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Celebrating Youth Arts Month

Provided image The Copper Country Community Arts Center (CCCAC) in Hancock is featuring artwork from local students throughout March to celebrate Youth Arts Month. Pictured here is “Abandoned” by Lyric Halley, an artist at Dollar Bay High School.

Bill intends to ensure adequate nursing

Reintroduced in the state Legislature last week, the Safe Patient Care Act (SPCA) is designed to hold hospitals accountable in staffing adequate nursing in providing health care. “We have rules for truck drivers, airline traffic controllers, locomotive engineers, people who have people’s ...

Calumet Village Council trustees complain about late budget email

CALUMET — The scheduled Feb. 27 meeting of the Village Council to adopt the fiscal year 2020 budget had to be postponed until the next day, because not every trustee received their budget packages in time to adequately review the materials. All trustees were supposed to have received the ...

Collective forms into partnership

Editor's Note: This story has been corrected to state the amount artists pay to display artwork at the store is $1 per day. The Village 104 Collective is expanding into the building next door, formerly the photography shop In The Mind’s Eye, and will be changing its name to The Village Gift ...

Sweet Parade

Joshua Vissers/Daily Mining Gazette Auctioneer Brad Baltensperger (right) inspects one of the items in the Copper Country Community Arts Center’s Parade of Confections being displayed by Blayd Lewandowski. The parade, the arts center’s biggest fundraiser of the year, was held on Feb. 22 ...

Winter event features snakes down half-pipe

About 60 adults and children gathered at the Niiwin Akeaa Center in Baraga on Saturday to play the snow snake game, said Rodney Loonsfoot, the event's organizer. “All of the tribes have our own version of it,” Loonsfoot said. On Feb. 23, people gathered to make their snow snakes. The ...

Bergman, exchange partner make visit

HOUGHTON — U.S. Rep. Jack Bergman made his latest visit to Houghton and Baraga counties Friday — this time with another Congress member making her first trip. Bergman, R-Watersmeet, brought fellow U.S. Rep. Stephanie Murphy, D-Fla. The two are part of the Bipartisan Policy Center’s ...

McBroom hopes 3rd time’s charm for nurse care bill

The Safe Patient Care Act, aimed at requiring specific nurse-to-patient ratios and reducing mandatory overtime for nurses, has been reintroduced to the Michigan House and Senate. The bill would require hospitals to staff a certain ratio of registered nurses to patients in different ...

It was Dr. Suess-y day at Camp Read Away…

PORTAGE TOWNSHIP — Tents, s’mores and displays of national parks helped set the mood Saturday at the fifth annual Camp Read Away at the Copper Country Mall. Superior AmeriCorps held the event for child readers in conjunction with the B-H-K Child Development parents. AmeriCorps members ...

Calumet not dissolving its fire department

CALUMET — The Village Council says it has no immediate plans to dissolve its volunteer Fire Department. Village firefighter Tim Gasperich addressed the board at its regular February meeting and requested clarification on the issue. “When we hear the village administrator is negotiating ...

Torch Lake Town seeks residents’ road input

HUBBELL — Torch Lake Township residents could get to shape the township’s priorities for road repairs. The township is setting up a road board to oversee priorities for repairs. So far, the Township Board is looking at a road board of about five members, said Supervisor Brian Cadwell. ...

Plan panel approves coffee shop flood repair plan

HOUGHTON — Post-flood work at the 5th and Elm coffee shop was one of several projects to pass the site plan review at Tuesday’s Houghton Planning Commission meeting. 5th and Elm plans an addition to the front of the building to increase indoor seating space. The courtyard area in front of ...

Calumet administrator stays on job on his terms after contract expires

CALUMET — The contract under which village administrator Joe Snow was working expired Feb. 20, and he has agreed to remain in the position until April 20, an extra 60 days, if the village meets his terms. Village President Dave Geisler said Snow is asking the village to pay his ...

Janssen hosts first public office hours

HOUGHTON — Houghton County Commissioner Gretchen Janssen hosted her first open office hours with constituents Saturday at the Portage Lake District Library. The meetings were a campaign promise of Janssen, who represents Houghton on the board. She was appointed as an interim member in June ...

Bus garage contract awarded

HANCOCK — The Copper Country Intermediate School District (CCISD) Board approved one of nine bids for their new bus garage at its meeting Tuesday. The bid from DP Construction of Chassell is for $248,820. “It was much lower than we had anticipated,” Superintendent George Stockero ...

Winning Milestone

Garrett Neese/Daily Mining Gazette Houghton High School girls’ basketball coach Julie Filpus receives a certificate from Houghton-Portage Township Schools Board President Buck Foltz recognizing her for 400 wins as a coach. Filpus's Gremlins team hit her coaching milestone Saturday with a ...

Reading program primes students for more learning

HANCOCK — Copper Country Intermediate School District (CCISD) psychologist Lynnette Borree informed the CCISD Board about the workings of Enhanced Core Reading Instruction (ECRI) at Tuesday night’s board meeting. "It's one of those things in education that, I can't believe we haven't ...

Principal foe: board must censor newspaper

HANCOCK — After reporting news of a campaign to remove a principal, the Daily Mining Gazette came under attack at Monday’s School Board meeting, during which a local resident, Jodi Mikesch, asked the board to censor news articles written about the school. “I’m very embarrassed about ...

Local Rotary seeks exchange hosts

HANCOCK — Superintendent Kipp Beaudoin is inviting Hancock residents to consider hosting a youth exchange student as an international student hosted by Rotary clubs. “And one of the ways we embrace that is students coming from foreign countries, for cultural exchange, and vice versa,” ...