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Ontonagon council agrees to abandon right-of-ways

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ONTONAGON — Three neighbors successfully petitioned the Ontonagon Village Council to abandon right-of-ways around their properties. “On June 15th, I received a request from Mr. Bruce Seid, Mr. Robert Seid and Mr. Howard Walters, to abandon the undeveloped street and alley right-of-ways ...

Empty bowls provide food

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CALUMET — Empty Bowls is an international project intended to relieve hunger, and locally that effort has been taken up by the Calumet Art Center. Ed Gray, director of the CAC, said this is the second year the CAC has taken part in the Empty Bowls Project. The last time was three years ago, ...

Carey makes Houghton stop in Senate campaign

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HOUGHTON — Republican state Senate candidate Mike Carey touts his background in alternative energy, a combination he believes isn’t contradictory. “A conservative approach is let’s manage it, let’s take care of it, let’s be fiscally conservative — conservative with the ...

New homeless shelter seeking donations

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HANCOCK — The Hope House Homeless Shelter is seeking donations to help establish a refuge for dozens of people living in the area without places to call home. “Approximately eight years ago, I became aware of the homeless problem and set off to see what could be done to help,” said the ...

Spreading the Cost: Millage eases taxpayer burden for all schools

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HANCOCK — Copper Country Intermediate School District’s career and technical education program is jeopardy, or at least in danger of losing classes. The CTE program is currently operating at a loss of $70,000 per year, a loss the ISD cannot afford indefinitely, which is why the ISD is ...

CTE revenue will make Tech a partner

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HANCOCK — Even as the Copper Country Intermediate School District’s career and technical education program stands in danger of drastic reduction, George Stockero, CCISD superintendent, knows firsthand its value. If the millage is passed, the revenue would create, among others, computer ...

E-TC board OKs support staff deal

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EWEN — After a lengthy closed meeting, the Ewen-Trout Creek School Board agreed to a new staff support contract at Wednesday’s meeting. “The staff had already voted to ratify, so that will be their new contract,” state E-TC Board President Dr. Kirk Schott. Most of the meeting ...

Local economy relies on CTE

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HANCOCK — The Copper Country Intermediate School District’s career and technical education (CTE) program is important to the future economy of the area, according to many sources. “I’ve heard from many local companies that are scared,” George Stockero, CCISD superintendent said in ...

Signs stolen from Bete Grise Preserve in Keweenaw County

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EAGLE RIVER — Three new signs and posts were discovered stolen last week from the Bete Grise Preserve, the Houghton-Keweenaw Conservation District (HKCD) reported. Gina Nicholas, HKCD chairwoman, said that the signs were located near Deer Lake in Grant Township. “While most of the ...

Several local school districts continue to get good rankings

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There are several organizations which do rankings of schools around the country, and some Copper Country schools did well recently in one of those ranking systems. U.S. News & World Report’s Best High School Rankings used a four-step criteria to rank schools either gold, silver or ...

Life Changer: TV carpenter says CTE was key to his success

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HANCOCK — Jason Cameron is a home improvement contractor, a finish carpenter, and a TV personality who hosts three do-it-yourself shows. He is also a an advocate for career and technical education (CTE), and spoke about it in a recorded video produced for the Copper Country Intermediate ...

River St. repairs coming in Onto.

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ONTONAGON — Village Manager Joe Erickson told the Village Council on Monday that Florence Concrete of Detroit will need a week to do road repairs on River Street sometime before Labor Day. Erickson will announce the exact time frame as soon as the work schedule is set. He said the company ...

On Erectile Dysfunction, or An Outrageous Lecture

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Dr. Brindley’s exposure of a very private part of his body, during a lecture he gave, was daring — some would say outrageous. Years later, physicians still talked about what had happened during that presentation. (It happened in Vegas, but it definitely did not stay in Vegas). One doctor ...

CTE continuing to impact careers

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HANCOCK — A former student of the nursing assistant program in the career and technical education (CTE) program through the Copper Country Intermediate School District (CCISD) said the program offered more than it claimed. Becky Nakkula said she took the nursing assistant program during ...

Is surgery something to consider?

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The thought of surgery can be very frightening. In fact, most people do almost anything to avoid surgery. They don’t want to deal with the doctor appointments, the bills, time off work, rehab, etc. Let’s not forget about the most common fear: what happens if things don’t get better? For ...

State gets public input on plant’s permit applications

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L’ANSE — The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) took notes on area residents’ concerns during a public hearing on permit applications for the L’Anse Warden Electric Co. MDEQ Air Quality Division and company officials were on hand to answer questions before and after ...

Ready or not, Kestner grass area will open in August

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HOUGHTON — People will soon be able to walk on the grass at Kestner Waterfront Park. Because of the wet, cool spring that had extended into July, the grass has not sprouted as anticipated, City Manager Eric Waara said. “The fescue is not popping,” he said. “Other people have it in ...

Skate park bids go out

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HOUGHTON — Requests for proposals for the East Houghton Skate Park are about to go out, City Manager Eric Waara said at Wednesday’s City Council meeting. The skate park committee provided a list of 18 companies “We’re going to get that out in the next week, and hopefully we’ll ...

Coming Onto. biofuel refinery to employ 250

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ONTONAGON — Plans to construct an advanced biofuels plant in Ontonagon next summer are moving forward. Ontonagon’s Lost Bowl Development partnered with SynSel Energy Inc. and a U.S.-based financier to develop a $300 million biorefinery on the site of the town’s former Smurfit-Stone ...