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Fun at the fair: Princesses, tractors part of Ontonagon Co. festivities

ONTONAGON — Fair weather dominated at the Ontonagon County Fair that featured quite a few animals and a couple princesses in events that began Thursday and culminated Sunday at the fairgrounds in Greenland. In a Glitz and Glam Princess Pageant Friday, Rayna DeHaan and Ailee Kaarto took the ...

Hope House seeks to shelter the homeless

HANCOCK — A Hope House Homeless Shelter official clarified what it will take to offer seasonal shelter to needy area residents. Hope House president/CEO John E. Niemela said the GoFundMe Campaign for Hope House Homeless Shelter is set up and clarified the need for the money. "The goal we ...

Ontonagon council agrees to abandon right-of-ways

ONTONAGON — Three neighbors successfully petitioned the Ontonagon Village Council to abandon right-of-ways around their properties. “On June 15th, I received a request from Mr. Bruce Seid, Mr. Robert Seid and Mr. Howard Walters, to abandon the undeveloped street and alley right-of-ways ...

New homeless shelter seeking donations

HANCOCK — The Hope House Homeless Shelter is seeking donations to help establish a refuge for dozens of people living in the area without places to call home. “Approximately eight years ago, I became aware of the homeless problem and set off to see what could be done to help,” said the ...

E-TC board OKs support staff deal

EWEN — After a lengthy closed meeting, the Ewen-Trout Creek School Board agreed to a new staff support contract at Wednesday’s meeting. “The staff had already voted to ratify, so that will be their new contract,” state E-TC Board President Dr. Kirk Schott. Most of the meeting ...

River St. repairs coming in Onto.

ONTONAGON — Village Manager Joe Erickson told the Village Council on Monday that Florence Concrete of Detroit will need a week to do road repairs on River Street sometime before Labor Day. Erickson will announce the exact time frame as soon as the work schedule is set. He said the company ...

Hearings set for Warden permits

L'ANSE — The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) will have a public hearing in L'Anse Wednesday evening regarding two permits for the L'Anse Warden Electric Co. The MDEQ Air Quality Division (AQD) will address any public concerns about the L'Anse Warden Electric Co. Permit ...

Trial by fire: Ontonagon gives attorney tryout

ONTONAGON — The village of Ontonagon will try out a new lawyer who reached out to fill a void and provide the village with legal services. “I received a phone call from Douglas Muskett,” Village Manager Joe Erickson said at Monday's Village Council meeting. “He is an attorney with ...

Lake Superior Day Sunday

COPPER HARBOR — Community volunteers, along with the Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative, will celebrate the world’s largest freshwater lake with the fifth annual Lake Superior Day Festival, which is scheduled from 1-4 p.m. Sunday. The festival will include many special activities at the ...

Angel Mission seeks school gear

CALUMET — It may be the middle of summer, but the start of school is not too far away, so the New Beginnings Angel Mission Free Store has started collecting backpacks and school supplies. Terry Bazin, Free Store co-director, said a few backpacks have been donated, but she would like to have ...

Kew. County to hold Public Safety Day

EAGLE RIVER — The public is invited to Keweenaw County’s upcoming Public Safety Day, which will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Mohawk Park. Bill Luokkanen, Keweenaw County sheriff, said there will be several demonstrations from many departments. “The whole purpose ...

Elderly flock to Senior Fest in E-TC

EWEN — Senior citizens from throughout Ontonagon County packed the Ewen-Trout Creek school cafeteria for Senior Fest yesterday. “We have exhibits, vendors, law enforcement, emergency medical personnel, and we have the ‘dump’ program for the seniors to turn in their old expired ...

Passing through

Jesse Pickens/Daily Mining Gazette The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers tugboat D.L. Billmaier, towing the H.J. Schwartz, passes under the The Portage Lake Lift Bridge Tuesday. The Corps uses the crane barge, built in 1995, for rock lifting as part of repairing and maintaining breakwalls.

Concert on the Green

Garrett Neese/Daily Mining Gazette The Lang-Nulf Project performs on Quincy Green during the Key Ingredients event in Hancock Friday.

Collapsed beaver dam floods area

SPURR TOWNSHIP — The Michigamme-Spurr Volunteer Fire Department and the Baraga County Road Commission responded to the area of Beaufort Lake and Stagecoach Drive after a beaver dam collapsed causing flooding in the area, according to a written statement from the Michigan State Police. At ...

Ontonagon school board talks vacancy

ONTONAGON — When the Ontonagon Area School Board on Monday hired Heather Beck for a staff position in the Special Education Department, it required the resignation of Beck as a member of the board. “The board will appoint someone to replace Heather until the next School Board election,” ...

Fed aid available in Adams Twp.

BALTIC — In preparation for a water system update, Adams Township officials want low-income homeowners in Atlantic Mine to know help is available to ensure everything flows well. In addition to loans for new and existing homes, the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development offers ...

Mercy EMS talks shortages

CALUMET — Mercy EMS executive leadership met Friday to discuss staffing shortages and the possible impact on long-distance emergency ground ambulance transportation. The board of directors of Mercy EMS (Emergency Medical Services) assure the community that while the paramedic staffing ...

Company gives prime real estate for a park

ONTONAGON — A new lakeshore park near downtown Ontonagon will be established this summer. Lake Shore Systems has signed an agreement to lease 4.5 acres of lakefront property to Ontonagon Village for a public park. “The Lake Shore Land Lease is finalized thanks to a lot of communication ...

Distemper cases up this season

HOUGHTON — Cases of canine distemper are on the rise in the Houghton area. Police Chief John Donnelly said between 10 and 20 animals have had to be put down locally between Houghton police and Michigan Technological University Public Safety. While a couple of foxes have been spotted, ...