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Lots of tinkering goes into creating Design Expo product

HOUGHTON — Many of the projects displayed at this week’s Michigan Technological University Design Expo have narrow target audiences, but one project to develop a bicycle powered by both pedaling and an electric motor could be targeted to a wider general audience. The Senior Design team, ...

City unveils conceptual plan to restore Kestner seawall

HOUGHTON — City Manager Eric Waara gave City Council members a concept plan for work near the Kestner Waterfront Park seawall at Wednesday’s meeting. Waara said the west portion of the sidewalk would be moved off the seawall, creating a 15-foot-wide lawn space. “If we ever get ...

Fire destroys apartment

HANCOCK — An early-morning fire Friday forced the evacuation of an apartment building, but there were no injuries, according to firefighter Mark Dennis. Dennis said the department received the call about the fire at 3:30 a.m. When firefighters arrived on the Anthony Street Apartments at ...

Tech Design Expo features concepts on cutting edge

HOUGHTON — Before a product or service gets to market or put into use, somebody has to have an idea, then the idea has to be made real, and that is the concept behind the Michigan Technological University Design Expo. The Design Expo took place Thursday in the Tech Memorial Union Building ...

Ontonagon EDC wants state support

ONTONAGON — The Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) is asking local economic development boards to consider adopting an amended agreement updating its administrative duties. In a conference call with the Ontonagon County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) Wednesday ...

10 Things to Know Today: April 14, 2017

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. PYONGYANG TO TRUMP: PIPE DOWN North Korea’s vice foreign minister tells the AP that the president’s “aggressive” tweets are building up a “vicious cycle” of tensions on the ...

Crash in Hubbell: Car strikes power pole, hits building

At 3:07 a.m. Thursday morning, the Houghton County Sheriff’s Department responded to a single-vehicle personal injury accident that occurred on M-26 in Hubbell, near 12th Street, according to a release from that department. A car driven by a Lake Linden woman lost control while traveling ...

Brain Drain: Grads leave for better pay

HOUGHTON – Gubernatorial candidate Abdul El-Sayed touched on the challenge of a high number of college graduates leaving Michigan while speaking to the Houghton County Democrats on Monday. El-Sayed warned that by not doing more to retain educated people, Michigan is losing “its best ...

State corporate welfare policy cuts worker wages

HOUGHTON – Gubernatorial candidate Abdul El-Sayed, while speaking to the Houghton County Democrats on Monday, criticized Gov. Rick Snyder’s attempts at using huge tax breaks to lure corporations to Michigan, while college students and graduates are leaving the state in alarming numbers. ...

New Junior High School: Growth in enrollment prompts consideration

PAINESDALE — The Adams Township School District will consider creating a junior high school at Jeffers High School at its next meeting. The change would involve moving sixth-graders to the third floor of the Painesdale High School from South Range Elementary School. Teachers were informed ...

Trump boasts of hiring only the best, but picks haunt him

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump likes to boast that he hires only the best people. But his personnel choices keep coming back to haunt him. One of the people Trump hired for the White House was working as a foreign agent while advising him during the election. His campaign chairman ...

EAS Defense: Service is paid for by users, benefits everyone: airport manager

HOUGHTON — In the face of the elimination of the Essential Air Service program called for in the Trump administration’s budget proposal, Houghton County Airport Manager Dennis Hext defended the program at Tuesday’s County Board meeting. The federal program is used to maintain small ...

Western UP avoids blow of recent erratic weather

The erratic early spring weather will still be unsettled the remainder of the week into next week, but warmer-than-normal temperatures will prevail in parts of the Copper Country for at least a couple days. Jaclyn Ritzman, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Negaunee Township, ...

County considers foreclosed building for office space

HOUGHTON — A commercial building recently foreclosed upon could have use for Houghton County as office space, Treasurer Kathleen Beattie told the County Board Tuesday. Beattie suggested the board walk through the building at 402 W. Sharon Avenue, which was formerly a dentist’s ...

Employment outlook in UP, Michigan not looking bright

HOUGHTON – While Michigan’s unemployment rate was 5.7 percent for January 2017, the unemployment rate for the Upper Peninsula was 2.2 percentage points above that of Michigan’s, according to the Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget Bureau of Labor Market Information ...

UP unemployment ticked up in January, highest rate in state

HOUGHTON – Unemployment in the Upper Peninsula increased in January, moving higher by 1.3 percentage points to 7.9 percent, according to the Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget Bureau of Labor Market Information and Strategic Initiatives. Total employment declined ...

Funding Search: Library looking to overcome loss

HOUGHTON — There hasn’t been a fundraising effort for the Portage Lake District Library since money was raised about 10 years ago for the construction of the library’s current building, but Director Dillion Geshel said another fundraising effort has started to keep it open six days a ...

More Bridge Lane Closures

HANCOCK/HOUGHTON — On Monday, the Portage Lake Lift Bridge was closed for maintenance, according to a written statement from the Michigan Department of Transportation. The maintenance resulted in closures Monday of up to 15 minutes from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and between 1 p.m. and 3:30 ...

Gov. candidate calls for culture of accountability

HOUGHTON — Contrasting his public health experience with the CEO-style leadership he said has hurt the state, gubernatorial candidate Abdul El-Sayed spoke with Houghton County Democrats Monday night. Abdul El-Sayed spent two years as executive director of the Detroit Department of Health ...

Strong winds cause damage in Marquette area

MARQUETTE — An early morning storm with wind gusts reaching more than 70 mph ripped through some of the most densely populated areas of Marquette County, causing sweeping power outages, road closures and severe damage along its path. Todd Kluber, a meteorologist at the National Weather ...