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Local students get $8K scholarships

Michigan Technological University and the Portage Health Foundation have awarded four $8,000 Making a Difference Scholarships to students entering Michigan Technological University next fall who are residents of Baraga, Houghton, Keweenaw or Ontonagon counties.Nine other finalists from these ...

10 things to know today: Monday, March 28, 2016

By The Associated PressYour daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:1. WHAT MAJOR WORLD ECONOMY IS EMERGING AS GLOBAL HUB FOR MONEY LAUNDERINGAn AP investigation finds that scam artists, drug cartels and gangs from around the world are ...

Stamp sands continue to leach mercury into Torch Lake

Lake Linden - Back when copper was king, interlinked Portage and Torch Lakes were both used as dumping grounds for massive amounts of mine rock tailings, along with unhealthy amounts of mercury, cobalt and copper that escaped smelting processes.These days, from above, the whole area "looks ...

L’Anse-area man missing

L'ANSE - The Calumet post of the Michigan State Police is investigating the disappearance of Joseph Edward Waisanen from the L'Anse area.Waisanen was last seen on Sunday, March 20, at approximately 10:30 a.m. on Baraga Avenue in L'Anse.Waisanen is a 33-year-old white male, 6 feet 6 inches tall, ...

Drain fat when cooking fish

LAKE?LINDEN - When the primary concern is PCBs, said MDHHS health educator Michelle Bruneau, you can double the safe amount of fish you should eat by cooking out as much fat as possible.This applies to Torch Lake walleye, and Lake Superior lake trout, whitefish and some other species, ...

Hancock Elementary School emphasizes science with fifth-grade showcase

HANCOCK - Hancock's Barkell Elementary School recently held its annual Fifth Grade Science Night, which every year showcases that grade's major science project for the year."This is a fifth grade curriculum project, but we do buildingwide K through Five," Dan Pertile, fifth grade science ...

Peterlin Distributing upgrades warehouse lights to increase energy efficiency

CALUMET - Peterlin Distributing is upgrading the lighting in its 34,000-square-foot warehouse by installing energy-efficient LED bulbs that will save energy and cut costs. The new bulbs are energy-star rated and are expected to last 15-20 years before they need to be replaced."Our switch to LED ...

10 things to know today: Friday, March 25, 2016

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:1. MAN DETAINED IN PARIS SUBURB RAID WANTED SINCE JANUARYOfficials say Reda Kriket, 34, has connections to the suspected ringleader of the Paris attacks, Abdelhamid Abaaoud.2. UN: 'NO DRAMA, ...

City Council approves police union contract

HOUGHTON - The Houghton City Council approved contracts with two police unions at its meeting Wednesday night.The contracts for patrol officers through the Michigan Police Officers Labor Council and supervisors through Michigan American Federation of State, Municipal and County Employees Local ...

Employers connect with workforce at Keweenaw Job Fair

HANCOCK - For the third consecutive year, Finlandia University and Michigan Works! on April 6 will hold the Keweenaw Job Fair, which organizers said offers residents and employers a chance to connect.Jenna Ollanketo, who is a member of the Finlandia Business Club, organizers of the event, said ...

L’Anse Area Schools Board discusses K-5 recess policies

L'ANSE - The L'Anse Area Schools Board approved minor changes to K-5 recess policies Monday, making sure what's on the books matches what's happening on the ground. In the process, the board opened up a debate that could affect the real relationship between recess and discipline.LAS policies ...

Beware of scams going around Copper Countrty

CALUMET - Two scams are going around the Copper Country, according to the Michigan State Police Calumet Post, and personnel want to advise the public, according to a news reslease.The first scam involved a phone call with the caller advising that he or she has won the lottery and needs to send ...

Blue economy: Water can float MI finances

HOUGHTON - Water has always been crucial to Michigan's economy, says John Austen, providing blue highways for voyageurs and ore freighters and waterfront homes for the heavy industry that drove growth for most of the 20th century.Austen, director of the Michigan Economic Center and president of ...

Governments can use blue water to raise green money

Michigan cities can exploit lakes' and rivers' recreational value to promote economic development, said John Austen, by redeveloping city waterfronts to turn them into places professionals want to live, drawing the skilled workers that will lead economic growth.Milwaukee was the first regional ...

League of Women Voters hosts gerrymandering forum

HOUGHTON - When Massachusetts Gov. Elbridge Gerry manipulated the boundaries of a state senatorial district after the 1810 census to benefit his political party, a Federalist paper said it resembled a salamander.The portmanteau "gerrymander" has been used to describe the process ever since. But ...

Houghton Middle School plans greenhouse, garden

HOUGHTON - This spring, Houghton Middle School will be adding a greenhouse and garden.Middle school science teacher Sarah Geborkoff gave a presentation on the project to the School Board at its meeting Monday night.It will be a collaboration between a few different sources: middle school and ...