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Dianda asks Trump for fed disaster declaration

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CALUMET — State Rep. Scott Dianda, D-Calumet, introduced a House resolution today asking President Donald Trump to declare a major disaster for the Michigan U.P. counties of Houghton, Gogebic and Menominee, which are still struggling to clean up and rebuild after widespread damage from ...

DNR council to discuss flood

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HOUGHTON — The DNR's Western Upper Peninsula Citizens' Advisory Council will meet in Houghton Tuesday, exactly one month since flash flooding devastated many places in and around the Houghton-Hancock area, including state-managed trails and boating access sites. Among its agenda items, the ...

Parking at HS for vol photo

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HANCOCK — Due to strong interest in the Copper Country Strong photo scheduled for Tuesday at UP Health - Portage hospital in Hancock, parking has been moved to Hancock High School. The Copper Country Strong photo is scheduled to take place at 12:15 p.m. Tuesday. Volunteers will assist ...

Taking shape: Blacksmith growing an artisan collective in L’Anse

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L'ANSE — “I love working with metal,” said Payne Chassen, blacksmith, mixed-metal artist and the founder of Village 104 Collective in the heart of L'Anse. In her smithy, named Peninsula Hotworks, she uses reclaimed metal to create steel potted plants, trout decorations, custom-engraved ...

ATV fire spreads to house

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BARAGA — A fire that initially ignited in an all-terrain vehicle spread to a residence on Tuesday. Michigan State Police responded to a call about a side-by-side ATV on fire at about 6:15 p.m. The address was in the 11200 area of US-41 near the Baraga-Houghton county line. At the ...

Moving forward: EDC hears biofuel, rail and dredging updates

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ONTONAGON — The Ontonagon Economic Development Corporation (EDC) met Wednesday, revisiting three long-term projects: river dredging, reinstalling the rail system, and the SynSel biofuel plant plans. EDC member Pat Tucker and owner of Lost Bowl Development, holder of the former paper mill ...

Waara: Sharon Avenue nearly ready to open

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HOUGHTON — Sharon Avenue could be open sometime late Thursday, City Manager Eric Waara said during a flood recovery update at Wednesday’s City Council meeting. “We’ve got one more piece of storm sewer we want to get in when there’s no traffic on the road,” he said. Waara said ...

Flooding closes M-26 in Osceola

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OSCEOLA TOWNSHIP — M-26 at Tamarack City is closed due to flooding as a result of Thursday morning rains. “Eighth Street is overflowing with standing water,” said a Tamarack City Fire Department member, “and we’re re-routing everybody up Tamarack Hill right now.” Woodside ...

Wind naysayers nixed

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L’ANSE — The Township Board voted 4-1 Wednesday not to enact an amendment to zoning ordinances recommended by its Planning and Zoning Board designed to block construction of a proposed wind farm. The amendment would have increased the distance required between a large wind energy ...

Post life as a laundress was not always pleasant

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COPPER HARBOR — A private in the U.S. Army was not paid a livable wage in the 19th century, particularly if the private had a wife and family, as was the case of John Christopher, who was stationed at Fort Wilkins from 1867 to 1870. Christopher was wounded during the Civil War, and as a ...

Adams Township hears bond project plans

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PAINESDALE — The Adams Township School Board got a first look at what the proposed bond extension improvements could look like if approved by taxpayers. The proposed bond would be an extension at the current rate for 11.45 years generating $5.3 million and to end in 2031. Project Manager ...

Tree stand gets reprieve

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BARAGA — The Village Council took no action Tuesday on a request by the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community (KBIC) for permission to remove around 40 trees on property owned by the village. The stand of trees is located along the west side of an access road that runs between the Ojibwa Campground ...

Road repair might take until next year

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HOUGHTON — Some county roads will probably have to wait until next year for repairs to damage incurred by the June 17 flood, Houghton County Road Engineer Kevin Harju said at Tuesday’s County Board meeting. One hundred-and-five county roads were impacted by the flood, Harju ...

Lack of power does not stop show in Covington

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COVINGTON — The Covington Summer Concert Series had a rocky start Tuesday night, not because of the type of music, but rather the electricity for the Covington Pavilion wasn't working. “We all took it for granted,” Joan Roberts, the event organizer, said. “It worked last ...

$11M jail millage approved for ballot

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HOUGHTON — The language has been set on the millage request for an $11 million addition to the Houghton County Jail. The Houghton County Board unanimously approved language for the ballot proposal at its monthly meeting Tuesday. The 20-year millage would have an estimated annual rate of ...

Fort Wilkins’ wife talks about life in Copper Harbor

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COPPER HARBOR — In 1869, Copper Harbor was a bustling little settlement, that depended on commerce for its livelihood. That commerce was threatened the following year, however, when the War Dept. decided Fort Wilkins would be de-garrisoned in August, 1870. Compounding that was the closure of ...

Grant lagoon project moving ahead

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COPPER HARBOR — Modifications to the secondary lagoon of the wastewater treatment plant in Grant Township are finished, with the exception of small items that need to be completed, according to Zane Hyrkas, an engineer with OHM of Hancock. “The preliminary test results from the end of ...

Couple in Hubbell crash taken to trauma center in Wisconsin

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HUBBELL — The names and ages of those involved a two-vehicle personal injury crash in Hubbell Monday morning were released Tuesday afternoon by the Houghton County Sheriff’s Office. Bradley Moilanen, a 19-year-old male, was driving north on Duncan Avenue (M-26), when he fell asleep, ...