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Lodge Looker: Real estate group shows interest in buying lodge

EAGLE RIVER — While the Keweenaw Mountain Lodge Board discussed the county no longer being able to afford financing the failing Keweenaw Mountain Lodge, Don Piche, board chairman, announced at Tuesday’s monthly meeting that the board may have found a potential buyer for the facility. The ...

Lead paint: KML revisited by County Board

EAGLE RIVER — The question of lead-based paint being an issue at the Keweenaw Mountain Lodge was again addressed at Tuesday’s KML board meeting. Don Piche, board chairman said he dealt with the Western Upper Peninsula Health Department for move than a week, after the topic of lead paint ...

10 Things To Know Today: Friday, Feb. 17, 2017

By The Associated Press Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. PAKISTANIS QUESTION SECURITY AFTER SHRINE BLAST A day after a suicide bombing by the Islamic State group killed 80 worshippers, the attack raised questions ...

People could pay more for overcrowded jails: Judge

HOUGHTON — A state act could give county judiciary and law enforcement officials powers to act to reduce overcrowding at the Houghton County Jail, 97th District Court Judge Mark Wisti said at Tuesday’s County Board meeting. In recent weeks, as many as 42 inmates have been lodged into the ...

Enterprise is the ship of the future

HOUGHTON — Michigan Technological University’s Enterprise Program provides participating students exceptional opportunities to help prepare them for the workforce. Joseph Thompson of the Pavlis Honors College, and sponsored projects manager of Enterprise, described the program well. The ...

Baraga to discuss past due rental bills

BARAGA — The Baraga Village Council will conduct a special meeting next week to discuss the budget and ongoing issues with past due bills on rental properties. "People are leaving without paying bills," Village Manager LeAnn LeClaire told the council Tuesday, or just not paying water bills ...

Hancock is replacing city’s fire hall roof

HANCOCK — The Hancock City Council took the first step Wednesday toward replacing the roof on the city’s fire hall. Council approved hiring OHM Advisors for professional services for $6,400 and construction administration for $3,000. City Manger Glenn Anderson said the flat roof over ...

Telephone scam warning

HANCOCK — A possible telephone scam is making the rounds in Hancock and Houghton regarding a request for money to support sports at Hancock Public Schools, about which Monica Healy wants people to be aware. Healy, who is Hancock Public Schools superintendent, said she received a call from a ...

Patient safety guideline change

Due to increased occurrences of upper respiratory infection and influenza, UP Health System – Portage temporarily adopted the following visitation guideline for patient safety: • Anyone age 12 and younger will not be permitted • Only essential visitors will be permitted • If ill, ...

BAC seeking photographs

ESCANABA—Any Upper Peninsula resident inspired by the U.P. can submit photos to the Bonifas Arts Center (BAC) photography competition now through March 4 at noon. The winners’ photographs will be showcased at the BAC’s “The Inspiring U.P.” exhibit April 6 through May 4 with the ...

10 things to know today – Thurs., Feb. 16, 2017

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. WHAT’S BEEN INEVITABLE IN NEW ADMINISTRATIONS Every recent president has had a doomed Cabinet nomination or two, and after labor candidate Andrew Puzder’s withdrawal, Trump is ...

Jail Jammed: Sheriff says over-capacity population is ‘unmanageable’

HOUGHTON — With a surging population, the Houghton County Jail is now routinely over-capacity, creating more violence inside the jail and potentially exposing the county to multi-million-dollar lawsuits, officials said at Tuesday night’s County Board meeting. The board heard a proposal ...

County OKs $8.5M contract for Medical Facility remodel

HOUGHTON — Construction on the Houghton County Medical Care Facility's remodel will be underway within a month. Administrator Tammi Lehto and project manager Jim Heikkinen updated the Houghton County Board on the project at its meeting Tuesday night. The board then signed a contract for ...

County dues support resource conservation and development

L'ANSE — U.P. Resource Conservation and Development Council received dues Monday from the Baraga County Board, with two commissioners named to the council. "Without the support that we receive from the U.P. counties in the form of dues, we will not be able to sustain our council and will ...

Housing taxes still debated

ONTONAGON — The decision on giving the village-owned Housing Commission a break on taxes has become an issue at Village Council meetings for the past four months. Once again it was brought up at Monday night’s meeting, and once again it was tabled to the next meeting. However, the end ...

Baraga school report card is ‘very good’

HOUGHTON — The Baraga Area Schools Board of Education approved the Annual Education report for last year when it met Monday. "Our overall report card was very good," said Superintendent Richard Sarau, noting the school received a B. "If you look at all the schools in the ISD (Copper Country ...

10 things to know today – Wed., Feb. 15, 2017

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. INVESTIGATIONS INTO RUSSIA TO CONTINUE AFTER FLYNN'S EXIT Democrats contend an independent investigation is the best way to answer questions about the Trump administration's ties to ...

Drilling produces outrage

HOUGHTON — Upper Peninsula Environmental Coalition (UPEC) members expressed outrage and frustration about mineral exploration in the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness Park. “The DNR’s actions — allowing a mining company to conduct exploration drilling in the Porkies — will outrage a ...

LL-H board updated on MTSS

LAKE LINDEN - Teachers updated the Lake Linden-Hubbell Schools Board on the progress of the Multi-Tiered Support System instituted last year. The program, which began in the elementary school last year, features data-based decision making aimed at improving behavioral and academic outcomes ...

Greater participation means more services

HOUGHTON — With the award of a $92,000 grant from the Department of Environmental Quality, along with matching funds, Houghton County Planning Committee’s Copper Country Recycling Initiative sought bidders for a curbside recycling project. Two bidders were Waste Management and Eagle Waste, ...