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UP Power: Utility plans Baraga plant

L’ANSE — WEC Energy Group plans to build an energy center in Baraga as part of its new utility, Upper Michigan Energy Resources Corporation, a company official told the Baraga County Board on Monday. State Rep. Scott Dianda, D-Calumet, was on hand for the company’s presentation, leaving ...

Rothenberger pleads not guilty

HANCOCK — An Atlantic Mine man pleaded not guilty to possessing marijuana on school grounds in December during his Houghton County Circuit Court arraignment Monday. Niles Rothenberger, 30, was arrested in December outside Houghton Elementary School. Police reported finding 3.5 grams of ...

Accused Northwoods burglars waive hearings

HOUGHTON — Two former Finlandia University students accused of stealing guns from the Northwoods Trading Post sporting goods store in Hancock in December waived arraignments scheduled for Monday, which allowed them to avoid making an appearance Houghton County Circuit Court. Jake Hugall, ...

Commission seeks input on what roads to fix

RIPLEY — The Houghton County Road Commission receives federal funding for some of the roads in the county, but to receive it the county must submit a five-year development plan, according to Kevin Harju. Harju, engineer for the HCRC, said there will a public meeting at 1:30 p.m. Jan. 16 at ...

1 subtracted, 1 added to board at LL-H Schools

LAKE LINDEN — The Lake Linden-Hubbell Public Schools Board accepted the resignation of one board member and appointed another in her place Monday. The board accepted the resignation of Lori Ambuehl, effective Jan. 2. Superintendent Craig Sundblad said. Sundblad said the resignation had been ...

LeaderShape: Tech students learn how to be leaders at retreat

ALBERTA — Some Michigan Technological University students spent the past week learning how to become a better leaders. Fifty-three students took part in the annual LeaderShape Institute at the university’s Ford Center in Alberta. The six-day session includes a mix of team-building ...

Officials planning smelter’s future

RIPLEY — For many years, there have been discussions about what to do with the former Quincy Smelting Works site in Ripley. Now that the site will become property of the National Park Service, those discussions are being ramped up. The Quincy Mining Company opened the smelter 1898 to ...

Research turns stem cells into skin grafts

HOUGHTON — For burn victims and people with other injuries which cause damage to skin, skin grafts are an important part of healing, and a new process being developed at Michigan Technological University could improve the success of grafts. Feng Zhao, associate professor of biomedical ...

Trump battles Streep as his Cabinet picks prepare for grilling

NEW YORK — Donald Trump and his Cabinet picks are preparing to face public questioning over their business conflicts, their approach to Russia and other issues during a critical week of confirmation hearings and the president-elect’s first news conference in nearly six months. Trump ...

FU athlete’s pretrial continued

HOUGHTON — The pretrial for a former Finlandia University football player charged with assaulting another student last month will be continued. The hearing for Tajuante Anderson, 20, is scheduled to take place 9:30 a.m. Feb. 6 in 97th District Court. Anderson is charged with aggravated ...

Case of UPSET bust suspect moved to Circuit Court

HOUGHTON — A Wisconsin man arrested in an Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team (UPSET) bust in December was bound over to Houghton County Circuit Court on Friday. Fountaine Gordon, 38, is charged with possession of less than 50 grams of a mixture including heroin, a 20-year felony; ...

Search for hunter resumes after blizzard

HOUGHTON — The search for a missing Hancock hunter will continue, after the latest blizzard ends. Despite the deepening snow, one intrepid investigator plans to continue multi-day outings during lulls in the weather, hoping to solve the disappearance of 71-year-old Rodney ...

US veteran arrested in mass shooting

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — An Army veteran who complained that the government was controlling his mind drew a gun from his checked luggage on arrival at the Fort Lauderdale airport and opened fire in the baggage claim area Friday, killing five people and wounding eight, authorities ...

Shelden Ave. building gutted in July fire to be torn down

HOUGHTON — Teardown of a downtown Houghton building gutted in a fire last July will begin next week. The building will be taken down entirely, leaving only a concrete stair tower left over from the days of the way connecting both sides of Shelden Avenue, said City Manager Eric Waara. ...

Pay-to-stay debate

HOUGHTON — While in jail, inmates pay for for more than just time they serve incarcerated. They also pay for doctor visits, medical expenses, and medications. As with all county jails within the state, in Houghton County jail, all bills accrued during an inmate’s time in jail are applied ...

Recycling program in Hancock growing

HANCOCK — When the Hancock City Council approved a contract with Waste Management in 2016, it included trash and recycling collection, and according to Glenn Anderson the collection of recyclable materials as increased significantly. Anderson, who is Hancock city manager, said since the ...

Local musician remembered

By VANESSA DIETZ and GARRETT NEESE vdietz@mininggazette.com gneese@mininggazette.com HOUGHTON — All musicians are welcome to join others in the lobby of the Rozsa Center for one more jam session in memory of Kenneth Steiner, who died on New Year’s Day. Kenneth Steiner was a ...

Firearm Burglary: Hearing for former FU students

HOUGHTON — Three former Finlandia University students alleged to be involved with the theft of firearms and ammunition from Northwoods Trading Post sporting goods store in December had hearings Wednesday in 97th District Court. Jake Hugall, Juan Pereyra and Alexander Santiago face charges ...

Mid-winter fest set in Hancock

HANCOCK — For the 18th year, the Heikinpaiva Finnish-American Mid-Winter Festival will take place in Hancock, and there are a couple of changes to the program, according to David Maki. Maki, who is chairman of the Hancock Finnish Theme Committee, said Heikinpaiva continues to grow in ...