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Hancock celebrates Lt. Jerry Hiltunen’s retirement Friday

HANCOCK — After 34 years of service in the community, Hancock's Lt. Jerry Hiltunen is hanging up his badge. The Lieutenant has served as a City of Hancock Police Officer the entirety of his career starting June 29, 1984, moving up through the ranks. “You get to know people, you get to ...

Village in violation of law says trustee

CALUMET — The Village Council passed a motion at its regular meeting Tuesday to end angle parking until it can be determined how best to permit it in a safe manner. One of the issues with the angle parking, said Virginia Dwyer, trustee and Public Safety Committee member, is that in permitting ...

Former church may be razed: St. John site damaged in June fire

CALUMET — The owner of a church on Seventh Street which suffered severe fire damage in June is owned by a limited liability company under the management of local attorney, Matt Eliason. The former St. John the Baptist Catholic church was built in 1940 by a Croatian congregation, but has been ...

Nothing new in church fire probe

CALUMET — Police Chief Keith Anderson said as of Thursday, there is no new information to report regarding a June 10 fire which severely damaged a downtown church and a residence next to it on Seventh Street. “I’m still waiting for the report from the Fire Marshal,” Anderson said. ...

Calumet studies angle parking on Oak, Sixth

CALUMET — Angle parking on Oak Street and on Sixth Street is under scrutiny for a number of reasons, one of which is a public safety concern, and another is a question of law. The question was first discussed at the village’s Public Safety Committee meeting on July 16, said committee member ...

Camp Nesbit experience discussed

HANCOCK — Camp Nesbit Director Jen Beaudette reported 2018's camp experience to the Copper Country Intermediate School District Board on Tuesday night. "Smokey the Bear comes," Beaudette said. The camp, which happens the third week of June, is for current and former students of special ...

Sexual assault reported on College Avenue

HOUGHTON — Houghton and Michigan Technological University police are investigating a report of a sexual assault occurring Saturday morning on College Avenue. The incident occurred about 2 a.m. in a vehicle in a parking lot on College Avenue, according to an email sent to Michigan ...

Ballot issue to create judicial branch for KBIC approved after mail-in vote

BARAGA — On Tuesday, ballots were counted from the mail-in election concerning the adoption of Article IX to the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community(KBIC) constitution. The ballot issue passed with a vote of 101-82, with approximately two-thirds of registered voters casting a ballot. Article IX ...

Millage language approved by L’Anse School Board

L'ANSE — Members of the L'Anse Area Schools Board at Monday's meeting approved language for the November ballot concerning millage. The language is to renew the millage that would otherwise expire in 2019 and to be able restore to 18 mills after Headlee rollbacks, according to ...

Bulldogs see minimal flood damage in schools

HANCOCK — The school did not escape completely unscathed from the Father's Day flood but the damage was minimal and will be covered by insurance. Superintendent Kipp Beaudoin updated the School Board Monday on the status of flood damage including a gym floor and carpet cleaning in the ...

Keweenaw County to conduct Annual Public Safety Day

MOHAWK — Keweenaw County will conduct its second Public Safety Day, Saturday, July 21, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Mohawk Park. The safety day will feature several Keweenaw County Emergency Service organizations. Last year’s event was so popular that Sheriff Bill Luokkanen, and several ...

County Chamber to host garden tour

BARAGA — The Baraga County Chamber of Commerce is hosting a garden tour at 4 p.m. on July 27. “This is our first, and hopefully annual, Garden Tour,” Debbie Stouffer, chamber president, said. The chamber hopes to attract guests that might not be interested in other community events ...

CC strong, but help is still needed

HOUGHTON — On June 27 large amounts of rain fell upon Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula in short, strong bursts causing damage estimated to cost well over $120 million. One death and several other injuries were reported. Several dozen roads washed out and others became impassable from mud, ...

H-PT reaches agreement with support staff

HOUGHTON — The Houghton-Portage Township School District Board approved a two-year contract agreement with support staff at its meeting Monday. The 16 staff members, part of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, will receive a 1.5 percent salary increase. ...

Dianda requests disaster declaration for communities

CALUMET — State Rep. Scott Dianda (D-Calumet) introduced a House resolution today asking President Donald Trump to declare a major disaster for the Michigan U.P. counties of Houghton, Gogebic and Menominee, which are still struggling to clean up and rebuild after widespread damage from ...

Candidate forum rescheduled

HOUGHTON - The Republican Party of Keweenaw County will be hosting a candidate forum featuring Republican 110th District State House candidates on Monday, July 23, at the Dee Stadium Ballroom in Houghton. Doors to the event will open at 7 p.m. and the forum will begin at 7:30 p.m. Candidates ...

USDA highlights $5B in funding

EAST LANSING — U.S. Dept. of Agriculture Rural Development State Director for Michigan Jason Allen yesterday announced the availability of more than $4 billion in loans and $1 billion in grants for rural community water and wastewater system improvements. “There is increased concern about ...

VRC reports need for volunteers

The Volunteer Resource Center (VRC) reports that there is still a great need for volunteers. They currently have 117 job requests on their job board and the number of volunteers has dwindled. Also, approximately half of the jobs require the use of heavy equipment such as skid steers, loaders, ...

Ranger III experiences some technical problems

HOUGHTON — The Isle Royale National Park Service’s Ranger III experienced some technical problems in one of its electrical systems last week that kept it docked in Houghton until repairs could be completed, which did not take long. On July 6, as the Ranger was preparing to leave Isle ...