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Keweenaw County looks over the edge: Board accepts bid on tower analyses

EAGLE RIVER — The Keweenaw County Board moved to accept a bid from Edge Consulting Engineers to have conditional analyses conducted on two county-owned towers, one at the former Calumet Air Force station on Mt. Horace Greeley, and the other used by the Sheriff’s Department. “The cost ...

‘A quiet revolution’: Ecologist makes case for native plants in gardens

HOUGHTON — There can be more to a garden than strawberries and petunias, it's an ecosystem that may need a little re-working. Enter native plant varieties. “This is what we call gardening for life or a joint venture with nature. Where the garden is not only for our enjoyment but is to ...

Calumet student headed to D.C.

NEGAUNEE — Spelling the word “Vatican” correctly made Lowell Torola, an eighth-grader at Washington Middle School in Calumet, this year’s winner of the Upper Peninsula Community Education Association’s Spelling Bee on Wednesday at Negaunee High School. Torola now goes on to the ...

Calumet High School demonstrates newly acquired technology

CALUMET — Rob Bohlsen, Calumet High School’s industrial arts teacher, demonstrated a new machine to CLK School Board members at the board’s regular monthly meeting Tuesday. The high school’s newly acquired CNC (Computer Numerical Control)-operated Haas Mini Mill was donated to the ...

31 Backpacks: Volunteer drive underway

HANCOCK — Providing food for students in need, 31 Backpacks is in need of volunteers to pack for spring break. “In the schools, these students are provided free breakfast, lunch and a snack and what was going on for the weekends is they were going without food,” said founder and ...

Motion suggests Steudle unfit

LANSING — State Rep. Scott Dianda introduced a House resolution Wednesday expressing a lack of confidence in Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) Director Kirk Steudle, calling him unfit to lead the department. Dianda's resolution has bipartisan support. “From the 23 railcars ...

Bergman votes for STOP Act

WASHINGTON — Congressman Jack Bergman released the following statement after voting to pass H.R. 4909, the STOP School Violence Act: “As a grandfather to eight school-aged grandchildren, I take the issue of school safety very seriously. Our nation's schools must be a safe place where ...

Bipartisan bill to help farmers

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Senator Gary Peters visited Dream Winds Dairy farm in Ottawa County, where he announced bipartisan legislation to preserve critical loans used by small farmers to start and grow their operations. The bill, which he will be introducing with Republican David ...

Library resolution passed by Portage Town. Board

PORTAGE TOWNSHIP — At their Monday meeting, the board of trustees discussed possible soccer fields, introduced a new deputy treasurer and approved a new library resolution. The Portage Lake District Library (PLDL) agreement must be revisited when there is a change to municipalities. The ...

VA center holds town hall to answer community questions

HOUGHTON — Local veterans got to learn about Veteran Affairs services and ask questions during a town hall in Hancock Monday. The event, held at American Legion Post 186, was one of several put on by the Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center throughout the Upper Peninsula. One person asked ...

Fire Hall upgrades discussed in Baraga

The Baraga Township Board discussed plans to repair the Keweenaw Bay Fire Hall at its Monday meeting. Supervisor Amy Isaacson said a community member asked for the racquetball court to remain due to regular users. Board members agreed they had not heard of any people using it in quite some ...

Commission seeks more information

ONTONAGON — During a heated Ontonagon Village Housing Commission meeting on Monday, a motion to suspend executive director Sally Jarvey and secretary Sue Lockhart was voted on. While the motion was eventually voted down, the discussion that followed proposal of the motion included demands ...

Baraga Schools to hire music teacher

The Baraga Area Schools are set to hire a new K-12 music instructor for the next school year. The board announced the proposed candidate and discussed future plans at its meeting on Monday evening. “We want to hire this young man before someone else takes him and we don't have a music ...

Wisti awarded for his efforts as treatment hero

HOUGHTON — The area's regional treatment court was the first in the country. Now a statewide organization has recognized 97th District Court Judge Mark Wisti for his work in creating and continuing it. Wisti was given a Treatment Court Hero award Tuesday from the Michigan Association of ...

Dianda speaks on infrastructure

LANSING — Today, the Michigan Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers released its 2018 Report Card for Michigan's Infrastructure. Michigan received an overall grade of D+, but received a D- for its roads because 39 percent of the 120,000 miles of paved roads are rated in poor ...

Several candidates file throughout Houghton County

HOUGHTON — With more than a month to go before the filing deadline for August primaries, several candidates have filed for Houghton County races. In Houghton County Board races, Republican Commissioner Tom Tikkanen is running in District 1. In District 2, Republican Commissioner Al Koskela ...

REA working near Lake Linden

HOUGHTON — Sharp-eyed residents may have noticed Ontonagon REA trucks working in the area near Douglass Houghton Falls. Sadly for some, the project has nothing to do with restoring public access to the falls but may lead to a reduction in electric delivery costs to Lake Linden, explained ...

CMA holds Seasons of Refreshing

HOUGHTON — Usually held in Marquette, the Christian Motorcycle Association's Upper Peninsula chapter's spring motorcycle rally is coming to Houghton this year. The U.P. CMA Seasons of Refreshing will be held March 16-17 at the Houghton Baptist Church. The event will include worship ...

Library seeks help in card redesign process

HOUGHTON — The Portage Lake District Library wants help from its patrons to put the finishing touches on its new library cards. The library is seeking original quotes about what people love about the library or why it's important to them. The quotes will be be displayed on several versions ...