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Changing hands: baptist church extends reach

The Ontonagon Baptist Church has taken over the pastoral duties and management of the Calvary Baptist Church of South Range. “Ontonagon Baptist Church unanimously voted to take on Calvary Baptist Church of South Range as a mission church, meaning Ontonagon Baptist will be legally and ...

Houghton appoints city attorney from Marquette

HOUGHTON — Houghton appointed a Marquette-based firm as city attorney at its meeting Wednesday night. The council hired Kendricks, Bordeau, Adamini, Greenlee and Keefe, which also has an office in Hancock. Paul Tomasi, who has been serving as the city's attorney, is retiring. The ...

New Year, New You: Crossfit launches challenge for 2018

HOUGHTON — The new year’s resolution that doesn't get shared is the easiest to break. Crossfit Haakapeliitta launched a challenge Sunday to help people achieve fitness and life goals. “We're trying to help people improve their habits in a sustainable, effective and enjoyable way,” ...

Pigs n Heat returns for another year

HOUGHTON — The annual Pigs n Heat benefit hockey game between local police and local fire department members is returning for yet another year. Lt. Nick Roberts of the Houghton City Police said the game is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 3 at the MacInnes Student Ice Arena in the Student ...

Wind Farms take center stage at board meeting

BARAGA TOWNSHIP — The Township Board appointed Susan Durham as a new member of the planning commission at the meeting on Tuesday evening. Durham will be taking over for Jeff Sprenkle. Her term will be starting immediately and will go until March 2020. The board heard an update on roads ...

LLH board elects officers

LAKE LINDEN — The Lake Linden-Hubbell Public School District Board selected officers at its reorganizational meeting Monday night. The board selected Patricia Burton as president, Jeff Dennis as vice president, Lori Ambuehl as secretary and Kim Codere as treasurer. Codere, who had ...

OVHC considers issues during meeting

The Ontonagon Village Housing Commission discussed the possibility of taking money from their budget to hire an attorney and pay for an additional audit. Throughout 2017, the Ontonagon Village Housing Commission (OVHC) Board has been seeking to get the deed for the land that their senior and ...

Red Kettle short of goal, but optimistic about the outlook for 2018

HANCOCK — The Salvation Army’s 2017 Red Kettle Campaign fell short of its goal by 19.6 percent, said Capt. Leonita Schweigert. Final totals showed that $52,254.79 was raised, while the goal was $65,000. “All of the credit goes to the community who drop in change, dollars, and checks ...

Salvation Army prepares for upcoming offerings to youths

HANCOCK — Critical funding for the Salvation Army’s programs includes donations received throughout the year, as well as a direct mail campaign, Capt. Leonita Schweigert said, in addition to the annual Red Kettle campaign. Year-round funding supports many youth outreach programs, many of ...

South Range looks to improve area

SOUTH RANGE — The Common Council of the Village of South Range has been working for more community involvement and improvement, goals that continue into the new year. Towards the end of 2017, the council sent a letter updating residents and committing to better community reach and ...

Rosza Center to host memorial benefit for charity

HOUGHTON — The impact of one life is not to be underestimated. In that spirit, a memorial benefit is planned for longtime Keweenaw resident Ken Steiner who passed away Jan. 1, 2017. All proceeds will go to Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly, where Steiner volunteered for 30 years. Known ...

Coding club scratches itch for kids to learn

L’ANSE — Brian Perry, CS First coding club teacher for L’Anse Area Schools District, hopes for the expansion of coding clubs in the district. CS First is a Google program focused on increasing student access and exposure to Computer Science (CS) education through after school and ...

Hope House on Hold: Not enough volunteers

Hope House shelter plans for rotating emergency shelter is still on hold due to lack of church involvement. The goal was to open the shelter by Nov. 1, but that was pushed back and there is no set date as of now. “We are still seeking additional churches. We are looking to get six,” ...

Baraga County contracts for substance abuse services

BARAGA — Baraga County has updated its memorandum of agreement with the Great Lakes Recovery Center in Marquette. The agreement is for the center’s distribution of employment assistance arogram services for county employees. According to County Clerk Wendy Goodreau, the program has ...

Enriching Families: KFRC is all about boosting bonding of parent, child

The Keweenaw Family Resource Center strives to help parents build relationships with their children. The center has been working towards hosting many different programs and events to work toward this goal for the past 26 years. “Our mission is to enrich, strengthen and support family life ...

Trout Unlimited Fishing Program

The Fred Warra Chapter of Trout Unlimited will sponsor a “Fishing After Hours” program on Jan. 10 at 6:30 p.m. in the Board Room of the Landmark Inn in Baraga. Speakers will be Gene Mensch, Fisheries Biologist for the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community, and Bill Mattes, Supervisor for the ...

Rain causes dip in ’17 fair attendance

HANCOCK — The Houghton County Fair Board heard a report on the 2017 fair at its annual meeting Dec. 14. The attendance for 2017 was 22,886 over the four days, down by approximately 9 perent from the previous year. There were three days of good weather, and Sunday’s rain was responsible ...

Tech ranked safest campus

HOUGHTON — College Magazine has ranked Michigan Technological University the safest college campus in the nation in a ranking released this week. The magazine cited safety programs, including Resident Officer Program, R.A.D. (Rape Awareness Defense), National Night Out, Fire Safety Day, ...