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School District Foundation offers scholarships, opportunity

ADAMS TOWNSHIP — For more than a decade, the Adams Township School District Foundation has offered an expanding range of opportunities for students thanks to donations from alumni, friends and family. The foundation began in 2003, focusing on scholarships for Jeffers High School graduates ...

Stabenow, Peters respond to Federal Disaster Declaration

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters responded to the approval for a major disaster declaration following severe flash flooding that affected Houghton, Gogebic and Menominee counties Monday.  In July, the lawmakers sent a letter to President Trump urging the ...

Flood with Love initiative moves into the next phase

HANCOCK — The Portage Health Foundation’s initiative — Flood with Love — is moving into its next phase. The application deadline has closed. The applications are being processed and we are working with contractors to further define the scope of work and begin the estimation process. ...

Peters highlights measures to protect environment

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senator Gary Peters today applauded passage of government funding legislation that will help protect clean air and water in Michigan. The bill includes provisions to support lead abatement programs in housing, prevent lead exposure through drinking water, and provide ...

Dianda issues statement

CALUMET — On Thursday, August 2nd, President Donald Trump granted a Major Disaster Declaration for Gogebic, Houghton and Menominee counties. State Representative Scott Dianda (D-Calumet) released the following statement: “I want to thank President Trump and FEMA for working with our ...

Bergman speaks on education

WASHINGTON — On July 31, President Trump signed The Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act into law.  This new law supports career and technical education, giving states and local communities more flexibility to design career education programs. It also ...

Supreme Court candidate visits Houghton

HOUGHTON — Sam Bagenstos has some hurdles to overcome in talking to voters about his Michigan Supreme Court candidacy. Not his views, or his background — civil rights lawyer, Department of justice appointee under Barack Obama — or his views. More basic than that. Such as: Michigan ...

Critical need for blood locally

U.P. Health Systems Regional Blood Center is still experiencing a critical need for A-positive, A-negative, O-negative and B-negative blood types. Please check our website www.mgh.org/blood, Facebook-UPRBC for hours and location of blood centers and blood drives. Questions, please call 225-4610.

Clark announces retirement from SmartZone

HOUGHTON — MTEC SmartZone Chief Executive Officer Marilyn Clark will be retiring at the end of the year, she announced, and said she is looking forward to it. “You know what? I love this job,” she said. “This is hard to give up.” Clark has been the CEO for seven years. She is the ...

Refresher course for internet safety

HOUGHTON — By now, most people realize an email from the Nigerian prince won't lead to riches, but new methods of stealing money and information online are being developed constantly. “These scams are getting more and more sophisticated, really every day,” said Jake Putala, a consumer ...

New Tech president outlines priorities

HOUGHTON — In his first Michigan Technological University Board meeting Thursday, President Richard Koubek outlined four issues he wanted the university to address in the coming year: •Affordability •Demographics •Online education •Agility For affordability, he said, the ...

Two choices in GOP Senate primary

The primary elections for 2018 midterms are on Tuesday. Republicans are faced with a choice of who will run against Democrat Scott Dianda in November, Ed McBroom or Mike Carey. Both candidates put the cost of school busing, electricity and auto insurance high on their list of issues to ...

South Range to keep up blight enforcement

SOUTH RANGE — The village will continue blight enforcement in the coming months, the Village Council was told at a recent meeting. Clerk Jason Coffey updated the council on the ongoing blight enforcement work. As of the July, meeting letters were sent out to residents on a few select ...

Giving kids with diabetes a chance to go camping

MANISTIQUE — Camp UPeninsulin, an annual overnight camp specifically for kids in the Upper Peninsula with Type 1 diabetes, started on Tuesday at the Clear Lake Education Center. The camp offers activities like any summer camp, but with trained medical personnel on staff to assist with ...

Eagle Harbor museum recalls the days of lifesaving service

EAGLE HARBOR — The Keweenaw County Historical Society’s Life Saving Museum recently hosted its annual open house to welcome the public to explore an aspect of local history often overlooked: Maritime lifesaving service of the 20th century. Mark Rowe, maritime chairman for the museum, said ...

Keweenaw County requests VA renewal on August ballot

EAGLE RIVER — Keweenaw County is seeking a millage renewal for its Veterans’ Affairs, but the wording on the ballot will be different this year, said County Board member Del Rajala. “Being that it’s a renewal, and it’s going to appear (on the ballot) with new language,” said ...

Ontonagon seeks Aging renewal

The Ontonagon County Commission on Aging will be seeking to renew its one half mil. (1/2) for a period of four years on the Aug. 7 ballot. The Commission on Aging was established on December 10, 1975, by the Ontonagon County Board of Commissioners. The agency is designated to provide ...

Henry’s Hookers top fisherwomen

ZEBA — Team Henry's Hookers took home the grand prize at Saturday's 2nd Annual Women's Fishing Tournament, hosted by Whirl-I-Gig banquet hall. Each of the 18 teams consisted of two to four women in a single boat, with a man allowed as captain. The categories were a total weight of five fish ...

Animal lovers stop into CCHS Bash

HOUGHTON — Auctions, raffles and animal visits marked the 14th annual Copper Country Humane Society Bash. The event helps offset rising costs for veterinary care, housing and food, said shelter manager Becki Clouthier. Animals come to the no-kill shelter from Baraga, Houghton and Keweenaw ...

Annual powwow a chance for family to reconnect

BARAGA — A variety of dances, competitions and activities took place at the 40th Annual Keweenaw Bay Maawanji'iding Powwow over the weekend. More than 600 dancers were registered to participate in Grand Entry and other dances. Tim Oja, 17, from Bad River, Wisconsin, travels to the pow wow ...