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A window into art: Free Comic Book Day a big hit at Black Ice Comics

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HOUGHTON — Last Saturday was National Free Comic Book Day (FCBD), which is intended to help bring newer fans into the fantastical worlds that writers and artists create on an often-monthly basis. Titles from publishing giants like Marvel and DC were on display alongside smaller, independent ...

Inspections coming for lift bridge

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HOUGHTON — Routine inspections of the Portage Lake Lift Bridge will begin Monday, leading to short closures over the next two weeks. The evaluation of structural, mechanical and electrical components is done every five to seven years, said Jeff Barch, lift bridge engineering support with ...

Treaty talks began at La Pointe

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It was a ridiculous time of year to demand a council. It was the season of gathering rice, and harvesting, and food gathering in preparation for the winter. It is likely why Robert Stuart chose this time to call the Ojibway chiefs of the south shore of Lake Superior, Minnesota Territory, and ...

Medical marijuana shops stuck in holding pattern

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HOUGHTON — After statewide medical marijuana regulations were put into effect in 2017, the number of facilities in the Western Upper Peninsula is down to one. Both Portage and Torch Lake Township have ordinances in place allowing the facilities with Portage allowing for three and one in ...

Learning: Mroz discusses economy, education

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HOUGHTON — Michigan Technological University President Glenn Mroz was the speaker at the Houghton Rotary Lunch Thursday, and he discussed education and its changing perceived value, along with its connection to the economy. Mroz began with discussing an article he had recently read by ...

Millage promotes region skilled-trade education

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HANCOCK — The career and technical education millage approved by voters in the Copper Country Intermediate School District is already paying dividends, CCISD officials reported at Wednesday’s Keweenaw Economic Development Alliance meeting. Fourteen classes will be offered next year, up ...

Club looks at vision for its future

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SILVER CITY — The Ontonagon County-based Lake Superior Sportsman Club (LSSC) is getting closer to expanding its facilities. Walt Toepfler reported the club’s progress toward its “Vision for the Future” at its recent annual meeting. “There was exciting news to report,” he said. ...

Keweenaw internet provider trying to lock out competitor

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EAGLE RIVER — ShoreWaves internet provider hit a roadblock in completing its link to Copper Harbor, said Steven Fitzgerald, president of the company. The roadblock, he said, is that access to the equipment shed at the base of the Keweenaw Mountain Lodge tower has been denied by PastyNet, ...

SCIENCE OLYMPIAD: WMS finishes 20th in state

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CALUMET — The Calumet Science Olympiad teams wrapped up a successful competition season with a trip to the Michigan Science Olympiad State Finals April 28 at Michigan State University in East Lansing. Both teams qualified for the state finals by finishing second at the Region 1 Tournament ...

LSSI looking for new funding to continue educating students

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HOUGHTON — Ten years after opening its doors, the Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative (LSSI) has reached about a third of Western Upper Peninsula students with hands-on stewardship learning. “What we try to do is prepare students to be citizens in their community and steward their ...

Porky’s music fest lineup set

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ONTONAGON — For much of the year, the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park is a place of peace and solitude. But once a year, the Porcupine Mountains Music Festival figuratively raises the roof of the place. This year marks the 14th year of the Porcupine Mountains Music Festival, ...

Accused molester’s trial set for Sept. 5

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HOUGHTON — September trial dates were set May 2 in Houghton County Circuit Court for a Lake Linden man accused of molesting three underage girls. Lawrence Beaudoin, 73, faces six felony charges of criminal sexual conduct for the alleged incidents, dating from 2008 to 2015. The three ...

Standards:

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HANCOCK — Barkell Elementary School was identified as one of three elementary and three middle schools in the state as high performing in the state in the subject of social studies. In a letter dated Feb. 23, 2018, from the Michigan Social Studies Supervisors Association (MSSSA), Barkell ...

New educators needed in Adams Township

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HOUGHTON — The Adams Township school board met Wednesday accepting a retirement and resignation and calling for new hires in several areas around the school. The meeting began with a moment of silence for the death of three local 19-year-olds all within recent years. English and Social ...

Calumet High wins Bioathlon

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HOUGHTON — High school students from around the Upper Peninsula gathered Wednesday to participate in the 29th annual Bioathlon at Michigan Tech, with the team from Calumet High School emerging victorious. The competition was hosted by Michigan Technological University to generate interest ...

City pays more bucks for more SUV for police

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HOUGHTON — With more grant money for a police car, the city is putting in more money of its own to purchase a vehicle with more endurance. The City Council Wednesday approved an increase to the contribution from the city’s equipment fund from $16,000 to up to $21,000 to purchase a Chevy ...

Sheriff officially names victims

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HOUGTHON — The names of the two victims of a vehicle fire in Portage Township last Sunday were released by the Sheriff’s Office via a press release. Joshua Michael Becia, 19, of Portage Township, and Jay Henry Stevens, also 19, of Painesdale, have been positively identified by the ...

Looking Legal

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BARAGA — The Village Council on Wednesday discussed seeking legal counsel due to an issue with nonpayment of outstanding bills from the village by apartment tenants and landlords. At the council meeting Tuesday, Village Manager LeAnn LeClaire said she was unsure of what else to do about ...

Vehicle Recovered: Divers use sonar camera to find SUV

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HANCOCK — Police found the car Tuesday afternoon of a Hancock man whose body was recovered April 30 in the Portage Canal, five months after he was reported missing. The missing vehicle of 38-year-old Duane Kangas was recovered just off the south end of Birch Street on the Hancock side of ...