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Keweenawesomefest: Festival delivers comic, musical riffs

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HOUGHTON — Bookended by the energetic live debut of Houghton band The Graduates and a raucous set from festival veterans The Go Rounds of Kalamazoo, Keweenawesomefest left fans satisfied with nine acts Friday and Saturday. Bands appreciated the crowds’ attentiveness and enthusiasm. ...

Houghton considers additional officer

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HOUGHTON — With part-time officers increasingly harder to come by, Houghton is discussing the potential of adding another full-time officer. It remains to be seen whether the city has funds to do it, City Manager Eric Waara said. “The chief has asked if we could hire one more person,” ...

Copper Country Blight Grants

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LAKE LINDEN — Copper Country communities make up a third of the nine receiving grants from the Michigan Land Bank Authority to eliminate blight. County land banks and local units of governments could apply for the Rural Community Demolition Grant, which is designed to help municipalities ...

20th century marked distinctive change in copper district

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Without the luxury of being able to sit down to coffee and talk with them, it is difficult to know for sure why certain men came to the Lake Superior copper district, or why they were so eager to invest so heavily in a region that had not proven itself yet. Some, of course, thought copper ...

Way Of The Warrior: Hero’s code of honor

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Every culture throughout history has identified character strengths and virtues that they view as critical to their survival. Regardless of origin, the majority of the themes are universally accepted. One of the value systems I am intrigued with is the Bushidō Code or "the way of the ...

Social media can be source of support when grieving

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A few moments after I gave consent to the medical team at Mayo Clinic to withdraw life support from my spouse, I posted the heart wrenching news to my network on Facebook. The team had worked hard to help him survive the hemorrhage from a massive aneurism, but they were out of options. After 29 ...

City starts considering search for office space

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HOUGHTON — Where to move the Houghton City Center was an issue raised during Wednesday’s initial budget meeting of the City Council. City manager Eric Waara said at last week’s City Council meeting upstairs tenant Midwest Loan Services had given the city a letter of intent to buy the ...

U.P. Kids offering training for foster, adoptive parents

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U.P. Kids is hosting an all-day training next week for foster and adoptive parents. Kim Seidel, a specialist on reactive detachment disorder, will train parents how to deal with sever behaviors like gorging, lying, defiance, stealing, self-mutilation, sexual acting out and aggression. “Any ...

Flood Forage: DNR on hunt for Copper Country snow melt erosion

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HOUGHTON — As temperatures are projected to spike into the 60s, the Department of Natural Resources is asking for the public’s help in finding areas on former railroad grades damaged by last year’s flood. These problems include pooling of water upstream of trails and in unnaturally ...

Portage Township getting sewer upgrade funds

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PORTAGE TOWNSHIP — Portage Township will get some much-needed sewer infrastructure upgrades with aid from U.S. Department of Agriculture grants. The township will build a sewer collection system along the Green Acres Road/M-26 corridor through a $960,000 loan and $2.04 million grant from ...

Not there yet: Copper Country LWV spreads equal pay word at Tech

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HOUGHTON — The gender wage gap is narrowing, but still not closed. Members of the League of Women voters of the Copper Country were at Michigan Technological University to publicize the issue for the annual Equal Pay Day. The day marks the approximate point at which the average woman would ...

Wells Fargo Home Mortgage: Here to help with your home lending needs

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Wells Fargo has been helping customers for more than 160 years. And here in the Copper Country region, Wells Fargo has been a presence for some time just like Tiina Lynn Puska. A life-long resident and a 40- year veteran of the banking business, Tiina has been working as a home mortgage ...

Expo provides young students look into STEM

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HOUGHTON — A new event at Michigan Technological University taught local ninth-graders learned about science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) — and the options available to study it at Tech. An estimated 180 students came to A Day of STEM in the Copper Country Tuesday. The day ...

Man dies in tractor accident

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COVINGTON TOWNSHIP — A Covington Township man was killed Wednesday after he was pinned under his tractor, the Michigan State Police said in a release. Troopers from the Calumet post were called out about 3:20 p.m. Monday to the residence of Thomas Disney, 84, who had fallen off his tractor ...

Return to Roots: MTU resurrecting mining engineering degree program

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HOUGHTON — When the Michigan Mining School opened in 1885, mining engineering was the first department established. The college grew and diversified, eventually becoming Michigan Technological University. With shrinking faculty and enrollment in mining engineering, in 2004 the university ...

Strumming in Persian New Year

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Garrett Neese/Daily Mining Gazette Iranian musician Sahba Motalliebi plays Persian classical music on the tar during the celebration of Norooz at Michigan Technological University on March 24. Iranians and other residents of the Copper Country rang in the Persian New Year with music, dancing, ...

Houghton council approves equipment buys

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HOUGHTON — The Houghton City Council approved two equipment purchases Wednesday: $153,750 for a reconditioned vacuum tanker truck, and $6,100 for an arrow board. Houghton has a 1998 vacuum truck, which is used to clear sewers and catch basins. The Department of Public Works found a ...