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Ontonagon River to be featured on postage stamp

IRONWOOD, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan river will be featured in a new set of postage stamps highlighting scenic rivers. The Ontonagon River in the Upper Peninsula will be one of 12 stamps to be released in 2019. The stamp shows a branch of the river in Gogebic County. Sections of the ...

Houghton to post draft of rec plan

HOUGHTON — A draft of Houghton’s recreation plan will be available on the city’s website in early December. The council set a public hearing for the plan for its Jan. 9 meeting. The plan will be posted to the city’s website 30 days prior to the meeting. The recreation plan, also a ...

Moving ahead: Calumet DDA seeks to increase business in downtown district

CALUMET — While many residents have heard of the Village Master Plan, and some had issues with it, the master plan remains a very valuable and little understood tool to any municipality, and its several committees. It is from the guidelines set down in the master plan that village officials ...

State bill to hide non-profit donors clears another state senate hurdle

Republican Senator Mike Shirkey’s senate bill 1176, known as the Personal Privacy Protection Act if passed, has been recommended to the committee of the whole for review and possible amendment. The bill would prevent any government agency from obtaining or revealing the names of donors to ...

Dashboard numbers for Houghton strong

HOUGHTON — Houghton’s state performance dashboard will show results largely similar to the year before. The council approved the dashboard report, which will be posted on the city’s website at cityofhoughton.com. Houghton posted positive progressions in four areas, neutral in six ...

MSP warns motorists to stop for school buses

CALUMET — The Michigan State Police Calumet Post is reminding motorists of a law for them to stop for school buses when its red lights are flashing. “This is in response to a the increase in complaints received regarding motorists passing school buses with the flashing red lights ...

Raising funds, food for those in dire need

ONTONAGON — The Wakefield post of the Michigan State Police (MSP) has raised more than $4,200 and more than 27,000 pounds of food for area food banks in partnership with local businesses as part of their annual Harvest Gathering Campaign. In partnership with Pat's Foods and other businesses ...

DDA valuable tool for downtown development

CALUMET — The main function of a Downtown Development Authority (DDA) is to invest money and management expertise into downtown districts. Executive Director of the village’s DDA, Leah Polzien said that she feels too few people understand the purpose and function of a DDA. “In ...

Calumet DDA moves forward promoting village

CALUMET — At lease one candidate for the village council had proposed dissolving the Downtown Development Authority (DDA) before the Nov. 6 elections, and some residents expressed concern that they did not know what the DDA does with the village’s money. DDA Executive Director Leah Polzien ...

E.Coli infections linked to romaine lettuce

WESTERN UPPER PENINSULA — Western U.P. Health Department would like to notify the public that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are investigating a multi-state outbreak of E.Coli infections linked to romaine lettuce. CDC is advising that U.S. consumers not eat any romaine ...

Celebrating Christmas: Ontonagon Hometown Christmas this weekend

The 18th annual Ontonagon Hometown Christmas will run from Thursday, Nov. 29-Dec 2. Ontonagon residents and businesses who want to enter the Hometown Christmas lighting contest must register by 1 p.m. Thursday at Annette Trail’s residence, 281 Tamarack Lane, or at the Y-101 studios. The ...

UP doctor writes book

Dr. Shahar Madjar, a urologist working in several hospitals in the U.P. has recently published his book Is Life Too Long? Essays about Life, Death, and Other Trivial Matters. The book is a collection of 18 selected essays and tales, all of which were first published in The Mining Journal and ...

Trip Home for Holiday Delayed

Garrett Neese/Daily Mining Gazette Traffic on the Houghton side of the Portage Lake Lift Bridge was backed up to the Michigan Technological University campus along College Avenue on Wednesday afternoon during an hour-long outage. When the bridge went up about 3:50 p.m. to let a U.S. Coast ...

Hancock HS ELO Center proving worth to students

HANCOCK — When the high school computer lab re-opened in 2017, it opened as the Extended Learning Opportunity (ELO) Center, which was intended for more proficient students wanting more attention, while having more decisions in their own education. Since January, the ELO has evolved into ...

L’Anse school board approves audit

L’ANSE — The L’Anse Area Schools (LAS) Board had its regular meeting on Monday night and received the results of the annual audit. The board also approved some additional expenses for the budget and heard reports from staff. The audit results were presented by Debbie Bradford from ...

Onto schools launch new reading drive tive

This school year, Ontonagon teachers, staff, and students united to begin a reading initiative. The teaching staff decided to start the program. “I got the idea from a family member downstate. Over 250 students, faculty, and staff participate in this,” according to Tammy Lancioni, ...

Houghton Police: Cars not stopping for school buses

HOUGHTON — There has been an increasing number of vehicles refusing to stop for school buses when they are stopped to let children off, said Lt. Nick Roberts of the Houghton Police Department. “We were getting them on the side streets, where people were passing the buses, but now we’re ...

LifePoint Health announces completion of merger

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. - LifePoint Health, Inc. announced the completion of its merger with RCCH HealthCare Partners (“RCCH”), which is owned by certain funds managed by affiliates of Apollo Global Management, Saturday. As a result of the merger, LifePoint's common stock is no longer trading on ...

Public defender contract OK’d: Office now has three attorneys

HOUGHTON — The Houghton County Board approved a new public defender contract to bring the office in line with new state standards. Houghton County approved contracts between the state and the county, as well one between Baraga, Houghton and Keweenaw counties and a non-profit set up by ...

Baraga County begins branding effort

Baraga County has launched a branding effort with the intention of attracting more people to spend their money, time or even their whole life in Baraga County. The intention is to capitalize on the growth in the outdoor adventure industry, the increase in telecommuting to work, and the ...