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Other UP summer events

IRON MOUNTAIN — Here are some of the activities and events scheduled this summer elsewhere in the Upper Peninsula: JULY — Thursday: The 53rd annual Bass Festival, hosted by the Crystal Falls Lions Club, will offer plenty of fishing, running and fun. The event begins Thursday with bingo ...

Paddlecraft site launching in Onto.

ONTONAGON — Pestka Construction will get to work soon on the paddlecraft landing project on Rose Island in Ontonagon. The Ontonagon Village Council chose Pestka's low bid of $74,787 over MJO Contracting of Hancock's bid of $122,584. "...[T]he apparent low total base bid submitted by ...

Michigan Tech picks firm for presidential search

HOUGHTON — The Michigan Technological University Board of Trustees has selected the firm of Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates to assist in the search for the University's next president. At a special meeting Friday afternoon, the board selected the firm, headquartered in Media, Pennsylvania ...

Onto. County schools make cuts: E-TC, Ontonagon pass 2017-18 budgets

The two school districts in Ontonagon County held their annual special meetings this week to go over this past year’s revised budget and propose a new budget for the next school year. Besides residing in Ontonagon County, they also have one major issue in common — cutting spending. Even ...

Hancock selects superintendent finalists

HANCOCK — The Hancock Public School District Board of Education selected five finalists to interview for superintendent of schools. Interviews will take place over two days in July. The schedule: July 10: • 6:10 p.m. -7 p.m., David Dyb, superintendent of the Iola-Scandinavia School ...

Zion Lutheran marks 125 years

SKANEE — Established in 1892, Zion Lutheran Church in Skanee celebrated 125 years of serving the outlying community. About 100 people congregated for a special service and luncheon Sunday to mark the occasion when founding families formed a church association in the rural community, located ...

Event to raise Lakes awareness

HOUGHTON — “All Hands On Deck” is a gathering at Kestner Park in Houghton from 10 to 11 a.m. Monday to raise awareness of the need to protect the Great Lakes and keep them healthy. All are invited. All Hands On Deck represents common ground that extends beyond political and ...

Ontonagon hires firm to fix leaky DPW roof

ONTONAGON — Ontonagon Village hired a local contractor to fix the public works garage roof, for about half the price of a competitor. The low bidder, Advanced Spray Foam & Coatings of Ontonagon, will replace the old, leaky roof of the River Street Garage in Ontonagon. The Ontonagon ...

Local residents running out of patience on limited use of land conservancies

EAGLE RIVER — A proposal made recently by the Keweenaw Community Forest Company to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources would result in an exchange of 80 acres in Grant Township for 320 acres in Houghton Township if the deal goes through. The 501(c)(3) corporation’s website states ...

Michigan duck stamps available

LANSING — The Michigan Duck Hunters Association, in cooperation with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, introduces the 2017 collector's edition Michigan duck stamp and prints. The Michigan Waterfowl Stamp Program, established in 1976, has become an icon for waterfowl hunters and ...

Charlie learns about pasty: Yooper and son publish book

HOUGHTON — Keaton Snell, together with his father, Dominic, have written, illustrated and published a book, which reached the market in March. The book, titled “Charlie 906” tells the story of a crow named Charlie who lives on Isle Royale where he and his friend Mooorie, a moose, ...

Ontonagon council to county: take old school off tax rolls

ONTONAGON — Ontonagon Village officials agreed to ask Ontonagon County to take the former school on the Greenland Road off the tax rolls. Village Manager Joe Erickson, President Ken Waldrop, and Trustees Tony Smydra, John Hamm and Donald Chastan voiced similar opinions about the property, ...

KML coordinator: Good start to lodge season

EAGLE RIVER — The Keweenaw Mountain Lodge showed a strong start for the opening of the season, lodge coordinator Harvey Desnick, reported recently to Lodge Board. Desnick said he wished he had something negative to say to balance out his report, but the lodge is showing great promise for the ...

She’ll miss the kids: Healy retiring as Hancock Schools superintendent

HANCOCK — Monica Healy has been in education for 34 years, but on June 30 she’s retiring from a career she very much enjoyed. Healy, who is superintendent at Hancock Public Schools, said interacting with students was the most enjoyable part of her career in education, but as ...

H-PT adjusts social studies requirements

HOUGHTON — Incoming Houghton High School students will have one less year of social studies requirements. The Houghton-Portage Township Schools Board reduced the required years of social studies classes from four to three, effective for this year’s ninth-graders. For several years, ...

Summerfest is attempt to simplify

HOUGHTON — The Houghton Rotary’s first annual U.P. Summerfest is scheduled for June 30-July 1 at Dee Stadium, according to Rotary member Marilyn Swift. Summerfest is replacing Seafood Fest, which was a Rotary tradition for more than 30 years. “When Seafood Fest first started, we used to ...

Rules updated to do business

ONTONAGON — The Western Upper Peninsula Health Department Board wants to simplify the rules so it can conduct business. Comprised of two commissioners from Baraga, Gogebic, Keweenaw and Ontonagon counties and three from Houghton County, the board has been having difficulty meeting a quorum. ...

Manager: Houghton Sears store expanding

No worries for Copper Country Sears shoppers — the Houghton Sears location is not only staying open, it is expanding into a core store, according to store manager Gina LaBeske. LaBeske made that statement in light of the news Sears released Friday announcing the closure of 20 stores across ...

Rotary looks for Summerfest vols: Seafood Fest successor runs June 30-July 1

HOUGHTON — The Houghton Rotary Club is seeking volunteers for its new event, the U.P. Summerfest, according to Marilyn Swift, Rotary member. While the new event is scaled back in comparison to the now discontinued Seafood Fest, the Rotary Club still welcomes volunteers. “It’s just our ...