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Firefighters taken back home

BARAGA - Thousands of people in many western Upper Peninsula communities lined up along highways Tuesday to show respect for two Beartown firefighters killed in a recent traffic accident when a procession carrying the bodies went through their town.Alan John "AJ" Swartz, 25, and 23-year-old ...

Ontonagon preps for 60th Labor Day fest

ONTONAGON - Events for the 60th annual Ontonagon Labor Day Festival leading into the holiday weekend promise something for everyone to enjoy.A long-serving Labor Day Committee puts in a lot of hours to prepare for the community's biggest festival of the year, and welcomed newcomers this year, ...

Fair weather at Houghton County Fair

HANCOCK The 65th annual Houghton County Fair did not break any records, but increased daily attendance was up over last year, according to Carol Saari, Houghton County Fair office manager. Exact numbers of attendance for any or all days of the fair were not known yet, Saari said."We had four ...

Police search for car stolen in Ontonagon

ONTONAGON Ontonagon County Sheriff's Office is investigating the theft of a vehicle from downtown Ontonagon Friday evening.The stolen car, a 2013 orange and black Dodge Dart with two black stripes along the hood, is believed to have been seen at the Harvey Holiday station at approximately 2:40 ...

10 things to know today

By The Associated PressYour daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:1. AP: ISLAMIC STATE GROUP BURIED THOUSANDS IN 72 MASS GRAVESThe known victims buried are staggering - 5,200 at the very low end to more than 15,000 - in territory that ...

Bodies of Beartown firefighters return home

BLAINE, Minn. - A procession carrying home the bodies of Alan John "AJ" Swartz and James Frederick "Jimmy" Shelifoe Jr. began Tuesday morning in Minneapolis and is expected to reach Reid's Funeral Home in L'Anse later in the day.Swartz, 25, and Shelifoe, 23, were killed in a single-vehicle ...

Music Festival draws record crowd

SILVER - The 12th annual Porcupine Mountains Music Festival attracted a record number of nearly 2,000 people.One hundred and fifty volunteers helped make the unique music festival go off without a hitch over the weekend at the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park Winter Sports ...

10 things to know today

By The Associated PressYour daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Monday:1. PANIC AT LA AIRPORTRoads and terminals were reopening after but travel delays ensued, after reports of a gunman opening fire that turned out to be false caused the ...

Firefighters down: 2 from Beartown die in vehicle crash

BLAINE, Minn. - Two of Baraga's Beartown Firefighters died in a Saturday crash on Interstate 35W near Minneapolis.Alan J. Swartz, 25, and 23-year-old James F. Shelifoe Jr. were killed in a truck carrying seven other members of Keweenaw Bay Indian Community's Beartown Firefighters while en ...

Fire consumes home

CENTENNIAL HEIGHTS - A fire caused significant damage at a Calumet Township home Friday afternoon.The fire was reported about noon, said Houghton County Sheriff's Deputy Terry Bray.Chester Ennis, who lives in the First Street house with his wife, said they were sleeping when their fire alarm ...

CCISD discusses balanced calendar

HANCOCK - Year-round school is gaining popularity across the country. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, the number of schools operating on what is called a balanced calendar increased by 26 percent between 2007 and 2012.While he does not think year-round school years ...

Railroad depot purchase sent to committee

CALUMET TOWNSHIP - The Township Board has been involved with a process to purchase an former railroad depot to put to community use for years, and Friday at the board's regular meeting, that process continued.Building owners John and Jane Griffith came to the meeting to ask the board to pay for ...

KBIC debates FBI data collection

BARAGA - The Keweenaw Bay Indian Community is considering what information it should report to Federal Bureau of Investigation data-collection programs.At its Thursday meeting, KBIC Tribal Council members talked at length with Chief Judge Bradley Dakota and SORNA (Sex Offender Registration and ...

Ontonagon to open new store

ONTONAGON - A new Family Dollar Store will be located across from its current location on M-38.Family Dollar is confident in the decision to open a new store, said Bryn Winburn, Family Dollar Media Relations spokesman."Family Dollar is very happy with Ontonagon and our loyal customers," he ...

NPS celebrates 100 years

FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP - Stefka Pax of Houghton brought her two children to the Quincy Mine Hoist Thursday during the National Park Service centennial events because she wanted them to experience history up close.Pax's son, 6-year-old Zachary, was participating in a demonstration of the copper ore ...

UPPCO no longer accepting new net metering customers

HOUGHTON - As of July 22, 2016, Upper Peninsula Power Company reached its cap for Category 1 renewable energy sources, according to the electric provider's website. Subsequently, UPPCO is no longer able to enroll new customers in the program, due to state law.Michigan's 2008 energy law, which ...

10 things to know today

By The Associated PressYour daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:1. WHAT TRUMP'S IMMIGRATION WAFFLING REFLECTSPolls show that majorities favor letting people illegally in the U.S. stay and also back tougher deportation laws. The GOP ...

Death case called homicide

Houghton Police DepartmentHOUGHTON - Police investigators are classifying the death of a Houghton woman poisoned to death in December 2015 as a homicide and are continuing the investigation, according to a news release.The victim, Janel Rene Sturzl, a 31-year-old resident of Houghton who was an ...

L’Anse installing solar power at water treatment plant

L'ANSE - The L'Anse Village Council Monday chose Marquette's Peninsula Solar to install solar power to its water treatment plant."It's a big energy draw," said Village Manager Bob LaFave, about the current system. "Hopefully that will help us down the road with water rates," he added, hoping to ...