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Democrats unveil plan for small business growth

LANSING — House Democrats unveiled their latest proposal to create good jobs with strong benefits and foster neighborhood business growth Monday in a press call outlining the Neighborhood Businesses, Neighborhood Growth package. Neighborhood businesses created more than 34,000 jobs in ...

Trying to guard against road erosion

HOUGHTON COUNTY — Vegetation is a key element in preventing landslides and erosion but when it comes to road washouts like those seen during the Father’s Day flood there isn't an easy solution. Roots help hold soil in place with lightweight and deep rooted plants making good drainage ...

Shirt solidarity: Photo to capture volunteerism

HANCOCK — On July 17, one month after the Father's Day flood, everyone is needed to capture the spirit of Copper Country strong. No manual labor will be needed this time. Instead, the idea is to photograph the community in their Copper Country Strong t-shirts. The more the merrier. The ...

Living history provides links to the area’s past:

COPPER HARBOR — Living History Program’s costumed interpreter Josephene Vultaggio had found that connecting people of today to people and times in 1870 can be a challenge, or a great experience, depending on the individual interpreter. Preparing for the job takes months of intense study and ...

Car Show draws crowd in Tapiola

TAPIOLA — In just three short years, Fourth of July festivities in this small Houghton County town have gone from zero to a busy holiday event. “For years and years, they didn't have anything going on here on the Fourth,” said Rob Olson, chairman of festivities, Saturday. “But the ...

Strawberry Fest Queen

CHASSELL — As soon as they could, the other Strawberry Queen candidates enveloped Sydney Danison in a hug after her coronation at the Copper Country Strawberry Festival Friday night. And the feeling was mutual. “I’m so honored to be a be a part of this,” she said. “It was a great ...

Houghton County flood disaster update

HOUGHTON — Debris removal, roads, streams and a possible homeowner security issues were the topics of discussion during Friday morning's briefing of state and local officials working on the Houghton County Fathers Day flooding. It was noted that volunteers are going door-to-door in some ...

Update on flood recovery efforts

Houghton County Office of Emergency Measures HOUGHTON — The Portage Health Foundation has released an application that homeowners can complete to apply for aid with repair work that is needed due to flood damage. Please call (906) 523-5920 to request an application. The City of Houghton ...

Canal Run changes finish line to McLain

HOUGHTON -- The Canal Run finish line has found a new home at McLain State Park this year after flash flooding destroyed the M-203 bridge over Swedetown Creek. Traditionally the race ended in downtown Hancock but the loss of the bridge leaves the route inaccessible. After 43 years of Canal ...

Independence Day remembered at historic fort

COPPER HARBOR — Independence Day was not forgotten at historic Fort Wilkins, as three costumed interpreters read the Declaration of Independence to an attentive crowd Wed. afternoon. Standing on the raised platform at the base of the post flag pole, the interpreters, a laundress, an ...

Candidates visit White Pine to discuss mining

WHITE PINE — Ontonagon County Republicans hosted a slate of local candidates at its meeting last week which included Ed McBroom, candidate for state Senate in the 38th District, and Greg Markkanen, candidate for state House of Representatives in the 110th District. Also at the meeting was ...

Disincorporation loser for village: supervisor

CALUMET TOWNSHIP — As township supervisor, Paul Lehto has given serious consideration to what would happen to the village of Calumet as well as to the township should village disincorporate. In his opinion, the municipality’s residents would lose far more than they would gain. The first ...

Some damage in Ontonagon wind blast

ONTONAGON — Sunday’s strong winds toppled several trees and one barn, but overall the damage was minimal. There was some damage to trees with downed branches around the village, but nothing too serious, said Village Manager Joe Erickson. Undersheriff Jerry Balcomb said the tree damage ...

Houghton County begins third week of recovery

HOUGHTON – Weekend downpours caused only minor delays in repair work being done on roads and culverts in and around Houghton County over the weekend. Local officials say it was a good test of the work done so far but cautioned there is still much to be done. “Our main objective is to ...

Local beach status update

WESTERN UPPER PENINSULA – Western U.P. Health Department staff continue to monitor surface water quality at 41 locations throughout the Western Upper Peninsula. Based on the most recent lab results, 18 beach locations are classified as open and safe for swimming, and one additional location ...

DNR reopens some Houghton County recreation trails

HANCOCK — Michigan Department of Natural Resources officials announced today that some recreation trails have been reopened in Houghton County. The area was hit hard by heavy rains on June 17, damaging DNR-maintained ATV and snowmobile trails in the Houghton—Hancock area. “Ground crews ...

CCMH offers help to community

Copper Country Mental Health would like to offer assistance to our community in the aftermath of the recent flood. We will have no cost, confidential, walk-in sessions available to anyone in the community that has been affected directly or indirectly by this natural disaster. Psychological ...

County conducts hearing for tax millage increase

EAGLE RIVER — The Keweenaw County Board conducted a public hearing June 20 to discuss and hear comments in response to proposed increase in the operating tax millage rate to be levied in 2018. The proposed increase is 0.1031 mills. The proposed additional millage will increase operating ...

Ontonagon farm damaged in wind storm

Straight-line winds of over 50 mph Sunday afternoon took down a farm on M-38, northeast of Ontonagon. Locally known as the Wilbur Farm, the buildings sustained major damage from the winds. Storm damage reports also described dozens of trees down, including several on homes in and around the ...