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Mental health training focuses on empathy

L’ANSE — Trainers from Copper Country Community Mental Health presented a training for individuals interested in being able to both identify individuals potentially suffering a mental health problem, like depression, anxiety substance abuse or eating disorders, and offer their assistance. ...

Ben Jaehnig seeks county board seat

HANCOCK — A write-in candidate for the Houghton County Board didn’t want an unopposed race in his district. Ben Jaehnig of Hancock is running as a Republican write-in candidate in District 3 against Democrat Glenn Anderson. Jaehnig previously attempted to get on the ballot with a write-in ...

Hopper: I’ll have fresh view

ONTONAGON — A recent transplant, Sarah Hopper is running for the village council this November hoping to bring a fresh set of eyes to the community she invested in. Hopper and her family made the move to Ontonagon in 2011 after falling in love with the area. “We knew Ontonagon was home, ...

Cerroni running for Baraga seat

BARAGA — Antonio “Tony” Cerroni, 54, is running for his first full term on the Baraga village council. Cerroni was sworn onto the council in March to fill in for Paul Mayo. “I just thought I'd give it a try,” Cerroni said. “I've enjoyed it.” He said he's happy for the chance ...

Stark: ‘Keep things moving’

BARAGA — Paul Stark, 70, is running for reelection to the village council for Baraga. "Might as well run again, I'm used to it," he said. The former village president said he just wants to "keep things moving along." He wants to see the village water system improvements completed next ...

L’Anse and UPPCO agree to deal in court

L'ANSE — The Upper Peninsula Power Company (UPPCO) and the village of L'Anse made an informal agreement in court Wednesday that prevented an injunction from being set in place. “The court will enforce your informal agreement,” Judge Charles Goodman said. UPPCO filed a complaint on ...

Village candidate brings infastructure experience

ONTONAGON — When John Hamm retired from 26 years working for the village department of public works, his next move was to run for village council, bringing his understanding of the village's inner workings to the role. “It was a case of there were a lot of things that were going on that I ...

Accident leaves three injured

ONTONAGON — A two-vehicle crash at the intersection of M-64 and Rockland Street resulted in three injured and a partial road closure that lasted three hours. Failing to yield, a 2004 F-250 driven by a 68-year old Bruce Crossing woman struck a westbound Sanimax dump truck causing it to roll, ...

Schaefer leads by example as she runs for supervisor

Polly Schaefer is running for L’Anse Township Supervisor in the Nov. 6 election against current supervisor Pete Magaraggia. “I think we need some leadership in that role,” she said. Schaefer is committed to making the most of grants and other funding sources before going to taxpayers ...

New publication

The Daily Mining Gazette has debuted a new publication, the Keweenaw Connection. In addition to all the local news, weather and sports in the Copper Country, the new publication will feature products and services provided by local merchants and businesses in the region, said Randy Cutright, ...

Village discusses sidewalk snow removal contracts

CALUMET — Snow removal was a topic of discussion at last Tuesday’s regular monthly meeting, which the council members agreed would remain at last year’s rate, about $5 per foot for sidewalks. The discussion centered on a letter to be sent to residents outlining the various points of the ...

Visitors flock to Porkies for fall colors

ONTONAGON — The Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park has seen a 25 percent increase in visitors this season following a trend of rising numbers in the park and around the U.P. The picturesque and remote location draws visitors from all over the world, especially during the fall color ...

Ontonagon moves on blight, hears water rate update

ONTONAGON — Monday's village council meeting featured several small changes and laid the groundwork for future developments. In updates, the blighted building across from the village offices and council chambers was laid to rest earlier this month. Now an empty lot sits at the corner of ...

Laurium requesting snow removal millage renewal

LAURIUM — The village is seeking a millage renewal for snow removal, according to Village Administrator Ed Vertin. The millage is used exclusively for snow removal operations, and the money is deposited into the Village of Laurium Municipal Street Fund for that purpose only. “In other ...

Schott seeks re-election to ETC School Board

Dr. Kirk Schott is seeking re-election to the Ewen-Trout Creek School Board. Schott is running for one of the three seats open on the board, and is running as a write-in candidate. “I had not intended to run for the Board again,” he said. “But in September, I was approached by some of ...

Saaranen seeks South Range seat

SOUTH RANGE — Village council write-in Josh Saaranen would like to be a voice for residents and work to encourage business in the village. “It's a small town, a family town. Through the generations, my family's been raised there. It's just a great place to live,” Saaranen said. The ...

Roads, involvement are Parolini’s priorities

SOUTH RANGE — “I think I’ve lived on every street here,” said Terry Parolini, candidate for the South Range Village Council on the ballot Nov. 6. Although she was born in the area and had family in the village and spent every summer there, she grew up downstate near Detroit. In ...

E-TC challenger wants to make positive impact

By Skip Schulz For the Gazette Maggi Brown of Bergland is running for one of the three seats open on the Ewen-Trout Creek (E-TC) School Board. Brown is a former school district employee who retired after 33 years of service, “where I proudly and compassionately dedicated my time to the ...

State makes first inspection at dispensary

HOUGHTON — Northern Specialty Health has received one of two visits from state regulators required before it can receive a permanent license to sell medical marijuana. Two inspectors from the Licensing and Regulatory Affairs Department visited the provisioning center this week, as well as ...

Learning the lake: Students get hands dirty at Lake Superior Water Festival

HOUGHTON — You can lead the kids to water education but you can’t keep them dry. With water, mud, native plants and a few presentations, the seventh annual Lake Superior Water Festival had a little bit of everything. Around 700 students descended on the Great Lakes Research Center ...