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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 today:1. OBAMA HONORS LAO CULTUREAiming to cement closer ties with the Southeast Asian nation, the U.S. president tours a Buddhist temple and takes questions from young people ...

Feast celebrates lives in midst of tragedy

ZEBA - Hundreds of people enjoyed bountiful feasts following the funerals of AJ Swartz and Jimmy Shelifoe, much of it brought by Keweenaw Indian Community residents in response to the tragic situation at hand.Mounds of fresh frybread loomed over huge hot pans of just about anything you can ...

L’Anse schools ask for sinking fund millage

L'ANSE - L'Anse Area Schools hopes voters will approve up to 1 mill for building and site needs through a sinking fund millage that will be on the November ballot."A sinking fund millage is a limited property tax to fund major repairs and renovations to school buildings," said Superintendent ...

Parade caps Ontonagon’s Labor Day celebration

By VANESSA DIETZvdietz@mininggazette.comONTONAGON - A large turnout marked events at the 60th annual Labor Day festival here this weekend, including the main event: the 2 p.m. Sunday parade down River Street."We've had a lot of people this weekend," said Village Manager Joe Erickson, who also ...

CTC seeks involvement from Keweenaw Cnty

By GRAHAM JAEHNIGgjaehnig@mininggazette.comHOUGHTON - As Communities That Care (CTC) moved into the phase of organizing its Community Board in August, Ginny Machiela, CTC coordinator, said she would like to see more residents of Keweenaw County become involved."Keweenaw County is one of our ...

Communities That Care looking to recruit youth members

HOUGHTON - Communities That Care (CTC) is an organization that seeks to create a better community for the youth of Houghton and Keweenaw Counties, as well to improve their lives in many ways. Recently, CTC conducted a two-day training and organizational session for members of its community ...

Parting salute: 2nd Beartown firefighter laid to rest in Baraga

ZEBA - Rainy weather gave way to sunshine Wednesday when friends and family of Alan John "AJ" Swartz gathered for the 25-year-old firefighter's funeral at Zeba Hall.Fire department personnel came up two by two to silently salute AJ, who lay in an open, flag-draped casket."AJ thrived on ...

Legislation: Possible BRITE fix to dark-store loophole

The "dark store" issue is still a a concern for local governments in Michigan, but a legislative fix for the taxing of large retail facilities, also known as big-box stores, is moving through Lansing.The issue was the focus of an episode of WNMU's "Media Meet" program Thursday.The term dark ...

Sunday parade is highlight of Ontonagon Labor Day fest

ONTONAGON - Sunday is the big day for the village's 60th Labor Day festival.Sunday morning kicks off with a pancake breakfast from 7:30 to 11 a.m. at Holy Family Catholic Church. It's sponsored by the Knight of Columbus.Registration for the Aspirus-Ed Hansen Memorial Run will be from 8 a.m. to ...

10 things to know today: Friday, Sept. 2, 2016

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:1. HERMINE WEAKENS TO TROPICAL STORMAfter pushing into Georgia, it is expected to move into the Carolinas and up the East Coast with the potential for drenching rain and deadly flooding.2. ...

Industry Days at Tech this month

HOUGHTON - Automotive Day at Michigan Technological University was just the first of a number of events this month that give students a chance to explore careers and look at the skills they'll need to compete in the workforce.Thursday's event kicked off CareerFEST, which in addition to the ...

Laid to Rest: Tribal goodbye to Beartown young father

ZEBA - Saddened and shocked by the loss of two young men, the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community gathered to celebrate the life of 23-year-old James Frederick "Jimmy" Shelifoe Jr. in a traditional native ceremony.About 200 people were on hand Wednesday at and around the packed Zeba Hall to say ...

Food, dancing at Labor Day Festival

ONTONAGON - Saturday's activities at the Labor Day Festival in Ontonagon will be capped off with a community dance at the Recreation Center from 9 p.m. to midnight featuring Borderline with Mike Urbis.Food and other refreshments will be available and door prizes include a casino golf package ...

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 today:1. TRUMP RETREATS FROM VOW TO DEPORT ALL LIVING IN U.S. ILLEGALLYYet, the billionaire sticks with an aggressive tone on illegal immigration and remains committed to ...

Procession honors fallen Firefighters

Ontonagon County communities, residents, and fire departments joined with its Upper Peninsula neighbors Tuesday in showing support for the Beartown firefighters who lost their lives in a traffic crash on Saturday.The first community in Ontonagon County that the procession bringing the bodies of ...

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 today:1. TRUMP MAKING SURPRISE VISIT TO MEXICOThe Republican presidential nominee is scheduled to meet privately with President Enrique Pena Nieto, just hours before ...

Firefighters taken back home

BARAGA - Thousands of people in many western Upper Peninsula communities lined up along highways Tuesday to show respect for two Beartown firefighters killed in a recent traffic accident when a procession carrying the bodies went through their town.Alan John "AJ" Swartz, 25, and 23-year-old ...

Ontonagon preps for 60th Labor Day fest

ONTONAGON - Events for the 60th annual Ontonagon Labor Day Festival leading into the holiday weekend promise something for everyone to enjoy.A long-serving Labor Day Committee puts in a lot of hours to prepare for the community's biggest festival of the year, and welcomed newcomers this year, ...