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EPA dropped plan to monitor L’Anse Warden plant’s air

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L'ANSE — A panel of Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) experts hosted an informational meeting and public hearing concerning the use of engineered fuel pellets at the L'Anse Warden Electric Company (LWEC) last Wednesday. LWEC is applying to burn up to 50,000 tons of the ...

Bitter cold adds to winter celebration

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HANCOCK — In some ways, bitter cold is the best motivator to celebrate winter being halfway over. Despite Saturday’s single-digit weather, crowds came out in force for the annual Heikinpaiva celebration in Hancock. At 11 a.m., downtown Hancock turned into a visual demonstration of ...

Rein(deer) Man: Finnish herder rides for his own brand

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HANCOCK — There’s been interest in starting reindeer herding in the Upper Peninsula. And people looking to find out how it’s done got to hear from someone who’s been doing it his whole life. Finnish reindeer herder Antti Patsi is visiting Hancock is conjunction with the Heikinpaiva ...

Education 4 Alvin

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HANCOCK — A Finlandia University trip to Tanzania may lead to a Tanzanian student being able to study in America. Last year, Finlandia University student Logan Moore went on the university’s annual Service and Learning in Tanzania program. After a safari, the group went to the Kisarawe ...

Assistance for federal workers blocked by maze of ethics rules

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National Parks Service (NPS) employees at the Isle Royale National Park and Keweenaw National Historical Park were among those furloughed or working without pay due to the federal government shutdown, which was halted on Friday. The impacts were increasingly felt at those parks as the ...

English caused Irish to come to the copper district

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Along with Cornish immigrants to the Lake Superior copper district came thousands of Irish. Whatever grievances the Cornish had against the English crown and its church, it was nothing compared to what the Irish suffered. For the Irish, it had begun centuries before, and devasted the Emerald ...

College financial aid application continued process

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HOUGHTON — Existing financial aid for Michigan Technological University students didn’t appear affected by the shutdown, although it might have resulted in delays for students applying for aid. As of Friday afternoon, there had been no issue with getting students’ financial aid ...

A discussion of the amount of waste in our lives

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Don’t worry this isn’t another column about weight loss as in a waist is a terrible thing to mind, but rather on waste, how we waste money, time, and things every day. I discovered that my new bank in Northern Lower Michigan has what I call a double fee, I used an ATM that wasn’t theirs, ...

Foundation raised $900K, distributed $2M in flood relief

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HANCOCK — The Portage Health Foundation distributed nearly $2 million as part of relief efforts after the June 17 flood, the foundation announced Friday. With those donations, the foundation helped homeowners repair foundations, replace hot water heaters, excavate sites and mitigate mold ...

MEDC backs plan for pier, parking deck in Houghton

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HOUGHTON — Houghton’s plan to construct a new pier and parking deck in the downtown has attracted support from the state. The Michigan Economic Development Corp. sent a letter of interest to Houghton inviting an application with an offer to fund 90 percent of the $3.77 million project, ...

Hancock School Board asked to repeal policy

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HANCOCK — The School Board was faced with an interesting request during its meeting Monday when Leanne Laakonen, a high school science teacher, requested the board reconsider rescinding a lunch policy she earlier urged principal Ezekiel Ohan to enforce. “I was one of the teachers who was ...

Geo-diversity in Education

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State Sen. Ed McBroom has proposed a bill to require candidates for the State Board of Education be selected from among eight different regions. “The idea is that we get better diversity on the State Board by nominating candidates from around the state rather than all from southeast ...

Out of box, new sen. boxes big boxes

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Ed McBroom, sworn in as the Copper Country’s state senator earlier this month, has already started introducing new legislation to the Senate floor. Last week, he introduced Senate Bills 39 and 26, which have different approaches to addressing the “dark store” tax assessment issue. The ...

Flood control has costs

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HOUGHTON — The Carnegie Museum presented the first talk of this year's Natural History Seminar Series, in cooperation with the Keweenaw Land Trust. The event was scheduled to take place in the Museum's Community Room but seats quickly filled and overflow seating was arranged on the main ...

Child porn convict gets time served

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HOUGHTON — A Houghton man was sentenced to time served Wednesday for attempted possession of child pornography in Houghton County Circuit Court. Gary Gagnier, 28, pleaded guilty in December to attempted possession of child sexually abusive material, a two-year high court misdemeanor. As ...

Supports key for autistic students

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HANCOCK — The second part of the autism spectrum disorder (ASD) sensitivity training for middle school and high school staff was conducted Wednesday during the schools’ early release day for professional development. As with the first part, which took place in December, the instructional ...

Calumet man charged for scrip drug dealing

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HOUGHTON — A Calumet man was arraigned Wednesday in 97th District Court on a charge of illegally selling prescription drugs. Otis Carroll, 54, was arrested Friday after a two-month Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team (UPSET) investigation into illegal drug sales, as well as the ...