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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.

Houghton to post draft of rec plan

HOUGHTON — A draft of Houghton’s recreation plan will be available on the city’s website in early December. The council set a public hearing for the plan for its Jan. 9 meeting. The plan will be posted to the city’s website 30 days prior to the meeting. The recreation plan, also a ...

Moving ahead: Calumet DDA seeks to increase business in downtown district

CALUMET — While many residents have heard of the Village Master Plan, and some had issues with it, the master plan remains a very valuable and little understood tool to any municipality, and its several committees. It is from the guidelines set down in the master plan that village officials ...

State bill to hide non-profit donors clears another state senate hurdle

Republican Senator Mike Shirkey’s senate bill 1176, known as the Personal Privacy Protection Act if passed, has been recommended to the committee of the whole for review and possible amendment. The bill would prevent any government agency from obtaining or revealing the names of donors to ...

Dashboard numbers for Houghton strong

HOUGHTON — Houghton’s state performance dashboard will show results largely similar to the year before. The council approved the dashboard report, which will be posted on the city’s website at cityofhoughton.com. Houghton posted positive progressions in four areas, neutral in six ...

MSP warns motorists to stop for school buses

CALUMET — The Michigan State Police Calumet Post is reminding motorists of a law for them to stop for school buses when its red lights are flashing. “This is in response to a the increase in complaints received regarding motorists passing school buses with the flashing red lights ...

Raising funds, food for those in dire need

ONTONAGON — The Wakefield post of the Michigan State Police (MSP) has raised more than $4,200 and more than 27,000 pounds of food for area food banks in partnership with local businesses as part of their annual Harvest Gathering Campaign. In partnership with Pat's Foods and other businesses ...

DDA valuable tool for downtown development

CALUMET — The main function of a Downtown Development Authority (DDA) is to invest money and management expertise into downtown districts. Executive Director of the village’s DDA, Leah Polzien said that she feels too few people understand the purpose and function of a DDA. “In ...

Calumet DDA moves forward promoting village

CALUMET — At lease one candidate for the village council had proposed dissolving the Downtown Development Authority (DDA) before the Nov. 6 elections, and some residents expressed concern that they did not know what the DDA does with the village’s money. DDA Executive Director Leah Polzien ...

Celebrating Christmas: Ontonagon Hometown Christmas this weekend

The 18th annual Ontonagon Hometown Christmas will run from Thursday, Nov. 29-Dec 2. Ontonagon residents and businesses who want to enter the Hometown Christmas lighting contest must register by 1 p.m. Thursday at Annette Trail’s residence, 281 Tamarack Lane, or at the Y-101 studios. The ...

Houghton Police: Cars not stopping for school buses

HOUGHTON — There has been an increasing number of vehicles refusing to stop for school buses when they are stopped to let children off, said Lt. Nick Roberts of the Houghton Police Department. “We were getting them on the side streets, where people were passing the buses, but now we’re ...

Public defender contract OK’d: Office now has three attorneys

HOUGHTON — The Houghton County Board approved a new public defender contract to bring the office in line with new state standards. Houghton County approved contracts between the state and the county, as well one between Baraga, Houghton and Keweenaw counties and a non-profit set up by ...

Baraga County begins branding effort

Baraga County has launched a branding effort with the intention of attracting more people to spend their money, time or even their whole life in Baraga County. The intention is to capitalize on the growth in the outdoor adventure industry, the increase in telecommuting to work, and the ...

Old fashioned bazaar ready for Calumet

CALUMET — A longstanding arts and crafts tradition in the Copper Country, the annual Old Fashioned Christmas Bazaar to be held Saturday in the CLK High School gymnasium is extra special this year, hitting an annual milestone of 25 years. This year’s event features art and crafts wares ...

New research vessel on Keweenaw Bay

ZEBA — Late this summer, the Keweenaw Bay Natural Resource Department (NRD) took delivery of their brand new, 35-foot, 5.5-ton research vessel, the Myrtle Tolonen. “This was a long process,” said NRD biologist Gene Mensch. “We started this vessel from scratch.” The boat was made ...

Kiosk launch could put Calumet at an advantage

CALUMET — Invent@NMU Marquette SmartZone celebrated the launch of its remote kiosk Tuesday at the Keweenaw Coffee Works on Fifth Street. Calumet’s kiosk creates the opportunity for inventors and entrepreneurs to submit an idea for a product, invention, or a business, and receive a ...

Status quo in Houghton

HOUGHTON — The leadership of Houghton’s City Council will look the same over the next two years. The council re-elected Bob Backon as mayor and Robert Megowen as mayor pro tem in Tuesday’s reorganizational meeting. Both were chosen 4-0 to serve two-year terms. Backon praised the work ...