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Comeback From Collapse: Team builds better bridge

HOUGHTON — Humans have been building bridges for thousands of years, but a team from Michigan Technological University takes part every year in a competition aimed at building a better bridge. The Tech Steel Bridge Team recently finished 12th out of 43 teams at the 2017 North Central ...

At a glance: Steel Bridge Team members

Members of the 2017 Michigan technological University Steel Bridge Team and the year they graduate: • Bailey Ramler 2017 • James Hegel 2018 • Michael Prast 2018 • Gregory Naghtin 2019 • Julie Bouwens 2019 • Andrew Shepard 2018 • Jeremy Dziewit 2018 • ...

Deputy Dogo proves worth outprices cost to taxpayers

EAGLE RIVER — In the month since the Keweenaw County Sheriff’s K-9 Unit has been active, the dog, named Dogo, has been on regular duty with its partner and handler, Sgt. Brad Pelli. In spite of opposition to the program from some county residents, earlier this week, the dog rescued three ...

Research Enterprise: Intense activity picking up even more in some fields

HOUGHTON — Michigan Technological University has been involved with various forms of research activity for decades, and university officials are working to keep it involved in research well into the future. David Reed, Tech vice president for research, said research enterprise at the ...

Research makes Tech ‘thought leader’

HOUGHTON — In 2016, Michigan Technological University set a record for spending on research projects at $72.5 million, and the number of research projects at the university continues to grow. David Reed, Tech vice president for research, said in the past year, four research projects at Tech ...

Houghton High students present science projects

HOUGHTON — For the sixth year, Houghton High School biology students conducted research projects in the school forest and presented their results to their peers as part of the Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative. Teacher Lauri Davis, who is involved with the project along with biology ...

Clutch K-9: New Keweenaw Sheriff’s police dog finds lost hikers

EAGLE RIVER — Keweenaw County Sheriff’s Department’s new K-9 unit proved a success this past Tuesday when the dog found a small group of lost hikers, according to Sheriff William Luokkanen. One female and two male hikers, all in their early 20s, were on a trail near Bare Bluff Tuesday ...

Talks continuing in Yik Yak case, but no settlement yet

HOUGHTON — Both sides continue to seek a resolution in the case of a Michigan Technological University student who sued the university after it expelled him over a post made on the social media site Yik Yak. Matthew Schultz filed a suit in U.S. District Court in 2016 against a Michigan ...

State Police investigating suspicious Canal Road fire

STANTON TOWNSHIP — Troopers from the Michigan Sate Police-Calumet Post are investigating a suspicious fire, which occurred around 10 p.m. on Friday night, according to a news release from the MSP post. The release stated that after the fire was extinguished by the Stanton and Adams Township ...

Portable solar innovation makes Baraga firm a company to watch

BARAGA — Van Straten Brothers was recognized in Lansing in May as one the 2017 Michigan 50 Companies to Watch by Michigan Celebrates Small Business. The brothers, co-owners George and Peter Van Straten, were honored at at the 13th annual Michigan Celebrates Small Business Awards Gala at the ...

New Rate Jack Tack: UPPCO request based on delinquent payments

HOUGHTON — Tick, tick, tick. Meters move forward for Upper Peninsula power customers paying the highest rates in the country, and they are expected to rise even more this year. Upper Peninsula Power Co.’s reconciliation of 2016 power supply costs and revenues (PSCRs) could increase costs ...

Overcrowding handcuffs law enforcement

HOUGHTON — Houghton County’s jail overcrowding issues have created a negative impact on effective law enforcement in the county. As a direct result of drug-related arrests, those arrested and charged with non-violent misdemeanors are not being detained, Capt. Doug Hebner of the Sheriff’s ...

Respite from domestic turmoil found in trip abroad

WASHINGTON — Donald Trump’s first presidential foreign trip has fortuitously given him a temporary respite from the firestorm generated by what he has called “that Russian thing,” and his firing of former FBI Director James Comey. Much of the tenacious Washington press corps that has ...

Drug arrests cause ripple effect

HOUGHTON — Drug-related arrests have swelled the Houghton County Jail population to capacity. While this creates pressure for a larger jail facility, the issue remains that the spike in substance abuse-related crimes is not decreasing. While policies and legislative actions in Lansing do ...

Big turnout is expected at health and safety fair

HOUGHTON — Upper Peninsula Health System-Portage hospital will conduct its annual health and safety fair from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at its Campus Drive location in Hancock. According to information provided by the hospital, the free event, which is usually well-attended, includes ...

Honoring the Fallen: No dampened spirits at Mohawk Legion

MOHAWK — Monday morning’s downpour did not prevent the Mohawk American Legion Post 230 from honoring fallen soldiers on Memorial Day. The place of the ceremony,, scheduled initially for the Veterans Honor Roll in Calumet, was changed shortly beforehand to the post. Keweenaw County’s ...

Fishing access improved at Victoria Dam

With walleye season now open, Michigan Department of Natural Resources fisheries officials have announced improved access to good fishing opportunities at the Victoria Dam via a boat launch facility improved recently by the Upper Peninsula Power Co. “The improved boat launch site now ...

Hancock residents look over ‘blueprint for future’

HANCOCK — The last Hancock master plan was created in 1976, and the new master plan is almost ready to be approved. Hancock City Manager Glenn Anderson said although the last formal master plan was in 1976, it has been updated every five years since 1990 as part of the city’s strategic ...

Mining inspector dies while driving

Ontonagon County Mining Inspector Robert Niemela died Monday evening of apparent natural causes while driving outside of Rockland Road. Niemela was found outside his vehicle about 3 miles from Rockland on the Old Victoria Road at about 7 p.m. A motorist heading west on the Old Victoria ...

Things to Know Today: Tuesday, May 30, 2017

By The Associated Press Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. ‘HE LOVED ME ENOUGH TO TAKE SOME BULLETS FOR ME’ Caleb Edwards, 15, recounts how his cousin Jordan Blackwell was killed while using his own body to shield ...