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MSP to hold open house

CALUMET TOWNSHIP — The Michigan State Police Calumet Post will conduct an open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, June 16 at the post just south of Calumet on US 41. “We would like the public to stop in and help us celebrate our 100th year anniversary of service,” a release from ...

Laurium Village Board approves $153K in spending from bond issue

LAURIUM — The Village Board approved some spending at its May 16 regular meeting, including $153,000 from a voter-approved bond issue for various equipment, according to Village Administrator Ed Vertin. Vertin said the purchased equipment is mostly for snow removal for the village’s ...

Time to think new power generation: Energy developer

A Chicago-based developer involved in Upper Michigan Energy Resources Corp.’s application to the Michigan Public Service Commission says the time is now to consider alternatives to building new power generating plants in the Upper Peninsula. “We think we have a better solution,” for the ...

DNR hero honored

Garrett Neese/Daily Mining Gazette Patrick Hartsig, right, conservation officer with the Department of Natural Resources, receives a citation at Thursday’s Natural Resources Commission meeting for rescuing a 10-year-old boy who had run away from his family near Gladstone. He was able to ...

Atlantic Mine to replace water lines: Part of $1.9M Adams Twp. project

BALTIC — Water lines in Atlantic Mine will be replaced this summer, as part of an Adams Township water project. The township Board of Supervisors awarded a nearly $1.5 million contract to replace water lines to low-bidder Bill Siler Contracting of South Range on Monday. The work is ...

Looking for Astor House: MTU team digs for 1840s hotel

COPPER HARBOR — American Fur Company’s wooden ship became the first American-owned ship lost on Lake Superior when it broke apart near the east of entrance of Copper Harbor in a gale in the fall of 1844 when ship’s hull was dashed to pieces against a rock that became known as Astor Point. ...

Skatepark reaches $50K fundraising goal

HOUGHTON — The Houghton MI Skatepark has met and exceeded its goal of $50,000 through the crowdfunding campaign to meet the $50,000 challenge match from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, according to a release from the Keweenaw Community Foundation. Alex Aho, who has been ...

Tribes slam use of ‘redskins’

BARAGA — Some Michigan sports teams may have to change their names, if a tribal effort to preclude using the term Redskins is successful. Keweenaw Bay Indian Community (KBIC) President Chris Swartz told the tribal council Saturday the initiative gained ground at a May meeting of United ...

UPSET asks Adams Township for funding

BALTIC — The Adams Township Board is considering supporting local efforts to curb drug use, after hearing some of the activity is centered in Atlantic Mine. Houghton Police Chief John Donnelly asked the board Monday to donate to the recently established Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement ...

Adams Twp. gives $700 for cemetery: Money goes to markers, new flags

BALTIC — A veterans advocate secured funds to buy grave plot markers and new flags for the Mountain View Cemetery in South Range, but donations are needed to maintain a veterans honor roll in the Atlantic Mine Cemetery. The Adams Township Board of Supervisors donated $700 at its meeting ...

Thursday funeral for Niemela

A funeral for Bob Niemela is set for this Thursday. The 72-year-old businessman who was elected the county’s mining inspector last November died last Monday while driving on the Old Victoria Road, 3 miles outside of Rockland. It appears Niemela realized he was having a heart attack. ...

Angel Mission seeks Father’s Day items

CALUMET — The New Beginnings Angel Mission Free Store kids only shopping day for Mother’s Day gifts went very well, and Terry Bazin is hoping the Father’s Day sale will go as well. Bazin, co-manager of the Free Store, said for the Mother’s Day kids-only day were lined up outside the ...

MNA sponsors hike at new trail

BROCKWAY MOUNTAIN — The Michigan Nature Association is sponsoring a hike at 1 p.m. Sunday at a new trail located to the east of Klipfel NS and Helstrom NS along Brockway Mountain Drive. The hike will include recording observed species, both flora and fauna, and most likely observe at least a ...

Aspirus offers support lunch

ONTONAGON — Aspirus At Home is offering a grief support lunch at noon June 27 at Aspirus Ontonagon Hospital to provide support and hope for adults experiencing grief following the loss of a loved one. The lunch is offered on the fourth Tuesday of each month in the hospital conference room, ...

Energy efficiency biz event Monday

HOUGHTON — Local business owners will be able to learn how energy efficiency and energy conservation can add to their bottom line at an event Monday. The non-partisan, non-political event is scheduled for 6-8 p.m. Monday at the Great Lakes Research Center (MTU Campus), Room 202, 100 Phoenix ...

Playground building planned as community project in L’Anse

L’ANSE — Community members are being asked to help build a new playground at the C.J. Sullivan Elementary School in L’Anse. The playground build will be from 8 a.m. until the project is completed on June 17, according to posters for the event. Lunch will be provided, as well as games ...

Ontonagon adding park on lakeshore

ONTONAGON — A downtown park on the lakeshore in Ontonagon is in the works for Labor Day. The Ontonagon Downtown Development Authority (DDA) was recently awarded a $5,000 placemaking grant from the Western Upper Peninsula Planning and Development Region to create signage for the park. The ...

‘Kitten season’: OCAP offers shelter services

ONTONAGON — Ontonagon County Animal Protection (OCAP) is a volunteer-operated, no-kill shelter making an impact in the lives of area cats and dogs. Like a lot of shelters, OCAP practices a trap, neuter and return, or TNR, policy, seen as a way to ensure feral cats are healthy and don't ...

DNR makes McLain upgrades: Construction to start after Labor Day

Michigan Department of Natural Resources officials anticipate the park's modern toilet-shower building will remain open throughout the 2017 camping season at F.J. McLain State Park. Over the past few years, erosion has been a persistent problem at the park, causing rangers to close some park ...

Accident injures 2

A head-on vehicle crash sent two people to the hospital Thursday afternoon, according to a release from the Houghton County Sheriff’s Department. Ken Kaiponen, an 85-year-old Chassell resident, was driving south on Paradise Road in Houghton County when he attempted to make a left turn onto ...