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CopperDog coming soon

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CALUMET — The 2017 CopperDog sled dog race is right around the corner, and for race organizers, safety is the most important part of the event. Bill LaBell, who is CopperDog communications director, said two local amateur radio organizations, the Keweenaw Repeater Association and the ...

Effective recycling program is big job

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HANCOCK — When Gloria Griffith and her team of volunteers began a recycling program with the University of Oregon’s housing program, they had no idea how monumental the project would become. A recycling plan was developed whereby they recruited the help of housing staff, residential ...

Youth hockey organizations receive funding

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HANCOCK — Three area organizations have received funding from the Copper Country Youth Hockey Fund (CCYH), according to a Keweenaw Community Foundation release. The Copper Country Junior Hockey Association received funding to help families with the cost of hockey registration for their ...

Keeping all usable items out of landfill

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HANCOCK — The recycling goods Gloria Griffith and her volunteers collect from the University of Oregon’s student residence halls has been, as described, overwhelming. The first year, Griffith said, they collected five or six tons of recycling goods. “Even the first ...

MTU marchers rally behind international community

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HOUGHTON — Carrying flags and signs embracing unity, people from Michigan Technological University and the community marched Thursday down College Avenue in a show of support for those impacted by a ban on travelers from seven predominantly Muslim countries. More than 50 universities ...

Hancock frat top sculptors again

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HOUGHTON — For the ninth time in the last 10 years, Phi Kappa Tau captured the top prize in the month-long statue division in the Michigan Tech Winter Carnival Snow Statue Competition. The winning entry, constructed outside their house in Hancock, is “In the Snow it Shall Appear, A Town ...

Two rescued from Lake Superior ice

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STANTON TOWNSHIP — Two people snowshoeing Friday at the Breakers where the Portage Lake Ship Canal meets Lake Superior fell through the ice, but were rescued without life-threatening injuries. According to Anthony Lampinen of the Stanton Township Fire Department and First responders, a ...

Fed Reserve official talks local economy

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HANCOCK — Is the Upper Peninsula’s economy improving? Yes and no. Ron Wirtz, regional outreach director for the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, spoke about trends in the U.P. and regional economy at the Keweenaw Economic Development Alliance’s meeting Wednesday. The Upper ...

MTU holds Stage Revue

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HOUGHTON - Students took aim at the past of America and Michigan Technological University in Thursday’s Stage Revue competition at the Rozsa Center. Seven student organizations put on skits in keeping with the year’s Winter Carnival theme, “Snow Cascades Across the ...

Snowmobile fatality

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A downstate man has been killed in a snowmobile crash in Adams Township Friday morning, according to the Houghton County Sheriff’s Department. At 3:39 a.m. the Sheriff’s Department responded to the accident, which occurred on Trail Number 3, north of Trail Number 121 in Adams Township. ...

Ceiling, roof repairs leave post office dry

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PAINESDALE — The post office has a new ceiling and roof, fixing recent problems caused by its old leaky roof. “There’s no frogs, and it’s dry,” said Phyllis Lanctot, who’s worked at the post office for more than a decade. Lanctot found plenty of the amphibians in the building ...

Local students report on trip to witness inauguration

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — For Matt Dennis, taking 36 students from Hancock Public Schools to Washington, D.C. for the inauguration of Donald Trump was instruction in how the American government works. Dennis, who teaches eighth-grade social studies at Hancock Middle School, said besides the ...

Oregon city creates recycling model

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HANCOCK — Gloria Griffith, a former Copper Country resident who is now the Family Project Coordinator at the Brittain House Community Family Center, in Springfield, Oregon, was on hand at the recent Hancock Middle School Garbology study to volunteer and offer encouragement to the students to ...

Hydrogen leak causes evacuation, no injuries

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HOUGHTON — A leak from a hydrogen tank in a room at Michigan Technological University led to the evacuation of the building Wednesday, but there were no injuries, according to Jennifer Donovan, the university’s director of public relations. Donovan said at about 10 p.m., the Tech ...

Finishing Touches: Sculpture winners to be announced

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HOUGHTON — The All-Nighter period for snow statue building for the Michigan Technological University Winter Carnival was only an hour-and-a-half old Wednesday, and Clark Reisch was alone working on the Phi Kappa Tau statue at the fraternity’s house on West Quincy Street in Hancock. Reisch ...

Another snow statue title for Phi Kappa Tau

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HOUGHTON — For the ninth time in the last 10 years, Phi Kappa Tau captured the top prize in the month-long statue division in the Michigan Tech Winter Carnival Snow Statue Competition. The winning entry, constructed outside their house in Hancock, is “In the Snow it Shall Appear, A Town ...

KSO featured in Winter Carnival matinee

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HOUGHTON - The Keweenaw Symphony Orchestra, led by Dr. Joel Neves, conductor, partners with Winter Carnival in a matinee pops concert featuring movie music and video game tunes this weekend. A special Winter Carnival Matinee concert titled "The Greatest Movie and Video Game Music," will be at ...

Man arraigned on drug charges

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HOUGHTON — A South Range man was arraigned in 97th District Court Wednesday on five felony counts of drug distribution after an Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team (UPSET) investigation led to his arrest Tuesday. Charles Lester Knuckles, 24, was arrested at his home at 63 Stanton ...

Recycling more than just bottles

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HANCOCK — Students at the Hancock Middle School conducted a “garbology” study on the waste stream on Tuesday to teach them to think critically about ways to reduce materials deposited in landfills that could otherwise be recycled. While this study was successful, Brian Doughty, ...

Kestner seawall is budget priority

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HOUGHTON — Work at the seawall at the Kestner Waterfront Park was a priority among several items discussed at a budget work session prior to Wednesday’s Houghton City Council meeting. City Manager Eric Waara discussed priorities with the council ahead of upcoming finalizing of the ...