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County Board holds ME’s appointment to think about cost

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EAGLE RIVER — The Keweenaw County Board discussed appointing Janice B. Heikenen as the county’s new medical examiner on the recommendation of David Gilbert, who announced his retirement after 42 years. Also recommending the appointment was Sheriff Bill Luokkanen. “My office works very ...

Calumet Art Center a community hub

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CALUMET — Since 1893, one old church in downtown Calumet has been a center for the community; once as a place of worship, now as an art center for Keweenaw residents. In 2008, Ed Gray saw a need for a creative and safe place for area artists. To meet that need he started The Calumet Art ...

Determining Death: ME prospect explains systems

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EAGLE RIVER — Dr. Janice Heikenen discussed the differences between a medical examiner and a coroner after she was recommended to replace David Gilbert as the county’s ME at a Keweenaw County Board meeting last week. Gilbert has retired from the position after 42 years of ...

End of net neutrality is an attack on America

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The future of internet use and freedom of information in America is in jeopardy after the federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently voted to repeal net neutrality rules. Net neutrality protected an open and free internet, allowing people to access online content without restrictions on ...

Baraga Road Commission, township approve cost-sharing agreement

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The Baraga County Road Commission recently approved a cost-sharing agreement with Spurr Township to undertake improvements on Petticoat Lake Road in 2018. The agreement is about the commission and Spurr Township sharing the cost of the road surface project. According to Road Commissioner ...

Rain causes dip in ’17 fair attendance

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HANCOCK — The Houghton County Fair Board heard a report on the 2017 fair at its annual meeting Dec. 14. The attendance for 2017 was 22,886 over the four days, down by approximately 9 perent from the previous year. There were three days of good weather, and Sunday’s rain was responsible ...

Hancock company sees green tech hub in Copper Country

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Spelling of Evergreen Technology's parent company corrected to: FuTianBao HANCOCK — Pollution is a cross-cultural concern and now the Upper Peninsula is part of a cross-cultural solution. Hancock-based Evergreen Technology is focused on developing said solutions, typically working with ...

Tech ranked safest campus

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HOUGHTON — College Magazine has ranked Michigan Technological University the safest college campus in the nation in a ranking released this week. The magazine cited safety programs, including Resident Officer Program, R.A.D. (Rape Awareness Defense), National Night Out, Fire Safety Day, ...

KEDA: Hire foreign students for summer help

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EAGLE RIVER — Darlene Gronevelt, of the Keweenaw Economic Development Alliance discussed the benefits of hiring workers from foreign countries in a presentation last week to the Keweenaw Mountain Lodge Board, but some board members disagreed with her opinions. Gronevelt, who has a ...

Dianda praises court’s pay ruling

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LANSING —Responding to Thursday’s ruling by the Michigan Supreme Court that the 3 percent of teacher pay held back by the state must be refunded, state Rep. Scott Dianda, D-Calumet, said, “Our teachers and local communities have reason to celebrate today, now that teachers and school ...

UPPCO schedules public forums on resource plan

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MARQUETTE — Upper Peninsula Power Company (UPPCO) will hold a series of Stakeholder Forums in January seeking input on its Integrated Resource Plan. An Integrated Resource Plan, or IRP, is a process that is used by a utility to evaluate how it will best serve the future energy needs of its ...

Veterans Society hosting open house

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The Keweenaw Bay Indian Community's Wiikwedong Ogichidaa Veterans Society will host an open house in January. The Veterans Society was formerly known as the KBIC Veterans, but they changed their name because they wanted the name to reflect who they are. “Ogichidaa means warrior, ...

Finlandia aims to attract transfer and nursing students in 2018

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Correction: This story was corrected to state the $6,297 a semester tuition rate for transfer students applies to both out-of-state and in-state students. HANCOCK — Finlandia is courting transfer and RN-BSN students as part of efforts to attract new students. The university has always been ...

Teaching self defense to youngsters at Route 41

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HOUGHTON — The Route 41 Training Center offers MMA Self Defense Classes for children. Owner, and former hockey coach, Greg Storm says he's always had an interest in martial arts and self-defense. His son reintroduced him to it. This led to the opening of the center. Although he was ...

Late start: Ontonagon Road Commission on track

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ONTONAGON — A later start to snow plow season could leave the road commission with more funds for summer projects.  So far winter road upkeep is looking good, according to Michael Maloney, engineer for the Ontonagon Road Commission.  “We're out much later than usual,” said Maloney. ...

Sparking controversy: Village Council condemns public protest

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CALUMET — The Calumet Village Council passed a resolution at its regular monthly meeting, condemning a group of protesters who organized and demonstrated on the night of Dec. 13 to protest the Council’s decision not to act in regards to the Medical Marijuana Act. According to Nathan ...

Owner of Zen Garden explains medical background

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CALUMET — Earlier this week the Daily Mining Gazette erroneously reported that Alicia Roundtree, owner of Zen Garden in Calumet, had earned a nursing degree. Thursday, her medical background was clarified, stating she did not want to be misconstrued, especially amidst the current tensions ...

Experience Mich. parks with sound

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HOUGHTON — In capturing the beauty of Michigan's parks through sound, three outdoors enthusiasts have created art celebrating the experience. Christopher Plummer, Elizabeth Meyer and Kent Cyr use a combination of photography and sound to take viewers from the bustle of downtown Houghton to ...

Diving into the state rules on marijuana

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HANCOCK — Medical marijuana regulations have undergone a major shift recently with more changes a distinct possibility in coming years. Under new laws, medical marijuana dispensaries are removed from their previous grey area and given clear rules and regulatory structure. Also known as ...