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Probate court retires debt

By VANESSA DIETZ vdietz@mininggazette.com ONTONAGON - Ontonagon County Probate court will get less money upfront to retire a debt that might not otherwise be paid in full. The Ontonagon County Board decided Tuesday to recommend Ontonagon Probate Court Judge Janis Burgess accept a $3,000 ...

Lodge Board preparing for opening next month

EAGLE RIVER — Harvey Desnick, the new coordinator of the Keweenaw Mountain Lodge, gave the Lodge Board an update on the condition of the facility and employee hiring as he prepares it to open later in May. Staff hiring is in progress, he said, and he assured the board of the integrity of ...

Houghton discusses general fund spending

HOUGHTON — City Manager Eric Waara presented a list of 2017 projects to the City Council on Wednesday to be funded by the next budget. He concluded his presentation with a tease that something else is coming. Some of the listed items were paid for partly or fully out of the city’s fund ...

Spruce-up pays off: Placemaking can create economic development

L’ANSE — Finding ways to make your town more attractive is a new economic innovation known as placemaking. “Placemaking is the process of creating quality space,” said Brad Neumann, MSU Extension Government and Public Policy educator. “If things are right, you come out with a ...

Finlandia offers Nordic carving class

HANCOCK — Nordic countries have some similar cultural activities, and Friday a couple of those activities were being taught at the Finlandia University Jutila Center in Hancock. Harley Refsal, who conducted a class on wooden spoon carving, said carving utensils was something that was done ...

10 Things to Know Today: Friday, April 21, 2017

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. FRANCE SAYS ELECTION SECURITY MEASURES “FULLY MOBILIZED” AFTER SHOOTING The Paris prosecutor’s office leading the investigation of the Champs-Elysees attack on police officers ...

St. Vincent de Paul gets large donation

HANCOCK — The Keweenaw Community Foundation and Tadych’s Econo Foods of Houghton partnered this year to help the St. Vincent de Paul food pantry in Hancock stock its shelves for the Easter season, according to a KICF release. As a result of the partnering, the food pantry received a ...

Superfunded: Lower Entry declared multi-level hazmat site

CHASSELL TOWNSHIP — The pier at the Lower Entry of the Keweenaw Waterway has been listed, at least for now, as a Federal superfund site. Jeromy Kowell of the United States Coast Guard Station’s Marine Safety Unit from Duluth, said in addition to raising the fishing boat Dawn from the entry ...

Pot PowerPoint, pawning place, policing pondered in public period

HANCOCK — Three people spoke Wednesday during the public comment period at the regular Hancock City Council meeting. Detective Lt. Tim Sholander of the Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team said he’s in the process of speaking to various community leaders asking for financial support ...

U.S. 41 project resumes near bridge, Hancock Street

HANCOCK — The Hancock City Council learned Wednesday the continuation of U.S. 41 reconstruction project that began last summer in the city has resumed. During his report, City Manager Glenn Anderson said warning signs for the project were placed in various parts of the city earlier this ...

Mountain Lodge survey job gets wide range of quotes

EAGLE RIVER — In keeping with instructions from the US Department of Agriculture Rural Development department, the Keweenaw County Board had sought bids for the property survey of the Keweenaw Mountain Lodge. Chairman Don Piche read the received proposals from several companies and ...

Bill O’Reilly out at Fox

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Despite the inglorious end to Bill O’Reilly’s two-decade Fox News Channel career, observers say his deep imprint on Fox and other cable news outlets and his influence on barbed political discourse are intact for the foreseeable future. Fired on Wednesday amid a ...

Resurrected: Crane on barge lifts sunken vessel

CHASSELL TOWNSHIP — The U.S. Coast Guard and Marine Tech of Duluth were in the South Entry of the Keweenaw Waterway Tuesday to raise the fishing vessel “Dawn,” which had sunk beside the pier on April 1. Jeromy Kowell of the Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit in Duluth commanded the ...

Wolf report: Moose about to change park landscape

ISLE ROYALE NATIONAL PARK — Only two closely related wolves remain on Isle Royale, while the exploding number of moose could lead to widespread deforestation if unchecked, Michigan Technological University researchers said in their annual winter study of the island. Wolf numbers dropped ...

Expert feels safe around blustering black bears

HOUGHTON — The sight of a charging black bear would strike fear into the heart of a layperson. Not Lynn Rogers. “When I see this — a bear lunging at you, paws all stretched, slapping the ground, blowing explosively — I feel safe,” he said. That isn’t because he is standing his ...

Police: Fresno gunman targeting random whites

FRESNO, Calif. — Three men were having a seemingly ordinary day in downtown Fresno, California, before they were singled out at random and killed by a black gunman targeting white victims, police said. The men happened to be on the same block, but had no known connection to each other or to ...

10 Things to Know Today: April 19, 2017

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. GEORGIA HOUSE SEAT STILL UNDECIDED A June 20 runoff between Democrat Jon Ossoff and Republican Karen Handel is an early barometer for Trump and both parties ahead of the 2018 midterm ...

No more snow expected — for next week

It snowed in parts of the western Upper Peninsula Monday, including in Houghton, but any precipitation for the rest of the week should be only rain, according to Jason Alumbaugh. Alumbaugh, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Negaunee Township, said the colder temperatures and ...

Heroin suspect arraigned

HOUGHTON — A Detroit man stood mute on felony drug charges stemming from a March arrest in Lake Linden in Houghton County Circuit Court Monday. Breon Garner, 26, is charged with delivery-manufacture of less than 50 grams off a substance containing heroin, a 20-year felony. Standing mute ...

Weather, climate are not same thing

Some long-term residents of the Upper Peninsula and the Copper Country can remember when winters were more predictable, and that may be true, but whether that means the climate is changing will require some research. Climate is measured over decades and even centuries, and weather happens ...