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Changing hands: baptist church extends reach

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The Ontonagon Baptist Church has taken over the pastoral duties and management of the Calvary Baptist Church of South Range. “Ontonagon Baptist Church unanimously voted to take on Calvary Baptist Church of South Range as a mission church, meaning Ontonagon Baptist will be legally and ...

Six ways to healthier living

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A Clubhouse is a recovery-focused program organized to support people living with mental illness. Through participation in a Clubhouse, members gain access to opportunities to rejoin the worlds of friendships, family, employment and education, and to the services and support they may ...

Refinery project in construction financing stage

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ONTONAGON — With several development plans in the works, the Ontonagon area is trying to pick up steam again. At its Wednesday meeting, the Economic Development Commission (EDC) heard an update on the SynSel Biofuel plant planned for the area. “The last time we were here, we were in ...

Houghton appoints city attorney from Marquette

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HOUGHTON — Houghton appointed a Marquette-based firm as city attorney at its meeting Wednesday night. The council hired Kendricks, Bordeau, Adamini, Greenlee and Keefe, which also has an office in Hancock. Paul Tomasi, who has been serving as the city's attorney, is retiring. The ...

County supports UPCAP energy proposal

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L’ANSE — The Baraga County Board voted to support an energy rate proposal from the Upper Peninsula Commission for Area Progress (UPCAP) to the Michigan Energy Office at the meeting on Monday evening. “We’re trying to get energy in the UP stabilized, price-wise and everything else,” ...

New Year, New You: Crossfit launches challenge for 2018

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HOUGHTON — The new year’s resolution that doesn't get shared is the easiest to break. Crossfit Haakapeliitta launched a challenge Sunday to help people achieve fitness and life goals. “We're trying to help people improve their habits in a sustainable, effective and enjoyable way,” ...

1 Million Cups group starts brewing entrepreneurship in Hancock

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HANCOCK — The growth of a business can be measured in cups of coffee — by the reckoning of one group promoting small-business entrepreneurship, 1 million cups’ worth of pitching, brainstorming and collaborating. On Wednesday, Hancock became the latest of about 160 communities ...

Jail remains overcrowded

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HOUGHTON — The Houghton County Jail was at or overcapacity for 29 of 31 days in December, and over for the first nine days in January, Sheriff Brian McLean told the County Board Tuesday. A jail population over the rated capacity for seven days requires disclosure to county officials under ...

Pigs n Heat returns for another year

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HOUGHTON — The annual Pigs n Heat benefit hockey game between local police and local fire department members is returning for yet another year. Lt. Nick Roberts of the Houghton City Police said the game is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 3 at the MacInnes Student Ice Arena in the Student ...

Ontonagon Council wants plan before surrendering deed

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ONTONAGON — The question of transferring the deed for the village’s Housing Commission property to the commission remains on the table after Monday’s Village Council meeting. Since 2017 the commission has been requesting a deed transfer of land to get funding for natural gas system ...

Wind Farms take center stage at board meeting

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BARAGA TOWNSHIP — The Township Board appointed Susan Durham as a new member of the planning commission at the meeting on Tuesday evening. Durham will be taking over for Jeff Sprenkle. Her term will be starting immediately and will go until March 2020. The board heard an update on roads ...

Baraga delays shrine donation

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BARAGA — The Village Council moved closer to a decision on whether it will donate to the Baraga Shrine. Village Manager LeAnn LeClaire, said the village could use WPPI funds for the donation. Council members discussed whether it would be a one-time donation or ongoing. LeClaire said it ...

LLH board elects officers

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LAKE LINDEN — The Lake Linden-Hubbell Public School District Board selected officers at its reorganizational meeting Monday night. The board selected Patricia Burton as president, Jeff Dennis as vice president, Lori Ambuehl as secretary and Kim Codere as treasurer. Codere, who had ...

New superintendent starts at CLK Schools

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CALUMET — Chris Davidson became the new superintendent of the Public Schools of Calumet-Laurium-Keweenaw on Jan. 2 with the start of the new semester. Davidson replaced Dale Pierce, who retired after 29 years with the district, 13 years of which were as superintendent. Davidson, who was ...

County Board makes new-year appointments

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HOUGHTON — The County Board reappointed Tim Palosaari as vice chairman in its first meeting of 2018. Meeting days remain on the Tuesday following the second Monday of the month. The exception is the October meeting, which will take place on Oct. 16. Palosaari and commissioners Anton Pintar ...

OVHC considers issues during meeting

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The Ontonagon Village Housing Commission discussed the possibility of taking money from their budget to hire an attorney and pay for an additional audit. Throughout 2017, the Ontonagon Village Housing Commission (OVHC) Board has been seeking to get the deed for the land that their senior and ...

Houghton man found frozen in woods near Niagara

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MARINETTE, Wis. — Niagara firefighters recovered the frozen body of a young Houghton man Sunday evening after a resident earlier in the day reported an abandoned vehicle on a snowmobile trail off Barlow Lake and Brown Spur roads in the town of Niagara, Wis. The man was identified as Jacob ...

Red Kettle short of goal, but optimistic about the outlook for 2018

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HANCOCK — The Salvation Army’s 2017 Red Kettle Campaign fell short of its goal by 19.6 percent, said Capt. Leonita Schweigert. Final totals showed that $52,254.79 was raised, while the goal was $65,000. “All of the credit goes to the community who drop in change, dollars, and checks ...

Budget deficit drops at Baraga Area Schools

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BARAGA — A budget deficit for the Baraga Area Schools District has decreased from $372,138 to $251,112, Superintendent Richard Sarau announced at a Monday board meeting. The decrease is due to “a little bit more money from state aid,” said Sarau. He said although it has dropped down ...

Salvation Army prepares for upcoming offerings to youths

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HANCOCK — Critical funding for the Salvation Army’s programs includes donations received throughout the year, as well as a direct mail campaign, Capt. Leonita Schweigert said, in addition to the annual Red Kettle campaign. Year-round funding supports many youth outreach programs, many of ...