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Crave 21 program raises awareness of addictions

HOUGHTON - Starting Friday, students and others throughout the country will be setting aside sweets, dropping video game controllers, jousting with their caffeine joneses and hitting the pause button on any habits they think might be getting to be a bit too much. And like the Ice Bucket ...

Sober now, safer later: Pledge bridges addiction’s stormy seas

By DAN ROBLEEdroblee@mininggazette.comHOUGHTON - The vast majority of American drug, alcohol and nicotine addicts get hooked before they turn 21, according to New Wave Recovery CEO Camden Brieden. Waiting just a few years for that first drink can be the difference between a reasonable ...

Tech’s branding change starts with new logo

HOUGHTON - In anticipation of its 150th anniversary in 2035, officials at Michigan Technological University have decided to change the university's branding, and they began the process last week by debuting a new logo.The logo is a silhouette of the bronze husky dog statue located between the ...

Former MTU board member awarded Silver Medal

HOUGHTON - A former member of Michigan Technological University's Board of Trustees received the university's second-highest honor at the board's meeting Friday.Russell Gronevelt received the Board of Control Silver Medal. Gronevelt joined the board, then known as the Board of Control, in 2004, ...

Affordable Care Act has impact on the Upper Peninsula

Since its enactment in 2010, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has had an impact on health care costs across the Upper Peninsula, which is good for some and bad for others, said Jeff Bugni, vice president of the Frank A. Douglass Agency in Houghton."For people who are just over the medicaid limit, ...

Wake-up call?: Baraga business survey shows little confidence

L'ANSE - Just two-thirds of Baraga County Chamber of Commerce members that responded to a recent survey expect to be in business, in Michigan, through the end of this year. Just 42 percent expect to grow this year.Those numbers are 17 and 11 points below the averages of 154 different community ...

Many requirements, qualifications to become a sub

HANCOCK - For anyone wanting to become a substitute teacher in Michigan, prospective applicants must meet many state-mandated requirements and qualifications, as well as incurring fees and costs directly associated with the application process. The process, however, begins with obtaining an ...

Iowa man injured in snowmobile crash

EAGLE RIVER - An Iowa man was injured Sunday in a snowmobile accident in Eagle River, according to a written statement from the Keweenaw County Sheriff's Office.At 2:02 p.m., Philip Woody, 50, of Hudson, Iowa was brought to the sheriff's office after striking a tree on Trail 151 about a half ...

Sled dog race turns tropical

CALUMET - The seventh annual CopperDog race concluded Sunday afternoon in Calumet when Dennis LaBoda of Hovland, Minnesota, finished in first position in the 150 race, with Martha Schouweiler of Irma, Wisconsin, finishing second. Mallory Sturmer of Bruce Crossing finished in the first-place ...

Forum features area economic potential

HOUGHTON - State Rep. Scott Dianda thinks more people in Michigan need to know about the possibilities for business creation and growth in the Upper Peninsula, so he brought several state legislators and business representatives to Michigan Technological University Saturday to hear about the ...

Ski jump adds to UP’s economic possibilities

HOUGHTON - In Saturday's forum to promote business creation and economic development opportunities in the U.P.,Bob Jacquart, owner of Stormy Kromer apparel in Ironwood, talked about the efforts to improve the Copper Peak ski jump in Ironwood Township.Jacquart said the intention is to make ski ...

MTU takes in $4 million more in tuition revenue

HOUGHTON - The Michigan Technological University Board of Trustees heard updates on the university's finances at its quarterly meeting Friday.Julie Seppala, executive director of financial services and operations, and treasurer of the Board of Trustees, said projections indicate another strong ...

Perfect start to CopperDog

CALUMET - The Seventh Annual CopperDog 150 and CopperDog 80 sled dog races got off to a spirited start on a beautiful night with a temperature of 31 degrees.Spectators lines both sides of the track, straining the safety fence as the dog teams took off two minutes apart.The pre-race ceremony was ...

Winding Down: Bridge project in final phase

HOUGHTON - The maintenance project for the Portage Lake Lift Bridge is winding down, but there are still a few adjustments to make, some of which will start Monday, according to Al Anderson.Anderson, Michigan Department of Transportation project manager at the MDOT Ishpeming Transportation ...

Mass City man arrested on criminal sexual charges

WAKEFIELD - Troopers have arrested a 19-year-old Mass City man on charges of criminal sexual conduct, according to a release from the Michigan State Police Wakefield Post.The man was arrested Thursday, the release said, following an investigation initiated when the Department of Health and ...

Facility’s Future: Millage change raises concerns

HANCOCK - In advance of a planned vote on a millage renewal for the Houghton County Medical Care Facility, the Houghton County Board of Commissioners held a special board meeting there Friday to hear from facility administration on board members about the facility's status and needs.At its ...

Tech enrollment goes up more than 2 percent

HOUGHTON - Undergraduate and graduate enrollment at Michigan Technological University is up more than 2 percent this spring over spring 2015.Total enrollment increased from 6,631 to 6,677, up 2.2 percent, said Jacqueline Huntoon, dean of the graduate school at Tech. Undergraduate enrollment was ...

Testing for Zika virus is available at Health Dept.

The Centers for Disease Control is now able to test for Zika virus and is making this testing available through state health departments. Individuals who are pregnant and have traveled to an area with Zika transmission should talk to their healthcare provider about testing. Non-pregnant ...

Brule donates $250K for Tech scholarships

HOUGHTON - Seven Michigan Technological University electrical engineering students are the first to receive an electrical engineering scholarship that will give students $250,000 over the next five years.The funds are provided by David Brule, an alumnus and the owner of Iron Mountain-based ...