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Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes made in Ontonagon meetings

ONTONAGON — Starting July 9, regular meetings of the Village Council will begin at 5:30 p.m. instead of 6 p.m. The change came after Village President Ken Waldrop requested it be moved to 5 p.m. if possible, due to scheduling conflicts in winter months. After a suggestion by Trustee Don ...

Bottled water donations not needed, but long list of needed items remains

HANCOCK — Houghton County supply distribution centers have more than enough bottled water to get the community though the recovery process, but still have a strong need for items such as dehumidifiers, fans, face masks, metal rakes, Gatorade, squeegees, wheelbarrows, general cleaning supplies ...

Village Council member speaks out about disincorporation petition

CALUMET — The possibility of the disincorporation of the village has raised concerns among village residents as well as trustees, some of which were discussed at Tuesday’s regular meeting. Trustee Peggy Germain said during a discussion at Tuesday’s regular meeting that the issue has ...

Houghton County disaster recovery update

HOUGHTON – The preliminary estimate submitted to the State of Michigan for damage to Houghton County infrastructure including county and local roads along with municipal water, sewage and drain systems etc. stands at approximately $50 million. This does not include damage to state assets such ...

Houghton County disaster recovery update

HOUGHTON — The current count for Houghton County roads stands at 103 damaged with 36 being made impassible by the flood. Work on those roads continues with County, municipal and contract crews. MDOT continues to work on U.S. 41, M-26 and M-203. They plan on paving the U.S. 41 washouts ...

Those replacing appliances are encouraged to claim rebates

MARQUETTE — As cleanup efforts continue in the aftermath of the devastating storm that affected the region Sunday morning, utility customers may be replacing appliances that were damaged by the storm. “Customers are encouraged to consider energy efficient replacements and claim the ...

Campioni’s True Value donating 30 percent of sales to help flood victims

Extreme flooding has been ravaging the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, severely impacting local residents. In response to this crisis, Campioni’s True Value located at 55800 U.S. Highway 41, Calumet, Michigan will donate 30% of their sales from today, June 22 through Sunday, June 24 to the ...

Bluegrass benefit concert

CHASSELL — On Thursday, June 28, there will be a Bluegrass Benefit Concert at the Chassell Pavilion. Taking place from 7-10 p.m., the concert, titled “Still Strong,” will feature the musical stylings of Chasin’ Steel, Keweenaw Brewgrass and Paul Family Bluegrass. All proceeds from ...

Village residents might not have voice in creating city, council members say

CALUMET —The possibility of the disincorporation of the village has raised concerns among village residents as well as trustees, some of which were discussed at Tuesday’s regular meeting. Trustee Peggy Germain said during a discussion at Tuesday’s regular meeting that the issue has been ...

Small businesses should report flood damage

The Michigan Small Business Development Center of Upper Peninsula, in response to flood damage, is collecting information on all small businesses in the region that were affected or sustained damage from the flooding. This could include physical damage to property, loss of sales due to ...

Copper Country beach closures continue

HANCOCK— Western U.P. Health Department has confirmed that surface water samples collected at designated swimming beaches on Portage Lake, the Portage Waterway, and Lake Superior (L’Anse, Ontonagon, east of the North Canal Entry) have high levels of E.coli and fecal coliform bacteria ...

Free testing for water wells

HOUGHTON COUNTY – The Western U.P. Health Department is offering free well testing kits to residents with water wells that were flooded over the weekend. The health department continues to issue precautions for homeowners with wells that have been flooded due to the severe storm Sunday ...

Village Council decides to put resolution to vote

CALUMET — Village Council members Tuesday discussed whether to adopt a resolution to create a disincorporation commission as a result of the recent approval by the Calumet Township Clerk’s Office to disincorporate the village of Calumet. However, the act of dissolving a village is not a ...

Finnish band Jepokryddona to spice up Juhannus

HANCOCK — Finland’s “spice girls” are bringing added flavor to the Copper Country this summer. The Finnish folk band Jepokryddona (“Spice of Jeppo”) will headline the area’s Juhannus celebration, performing the upbeat, lively tunes that represent the heritage of their part of ...

Negotiations back on

HANCOCK — Negotiations with Barry Givens, city manager candidate, are back on and moving in a positive direction. Following a breakdown in negotiations and an emergency meeting last week, a new personnel committee was formed to reattempt the process. The new committee members were Paul ...

Glenn Mroz honored by both Houghton and Hancock

HANCOCK — June 20, 2018, has been proclaimed Glenn Mroz day in honor of the Michigan Tech President for the cities of Houghton and Hancock. The decision was approved at a special joint city meeting Tuesday. This is the first joint proclamation of this sort in recent memory if not ever, said ...

Mroz offers update on state of campus and community

“Dear members of the Michigan Tech community, During the early hours of Sunday morning, we experienced an unexpected crisis. Devastating thunderstorms resulted in loss of homes and property, washed out roads, and damaged buildings. Michigan Tech has sustained some damage as well, but we ...

Benefit concert at Orpheum for flood victims

HANCOCK — Mean Mary is coming to town. But contrary to the name, she will perform a benefit concert at the Orpheum Theater Wednesday evening. John Schupe, owner of the Orpheum and Studio Pizza, said Alabama native Mary James was scheduled to perform onstage on at 7:30 — 9:30 p.m. ...

Flood Relief Fund set up by Portage Health Foundation

HANCOCK — The most recent weather event has caused disastrous results for several communities throughout Houghton County. Many people - both near and far - are seeking a way to contribute to local relief efforts. The Portage Health Foundation Board of Directors has approved a restricted ...

Gardenview offers assistance to flood victims

Gardenview Assisted Living & Memory Support in Calumet will be providing transportation, meals, and laundry services to those affected by Sunday’s flash flood. If anybody is in need of those resources, contact Maggie at 337-0800.