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Local Rotary seeks exchange hosts

HANCOCK — Superintendent Kipp Beaudoin is inviting Hancock residents to consider hosting a youth exchange student as an international student hosted by Rotary clubs. “And one of the ways we embrace that is students coming from foreign countries, for cultural exchange, and vice versa,” ...

Differences in how students understand Valentine’s

In middle school and high school, there are two very distinctive attitudes about Valentine's Day; middle schoolers hand out valentines and treats, and high schools (typically, overall) despise Valentine's Day. There is a pile of treats on my desk from the middle school students that have ...

Diabetic foot ulcers are common with diabetes

Diabetes affects 30 million Americans, or 9.4 percent of the population. Nearly 1 in 4 adults with diabetes are not aware they have it. The population of the Keweenaw Peninsula is roughly 40,000 people. That means more than 3600 people in the Keweenaw Peninsula have diabetes. Diabetic foot ...

Foundation funds create motivation for learning

HANCOCK — The Hancock Public Schools Foundation (HPSF) has dispersed hundreds of thousands of dollars in grants and scholarships since it was organized 31 years ago. In grants alone, the HPSF disperses more than $120,000 per year for various materials, equipment, computer equipment, and ...

Onto. council approves new contract for manager

ONTONAGON — With the recommendation of the Personal Committee, the Village Council unanimously renewed a three-year contract with village anager Joe Erickson. Council member Tony Smydra, speaking on behalf of the Personal Committee stated a few parts of the contract that the Council should ...

South Range clerk resigns, won’t say why

SOUTH RANGE — The South Range Village Council will be appointing a new village clerk in March, after the current clerk, Jason Coffey, submitted his resignation at February’s regular council meeting. "I'm not just going to walk out the door,” Coffey said. After Feb. 26, the effective ...

School foundation funds educational opportunities

HANCOCK — Since the establishment of the Hancock Public Schools Foundation in 1987, the organization has come a long way, according to the President of the Board of Directors Dave Dow. “When we originally started out with the original members, it was pretty tough,” said Dow. “We were ...

L’Anse planning panel proposes zoning changes

L’ANSE — The L’Anse Township Planning Commission unanimously approved changes to the zoning ordinances which will now be sent to the Township Board for final approval. The changes include the procedure for selecting members of the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA), as well as specifics on ...

Hancock citizen praises district’s admin, comments on internal strife

HANCOCK — Hancock resident Frank Hawthorne addressed the School Board at its regular January meeting, offering his appreciation for the school district’s efforts in improving the buildings and the district as a whole. But he also commented on apparent increasing internal tensions between ...

Village seeks energy grants

ONTONAGON — The Village Council heard a presentation Monday by Brad Barnett, planning Director for the Western Upper Peninsula Planning and Development Region (WUPPDR), who also introduced Melissa Davis of New Power Tour. New Power Tour’s mission is to increase the use of renewable and ...

Snowmobile strikes, hurts pedestrian

A snowmobile/pedestrian crash near the Boston Road Sunday morning resulted in a local man being sent to the hospital for injuries, according to a release from the Houghton County Sheriff’s Office. At approximately 4 a.m. Sunday, deputies responded to responded to the incident, which ...

Science Exploration: Barkell holds night of educational fun

HANCOCK — Barkell Elementary School hosted Family Science and Engineering Night Wednesday evening, giving children grades K-5 opportunities to think outside of the box in the fields of science and engineering, with educational yet fun activities. For example, fourth and fifth-grade ...

Hancock Foundation funds needed learning resources

HANCOCK — Barkell Elementary School recently hosted Family Science and Engineering Night, which principal Dan Vaara said was funded by the Hancock Public Schools Foundation (HPSF). The foundation was established in 1987, and receives and distributes funds for charitable and educational ...

Snowmobiler hurt on Schoolcraft trail

LAKE LINDEN — An Ohio man was injured in a snowmobile crash Wednesday evening in Schoolcraft Township. The 65-year-old Ohio man was traveling northwest on the Sawmill Road about 6:55 p.m. Wednesday when he failed to make a lefthand turn and crashed into a group of trees, the Michigan State ...

City changes ‘let-run’ policy

HANCOCK — The City Council voted Tuesday to reduce the requirements of qualifying for the city's let-run policy. The let-run policy allows people to use up to 11,000 extra gallons of water per month to keep pipes from freezing under certain conditions. The previous policy required ...

Agencies find it hard to bring scammers to justice

HOUGHTON COUNTY — The Copper Country has been plagued in recent months by an increase in phone scammers, but this year, there has also been an increase in identity thefts. Local law enforcement agencies have investigated many of them but have failed to find any that have originated in the ...

All local Shopko stores closing

HOUGHTON — All three Shopko locations in the Copper Country will close in May, the company announced Wednesday. Locations in Calumet Township, Houghton and L’Anse are among the more than 250 Shopkos that will be closing. Store closings in Escanaba and Marquette were also announced ...

Identity burglars enter by phone

HOUGHTON COUNTY — The number of identity theft reports to some law enforcement agencies has been increasing recently, and in nearly every instance, it begins with people giving information to phone scammers. Sgt. Russell Larson of the Michigan State Police Post Calumet said he has noticed ...

Scammers can strike anywhere, anytime

EAGLE RIVER — Undersheriff Curt Penala said the Keweenaw County Sheriff’s Office has seen an increase in the number of phone scam complaints and identity theft reports recently, something the Michigan State Police Calumet Post has also reported seeing. It does not however, seem to be an ...

Calumet panel talks manager form of govt

CALUMET — The Ordinance Committee addressed a number of ordinances at its meeting Thursday, including procedures on addressing the blight issue and a village manager ordinance, said Village President Dave Geisler. “That was one of the things that the council tasked the committee with ...