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Rain causes dip in ’17 fair attendance

HANCOCK — The Houghton County Fair Board heard a report on the 2017 fair at its annual meeting Dec. 14. The attendance for 2017 was 22,886 over the four days, down by approximately 9 perent from the previous year. There were three days of good weather, and Sunday’s rain was responsible ...

Tech ranked safest campus

HOUGHTON — College Magazine has ranked Michigan Technological University the safest college campus in the nation in a ranking released this week. The magazine cited safety programs, including Resident Officer Program, R.A.D. (Rape Awareness Defense), National Night Out, Fire Safety Day, ...

Dianda praises court’s pay ruling

LANSING —Responding to Thursday’s ruling by the Michigan Supreme Court that the 3 percent of teacher pay held back by the state must be refunded, state Rep. Scott Dianda, D-Calumet, said, “Our teachers and local communities have reason to celebrate today, now that teachers and school ...

UPPCO schedules public forums on resource plan

MARQUETTE — Upper Peninsula Power Company (UPPCO) will hold a series of Stakeholder Forums in January seeking input on its Integrated Resource Plan. An Integrated Resource Plan, or IRP, is a process that is used by a utility to evaluate how it will best serve the future energy needs of its ...

Veterans Society hosting open house

The Keweenaw Bay Indian Community's Wiikwedong Ogichidaa Veterans Society will host an open house in January. The Veterans Society was formerly known as the KBIC Veterans, but they changed their name because they wanted the name to reflect who they are. “Ogichidaa means warrior, ...

Experience Mich. parks with sound

HOUGHTON — In capturing the beauty of Michigan's parks through sound, three outdoors enthusiasts have created art celebrating the experience. Christopher Plummer, Elizabeth Meyer and Kent Cyr use a combination of photography and sound to take viewers from the bustle of downtown Houghton to ...

Baraga County awarded grant for Point Abbaye Park

The Baraga County Board was awarded $15,000.00 from the Portage Health Foundation Community Wellness and Outdoor Recreation Fund grant from the Keweenaw Community Foundation. The grant is for Phase 1 of the Point Abbaye Park Improvement Plan. Point Abbaye Park is located in the northern most ...

Liquor license meant for research

Spelling of Evergreen Technology's parent company corrected to: FuTianBao HANCOCK - To the disappointment of many, the wholesale liquor license approved by the City Council Wednesday is intended for research, not alcoholic beverages. With research focused around treating industrial ...

Combating the area substitute teacher shortage

School districts are hoping the lack of substitute teachers will no longer be an issue. On Dec. 12, the Michigan House of Representatives passed the House Bill 4069, sponsored by Jim Tedder, with a 64-45 vote. The bill addresses Michigan’s shortage of substitute teachers and will now ...

Unearthing family history at the library

HOUGHTON — What better way to make history come alive than learning about the lives of your ancestors? What you find may surprise you. To help explore the past, the Portage Lake District Library has made ancestry.com's resources available to patrons. Since at least 2010, the library has ...

Potential wind farm discussed in Baraga County

There may be a new wind farm coming to the area. L’Anse Township and Baraga Township have been presented the project by the U.S. branch of the Renewable Energy Systems (RES) group. According to RES Senior Development Manager, Mason V. Sorenson, they are in the early stages of this ...

Pot patients plea for compassion

CALUMET — Medical marijuana was the main topic of discussion during the Petitions from the Public period of Tuesday’s Calumet Village Council meeting, with no less than 17 medical marijuana patients criticizing the council’s decision to take no action on the Michigan Medical Marijuana ...

EU court decision on ride-hailers could impact here

BRUSSELS — Ride-hailing service Uber suffered a new blow Wednesday as the European Union’s top court ruled that it should be regulated like a taxi company and not a technology service, a decision that could change the way it functions across many countries in the continent. Although the ...

Ontonagon five-year rec plan open for review

ONTONAGON — The village’s latest five-year recreation plan is now available to the public and for comment, so now is the time for public review before the upcoming public hearing of the plans. The hearing itself will take place in mid-January, said Village Manager Joseph Erickson. The ...

Incumbents sweep in Tribal Council election

The Keweenaw Bay Indian Community has released the unofficial results for the general election held on Dec. 16. The election was for the KBIC Tribal Council, which is comprised of 12 members who are elected to serve three-year terms. A third of the council is up for election each ...

Student teacher organization looks at education in future

HOUGHTON — Teachers of Tomorrow looks at the education system today to better inform them how the classroom of the 21st century will look. The student organization at Michigan Technological University has about 15 members who are education majors trying to look beyond what the education ...

Buffalo Reef meeting scheduled

LAKE LINDEN, Mich. (AP) — Government officials have rescheduled a public meeting to discuss protecting crucial fish spawning areas on a Lake Superior reef in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. The state Department of Natural Resources says the meeting on the threat to Buffalo Reef will be Jan. ...

Wounded Warriors Family Support donates vehicle to KBIC veterans

HOUGHTON — Wounded Warriors Family Support recently donated a new vehicle to KBIC Veterans bringing their available vehicles up to two and improving veteran opportunities. The keys to the new 2018 Ford Explorer XLT changed hands on Tuesday at Copper County Ford. “We were lucky to be ...

Chairman explains presidential selection process

HOUGHTON — As the presidential search at Michigan Technological University moves forward, Search Committee Chairman Bill Johnson described the process of that search, as well as the final selection of a university president. Over 50 candidates have applied for the position, and it is a ...