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Planning commission moves rental recommendations to council

HOUGHTON — A report with recommended changes to Houghton’s rental housing ordinance is going to the city council. The Houghton Planning Commission approved sending a subcommittee report of rental housing to the council at its meeting Tuesday. In February, the council approved letting ...

Portage pharmacy certified to meet new requirements

HANCOCK — New state IV medication preparation requirements are in effect, and with hospitals around the state pushing to get certification, the UP Health Systems - Portage hospital pharmacy has joined those that are certified. Hospitals typically contain internal pharmacies that prepare ...

Students return to classes at Finlandia

HANCOCK — Monday marked the first day of classes for Finlandia students, who returned to student increases and improved security. The university has seen a 10 percent increase in students from last fall, with 457 registered as of Monday, said Dean of Students Erin Barnett. Degrees in ...

Michigan Tech announces 2018 Spring Semester Dean’s List

HOUGHTON — Michigan Technological University, in Houghton, Michigan, has released the Dean's List for the 2018 spring semester. Nearly 1,600 students were named to the Dean's List this spring. To be included, students must achieve a grade point average of 3.5 or higher. A pound sign ...

Clinic break-in suspect sought

HOUGHTON — Police are seeking information on a reported break-in at the Copper Country Veterinary Clinic Friday night. Officers found signs of forced entry after responding to an alarm there about 11 p.m. Friday, according to a release from the Houghton Police Department. Video ...

Brewfest raises money for good cause

HOUGHTON — The money raised at the Keweenaw Brewfest is poured back into the community, said Jim Vivian, executive director of the Keweenaw Community Foundation. That includes targets such as relief for the Father’s Day flood, the Houghton Skate Park and energy initiatives for ...

Laurium resident wants help in honoring village pioneers

LAURIUM — Antonia Burich spoke to the Village Council Tuesday on the possibility of a plaque being placed at Daniell Park, honoring the man who donated the land to the village on which the park is located. The reason for this is because, the Daniell family was deeply involved in the history ...

Hancock students will see new faces at school

HANCOCK — Students will return to school to several new faculty members this fall with new hires and resignations approved Wednesday by the School Board. New hires include Joan Kero as elementary and middle school physical education teacher, Brooke Goldsworthy as middle school and high ...

Kearsarge fire damages building: No injuries in afternoon blaze

CALUMET TOWNSHIP — No injuries were reported in a minor structure fire that occurred at a locally owned business in Kearsarge. At approximately 2:30 p.m. the Calumet Township Fire Department responded to Royale Fabricating, Welding and Engineering in response to fire in the rear wall of ...

Dial Help increases services at Barkell

HANCOCK — Problem solving, coping strategies and informal risk assessments are among services the organization Dial Help will be increasing to provide to students of Barkell Elementary. The School board approved a contract with the local crisis and treatment non-profit for extended hours ...

Skate park still coming this year: To be on Houghton Waterfront

HOUGHTON — The Houghton Skate Park is still on target to open this year. City Manager Eric Waara said at Wednesday’s City Council he had reviewed and approved the 90 percent drawings for the concrete park, which will be located at the East Houghton Waterfront Park. They will now look to ...

Houghton sets fall cleanup

HOUGHTON — Houghton’s fall cleanup will take place from Sept. 24 to Oct. 26. Dumpsters are available seven days a week at the City Garage at the corner of Technical Avenue and Gundlach Road. Materials allowed are wood (under 4 feet), brick and metal (place in specially labeled dumpster). ...

County Board considers well work in Eagle River

EAGLE RIVER — The County Board voted to move ahead with capping the wells and repairing the buildings at Mt. Horace Greeley, located on the Lizzadro Farms property in Houghton Township, after well tests came back negative for coliforms and E. Coli, and lead results were within acceptable ...

BCCTC hosting Warr;or Walk for suicide prevention

BARAGA — If you see a poster, sign or Facebook post about Warr;or Walk, the semi-colon is not a typo, it is a message. It refers to Project Semicolon, a non-profit promoting suicide prevention and awareness. The Warr;or Walk is an event Baraga County Communities That Care (BCCTC) is hosting ...

New faces in Ontonagon

ONTONAGON — The roster of local officials is again being reshuffled with a major reworking of the position for chief deputy of the District Court clerk approved Tuesday. Probate Court Judge Janis Burgess made the pitch to reform the position, which going on its third hire since 2015. The ...

Meijer continues site exploration in Houghton

HOUGHTON — Representatives from Meijer were in town again Tuesday to talk about the potential store coming in on M-26, City Manager Eric Waara said Wednesday. Meijer will be doing soil borings on the site soon as part of its due diligence. It will look to have all property issues settled ...

Staff changes imminent in Ontonagon

ONTONAGON — With openings and a departure, the Ontonagon County Sheriff's office is pushing to fill openings and reworking positions. Former undersheriff Gerald Balcomb resigned from his position to take a position out of the area, leaving Sheriff Dale Rantala in need of a replacement. ...

New contracts approved for teachers and support staff

ONTONAGON — The Ontonagon Area School District (OASD) School Board approved a new contract for both teachers and support staff at its meeting on Tuesday. The two contracts received unanimous board approval. Board Member Tammy Strasser, who made the motion to approve the contracts, stated ...

Ontonagon School Board updated on upgrades, staff changes

ONTONAGON — Two different programs and organizations received approval from the Ontonagon Area School District (OASD) to lease office and/or classroom space at the school. The “Communities That Care” program received unanimous board support for an office lease agreement of $2,700 per ...

H-PT enrollment down slightly

HOUGHTON — With the school year almost underway, Houghton-Portage Township School is projecting a slight decrease in enrollment. The district has 1,412 students, compared to 1,423 at the time of last year’s August meeting, said Superintendent Doreen Klingbeil. Houghton Elementary was ...