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Voters turn out in force

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HOUGHTON — Voter turnout in Houghton and Keweenaw counties seemed to be at near-record numbers, according to election workers who had been at their stations since 7 a.m. Tuesday morning. Mary Babcock, Hancock city clerk, said at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday that if the rate of voters coming to the ...

Razor-thin CC races: Cliffhanger ending in 38th Senate

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The people of Michigan’s 38th district have elected Ed McBroom as their new state senator in an election that saw 30 percent more people cast a ballot than in the 2014 midterm. McBroom, the Republican candidate, took 54.5 percent of the total vote with 58,605 votes and Democrat Scott Dianda ...

Wind farm issue blows change in L’Anse Township Board

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After a busy election day, the L’Anse Township Board will see only one change in its composition. Wallace “Buddy” Sweeney defeated the incumbent Brian Kissel 793-638, with only seven unresolved write-ins. Sweeney ran as an independent against Kissel on the Republican ticket. Kissel, ...

Incumbents retain seats on Keweenaw County Board

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EAGLE RIVER —Keweenaw County residents turned out in near record numbers to cast their votes on a number of issues, including recreational marijuana and state redistricting. In regards to Proposal 1, legalizing marijuana, the vote across the five townships was 662-650 in favor. Proposal 2 ...

Hancock selects old, new, old/new council members

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HANCOCK — Two incumbents, one former incumbent and one newcomer were elected Tuesday to the Hancock City Council. Two of the seats had incumbent candidates John Haeussler and Paul LaBine running for their seats. Haeussler received 1,006 votes and LaBine took home 989. New to the council ...

Janssen, Britz added to board

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HOUGHTON — All three returning members of the Houghton County Board were re-elected, with two new members winning contested races. In District 2, Republican Chairman Al Koskela held off Democrat Melissa Davis, winning 1,870-1,515 (55.2 percent to 44.8 percent). Koskela said he thinks ...

Change of plans: new approach to old Hancock Central High School

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HANCOCK — The old Hancock Central High School is an area icon that has been sitting empty for several years but new plans may see it put to use again by the 2020-21 school year. The original plan was hatched in 2009 over a chicken wrap and signed a year later with Hancock High School ...

Rest In Place: Italian Hall monument etches disaster in stone

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CALUMET — The stone monument listing the names of the Italian Hall tragedy victims has been set in place in the Italian Hall Park on Seventh Street. The monument was a project of the Italian Hall Memorial Park Committee. Mike Lahti, the committee’s chairman, said although the monument has ...

Fleeing and eluding driver identified

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The driver of the fleeing and eluding vehicle on Nov. 3, 2018, has been identified as James Francis Nixon of South Range, according to the Houghton County Sheriff’s Office. Nixon was arraigned in 97th District Court for Police Officer — Fleeing — Third Degree, a felony punishable by ...

Crash on Lift Bridge

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Police are still investigating a six-vehicle property damage accident that occurred during the Monday afternoon commute at approximately 4:30 pm on the Portage Lake Lift Bridge, according to a release. The bridge had vehicle traffic stopped allowing for a ship to pass through. The bridge then ...

KIBC held primary Saturday

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BARAGA — The Keweenaw Bay Indian Community (KBIC) held its primary election Saturday for seats on the Tribal Council and the role of chief judge. Of the 10 candidates running for the two open seats in the Baraga District, four candidates move on to the Dec. 15 general election. Kim ...

Calumet students learn boat building in traditional style

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CALUMET — Over the past month, high school woodworking students got the chance to practice traditional Finnish boat building. Since the first week of October, Calumet High school students have been aiding master boat builder Alex Comb on the project and got the chance to show off their ...

Bulging Ballot Box: Absentee votes signal big turnout in Calumet

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CALUMET TOWNSHIP — In an unprecedented development, the number of absentee ballots taken for Tuesday’s election is on par with the number taken during the 2016 presidential election, according to Clerk Beth Salmela, who suggested both state and local referendums are driving up the ...

Man flees, crashes, lands in jail

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SOUTH RANGE — A South Range man was taken to the Houghton County Jail Sunday morning after a high-speed chase that ended in a crash. The 31-year-old man began driving away from Houghton County Sheriff’s deputies after they spotted him driving carelessly in South Range about 2:14 a.m., ...

Houghton filmmaker spotlights ‘Unafraid’

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HOUGHTON — After Heather Courtney finished touring her previous documentary, “Where Soldiers Come From,” she was casting about for a new project. She and co-director Anayansi Prado decided on dreamers, immigrants subject to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) ...

Good Choices: Program offers family bonding

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BARAGA — Dial Help is hosting a series of Guiding Good Choices sessions for families interested in reducing adolescent problem behaviors, increase communications skills and improve family bonding. “It’s actually a pretty good time, too,” Dial Help facilitator Kevin Weir said. Weir ...

Roundup of north Houghton County township, village elections

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CALUMET TOWNSHIP — Voters of the township, and its three villages, will see many options, some not so bad, while others have been contentious, including the referendum to legalize recreational marijuana, and the disincorporation of a village. Voters for the Calumet-Laurium-Keweenaw School ...