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Fishing tournament this weekend in Ontonagon

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ONTONAGON — The 13th Annual Lake Trout Classic will be taking place this weekend in Ontonagon. The fishing tournament runs Friday thru Sunday with boats being launched from both the Porcupine Mountain State Park boat ramp and the Ontonagon Marina. The event is a fund-raiser for the ...

Ballot millages fund seniors, road projects

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ONTONAGON — County voters can expect to see two millage proposals on the August primary ballot after the County Board on Tuesday unanimously approved language for referendums to renew millages for the Commission on Aging and road maintenance. The Commission on Aging millage has been ...

Auction set for Sunday to benefit Animal Protection

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ONTONAGON — Ontonagon County Animal Protection (OCAP) just celebrated its 18th birthday. This Sunday, OCAP will hold its 14th annual dinner/auction. The event, taking place at Twilly’s in Bruce Crossing, is the organization’s main fundraiser. OCAP started in the spring of 2001 in ...

CLK gets PHF grant for trauma assistance

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CALUMET TOWNSHIP — The CLK School District was recently awarded a $32,000 Trauma Informed School Grant from the Portage Health Foundation, which will help school staff assist students who experience traumatic events. Christopher Davidson, CLK superintendent, said the grant is to essentially ...

CCISD defines its role as a leader in area’s education

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Whatever educational support is needed in any individual school district, the Copper Country Intermediate School District (CCISD) provides, said the head of the district’s General Education Department at Tuesday’s CCISD Board. The department’s primary mission, Carla Strome told board ...

KCF endowment grants $300K during past year

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HOUGHTON — The Keweenaw Community Foundation broke the $8 million mark in funds this year, up about $1.5 million from when Jim Vivian started as executive director, he said at Wednesday’s Keweenaw Community Foundation dinner. The KCF has more than 80 funds covering a broad range of ...

Ottawa Forest Expansion: Land for lumber pact to add 220 acres

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ONTONAGON — The County Board heard a proposal by the Ottawa National Forest to expand at its Tuesday meeting. The commission heard a report from Kenton District Ranger Barbara Van Olstein on a proposed land acquisition for the Ottawa National Forest of 220 acres in a tripartite land ...

County in crisis joins opioid litigation action

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ONTONAGON — The opioid crisis has hit the Ontonagon County region hard, an attorney told the County Board on Tuesday, resulting in one of the highest opioid-related hospitalization rates in Michigan. “It’s tearing families apart, communities apart,” said attorney Andrew K. Shotwell of ...

Lame-duck County Board member continues absence

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HOUGHTON — If Houghton County Board member Scott Ala won’t attend meetings, he should resign, Chairman Al Koskela said Tuesday. “That’s what he should do, is resign so we can appoint somebody to take his place,” he said after Tuesday’s meeting. “He’s never said anything to ...

Mroz: Restricting immigration hinders U.S. competitiveness

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HOUGHTON — Already in tight competition with other countries in education, the recent trend to restrict immigration, which also affects international students, puts the U.S. at a disadvantage, said the departing president of Michigan Technological University. In order to attract the best ...

Blight Might: Ontonagon empowers commission to look at issue

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ONTONAGON — The Village Council formed a commission to deal with blight and discussed the Project Rising Tide initiative championed by Gov. Rick Snyder at its meeting on Monday. The village appointed members to the Blight Commission, selecting five from the six applicants based on council ...

CTE is key tool to fix global skilled-worker shortage: Mroz

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HOUGHTON — As he leaves his position as president of Michigan Technological University, Glenn Mroz recently discussed a variety of topics related to the current state of education. One of the topics he discussed was the rising popularity of alternative learning programs versus colleges, ...

It’s a Given(s): Former Hancock mayor offered manager post

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HANCOCK — Ending the hunt for a new city manager, the Hancock City Council went with Barry Givens, a local and favorite among many in the community. The council unanimously voted to extend an offer of employment to the former Hancock mayor. The speed of adjustment to the role, local ties, ...

Horsing around

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Sue Johnson/Daily Mining Gazette Three horses were seen on Tuesday last week out for a stroll on Paradise Road in Portage Township. The fugitives were later apprehended by police and the owners.

Four finalists offered unique strengths, skill sets for job

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HANCOCK — All four potential city manager candidates brought unique flavors and skill sets to their interviews, but the main question from council members was which one of them would be best for the city. The special meeting held Saturday to select the next manager was open to the public ...

Houghton could be getting more grant funding for facades

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HOUGHTON — The program that provided for upgrades to a number of facades in Houghton’s downtown is returning. The city will submit a request for funding under the Michigan Economic Development Corporation’s Facade Restoration Initiative. The Michigan Strategic Fund recently approved ...

Smart move: False alarm teaches a valuable lesson

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HOUGHTON — The Houghton Fire Department responded to an alarm on West South Street at approximately 9:45 a.m. Friday, arriving on the scene to see the family gathered together outside — and no fire. Firefighter Buck Foltz said the family did exactly what they were supposed to do. A ...

ShoreWaves disputes claims

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EAGLE RIVER — In a dispute between internet providers PastyNet and ShoreWaves over the shared use of an equipment shed at the Keweenaw Mountain Lodge tower in Copper Harbor, Charlie Hopper, PastyNet president, told the Keweenaw County Board through his attorney Wednesday that thanks to his ...