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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 ...

Baraga’s got talent: County fair talent show fun for everyone

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PELKIE - The young and young-at-heart took the stage to display their skills at the Baraga County Fair talent show, “Baraga's Got Talent” on Sunday. Of the eight contestants, the senior competitor was 67-year-old Linda Kinnunen. Kinnunen read from her collection of essays, “Memories of ...

Capitalism’s Import: Mining Frontier Company Stores

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If Charles Brush wanted to sell miners’ supplies at his sutler’s store at Fort Wilkins, to clothe, feed, and equip miners and prospectors, it only made John Hays’ job that much easier. Hays, who was the agent of the Pittsburgh and Boston Copper Harbor Mining Company, was directing mining ...

Revenue sharing could be top election issue: Markkanen

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HOUGHTON — Hancock resident and Baraga school teacher Gregory Markkanen beat out three other Republican candidates for the 110th District House seat in Tuesday’s primary and will face Democrat Ken Summers in the November general election. Summers ran unopposed. Markkanen, who is a former ...

Curly Weighs In

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I was being dragged across the wood chip floored arena by an 1100 pound steer but I wasn't afraid. I was embarrassed and ticked off. Curly was misbehaving at the worst time. It was the UP State Fair. I was 9 years old and wearing borrowed cowboy boots and belt buckle. We had practiced at our ...

New STEM director looks for business connections

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HANCOCK — Emily Gochis has been appointed as the director of the MiSTEM network in Region 16 of Michigan, which covers Keweenaw, Houghton, Ontonagon, Baraga and Gogebic counties. "The sixteenth is the best," Gochis said. Gochis has been a high school teacher, worked in outdoor education, ...

County responds to FEMA assistance denial

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HOUGHTON COUNTY — The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) assistance for individuals and households has been denied for Houghton, Gogebic and Menominee Counties. The denial comes following a declaration for public assistance last week. “Based on our review of all the information ...

RES drafts tax promise in L’Anse

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L'ANSE — L'Anse Township tax assessor Jim Fedie revealed the basics of a draft letter from Renewable Energy Systems (RES) outlining a tax revenue guarantee for the Summit Lake Wind Project. The draft agreement states that at least 80 percent of currently projected tax revenue would be paid ...

Abandoned meth lab found in Adams Twp.

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ADAMS TOWNSHIP — An abandoned meth lab was discovered by workers cutting trees along the power lines near Baltic Wednesday. The Houghton County Sheriff Department was called to the scene and confirmed the site was in fact a meth lab, according to a release. The site was located in a ...

Summers wins 110th Representative Dem primary

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HOUGHTON — Ken Summers was declared the winner of the Democratic primary in the 110th House District with 100 percent of the vote, according to Summers’ campaign manager, Simon Foster. Summers is seeking to replace Representative Scott Dianda, who has reached his term limit and is running ...

New Chapter: WUPPDR bouncing back from flood

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HANCOCK — The Western Upper Peninsula Planning and Development Region had been talking about moving out of its Houghton location for years, said Executive Director Jerry Wuorenmaa. The timeline got accelerated with June 17’s flood, which destroyed WUPPDR’s offices on Lakeshore Drive in ...