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Experience the Keweenaw offers holiday weekend fun

HOUGHTON — Who’s afraid of a little dirt? This Memorial Day weekend marks the second annual Experience the Keweenaw, offering a perfect opportunity to do just that. Events run from Friday afternoon through Sunday and include hiking, yoga, fishing, boating and biking. Activities will take ...

Keweenaw Mountain Lodge financials good as season opens

EAGLE RIVER — Keweenaw Mountain Lodge Coordinator Harvey Desnick told the KML Board at its May 16 regular meeting that the financial numbers of the lodge have improved over last year, with April being a surprise after showing a 50 percent improvement on the bottom line. That, however, is not ...

E-TC high school team demonstrates robot

EWEN — It was three years ago that the Southern Ontonagon County school of Ewen-Trout Creek introduced the high school robotics competition. Three years later, the program continues to receive the applause of its school board, students, and community. “These (Robotics) competition is ...

Ordinance enforcement a hot topic in Calumet

CALUMET — While Downtown Development Authority Chairwoman Leah Polzien asked the council to enforce the village’s blight and dangerous building ordinances, some council members expressed concerns over the other ordinances on the village’s books that are not being addressed. Trustee ...

KML looks better than last year

EAGLE RIVER — Harvey Desnick, coordinator of the Keweenaw Mountain Lodge, says the KML is poised for another promising season, even as the County Board moves forward with placing the historic facility on auction in July. “We’ve got employees on the grounds, we are booking guests,” ...

Kauppi enjoys Keweenaw business life

COPPER HARBOR — Peggy Kauppi has owned the Mariner North in Copper Harbor for nearly 41 years. While most people in business that long start to think about slowing down or retiring, Kauppi is working to expand business in her area. Kauppi bought the Mariner North as a result of her and her ...

Contender comes to Copper Country

David Archambeau/Daily Mining Gazette The 33-foot-long Contender was shipped into the Copper Country on Monday, its intial launching area into the Portage Canal being Markham’s Marina. The boat is owned by John Hackmeier of Houghton and was coming from Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. Hackmeier is ...

State recognizes H-PT Schools as one of area’s robotics leaders

HOUGHTON — Only 44 districts in Michigan have all four programs within For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) Robotics, in which students build robots to compete in challenges. Only four of them are in the Upper Peninsula. The first in the U.P. was ...

Ontonagon class trips going well

ONTONAGON — In what is the latest activity signaling the coming end of the school year, local third- and fourth-graders will be going to the Porcupine Mountain Wilderness State Park on Wednesday to plant a pollinator garden with the Friends of the Porkies. Recently Ontonagon sixth-graders ...

Franklin Township launches flag contest

HOUGHTON — Franklin Township is looking for a flag. The township is sponsoring a county-wide contest to design a flag for the township, Supervisor Mary Sears said at Tuesday’s Houghton County Board meeting. First prize is $500, second and third places get $100 and $50, ...

Study: 2 wolves left at Isle Royale

ISLE ROYALE – For the third year in a row, a pair of wolves is keeping the Isle Royale National Park population alive. The count is part of the annual wolf-moose study on Isle Royale, the latest iteration of which was released Wednesday. From a historical range of 18 to 27 wolves, the ...

Fishing tournament this weekend in Ontonagon

ONTONAGON — The 13th Annual Lake Trout Classic will be taking place this weekend in Ontonagon. The fishing tournament runs Friday thru Sunday with boats being launched from both the Porcupine Mountain State Park boat ramp and the Ontonagon Marina. The event is a fund-raiser for the ...

Auction set for Sunday to benefit Animal Protection

ONTONAGON — Ontonagon County Animal Protection (OCAP) just celebrated its 18th birthday. This Sunday, OCAP will hold its 14th annual dinner/auction. The event, taking place at Twilly’s in Bruce Crossing, is the organization’s main fundraiser. OCAP started in the spring of 2001 in ...

CCISD defines its role as a leader in area’s education

Whatever educational support is needed in any individual school district, the Copper Country Intermediate School District (CCISD) provides, said the head of the district’s General Education Department at Tuesday’s CCISD Board. The department’s primary mission, Carla Strome told board ...

Ottawa Forest Expansion: Land for lumber pact to add 220 acres

ONTONAGON — The County Board heard a proposal by the Ottawa National Forest to expand at its Tuesday meeting. The commission heard a report from Kenton District Ranger Barbara Van Olstein on a proposed land acquisition for the Ottawa National Forest of 220 acres in a tripartite land ...

Horsing around

Sue Johnson/Daily Mining Gazette Three horses were seen on Tuesday last week out for a stroll on Paradise Road in Portage Township. The fugitives were later apprehended by police and the owners.

ShoreWaves disputes claims

EAGLE RIVER — In a dispute between internet providers PastyNet and ShoreWaves over the shared use of an equipment shed at the Keweenaw Mountain Lodge tower in Copper Harbor, Charlie Hopper, PastyNet president, told the Keweenaw County Board through his attorney Wednesday that thanks to his ...

Club looks at vision for its future

SILVER CITY — The Ontonagon County-based Lake Superior Sportsman Club (LSSC) is getting closer to expanding its facilities. Walt Toepfler reported the club’s progress toward its “Vision for the Future” at its recent annual meeting. “There was exciting news to report,” he said. ...

SCIENCE OLYMPIAD: WMS finishes 20th in state

CALUMET — The Calumet Science Olympiad teams wrapped up a successful competition season with a trip to the Michigan Science Olympiad State Finals April 28 at Michigan State University in East Lansing. Both teams qualified for the state finals by finishing second at the Region 1 Tournament ...

Standards:

HANCOCK — Barkell Elementary School was identified as one of three elementary and three middle schools in the state as high performing in the state in the subject of social studies. In a letter dated Feb. 23, 2018, from the Michigan Social Studies Supervisors Association (MSSSA), Barkell ...