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Hearings set for Warden permits

L'ANSE — The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) will have a public hearing in L'Anse Wednesday evening regarding two permits for the L'Anse Warden Electric Co. The MDEQ Air Quality Division (AQD) will address any public concerns about the L'Anse Warden Electric Co. Permit ...

Trial by fire: Ontonagon gives attorney tryout

ONTONAGON — The village of Ontonagon will try out a new lawyer who reached out to fill a void and provide the village with legal services. “I received a phone call from Douglas Muskett,” Village Manager Joe Erickson said at Monday's Village Council meeting. “He is an attorney with ...

Lake Superior Day Sunday

COPPER HARBOR — Community volunteers, along with the Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative, will celebrate the world’s largest freshwater lake with the fifth annual Lake Superior Day Festival, which is scheduled from 1-4 p.m. Sunday. The festival will include many special activities at the ...

Angel Mission seeks school gear

CALUMET — It may be the middle of summer, but the start of school is not too far away, so the New Beginnings Angel Mission Free Store has started collecting backpacks and school supplies. Terry Bazin, Free Store co-director, said a few backpacks have been donated, but she would like to have ...

Kew. County to hold Public Safety Day

EAGLE RIVER — The public is invited to Keweenaw County’s upcoming Public Safety Day, which will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Mohawk Park. Bill Luokkanen, Keweenaw County sheriff, said there will be several demonstrations from many departments. “The whole purpose ...

Elderly flock to Senior Fest in E-TC

EWEN — Senior citizens from throughout Ontonagon County packed the Ewen-Trout Creek school cafeteria for Senior Fest yesterday. “We have exhibits, vendors, law enforcement, emergency medical personnel, and we have the ‘dump’ program for the seniors to turn in their old expired ...

Passing through

Jesse Pickens/Daily Mining Gazette The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers tugboat D.L. Billmaier, towing the H.J. Schwartz, passes under the The Portage Lake Lift Bridge Tuesday. The Corps uses the crane barge, built in 1995, for rock lifting as part of repairing and maintaining breakwalls.

Concert on the Green

Garrett Neese/Daily Mining Gazette The Lang-Nulf Project performs on Quincy Green during the Key Ingredients event in Hancock Friday.

Collapsed beaver dam floods area

SPURR TOWNSHIP — The Michigamme-Spurr Volunteer Fire Department and the Baraga County Road Commission responded to the area of Beaufort Lake and Stagecoach Drive after a beaver dam collapsed causing flooding in the area, according to a written statement from the Michigan State Police. At ...

Ontonagon school board talks vacancy

ONTONAGON — When the Ontonagon Area School Board on Monday hired Heather Beck for a staff position in the Special Education Department, it required the resignation of Beck as a member of the board. “The board will appoint someone to replace Heather until the next School Board election,” ...

Fed aid available in Adams Twp.

BALTIC — In preparation for a water system update, Adams Township officials want low-income homeowners in Atlantic Mine to know help is available to ensure everything flows well. In addition to loans for new and existing homes, the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development offers ...

Mercy EMS talks shortages

CALUMET — Mercy EMS executive leadership met Friday to discuss staffing shortages and the possible impact on long-distance emergency ground ambulance transportation. The board of directors of Mercy EMS (Emergency Medical Services) assure the community that while the paramedic staffing ...

Company gives prime real estate for a park

ONTONAGON — A new lakeshore park near downtown Ontonagon will be established this summer. Lake Shore Systems has signed an agreement to lease 4.5 acres of lakefront property to Ontonagon Village for a public park. “The Lake Shore Land Lease is finalized thanks to a lot of communication ...

Distemper cases up this season

HOUGHTON — Cases of canine distemper are on the rise in the Houghton area. Police Chief John Donnelly said between 10 and 20 animals have had to be put down locally between Houghton police and Michigan Technological University Public Safety. While a couple of foxes have been spotted, ...

Gayk: Sides ‘not that far apart’ on conservancy

EAGLE RIVER — While various groups and people voice their concerns on the topic of conservancy lands in Keweenaw County, one County Board member is looking at both sides of the argument. Sandra Gayk feels that the divide between groups and people is not as wide as they may think. “I ...

LBFE looking for volunteer drivers

HANCOCK — One of the services Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly provides to its friends is free medical transportation, and Ren Olson said the organization is in need of volunteer drivers. “We have an ongoing need for medical transportation drivers,” said Olson, who is LBFE medical ...

L’Anse Township gets new supervisor

L'ANSE — L'Anse Township has a new supervisor. The Township Board appointed Trustee Pete Magaraggia to the position Wednesday, after accepting with regret the resignation of P.J. LeClaire. “Very good guy,” Magaraggia said. “I just wish him health right now.” Fighting a recurrent ...

Calumet Theatre launches movie series

CALUMET — In 1993, the Calumet Theatre began a program of showing movies with various forms of entertainment, and in 1994, that became Club Indigo, which is no longer taking place. However, Laura Miller, executive director of the theatre, said Club Indigo has now become the Calumet Theatre ...

Hancock holds last superintendent Q&A

HANCOCK — The Hancock School Board of Education conducted the last of four first-round interviews of candidates for the Hancock Public Schools superintendent position Tuesday, and they made a decision about which two candidates to ask back for a second round of interviews. Mark Brenton, ...

Tamarack City firefighters tops

SOUTH RANGE — The Tamarack City Volunteer Fire Department and one of its firefighters were designated top dogs at the 64th annual Copper Country Firefighters Tournament last month in South Range. Named fire department of the year at the 2017 tournament on June 24, the Tamarack fire ...