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Ontonagon moves on blight, hears water rate update

ONTONAGON — Monday's village council meeting featured several small changes and laid the groundwork for future developments. In updates, the blighted building across from the village offices and council chambers was laid to rest earlier this month. Now an empty lot sits at the corner of ...

Laurium requesting snow removal millage renewal

LAURIUM — The village is seeking a millage renewal for snow removal, according to Village Administrator Ed Vertin. The millage is used exclusively for snow removal operations, and the money is deposited into the Village of Laurium Municipal Street Fund for that purpose only. “In other ...

Schott seeks re-election to ETC School Board

Dr. Kirk Schott is seeking re-election to the Ewen-Trout Creek School Board. Schott is running for one of the three seats open on the board, and is running as a write-in candidate. “I had not intended to run for the Board again,” he said. “But in September, I was approached by some of ...

Saaranen seeks South Range seat

SOUTH RANGE — Village council write-in Josh Saaranen would like to be a voice for residents and work to encourage business in the village. “It's a small town, a family town. Through the generations, my family's been raised there. It's just a great place to live,” Saaranen said. The ...

Roads, involvement are Parolini’s priorities

SOUTH RANGE — “I think I’ve lived on every street here,” said Terry Parolini, candidate for the South Range Village Council on the ballot Nov. 6. Although she was born in the area and had family in the village and spent every summer there, she grew up downstate near Detroit. In ...

E-TC challenger wants to make positive impact

By Skip Schulz For the Gazette Maggi Brown of Bergland is running for one of the three seats open on the Ewen-Trout Creek (E-TC) School Board. Brown is a former school district employee who retired after 33 years of service, “where I proudly and compassionately dedicated my time to the ...

State makes first inspection at dispensary

HOUGHTON — Northern Specialty Health has received one of two visits from state regulators required before it can receive a permanent license to sell medical marijuana. Two inspectors from the Licensing and Regulatory Affairs Department visited the provisioning center this week, as well as ...

Learning the lake: Students get hands dirty at Lake Superior Water Festival

HOUGHTON — You can lead the kids to water education but you can’t keep them dry. With water, mud, native plants and a few presentations, the seventh annual Lake Superior Water Festival had a little bit of everything. Around 700 students descended on the Great Lakes Research Center ...

Revved up: LSPR drivers, crew make final preparations

HANCOCK — The Lake Superior Performance Rally (LSPR) officially begins Friday, but drivers and crews were busy with final preparations on Thursday. Those preparations include inspections at the Copper Country Intermediate School District’s (CCISD) Career and Technical Education (CTE) ...

KBIC primaries nearing: Vote for Tribal Council, Chief Judge seats Nov. 3

The Keweenaw Bay Indian Community (KBIC) primary election for Tribal Council seats and Chief Judge is Nov. 3. Four seats on the Tribal Council are up for reelection in December. Voter registration, open to KBIC members, is currently closed for the primary. “It will open up on the ...

Village president explains DDA and MSC

CALUMET — There is a question among some residents in the village concerning the existence and functions of the Downtown Development Authority and Main Street Calumet, two organizations with seemingly much overlap. Village President Dave Geisler offered some information to help residents ...

Changing of guard: Hancock bids farewell to longtime leaders

HANCOCK — Wednesday marked the last city council meeting, and send off, for four longtime community leaders. The first was Mary Tuisku who passed away May of 2017. To mark the end of her term, her plaque was presented to her husband Dick Tuisku, flowers to her family and a mayoral ...

Write-in candidate ready to serve county

Dan Robillard has announced his candidacy for Baraga County Commissioner, replacing Pat Reilley as District 3 candidate. Pat Reilley moved out of the area over the summer and his resignation was accepted by the County Board at their Oct. 9 meeting. Robillard will be a write-in candidate. He ...

Kolpack to run as write-in again in Ontonagon

Current Ontonagon Area School District (OASD) Board member Julie Kolpack has registered to run as a write-in candidate. She has been on the board for the last two years. “The reason I am running again is because I see what we are doing and it is going in a good direction,” she said. ...

Call for Entries: The Shaft and Junior Shaft

HANCOCK — The Copper Country Community Arts Center is accepting entries for “The Shaft” and “Junior Shaft” community art exhibitions. Artists are invited to submit work inspired by mining history in the Copper Country and the physical signs of its presence or the effect it has had ...

Ontonagon jail sees improvements

ONTONAGON — If there's ever a time to get a close look at the inside of the county jail it's now, as upcoming improvements may make the visit go a little smoother. Thanks to a grant through the National Criminal History Improvement Project, the sheriff's office will be getting a new Live ...

Technical education focus in Ontonagon

Ontonagon joined with other school districts in the Gogebic-Ontonagon Intermediate School District (GOISD) in forming a consortium to apply for Marshall Plan grant funding. Ontonagon Area School District (OASD) Superintendent/Principal Jim Bobula informed the school board Tuesday about how ...

CCISD finalizes plans for CTE Center

HANCOCK — The Copper Country Intermediate School District (CCISD) revealed their plans for the northeast corner of the Career and Technical Education (CTE) Center now that Michigan Works has vacated the space on Tuesday night. The space has two offices that the CTE director and secretary will ...

Hancock ratifies union contract

HANCOCK — The school board unanimously approved ratification of a two-year master agreement with the Hancock Education Association, Monday ending the period of staff teaching without a contract. With the agreement reached, Hancock Public School teachers will end their practice standing ...

L’Anse board approves change in activity rules

L'ANSE — The L'Anse Area Schools (LAS) board approved a change to the weekly eligibility rules for fall extracurricular activities and sports. To participate in any sports or extracurricular groups, students have to be passing six of their seven classes from week to week. Before, this ...