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Search narrows: Michigan Tech down to four candidates

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HOUGHTON — Michigan Technological University has narrowed its presidential search to four candidates, all of whom come from outside Michigan Tech, search committee Chairman Bill Johnson said Friday. The slate of candidates was recommended unanimously. “It’s a fine field,” he said ...

Literacy in the age of information

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HOUGHTON — In the information age, being information literate is increasingly relevant. Area libraries are working to teach the necessary skills and thought processes. So what is information literacy? “The way we define it and talk about it here at the university is essentially the ...

Fighting off sea lampreys could cause more harm than good

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HOUGHTON — Lampricides are applied in tributaries each year to kill invasive sea lampreys but what happens to those chemicals? Megan McConville of Northern Michigan University is researching just that. McConville presented some of her recent findings at a seminar at the Great Lakes Research ...

Theatre elevator is going up

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CALUMET — The Village Board voted unanimously to approve the construction contract for Moyle Construction to begin installing an elevator in the lobby of the Calumet Theatre. Art Limback, Calumet Theatre Company chairman, said the approval of the contract was the last detail needed before ...

Tech approves new degree program

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HOUGHTON — Michigan Technological University is looking to add a bachelor’s of science program in sustainability science and society. The Tech Board Friday voted to submit the proposal for a new degree for state approval. Part of the social sciences department, the new program is ...

Challenging weather aside, CopperDog is fun

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With CopperDog one week away there’s much to be excited about. The mushers are ecstatic to return to the Copper Country for some fun. CopperDog 80 winner of 2017, musher Geri Minard of Newberry, Michigan, said this race is all about fun and friends. “I’m going to approach it as an ...

DNR predator-prey study nears completion

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KENTON — Researchers at the Department of Natural Resources and Mississippi State University are nearing the end of a 12-year study of whitetail deer and their predators in the Upper Peninsula. The study includes three three-year phases of low, medium and high snowfall zones, separated by ...

Village Council panel goes silent, claims OMA exemption

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CALUMET — Committees of the Village Council are not required by law to deliberate in public and are not subject to the state’s Open Meetings Act (OMA) because they are not public bodies, an attorney told the council in a special meeting on Thursday. Matt Wodja of the firm of White and ...

Rev: Prayer not enough to stop gun massacres

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HOUGHTON — It had become a rapidly solidifying cycle: a mass shooting, followed by tweets of “thoughts and prayers” from elected officials with no legislative follow-up. Rev. Sharon Washington Risher has gotten fed up with it. “As I’ve said time and time again, prayers and vigils ...

Laurium rejects dispensary

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LAURIUM — Alicia Roundtree discussed her hope of relocating her marijuana dispensary, Zen Garden, from Calumet Village to Laurium Village, after the Calumet Village Council voted to take no action on opting into the Michigan Medical Marijuana Act until more is known about how the state will ...

Researchers lowered in bear dens in predator-prey study

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KENTON — On a frigid morning in the Ottawa National Forest, Nick Fowler was lowered into an earth den and pulled out a black bear. “It’s really interesting to get in there and see them whenever they’re hibernating like that,” said Fowler, a Ph.D. candidate at Mississippi State ...

Irish Times in Laurium a-changin’ to Matador

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LAURIUM — Roger Reider and Amanda Kesti, new owners of the Irish Times building on Hecla Street, presented their plans to re-open the establishment to the Village Council Tuesday evening. Reider said he and Kesti will change the establishment’s name to the Matador, which will be a ...

Smart (Zone) Idea: Hancock considers ‘Finn Zone’

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HANCOCK — A conceptual plan to attract high-tech investment from Finland was outlined Wednesday to the City Council. Patrick Visser of the MTEC SmartZone gave a presentation on the concept of a “Finn Zone.” Similar to the objective of the SmartZone, Visser said, the idea is to ...

New trustee, issues at Hancock Schools

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HANCOCK — A new trustee was introduced and several members of the city’s community commented on a number of current issues at Monday’s School Board meeting. Catherine Jordan was appointed to fill a vacancy on the School Board. In other changes, the board accepted the retirement and ...

Rehabilitating a greenhouse for teaching

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The Copper Country Intermediate School District agreed to support Community Transition Program teacher Karyn Juntunen's efforts in rehabilitating the greenhouse for school-wide use. Juntunen presented a proposal to the board, including a budget that showed the layout of the building, her ...

Tech unveils ‘Innovation Shore’ brand

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HOUGHTON — Glenn Mroz has heard the wisecracks about snow in August. As president of Michigan Technological University, he has tried to push past that and make people aware of the thriving high-tech cluster involving local companies and researchers, be it GS Engineering or the Keweenaw ...

Poultry Lunch on Lake

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Kali Katerberg/Daily Mining Gazette A hawk is seen here grabbing a quick lunch of pigeon on Portage Lake on Friday afternoon. The hawk’s meal was abruptly cut short when an eagle came by to steal the main course.

Ontonagon County to offer academy tuition for service

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ONTONAGON — The County Board addressed several subjects at its Tuesday meeting, including additional deputies for the sheriff’s office, acceptance of a grant to provide technology services to veterans and consideration on joining an opioid litigation mass-action lawsuit of municipal and ...