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Quincy Street revamp

HANCOCK - In three months, downtown Hancock will be a very busy place when the reconstruction of Quincy Street begins, and the project should take all summer and into autumn to complete, according to Glenn Anderson.Anderson, who is Hancock city manager, said the project, which is expected to ...

Systems Control looking to expand

HOUGHTON - Systems Control's Houghton office is in the awkward position of having too many opportunities for its staff to handle."We have customers that we only do a certain amount of their work, they want us to do more," said David Rowe, manager of the Houghton office. "We have potential ...

Agriculture pros gather to discuss changing problems in industry

HANCOCK - U.S. Department of Agriculture representatives, Michigan State University Extension officers and local farmers got together at the Houghton County Arena Tuesday to share information on changing government programs.The most significant program, for local farmers, might be the CRP ...

LBFE seeking volunteers for medical transport

HANCOCK - Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly is looking for volunteers for the organization's medical transport program, according to Ren Olson.Olson, who is LBFE director of medical transportation, said although the current need is for eight drivers for next week, the need for drivers is ...

Sub shortage puts stress on area schools

HANCOCK - The Copper Country Intermediate School District (CCISD) has a shortage of substitute teachers throughout the three-county area and is always looking for qualified applicants to fill the roster."When I first started handling the substitute teacher part of this 12 years ago," said Peggy ...

Damaged floors to be rebuilt: Owners

By GARRETT NEESEgneese@mininggazette.comHOUGHTON - The owners of the Kirkish Building plans to rebuild the third and fourth floors of the building after Saturday morning's roof collapse, Houghton City Manager Eric Waara said at Wednesday's city council meeting.Owners Craig Kilpela and Kurt Aho ...

Proving Ground: KRC track offers extreme winter tire testing

FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP - Since 1985, Michigan Tech's Keweenaw Research Center and its snowy, icy test tracks have been Michelin's proving grounds for snow tires and all-season radials."We're here to test tires in extreme conditions," said test driver Ed Gliss. "These are about as extreme as you can ...

City seeks grant for West Houghton Park

Houghton could be making some improvements to the West Houghton Park.The city council approved submitting an application for a $45,000 Department of Natural Resources Passport Grant for upgrades at the park. These would include replacing the 20-year-old warming hut with an expanded facility ...

Being swiftest sled in CopperDog race is all about dog team…

HOUGHTON - About two-dozen mushers are registered for the CopperDog 150. More than a dozen mushers are registered for for the CopperDog 80. That means at the start of these two races, there will be about 300 sled dogs running, with each dog doing its best to work as a member of a team, to ...

…but human mushers remain alphas of pack

HOUGHTON - Mushers look at their sled dogs from a different perspective than that of house dog owners. But in return, how do the sled dogs view the mushers?"My view is they look at us as an Alpha," Bauer said. "We are with dogs so often that we rely on cues from the dogs."The relationship ...

MSP: Use caution while snowmobiling

Of the 19 fatal snowmobile-related crashes in 2016, 13 have occurred in the Upper Peninsula, according to a release from Michigan State Police.Though the snowmobile was originally developed to efficiently move people and supplies, the release said, it soon became a recreational winter sport. ...

Film screening, panel discussion at Portage Lake District Library

HOUGHTON?- A screening of the documentary "The Hunting Ground" will be held at 6p.m., followed by a panel discussion at 7:45 p.m. Tuesday at the Portage Lake District Library.According to a release from the library, the film presents a "startling expose of rape culture on U.S. campuses, ...

Lost man found safe

MOHAWK - A motorist whose vehicle became stuck in a snowbank set out on foot and became lost, but was found unhurt later, according to a written statement from the Keweenaw Sheriff's Office.Jordan Gervais, 25, of Mohawk, was on Bumbletown Road Monday when his vehicle became stuck in a snowbank. ...

Storm chaser offers winter driving tips

FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP - With 86 hurricanes on his resume - plus countless floods, tornadoes and other weather events - the Weather Channel's Jim Cantore is famous for going where the storm is. So with blue skies above and relatively balmy February temperatures, one might wonder what he was up to ...

Peters’ bill expands early-college education opportunities

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Education funding is not only an ongoing issue in Lansing, but it is an issue U.S. Sen. Gary Peters is taking on in Washington, D.C.Peters, D-Michigan, earlier this week introduced the Making Education Affordable and Accessible Act, (MEAA) which if passed, will expand funding ...

Crack in the Earth

HOUGHTON - Much of the Upper Peninsula was formed by or affected by glaciers, but one geological feature, which usually occurred after the retreat of the glaciers, just happened, so its cause is uncertain, according to Wayne Pennington.Pennington, dean of the Michigan Technological University ...

Father sentenced for role in child’s death

HOUGHTON - A Hancock man was sentenced to 5 years, 11 months to 10 years in prison for providing a lethal amount of alcohol to his 2-month-old son.Benjamin Reilly, 28, pleaded no contest in January to second-degree child abuse, a 10-year felony. While taking care of his son Remi in July, Reilly ...

Business conference to be held March 3

HOUGHTON?- "New Approaches to Old Challenges," the U.P. Labor Management Council's annual conference, is scheduled for March 3 at Michigan Technological University.According to a release from the council, Don Maki, Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, will kick off the conference with a ...