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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 ...

DEQ investigates Torch Lake abandoned mining wastes

LAKE LINDEN - Some of the equipment and techniques used in the geophysical investigations of the Department of Environmental Quality's ongoing project on abandoned mining wastes in the Torch Lake area was displayed at a Tuesday open house.The ground is measured using an electromagnetic ...

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Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:1. EGYPTAIR FLIGHT CRASHES IN MEDITERRANEANThe cause of the disappearance of Flight 804, carrying 66 passengers and crew from Paris to Cairo, remains unclear.2. TRUMP PUSHES COMMON CAUSE WITH ...

Mining Legacy: DEQ gives public update on mining waste activity

LAKE LINDEN - At a Tuesday open house, local residents got the short-term and long-term plans involving the state Department of Environmental Quality's ongoing project on abandoned mining waste in the area, specifically in Torch Lake.The 30-year Environmental Protection Agency Superfund work in ...

KBIC rez added to ‘buyback’ list

BILLINGS, Mont. - The Keweenaw Bay Indian Community in Baraga County is one of 63 American Indian reservations U.S. officials on Tuesday added to an initiative that seeks to return millions of acres of reservation land to the control of tribes and warned that the $1.9 billion program is running ...

Dark Store Issue comes to Houghton

HOUGHTON - The Dark Store tax issue has had devastating effects on community economies all across the State of Michigan, and has met with opposition from many of those communities, with little success to date.On the state level, opposition to the Dark Store tax loop hole has gained bipartisan ...

Gladstone addresses transgender student issue

GLADSTONE - The Gladstone School Board fielded questions about transgender students and Title IX compliance Monday when concerns were raised about student safety and facility upgrades."We're going to bend over backwards to take care of our kids individually, and make sure they all feel ...

Finn teachers learn in exchange program

SOUTH RANGE - Third-grade students at South Range Elementary School enjoy learning about Finnish culture from a native Finn, as part of a program sponsored by Finlandia University."Our area, and our school in general, is very rich in the Finnish culture, so the relevance is very real for our ...

Parks to end Fourth Thursday program series, focus on youth

CALUMET TOWNSHIP - A Keweenaw National Historical Park tradition that started 15 years ago has come to an end with the cessation of the park's Fourth Thursday program.Brian Hoduski, KNHP chief of museum services, said before creating the Fourth Thursday program - which took place every month - ...

Steps to reverse prediabetes include diet, exercise

LAURIUM - For people diagnosed with prediabetes, the good news is that it does not have to lead to type 2 diabetes, according the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).Deborah Gruver, family nurse practitioner at Aspirus Keweenaw in Laurium, agrees with the CDC."You could go back to ...

Casperson firm on transgender bathroom bill

ESCANABA - Despite the Obama administration directing schools across the country to permit students to use the bathrooms and locker rooms consistent with their gender identity Friday, Sen. Tom Casperson still intends to introduce legislation that would prevent students from using bathrooms and ...

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Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:1. WHO'S UP NEXT IN PICKING A DEMOCRATOregon and Kentucky line up to vote in the Democratic presidential nominating contest, while the pall of a divisive state party convention in Nevada hangs ...

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Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:1. DEMOCRATS: BENGHAZI CHAIR IGNORES GOP LAWYER STATEMENTDemocrats on the House Benghazi panel insist that the military did what it could in response to the deadly twin attacks on Sept. 11, ...

Vehicle vandals damage Swedetown rec trails

CALUMET TOWNSHIP - The trails at the Swedetown Recreation Area are used all year round, and most people tread lightly there, but occasionally some people misuse it and cause damage.Tom Wright, groomer for the Swedetown Trails Club, said recently, someone drove onto the trails creating deep ruts ...