweenaw Hospital, participating students and the community as a whole, said Dave Olsson, director of marketing at Aspirus Keweenaw. “To me, this isn’t ...

Mntn. Lodge financials show modest improvement

EAGLE RIVER – The Keweenaw Mountain Lodge showed a financial improvement for June of this year over the previous June, but still did not show a profit last month. In his Wednesday report to the KML Board, Harvey Desnick, KML coordinator, said that while the lodge earned $20,000 less this ...

Bot Building: Girls learn basics of robotics in Summer Youth Program

HOUGHTON — Twenty-three girls in sixth, seventh, eighth and ninth grades are at Michigan Technological University this week learning how to code, build circuits, assemble a robot and then test it out. At the Women in Robotics Summer Youth Program, the students are building one of two ...

Stamp Sand Dredge: Temp fix: no funds for permanent solution

HOUGHTON — The public will be able to learn more about a proposed dredging project to restore the Grand Traverse Harbor channel and protect Buffalo Reef at a public hearing next month. The meeting, hosted by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), will be at 6 p.m. Aug. 3 at the Lake ...

Dim funding prospects in proposed federal budget: Hancock city manager

HANCOCK — Depending on what happens with the proposed 2018 federal budget, communities such as Hancock could be negatively affected, City Manager Glenn Anderson said during his report to the Hancock City Council Wednesday. If the Fiscal Year 2018 budget is passed as President Donald Trump ...

One man’s trash…: Eco team teaches waste reduction through art

HANCOCK — Houghton Middle School’s EcoChallenge team is trying to educate students about the hazards of accumulated plastic. The incoming eighth-graders spoke to an arts class Tuesday at the Copper Country Community Arts Center about the ways to reuse household plastic items. The team ...

Conservancy will pay real estate tax rate on land

EAGLE RIVER — Keweenaw Community Forest Company (KCFC) officials maintain the company will pay property taxes on state land being considered in a trade at a rate for real estate property based on a percentage of value. A July 14 Daily Mining Gazette article incorrectly stated the KCFC would ...

Smelter site projects upgrade curb appeal

CALUMET TOWNSHIP — Improvements around the former Quincy Smelting Works site are continuing, and Tuesday Scott See told the Keweenaw National Historical Park Advisory Commission about those efforts. See, who is the commission’s executive director, said maintenance on the site’s former ...

KNHP looking more attractive to tourists

CALUMET TOWNSHIP — The Keweenaw National Historical Park is becoming more recognizable as a national park, which is due to the efforts of many people, according to Brian Hoduski. “This really is a reflection on the quality of the staff we have here,” he said. Hoduski, who is Keweenaw ...

Bond upgrades begin at H-PT

HOUGHTON — Energy improvements approved as part of the Houghton-Portage Township Schools bond approved this year are scheduled to be done this summer, Houghton-Portage Township Schools Superintendent Doreen Klingbeil said Monday. “We’re still looking at doing the majority of the big ...

Depression is major risk factor: local youth survey

HOUGHTON — Depressive symptoms and low-risk drug use received the overwhelming votes by the community in a recent survey to identify risk factors for local youths, according to John Niemela, executive board chairman of the Houghton-Keweenaw Communities that Care (CTC). Youths who are ...

Deadline near for Houghton HS principal applications

HOUGHTON — With applications deadline set for Wednesday for the Houghton High School principal position, the district has received six, Houghton-Portage Township Schools Superintendent Doreen Klingbeil said at Monday’s School Board meeting. “I have started setting up some interviews ...

Smelter cleanup focus spreads to paint

RIPLEY — Cleanup of contaminants at the former Quincy Smelting Works site is continuing this summer with the removal of mercury, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and lead paint, according to Scott See. See, who is executive director of the Keweenaw National Historical Park’s Advisory ...

1st Place, 1st Run: Michigan Tech runner wins 42nd Canal Run

HANCOCK — Matthew Pahl has been running seriously since sixth grade, and he’s won a few road races, but none as big as the Canal Run Saturday, in which he took first place overall. Pahl, who is from Canton, Michigan, ran the 10-mile race and finished with a time of 55 minutes, 46.3 ...

Lodge sale to preserve public use

EAGLE RIVER — While the agreement between Keweenaw County, Michigan Economic Development Corporation and U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development will put the Keweenaw Mountain Lodge up for sale, the county has created easements on the property to protect future public use of some ...