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Hometown Christmas a huge success for Ontonagon residents

ONTONAGON — A weekend of Christmas festivities descended on downtown Ontonagon for another year of fun. The 17th Annual Ontonagon Hometown Christmas celebration turned out to be one of the biggest the community has ever seen. Organizers attributed the large turnout for the events, and to ...

Riding for diabetes awarness proves educational

The beginning of December marks the end of Baraga County’s “Go Blue” events for Diabetes Awareness month, but the awareness doesn’t stop there. The Keweenaw Bay Indian Community Health System holds monthly events to bring awareness and education to the community about Diabetes. The ...

‘Lights of Love’ kicks off Thursday

The holiday season is the best time to reflect and give. The annual Lights of Love program put on by the Portage Health Ladies Auxiliary is quickly approaching. The program will kick off the holiday season by allowing people to honor family members and friends with a tree lighting on Dec. 7 at ...

UP logger trades machines for horses

BARAGA — The air is crisp and the woods are still; it's just another day on the job for Dean Washer and his logging team. “It's nice and quiet out here and peaceful … I couldn't ask for a better job,” Wascher said. He logs five days a week with Bonnie and Star his two Belgian draft ...

UP jobless rate declines in Oct.

IRON MOUNTAIN — The Upper Peninsula’s jobless rate nudged lower in October, dropping 0.2 percent to 4.9 percent. “This was very similar to the 0.3 percentage point rate cut in Michigan in October,” said Bruce Weaver, a state labor analyst. Unemployment went down in 10 of the Upper ...

CCISD moving forward with CTE expansion for next school year

HANCOCK — The Copper Country Intermediate School District is moving forward with expanding its Career and Technical Education Program, thanks to the dedicated CTE millage that was approved last August. George Stockero, CCISD superintendent, said he is confident that all planned classes will ...

Houghton earns designation from national bike group

HOUGHTON — For the second time, Houghton was named a silver-level Bicycle-Friendly Community. The designation came courtesy of the League of American Bicyclists, which announced the status Wednesday of 65 new and renewing communities. Houghton is one of 11 cities in Michigan and 400 ...

Ontonagon’s popular Hometown Christmas fun this weekend

ONTONAGON — The community that is known for its huge Labor Day weekend celebration complete with a parade started a new tradition years ago. That was to have its own Hometown Christmas celebration, concluding with what the small community is known for: a parade. The weekend festivities ...

Campground stores an issue with County Board

EAGLE RIVER — Keweenaw County Planning Commission member John Soper met with the County Board recently to discuss proposed changes to ordinances pertaining to campgrounds, and among the topics discussed was stores being able to operate within newly established campgrounds and RV parks. At ...

Horizons Alternative High School receives a surprise donation

MOHAWK — The Horizons Alternative High School received a surprise gift Wednesday afternoon when Edward (Bud) Cole donated 10 brand new, top-of-the-line professional quality Fender ukuleles. Cole is the president of Fender Musical Instruments Corporation of Asia, and is responsible for ...

Looking for new leaders in the Ontonagon area

ONTONAGON — There will soon be changing faces in Ontonagon county leadership positions. On Tuesday, the County Board of Commissioners was surprised to hear Vicki White announce her plan to retire from her role as county transit director. After just under 27 years in the position, White ...

New downtown Houghton tradition

HOUGHTON — The holiday season is in full effect and what better way to celebrate than to bring a new tradition to town. Saturday, Dec. 9, the city of Houghton and downtown businesses present: A Victorian Inspired Christmas. It will be a joy-filled night with lots of food and fun. The ...

Hancock HS introduces parent lounge

HANCOCK — With new plans to improve engagement, Hancock High School has a new program to bring in more parents. Principal Zeke Ohan updated the school board Monday on the now-running in-school parent lounge. "They can come in for coffee and conversation, I supply the coffee, they supply ...

Bees for the backyard: Beekeeper gives bee care advice at library

HOUGHTON — Bees are an essential part of life as we know it. Thus, dozens of concerned citizens gathered at the library on Monday to learn about how keeping bees can help the planet. Or they could have been there for the honey. Long time hobbyist beekeeper and president of the Copper ...

Women in Automotive day returns to CCISD

HANCOCK — The Copper Country Intermediate School District’s Auto Tech Non-Traditional Automotive Technology Career Day is returning for again this November. The non-traditional career day is open only female high school students, and is intended to encourage female students to consider ...

WUPHD: Close LL beach if not safe

LAKE LINDEN — The Western Upper Peninsula Health Department recommended Lake Linden close its beach for next summer if permanent remedies can not be found for contamination. Lake Linden Village Clerk Bob Poirier said the village will determine the situation in early spring once it has a ...

Lake Linden changes winter parking hours

LAKE LINDEN — Lake Linden residents will soon have to get their cars off the street a little earlier.  The Village Council approved changing the winter parking ban hours Thursday night. The ban will now go from 2 a.m. to 7 a.m.; it had previously started at 3 a.m.  During heavy snow ...

Housing Commission approves minutes despite multiple delays

ONTONAGON — In most organizations the approval of meeting minutes is a quick, unanimous decision that is simply a formality. This was not the case with some summer meetings of the Ontonagon Village Housing Commission (OVHC). For the past two months, the OVHC Board debated the wording of ...

CCHS could win contest

HOUGHTON — The Copper Country Humane Society could get up to $20,000 in a national contest. The shelter was picked as one of six finalists in the Healthy Paws Rescue Race's competition. All six will receive grants of at least $5,000, according to the website of Healthy Paws, a pet insurance ...

Aspirus collecting donated food

LAURIUM, Mich. – Aspirus Keweenaw Hospital and Clinics is partnering with the Michigan Harvest Gathering for another year, collecting non-perishable food items at all eight Aspirus locations in Laurium, Calumet, Houghton and Lake Linden. Aspirus employees, patients, and the community are ...