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Heikinpaiva: Finnish celebration underway in Hancock

The 20th anniversary of Heikinpaiva this year is already underway with events at the Finnish American Heritage Center (FAHC). The classes focus on Finnish culture heritage enrichment, and lead up to the main events on Jan. 26, which will include a parade, tori (market), food, dance, and for the ...

Do you know what is your health focus for this New Year?

Most of us want a vigorous and active life well into old age. There are some easy and important things to keep in mind as you prioritize your health goals in 2019. Maintaining health is easier than regaining it after illness. Two things seem to be common reasons for admissions to nursing ...

Gratiot Park is next investment

CALUMET TOWNSHIP — Students of the Horizons Alternative High School in Mohawk will assist with the development of Keweenaw County’s Gratiot River Park. Keweenaw County Trustee Sandra Gayk said as part of the county’s portion of a grant match from the Department of Natural Resources for ...

Trail Talk: Network down spine of Keweenaw envisioned

CALUMET TOWNSHIP — As Keweenaw County moves forward with development and expansion of recreational trails, plans of a trail from Copper Harbor to the village of Calumet is now the focus of the Copper Harbor Trails Club. The trail would necessarily have to pass over Calumet Township ...

CLK School Board reorganizes

CALUMET TOWNSHIP — The Calumet-Laurium-Keweenaw (CLK) Public Schools conducted its organizational meeting, during which officers were appointed for the upcoming year. The board appointed Phyllis Locatelli as president, while Michael Louma was appointed vice president. Melanie Parker is ...

Flood-damaged gym floor replaced at Hancock Middle School

HANCOCK — The new gym floor in the middle school was completed during the holiday break and was ready for use when the students returned to classes on Jan. 2. The floor has been welcomed by the entire school, according to Principal Ezekiel Ohan. “It’s a fantastic opportunity for all my ...

NPS awards trail funding in Calumet Township

CALUMET — Several local municipalities and nonprofit organizations have received a grant from the National Park Service, Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance (RTCA) program to provide technical assistance for planning a cohesive trail corridor through Calumet Township, village of ...

Private roads restrict access to Seven Mile Point: KNA

EAGLE RIVER — John Griffith of the Keweenaw Natural Areas (KNA), explained at the December Keweenaw County Board meeting why Seven Mile Point, which the KNA owns, has restricted public access. “I can explain that very easily,” Griffith said. “That is a private road. It was up to our ...

Finn film kicks off Heikinpaiva

The Nordic Film Series at Finlandia University's Finnish American Heritage Center resumes Jan. 10 with a Finnish documentary to kick off the 2019 Heikinpaiva festival. "Hobbyhorse Revolution," a 2017 film, will show at 2 and 6 p.m. Jan. 10. The film’s theme focuses on the power of ...

Governor, Legislature clear decks in houses

The following are brief descriptions of bills passed by the Michigan Legislature and signed by former Gov. Rick Snyder in December: •Senate Bills 882, 982, 983, 990 and 991 easily passed both houses. It allows school board discussions about preventative school security to take place in ...

Challenge accepted: McBroom ready to take office on Jan. 9

After winning the 38th Michigan State Senate seat, Ed McBroom has come out of the gates running.  The Vulcan dairy farmer recently was elected as the State Senator and has prepareed to take the reins from the term-limited Tom Casperson. “It is a very humbling event to receive the ...

State Police arrest caregiver in death

L’ANSE — A 37-year-old L’Anse woman was arrested Wednesday on a Homicide-Felony Murder warrant authorized by the Baraga County Prosecuting Attorney, according to a new release from the Michigan State Police Calumet Post. The warrant authorization and arrest occurred on the anniversary of ...

Steve Lancour Memorial Winter Clothing Drive today

HOUGHTON — The Steve Lancour Memorial Winter Clothing Drive will take place during the MacInnes Holiday Classic Tournament, which is sponsored by the Calumet Education Association, the Hancock Education Association, and the Houghton Education System, according to Emilie Lancour. Donations ...

Ontonagon expands robotics offerings after last year’s success

ONTONAGON — Success by the Ontonagon High School's robotics team last year has crowded the bandwagon this year, with the number of student participants doubling from previous years. The increase in student participation, and the high school team advancing past the state finals last year has ...

4 tips to help stay on top of your fitness game this holiday season

CALUMET — The holidays are a fun, yet hectic time of year for many. Traveling, parties and house guests can throw a wrench in your exercise regimen, but it doesn’t have to. Aspirus Fitness Center Supervisor Stacy Bussiere, ACE-CPT recommends the following tips to help you stay on top of ...

Village Council member attempts to cool meetings

CALUMET — Trustee Nathan Anderson proposed an extensive number of procedural changes to the rules of the conduct of council meetings designed to make the meetings shorter, more productive, and less hostile. The proposed changes are very similar to those contained in Robert’s Rules of Order, ...

Swartz, LaFernier earn re-election

The Keweenaw Bay Indian Community's (KBIC) general election was held Dec. 15, and the unofficial vote tallies are in. Warren “Chris” Swartz and Susan LaFernier won re-election to the Baraga and L'Anse districts. Kim Klopstein won the second seat in the Baraga district and Dale Goodreau ...

LARA orders A2B Cab to cease

Michigan’s Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs’ (LARA) Corporations, Securities & Commercial Licensing Bureau (CSCL) issued a cease and desist order against A2B Cab, Russell Chambers, owner (respondent), in Laurium for operating as a taxicab carrier without having registered ...

LaFave supports making state departments more accountable

State Rep. Beau LaFave said Monday that he fully supports a plan to require most state government departments to pay the court costs of those who prevail in court against a state department or agency. LaFave said the plan, sponsored by Sen. Tom Casperson and approved by the Michigan House ...