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Calumet businesses fund vests for police

CALUMET — The village’s Police Department has new equipment for added safety to both the officer using it and the community as well, thanks to the donations of $2,950 from seven local businesses wishing to remain anonymous. Chief Keith Anderson said the new equipment is in the form of a ...

Economy is Menge’s primary issue for term No. 5

“This would be my fifth run,” Baraga County Commissioner William “Bill” Menge said. Menge is running in the Nov. 6 election unopposed for the Fourth District in Baraga County, representing Arvon Township and parts of L’Anse Township. “We need economic growth in Baraga County,” ...

Gayk runs again in Keweenaw County: Seeks second term in District 5

EAGLE RIVER — Sandra Gayk is running for a second term for District 5 of the Keweenaw County Board of Commissioners, and brings with her extensive experience, and a professional background. Gayk, a Democrat, holds a bachelor of science in administration from Northern Michigan University, ...

Petrelius makes ballot debut in South Range

SOUTH RANGE -- Nov. 6 will be village trustee Carol Petrelius' first time on the ballot as the appointee hopes to keep her current seat. "It was kind of exciting to get the sample ballot in the mail and see my name on it," she said. The lifelong South Range resident, save for a stint away ...

Bramlett looks to join OASD School Board

ONTONAGON — Rebecca Bramlett is running for one of the four positions on the Ontonagon Area School District (OASD) School Board. Bramlett is a retired police officer from Colorado. She has lived in the OASD for over a year. “As a former police officer, school safety is a ...

Baraga council blocks driveway from traffic

BARAGA — The Baraga Village Council moved to block the driveway to the east of the village offices from through traffic to prevent high numbers of vehicles driving through the residential area south of the building. “It's really not a road,” Councilman Paul Stark said. The vote was ...

Write-in County Board candidate focused on economy, broadband

ONTONAGON — After many years away, Marlene Broemer returned to the Copper Country in 2016. Now she’s running as a write-in for the Ontonagon County Board representing District Five. “I decided to move back here, and since I’ve been back, I’ve been trying to use my skills in whatever ...

Incumbent is seeking job growth in Baraga

Gale Eilola is running as an unopposed incumbent for Baraga County’s First District, a job he’s held since April of 1992 when he was first appointed. He won reelection the following fall. “We need more jobs in this area to keep our young people here,” Eilola said. He thinks the ...

Cave-in site longstanding issue

KEWEENAW COUNTY — The section of the Copper Falls mine that recently caved in has been a source of curiosity and irritation for more than three decades, said John Cima, Keweenaw County mine inspector. “This site has had several minor subsidences over the last 30-plus years,” he said, ...

Superior in good shape, but not in clear

HOUGHTON — Conditions are largely good in Lake Superior, said Rob Hyde. But steps will have to be taken to keep it that way. Hyde, a Great Lakes program officer for Environmental and Climate Change Canada, Canada’s environment department, spoke Tuesday at one of two public events as part ...

Calumet schools getting therapy dog for trauma

In addition to being trauma informed, the CLK School District is also obtaining a therapy dog, using money from a generous grant from the Portage Health Foundation, said Shelley Smith, middle school social worker at Washington Middle School. “We’ll be the first (school district) in the ...

Annual enrollment for seniors starts

COPPER HARBOR — New Medicare Advantage options are coming to Keweenaw County for 2019 through Humana. On Nov. 3, Medicare recipients are invited to come to the Mariner North in Copper Harbor at 2 pm. to hear all about the A, B, C and D’s of Medicare plus its supplements. Learn what is ...

Peters speaks on Kavanaugh

 WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today released the following statement following Judge Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court: “I take very seriously the Senate role of advise and consent, and in evaluating a Supreme Court nominee, I think first and ...

Things they carried: 100 march in Justin Fitch Memorial Ruck

HOUGHTON — A record crowd donned heavy loads Saturday in the hopes of lightening other people’s. An estimated crowd of 100 carried packs for the third annual Justin Fitch Memorial Ruck. The event honors the late Maj. Justin Fitch, a 2005 Michigan Technological University graduate and U.S. ...

Tourist numbers hold as mine season’s end approaches

HOUGHTON — As the tourist season winds down, local mines will soon be closed for the winter, ending a largely successful season. The three local mines, Adventure Mining Co. in Greenland, the Delaware Mine in Mohawk and the Quincy Mine in Hancock, took an initial hit following the June 17 ...

Beer Fest brings people together

L'ANSE — The third annual Beer Fest gave attendees the chance to sample beer from 25 breweries spread across the region on Saturday, with a focus on locally-made products. New this year was the addition of six Michigan wineries that were also distributing samples. More than 200 people ...

Float planes depart before first snowfall of year arrives

HANCOCK — “There has been seaplane service from Houghton to Isle Royale for almost since the park was formed,” said pilot Jon Rector. The seaplanes are now done for the season, the last one just went south to Florida. Rector and his wife, Christine Hamilton Rector, own the current ...

Back for 8th Round: Chairman looks to keep things running smoothly

ONTONAGON — Current County Board Chairman Carl Nykanen has a long history of serving in local government and public service and an area family history that’s even longer. Nykanen is on his second year as chairman and eighth as a commissioner representing the Fourth District. This November ...

State-imposed tax rollback forces millage renewal

The L’Anse Area Schools District (LAS) is seeking four-year renewal of its primary operating millage in the Nov. 6 vote. “I know the ballot language is going to be complicated,” Superintendent Susan Tollefson said. The renewal is for the currently leveraged 17.9442 mills, or $17.94 ...

A nice upgrade: South Range replaces 30-year-old grader for $75K

SOUTH RANGE — After more than 30 years, the village grader is going into retirement, replaced by a more sprightly snow removal machine. The village has been looking to get a new grader for some time now. The perfect opportunity arose when the Houghton County Memorial Airport was getting rid ...