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Students help seniors plant

HOUGHTON — It was a little chilly Wednesday, but it wasn’t raining — or snowing — so a project to plant flowers at Ray Kestner Waterfront Park went on as planned. Carol Korpela, program director at Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly, said the project is a partnership between the ...

Ontonagon tackles ordinance for blight

ONTONAGON — The Ontonagon Village Council is working on a blight ordinance to address abandoned and rundown properties. Village Attorney Ted Baird will revise an ordinance from New Haven, a village in Macomb County, for the council to consider adopting, the council decided at its meeting ...

White St. roadwork starts in June

HANCOCK — The resurfacing of White Street will start in mid-June, and after the work istarts, the City Council will consider if it should remain one way up to Lincoln Drive, or be returned to two-way. After public hearings, the city council voted in May 2014 to make White Street one-way ...

Lake Trout Classic deemed a success

Dozens of teams from throughout the Midwest took part in last weekend’s 11th Annual Lake Trout Classic. The annual event is based out of the Village of Ontonagon Marina, and is a fundraiser for the Ontonagon County Cancer Association. The team, which included John Myllatti, Shane Stites, ...

Soldiers raise awareness of veteran suicide

MARQUETTE — Two soldiers from the Michigan National Guard — who are marching across Michigan’s Upper Peninsula to raise awareness about veteran suicide this month — made their way through the Marquette area Friday, nearing Seney on Sunday. First Lt. Cody Cass and Staff Sgt. Michael ...

Former Onto. school subject of town hall

ONTONAGON — The Ontonagon Village Council is having a town hall meeting to hear what people think should happen to the old school on the Greenland Road. Set for 7 p.m. Thursday at the Community Action building, the meeting will include a slideshow of images inside the building by Village ...

UMERC to hold meetings on electricity plans

Upper Michigan Energy Resources Corp. plans to provide electricity to the Upper Peninsula will be the topic of informational meetings this week in Baraga and Marquette counties, where new natural gas-fueled generation facilities will be constructed in 2019. The Baraga County meeting will be ...

KFRC hires new director

HOUGHTON — Keweenaw Family Resource Center (KFRC) welcomes Iola Brubaker as its new executive director.  The director provides oversite to KFRC operations, the Tree House Indoor Playground and directs the Copper Country Great Start Collaborative. Brubaker brings more than 15 years of ...

Firefighter hurt in Iron Mtn. blaze: Mobil/BK building a total loss

IRON MOUNTAIN — An Iron Mountain firefighter escaped serious injury after being trapped by a partial building collapse Saturday while responding to a blaze that destroyed the EZ Stop Mobil gas station and Burger King on South Stephenson Avenue. The firefighter, who was not identified, was ...

Clarks make memorial fund: KCF fund to support Dial Help

HANCOCK — The Clark family of Hancock has established a new memorial fund with the Keweenaw Community Foundation in honor of their son Ryan, according to a release from the KCF. The purpose of the Kenneth Ryan Clark Memorial Fund is to provide ongoing financial support to one of the ...

A in economics

Sue Johnson photo The Jeffers High School graduating class played a final prank on the school district by placing the Jeffers High School on Craigslist for sale for $100 — teachers included.

Public can comment on planned power plant in Baraga County

By VANESSA DIETZ vdietz@mininggazette.com Upper Michigan Energy Resources Corp. plans to provide electricity to the Upper Peninsula will be the topic of informational meetings this week in Baraga and Marquette counties, where new natural gas-fueled generation facilities will be constructed in ...

State tourism continues to grow

MARQUETTE — As Michigan’s travel and tourism industry continues to grow, state officials continue their search for better ways to market the area, such as an updated website and advertising campaigns focused more on passions, rather than just destinations. In 2016 Michigan invested $12.9 ...

Sportsmen’s Club teaches local youths hunter safety

Houghton-Keweenaw 4-H, in partnership with the Lake Linden-Hubbell Sportsmen’s Association, offered a hunter’s safety course to Houghton and Keweenaw County youth this spring, according to Anne Kretschmann, Michigan State University Extension 4-H coordinator for Houghton and Keweenaw ...

Awarding teachers is difficult task

HANCOCK — Copper Country Intermediate School District Parent Advisory Committee (PAC) Chairwoman Cindy Figures said selecting winners for the Special Education Dinner Awards can be a difficult task. The process begins with nomination forms, which are emailed to special education teachers, ...

Engineer outlines county road projects

The Ontonagon County Road Commission (OCRC) ended the winter snow removal season financially strong. This past winter started with what many thought was going to be a heavy snow year, but ended as what would be considered a ‘mild winter.’ “Our expenditures for this past winter were ...

Lake Trout Classic starting Friday

ONTONAGON — The 11th Annual Lake Trout Classic will take place this weekend in Ontonagon. The event starts Friday with the Ladies Powder Puff Tourney running from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Lake Trout Classic runs on Saturday and Sunday. “The first Lake Trout Classic started in 2005 with 40 ...

Onto. County mine inspector updates board

CORRECTED: Ontonagon County Mine Inspector Bob Niemela said the high spring runoff in the Mineral River is flowing into the historic C & H No. 1 shaft across from the Konteka Restaurant. He said the water is pumped from the White Pine mine into Lake Superior by an after-use third party ...

Election to be held for Kivela’s seat

MARQUETTE — A special election will be held in the 109th District of state House of Representatives to fill the vacancy created by the recent death of state Rep. John Kivela, D-Marquette. A primary election will be held on Aug. 8, with the general election following on Nov. 7, Gov. Rick ...

10 Things to Know Today: Friday, May 19, 2017

By The Associated Press Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. WHO TRUMP COULD NAME AS FBI CHIEF President Donald Trump says he is “very close” to naming a new FBI director, and that former Sen. Joe Lieberman is among ...