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Lightfoot tribute artist to perform tonight in Laurium

LAURIUM — As part of its summer concert series, the village of Laurium will present Gordon Lightfoot tribute artist, Mike Fornes, according to Patricia Golus. Golus, who is Laurium clerk, said Fornes, who is based in northern Lower Peninsula, will be at Daniell Park tonight from 7 p.m. to ...

LL-H OKs raises

LAKE LINDEN — The Lake Linden-Hubbell Schools Board approved raises for several district positions at its meeting Monday. The board approved 1 percent raises for Superintendent Craig Sundblad, Elementary Coordinator Brad Codere and non-contract support staff whose wages had not already ...

State-mandated program offers relief for veterans

MARQUETTE — When bills pile up, the rent or mortgage is due or the family car breaks down and the money just isn’t there … relief is priceless. For veterans in Marquette County, relief from financial pressures can come in the form of the Soldier Sailor Relief Act. As a state-mandated ...

PLDL holds scavenger hunt, connects patrons to the area

HOUGHTON — Throughout downtown Houghton, teams of people were flapping their wings, posing like trees or making a snow angel in the grass. The occasion was the Portage Lake District Library's first downtown scavenger hunt, which lasted for two hours Saturday morning. There were about 60 ...

Jazz Central festival helps locals hang on to mining history through music

CENTRAL MINE — The third annual Jazz Central music festival drew an impressive crowd Friday in spite of a cool and wet day. Jim Vivian, Keweenaw County Historical Society member and Jazz Central organizer, said that people came out to support the event, ignoring the October-like weather. ...

Search begins for Hancock principal

HANCOCK — Now that Kipp Beaudoin has officially become the Hancock Public Schools superintendent, a search is on for his replacement as middle school and high school principal. On July 24, the Hancock Public Schools Board of Education chose Beaudoin from a group of four candidates to be ...

Markkanen talks on importance of voc ed

ONTONAGON — Hancock teacher and state representative candidate Greg Markkanen talked about education issues he is concerned with at a recent meeting of the Ontonagon County Republican Party. “I see the need to teach young people a trade and skill in vocational education,” he said. ...

Yik Yak student received $42K

HOUGHTON (AP) — A former Michigan Technological University student has been awarded more than $42,000 compensation after agreeing to settle his lawsuit against the school over an alleged internet threat against black people. Matthew Schultz filed an agreement to settle the case in June, but ...

Lakeshore Ave. to reopen to traffic

HOUGHTON — Lakeshore Drive should soon be reopened to traffic, City Manager Eric Waara said Wednesday. The east end of Lakeshore Drive has been paved, with another layer yet to be added. “We wanted to just put the bottom course down, let the construction happen, then put the top ...

Break-in through gate at Hancock Beach

HANCOCK — Hancock Police Lt. Jerry Hiltunen is asking for information regarding an illegal entry at the Hancock Beach, which occurred sometime between 10 p.m. Tuesday night and 2:35 a.m. Wednesday morning. During a routine patrol Wednesday, officers discovered that the lock securing the ...

Jazz Central back at Central Mine

KEWEENAW COUNTY — The third annual Jazz Central music festival is scheduled for 6 p.m. Friday at Central Mine, just off of U.S. 41 in Keweenaw County. The event will take place in the main parking lot near the visitor’s center. Jazz Central will feature live music by Denny McKaig and the ...

Funds help old town become self-sufficient

CENTRAL MINE — Keweenaw County’s Central Mine ended operations on Aug. 1, 1894, and miners and their families began leaving the company town for employment elsewhere, most commonly in Houghton County. Through the efforts of a handful of dedicated people, however, the town of Central, which ...

Chassell Township posts surveys

CHASSELL — Chassell Township is seeking residents’ input on two issues with online surveys posted last month. One survey asks whether medical marijuana facilities should be allowed within the township. The other asks for residents' feedback regarding the township's five-year recreation ...

Cross-country skiing grants available

HANCOCK — The Keweenaw Cross Country Skiing Endowment Advisory Committee of the Keweenaw Community Foundation (KCF) is now accepting applications for its annual granting cycle. $2,586.14 is available from the Keweenaw Cross Country Skiing Endowment Fund for local organizations supporting ...

Local veterans association to hold thank-you picnic Sat. for veterans

CHASSELL TOWNSHIP — The Copper Country Veterans Association has scheduled its annual picnic for Saturday at the Chassell pavilion, according to Jim Pintar of the CCVA of South Range. Social hours with light snacks will begin at 2 p.m. and a full-course steak dinner will be served from ...

Calumet teacher gets state role

CALUMET — Chris Woods has been a teacher at Calumet High School for 18 years, and now he’s hoping to get the opportunity to use his experience to guide state education policy. Woods, who teaches ninth and 10th-grade algebra and applied geometry at CHS, in July was named as one of 24 ...

Porkies: Help needed for music festival

CARP LAKE TOWNSHIP — Just three weeks away, the Porcupine Mountains Music Festival needs more volunteers to make sure the event is a success. “Please consider becoming a part of the Porcupine Mountains Music Festival family,” said Jennifer Jackman, volunteer coordinator for the ...

Accidents cause injuries, confusion

PORTAGE TOWNSHIP — Two accidents occurred at nearly the same time in Portage Township Thursday afternoon, causing injuries as well as much confusion among law enforcement agencies. Both crashes occurred within the road construction zone along the M-26 corridor between the Yooper Loop and ...

Music fest held in memory of ‘Bucket’

The life of an Ontonagon man will be celebrated at a music festival this weekend at the County Fairgrounds in Greenland. The second annual Bucketfest in honor of Jim “Bucket” Koski is a fundraiser for the Jim Koski Scholarship Fund at the Ontonagon Area School. Last year $1,200 was raised ...

Ontonagon plans enhancing area’s historical features

ONTONAGON — The county historical society is working on its patented appeal to visitors by making more of the area’s rich history. “Our creed is: ‘If you walk in the door as a stranger, we want you to leave as a friend,’” said society president Bruce Johanson, warmly greeting ...