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Learning to garden and gardening to learn

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HOUGHTON — Creating and maintaining a garden can require math, science and ecology by involving local students in the process they get to put their lessons to work. The idea of outdoor learning is catching on in the Upper Peninsula, said Abbey Palmer, coordinator for North Farm ...

Prepping your home for sale

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With warmer weather approaching, it's a great time to start staging your home if you are looking to sell. The spring season is the most popular time to do so as warmer weather makes it easier for potential buyers to get out and look. Certified Professional Home Stager, Designer, and Realtor, ...

CCRI launches e-waste program

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HOUGHTON — To celebrate the launch of a new electronics recycling program the Copper Country Recycling Initiative (CCRI) hosted a Monday screening of the documentary “Death by Design,” which focuses on the environmental and social impacts of producing technological devices and the e-waste ...

Visitors from all across Copper Country drawn to Hancock tori

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HANCOCK — Since its start in 1998, the Hancock “tori” — the Finnish word for “market” — has been a venue for farmers, artisans, authors and crafters to sell their wares. This season will mark its 20th year of operation. With spring’s arrival, the outdoor market will resume in ...

Solar project close to finish

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The L’Anse solar project is moving closer to being finalized, with its proposed panel space to be placed inside of the Lambert Road Industrial Park. The 100-kilowatt centralized system will be good for community members who don’t want panels disturbing their personal property but also ...

Elm Street repairs: Calumet receives funding for multiple upgrades

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CALUMET — The village has been approved for a grant through the Infrastructure Capacity Assistance (ICE) Program to repair portions of the village’s infrastructure, as identified in the village’s Capital Improvement Plan. Specifically, the portion of Elm Street between Fifth and Ninth ...

Active Shooter Response: Advice on how to defend shooter crisis

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HOUGHTON — When a crisis hits, you’re only as good as your training. That was the theme of a Tuesday presentation by Houghton County active shooter training instructors hosted by the Keweenaw Peninsula Chamber of Commerce. Houghton Police Chief John Donnelly, Michigan State Police ...

Keweenaw County EDC seeks members

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EAGLE RIVER — The Keweenaw County Economic Development Committee (KCEDC) is seeking volunteers to serve on the KCEDC and its subcommittees, said member Tess Ahlborn. “The Committee currently consists of a committee of the whole, members of the county board, as well as voluntary ...

Dispensary owner hopeful for future

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HOUGHTON — Northern Specialty Health is one of 215 marijuana facilities permitted to stay open — at least temporarily after it submitted an application to the state to operate under the new law in time for the February deadline. The city of Houghton approved an attestation allowing the ...

Not gone for long: Gino’s getting set to reopen

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HANCOCK — Restoring a local icon, the Miron family of Hancock recently purchased Gino’s Restaurant & Cocktail Lounge. The business is set to reopen in the coming months under the same name. When Gino’s closed at the end of January, the group pounced on the chance to get back into ...

Dispensary committed to providing pain relief

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HOUGHTON — A lone medical marijuana dispensary remains open in the western Upper Peninsula after the state shut down more than 200 that had not submitted an application to stay open under the state’s new law by the February deadline. The city of Houghton approved an attestation allowing ...

Baraga EDC continuing study of wind farm

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L’ANSE — The proposed Summit Lake Wind Project by the Renewable Energy Systems Group (RES) has divided residents and local government officials. Research for the project started in 2016, but it has gained more attention and more opposition since it was unveiled in December 2017. Since ...

Candidate derailed by technicality

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TRAVERSE CITY — Matt Morgan, Iraq War veteran and Democratic candidate for Michigan’s 1st Congressional District, issued a statement regarding his nomination petitions. On April 27, the day of the deadline to withdraw from the Michigan primary ballot, the Michigan Bureau of Elections ...

Hiker tells adventures on North Country Trail

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HOUGHTON — Armed with only a pocket knife, orange plastic whistle and her wits, retiree Jo Oostveen hiked the 1,150 miles of the Michigan North Country trail from Ohio to Wisconsin solo. Oostveen shared some of her adventures with the Peter Wolfe Chapter of the North Country Trail at its ...

Expo crowds get jump on home improvement season

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PORTAGE TOWNSHIP — Jim Gau and his wife are considering downsizing to a smaller home in Quincy Township. “We’d done a bit of looking on the internet, but nothing down and dirty really serious looking yet,” he said. They thought they might find some answers at the Daily Mining ...

Recovered: Body of missing Hancock man pulled from Portage

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PORTAGE CANAL — The body of a Hancock man reported missing in November was found and recovered Sunday afternoon in the Portage Canal. Duane Kangas, 38, had been missing since Nov. 7, when he was seen leaving a gas station in Houghton in his car. Kangas had been found in the Portage Canal ...

Dial Help gets $270K grant from PHF

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HOUGHTON — The Portage Health Foundation announced a $270,000 donation to Dial Help for its new Youth One Stop Program at Dial Help’s annual dinner Saturday. Dial Help will partner with schools in Baraga, Houghton, Keweenaw and Ontonagon counties on the program. Social workers will do ...

Sudden Gust of Support: Baraga County backs wind farm

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L’ANSE — The Baraga County Board passed a resolution in support of the proposed Summit Lake Wind Project at a special meeting on Friday. The board said it was in its legal right to support the project, although some residents attending the special meeting expressed frustration with the ...