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Write-in candidate ready to serve county

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Dan Robillard has announced his candidacy for Baraga County Commissioner, replacing Pat Reilley as District 3 candidate. Pat Reilley moved out of the area over the summer and his resignation was accepted by the County Board at their Oct. 9 meeting. Robillard will be a write-in candidate. He ...

Falling Leaves Moon Pow Wow held on Michigan Tech campus

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HOUGHTON — The Binaakwe Giizis, or “Falling Leaves Moon” Pow Wow, was held Saturday at Michigan Technological University’s (MTU) Student Development Complex on Saturday. According to organizer Ron Kyllonen, more than 500 people attended to enjoy the traditional music and dancing, ...

Kolpack to run as write-in again in Ontonagon

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Current Ontonagon Area School District (OASD) Board member Julie Kolpack has registered to run as a write-in candidate. She has been on the board for the last two years. “The reason I am running again is because I see what we are doing and it is going in a good direction,” she said. ...

Nonprofit inspection fee break proposed

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HOUGHTON — A Houghton County Board member on Tuesday raised the issue of lowering health inspection fees for nonprofit fundraisers. Commissioner Tom Tikkanen said he would like to see the Western Upper Peninsula Health Department reduce inspection fees for those types of events, which can be ...

Call for Entries: The Shaft and Junior Shaft

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HANCOCK — The Copper Country Community Arts Center is accepting entries for “The Shaft” and “Junior Shaft” community art exhibitions. Artists are invited to submit work inspired by mining history in the Copper Country and the physical signs of its presence or the effect it has had ...

Calumet updates ordinances to qualify for federal grants

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CALUMET — In order to qualify for federal grant awards and money, including the Elm Street project, the Village Council reviewed several ordinances, and passed resolutions on several plans and policies. In a letter Trustee Virginia Dwyer read from, she said: “The village is subject to ...

Prank or Attack? Hate, porn inserted in video presentation

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HOUGHTON — A streaming presentation by Israeli activist and author Miko Peled at Michigan Technological University (MTU) was disrupted last week by negative messages and pornographic broadcast in the video conference. “Really hateful, disgusting stuff,” said Peled. “I’ve never seen ...

Ontonagon jail sees improvements

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ONTONAGON — If there's ever a time to get a close look at the inside of the county jail it's now, as upcoming improvements may make the visit go a little smoother. Thanks to a grant through the National Criminal History Improvement Project, the sheriff's office will be getting a new Live ...

Roof, Roof: County OKs plan for emergency repairs

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HOUGHTON — The Houghton County Board approved guidelines for setting up an emergency repair program at its meeting Tuesday to be implemented in case of emergency roof repairs. Funding for the program, which the board approved several months ago, came from payments to the county from former ...

Technical education focus in Ontonagon

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Ontonagon joined with other school districts in the Gogebic-Ontonagon Intermediate School District (GOISD) in forming a consortium to apply for Marshall Plan grant funding. Ontonagon Area School District (OASD) Superintendent/Principal Jim Bobula informed the school board Tuesday about how ...

Probate judge candidate cites qualifications

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HOUGHTON — Diana Langdon, candidate for Keweenaw County’s probate judge, is a native of the county, and she has either worked or lived in the county for more than three decades of her life. “My family are Keweenaw people,” she said. “My maiden name is Malnar, and my grandparents, ...

CCISD finalizes plans for CTE Center

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HANCOCK — The Copper Country Intermediate School District (CCISD) revealed their plans for the northeast corner of the Career and Technical Education (CTE) Center now that Michigan Works has vacated the space on Tuesday night. The space has two offices that the CTE director and secretary will ...

Worker Flight: UP health survey data indicates aging population

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ONTONAGON — Following up a Upper Peninsula-wide community health assessment, the County Board got a more localized look at the situation in the Ontonagon area. The findings mostly followed patterns seen in the other western U.P. counties, reported Cathryn Beer from the Western U.P. Health ...

Strasser seeking re-election

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Current Ontonagon Area School District Board member Tammy Strasser is seeking re-election. She is one of the six candidates on the ballot and one write-in running for the four open board seats. Strasser is an Ontonagon High School graduate and a resident of White Pine. With her husband, John, ...

Plaintiff in Supreme Court gay marriage case speaks at Tech

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HOUGHTON — Had Jim Obergefell come along at a slightly different time on the timeline of gay rights — or even had his case been filed slightly later — he might have stayed a semi-anonymous realtor in Cincinnati. Instead, Jim Obergefell became a self-described “accidental activist” ...

Houghton House Fire: Upper-story blaze inflicts major damage

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HOUGHTON — A structure fire at 220 Blanche Street in East Houghton caused major damage to the home Monday night, but the occupants escaped without injury. Mike Reynolds, Houghton Fire Department chief, said the call was received at 9:46 p.m. Reynolds said Tuesday morning he had not had ...

Hancock ratifies union contract

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HANCOCK — The school board unanimously approved ratification of a two-year master agreement with the Hancock Education Association, Monday ending the period of staff teaching without a contract. With the agreement reached, Hancock Public School teachers will end their practice standing ...

Salt shipment heralds onset of cold season

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HANCOCK — In the Copper Country, early signs of winter include migratory birds, falling leaves and — the arrival of the salt boat. The first load of salt arrived Sunday on the Algoma Sault. The 740-foot vessel deposited 13,000 tons of the 27,000 ton total expected to be shipped this year ...

L’Anse board approves change in activity rules

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L'ANSE — The L'Anse Area Schools (LAS) board approved a change to the weekly eligibility rules for fall extracurricular activities and sports. To participate in any sports or extracurricular groups, students have to be passing six of their seven classes from week to week. Before, this ...