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KBIC gets apology for basketball game sign

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By VANESSA DIETZ vdietz@mininggazette.com BARAGA — The Keweenaw Bay Indian Community received a letter of apology from Wakefield-Marenisco School District cheerleaders for an offensive poster referencing the infamous historical event known as the Trail of Tears. The Trail of Tears ...

Head-on M-26 crash: 40-year-old Laurium woman hospitalized

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PORTAGE TOWNSHIP — A two-vehicle accident Wednesday morning resulted in injuries for a 40-year-old Laurium woman, according to a written statement from the Houghton County Sheriff’s Office. At about 8:15 a.m., a car northbound on M-26 about an eighth of a mile from Green Acres Road driven ...

Middle-school girls get WISE at Tech

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HOUGHTON — Seventh- and eighth-grade girls from across the western Upper Peninsula spent their Tuesday building things, learning how contagions spread and hearing about life in college through Michigan Technological University’s annual Get WISE (Women in Science and Engineering) event. ...

Conference ordered in Yik Yak suit

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HOUGHTON — A settlement conference has been ordered for next month in the case of a former Michigan Technological University student suing the school over his expulsion for a post made on the social media site Yik Yak. The hearing in the case of Matthew Schultz will take place March 24 at ...

Houghton transfers building inspection duties to county

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HOUGHTON — Joining the rest of Houghton County, the city of Houghton is moving building inspection administration and enforcement over to the county. The Houghton City Council approved an ordinance authorizing the transfer Wednesday. "The City of Houghton has been doing its own building ...

Student speaks to School Board

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EWEN — It is nothing unusual for someone from the public to get on the agenda of a School Board meeting, nor is it unusual for someone from the public to go through a visual ‘slide’ presentation. It is unusual when a fifth grade student gives a presentation to a School ...

Dirty snow cancels Yooper Luge

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HOUGHTON — The latest warm snap has come as a relief to many, but it is not without its drawbacks. After first pushing it back a week, the city has canceled this year’s Yooper Luge. The annual event sees the construction of a luge course on Isle Royale Street for people to slide down in ...

10 things to know today – Thurs., Feb. 23, 2017

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Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. DIVIDED U.S. REACTS TO NEW TRANSGENDER POLICY Conservatives praise the Trump administration's rollback of public school bathroom requirements for transgender students, while transgender ...

Serious injury in M-26 crash

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PORTAGE TOWNSHIP — A two-vehicle accident Wednesday morning resulted in injuries for a 40-year-old Laurium woman, according to a written statement from the Houghton County Sheriff’s Office. At about 8:15 a.m., a car northbound on M-26 about one-eighth of a mile from Green Acres Road ...

Sheriff invokes jail capacity act

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HOUGHTON — In accordance with Michigan’s County Jail Overcrowding State of Emergency Act, Sheriff Brian McLean has officially informed county officials that the jail is overcrowded. Part of that act reads: “If the general prisoner population of a county exceeds 100 percent of the rated ...

Millage will educate skilled-trade workers

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HANCOCK — The Copper Country Intermediate School District Board moved Tuesday night to seek a millage from taxpayers across the Copper Country to fund a large expansion of the CCISD’s Career Technical Education program. George Stockero, CCISD superintendent, and Shawn Kolbus, CTE director ...

County addresses safety issues at courthouse

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ONTONAGON — A recent live shooter training at the Ontonagon County Courthouse revealed some vulnerabilities the Ontonagon County Board of Commissioners began to address at its monthly meeting. "The courthouse currently has no system for communicating from office to office, or floor to ...

Winter’s coming back

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HOUGHTON — The temperatures the last few days may have felt like early spring, but winter is coming back, although not too severely, according to Jaclyn Ritzman, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Negaunee Township. Ritzman said the recent warm weather with highs in ...

Students demonstrate robotics project

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ONTONAGON — School Board members were given a demonstration of this year’s student robotics project at a board meeting on Monday. Glen Beck, the adult mentor for the program, explained how the robotics student competition is run through a video presentation. The video showed what the ...

Superintendent explains necessity of CTE millage

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HANCOCK — George Stockero, Copper Country Intermediate School District superintendent, explained that in asking the board to request a millage to fund the Career Technical Education program, the money will be used to expand course offerings. The courses the millage would fund, if passed, ...

Board talks student activities

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ONTONAGON — The School Board discussed a wide variety of educational opportunities for its students at its meeting Monday. Tim Nelson gave a presentation of the students that went to Washington D.C. during the Presidential Inauguration. The student’s first stop was at Arlington National ...

Trail law enforcement aims to enhance rec opportunities

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HOUGHTON — The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the Houghton County Sheriff’s Office recently teamed up to reduce noise complaints on Lakeshore Drive in Houghton, but they also caught violators of other laws as well. The DNR says enforcing snowmobile noise violations is ...

10 things to know today – Wed., Feb. 22, 2016

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Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. US TAKES STRICTER IMMIGRATION STANCE A pair of Homeland Security memos lay bare how many of the estimated 11 million immigrants living in the U.S. illegally will be targeted for ...