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Witness gives details of Lincoln Dr. rollover

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HANCOCK — The driver of a gravel train was seriously injured Tuesday night when he failed to negotiate a stretch of Lincoln Drive locally known as Santori’s curve. The vehicle, owned by A&L Iron and Metal of Ishpeming, was traveling south on North Lincoln Drive when it left the road ...

Passport grant funds Dee fixes

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HOUGHTON — Dee Stadium is getting some long-awaited upgrades. Locker rooms, restrooms and showers are undergoing work through funding from the Department of Natural Resources Passport grant. City Clerk Ann Vollrath said the lobby restrooms are also being funded as a budgeted item. The ...

Freedom’s cost accounted: Copper Country honors war dead

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CALUMET — Flags flapped in the warm spring wind on Monday, as veterans saluted and taps was played in ceremonies here and across the country on Memorial Day. The annual ceremony in Lakeview Cemetery was one of many observances held in and around the greater Copper Country region. This ...

Slip off Hungarian Falls results in fatality

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TORCH LAKE TOWNSHIP — A man who slipped and fell off the Hungarian Falls died of his injuries at the scene on Sunday. The Michigan State Police responded to the Hungarian Falls in Torch Lake Township at approximately 11:30 a.m. Sunday to a report of a person who had fallen while sightseeing ...

Offering therapy in many forms at Portage

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When most people hear “occupational therapy,” they might think of some kind of program meant to help people get jobs. In the world of medicine, it has a different definition. “The occupational professional works on activities that you might take for granted every day: can you manage at ...

Hancock starts budget work

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HANCOCK — The Hancock City Council met last week to go over budget concerns and hear the needs of city departments for consideration. The council heard from Fire Department Chief Bill Lepisto, Police Chief Wayne Butler and Director of the Department of Public Works (DPW) Bill Marlor. At ...

New food truck opens in Houghton

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HOUGHTON — Downtown Houghton has a new food option. Da Fork in Da Road food truck opened Friday afternoon on Montezuma Avenue. The truck is the brainchild of Michael and Rick Stanitis. When the two married last year, they combined two households, selling a house in Wisconsin. After six ...

Experience food and drink of downtown Hancock

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HANCOCK — For anyone looking to experience the restaurants of downtown Hancock, now is your chance. The Hancock Business and Professionals Association will be sponsoring a progressive dinner on Thursday, June 7. The event start time is 5 p.m. and is expected to end around 9 p.m. Diners ...

Houghton OKs Schoolhouse Road easement, bids

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HOUGHTON — The Houghton City Council approved an easement Wednesday to fill the gap between city-owned property and school-owned property for a new access road leading to Houghton Elementary School. It also approved bids for construction on the road. The city’s attorney drew up an ...

Incremental increases: Parking permit fee hike approved by city

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HOUGHTON — Parking permit fees in Houghton are going up. The Houghton City Coucnil Wednesday approved increases to daytime, night and 24-hour parking in city lots. The increases will go into effect July 1. Rates went up between $5 to $10 dollars a month, Clerk Ann Vollrath said. The ...

Staffing changes upcoming at ETC

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EWEN — For the third year in a row, U.S. News and World Report gave the Ewen-Trout Creek (ETC) School District a “Bronze” award. The ratings are based on student achievement, types of programs offered, and opportunities for students as well as how well the students are prepared for ...

Day of remembrance: Memorial Day is far more than cookouts

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Marshall Frederick Kipina grew up in a community that was no stranger to war. Kipina was born on Dec. 18, 1944, two days after the attack of the American lines in Belgium that began the Battle of the Bulge. He was in first grade when the United States entered the Korean conflict, the ...

Missing Ontonagon man found alive, stuck

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ONTONAGON — Carl Thomas Kettunen, a 66-year-old from Trout Creek, was found alive Friday afternoon with his Orange Honda Rancher off-road-vehicle. The DNR led search began Thursday at about 10:30 p.m. and continued through the night after caregivers reported him missing. He was last seen ...

‘You’re leaving the area?’

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In the last couple of columns, I hinted that something big was coming. Last month I talked about how my youngest child is leaving the nest, becoming an adult and becoming her own person. With an empty nest in every corner of my world where three little girls giggled, played, fought, and even ...

Ontonagon Beach area taking shape

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ONTONAGON — Work on the public beach in downtown Ontonagon is ongoing, moving in leaps and bounds this week. The project began about 16 months ago when Lake Shore Systems (LSS) agreed to lease the 4.5 acre stretch of unused beach to the Downtown Development Authority at $1 a year. LSS ...

Lake Superior Ojibway losses highest with treaty

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The acting treaty agent at La Pointe, Robert Stuart, displayed no desire for talks with the Ojibway chiefs as he laid the conditions on which they could either sell their lands or have the government take them. The negotiations lasted just three days, concluding on Oct. 4, 1842. The only ...

Keweenaw County responds to phone scams

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Undersheriff Curt Pennala of the Keweenaw County Sheriff’s Department would like the public to be aware of phone scams that seem to abound in the county, one in particular claiming to be the Upper Peninsula Power Company. Pennala said the standard approach the caller is using is to identify ...

Boom — like that: Biofuel plant gets financing terms

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ONTONAGON — After months of waiting, Synsel Energy announced on Thursday that financing terms for construction of a biofuel plant at the site of the former Smurfit-Stone paper mill have been finalized. The $300 million refinery will create second-generation biofuels from pulp and waste wood ...