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Baraga council leader heading toward 20 years

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BARAGA — Wendell Dompier is running unopposed for the seat of president on the Baraga Village Council. He’s currently finishing his 20th year as village president. He also serves as chairman of the Bay Ambulance Board and board of the Michigan Association of Mayors. He was on the board for ...

Superior in good shape, but not in clear

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HOUGHTON — Conditions are largely good in Lake Superior, said Rob Hyde. But steps will have to be taken to keep it that way. Hyde, a Great Lakes program officer for Environmental and Climate Change Canada, Canada’s environment department, spoke Tuesday at one of two public events as part ...

L’Anse town board challenger seeking ordinance review

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Wallace Sweeney, better known around L’Anse as Buddy, is running as an independent against Republican Brian Kissel for a partial term on the L’Anse Township Board. The term will end in November of 2020. Sweeney has been studying Michigan township law and the L’Anse Township ordinances. ...

175 years and counting: State legislators honor Ontonagon

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ONTONAGON — “The village has endured, fire, flood, wind and withstood the passage of 175 years,” read state Rep. Scott Dianda. On Monday Dianda presented a resolution to the Village Council honoring Ontonagon in its 175th year signed by himself and state Sen. Tom Casperson. As the ...

Calumet schools getting therapy dog for trauma

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In addition to being trauma informed, the CLK School District is also obtaining a therapy dog, using money from a generous grant from the Portage Health Foundation, said Shelley Smith, middle school social worker at Washington Middle School. “We’ll be the first (school district) in the ...

Incumbent sees regional economic prospects retaining young workers

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HOUGHTON — When Houghton County Board candidates talk about the next two years of the county, only one can say with certainty he will be one of the people shaping it. Commissioner Tom Tikkanen is running unopposed for the District 1 seat, which includes Calumet and Hancock townships. ...

Annual enrollment for seniors starts

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COPPER HARBOR — New Medicare Advantage options are coming to Keweenaw County for 2019 through Humana. On Nov. 3, Medicare recipients are invited to come to the Mariner North in Copper Harbor at 2 pm. to hear all about the A, B, C and D’s of Medicare plus its supplements. Learn what is ...

LL-H School Board OKs baseball team

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LAKE LINDEN — The idea of a Lake Linden High School baseball team has rounded third and is heading for home. The Lake Linden-Hubbell Public Schools Board unanimously approved creating a team at its meeting Monday night. The district will still have to write a letter to the Michigan High ...

Peters speaks on Kavanaugh

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 WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today released the following statement following Judge Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court: “I take very seriously the Senate role of advise and consent, and in evaluating a Supreme Court nominee, I think first and ...

Baraga Schools proposes education investment

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BARAGA — Rather than borrowing money for a loan, the Baraga Area Schools District (BAS) is seeking community approval for an investment in education on Nov. 6. The referendum is a proposal requesting 3 mills to go into a sinking fund, which would pay for various renovations and ...

Racing the weather: Skate park ready for concrete pour

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HOUGHTON — With the designers of the Houghton Skatepark on scene for construction, they hope to beat the weather. “If the frosts start coming in early, then it’s a little bit of a problem, but we’re hoping to take actions to be able to get it done before the winter,” said George ...

Things they carried: 100 march in Justin Fitch Memorial Ruck

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HOUGHTON — A record crowd donned heavy loads Saturday in the hopes of lightening other people’s. An estimated crowd of 100 carried packs for the third annual Justin Fitch Memorial Ruck. The event honors the late Maj. Justin Fitch, a 2005 Michigan Technological University graduate and U.S. ...

Tourist numbers hold as mine season’s end approaches

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HOUGHTON — As the tourist season winds down, local mines will soon be closed for the winter, ending a largely successful season. The three local mines, Adventure Mining Co. in Greenland, the Delaware Mine in Mohawk and the Quincy Mine in Hancock, took an initial hit following the June 17 ...

New tradition begins at FU: Homecoming

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HANCOCK — A crowd of blue-and-white-clad Finlandia students made its way to McAfee Field this Saturday in the university’s first Homecoming parade in years, if not ever. More than 100 students, student-athletes and staff members waved to passing cars and tossed candy to the slowed ...

Beer Fest brings people together

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L'ANSE — The third annual Beer Fest gave attendees the chance to sample beer from 25 breweries spread across the region on Saturday, with a focus on locally-made products. New this year was the addition of six Michigan wineries that were also distributing samples. More than 200 people ...

Mine section caves in

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KEWEENAW COUNTY — Repair work has begun on a section of a stope of the Copper Falls mine that caved in recently, taking a section of the Central Mine Road with it. “It looks like a section of a stope let go,” Keweenaw County Mine Inspector John Cima said. “That’s been waiting to ...

Float planes depart before first snowfall of year arrives

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HANCOCK — “There has been seaplane service from Houghton to Isle Royale for almost since the park was formed,” said pilot Jon Rector. The seaplanes are now done for the season, the last one just went south to Florida. Rector and his wife, Christine Hamilton Rector, own the current ...

State to cover full matching funds for FEMA grants

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HOUGHTON — The state of Michigan announced Friday it will cover up to $7.4 million in matching funds — the full amount needed — for flood-battered Upper Peninsula communities receiving grants from the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) public assistance programs. Under ...