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Businesses, playgrounds opening in Hancock

HANCOCK — Thanks to 20 volunteers the Terrace Park playground is now complete with structures for Third Street and Montezuma Street parks up next. The remaining two parks will also require volunteers to assemble with Oct. 5 and 6 scheduled for the Third Street Park and Oct. 7 and 8 for the ...

CCISD hears progress of greenhouse: Will be classroom extension

HANCOCK — At Tuesday night's Copper Country Intermediate School District (CCISD) board meeting Karyn Juntunen from the community transition program updated the board about the completion of Phase I of the greenhouse project. Once it's complete, it will be used as an extension of the ...

Holding grief in does not help

HOUGHTON — Everybody hurts with grief sometimes, and there are healthy ways to cope with it, said Leslie Griffith, outpatient program director at a community forum held at Houghton High School Monday night on the three-month anniversary of the flood. To maintain resiliency, people can do ...

Housing commission selects new director

ONTONAGON — The Housing Commission unanimously approved Karen Jackson as executive director Tuesday as commissioners continue to clean up processes and policies. The former interim director has been in the role since the resignation of the previous director Sally Jarvey. The approval is for ...

L’Anse schools working towards compliance

Teachers and administrators are preparing for another year of work getting third graders ready for the M-STEP, the state-mandated standardized test that could determine whether a student gets to continue to the fourth grade starting at the end of the 2019-20 school year. School staff have been ...

Houghton outpacing state on M-STEP, SAT

HOUGHTON — Houghton-Portage Township Schools posted improvements at most levels on the Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress (M-STEP) and SAT tests from 2017. At the same time, they continued to be above the state average. “I’m really proud of the way our kids performed,” ...

Ontonagon going through officer staffing changes

ONTONAGON — The County Board heard an updated hiring plan from Ontonagon Sheriff Dale Rantala and approved a new hire for the department. Though deputy positions were posted and applicants received, the sheriff decided against hiring any of the candidates, instead requesting the county ...

Ontonagon keeps status quo in school district

ONTONAGON — A sheriff's deputy will be checking in with local schools on a weekly basis after the Ontonagon Area School District (OASD) Board approved a liaison resource officer contract Monday with the Sheriff's Department. Detective Bill Witt, who served in this capacity last year, will ...

L’Anse approves contract for Turpeinen

L'ANSE — The L'Anse Area Schools (LAS) board of education unanimously approved a first-year probationary contract for Kendra Turpeinen, a new English teacher at the high school, at Monday night's meeting. “I'm a Copper Country native,” Turpeinen told the board. After graduating with ...

Rep. supports water act

WASHINGTON — Following House passage of the Water Resource Development Act (WRDA), Congressman Jack Bergman issued the following release: “Michigan's First District is home to our nation's most precious natural resources and critical water infrastructure. With shoreline on Lake Michigan, ...

Mid-Michigan native on ballot

BERKLEY, Mich. — The Board of State Canvassers has ruled that independent candidate for Michigan Attorney General Chris Graveline has qualified for inclusion on the November ballot. With the ruling, the Auburn native became the first independent candidate to qualify for the ballot for a ...

Ontonagon receives both vague praise and complaints

ONTONAGON — With conflicting opinions on village leadership, the September village council public comment period had very different takes. The time began with Marcia Aho-Black announcing her full retirement from her seven-year role as village clerk but offering her help if it was needed. ...

Restoration of lighthouse gets help from a grant

BARAGA — Keweenaw Bay Indian Community (KBIC) Public Works has $10,000 more to put toward restoring the Sand Point Lighthouse. The money is thanks to a grant from the Cultural Resource Fund, administered by Multicultural Initiative for Community Advancement (MICA) Group and funded in part by ...

Houghton man charged with possessing child pornography

HOUGHTON — A Houghton man was arraigned on four felony counts related to possession of child pornography in 97th District Court Friday. Gary Gagnier, 28, was determined to have been uploading sexually abusive material involving a child at his home since June 2017, according to the Michigan ...

Houghton OKs report on rentals

HOUGHTON — Rental housing was again a topic of discussion at Wednesday’s City Council meeting, as the council approved a Planning Commission report on rental housing and met as the Rental Housing Board to approve two licenses. Recommendations include amending the rental ordinance to ...

Longtime CEO leaves Aspirus

LAURIUM — Chuck Nelson, UP regional chief executive officer of Aspirus since July, 2008, has left to accept a position outside the healthcare industry, according to a release. Matt Heywood, president and CEO of Aspirus said Nelson has made many contributions in the decade he was with the ...

L’Anse Twp. gives raises

L’ANSE — The Township Board decided Wednesday it was well past time to reward its workers for a job well done. Township parks employees received a raise of 40 cents an hour, retroactive through the beginning of the year, by a unanimous vote. “They're doing a very good job and it was ...

Gerrymanding in Michigan could end with Proposal 2

PELKIE — Elizabeth Benyi, a volunteer with Voters Not Politicians (VNP), presented an explanation of gerrymandering and Proposal 2 to a small group at Mission United Lutheran Church on Wednesday night. Proposal 2 suggests the creation of an Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission ...

Millage approved, Adams Township Schools optimistic

PAINESDALE — Adams Township heard the first school improvement update after the proposed bond extension passed with flying colors on the August ballot. “I'd just like to thank the community for supporting this project,” said Superintendent Tim Keteri. “...I think the community will be ...