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DMG’s Holiday Craft Show packs Copper Country Mall

PORTAGE TOWNSHIP — The Daily Mining Gazette and Copper Country Mall second annual Holiday Craft Show was busy all day, according to several vendors who were present at both Saturday’s show and previous DMG craft shows. Brooke Hiller, of the U.P. Scent Soaps, said it was steady all ...

Christmas Cuddle Campaign is ‘soul-touching experience’

CALUMET — The Christmas Cuddle Campaign to acquire 50 plush cats and dogs for the residents of Gardenview Assisted Living and Memory Care was an overwhelming success, said campaign organizer Naomi White. White began the campaign on social media on Oct. 30, with a goal of 50 plush pets, and ...

Mental illness: Stigma makes starting conversation hardest part of getting help

Mental illness is not something that researchers and doctors have easily defined as of yet. It manifests differently in different people. For some, it is a death sentence; for others, it is a challenge on the road map of life. Ishpeming High School football coach Jeff Olson has been touched ...

Competition in full swing as businesses decorate trees

L’ANSE — Christmas trees line the streets of the village this month, decorated by participants in the Downtown Development Authority’s (DDA) decorating contest, now in its 10th year. The DDA bought more than 40 trees for participants this year. The trees are decorated by businesses with ...

Recent lockdown drill taught many lessons at Hancock

HANCOCK — The recent lockdown drill at the Middle and High schools more than accomplished its goals, according to Ezekiel Ohan, principal of both. “The lockdown was a success for starting out the initiative of trying to figure out where our weak spots were,” he said, “having our ...

Candidates discuss drugs, blood levels at forum

L’ANSE — Eight Tribal Council candidates and one Chief Judge candidate answered questions compiled by the Keweenaw Bay Ojiibwa Community College (KBOCC) Tribal Government class and the student government on Thursday night at KBOCC. Warren ‘Chris’ Swartz Warren “Chris” Swartz is ...

Ontonagon debates lighting projects throughout village

ONTONAGON — Village lighting projects were discussed at Monday's Village Council meeting. The discussion included a quote from Robert C. Shaver Co. for retrofit of LED lights on the Ontonagon River Bridge. Erickson informed the board that the Department of Public Works crew was able to ...

Local resident wants to help homeowners

ONTONAGON — Local homeowners on fixed or low incomes need financial assistance to do critical home repairs, resident Dan Szymanski told the Village Council on Monday. “I understand the Critical Home Repair program is only available to homeowners in Houghton, Baraga and Keweenaw ...

Grossman: Games linked to violence

HOUGHTON — Former U.S. Army Ranger and West Point psychology professor David Grossman said in his presentation Monday that psychologists have identified a link between media violence and school massacres. Grossman talked at the Houghton High School and Middle School on school safety. He ...

Isle Royale takes artist applications

HOUGHTON — Applications for Isle Royale National Park's 2019 Artist-in-Residence Program will be accepted between Jan. 2 and Feb. 16. This program provides artists the opportunity to become part of a long-established tradition of interpreting national parks through art. The ...

Finndependence: Finlandia, Hancock celebrate with food, music, dancing

HOUGHTON — On the 100th anniversary of the first time Suomi University first celebrated Finnish’s independence from Russia, local Finnish descendants, or just those who love the culture, celebrated at Finlandia University’s Finnish-American Heritage Center Thursday night. “It’s ...

Speaker: violent media, not guns, is the problem

HOUGHTON — During his Monday presentation at the Houghton High School, retired Army Lt. Col. David Grossman said while the popular argument in the U.S. regarding school massacres is the lack of adequate firearm regulation, guns are not the problem. China has had school massacres involving ...

Chamber holds annual meeting

HOUGHTON — Keweenaw Chamber of Commerce members reviewed the past year’s accomplishments, and treated them to a preview of something to come, at the Chamber’s annual breakfast meeting Tuesday at the Bluffs. Board president Brian Donnelly updated members on several initiatives. One ...

Students get chance to try virtual reality

“Today was our first day and it was unbelievable,” Karyn Juntunen said. Juntunen is a special education teacher for the Copper Country Intermediate School District (CCISD). Tuesday morning, her adult class was the first group of students with autism to try the virtual reality headsets ...

Resident wants a special Christmas experience for those in nursing home

HOUGHTON — Calumet Township resident Naomi White hopes to make a difference at Christmas this year for 50 residents of the Gardenview Assisted Living and Memory Care in Calumet. White volunteered to serve meals at the facility on Thanksgiving Day and learned of a resident plush cat that ...

Addressing pot focus of newly-formed committee

HANCOCK — Concerned with potential problems regarding the recent legalization of recreational marijuana in Michigan, Mayor John Haeussler appointed three council trustees to a newly-formed committee to study related issues to the law. “The committee is free to proceed at the discretion ...

Neola suggestions passed in L’Anse

At last week's school board meeting, the L'Anse Area School (LAS) board passed more than 20 adjustments to their policies as recommended by Neola, a consulting firm that serves schools across six states, helping the boards make sure their policies are in line with state and federal laws. These ...

Brush fire that wasn’t

Joshua Vissers/Daily Mining Gazette Smoke rose above Ripley on Friday morning as Ross Muonio burned brush he had cleared from a lot he is preparing for development on Maple Street.

CTE cyber students get ahead playing computer games

HOUGHTON — Students in the cybersecurity course run through the Career and Technical Education center have been learning about computers, networks and how to protect them since the beginning of the year. The inaugural class meets at Michigan Technological University (MTU) and was developed ...

UPPCO to refund ratepayers

MARQUETTE — Upper Peninsula Power Company customers will see their monthly bills reduced by an additional $3.50 for the next six months. Under a Michigan Public Service Commission ruling on Nov. 21, UPPCO will return a total of $1,668,691 to its electric customers, according to an MPSC ...