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Motorcyclist dies in crash

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HOUGHTON — A motorcyclist died Friday in a one-vehicle accident in downtown Houghton, according to a police press release issued Monday morning. A motorcycle driven by 69-year-old Brian Bixley of Pelkie was entering onto Shelden Avenue from a parking spot when he lost control of the ...

Commission recommends airport weather system

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ONTONAGON — The Ontonagon County Economic Development Corp. (EDC) wants the county board to equip the airport with an Automated Weather Observing System (AWOS) enabling to enhance business opportunities in the western Upper Peninsula. “As our county continues to position itself for ...

Violations occurred in Porkies exploratory drilling: DEQ official

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Highland Copper Co. violated the Michigan Natural Resources & Environmental Protection Act (NREPA) during exploratory drilling for copper in the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park, according to a state regulator. “There are certainly violations here,” said Steve Casey, Michigan ...

Copper Country racers dominate Marquette Mtn.

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MARQUETTE — In 70-degree heat snowmobilers were racing April 8-9 in a grand finale competition on Marquette Mountain in the 25th annual Marquette Mountain Snowmobile Drag Races and the first World Championship Kids Climb. Also taking place was the Michigan State Championship Hillcross and ...

Test shines bright light on cancer

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HOUGHTON — Michigan Technological University continues to be the hub of scientific innovation in the area, as two professors from the Department of Chemistry have just published a paper on a project involving using fluorescent light and a little chemistry to help detect cancer cells. Using ...

Lake Superior to be celebrated at MTU

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Lake Superior will be the subject of a celebration at Michigan Technological University’s Great Lakes Research Center from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, according to a release. The celebration will include informative exhibits by more than a dozen local agencies and organizations, fun hands-on ...

Former DMG staffer wins Pulitzer

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For Erin Alberty, the year she spent working at the Daily Mining Gazette was an excellent learning experience, which honed her journalistic skills to the point where she could win a Pulitzer Prize. Alberty, along with three other reporters at the Salt Lake Tribune learned on April 10 they won ...

10 Things to Know Today: April 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. WHAT IS PENCE IS WARNING The U.S. vice president travels to the zone dividing North and South Korea and warns nuclear-armed Pyongyang “the era of strategic patience is over.” 2. ...

Spring Fling: Students break out of class

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HOUGHTON — A warm and sunny Friday saw Michigan Tech’s annual Spring Fling in full swing. The event, primarily used by student and Greek organizations for recruitment, was particularly lively compared to other years as rain or a late spring often forces students indoors. Planning for the ...

Lots of tinkering goes into creating Design Expo product

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HOUGHTON — Many of the projects displayed at this week’s Michigan Technological University Design Expo have narrow target audiences, but one project to develop a bicycle powered by both pedaling and an electric motor could be targeted to a wider general audience. The Senior Design team, ...

27th saw combat before it went to war

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While the 16th Michigan Infantry, like the rest of the Union Army of the Potomac, was being wasted under incompetent generals in Virginia, the next wave of Copper Country volunteers would see blood before they set foot on a battlefield. The 27th Michigan Infantry’s first three companies ...

City unveils conceptual plan to restore Kestner seawall

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HOUGHTON — City Manager Eric Waara gave City Council members a concept plan for work near the Kestner Waterfront Park seawall at Wednesday’s meeting. Waara said the west portion of the sidewalk would be moved off the seawall, creating a 15-foot-wide lawn space. “If we ever get ...

Fire destroys apartment

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HANCOCK — An early-morning fire Friday forced the evacuation of an apartment building, but there were no injuries, according to firefighter Mark Dennis. Dennis said the department received the call about the fire at 3:30 a.m. When firefighters arrived on the Anthony Street Apartments at ...

Public tours hospital ED

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ONTONAGON — Healthy people streamed into the halls of Aspirus Ontonagon Hospital during Thursday’s warm, sunny afternoon, to celebrate the grand opening of the facility’s recently expanded Emergency Department. “This is exactly what this community deserves,” said Dave Olsson, ...

Tech Design Expo features concepts on cutting edge

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HOUGHTON — Before a product or service gets to market or put into use, somebody has to have an idea, then the idea has to be made real, and that is the concept behind the Michigan Technological University Design Expo. The Design Expo took place Thursday in the Tech Memorial Union Building ...

New UP Health, UGL clinic hosts chamber

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CALUMET — The Keweenaw Chamber of Commerce held its monthly After Hours event at the Calumet Family Health Center Thursday, where people were offered a tour of the of new facility. The clinic is the new home to the UP Health Systems - Portage Clinic, and the Upper Great Lakes Family Health ...

Ontonagon EDC wants state support

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ONTONAGON — The Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) is asking local economic development boards to consider adopting an amended agreement updating its administrative duties. In a conference call with the Ontonagon County Economic Development Corporation (EDC) Wednesday ...

Houghton donates labor for skatepark

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HOUGHTON — The Houghton MI Skatepark’s crowdfunding efforts got some additional help from the Houghton City Council Wednesday. Houghton City Council approved up to $20,000 for work at the East Houghton Waterfront Park involving the new skatepark at its meeting Wednesday. The skate ...

10 Things to Know Today: April 14, 2017

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Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. PYONGYANG TO TRUMP: PIPE DOWN North Korea’s vice foreign minister tells the AP that the president’s “aggressive” tweets are building up a “vicious cycle” of tensions on the ...