Local News

DDA valuable tool for downtown development

CALUMET — The main function of a Downtown Development Authority (DDA) is to invest money and management expertise into downtown districts. Executive Director of the village’s DDA, Leah Polzien said that she feels too few people understand the purpose and function of a DDA. “In ...

Calumet DDA moves forward promoting village

CALUMET — At lease one candidate for the village council had proposed dissolving the Downtown Development Authority (DDA) before the Nov. 6 elections, and some residents expressed concern that they did not know what the DDA does with the village’s money. DDA Executive Director Leah Polzien ...

E.Coli infections linked to romaine lettuce

WESTERN UPPER PENINSULA — Western U.P. Health Department would like to notify the public that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are investigating a multi-state outbreak of E.Coli infections linked to romaine lettuce. CDC is advising that U.S. consumers not eat any romaine ...

Celebrating Christmas: Ontonagon Hometown Christmas this weekend

The 18th annual Ontonagon Hometown Christmas will run from Thursday, Nov. 29-Dec 2. Ontonagon residents and businesses who want to enter the Hometown Christmas lighting contest must register by 1 p.m. Thursday at Annette Trail’s residence, 281 Tamarack Lane, or at the Y-101 studios. The ...

UP doctor writes book

Dr. Shahar Madjar, a urologist working in several hospitals in the U.P. has recently published his book Is Life Too Long? Essays about Life, Death, and Other Trivial Matters. The book is a collection of 18 selected essays and tales, all of which were first published in The Mining Journal and ...

Trip Home for Holiday Delayed

Garrett Neese/Daily Mining Gazette Traffic on the Houghton side of the Portage Lake Lift Bridge was backed up to the Michigan Technological University campus along College Avenue on Wednesday afternoon during an hour-long outage. When the bridge went up about 3:50 p.m. to let a U.S. Coast ...

Hancock HS ELO Center proving worth to students

HANCOCK — When the high school computer lab re-opened in 2017, it opened as the Extended Learning Opportunity (ELO) Center, which was intended for more proficient students wanting more attention, while having more decisions in their own education. Since January, the ELO has evolved into ...

L’Anse school board approves audit

L’ANSE — The L’Anse Area Schools (LAS) Board had its regular meeting on Monday night and received the results of the annual audit. The board also approved some additional expenses for the budget and heard reports from staff. The audit results were presented by Debbie Bradford from ...

Onto schools launch new reading drive tive

This school year, Ontonagon teachers, staff, and students united to begin a reading initiative. The teaching staff decided to start the program. “I got the idea from a family member downstate. Over 250 students, faculty, and staff participate in this,” according to Tammy Lancioni, ...

Houghton Police: Cars not stopping for school buses

HOUGHTON — There has been an increasing number of vehicles refusing to stop for school buses when they are stopped to let children off, said Lt. Nick Roberts of the Houghton Police Department. “We were getting them on the side streets, where people were passing the buses, but now we’re ...

LifePoint Health announces completion of merger

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. - LifePoint Health, Inc. announced the completion of its merger with RCCH HealthCare Partners (“RCCH”), which is owned by certain funds managed by affiliates of Apollo Global Management, Saturday. As a result of the merger, LifePoint's common stock is no longer trading on ...

Public defender contract OK’d: Office now has three attorneys

HOUGHTON — The Houghton County Board approved a new public defender contract to bring the office in line with new state standards. Houghton County approved contracts between the state and the county, as well one between Baraga, Houghton and Keweenaw counties and a non-profit set up by ...

Baraga County begins branding effort

Baraga County has launched a branding effort with the intention of attracting more people to spend their money, time or even their whole life in Baraga County. The intention is to capitalize on the growth in the outdoor adventure industry, the increase in telecommuting to work, and the ...

Old fashioned bazaar ready for Calumet

CALUMET — A longstanding arts and crafts tradition in the Copper Country, the annual Old Fashioned Christmas Bazaar to be held Saturday in the CLK High School gymnasium is extra special this year, hitting an annual milestone of 25 years. This year’s event features art and crafts wares ...

New research vessel on Keweenaw Bay

ZEBA — Late this summer, the Keweenaw Bay Natural Resource Department (NRD) took delivery of their brand new, 35-foot, 5.5-ton research vessel, the Myrtle Tolonen. “This was a long process,” said NRD biologist Gene Mensch. “We started this vessel from scratch.” The boat was made ...

Kiosk launch could put Calumet at an advantage

CALUMET — Invent@NMU Marquette SmartZone celebrated the launch of its remote kiosk Tuesday at the Keweenaw Coffee Works on Fifth Street. Calumet’s kiosk creates the opportunity for inventors and entrepreneurs to submit an idea for a product, invention, or a business, and receive a ...

Status quo in Houghton

HOUGHTON — The leadership of Houghton’s City Council will look the same over the next two years. The council re-elected Bob Backon as mayor and Robert Megowen as mayor pro tem in Tuesday’s reorganizational meeting. Both were chosen 4-0 to serve two-year terms. Backon praised the work ...

MTEC not worried about competition from kiosk

CALUMET — While there is a high degree of excitement in the village in regard to the launching of the new remote kiosk at Keweenaw Coffee Works, there is also some local concern that the Marquette SmartZone is encroaching on the territory of the MTEC SmartZone in Houghton. However, MTEC ...

Mobility experts use new traffic signals in Houghton

One day soon cars will talk to traffic signals—and the stoplight will talk back. It’s one step towards more widespread connected and autonomous vehicles. Researchers at Michigan Technological University worked with the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) to bring this technology ...

County Sheriff sponsoring toy drive for 20th year

EAGLE RIVER — The Keweenaw County Sheriff’s Office is conducting its 20th annual No Kid Without a Christmas drive, said Bill Luokkanen, sheriff. “Last year, more than 40 families were helped through this program,” said Luokkanen, “and I can’t even tell you how many kids were ...