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No injuries in Kirkish building roof collapse

HOUGHTON - No cause has been determined in a roof collapse of the 106-year-old Kirkish building on the 100 block of Shelden Avenue early Saturday morning, according to Fire Chief Mike Reynolds.The Fire Department was called to the scene at 12:20 a.m., Reynolds said, after the flat roof of the ...

KBIC to vote on amending constitution

BARAGA - Keweenaw Bay Indian Community members will decide next month if their Tribal Council should be allowed to spend large sums of money without full tribal approval. They'll be voting in a mail-in election on whether to amend a constitutional provision requiring tribal referendums on ...

Recreation plan approved

HANCOCK - The 2016-20 Hancock recreation plan was approved by the city council during its regular meeting Wednesday, and for John Haeussler one of the more important items in the plan is improvements to the city's ballfields near the Houghton County Arena.The recreation plan includes ...

31 Backpacks to hold fundraiser

HOUGHTON - 31 Backpacks relies mostly on donations to continue operating, but for the second time, the organization will conduct a fundraising event tonight, according to Melissa Maki.31 Backpacks was created by daughter Melissa Maki, her mother, Laurel Maki, and friend Amy Zawada in October ...

HEET Feb. tip for energy savings: Insulate your water heater

HOUGHTON - Want a quick, easy way to save some energy and some cash? Then this month's Houghton County Energy Efficiency Team Energy Challenge upgrade is for you.An insulating water heater blanket for older, uninsulated water heaters usually costs $25 or less, according to HEET Energy Manager ...

The Dribbler: Former Globetrotter talks hard work, respect at area schools

L'ANSE - Whether it's making the Harlem Globetrotters or making it anywhere else, you're a lot more likely to make it with hard work and respect, Corey Rich told students at L'Anse and Baraga schools Thursday.When Rich, better known to fans as Corey The Dribbler, set a goal of making the ...

Baraga County Youth Advisory Committee taking the lead

L'ANSE - Motivational speaker and former Harlem Globetrotter Corey "The Dribbler" Rich was a hit at the L'Anse Area School Thursday morning, but that shouldn't have been a surprise. After all, it was other kids that chose him.The four members of the Baraga County Community Foundation Youth ...

L’Anse Schools refinance debt

L'ANSE - The L'Anse Area Schools Board of Education voted Tuesday to refinance bonds from their 2000 construction project at a lower rate, saving an estimated $600,000 over the next 12 years, according to Interim Superintendent Susan Tollefson.Tollefson said the bond will be paid off on the ...

Support flows in for family that lost home

CHASSELL - The support Andrea Aho has received after her house burned down in Chassell has been almost as overwhelming as the loss."I just find myself in pools of tears every morning, because people are doing so much," she said.There were no major injuries in the Sunday night fire, although a ...

Mr. B’s Joy Box Express rolls into Hancock school

HANCOCK - In autumn 2014, Mark Braun spread his message of the importance of keeping arts and athletics in the country's schools by towing an upright piano behind a specially-constructed bicycle through the states along the Mississippi River.During a stop Wednesday at the auditorium at Hancock ...

Pianoman uses music to inspire students’ passions

HANCOCK - Ann Arbor-based musician Mark Braun uses music to inspire students to pursue their passions, and Wednesday he brought his message, and a piano he tows behind a specially-constructed bicycle, to Hancock Central High School.Braun spoke to the students in social studies and English ...

Hearing in attempted murder case

HOUGHTON - A Hancock man faces a charge of attempted murder for allegedly shooting someone with a compound bow and arrow in Hancock Saturday.James Walters Jr., 58, of Hancock, was arrested Saturday after Hancock police responded to a house on Summit Street. Police say he shot a 56-year-old ...

Local man pleads to N.D. sexual abuse charge

WILLISTON, North Dakota - A Mohawk man accused of sexual abuse of a teenage girl over several months in North Dakota pleaded guilty there Monday prior to the scheduled start of his trial.Shane Karrio, 45, who was charged with continuous sexual abuse of a child, entered a guilty plea Monday, the ...

Hancock council approves $358K fire truck purchase

HANCOCK - The city of Hancock Fire Department should be getting a new pumper truck after action taken by the Hancock City Council Wednesday.During the council regular meeting, Fire Chief Joe Neher and Capt. Mark Dennis told the members the pumper they would like to get is a 2016 model at a cost ...

Body positivity: Learn how to take holistic view of mirror’s image

HOUGHTON - Motivational speaker Erin Bown will offer ways to find something beautiful in the mirror in a presentation at 6 p.m. on Feb. 25 at MTU's Fisher Hall, Room 135. The event is open to the public and free to attend.The topic Brown will discuss is body positivity and empowerment, said ...

Memristors could unlock world of AI

HOUGHTON - Memristors should someday be exponentially more powerful than microchips, said Michigan Tech engineering Professor Yun Hang Hu, who has developed what appears be the most successful memristor to date. Not only that, they won't be particularly expensive to make.Eventually he expects ...

Veteran sergeant running for Keweenaw sheriff

By KURT HAUGLIEkhauglie@mininggazette.comEAGLE RIVER - Keweenaw County Sheriff Ron Lahti announced he's retiring at the end of the year, and as of Tuesday two people have filed papers to seek the office.One of the candidates is Bill Luokkanen, who has been a member of the KCSO since 1991. He's ...

Cause hearing for Ontonagon man in attempted murder

ONTONAGON - A probable cause hearing took place in 98th District Court in Ontonagon Tuesday in the case of an Ontonagon man accused of sexual assault and attempted murder.Timothy Pietila, 51, is charged with attempted murder and first-degree criminal sexual conduct, both felonies punishable by ...