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Ontonagon plans enhancing area’s historical features

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ONTONAGON — The county historical society is working on its patented appeal to visitors by making more of the area’s rich history. “Our creed is: ‘If you walk in the door as a stranger, we want you to leave as a friend,’” said society president Bruce Johanson, warmly greeting ...

Project HOPE: Teen emergency shelter is available in Hancock

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HANCOCK — It sometimes happens a teen ends up not living at home, either because of conflicts with the family, or unexpected homelessness, and Project HOPE is intended to fill the teen’s need for shelter, according to Tom Cowan. Cowan is the youth outreach specialist for Child and Family ...

Ontonagon finally gets state to fix River Street

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ONTONAGON — Portions of Ontonagon’s main street will be closed soon so numerous potholes and joints finally can be repaired. “The Ontonagon Village Council has been requesting the Department of Transportation to repair River Street for many years,” Village Manager Joe Erickson said in ...

Rural broadband funding available

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WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Agriculture is accepting applications for loans to provide and expand broadband service in rural areas. USDA plans to make at least $60 million in loans available through today’s announcement. Loans can range from $100,000 to $20 million. They will be ...

Keweenaw Cnty. millage weighted for local roads

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MOHAWK — In August 2014, residents of Keweenaw County approved a ballot proposal of 2 mills to provide additional road funding of $270,000 for five years. The funds were would be used to improve the county roads that had fallen into a state of disrepair due to inadequate funding levels over ...

Campers once again ready to rock

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HOUGHTON — In 2009, P.J. Olsson was asked to be the main musical act for the Houghton Spring Art and Music Festival, but there was no time to put a band together and he didn’t want to do a solo act, so that is how P.J. Olsson’s Rock Camp came into existence, according to Todd ...

Squeezing Nickels: Agency does its own prep work to save money

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MOHAWK — The Keweenaw County Road Commission Board wants to be transparent and let county residents know how the current millage for road projects is being spent. “What the board wanted to do last year was get the word out on these millage projects,” said Gregg Patrick, Keweenaw County ...

First Friday kicks off big month in art

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The Calumet Art District will have 11 gallery openings for this First Friday featuring well-known artists from around the Copper Country and beyond. There will be demonstrations of new and interesting painting techniques at the CCAA and Calumet Floral & Gifts, as well as a fundraiser for ...

Tech hosts reunion for alumni

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HOUGHTON — Hundreds of Michigan Tech Alumni and friends are expected to descend upon the Keweenaw this weekend for the University's annual Alumni Reunion. Beginning Thursday, the three-day reunion features tours, talks, an alumni basketball game, the Pep Band celebrating 50-ish years, the ...

As the Weather Turns…

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It has been hot and dry around the Keweenaw recently, but the weather is expected to change, at least for the rest of this week, according to Jaclyn Ritzman. Ritzman, meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Negaunee Township, said precipitation totals for a 30-day period in ...

Husky Pep Band marks milestone

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HOUGHTON — Among the activities scheduled for this week's Alumni Reunion at Michigan Technological University is a celebration of a half-century (more or less) of pep. The Husky Pep Band is celebrating its 50ish Anniversary throughout the Alumni Weekend. Past and present band members and ...

Camp shows how emergency workers perform public service

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FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP — Other Camp 911s have been held around the Upper Peninsula, but the one for Houghton and Keweenaw counties is the one that has stuck around. This is the 19th year for Camp 911, which is designed to introduce children entering or leaving fifth grade to groups such as ...

Jail Cost: $5.3M estimate for 64 more spaces

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HOUGHTON — Houghton County released the layout of a proposed 64-bed addition to the jail building, along with an engineer’s estimate of $5,534,100. The County Board last week decided to hold off on scheduling a special election in November to decide on a millage for the new addition, ...

8,600-mile trip with a message

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HOUGHTON — A woman circumnavigating the Great Lakes aims to set a couple records as she sends people a message to never give up, despite any hardship one faces. “It’s been a really great journey,” said Traci Lynn Martin, a 50-year-old competitive kayaker from Kansas City, Missouri. ...

For those about to rock, we salute you

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HOUGHTON — With PJ Olsson’s Rock Camp marking the halfway point, the budding rockers showed off their skills at the Music in the Streets event Saturday — a three-hour concert in front of 5th and Elm coffee house on main Street in Houghton, showcasing the campers playing dozens of songs in ...

Local coffee shop sign stands up against hate

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HOUGHTON — During the 2016 presidential campaign, Frank Fiala became concerned about the negative comments aimed at immigrants and Muslims, so he decided to do something about it at his restaurant. Fiala, who owns 5th & Elm Coffee House in Houghton and Calumet, said during the ...

Camp Josh raising funds

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HOUGHTON — Camp Josh is fundraising to provide outdoor recreational opportunities and education for people with disabilities, focused on hunting, fishing and the camp itself. “We have had some amazing days at Camp Josh this year,” said J.R. Richardson, one of the board members for the ...

Biblical directive to make community better place moved Langseth

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CALUMET — For the Rev. Robert Langseth, his efforts at helping to create the Keweenaw National Historical Park and at preserving Copper Country history are guided by his desire to help create and preserve community. Langseth is the chairman of the Keweenaw National Historical Park Advisory ...