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Next-door neighbors evacuated after collapse

HOUGHTON - Several Michigan Tech students are back in the dorms after their home was battered by brick rubble from the partial collapse of the 106-year-old Kirkish building in downtown Houghton just after midnight Saturday morning.None of the students were hurt, and the collapsed building was ...

Roof collapse could erase piece of past

HOUGHTON - Even if some of the building can be saved, Houghton won't ever be quite the same without the iconic "Kirkish Furniture" sign hand-painted on the upper story bricks of the building guarding the west end of Shelden Avenue."My entire life, driving down the hill, even over the bridge, ...

Spirit Catching: African culture celebrated at Tech

HOUGHTON - The foods and performance styles of numerous African cultures were shared at Saturday's African Night at Michigan Technological University."We want you to learn about Africa, we want you to catch the spirit of Africa," said Kedmon Hungwe, advisor to the African Students Organization, ...

Calumet wins Arctic Raider Challenge

CALUMET TOWNSHIP - The members of the Calumet High School Junior ROTC do many activities during the school year, but Saturday they hosted an event, which Mike Farley said is probably unique at least in the United States.Farley, who is the CHS JROTC major, said this was the third time the ...

Turning on the HEET

HOUGHTON - The Georgetown Prize clock is ticking toward its December 2016 deadline, and HEET is building towards its big summer home winterization push. Volunteers have been helping homeowners in need most recent weekends, and HEET is raising funds to buy materials for the big summer push."For ...

Soggy bottom

HOUGHTON - Swamps, bogs and other wetlands don't always carry the highest price tags on the real estate market, but they are one of the earth's most valuable ecosystems in terms of organic production.Wetlands are a keystone ecosystem, according to Michigan Tech professor Rod Chimner, meaning ...

UP wetlands keep natural areas healthy

HOUGHTON - Michigan Tech professor Rod Chimner has been involved in wetlands research and restoration around the U.S. and the world before returning to his native Michigan. The U.P.'s wetlands, he said, are in relatively good shape."There aren't a lot of screwed-up wetlands here," he said. "I ...

Retired trooper running for Keweenaw Co. Sheriff

EAGLE RIVER - Dale Yeo has been in law enforcement for his entire adult life, and although he retired from the Michigan State Police, he running for Keweenaw County Sheriff.Yeo, who is running as a Democrat, said after taking law enforcement training classes at Northern Michigan University, he ...

Tech government relations VP retiring after 25 years

HOUGHTON - On June 30, Dale Tahtinen will be retiring from Michigan Technological University after 25 years, and in that time he's seen a lot of positive changes at the university.Tahtinen, who is Tech vice president for governmental relations, and secretary of the Tech Board of Trustees, said ...

Veterinarian goes to the dogs at CopperDog event

CALUMET - The CopperDog 150 and the CopperDog 80 races attract mushers from all over the world, and such a race can involve more than 350 dogs. Each dog must be examined throughout the race in order to ensure it is healthy, fit to race and in no distress.To see to the needs of these canine ...

No injuries in Kirkish building roof collapse

HOUGHTON - No cause has been determined in a roof collapse of the 106-year-old Kirkish building on the 100 block of Shelden Avenue early Saturday morning, according to Fire Chief Mike Reynolds.The Fire Department was called to the scene at 12:20 a.m., Reynolds said, after the flat roof of the ...

KBIC to vote on amending constitution

BARAGA - Keweenaw Bay Indian Community members will decide next month if their Tribal Council should be allowed to spend large sums of money without full tribal approval. They'll be voting in a mail-in election on whether to amend a constitutional provision requiring tribal referendums on ...

Recreation plan approved

HANCOCK - The 2016-20 Hancock recreation plan was approved by the city council during its regular meeting Wednesday, and for John Haeussler one of the more important items in the plan is improvements to the city's ballfields near the Houghton County Arena.The recreation plan includes ...

31 Backpacks to hold fundraiser

HOUGHTON - 31 Backpacks relies mostly on donations to continue operating, but for the second time, the organization will conduct a fundraising event tonight, according to Melissa Maki.31 Backpacks was created by daughter Melissa Maki, her mother, Laurel Maki, and friend Amy Zawada in October ...

HEET Feb. tip for energy savings: Insulate your water heater

HOUGHTON - Want a quick, easy way to save some energy and some cash? Then this month's Houghton County Energy Efficiency Team Energy Challenge upgrade is for you.An insulating water heater blanket for older, uninsulated water heaters usually costs $25 or less, according to HEET Energy Manager ...

The Dribbler: Former Globetrotter talks hard work, respect at area schools

L'ANSE - Whether it's making the Harlem Globetrotters or making it anywhere else, you're a lot more likely to make it with hard work and respect, Corey Rich told students at L'Anse and Baraga schools Thursday.When Rich, better known to fans as Corey The Dribbler, set a goal of making the ...

Baraga County Youth Advisory Committee taking the lead

L'ANSE - Motivational speaker and former Harlem Globetrotter Corey "The Dribbler" Rich was a hit at the L'Anse Area School Thursday morning, but that shouldn't have been a surprise. After all, it was other kids that chose him.The four members of the Baraga County Community Foundation Youth ...