Local News

Lakeshore Drive update

HOUGHTON — Hebert Construction is performing the last of their digging and installing of pipe in Huron Street near the Suomi Restaurant. This should be finished in about a week. After they are done with installing the pipe, the sidewalks can be poured. This should also take a week. When the ...

UPAWS Fundraiser at UP North Lodge

Mining Journal (Marquette) photo Up North Lodge in Gwinn recently hosted a fundraiser for the Upper Peninsula Animal Welfare Shelter as part of their summer “Bike Night” schedule. Many people came to enjoy great food, great company and try their luck at some awesome raffle prizes and a ...

Parking preoccupying police according to chief

HANCOCK — The Hancock Police are being overwhelmed with an increasing number of parking complaints, according to Police Chief Wayne Butler, warning that these calls that are tying up officers. “People are confused by the fact that city streets are city streets,” Butler said. They are ...

Playground dedication in L’Anse

L'ANSE — School hasn't started yet, but children were already out in force celebrating the ribbon-cutting at C.J. Sullivan Elementary School's new playground. The school's parent-teacher organization raised $65,000 towards the new playground over a period of about 15 months, said president ...

Financial burden topic of concern for KML board

EAGLE RIVER — While the Keweenaw Mountain Lodge board discusses the feasibility of operating the lodge next year if it does not sell, one of the main concerns is the financial drain to the county of opening the facility in 2018. “I think this is just something that you don’t make a ...

Largest crowd at Brewfest

Daily Mining Gazette/Garrett Neese A the largest crowd in the history of the event gathers to participate in the Keweenaw Brewfest at the Kestner Waterfront Park on Saturday.

GLRI-funded infrastructure project to restore Superior wetlands

MARQUETTE — The Environmental Protection Agency’s Great Lakes Restoration Initiative announced an award of a $288,500 grant to the Superior Watershed Partnership to implement a large-scale green infrastructure project. The goals of that project are to protect Lake Superior water quality, ...

UPHS-Marquette nurses file state report

MARQUETTE — Members of the UP Health System-Marquette Registered Nurse Staff Council are in the process of filing a report documenting unsafe patient conditions at for-profit hospital Duke LifePoint to the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs. On Thursday, nurses gathered ...

Dollar Bay student handbook changes

DOLLAR BAY — Each year, the student handbook for Dollar Bay-Tamarack City Area Schools has to be adjusted to reflect district changes and changes to state laws and policy, and at the regular meeting of the Board of Education Monday, Christina Norland talked about the changes. Norland, who ...

Lightfoot tribute artist to perform tonight in Laurium

LAURIUM — As part of its summer concert series, the village of Laurium will present Gordon Lightfoot tribute artist, Mike Fornes, according to Patricia Golus. Golus, who is Laurium clerk, said Fornes, who is based in northern Lower Peninsula, will be at Daniell Park tonight from 7 p.m. to ...

LL-H OKs raises

LAKE LINDEN — The Lake Linden-Hubbell Schools Board approved raises for several district positions at its meeting Monday. The board approved 1 percent raises for Superintendent Craig Sundblad, Elementary Coordinator Brad Codere and non-contract support staff whose wages had not already ...

State-mandated program offers relief for veterans

MARQUETTE — When bills pile up, the rent or mortgage is due or the family car breaks down and the money just isn’t there … relief is priceless. For veterans in Marquette County, relief from financial pressures can come in the form of the Soldier Sailor Relief Act. As a state-mandated ...

PLDL holds scavenger hunt, connects patrons to the area

HOUGHTON — Throughout downtown Houghton, teams of people were flapping their wings, posing like trees or making a snow angel in the grass. The occasion was the Portage Lake District Library's first downtown scavenger hunt, which lasted for two hours Saturday morning. There were about 60 ...

Jazz Central festival helps locals hang on to mining history through music

CENTRAL MINE — The third annual Jazz Central music festival drew an impressive crowd Friday in spite of a cool and wet day. Jim Vivian, Keweenaw County Historical Society member and Jazz Central organizer, said that people came out to support the event, ignoring the October-like weather. ...

Search begins for Hancock principal

HANCOCK — Now that Kipp Beaudoin has officially become the Hancock Public Schools superintendent, a search is on for his replacement as middle school and high school principal. On July 24, the Hancock Public Schools Board of Education chose Beaudoin from a group of four candidates to be ...

Markkanen talks on importance of voc ed

ONTONAGON — Hancock teacher and state representative candidate Greg Markkanen talked about education issues he is concerned with at a recent meeting of the Ontonagon County Republican Party. “I see the need to teach young people a trade and skill in vocational education,” he said. ...

Yik Yak student received $42K

HOUGHTON (AP) — A former Michigan Technological University student has been awarded more than $42,000 compensation after agreeing to settle his lawsuit against the school over an alleged internet threat against black people. Matthew Schultz filed an agreement to settle the case in June, but ...

Lakeshore Ave. to reopen to traffic

HOUGHTON — Lakeshore Drive should soon be reopened to traffic, City Manager Eric Waara said Wednesday. The east end of Lakeshore Drive has been paved, with another layer yet to be added. “We wanted to just put the bottom course down, let the construction happen, then put the top ...

Break-in through gate at Hancock Beach

HANCOCK — Hancock Police Lt. Jerry Hiltunen is asking for information regarding an illegal entry at the Hancock Beach, which occurred sometime between 10 p.m. Tuesday night and 2:35 a.m. Wednesday morning. During a routine patrol Wednesday, officers discovered that the lock securing the ...

Jazz Central back at Central Mine

KEWEENAW COUNTY — The third annual Jazz Central music festival is scheduled for 6 p.m. Friday at Central Mine, just off of U.S. 41 in Keweenaw County. The event will take place in the main parking lot near the visitor’s center. Jazz Central will feature live music by Denny McKaig and the ...