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Pantti seeks election to Ontonagon school board

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Rebecca Pantti is one of six candidates on the ballot and one registered write-in candidate for a seat on the Ontonagon Area School District Board (OASD). Voters will decide on four open seats on the Board. “I am running for the OASD School Board because I heard there were four positions ...

MSP’s ‘Stuff a Blue Goose’ kicks off on Wednesday

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CALUMET — The Michigan State Police Post, together with five grocery stores in Houghton and Baraga counties, will host “Stuff a Blue Goose” charity events next week, according to a release from Trooper Keven Rajala of the Calumet Post. The events are conducted in conjunction with the 2018 ...

H-PT union contract agreement leaves hard feelings: teacher

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HOUGHTON — The Houghton-Portage Township Schools Board approved a one-year contract with teachers at its meeting Monday night, as one teacher bemoaned what he said has become a rancorous negotiating relationship between teachers and the board. The one-year contract with the Michigan ...

Walking Against Violence: Fundraiser for domestic violence awareness

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BARAGA — The weather was clear Saturday for the ninth annual Chelsey LaFernier Memorial Domestic Violence Awareness Walk and Feast hosted by the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community’s (KBIC) Office of Violence Against Women (OVW). Chelsey LaFernier was a 23-year-old KBIC member who was murdered ...

Ontonagon drafts code ordinance

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ONTONAGON — In one of the first moves since joining Project Rising Tide, the village is moving toward enforcing construction codes at the local level, taking over from the state. Village board members received copies of a draft of the construction code ordinance at last week's meeting. Once ...

Challenger wants to promote economy

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HOUGHTON — Melissa Davis said she is running for the Houghton County Board on an interest in serving the area and doing things that benefit residents. “A lot of people seem to think that government is something that happens by itself, and I would really like people to interact with it ...

Low voter turnout for candidate meet event

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L’ANSE — Politicians nearly outnumbered their constituents at Baraga County’s Meet the Candidates event on Saturday afternoon. Nine candidates for elections ranging from Michigan’s 1st Congressional district to L’Anse School Board gave brief remarks to a crowd of barely a dozen ...

Fall wolf relocation ends: Four wolves brought to island

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HOUGHTON — The National Park Service announced today that the fall phase of the first year of its Isle Royale wolf translocation project has been brought to a successful close with four wolves translocated to the island from Minnesota. Though the original goal called for two additional wolves ...

Houghton police get ‘remarkable’ state report

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HOUGHTON — The Houghton Police Department got high marks back from the state in its recent audit. The state conducted a Law Enforcement Information Network (LEIN) audit of the department in September. The statewide computerized information system is intended to be able to provide a ...

Chassell recreation millage would replace library millage

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CHASSELL — On Nov. 6, residents of Chassell Township will vote on a millage levy to help fund recreation priorities set by township residents through a recreation survey completed in the summer of 2017. The .5 mills will be levied for a period of five years, after which the millage would ...

Rain Delay: Recent storms set repairs back

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HOUGHTON COUNTY — Repair to damages caused by the June 17 flood have seen many delays, now thanks to weeks of rain showers, valuable repair days have been lost. “We lost a couple of days due to the rain this week on our flood repair projects,” said Dan Weingarten, communications ...

Library director wins state award

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HOUGHTON — In some respects, the Portage Lake District Library is about 11,000 square feet on the Houghton waterfront. In others, it’s extending its reach to the Houghton downtown, across the canal and beyond. The Michigan Library Association announced Thursday the library’s director, ...

Packed house sees turbines get approved

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L’ANSE — The L’Anse Township Board approved ordinances allowing large wind energy conversion (LWEC) systems to be permitted in Forest Resource districts, as well as lowering the minimum blade clearance from 75 feet to 58 feet, as requested by Renewable Energy Systems (RES) and ...

Candidate focuses on improving life

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SOUTH RANGE — For George Eakin, South Range is home and working to improve it is a goal he hopes to continue if elected again to the Village Council in November. “I’m content right here in South Range, and I’ll be here for many years to come,” Eakin said. He has owned a home in ...

Mining began in Ontonagon before Revolutionary War

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For as much as we have discussed mining activities on Keweenaw Point, one might conclude there was no activity anywhere else in the Lake Superior copper district. But that, of course, is not the case. For example, while Col. Charles Gratiot was exploring the copper and silver deposit on the ...

State candidates talk good game on education

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HANCOCK — Candidates for state legislature gathered at Finlandia University’s Jutila Center on Friday to speak to the Copper Country Association of School Boards (CCASB) about what they each want to change about education in Michigan. “The fact is the best shot that anybody has in life ...

Ellsworth offers inside knowledge of E-TC School District

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BERGLAND — The Ewen-Trout Creek School Board has three openings, yet only have two names on the ballot. However the voters on the south end of Ontonagon County will have two candidates that have registered to run as write-in candidates. One of them is Cindy Ellsworth, a life-long resident ...

Protect family against flu, community against spread

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To minimize the spread of influenza this fall and winter, UP Health System - Portage hospital is encouraging all employees, medical personnel and community members to get vaccinated as soon as possible. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends annual flu vaccination ...