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Classics, new treats mingle at Ontonagon County Fair

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GREENLAND — Rides, animals, sugary food and antiques, the Ontonagon County Fair has even more to offer this year and will be going on all weekend. New this year is the Tri-State Carnival, brought in by popular demand, said fair secretary and former director, Gale Kocher. “Our community ...

Lake Linden: $130K in direct flood expenses so far

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LAKE LINDEN — Lake Linden has had $130,000 in direct expenses from the response to the June 17 and July 12 storms, Village Clerk Bob Poirier said Thursday. The village has paid out about $43,000 in total labor and material expenses, he said in a storm report at Thursday’s Village ...

UP Realtors offers $50K in flood relief

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RIPLEY — Houghton County residents whose homes were damaged in flooding have another potential source of relief. Upper Peninsula Realtors announced a $50,000 grant Thursday through cooperation with the Realtor Relief Foundation. The money is particularly related to housing expenses, said ...

KBIC offers up payments to local government entities

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May 2018 gaming distributions from the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community (KBIC) to local governments have been released. Baraga County, Baraga and L'Anse townships, Baraga and L'Anse Area Schools and the villages of Baraga and L'Anse all received payments, ranging from $1,600 to almost $39,000. ...

Shared experience through waterwalk

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PEQUAMING — “Pauline's life was water,” said Terri Denomie as the 6th annual Pauline Knapp-Spruce Memorial Waterwalk began on Wednesday morning. Knapp-Spruce wasn't the original founder of the waterwalk, but when the founder moved away after the first walk in 2014, she took up the task of ...

Well check: Water testing important after floods

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HANCOCK — Events such as the July 17 flood or the subsequent smaller rain events can harm water quality, making testing water sources important. The Western Upper Peninsula Health Department offered free well testing for areas affected by the flood. As of Tuesday, 462 wells had been ...

What happened to flood Ripley? Disaster caused by several factors

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RIPLEY — A domino effect involving factors such as old rail grade failures, a deluge of stormwater and plugged culverts led to the dramatic damage in Ripley from the June 17 flood and another flood on July 12. “There were a lot of factors that played into where things failed, and that ...

Second state of disaster declared for area

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LANSING — Gov. Rick Snyder yesterday declared a second state of disaster for Houghton County after heavy rainfall and widespread flooding on July 12 caused damage to the area still recovering from flash flooding in June. This declaration will allow the state to make additional resources ...

Ex-Aspirus CEO: return to personal, professional roots

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HANCOCK — Michael Hauswirth has accepted the position of executive vice president-chief operating officer at Superior National Bank and Trust. The former chief executive officer at Aspirus Keweenaw and Ontonagon hospitals decided to return to his roots in banking and began his new role on ...

Houghton County flood disaster update

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The Houghton County Volunteer Resource and Donation Center located at the former JC Penny Store, which was opened in response to the Fathers Day Flood, is now closed and the goods that were housed there have been distributed to local charities. If any flood victims are in need of bottled water ...

Looking Like Letup: Rain, temps returning to normal

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HOUGHTON — While the coming weeks are expected to be average in both rain and temperature, the yearly rain totals certainly aren’t. According to reports near Quincy Hill, the area has received 26.3 inches of rain this year, according to Justin Titus, a meteorologist out of the National ...

…And the help just keeps on coming…

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HOUGHTON — Help from all over Michigan continues to pour into the Copper Country. A group of 34 high school students accompanied by six parent volunteers arrived Monday to help with the effort to recover from the June 17 flash flood. The group is partnered with National Relief Network ...

Ceremonial Deed signed

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HOUGHTON COUNTY — “Listen to the wind in the trees, the birds in the forest, the ripples on the water. It doesn't get any better than this,” said Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Director Keith Creagh. He addressed a small group of around 30 who were gathered within the ...

Driver charged in crash

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EAGLE RIVER — Devin Joyal, 23, of Laurium, was arraigned Monday in 97th District Court in Keweenaw County on four felony charges stemming from a personal injury crash occurring Sunday morning on U.S. 41 near the Copper City Road that resulted in two people being seriously injured. Both the ...

Planning Commission OKs site plan, lot split

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HOUGHTON — The Houghton Planning Commission approved a site plan for an additional garage at UPS’s property at its meeting Wednesday. City Manager Eric Waara said UPS planned to use the space for storage and vehicles. The property is zoned for industrial use. “They’re not looking ...

Loose dog attacks girl in Dollar Bay

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OSCEOLA TOWNSHIP — A report of a Dollar Bay-area dog attack on social media was partially confirmed Tuesday by the Houghton County Sheriff’s Office. An online post by Candy Gertcher of Dollar Bay claimed her daughter, Addy, was attacked by a dog while at Sandy Bottom Beach. According ...

Keweenaw’s Public Safety Day becomes annual event

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MOHAWK — With the second Keweenaw Public Safety Day being a success, it is now considered an annual event. Sheriff Bill Luokkanen said he did not have a count on the number of people who attended the event, but Undersheriff Curt Pennala said he would guess somewhere around 500 people ...

Planning panel recommends rental changes

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HOUGHTON — Dissolving the city’s rental housing board, issuing rental licenses to owners rather than properties, and hiring another code enforcement officer were among recommendations in a report made by a Planning Commission subcommittee charged with reviewing the city’s rental housing ...

New childcare center opens in Hancock

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HANCOCK — A new childcare center has come to the Copper Country with the focus on early development, accessibility and affordability. The Right Start Kids Academy through Right Start UP, is a non-profit center that was licensed and opened this spring, serving infants to age ...