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10 things to know today

By The Associated PressYour daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Monday:1. TRUMP GOES ON TEAR AGAINST MEDIAThe GOP nominee blames the "disgusting" press for distractions at a time when Republicans have urged him - again - to focus on ...

KBIC approves casino project

BARAGA - Keweenaw Bay Indian Community passed one of three ballot proposals Saturday which will result in upgraded casinos in Baraga and Marquette.The first proposal - a $40 million dollar question asking voters if they support remodeling the two casinos - passed 168 to 107, according to ...

Jailhouse smuggler sentenced

HOUGHTON - A Dollar Bay man was sentenced to six months in jail for smuggling prescription pills into the Houghton County Jail's work camp.Bruce Scherer, 31, was charged with furnishing contraband to a prisoner, a five-year felony. An identical charge was dismissed in a plea agreement.Minimum ...

Dual Disposal: New truck for new waste collection program

HOUGHTON - A dual truck for trash and recycling will soon become a common sight in Houghton and Hancock.Waste Management began curbside recycling pickups on August 2 in Houghton, and will start in Hancock on September 12. Pickup will be twice a week.Scott Reed, site manager for Waste ...

Stretching across UP

MARQUETTE - The Hancock office for the American Red Cross closed in June 2014, which Sarah Hemminger said was done for fiscal reasons, but technology allows the area to still be covered by the emergency agency."The organization as a whole changed," she said.Hemminger said she became Red Cross ...

WUPPDR announces municipality microgrants

HOUGHTON - The Western Upper Peninsula Planning and Development Region (WUPPDR) recently announced that its 2016 Placemaking Microgrant Program has awarded funding to seven municipalities in its six-county Western U.P. region. The agency, which hosted a public informational session on ...

KBIC to vote on casino upgrade

BARAGA - Keweenaw Bay Indian Community voters will decide three questions Saturday, including if the tribe should spend $40 million to upgrade its casinos in Baraga and Marquette.On the same ballot, KBIC members will be asked if they want to limit the Secretary of Interior review process, ...

Big 150 to include parade

CALUMET TOWNSHIP - There will be a celebration of the sesquicentennial of the formation of Calumet Township on Aug. 19 and 20, and of course there will be a parade for the festivities.Debra Aubin, Calumet Township treasurer and Big 150 committee member, said the parade begins at 11 a.m. in ...

10 things to know today

By The Associated PressYour daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday:1. CLINTON KNOCKS 'OUTLANDISH TRUMPIAN IDEAS' IN POLICY SPEECHShe portrays her Republican rival as untrustworthy on economic issues and pushing policies that would only ...

Tall ship visit

HOUGHTON - The tall ship Mist of Avalon, a privately owned two-masted schooner out of Toronto, Canada, had been docked at the city's waterfront since Monday. The ship's hull design was based on a 19th century commercial fishing ship from Grand Banks, said James, a deckhand on the Mist of ...

Calumet prepares to celebrate 150 years

CALUMET TOWNSHIP - Preparations for the Big 150 sesquicentennial celebration are continuing, and the committee organizing the events met Wednesday to continue working out details, such as radio, television and print ads for the celebration, which takes place Aug. 19 and 20 in Calumet.Committee ...

Adams to fill pool, may move post office

PAINESDALE - The school pool will get filled, but the post office may have to relocate, the Adams Township School Board decided Wednesday, while handling several other items in preparation for classes starting Sept. 6.The Adams Township School Foundation Fund is covering half of the estimated ...

Houghton talks rental code enforcement

HOUGHTON - Two Houghton houses for rental license approvals prompted a discussion at Wednesday's Rental Housing Board meeting about ways to enforce the license requirements.The board approved rental licenses for 203 West South Avenue and 604 Fourth Street prior to Wednesday's Houghton City ...

10 things to know today: Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016

By the Associated PressYour daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:1. WHO TRUMP SAYS FOUNDED ISLAMIC STATE GROUPThe GOP presidential hopeful accuses Barack Obama of being the "founder" of the group that is wreaking havoc from the Middle ...

Pensions pumped: County primes fund with $1M

HOUGHTON - The pension fund for Houghton County employees was replenished on Tuesday.The County Board approved an additional $1 million in payments to reduce the unfunded liabilities in the retirement plan.The county was already paying $800,000 to the Municipal Employees Retirement System for ...

Baraga discusses street repairs

BARAGA - Baraga Village Council discussed street repairs Tuesday, noting two more streets need to be done to complete work that will channel runoff water away from roadways on the hill leading to downtown.With Fifth Street nearly done, just Keweenaw and Fourth streets have yet to be repaved."It ...

Archaeological work guides light restoration

COPPER HARBOR - Michigan Technological University conducted an archaeological survey of the mainland range lights, located within the Fort Wilkins State Park grounds in Copper Harbor. The survey was completed in 2015, according to the mich.gov website."The goal of was to locate building sites," ...

10 things to know today: Wednesday, August 10, 2016

By the Associated PressYour daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:1. TRUMP FAULTS MEDIA FOR SECOND AMENDMENT FLAPThe Republican presidential hopeful is blaming media bias and faulty interpretations for an uproar over comments about the ...

Taxable Property: Site used by former school board member

LAKE LINDEN - A property on the Schoolcraft Township campground was determined to be taxable, Lake Linden-Hubbell Schools Superintendent Craig Sundblad said at Monday's board meeting. However, he said, the school board has no role in collecting taxes.The 192-square-foot structure, which lacked ...

Eagle Scout organizes historical tour

ONTONAGON - Ontonagon's WUPY 101 FM station occupies one of about 20 buildings to be included on a historical, self-guided tour being set up by an Eagle Scout."It'd be nice for something for people to do when they come to Ontonagon," said Village President Ken Waldrop."The project will identify ...