Local News

Grant available for business energy audits

Businesses looking to lower energy costs can now make more informed investment decisions thanks to a grant awarded to the Western Upper Peninsula Planning & Development Region (WUPPDR).  WUPPDR, which received the grant from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), will help pay ...

Playtime in the Park: Playgroup rotates local spots

LAKE LINDEN — Families with young children are welcome to participate in weekly Playtime in the Park activities. Sponsored by the Keweenaw Family Resource Center (KFRC) and the Baraga-Houghton-Keweenaw Child Development Board, the playgroup meets from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesdays at various ...

West Nile virus found in area

HANCOCK — Western U.P. Health Department has been notified by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services that a dead crow found in Houghton County on June 22 tested positive for West Nile virus, which can cause illness in humans as well as birds. This was the 13th bird in ...

The Fourth, Tapiola style

Photos provided by Paul Peterson The second annual Fourth of July Parade in Tapiola went off without a hitch Tuesday morning. Event chairman Rob Olson said there were more floats and spectators attending than a year ago. Parade Queen Sophie Kyyllonen waves to the crowd; area veterans had ...

Summers running for state House

BARAGA — Ken Summers announced his candidacy for Michigan State Representative for the 110th House District amongst supporters at the Baraga County Lumber Jack Days Festival. Summers filed his affidavit in Lansing on June 15 and has been touring the Western U.P. since then. His visits ...

Workshop covers arts minigrants

HOUGHTON — The Portage Lake District Library will host Cynthia Cote, director of the Copper Country Community Arts Center in Hancock, for a free informational workshop about mini-grants that are available for art projects from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Friday. The Copper Country Community Arts ...

Roller Derby Queens

Mining Journal (Marquette) Photo The Keweenaw Roller Girls skated at Marquette’s Lakeview Area June 24 against the Dead River Derby Superior Sirens.

Pitching in

Photo provided by Dan Kemp After recent winds and rain made a mess of the beach at the Ray Kestner Waterfront Park, Houghton RV Park manager Dan Kemp enlisted some visitors swimming and hanging out on the beach to help clean up. The Waukegan, Illinois, tourists — Jeff Roche, Ben Land, Kyle ...

Houghton orders 100 additional recycling bins

HOUGHTON — Another 100 recycling bins will be available to Houghton residents. The state Department of Environmental Quality has requested the city spend the $10 it receives on sales of recycling bins to buy additional bins. The city purchased 300 rolling containers and 10 municipal ...

Baraga seeks fire dept. grant: Would cover truck, equipment

BARAGA — The Baraga Fire Department is applying for a grant for a new truck and equipment, winning approval for the application at last month’s Baraga Village Council meeting. “We’ll give it a whirl,” Village Council President Wendell Dompier said at June’s monthly meeting, ...

Back on track: Baraga council recommends liquor license

BARAGA — The Side Track Bar may reopen, thanks to the Baraga Village Council. The council unanimously approved a request from Tom Mili at last month's meeting, passing a resolution to recommend the State of Michigan grant Mili a liquor license to operate the Side Track Bar. "We all know ...

Baraga seeks grant for fire equipment

BARAGA — The Baraga Fire Department is applying for a grant for a new truck and equipment, winning approval for the application at last month’s Baraga Village Council meeting. “We’ll give it a whirl,” Village Council President Wendell Dompier said at June’s monthly meeting, ...

Other UP summer events

IRON MOUNTAIN — Here are some of the activities and events scheduled this summer elsewhere in the Upper Peninsula: JULY — Thursday: The 53rd annual Bass Festival, hosted by the Crystal Falls Lions Club, will offer plenty of fishing, running and fun. The event begins Thursday with bingo ...

Paddlecraft site launching in Onto.

ONTONAGON — Pestka Construction will get to work soon on the paddlecraft landing project on Rose Island in Ontonagon. The Ontonagon Village Council chose Pestka's low bid of $74,787 over MJO Contracting of Hancock's bid of $122,584. "...[T]he apparent low total base bid submitted by ...

Michigan Tech picks firm for presidential search

HOUGHTON — The Michigan Technological University Board of Trustees has selected the firm of Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates to assist in the search for the University's next president. At a special meeting Friday afternoon, the board selected the firm, headquartered in Media, Pennsylvania ...

Onto. County schools make cuts: E-TC, Ontonagon pass 2017-18 budgets

The two school districts in Ontonagon County held their annual special meetings this week to go over this past year’s revised budget and propose a new budget for the next school year. Besides residing in Ontonagon County, they also have one major issue in common — cutting spending. Even ...

Hancock selects superintendent finalists

HANCOCK — The Hancock Public School District Board of Education selected five finalists to interview for superintendent of schools. Interviews will take place over two days in July. The schedule: July 10: • 6:10 p.m. -7 p.m., David Dyb, superintendent of the Iola-Scandinavia School ...

Zion Lutheran marks 125 years

SKANEE — Established in 1892, Zion Lutheran Church in Skanee celebrated 125 years of serving the outlying community. About 100 people congregated for a special service and luncheon Sunday to mark the occasion when founding families formed a church association in the rural community, located ...

Event to raise Lakes awareness

HOUGHTON — “All Hands On Deck” is a gathering at Kestner Park in Houghton from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday to raise awareness of the need to protect the Great Lakes and keep them healthy. All are invited. All Hands On Deck represents common ground that extends beyond political and ...

Ontonagon hires firm to fix leaky DPW roof

ONTONAGON — Ontonagon Village hired a local contractor to fix the public works garage roof, for about half the price of a competitor. The low bidder, Advanced Spray Foam & Coatings of Ontonagon, will replace the old, leaky roof of the River Street Garage in Ontonagon. The Ontonagon ...