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As election nears, signs at risk: Theft, vandalism happens rarely

LAURIUM — Political signs spring up everywhere in the weeks leading up to Election Day. In a few cases, they disappear. Cases have been few this year, but theft or vandalism has been known to happen, local law agencies said. “We generally see it happen here and there during each ...

Salo seeks another term: Rentals, business among issues

HOUGHTON — Daniel Salo sees himself as the “blue-collar viewpoint” of the Houghton City Council. “I went to college, but I didn’t get a degree,” he said. “I worked in construction. I think I have a middle-class view of the proceedings, so that gives me that look.” Daniel ...

School board candidate brings parent viewpoint

HANCOCK — A Hancock High school graduate, daughter of a district teacher and now mother of Hancock students, Wendy Chynoweth has been a Bulldog for a long time. She is hoping to apply that history and the perspective she has gained as a parent to the School Board and will appear on the ...

Film festival celebrates documentaries, short films

The 41 North Film Festival is hosting 19 documentaries as well as several short films this weekend at the Rozsa Center for the Performing Arts on Michigan Technological University's (MTU) campus. The movies are all brand new and not yet widely available, according to Erin Smith, the festival's ...

Village president wants to finish work started

ONTONAGON — Village President Kenny Waldrop is running again for his seat on the village council to continue the work already started, with a major focus on blight. “We're not finished yet, we have a lot of things going, a lot of things created,” Waldrop said. For example, the village ...

Council candidate focused on ideas, volunteering

ONTONAGON — Robert “Skip” Schulz began calling the village his home in 1990. Since his arrival, he has been volunteering his time and ideas, which is something he'd like to see more of. Schulz is on the Nov. 6 ballot for the Village Council. He has a long history of serving in local ...

Calumet candidate running for two positions

CALUMET — Village resident Nathan Anderson is a candidate for two positions on the council. He is seeking the position of village president, and if that does not work out, he is seeking a seat as a trustee. Anderson has been a village resident since November, 2008, and has been a homeowner ...

District 2 candidate focused on airport upgrades, progress

ONTONAGON — Richard Bourdeau will appear on the ballot this November representing District 2 on the County Board and is looking to continue progress and ramp up airport improvements. Raised in Ontonagon, Bourdeau has always tried to stay in the area despite a difficult economy that ...

Baltensperger seeks to add to 30 years on H-PT board

HOUGHTON — Even with the difficulties of schools over the past decade, Brad Baltensperger still enjoys being on a school board. Baltensperger is one of three candidates running for three terms on the Houghton-Portage Township Schools Board in the Nov. 6 election. This year marks ...

Frights, sights abound at Treat Street

HOUGHTON — As Shawn Kyllonen staggered down Shelden Avenue Saturday afternoon, people turned. Jaws dropped. Phones came out. It wasn’t the lurching gait so much as what he wore — an unclassifiable jumble of gore, fangs and corpse. It was his first time on stilts. “It’s not as ...

Massaway seeks first full term

HOUGHTON — Schools provide the foundation for future of the community and the world, said Amanda Massaway. That, and having children in the district, makes being on the Houghton-Portage Township School District Board important to her. Massaway has been on the board since September 2017, ...

Candidate looking to give back

ONTONAGON — With a family history going back to 1848, when Tony Smydra returned to the village of Ontonagon, he wanted to continue the family legacy of giving back. “We have a family value of service to community and we believe that you should always give back to your community,” Smydra ...

Lockhart running for School Board

ONTONAGON TOWNSHIP — Unlike the majority of the other six candidates on the ballot and the one registered write-in for the Ontonagon Area School District School Board, Sue Lockhart emphasizes the need to represent taxpayers who do not have children attending the school. “Recently ...

Brown seeks E-TC School Board seat

U.S. Forest Service employee Shawn Brown of Bruce Crossing is on the ballot for one of three seats open on the Ewen-Trout Creek (E-TC) School Board. Brown is a former E-TC athletic director, a position he held for four years. “I'm running for the school board because I feel all students ...

First phase of improvements done for Point Abbaye park

The first phase of the Point Abbaye park improvements has been completed successfully with a new accessible vault toilet, parking area, picnic and camping area. “We’re very pleased with the project,” Baraga County clerk Wendy Goodreau said. The work was completed by MD Contracting, ...

Village candidate wants to keep forward movement

SOUTH RANGE - Cody Bonini was appointed to the village council a few years ago and is now running for his seat on the November ballot to continue on the progress already made. Bonini first joined to help keep the village looking nice and since then has been a part of bringing in new ...

Mental health training focuses on empathy

L’ANSE — Trainers from Copper Country Community Mental Health presented a training for individuals interested in being able to both identify individuals potentially suffering a mental health problem, like depression, anxiety substance abuse or eating disorders, and offer their assistance. ...

Ben Jaehnig seeks county board seat

HANCOCK — A write-in candidate for the Houghton County Board didn’t want an unopposed race in his district. Ben Jaehnig of Hancock is running as a Republican write-in candidate in District 3 against Democrat Glenn Anderson. Jaehnig previously attempted to get on the ballot with a write-in ...

Hopper: I’ll have fresh view

ONTONAGON — A recent transplant, Sarah Hopper is running for the village council this November hoping to bring a fresh set of eyes to the community she invested in. Hopper and her family made the move to Ontonagon in 2011 after falling in love with the area. “We knew Ontonagon was home, ...

Cerroni running for Baraga seat

BARAGA — Antonio “Tony” Cerroni, 54, is running for his first full term on the Baraga village council. Cerroni was sworn onto the council in March to fill in for Paul Mayo. “I just thought I'd give it a try,” Cerroni said. “I've enjoyed it.” He said he's happy for the chance ...