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UPSET raid nabs 2 on meth charges

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ONTONAGON — Two people were arrested Saturday on felony arrest warrants for delivery of methamphetamine, according to a release from the Upper Peninsula Substance Enforcement Team (UPSET). The warrants were issued by the Ontonagon County Prosecutor’s office. A 39-year-old Ontonagon ...

Man arrested for uploading child porn

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HOUGHTON — A Michigan Technological University student faces three felony counts after being arrested for allegedly uploading child pornography on campus on Monday. According to District Court records, Nathaniel Shapiro, 27, of Houghton, is charged with three counts of using a computer to ...

Storm brings funnel clouds

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HOUGHTON — Thunderstorms on Monday evening downed power lines and trees, and funnel clouds were observed in Houghton and Baraga counties, but many of the roads repaired from the June 17 flash flood were still intact. The National Weather Service in Negaunee received reports of the funnel ...

Students return to classes at Finlandia

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HANCOCK — Monday marked the first day of classes for Finlandia students, who returned to student increases and improved security. The university has seen a 10 percent increase in students from last fall, with 457 registered as of Monday, said Dean of Students Erin Barnett. Degrees in ...

Houghton gets clean results in latest water tests for lead

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HOUGHTON — Houghton got another clean round of lead and copper testing from the state Department of Environmental Quality, a year after tests showed elevated lead levels in three homes. The 90th-percentile level for lead was 4 parts per billion — well below the 15 parts per billion that ...

Michigan Tech announces 2018 Spring Semester Dean’s List

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HOUGHTON — Michigan Technological University, in Houghton, Michigan, has released the Dean's List for the 2018 spring semester. Nearly 1,600 students were named to the Dean's List this spring. To be included, students must achieve a grade point average of 3.5 or higher. A pound sign ...

Clinic break-in suspect sought

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HOUGHTON — Police are seeking information on a reported break-in at the Copper Country Veterinary Clinic Friday night. Officers found signs of forced entry after responding to an alarm there about 11 p.m. Friday, according to a release from the Houghton Police Department. Video ...

New CWD regs won’t affect UP — for now

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The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has set up new restrictions and testing requirements on Michigan deer hunters in an effort to slow the spread of chronic wasting disease (CWD), which threatens the stability of deer herd populations across America. The disease is especially ...

PHF lays out flood relief plan

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HANCOCK — More than $500,000 raised by the Portage Health Foundation (PHF) for flood relief has been spent on or earmarked for specific projects so far, Executive Director Kevin Store said during a Monday press conference on its flood relief assistance efforts. The foundation has worked ...

After soggy opener, fair fair weather

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HANCOCK — After a soggy opening day, Houghton County residents packed the Houghton County Fair Saturday for rides, food, exhibits and a monster truck rally in the evening. Saturday had been “very busy,” said fair board member Carol Freeman, who was supervising the exhibit tent. ...

Brewfest raises money for good cause

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HOUGHTON — The money raised at the Keweenaw Brewfest is poured back into the community, said Jim Vivian, executive director of the Keweenaw Community Foundation. That includes targets such as relief for the Father’s Day flood, the Houghton Skate Park and energy initiatives for ...

Dance to Porkies Music: 14th annual festival held over weekend

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ONTONAGON — The 14th annual Porcupine Mountain Music Festival held this weekend was once again a hit with locals and travelers alike. Pursuing favorite bands, a beautiful venue and good music, only occasional uncooperative weather dampened the excitement. Carol and Ken Starner from Big ...

Laurium resident wants help in honoring village pioneers

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LAURIUM — Antonia Burich spoke to the Village Council Tuesday on the possibility of a plaque being placed at Daniell Park, honoring the man who donated the land to the village on which the park is located. The reason for this is because, the Daniell family was deeply involved in the history ...

Ontonagon readies for 62nd Labor Day

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ONTONAGON — The Labor Day festival has been held here for 62 years and is an important part of the community, because while it is full of tradition, it also features new ideas. The 2018 events run from Friday through Sunday and include parades, an auto show, street vendors, rock skipping ...

Hancock students will see new faces at school

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HANCOCK — Students will return to school to several new faculty members this fall with new hires and resignations approved Wednesday by the School Board. New hires include Joan Kero as elementary and middle school physical education teacher, Brooke Goldsworthy as middle school and high ...

Culture camping: Wild rice camp returns next weekend

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Manoomin (Wild Rice) Camp is returning this year, from Aug. 31 to Sept. 2, but this time will be preceded by a Manoomin Cultural Camp that begins on Aug. 29, in response to requests for more preparation time. The cultural camp will include native teachings, stories and crafts including the ...

Lake Linden toxic sediment cleanup job to start in Sept.

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LAKE LINDEN – The first phase of Environmental Protection Agency work to clean up hazardous sediment in the bay near Lake Linden’s park and campground should start in late September. The EPA informed the village in May of test results showing elevated metal levels in sediment at the bay ...

Multiple mistakes forced end of Lake Superior company

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Charles Gratiot and John Hays were, to be blunt, the pioneers of mining in the Lake Superior copper district. They were the first to explore for mineral veins, agents of the first organized mining companies, the first to bring teams of miners into the region, and the first to engage in ...