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Calumet students excel at team management at BPA conference

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CALUMET TOWNSHIP — The Calumet-Laurium-Keweenaw School Board congratulated three students who placed at the Business Professionals of America Region Five Leadership Conference at the board’s meeting Tuesday. Courtney Kangas, Allison Remali and Kasey Kangas were joined by their adviser, ...

Combo Punch: More snow to follow Sunday night’s blow

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HOUGHTON — After weeks of relatively quiet, a storm dumping heavy, wet snow hit the Copper Country on Sunday night, dumping up to 8 inches of snow on Monday morning. While a low-pressure system is situated over Lake Winnipeg, a warm front coming from the southeast bringing ...

NPS awards trail funding in Calumet Township

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CALUMET — Several local municipalities and nonprofit organizations have received a grant from the National Park Service, Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance (RTCA) program to provide technical assistance for planning a cohesive trail corridor through Calumet Township, village of ...

So. Range snow loader needs fix at critical time

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South Range's front-end loader that it uses for snow removal has sprung a leak, street commissioner Bob Bonini reported at Thursday night's village council meeting. "We're losing about a gallon of oil a day on it," Bonini said. The leak is originating between the engine and the torque ...

Year-round trail system key to Keweenaw rec plan

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EAGLE RIVER — Ann Gasperich, Keweenaw County equalization assistant, has been working with several entities and clubs in updating the county’s five-year recreation plan, which includes an emphasis on existing trails and creating new ones. During the Dec. 19 public hearing on the 2019-23 ...

Tribal Council members take oath of office

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BARAGA — New members were sworn in and officers selected and confirmed at Saturday’s meeting of the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community (KBIC) Tribal Council. Before the swearing in could take place, the previous council had to certify the election results, which were presented by election ...

$4.3M Judgment: Court rules on malpractice lawsuit

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HOUGHTON — Damages for a former Aspirus Keweenaw Hospital patient who was found to have suffered negligent care were set at more than $4.3 million in a Houghton County Circuit Court judgment issued Thursday. Julie Harris was working as a nurse for Aspirus in 2012 when she was prescribed an ...

While pioneers suffered winter, Fort Wilkins had its problems

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Capt. Robert Emmet Clary was in command at Fort Wilkins. In fact, it was his command that had constructed the post at Copper Harbor. The garrison consisted of 105 officers and men, comprising Companies A and B of the Fifth U.S. Infantry. And from the moment those men and their families landed ...

Wind farm foes seek response from shut-down federal agency

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A member of the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community (KBIC) has submitted a formal request for discretionary review of the obstruction evaluation of the Summit Lake Wind Project. The evaluation was performed by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in support of the KBIC Tribal Council ...

Just another day in paradise for Seppo Makinen

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In February of 2010, the eyes of the world focused on the small town of Whistler, British Columbia.  As Olympic athletes flew down a wild, off-camber ski run, I thought to myself “Seppo would be proud.” One day, while living in Whistler, I stumbled across a plaque high upon Whistler ...

Tempers flare over Keweenaw tower contract proposals

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EAGLE RIVER — Contract negotiations between ShoreWaves and Keweenaw County became heated at the latest County Board meeting, to a degree which prompted the chairman to cut off debate. Steven Fitzpatrick, president of ShoreWaves, said he was not happy with the lease agreement he received ...

How to make changes over course of new year

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Is there something you would like to change? The New Year is a common time for people to set new goals like losing weight, quitting a habit, or getting into better shape. Last January, I decided I wanted to get leaner, so I set a weight and strength goal I wanted to reach by the end of the ...

Village looks at use of lots

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SOUTH RANGE — The South Range Village Council started its regular January meeting with a moment of silence for Naomi Marie Fish. Fish, who spent years serving on the council, died Dec. 14. Village President Justin Marier said the council would have to decide what to do with two lots ...

New treasurer paid her dues

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HOUGHTON — After more than 31 years in the Houghton County Treasurer’s Office, Lisa Mattila is taking on the top position. Mattila, most recently the deputy treasurer, was appointed as treasurer at December’s Houghton County Board meeting. She replaces Kathleen Beattie, who retired at ...

Private roads restrict access to Seven Mile Point: KNA

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EAGLE RIVER — John Griffith of the Keweenaw Natural Areas (KNA), explained at the December Keweenaw County Board meeting why Seven Mile Point, which the KNA owns, has restricted public access. “I can explain that very easily,” Griffith said. “That is a private road. It was up to our ...

Nurses aide students train to provide valuable respite

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HANCOCK — Students taking nurses aide classes at the Houghton County Medical Care Facility (HCMCF) are being trained in REST, or Respite Education and Support Tools. The training prepares the students to be able to step into a home caregiver situation as a respite worker and give the ...

Finn film kicks off Heikinpaiva

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The Nordic Film Series at Finlandia University's Finnish American Heritage Center resumes Jan. 10 with a Finnish documentary to kick off the 2019 Heikinpaiva festival. "Hobbyhorse Revolution," a 2017 film, will show at 2 and 6 p.m. Jan. 10. The film’s theme focuses on the power of ...

Flow of 11th-hour legislation continues

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The profusion of laws passed at the state level in December continues. House Bill 4858 amends a law that currently gives veterans preference for public appointment or employment. It requires a veteran’s military service be treated as relevant professional experience when calculating wage or ...

Keweenaw County anxious to develop Gratiot River Park

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EAGLE RIVER — With funding in hand, the Keweenaw County Board is anxious to begin developing the Gratiot River County Park. Funding includes engineering and planning, which will begin soon. County Board Commissioner Sandra Gayk said she spearheaded the project after a constituent ...

Tower Tussling: ShoreWaves hits snag with county

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EAGLE RIVER — Keweenaw County and ShoreWaves.Net experienced what may have been a combination of misunderstanding and lack of communication. The issue began when the county sent Steven Fitzgerald of ShoreWaves a lease agreement in November, to which Fitzgerald responded by email, telling ...