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Budget hearing focuses on Dee work, water, benefits

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HOUGHTON — The Houghton City Council discussed issues such work at Dee Stadium, water and sewer upgrades and employee benefits at its latest budget meeting Wednesday. The public improvement fund is projected to run at a $70,000 deficit. Budgeted revenues include a $75,000 Department of ...

10 Things to Know Today: May 18, 2017

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By The Associated Press Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. DOJ APPOINTS SPECIAL COUNSEL FOR TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE Former FBI Director Robert Mueller is tapped to oversee the investigation into allegations that Trump’s ...

Construction Update: Summer projects reviewed

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HOUGHTON — Houghton and Hancock’s city councils were briefed on the summer road projects in the two cities at a joint meeting Tuesday. On the Lakeshore Drive project, which will run from Dee Stadium to Quincy Street, has started with Semco working on gas lines, said City Manager Eric ...

UP teachers learn reading program

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HOUGHTON — Nearly 60 kindergarten and first-grade teachers met at Michigan Technological University recently for a two-day instructional session in reference to a new program to support their young readers. They were joined by other teachers from across the Upper Peninsula for the program, ...

Board balking at paying share for airport system

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ONTONAGON — Airport Manager Margot Anderson got approval for one project but County Board support for what many see as the key to the airport’s future remains in doubt. The board gave the go-ahead for a contract with consultants Mead & Hunt to work with the Michigan Department of ...

4 CCISD employees leaving: 2 resigning, 2 retiring

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HANCOCK — The Copper Country Intermediate School District is losing four staff members at the end of this school year, two who have submitted resignations, and two who are retiring. The CCISD board accepted with regret the resignations of Siranda Normand, speech/language pathologist, and ...

Tuisku gave lifetime of service to Hancock

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HANCOCK — For Dick Tuisku, his wife Mary was a partner who made his life complete. Mary Tuisku died Sunday in her home at 70 years old. Mary was serving for the third time on the Hancock City Council, and she had more than 30 years of experience in Hancock government. Dick said he has ...

PHF recognizes local health care students

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HOUGHTON — The Portage Health Foundation has financially supported many local students working toward degrees in health care. Tuesday, the organization recognized them at a dinner event. Before the event at the Bonfire Grille in Houghton started, Kevin Store, Portage Health Foundation ...

Lift bridge gets national award

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MECHANICSBURG, Pa. — Modjeski and Masters, a nationwide leader in the design, inspection, and rehabilitation of all bridge types, including long-span and movable structures, today announced its selection as winner of two Association for Bridge Construction and Design (ABCD) Susquehanna ...

10 Things to Know Today: May 17, 2017

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Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. MEMO: TRUMP ASKED COMEY TO DROP FLYNN PROBE The U.S. president personally appealed to the FBI director to abandon the bureau’s investigation into the fired national security adviser, ...

Township looks to KNHP for property support

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CALUMET TOWNSHIP — Calumet Township government has been purchasing historic buildings in the township for about 30 years, and now the current board is seeking financial support from the Keweenaw National Historical Park for some of those properties. Paul Lehto, Calumet Township supervisor, ...

‘Build day’ planned for C.J. Sullivan Elem.

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L’ANSE — L’Anse Area Schools are looking for people to help build a new playground in June. After having a series of successful fundraisers, the aging C.J. Sullivan Elementary School playground will get a much-needed facelift. Superintendent Susan Tollefson told the board the “build ...

Hearing in Court: Defendants hear drug charges

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HOUGHTON — Two suspects in a drug bust in Lake Linden appeared for pre-trial hearings in Houghton County Circuit Court Monday. Breon Garner, 26, of Detroit, and Willie Nelson, 48, of Lake Linden, had their pretrials continued to May 31. Garner and Nelson were among four people arrested ...

Onto. schools seek millage

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ONTONAGON — As the ink still is not dry from the May 2 millage where Ontonagon County voters rejected an Ontonagon Area School District (OASD) request for a renewal of the district’s sinking fund, the OASD School Board voted unanimously to go back to the voters again. It was at last ...

Superintendent: Referendum projects will begin in summer

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HOUGHTON — Some of the smaller parts of work under Houghton-Portage Township Schools’ $10.895 million bond issue will be done this summer, Superintendent Doreen Klingbeil said Monday. Voters approved the bond this month. Larger projects, such as construction at the elementary school ...

L’Anse teachers report behavior techniques

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L’ANSE — Teachers updated the School Board about the benefits of the integration of a positive, consistent method of addressing behavioral problems. The teachers are working with Michigan’s Integrated Behavior and Learning Support Initiative (MIBLSI), which was introduced in the grade ...

Die-in: Local people gather to protest AHCA

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HOUGHTON — About 50 people gathered Saturday in Houghton for a “die-in” to protest the U.S. House of Representatives passing the American Health Care Act. According to one of the signs carried by protesters, Houghton’s Veterans Park was labeled the “Congressman Jack Bergman Memorial ...

Graffiti, floor damage, litter at Quincy dry house building

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FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP — For Tom Wright, the damage being done at the Quincy No. 8 shaft isn’t being done by bad people, just thoughtless people. “These are not hoodlums,” he said. “They’re just kids.” At the dry house on the property owned by the Quincy Mine Hoist Association off ...