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Mill fire roars in icy air: Blaze burns down Twin Lakes lumberyard

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ELM RIVER TOWNSHIP — The cause of a fire that destroyed the J&A Penegor sawmill at Twin Lakes on Thursday night is still unknown. The fire was reported at approximately 6 p.m. Thursday by a neighbor living across the road from mill and next to the fire hall, according to a source who ...

Copper mining here imitated model in Cornwall

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Some mines in the Lake Superior copper district were developed in a period of years, where as it had taken the copper and tin mines of Cornwall in Great Britain centuries to achieve the same efficiency. This was largely because the Lake mines received the benefits of an industrial revolution ...

Water problem sends KBIC residents to hotel

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The Keweenaw Bay Indian Community Ojibwa Housing Authority’s Harvey apartment residents have returned back to their homes after a maintenance issue with the water system. The problem occurred on Monday, Christmas Day, which led to KBIC offering residents the opportunity to stay at the ...

Brrr: Severe weather continues

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The Keweenaw Peninsula area will have to deal with colder than normal temperatures for a while longer. The area has accumulated 101.6 inches of snow far this season, and much of that has come during past week. The December snowfall has been more than 69 inches, up from about 60 inches at ...

Fire blazes through sawmill

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TWIN LAKES — The J&A Penegor Sawmill, located in Elm River Township, was destroyed by fire Thursday night, according to Chief John Reynolds of the Twin Lakes Volunteer Fire Department. The fire broke out at approximately 6:30 p.m. Thursday evening, Reynolds said. While one building and ...

New Year’s Eve Tradition: Taxi service offers free rides

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HANCOCK — To prevent impaired driving and cold toes, one local taxi company is offering free rides from Dec. 31 at 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. Jan. 1. This is Mak’s Taxi’s second year offering a free lift to bar-goers, continuing the tradition in place of Neil’s Taxi, which closed in 2015. ...

Snowmobile crashes into tree, driver injured

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CALUMET TOWNSHIP — Speed and alcohol are believed to be factors resulting in a snowmobile crash on DNR Trail No. 3 south of Copper City Road that injured the operator early Friday morning. Police reported a 24-year-old Calumet man was traveling south on the trail when he lost control and ...

‘High-quality’ wetland aids industrial development

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L’ANSE — The village has signed a conservation easement for wetland mitigation for Lambert Road. According to L’Anse Village Manager Robert LaFave, the village received “high-quality coastland/wetland property” early in the year. The wetland was discovered while working on the ...

Trout Unlimited Fishing Program

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The Fred Warra Chapter of Trout Unlimited will sponsor a “Fishing After Hours” program on Jan. 10 at 6:30 p.m. in the Board Room of the Landmark Inn in Baraga. Speakers will be Gene Mensch, Fisheries Biologist for the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community, and Bill Mattes, Supervisor for the ...

Facing the Resolution: In pledging to get fit, focus on why to get fit

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LAURIUM — Another new year, another new year’s resolution, but what’s the real reason behind your goal to stop smoking, eat better food or lose weight? The answer is a key element in reaching your goals said Stacy Bussiere, Aspirus Fitness Center supervisor, and Hope Zander, Aspirus ...

Calumet Culture

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Calumet Art Center photo Located in the heart of the Keweenaw Peninsula the Calumet Art Center is a hub of regional art culture, a “safe learning environment where art, culture, and history inspire and challenge people of the Keweenaw,” said Ed Gray in the cover story for today’s ...

A Fantasy Consult: Van Gogh’s doctor

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On occasion, when I feel especially bored, I imagine myself meeting with an important historical figure. The most challenging aspect of this theoretical exercise is, of course, deciding whom I want to meet. I avoid villains for I fear that the association with them, although totally imaginary, ...

County Board holds ME’s appointment to think about cost

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EAGLE RIVER — The Keweenaw County Board discussed appointing Janice B. Heikenen as the county’s new medical examiner on the recommendation of David Gilbert, who announced his retirement after 42 years. Also recommending the appointment was Sheriff Bill Luokkanen. “My office works very ...

Calumet Art Center a community hub

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CALUMET — Since 1893, one old church in downtown Calumet has been a center for the community; once as a place of worship, now as an art center for Keweenaw residents. In 2008, Ed Gray saw a need for a creative and safe place for area artists. To meet that need he started The Calumet Art ...

Determining Death: ME prospect explains systems

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EAGLE RIVER — Dr. Janice Heikenen discussed the differences between a medical examiner and a coroner after she was recommended to replace David Gilbert as the county’s ME at a Keweenaw County Board meeting last week. Gilbert has retired from the position after 42 years of ...

End of net neutrality is an attack on America

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The future of internet use and freedom of information in America is in jeopardy after the federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently voted to repeal net neutrality rules. Net neutrality protected an open and free internet, allowing people to access online content without restrictions on ...

Baraga Road Commission, township approve cost-sharing agreement

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The Baraga County Road Commission recently approved a cost-sharing agreement with Spurr Township to undertake improvements on Petticoat Lake Road in 2018. The agreement is about the commission and Spurr Township sharing the cost of the road surface project. According to Road Commissioner ...