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Dianda speaks on jail closing

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MARENISCO — Wednesday morning, Department of Corrections Director Heidi Washington announced that she will close the Ojibway Correctional Facility in Marenisco in Gogebic County on December 1. In response, State Rep. Scott Dianda (D-Calumet) issued the following statement: “This is bad ...

Eat to Live Healthy: KBIC event promotes Health Center Week

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BARAGA — Dr. Dale Schmeisser, known as “Dr. Dale” around the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community (KBIC) Health Center in Baraga, presented two healthy recipes to about a dozen attendees at an afternoon session on Wednesday. “We’re using several ingredients today that are traditional ...

School makes history list

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HANCOCK — As of July 24, the old Hancock Central High School in the downtown is on the National Register of Historic Places. “That opens up some funding opportunities. It opens up some historical tax credits for that property, which is the main reason why we pursued that,” said City ...

Traveling Jail Show: Tour to explain project

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HOUGHTON — Houghton County voters who want to learn more about the proposal for a jail expansion won’t have to travel far. The county will hold several hearings throughout the month of October in advance of the November vote on a millage, County Board Chairman Al Koskela said at ...

No Meeting, Little Notice

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Joshua Vissers/Daily Mining Gazette Shown is an empty parking lot at the Baraga village office at the same time that an August meeting was moved to a week earlier on Tuesday. Public notice was posted for the change in the local weekly paper.

County sues feds for shorting taxes

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HOUGHTON — Houghton County became the latest local government to join a class-action suit against the federal government to recover money owed to it. The dispute concerns payments in lieu of taxes (PILOT), which the government uses to reimburse counties for federally-owned property that ...

Playground to see some changes

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ONTONAGON — Kids will need to say farewell to some equipment at the Old Greenland Road School, but much of it will remain. The Greenland Road School Commission reviewed the playground, which is mostly made of tires and wood, for safety and ease of maintenance. While most of the structures ...

Students test disposing stamp sand in concrete

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CALUMET — Members of the Whiz Kids and the Superior Remediators met Monday to complete the next step of their stamp sands experimentation, mixing cement with varying amounts of the gritty material left over from copper processing. For the Whiz Kids, Siona Beaudoin, Beau Hakala and Gabe ...

Meth bust in Ewen

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EWEN — A joint federal and state law enforcement raid on Monday resulted in the arrest of two people on charges of selling crystal meth. Officers of the Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team (UPSET), as well as agents from Homeland Security Investigations and Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms ...

Bomb found in crash vehicle

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CHASSELL TOWNSHIP — A 19-year-old L’Anse man was arrested Friday after Michigan State Troopers discovered drug paraphernalia and a pipe bomb in his vehicle. Troopers from the Michigan State Police-Calumet Post were dispatched Friday at 4:30 p.m. to a two-vehicle property damage crash on ...

LL-H board approves wage increases

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LAKE LINDEN — Wages for Lake Linden-Hubbell Public Schools’ superintendent elementary coordinator and non-contract support personnel are going up. The district Board unanimously approved the raises at its meeting Monday. Non-contract personnel will go up 1 percent, while ...

LL-H Schools starts flood repairs

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LAKE LINDEN — Flood damage repair at Lake Linden-Hubbell Public Schools should be able to be completed by the start of the school year. The district’s insurance company, combined with the policy’s deductible, covered $38,000 in damages, Superintendent Craig Sundblad said at Monday’s ...

Ontonagon village worker honored for water rescue

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ONTONAGON — Local hero Daniel McGuire received a Lifesaving Award for his July 25 rescue of a drowning man at Monday’s Village Council meeting. Sheriff Dale Rantala was determined McGuire be recognized for his actions. “We received a call at the Sheriff’s Department of a man ...

Baraga County catching up on permit fees

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L’ANSE — A new fee schedule for soil erosion and sedimentation control permits will take effect on Sept. 1 in Baraga County. These permits are required for any “earth changes” that disturb an acre or more or are within 500 feet of a lake or stream. “We’re just catching up to the ...

Up & Running: Agency explores other flood relief funding avenues

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HANCOCK — With the Western Upper Peninsula Planning and Development Region (WUPPDR) back on its feet after the flood, it is now assisting in the Copper Country’s long-term response. When the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) found out about the flood, it contacted WUPPDR ...

Fatal shooting in eastern UP

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SAULT STE. MARIE — Troopers from the Michigan State Police Sault Ste. Marie Post responded to a rental cabin in Trout Lake in Chippewa County on a report of a shooting at approximately 4 p.m. on Saturday. Responding troopers secured the scene and took one suspect into custody. One deceased ...

Local tech startups offer flood funding, 3-D print circuitry

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HANCOCK — Tech innovations were front and center at August’s 1 Million Cups meeting, featuring geo-archiving for federal flood relief funding and 3-D printing circuits. Two businesses pitched their ideas last week to the community and other interested entrepreneurs at The Finnish American ...

Engineers: Cracks condemn Keweenaw County’s tower

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EAGLE RIVER — Edge Consulting Engineers has determined the cell tower at the Keweenaw County Sheriff’s Office in Eagle River is no longer safe and needs to be replaced. In a report to the County Board of tower inspections performed at Eagle River and Mount Horace Greeley in May, Ann ...

Clean sweep of approval for Ontonagon County millages

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ONTONAGON — All local millages and proposals on the Aug. 7 ballot were passed by county voters in the primary election. Overall, the county road millage and Commission on Aging millage were approved. The referendum for the county’s Commission on Aging passed 1,121-229. The road millage ...

Appeal: Snyder says people of Copper Country need assistance

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HOUGHTON — In response to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) denial of individual assistance funding for areas impacted by June 17 flash flooding, the office of Gov. Rick Snyder is appealing the decision. An appeal takes into account new information and follows the same steps as ...