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Copper Country native running for Keweenaw probate judge

HOUGHTON — Copper Country native and attorney Keith DeForge is a write-in candidate for probate judge in Keweenaw County. A proud parent of three daughters, DeForge became an attorney more than five years ago. “Probate court is what I do. I’m a probate attorney,” said DeForge. “I ...

Cane focused on development

ONTONAGON — County Board Vice Chairman John Cane is running for reelection in November’s election, looking to focus on business and economic development. The term of the commissioner representing the First District is two years. A local native, Cane took over the family business, Cane ...

Boat goes aground on Manitou Island

EAGLE RIVER — An unidentified 73-year-old man was rescued Saturday morning after his sailing vessel went aground on Manitou Island, approximately three miles from the eastern tip of Keweenaw Point in Lake Superior. At 5:30 a.m. Saturday, Coast Guard Sector Sault Ste. Marie Command Center ...

Juntunen not seeking school board reelection

ONTONAGON — After 22 years of serving on the Ontonagon Area School District (OASD) Board, Dean Juntunen has decided to not seek re-election this November. “I was elected in May of 1996 to a two-year seat. Back then, school board elections were in May, and seats were taken on July 1. Now, ...

Candidates set to run in Keweenaw County

EAGLE RIVER — Keweenaw County has no referendums on the November ballot, said County Clerk Julie Carlson, but some seats on the county level are being contested. For Road Commissioner, Richard Olson (R) of Mohawk, and Kevin Gherna (D) of Ahmeek, are vying for the six-year term. Olson was ...

FARM Lab to visit DB-TC Schools

DOLLAR BAY — Dollar Bay-Tamarck City (DB-TC)’s K-5 will get a head start on learning more about how their food is raised as the Food, Agriculture & Resources in Motion (FARM) Science Lab will make a stop at DB-TC Elementary Tuesday. Each class will spend a session investigating ...

30 years on job: Incumbent running for milestone

L’ANSE — Leann Davis is once again on November’s ballot for a position on the Village Council. She was originally appointed in 1988, making this October her 30-year anniversary in village government. In 1971, Davis moved to the Upper Peninsula from Three Rivers with her husband. He had ...

L’Anse president running unopposed

L’ANSE — Ron Ervast is the sole candidate on the ballot for president of the Village Council in November. “This will be my second elected term,” Ervast said. The 52-year-old from Chassell is married and has two daughters and three grandchildren. He moved to L’Anse in ...

Unlicensed marijuana businesses must shut down by end of month

HOUGHTON — Houghton’s medical marijuana provisioning center, and others in the state, will be forced to close at the end of the month unless its license has been approved, under new emergency rules put into effect Monday. In September, the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory ...

Two-day WWI symposium at Michigan Tech well attended

HOUGHTON — The two-day World War 1 and the Copper Country (WW1CC) symposium, which ran from Friday afternoon through Saturday night, was well attended. It focused not so much on military accomplishments and defeats at the front, but rather on the social and economic impacts on the civilians ...

Motorcyclists ride against abuse

CALUMET — The roar of motorcycles draws attention. About two dozen riders used that power to highlight something more important than their horsepower. They came out Monday night for the fifth annual Ride Against Abuse, put on by the Barbara Kettle Gundlach Shelter. Mary Niemela, ...

Needham: No conflicts on rental subcommittee

HOUGHTON — One Houghton councilor’s characterization of a conflict of interest on the city’s planning commission’s rental subcommittee was misguided, Councilor Mike Needham said at the end of last week’s council meeting. Councilor Buck Foltz had cast the sole vote against approving ...

Portage introduces breast cancer-fighting technology

HANCOCK — “If you can snow blow for two hours with it blowing back into your face, a mamo is nothing,” said Lynn LaTendresse, lead mammographer at U.P. Health System-Portage. October is breast cancer awareness month and the women getting a mammogram or treatment at Portage may notice a ...

Engineers race against time, water in cardboard boat races

HOUGHTON — Sometimes an engineer does not have access to all of the tools that they were trained to use and must make due with more basic resources. Sometimes an engineer has to make a boat out of cardboard and duct tape. It might not be a situation that one finds one's self in every ...

Old buildings receive new lease on life

CALUMET — The village was still known as Red Jacket when Bartholomew Quello expanded an existing wooden building into a brick and sandstone structure in the 300 block of Fifth Street in 1900. The building, because of its association with daily life at the turn of the 20th century, is ...

Village Manager says paddle craft numbers misunderstood

ONTONAGON — Many factors go into a grant-supported project like the paddle craft landing on Rose Island, explained Village Manager Joe Erickson following accusations of mismanaged funds earlier this month. Based on Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests, it was stated during public ...

Local officials make pitch for aid in Lansing

LANSING — A delegation of local leaders made their way to the state capital Thursday, requesting further funds to aid in the recovery from June 17 flash flooding. “It’s been over three months now since the flood event, (we) refreshed their memory to the extent of the damage that we have ...

Exploring WW1: WW1CC’s two-day symposium starts Friday at MTU

HOUGHTON — As part of the World War I & the Copper Country’s (WW1CC) 100th anniversary of the armistice that ended the fighting of the Great War (WWI), the WW1CC begins a two-day symposium, “Armistice and Aftermath,” Friday with free events open to the public. The symposium is a ...

Still time for write-ins: Candidates must file by Oct. 26

HOUGHTON COUNTY — For those who missed the window to appear on the ballot, there's still a chance to serve in local government by running as a write-in candidate. The deadline for write-in declaration of intent forms is Oct. 26 at 4 p.m. Forms can be picked up from the county, city or ...