Local News

Major Ontonagon improvements moving forward

ONTONAGON — The Ontonagon Economic Development Corporation (EDC) continues to see much needed major projects move forward. The Wednesday meeting saw two new board members begin their leadership after appointment by the County Board last month. The former two vacancies are now occupied by ...

Houghton County approves 2018-19 budget

HOUGHTON — The Houghton County Board approved a budget Tuesday with a surplus of nearly $16,000. The 2018-19 budget has General Fund revenues of about $9.87 million, versus spending of about $9.85 million. Property taxes account for about 55 percent of county revenue. The biggest ...

Global culture fest Saturday

HOUGHTON — In the Copper Country, traveling the globe can be as easy as stepping out the door during the annual multicultural festival hosted by Michigan Tech. Find a good spot to watch the Parade of Nations and even moving might not be needed. The 2018 festival, “Global Beats, ...

Baraga water line work ongoing

BARAGA — The Baraga Village Council received an update on the water line replacement happening along U.S. 41 and Fourth Street from Jim Koskiniemi of UP Engineers at its meeting this week. MJO Contracting is going to try and get the pipeline work along U.S. 41 done “before the snow ...

Baraga passes new animal ordinance

BARAGA — At its August meeting, the Village Council approved a new animal control ordinance to replace a previous ordinance adopted in 1978. It required all animals, including bees, be kept “confined or enclosed upon or within the premises.” The replacement ordinance is intended to ...

What’s wrong with the alder? Wetlands trees dying off in cycle

HOUGHTON — The alder trees of Lake Superior wetlands are having problems, dying off en masse since around 2015. Walkers along the Nara Nature Park boardwalk may have guessed insects or invasives were to blame for the groves of dead shrubs. However, as it turns out, water levels are at fault. ...

South Range may rework ordinance

SOUTH RANGE — Discussing village rental and zoning ordinances and future budgetary concerns, the village council broached new areas of focus at their Thursday meeting. Currently addressing blight ordinances, the council may soon be reworking village rental and zoning ordinances. An area ...

Autism Safety Day on Sept. 29

HOUGHTON — Autism Safety Day will enable children on the autism spectrum, their families, as well as other students with disabilities to socialize with emergency personnel in a non-emergency environment. The event is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sept. 29 at Houghton Elementary ...

DNR advisory council to meet

PORCUPINE MOUNTAINS — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources Western Upper Peninsula Citizens' Advisory Council is scheduled to meet at a special time Wednesday at Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park in Ontonagon County. The council meeting will be from 3-5 p.m. Eastern time ...

Coding classes offered to youth

HOUGHTON — The Department of Computer Science at Michigan Tech is offering local middle and high school students hands-on instruction in the basics of computer programming and computer science. Starting Saturday, Copper Country Coders meets from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays during the ...

Community members get rare opportunity to talk to local law enforcement

L’ANSE — Police officers and community members gathered at Java by the Bay in L’Anse on Friday morning for an opportunity to discuss issues in the community. Sergeant Jeremy Cleary and Lieutenant Randy Danison from the Michigan State Police Calumet Post were there, as well as Baraga ...

KBIC excited by opportunity to begin construction on halfway house

L’ANSE — Members of the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community (KBIC) celebrated the beginning of construction of a new, yet-to-be-named halfway house in L’Anse on Thursday afternoon. “I’m sure that many of us here have been affected in some way by substance abuse,” said KBIC Vice ...

Smoke, no fire: Microwave causes emergency call in Trimountain

TRIMOUNTAIN — An emergency call early Thursday afternoon was caused by a quickly-resolved culinary incident. Area fire departments quickly responded to reports of smoke in a home on Sixth Street. Fortunately, the responsible microwave was located and resulted in no flames reported or hoses ...

Fed report in on Greeley: Keweenaw County Brownfield Authority seeks document

EAGLE RIVER — The Keweenaw County Brownfield Redevelopment Authority has finally received a draft of a report from the federal government — sort of. Brownfield Authority member Ray Chase said that a report from the United States Air Force regarding testing and inspections of the former ...

MTU holds blood drive: Drive finishes on Thursday

HOUGHTON — Michigan Technological University students took time out of their first week of class to provide a much-needed boost to the Upper Peninsula’s blood supply during Tech’s biannual blood drive. The two-day drive is put on by Tech’s Order of Omega, a Greek honor society, and ...

TRG proposes land swap with state in northern Keweenaw Co.

EAGLE RIVER — A TRG representative discussed an idea with the Keweenaw County Board at the August regular meeting that had been originally discussed in the late 1990s. The idea then, and is now, the possibility of a land swap between TRG, formerly GMO, and the state of Michigan. The swap ...

Superior levels down, still high

HOUGHTON — The near-historic Lake Superior water levels observed last year are currently closer to average and forecasted to remain so as the fall storm season approaches. The 2017 high water levels began to rise midway through the year and above average wet conditions in the winter ...

No truck, but $43K, for winner: NWC raffle reverted to 50/50

AHMEEK — The North Woods Conservancy (NWC) awarded Cathy Theisan from Dexter, Michigan, with $43,862 as the prize for their Keweenaw Truck Raffle on Monday afternoon. Only 605 of the 1,000 available raffle tickets sold, so the raffle reverted from a truck raffle to a 50/50 raffle. At least ...