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Ol’ CNW 175 moving down track downstate

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HANCOCK — Since the late 1950s the locomotive for the Chicago and Northwestern Railway (CNW) 175 has been silent at its location near the Quincy smelting works site. Now it is leaving the Copper Country to be restored to operation by the Steam Railroading Institute (SRI). The 1908 R1 ...

Early mines bore great significance

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Mining companies like Calumet and Hecla, Quincy, Champion, and Osceola, were important to the economy and renown of the Copper County. But while they were important to the region, it could be argued that it was the first companies that were really significant, and the argument has several valid ...

MUB stands for sacrificing for country: Legion chaplain

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HANCOCK — One local veteran is looking to ensure people remember why Michigan Technological University’s Memorial Union Building has its name. Paul Nelson, chaplain of the American Legion post in Hancock, is circulating a petition to ask the Michigan Tech Board to formally change the ...

Having fun learning language: Mango offers learning in fun way

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Mango Languages is changing the way we learn languages. The online language learning resource offers 70-plus languages and is available free for people through their local libraries. The service was founded in 2007 by Jason Teshuba, Mike Teshuba, Ryan Whalen and Mike Goulas. They started it ...

No CopperDog race without army of local volunteers

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CALUMET — Volunteers make the annual CopperDog 150 possible, and each year they keep coming back with enthusiasm. The CopperDog 150 takes place on March 2-4 and has become a tradition for many residents. The Copper Country race from Calumet to Copper Harbor and back is 100 percent ...

Weather permits return of Winter Carnival tradition

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HOUGHTON — A Winter Carnival tradition is resuming this year. The city of Houghton is building a snow house on Shelden Avenue in conjunction with the carnival. The first Winter Carnival snow buildings in the Houghton/Hancock area came in 2002, inspired by similar structures in Finland ...

Real team effort as FinnZone partnership launches

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HANCOCK — Finns have mentally slotted the regions of the U.S. into distinct roles, said Pasi Lautala, director of Michigan Technological University’s Rail Transportation Institute. The high-tech hubs of Texas and California are considered “Nokia land.” Florida is “Finn retirement ...

Wind farm group hopes to clear the air

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L'ANSE — The Renewable Energy Systems group is planning to have an open house on February 21 at the L’Anse American Legion from 6-8 p.m. RES Senior Development Manager, Mason V. Sorenson said the purpose is “for the community to talk about the project.” Sorenson believes there has ...

Under new management

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HANCOCK — Bruno’s Motors Inc. was purchased by Keweenaw Chevrolet of Houghton changing the ownership of a local fixture. “Effective as of today, we’re officially Keweenaw Buick GMC,” said Keweenaw Chevrolet General Manager Brandon Schlief. “We kept all the same great employees ...

Snowman world record attempt

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HOUGHTON — The University Student Government along with the Memorial Union Board at Michigan Tech are planning on breaking "the most snowmen built in one hour" world record on Feb. 10 at Sherman Field. Check-in begins at noon, and the big event will begin at approximately 1 p.m. No ...

Two-vehicle crash sends two drivers to hospital

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OSCEOLA TOWNSHIP — A two-vehicle property damage crash resulted in both drivers being injured, according to a release from the Houghton County Sheriff’s Office. At 2:16 p.m. Thursday, deputies responded to the crash, which occurred on M-26 near the Airport Park Road in Osceola Township. ...

Soup-a-Bowl this Saturday

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HANCOCK — The Finlandia University Young Women's Caucus for art will hold a fundraising event called Soup-A-Bowl from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. People can by $15 VIP tickets ahead of time by contacting avtembreull@finlandia.edu. The VIP tickets get you first pick of soup and Bowls ...

Experts brainstorm reef defense

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HOUGHTON — In moving forward to deal with the encroachment of Gay stamp sands on the Buffalo Reef in Keweenaw Bay, researchers, local experts, regulatory officials and other key representatives met Wednesday at Michigan Tech’s Great Lakes Research Center seeking more data, solutions and a ...

Get together:

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HANCOCK — The Hancock High School Student Council exercised its new right to convene during class hours when it called for a student assembly to begin at 10:15 a.m. Wednesday. On the agenda was an update on what the council has accomplished, issues and topics the council are considering, ...

Public offers stamp sand fixes

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LAKE LINDEN — A crowd of about 80 people gave ideas on everything from ways to remove Gay stamp sands from Grand Traverse Harbor, aka Big Traverse, to potential disposal sites during a Tuesday public hearing held by the Environmental Protection Agency. An EPA task force is charged with ...

Tracking accurate statistics on homelessness in area

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The Continuum of Care for Houghton, Keweenaw and Baraga Counties' uses the Project Homeless initiative as a spark for the conversation of what it means to be homeless. The event was used to do a headcount and accurately see who is living on the streets. COC also does a count in June or ...

Meth user pleads

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HOUGHTON — One of the people arrested in January at a suspected methamphetamine lab in Houghton pleaded guilty Wednesday in 97th District Court. Lawrence Frechette, 29, of Hancock, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of using amphetamine. He had originally been charged with possession ...

Heart to heart: free presentation

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HOUGHTON — Nearly one of every four deaths in the United States is caused by heart disease according to the CDC. That's around 610,000 people a year. To increase public knowledge, UP Health Systems is hosting a presentation on coronary artery disease, part of heart health month. The talk ...