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Veteran sergeant running for Keweenaw sheriff

By KURT HAUGLIEkhauglie@mininggazette.comEAGLE RIVER - Keweenaw County Sheriff Ron Lahti announced he's retiring at the end of the year, and as of Tuesday two people have filed papers to seek the office.One of the candidates is Bill Luokkanen, who has been a member of the KCSO since 1991. He's ...

Cause hearing for Ontonagon man in attempted murder

ONTONAGON - A probable cause hearing took place in 98th District Court in Ontonagon Tuesday in the case of an Ontonagon man accused of sexual assault and attempted murder.Timothy Pietila, 51, is charged with attempted murder and first-degree criminal sexual conduct, both felonies punishable by ...

Two arraigned in meth lab bust

L'ANSE - Two people arrested after an Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team operation last month were arraigned in 97th District Court in Baraga on Tuesday.Teri Loonsfoot, 32, and Christopher Kelly, 36, both of L'Anse, were arrested after an UPSET search of a home in L'Anse Friday ...

Tribe: Cigarette seizures infringe on sovereignty

By DAN ROBLEEdroblee@mininggazette.comBARAGA - The Michigan State Police have seized two shipments of untaxed cigarettes headed to the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community, confiscating 184 cases. The tribe has responded with a press release declaring the seizures an infringement of tribal sovereignty ...

Tobacco taxation old battle for KBIC, state

By DAN ROBLEEdroblee@mininggazette.comBARAGA - "The state's lack of respect for KBIC's sovereignty and its violation of the tribe's right to engage in interstate commerce is offensive and will not be tolerated by KBIC," the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community declared Tuesday in a press release ...

Volunteers promote safety

CALUMET - Since its organization in 2009, the top priority of the CopperDog has been safety - safety for the dogs, safety for the mushers, safety for the community and safety for the volunteers. Putting on an event like the CopperDog requires a small army of volunteers, and the CopperDog 150 ...

Houghton sweeps UP Mathcounts competition

KINGSFORD?- The Upper Peninsula Mathcounts Chapter competition has taken place for 34 years, but Feb. 9 was the first time in recent memory a single team swept all six of the state championship qualifying spots. Despite a greater number of competitors and stronger competition, Houghton jumped ...

Officials still investigating damage to lookout

COPPER HARBOR - There have been no arrests for the damage done last week at the lookout on Brockway Mountain, but the investigation is continuing, according to the Keweenaw County Sheriff's Office.Sgt. Bill Luokkanen of the KCSO said the office received a call on Feb. 6 from a Copper Harbor ...

Board plans info strategy on bond proposal

HOUGHTON - People looking for more information on the Houghton-Portage Township Schools' new bond proposal will have several avenues.Last week, the board voted to put a $8.69 million bond referendum on the May 2 primary election ballot. The money will go to security and technology updates, ...

Talking Books players available at library

HOUGHTON - Those who are unable to read standard printed materials can now access a Talking Books player at the Portage Lake District Library in Houghton.According to a release from the library, the player offers "high-quality sound, advanced navigation, and variable speed controls." The ...

Memristors are vanguard of next cyber revolution

HOUGHTON - For decades, the story of computing has been about getting smaller and faster, devices shrinking in size and increasing in power until today's cell phone has more computing power than yesteryear's mainframe. There has been constant incremental improvement but just one true computing ...

Snowmobile crash injures Minn. man

SHERMAN TOWNSHIP - Deputies from the Keweenaw County Sheriff's Office responded to an injury snowmobile accident in Sherman Township Saturday, according to a Sheriff's Office press release.At about 6 p.m., a snowmobile driven by 24-year-old Joe Leibel of St. Paul, Minnesota was traveling along ...

Candidate addresses issues

By GARRETT NEESEgneese@mininggazette.comFRANKLIN TOWNSHIP - Jason Allen of Traverse City, one of the Republican candidates looking to fill outgoing U.S. Rep. Dan Benishek's seat next year outlined his position on several Michigan issues during an interview with the Daily Mining Gazette on ...

KBIC Tribal Court dismisses constitutional challenge

BARAGA - A lawsuit attempting to force the KBIC Tribal Council to follow a constitutional provision requiring tribal referendums to spend more than $10,000 has been dismissed, and plaintiff Eddy Edwards has been ordered to pay $5,000 toward the legal costs of defendants.Tribal Council member ...

Dakotas, Edwards have faced off before on council sovereignty

BARAGA - In his recently-dismissed lawsuit against eight other Tribal Council members, Eddy Edwards cited a 2014 suit where he'd been a defendant, in an attempt to show when sovereign immunity could and could not be used as a legal defense.It may not have been the best strategy, as Tribal Chief ...

Professor: Use of simulation an industry norm for engineers

HOUGHTON - Using a new teaching tool can present a challenge for students, but most of his engineering students understand the need to be aware of what industry is going to expect of them when they go to look for a job, according to Chuck Van Karsen.Van Karsen, associate professor in Michigan ...

Fire destroys Chassell house

By KURT HAUGLIEand GRAHAM JAEHNIGkhauglie@mininggazette.comCHASSELL - A Sunday fire resulted in the destruction of a house on the Chassell-Painesdale Road in Chassell Township, according to Chassell Fire Department Chief Kurt Judson.Judson said the Chassell Fire Department responded to a call ...

Guest shoots host with arrow; alcohol involved

By GARRETT NEESEgneese@mininggazette.comHANCOCK - A houseguest was arrested in Hancock after allegedly shooting his host with an arrow after an argument Saturday afternoon.About 12:30 p.m., the property owner, a 56-year-old man, and guest had gotten into an argument over a cell phone at a house ...

1 dead after multiple snowmobile accident

PHOENIX LOCATION - A snowmobile accident Sunday was fatal for an Illinois woman, according to a written statement from the Keweenaw County Sheriff's Office.At about 11:50 a.m., deputies responded to a call about a multiple-vehicle snowmobile accident on Trail No. 3 about one mile south of U.S. ...