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Local residents running out of patience on limited use of land conservancies

EAGLE RIVER — A proposal made recently by the Keweenaw Community Forest Company to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources would result in an exchange of 80 acres in Grant Township for 320 acres in Houghton Township if the deal goes through. The 501(c)(3) corporation’s website states ...

Michigan duck stamps available

LANSING — The Michigan Duck Hunters Association, in cooperation with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, introduces the 2017 collector's edition Michigan duck stamp and prints. The Michigan Waterfowl Stamp Program, established in 1976, has become an icon for waterfowl hunters and ...

Charlie learns about pasty: Yooper and son publish book

HOUGHTON — Keaton Snell, together with his father, Dominic, have written, illustrated and published a book, which reached the market in March. The book, titled “Charlie 906” tells the story of a crow named Charlie who lives on Isle Royale where he and his friend Mooorie, a moose, ...

Ontonagon council to county: take old school off tax rolls

ONTONAGON — Ontonagon Village officials agreed to ask Ontonagon County to take the former school on the Greenland Road off the tax rolls. Village Manager Joe Erickson, President Ken Waldrop, and Trustees Tony Smydra, John Hamm and Donald Chastan voiced similar opinions about the property, ...

KML coordinator: Good start to lodge season

EAGLE RIVER — The Keweenaw Mountain Lodge showed a strong start for the opening of the season, lodge coordinator Harvey Desnick, reported recently to Lodge Board. Desnick said he wished he had something negative to say to balance out his report, but the lodge is showing great promise for the ...

She’ll miss the kids: Healy retiring as Hancock Schools superintendent

HANCOCK — Monica Healy has been in education for 34 years, but on June 30 she’s retiring from a career she very much enjoyed. Healy, who is superintendent at Hancock Public Schools, said interacting with students was the most enjoyable part of her career in education, but as ...

H-PT adjusts social studies requirements

HOUGHTON — Incoming Houghton High School students will have one less year of social studies requirements. The Houghton-Portage Township Schools Board reduced the required years of social studies classes from four to three, effective for this year’s ninth-graders. For several years, ...

Summerfest is attempt to simplify

HOUGHTON — The Houghton Rotary’s first annual U.P. Summerfest is scheduled for June 30-July 1 at Dee Stadium, according to Rotary member Marilyn Swift. Summerfest is replacing Seafood Fest, which was a Rotary tradition for more than 30 years. “When Seafood Fest first started, we used to ...

Rules updated to do business

ONTONAGON — The Western Upper Peninsula Health Department Board wants to simplify the rules so it can conduct business. Comprised of two commissioners from Baraga, Gogebic, Keweenaw and Ontonagon counties and three from Houghton County, the board has been having difficulty meeting a quorum. ...

Manager: Houghton Sears store expanding

No worries for Copper Country Sears shoppers — the Houghton Sears location is not only staying open, it is expanding into a core store, according to store manager Gina LaBeske. LaBeske made that statement in light of the news Sears released Friday announcing the closure of 20 stores across ...

Rotary looks for Summerfest vols: Seafood Fest successor runs June 30-July 1

HOUGHTON — The Houghton Rotary Club is seeking volunteers for its new event, the U.P. Summerfest, according to Marilyn Swift, Rotary member. While the new event is scaled back in comparison to the now discontinued Seafood Fest, the Rotary Club still welcomes volunteers. “It’s just our ...

More housing needed? Gogebic-Ontonagon CAA conducting area survey

ONTONAGON — What type of housing would you consider living in? What are you willing to pay for rent? This are just two of nine questions the Gogebic-Ontonagon Community Action Agency is asking to determine housing needs in Ontonagon and Gogebic counties. "We have a grant to see if there's ...

Making the perfect pasty: A traditional Cornish recipe from Cornwall

The Cornish Pasty Society, headquartered in Truro, Cornwall, lists this recipe on its website (http://www.cornishpastyassociation.co.uk) as a traditional recipe. For shortcrust pastry (rough puff can also be used): • 500 grams strong bread flour (it is important to use a stronger flour ...

Keep White Street one-way? Public split

HANCOCK — The Hancock City Council conducted a public hearing on the issue of leaving White Street one-way up-bound to Lincoln Drive, or return it to two-way. The council voted to make the street one-way up-bound in 2014, citing concerns about traffic volumes and safety issues on the narrow ...

Celebrating roots: CopperFest comes to Ontonagon County

ONTONAGON — CopperFest 2017 celebrates Ontonagon County's historical roots in mining and timber this weekend with a wide variety of events. Visitors to “Harbortown” on Friday can enjoy a twin pin, four-person golf scramble at the Ontonagon Golf Club, but things really heat up near ...

Digital project at Tech logs decades of changes

HOUGHTON — Local history enthusiasts can now study changes that have occurred in the Copper Country from the 19th century through the mid-20th century, using a recently launched digital map-based project, according to a June 9 article by Mark Wilcox. “This digital map-based project allows ...

CC youths take home 4-H shooting prizes

CHANNING – Six Copper Country youths were among 50 of the best shooters in the Upper Peninsula at the Sagola Township Sportsmen’s Club on June 10, to compete in the annual 4-H Regional Shoot, according to Anne Kretschmann, Michigan State University Extension 4-H coordinator for Houghton and ...

Dianda: State budget fails UP residents

LANSING — State Rep. Scott Dianda, D-Calumet, said Tuesday he voted against the state general government budget and the education budget because they fail the communities, residents and students of Michigan, and particularly of House District 110. “This budget fails because it still ...