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Speaker: violent media, not guns, is the problem

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HOUGHTON — During his Monday presentation at the Houghton High School, retired Army Lt. Col. David Grossman said while the popular argument in the U.S. regarding school massacres is the lack of adequate firearm regulation, guns are not the problem. China has had school massacres involving ...

Guard Change at SmartZone

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HOUGHTON — As new leadership takes over, the MTEC SmartZone is in a good place, its outgoing CEO said during a joint meeting of the Hancock and Houghton city councils Wednesday. Marilyn Clark, who recently retired after six years in the position, gave her final presentation to the ...

Chamber holds annual meeting

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HOUGHTON — Keweenaw Chamber of Commerce members reviewed the past year’s accomplishments, and treated them to a preview of something to come, at the Chamber’s annual breakfast meeting Tuesday at the Bluffs. Board president Brian Donnelly updated members on several initiatives. One ...

Educators get course in virtual reality learning

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With the advancements in virtual reality technology, school districts here and across the country are trying to decide how they want to proceed with virtual reality education. Tuesday afternoon at the Copper County Intermediate School District administration building, Mike Richardson, ...

Chassell hosts its holiday weekend

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The Old Fashioned Christmas in Chassell is returning this year, with events starting Friday afternoon through Saturday. Chassell School invites the public to its elementary Christmas program at 1 p.m. Saturday, while the weekend kickoff event comes later that evening. “Santa Claus comes ...

More extreme weather events seen on horizon

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HOUGHTON — Going by historical norms, the storm that hit the Copper Country on June 17 was a 1,000-year event. But the combination of warmer, wetter weather and changes in land use means events like it could become more common, said Veronica Webster, an associate professor of civil and ...

Students get chance to try virtual reality

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“Today was our first day and it was unbelievable,” Karyn Juntunen said. Juntunen is a special education teacher for the Copper Country Intermediate School District (CCISD). Tuesday morning, her adult class was the first group of students with autism to try the virtual reality headsets ...

Where do we go from here?

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HOUGHTON — Everyone at Tuesday’s Houghton County Board meeting, whether at the table or in the audience, agreed: Something must be done about the County Jail. The issue before everyone is determining what and how. After an $11 million, 20-year millage proposal for a jail addition ...

Tech students ignite climate change dilemma

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HOUGHTON — Three years ago Michigan Technological University (MTU) launched a new class, Communication for Natural Resource Professionals, in response to the need for graduates to have better communication skills. Tuesday night at the Portage Lake District Library, MTU students in the class ...

Speaker blames media, not guns, for massacres

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HOUGHTON — Retired Army Lt. Col. David Grossman gave a Safe Schools and Healthy Students presentation Monday at the Houghton High School auditorium, at which he discussed the causes of the increasing number of school shootings and mass murders, not only across the country, but throughout the ...

GrandBridge, a flexible work space for your needs

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Today people want flexibility and on-demand services in all aspects of their lives. Business people alike are seeking to streamline their operations in efforts to maximize their time and profitability. The GrandBridge Business Centre is a much needed response to these changing business trends ...

KBIC updates plan to manage forests

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BARAGA — A new draft of a forest stewardship plan for the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community (KBIC) has been posted for public comment and is available on the KBIC homepage and at the Tribal Center. The plan is a necessary update to the last plan from 1997, according to KBIC Forester Rachel ...

Addressing pot focus of newly-formed committee

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HANCOCK — Concerned with potential problems regarding the recent legalization of recreational marijuana in Michigan, Mayor John Haeussler appointed three council trustees to a newly-formed committee to study related issues to the law. “The committee is free to proceed at the discretion ...

Active shooter drill teaches lessons at Hancock schools

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HANCOCK — When principal Ezekiel Ohan asked for the participation of local law enforcement agents in hard lockdown at the middle and high schools Friday, he intended it being more of an educational test than a simple drill. Police officers provided feedback on their observations and ...

UPPCO’s power cost estimate refund to slightly increase bills

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Several electric utility companies have filed their applications with the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) for their 2019 Power Supply Cost Recovery (PSCR) plans. Customers of Upper Peninsula Power Company (UPPCO), Upper Michigan Energy Resources Corporation (UMERC), and Wisconsin ...

Ontonagon celebrates Hometown Christmas

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ONTONAGON — With the weather conditions changing from its start on Thursday to the finale with children meeting Santa at the fire hall on Sunday night, the village’s Hometown Christmas event was well-attended. It was one of the largest turnouts of crafters for the Craft Fair on Saturday. ...

Neola suggestions passed in L’Anse

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At last week's school board meeting, the L'Anse Area School (LAS) board passed more than 20 adjustments to their policies as recommended by Neola, a consulting firm that serves schools across six states, helping the boards make sure their policies are in line with state and federal laws. These ...

Active shooter drill intended to improve school lockdown response

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HANCOCK — A hard lockdown drill was conducted Friday at the middle and high schools, with police from Hancock, Houghton County and Michigan State Police participating. Principal Ezekiel Ohan said the drill’s purpose was to expose weak points in procedure, personnel training and building ...

Brush fire that wasn’t

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Joshua Vissers/Daily Mining Gazette Smoke rose above Ripley on Friday morning as Ross Muonio burned brush he had cleared from a lot he is preparing for development on Maple Street.