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Weather takes bite at Heikinpaiva fest

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HANCOCK — Despite cold temperatures and a brisk wind, there were smiles all around at the 2018 Heikinpaiva celebration on Saturday. Attracted by daylong activities like a parade, tori (market), kicksleds, whipsled, wife-carrying contest and polar bear dive, the community came out in force, ...

Local riders finish strong

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With racers coming from all over the northern Midwest, it was a group of local snowmobile drag racers who walked away with wins in the Masters-sanctioned "featured" classes during the annual Upper Peninsula Championship Snow Drags in Ontonagon this past weekend. Greenland’s Al Turin never ...

Dianda endorses Summers to take 110th District baton

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HOUGHTON — Ken Summers got some important backing for his 110th District State House of Representatives run from people already in the chamber when state Reps. Scott Dianda, D-Calumet, and Sara Cambensy, D-Marquette, gave the Baraga resident their endorsement at a Friday event at the Super-8 ...

Scheduled meeting Tuesday on Lake Superior reef

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LAKE LINDEN, Mich. (AP) — A campaign to protect a crucial Lake Superior fish spawning area gets underway this week. A public meeting on Buffalo Reef is scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday at Lake Linden-Hubbell High School in Houghton County. Waste material known as "stamp sands" were dumped ...

Setting Up for Big Sink

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David Archambeau/Daily Mining Gazette President Eli Karttunen, left, and Jack Ham set up the Sink the Sled fundraiser on the Portage Lake Canal ice just off the Houghton boat ramp for this years Rotary Fundraiser. Eli drove his truck in the Heikinpaiva parade, pulling the Sink the Sled float.

Additional funding announced for UP SmartZones

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HOUGHTON — Upper Peninsula SmartZone grants have been approved for extension, providing more funds for exploring new ideas. This January, the Michigan Strategic fund approved funding extensions for its 2015 and 2016 Business Incubator Gatekeeper grants the Michigan Economic Development ...

Snow graveyards: where does the snow go?

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HANCOCK — Welcome to the Keweenaw, where the snow needs to be hauled away to make room for more. The Hancock Department of Public works has several acres near the Houghton County fairgrounds to dump the excess snow and keep the road clear. It’s a neverending cycle, explained Bill Marlor ...

Michigan Tech looks at student transportation issues

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HOUGHTON — Michigan Tech undergraduate and graduate student governments are working with transportation services to address student concerns about transportation. During the December Board of Trustees meeting, the student governments addressed their concerns to the board and gave updates. ...

MSP expanding CAUTION

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CALUMET — The Michigan State Police Calumet Post will soon begin creating a local CAUTION (Community Action United Team in Our Neighborhood) initiative that began downstate nearly six years ago, and is seeking volunteers for the faith-based community policing program. The Michigan State ...

Algae signals lake changes

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HOUGHTON — When it comes to climate change, the little shifts are what lead to the big problems. Algae forms the base of aquatic food webs, often small and easily overlooked. In the Great Lakes, these organisms are changing and researchers don't know what that will impact. One such ...

Houghton discusses drug issues along with ordinance

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HOUGHTON — The Houghton City Council approved allowing the existing dispensary to continue to operate as the city works to write an ordinance compliant with the new national policy. While the city focuses on the ordinance, council members expressed concern about whether marijuana was the most ...

A quick visit: Warm temps for weekend

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HOUGHTON — After a series of cold stretches with below-average temperatures, weather patterns are expected to return to normal, at least for the next couple of days. The year 2017 left the Keweenaw with a bitter cold snap that continued into early January. However, the brief warming that ...

E-TC School Board elects officers

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EWEN — The Ewen-Trout Creek School Board re-elected its officers at its Thursday meeting. Dr. Kirk Schott will remain president, with John Pinkerton as vice president, Carol Maki as secretary and Amanda Brady as treasurer. The E-TC Board went with the Ontonagon Area School District in ...

Human traffickers target UP victims through internet

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HOUGHTON — Reports of human trafficking are on the rise. In part, that’s a good thing. “As we’re doing awareness now, the public’s helping us greatly to get those numbers higher and higher,” said Todd Wilton, an agent for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, during a Thursday ...

CCISD receives $364K state CTE grant: Money to be used for new class

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HANCOCK — The Copper Country Intermediate School District was awarded a $364,000 Career and Technical Education (CTE) Innovation and Equipment Grant from the Michigan Department of Education (MDE). CCISD was one of 14 districts that were awarded $5 million in grants, out of 62 applicants. ...

Feds draw new hard line on marijuana

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HOUGHTON — The federal government’s recent harsher stance on marijuana could impact the state in the wake of its recent medical marijuana law, Houghton City Manager Eric Waara said Wednesday during a discussion of the city’s lone medical marijuana dispensary. As a condition of new loans ...

Copper Country grocery icon left legacy of giving

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HANCOCK — Food customers across the western Upper Peninsula are mourning the passing Monday of Patrick Campioni. Campioni died Monday at his winter home in Wildwood, Florida, at the age of 76. Through the chain of grocery stores Campioni and his wife, Jan, built over the past four ...

Houghton medical pot dispensary will stay open for now

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HOUGHTON — In a move to comply with the state’s new medical marijuana ordinance, the Houghton City Council approved allowing the lone existing dispensary in the city to operate while the city works on an ordinance that will be in compliance with the new law. The state’s Medical ...