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Dollar Bay resident well supported during Honor Flight

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Dollar Bay resident Paul Milanowski Sr. might have set an unofficial Upper Peninsula Honor Flight record for most family and friends meeting up with a veteran while in the nation's capital.And a couple of those folks came from great distances to cheer him on Wednesday. They ...

BHK preschool follows state, fed guidelines

HOUGHTON - Because of its source of funding, BHK Child Development is limited as to which families are eligible for BHK services.Page Isaksson, Early Head Start Coordinator at BHK is one of the people who works with recruitment and applicants for offered services understands the community ...

Public invited to ‘Black Voices’ reception hosted by Archives

HOUGHTON - The Michigan Technological University Archives and Copper Country Historical Collections (Michigan Tech Archives) is inviting the public to a reception of the "Black Voices in the Copper Country" project. The presentation and social hour will take place at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Van ...

Faculty ‘Shark Tank’

HOUGHTON - It often happens at universities that faculty come up with an idea for a product or service, which may have a commercial application, but the academics have no idea how to get it to market. A program at Michigan Technological University is intended to help them do that.Tech is ...

BHK hands tied in determining Head Start eligibility, service

HOUGHTON - There is a shortage of available placement of preschool-age children in the Copper Country, particularly for those families who do not meet all of the requirements that determine eligibility for the BHK Head Start program.Due to BHK receiving federal and state funding, eligibility ...

Holding On: Merchants along project route deal with traffic dropoff

By KURT HAUGLIEkhauglie@mininggazette.comHANCOCK - The reconstruction of Reservation and Quincy streets is causing disruption for drivers, and it is having a negative effect on businesses on the streets.Rick Freeman, owner of Northwoods Sporting Goods on Quincy Street, said there has been a ...

KBIC to upgrade L’Anse legion post

BARAGA - Keweenaw Bay Indian Community decided to fund upgrades to the L'Anse American Legion Post 144 Thursday."This is really great," said KBIC Tribal Council member Doreen Blaker. "I'm glad we decided to donate the entire request."L'Anse Post Commander Dan Larson wrote to the tribe last ...

10 things to know today: Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:1. PROTESTS TURN VIOLENT OUTSIDE TRUMP RALLY IN NEW MEXICODemonstrators throw burning T-shirts, plastic bottles and other items at officers, overturn trash cans and knock down barricades; ...

Q Factor: Retiring school chief turned district around

DOLLAR BAY - Dr. Jan Quarless has been a very important part of the improvements in the Dollar Bay-Tamarack City Area School, according to two members of the School Board.Quarless is retiring as DB-TC superintendent as of July 1 after serving in the position since 2004.Board President Dallas ...

Cyclists celebrate Bike to Work Day

HOUGHTON - Before he retired, Dan Dalquist would commute from Chassell to Calumet three times a week - so often his clients would ask what was wrong when they didn't see a bike there.So he was happy to see so many people stopping by the station on Lakeshore Drive, where Bike Initiative Keweenaw ...

Council discusses budget changes

HOUGHTON - Among a number of decisions made during its final session planning the next budget, the City Council cut funding for one year for the historical photo exhibit at Dee Stadium.The city's trash plan, which is designed to be revenue neutral, may be tweaked if whatever plan Hancock ...

City prepares budget for insurance cost increase

HOUGHTON - Employee insurance and benefits were a topic in the City Council's last session on next year's budget on Wednesday.The city's insurance budget went up by $465,000, based on a 4.5 percent increase forecast by its provider. The city switched to Blue Cross last year from Consumers ...

ISD replaces snow tractor

HANCOCK - The Copper Country Intermediate School District accepted a bid from low bidder Ward's Husqvarna Outdoor Equipment for a new 2016 Kioti tractor. After trade-in and dealer discounts, the final cost will be $25,658.23. The CCISD received two bids, one from Ward's in Dollar Bay, and the ...

Houghton wraps up budget work

HOUGHTON - The Houghton City Council wrapped up its budget work sessions Wednesday with funds including water, sewer, equipment and employee benefits, as well as discussion of spending down some of the city's fund balances.The council also revisited general fund items, lowering the employee ...

KBIC has parcels with fragmented ownership

BARAGA - Keweenaw Bay Indian Community on Tuesday joined an initiative to get control of 88 acres of reservation land."We're aware of the Land BuyBack Program," KBIC President Chris Swartz said, adding the tribe hopes to get a majority ownership of the land."For more than 20 years the issue is ...

10 things to know today: Friday, May 20, 2016

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:1. WRECKAGE OF FLIGHT 804 FOUND, EGYPTIAN MILITARY SAYSBeyond debris, passengers' belongings are discovered from the EgyptAir jetliner that crashed into the Mediterranean while carrying 66 ...

Pavement removed on Reservation, Quincy streets

HANCOCK - Four weeks into the reconstruction of Reservation and Quincy streets in Hancock, there have been few problems, according to people involved with the project.During the first week, temporary traffic lights were installed at the intersection of Quincy and Hancock streets and south ...

CTE continues community survey to improve future programs

By GRAHAM JAEHNIGgjaehnig@mininggazette.comHANCOCK - Copper Country Intermediate School District Superintendent George Stockero said he and Shawn Kolbus are continuing the project of contacting local businesses in an effort to learn what programs the CCISD Career and Technical Education program ...