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MTU Board OKs design funding for H-STEM complex

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HOUGHTON — Michigan Technological University’s H-STEM Engineering and Health Technologies Complex is a step closer to reality. The university Board approved up to $3.1 million for planning and design for the first phase of the complex Friday. The complex will include about 68,000 feet of ...

Healthy habits lead to improved mental health

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There are many things that impact the health and happiness of today’s youth. Now more than ever, anxiety, ADHD, and depression are being openly discussed and better understood. As we learn more about mental health, we realize not only how important it is, but how it is intertwined with ...

Snow Movers: City Council praises Public Works staff

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HOUGHTON — Digging out from Sunday's winter storm that rivaled any in local memory took a lot of work over a couple of days. But Houghton officials said the city’s Department of Public Works put in a superb performance. “Other places would still be sheltered in place a couple of days ...

Calumet not dissolving its fire department

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CALUMET — The Village Council says it has no immediate plans to dissolve its volunteer Fire Department. Village firefighter Tim Gasperich addressed the board at its regular February meeting and requested clarification on the issue. “When we hear the village administrator is negotiating ...

Major Street Fund gets fund transfers in Calumet budget

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CALUMET — The Village Council in special session Thursday approved the budget for the 2019 fiscal year, which begins March 1. The budget included transferring funds to the Major Street Fund, which is in deficit. Transfers include $20,000 from the General Fund, $35,000 from the Municipal ...

Torch Lake Town seeks residents’ road input

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HUBBELL — Torch Lake Township residents could get to shape the township’s priorities for road repairs. The township is setting up a road board to oversee priorities for repairs. So far, the Township Board is looking at a road board of about five members, said Supervisor Brian Cadwell. ...

Adams’ Water Choice: Increase rates to fix system — or no water

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In January, Adams Township sent notice to Hancock, South Range, and Portage Township that wholesale water rates would be increasing by 30 cents to $1.70 per 1,000 gallons, effective Feb. 1 for the March billing. The notice cited an increase in maintenance expenses and operating supplies like ...

Snow Champs: Statue winners cited

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Members of the Phi Kappa Tau fraternity accepted an award of recognition last week from the Hancock City Council for its first-place win in this year's Winter Carnival snow statue building competition. "The city is proud to have the fraternity call Hancock home," Mayor John Haeussler ...

Plan panel approves coffee shop flood repair plan

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HOUGHTON — Post-flood work at the 5th and Elm coffee shop was one of several projects to pass the site plan review at Tuesday’s Houghton Planning Commission meeting. 5th and Elm plans an addition to the front of the building to increase indoor seating space. The courtyard area in front of ...

Principal opponents won’t go on record

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HANCOCK – Tensions are mounting as a group of local residents and middle and high school staff are moving to remove Principal Ezekiel Ohan by demanding the Hancock Schools District Board not renew his contract. According to one source, who asked to remain anonymous fearing retaliation, ...

Not Enough Information: City Council withholds approval of tax issues

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EDITOR'S NOTE: This story has been edited to reflect the correct dates and times of upcoming Board of Review meetings in the Hancock City Hall on March 11, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and March 12, 3 - 9 p.m. HANCOCK — The Hancock City Council took action on three resolutions that needed to be voted on ...

Torch Lake Town opts out on pot

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HUBBELL — Recreational marijuana facilities won’t be allowed in Torch Lake Township. By a 3-1 vote last week, the Township Board voted to bar businesses from growing, processing, testing, transporting or selling marijuana. Supervisor Brian Cadwell said the board had been motivated ...

Elm River has series of votes on May ballot

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HOUGHTON — Some Houghton County residents will have the chance to go to the polls in May. Below are the measures that will appear on the ballot for the May 7 election. Adams Township Voters will decide on a eight-year, .3-mill millage renewal for the maintenance and lawn care of the ...

Stuck sledders find drilling rig shelter in storm

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Four snowmobilers, stranded during Sunday night’s blizzard, took shelter in a drilling rig near Eagle Mine for the night. “He came to us at 8:19 this morning and reported that they had taken refuge in one of our drill rigs,” Shanna Trapani of Eagle Mine security said. “And so we were ...

Rescuers win race against time in storm

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A pair of stranded snowmobilers were rescued by Eagle Mine staff during Sunday night's blizzard. According to Eagle Mine communications staff, two snowmobilers stopped at the mine's guard post at about 6:20 p.m. and reported that they had passed two other stranded snowmobilers and 6-to-9-foot ...

Plow takes out gas meter in Hancock

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Garrett Neese/Daily Mining Gazette Bob Frederick of Semco Gas is seen here Monday shoveling snow Monday afternoon at the site of a gas leak on the 800 block of Quincy Street. The service technician for Semco Energy, said a plow had broken the meter set off the side of the building why ...

Snowmobile v. MSP crash could result in charges

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CALUMET TOWNSHIP — Charges are being sought as a result of a crash that occurred in Calumet Township Sunday afternoon, when a snowmobile driven by a 60-year-old Farmington Hills man crashed into the rear of a Michigan State Police (MSP) vehicle on Lake Linden Hill. The patrol vehicle was ...