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LAS awards construction bid for sports concession building

L’ANSE — The School Board awarded a $204,957 bid to build the district’s sports complex concession building to the Dave Whitman Construction company at its Monday meeting. The building will be by the Volunteer Field and is said to have a view of the football field, which the current ...

Bergman votes for amendment

WASHINGTON - Congressman Jack Bergman, member of the House Budget Committee, released the following statement after the Balanced Budget Amendment came up short in the House: “Every individual and business in Michigan's First District have to live within their means financially, and there's ...

Science Festival Winners

Jon Jaehnig/For the Gazette Jon Marino, Jason Worful, and Maddie Barrie, members of Engineers Without Borders, stand in front of their table with simple filtration devices they used to teach children about sustainability and the importance of water quality Thursday at the 20th annual Western ...

Adams considers bond extension to fund building upgrades, repairs

PAINESDALE — The Adams Township school board met Wednesday approving a new co-op hockey agreement, discussing an in-school officer and pursuing a bond extension. The board is pursuing a bond extension intended to pay for needed instructional and facility projects and upgrades. The amount ...

UPSTART hosts feasibility forum

BARAGA — The Upper Peninsula Solar Technical Assistance and Resource Team (UPSTART), hosted a community forum Thursday to discuss a potential community solar project at the Baraga Area Schools Library. The village of Baraga council members were there to evaluate the feasibility of the ...

Blinded with science

Jon Jaehnig/Daily Mining Gazette Local children (and their parents) got an opportunity to learn about several aspects of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics from Dedicated Tech students and community members at the 20th annual Western U.P. Science Fair and STEM Festival.

Stop-gap rental ban fails

HOUGHTON — A move to place a moratorium on rentals in residential districts failed on a tie vote at Wednesday’s City Council meeting. The measure would have begun the process of blocking new licenses for up to six months — long enough for the Planning Commission to come up with a new ...

Anglers weigh in on DNR regulation changes

HOUGHTON — Is the coffee the hook or the bait? For passionate fishermen attending the DNR's Conversations and Coffee event on Thursday, it was just a perk. George Madison, Fisheries Manager for the Western Lake Superior Management Unit asked the audience for feedback on regulation changes ...

Baraga Township to get more info on green burials

BARAGA TOWNSHIP — The Baraga Township Board will be looking into gaining more information about green burials, as discussed at the meeting on Thursday evening. The board received a call request from a community member with interest in having green burials at the Pelkie Cemetery. A green ...

Local biking focus of wellness discussion

The Michigan Tech University Campus Bike Initiative and Bike Initiative Keweenaw members gave a presentation about local biking and discussed resources for cyclists. The event was a part of the MTU Employee Wellness Lunch and Learn series that promotes activities for students and staff. ...

Tobacco Quitline offers free help

LANSING — Thinking about quitting tobacco? The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is expanding its telephone coaching and nicotine replacement therapy program to all Michigan residents through May 31. During this time, the Michigan Tobacco Quitline will offer a free, two-week ...

Calls for praise, unity during council meeting

ONTONAGON — With a packed Village Council meeting and a rapidly dwindling number of chairs, attendees heard concerns about and praise for council members and calls for unity. The Monday meeting included heated discussion and the presence of a deputy from the Sheriff's department. The public ...

Something old, something new in Keweenaw Bay

The Keweenaw Bay Indian Community Tobacco Company will host a grand opening on Tuesday, April 17, at 2 p.m, as announced at the tribal council meeting on Saturday. The company began production March 1 and now has product being sold at two locations. “Sales continue to be very good,” ...

Emergency surcharge

L’ANSE — The Baraga County Board approved the “all-device” local surcharge presented by the Baraga E911 committee. The board held a special hearing prior to the board meeting for community members to hear about the surcharge and ask questions. The 911 committee members said the ...

Changing school schedule could benefit everyone

The Baraga Area Schools is looking to change its 2018-2019 calendar to include more breaks. The proposed calendar was discussed at the School Board meeting on Monday. Superintendent Richard Sarau said the goal is to create a balanced calendar. He said the burnout rate, by February, is high ...

Barkell PTO seeks new officers, members

HANCOCK — The Barkell Elementary Parent/Teacher Organization is short of both officers and members, said PTO Secretary Kristin Wanhala. Part of the reason for the shortage is that as students move on into the middle school, the parents do not tend stay involved with the elementary ...

South Range playground moves forward

SOUTH RANGE - Village Council members brought the new planned playground equipment one step closer to reality at their Thursday meeting. With the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) signed off on the plans and bids in, the council voted to make the purchase from the lowest bidders. The ...

Barkell’s annual Science Fair teaches

HANCOCK — Barkell Elementary School conducted its annual Showcase of Excellence last Thursday, and one of its highlights was the annual Fifth Grade Science Fair, which was started 15 years ago by Dan Pertile, the fifth grade science teacher. Over the years, the level and sophistication of ...

Discovering their inner poets: Marquette band hosts workshop workshop

HOUGHTON — Marquette band Girl on a Boat held a poetry workshop and performed at the Portage Lake District Library on Thursday night. Band member Troy Graham led the creative workshop that consisted of different exercises for attendees to do. People were allowed to read their own work, ...

Barkell hosts Showcase of Excellence

HANCOCK — Barkell Elementary School conducted its third annual Showcase of Excellence Thursday, a celebration of science and art created by students grades one through five. The event was hosted by several organizations, and the Barkell PTO supplied pizza and refreshments for everyone who ...